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    15 projects recommended for community preservation funds in Springfield – - August 14, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    SPRINGFIELD A citizen committee is recommending that 15 projects receive a total of approximately $1.5 million to improve historic properties, parks and open space, and community housing.

    Robert McCarroll, chairman of the Springfield Community Preservation Committee, said the projects were chosen from among 25 applications for 2020. The grants are funded annually by a local property surtax approved by voters in 2016.

    You can see they are peppered across the city, which is one of our goals, McCarroll said. I think its a good broad section.

    The funds can be used for purposes including the acquisition, creation and preservation of open space, recreational land, historic resources and community housing.

    The recommendations will be forwarded to Mayor Domenic Sarno and the City Council in September, McCarroll said. Any project funded will need council approval, but the projects first need to be recommended by the citizen committee.

    The following 15 projects are recommended for funds:

    The committee is scheduled to meet again Sept. 1 to finalize the grant amount for the Trinity House project.

    The city has approximately $2.1 million in community preservation funds this year, including this years allotment and unused funds from the past year, McCarroll said.

    Ten other applications were considered but were not recommended this year. Some were ineligible or deemed low-priority, and others were encouraged to apply in a future year, McCarroll said.

    Last year, the committee recommended projects for funding totaling $1.7 million, approved by the council last September.

    Local organizations, nonprofit groups and city departments annually apply for the funds.

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    Conundrums of Dry Tombs and Possible Solutions – waste360 - August 14, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began mandating that landfill operators install low-permeability bottom liners and final covers, the idea was to mitigate leachate and precipitation and ultimately protect groundwater. These design features have proved to accomplish those goals, but some drawbacks have been discovered over time.

    Liners and final covers extend the time during which gas is generated while slowing the speed of the generation, and they extend the waste decomposition time.

    When waste is encapsulated or entombed in these engineered structures, gas production could go on slowly for decades up to 70 or 80 years, as reported in a technical article written by SCS Engineers Bob Isenberg and Darrin Dillah.

    But Isenberg and Dillah found that if that same dry tomb they modeled in their paper were made into a bioreactor where moisture is introduced into the waste the gas would be produced for about 20 years, and then it would stabilize.

    Why are people paying attention to gas production rates and the moisture content of landfill waste?

    Gas is generated when you have moisture, and quick gas generation stabilizes waste, says Dillah. The quicker you stabilize the waste, the quicker you can get out of post-closure care requirements. Conversely, by entombing waste, you extend the natural stabilization process, and you extend the time period for post-closure.

    The first landfills are about to reach the 30-year mark since Subtitle D began mandating bottom liners and final covers the prescribed post-closure care period.

    I think a lot of landfill operators will find they cannot show they reached the stabilized point where gas generation and leachate quantities are minimal and where they can say there will be no impact on human health and the environment, so the 30-year period could be extended, Dillah says.

    Time is money. Post-closure care can cost $100,000 or more a year, depending on the size of the site. Shortening that period could save thousands to millions of dollars in some scenarios, Isenberg estimates.

    Despite the potential for dry tomb-related delays in ending post-closure periods, no one is looking at changing the bottom liner and final cover to speed gas generation and waste decomposition. But a small number of operators are exploring new approaches, from techniques to deal with leachate to the timing of the placement of the final cover. EPAs research, development and demonstration rule is allowing landfill operators to try some of these approaches.

    One technique of interest is the recirculation of leachate in a controlled manner, either by spraying or injecting it into the waste. Another approach, though not as common, involves allowing stormwater runoff into the waste.

    Operators typically try to divert rainwater from landfills and create ditches, channels and ponds to manage runoff. But if its done carefully, one might be able to allow some stormwater runoff into the waste. This can be tricky, however, because if a 100-year storm hits, it could create problems, Isenberg says.

    Another method is to delay the installation of the final cap until several years after the landfill is filled in order to add moisture from rainfall. Some operators are looking at this approach as it relates to settlement.

    As Isenberg explains it, decomposition produces gas as a byproduct, and as gas is generated, mass is lost, which triggers settlement. Pennsylvania allows operators to wait until five years after landfills are filled to install caps in order to allow settlement to take place.

    These techniques come with drawbacks. For example, recirculating leachate costs money and requires manpower. And it has to been done carefully.

    If you inject too much leachate, you can slow down the gas generation due to saturation of the waste, Isenberg says. Or you can create localized settlement problems, slope instability, or odors.

    In the case of delayed cap installation, operators must anticipate and predict settlement so that when the cap is installed, they have positive drainage and stormwater is controlled.

    Another method to avoid the dry tomb impact is to accept wastewater sludge and other wet types of waste. Adding these materials to municipal solid waste increases moisture content and accelerates decomposition.

    But wet waste has to be introduced carefully and with engineering controls, because this type of material may be weaker and could create stability problems or odor issues. Technique is important: Its advisable to distribute wet waste around the landfill, though more in the middle or the interior than on side slopes.

    Engineers advise that operators establish a percentage of wet waste that will be accepted based on engineering evaluations, looking at stability, gas generation, and leachate in order to avoid saturation.

    Jeff Murray, landfill practice leader for HDR, says technology like landfill liner systems and leachate and gas collection systems have proved effective in protecting human health and the environment.

    When the solid waste regulations were developed nearly 30 years ago, perhaps their performance was uncertain and was supported by the dry tomb approach, Murray says. But with available disposal capacity at a premium, we should be having a discussion to provide more flexibility for closure time frames that allow solid waste to degrade more fully and to settle so that airspace can be recaptured, incorporating proper planning and controls.

    This approach, Murray says, could extend the life of some landfills by up to 30%. In addition, it could reduce the time to reach functional stability after closure, potentially shortening the post-closure care period, and it could reduce the long-term liability and risks to human health and the environment.

    Isenberg says dry tombs are fine for protecting groundwater, but there are approaches to accelerate decomposition to reduce post-closure in a safe manner.

    You have to understand gas, leachate and settlement, Isenberg says. This requires working with engineers to design the system, contractors to build the system, suppliers of equipment and materials, and regulators to ensure compliance. We just have to think outside the box or think outside the tomb.

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    Grundon Sand & Gravel enjoy the benefits of a new PowerX Equipment Wash Plant and Water Treatment System. – Hub 4 - August 14, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Located at Cholsey near Wallingford, Oxfordshire, New Barn Farm Quarry is the latest quarry operation to be opened by Grundon Sand & Gravel (GSG)

    A 6 million investment:With Grundon purchasing the site in July 2015 and gaining planning permission in November 2018 an estimated 2.5 million tonnes of sand and gravel is expected to be extracted over the next 18 years. Once quarry operations are complete a 20-year conservation and restoration programme will be put in place.

    GSG have invested 6 million in the 66-acre site, which included a state-of-the-art Sand Plant and Water Treatment System which will provide gravel and a variety of sands for the building, construction, leisure and landscaping sectors, including two local concrete plants as well as selling directly to the general public.

    Golden Harvest Gravel:The opening of the new quarry also sees GSG launch an exclusive new Golden Harvest Gravel into its gravel range. Blending shades of gold, bronze, and cream, it is an exceptionally durable hard flint, and is ideal for areas with high footfall, such as driveways and car parks, as well as landscaping areas. It is available in 10mm and 20mm grades.

    Andy Bright- GSG General Manager, commented, We are delighted to add New Barn Farm Quarry to our quarry portfolio. We believe it will prove a valuable resource for the local housebuilding and construction industries throughout the wider Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire region, underlining our reputation as a leading supplier of sands and aggregates.

    We are also pleased to have brought new jobs to the area and look forward to welcoming local people through our gates for their own gardening and landscaping requirements.

    PowerX Equipment The next generation in Aggregate & Mineral Processing:The plant has been designed, supplied and commissioned by PowerX Equipment who are the next generation in aggregate and mineral processing. Whether a client is looking to incorporate a single item of equipment or create an entire, integrated plant solution, PowerX Equipment design, supply and install; Aggregate Washing, Crushing & Screening, Water & Silt Management Systems, Bulk Materials Handling, Recycling and Materials Processing equipment to meet expectations and achieve profitable outcomes.

    The Processing Plant:As well as supplying the wash plant and MS water treatment system PowerX also installed a 400m long feed conveyor including a feed hopper situated adjacent to the current dig. Here material is loaded into the hopper and is conveyed to a hopper fed radial conveyor next to the processing plant. From this, the material is either fed direct to the main plant or stockpiled adjacent to it.

    With the plant operating at 200tph material is fed via a hopper to the inclined primary conveyor and then onto a Terex Washing Systems 4.9 x 1.5m triple-deck rinsing screen. Here the rinsed fractions of 10mm/20mm/+20mm are split and sent to radial stockpilers.

    Twin sands production:The main product, sand then falls through the bottom deck of the rinsing screen and is then pumped up to the single hydro-cyclone of the AMP compact sharp sand plant. Silt from the thickener is also delivered and measured back into the feed of both the sharp and soft sand processes consistently maintaining the concrete specification.

    Consisting of a high-energy 2.4m x 1.2m dewatering screen and one 200/150centrifugal pumpfor sharp sand, the plant specification is completed with one 625mm diameter conical bottom hydro-cyclone hydro vortex.

    The soft sand production is dealt with by an AMP compact soft sand plant which consists of a high-energy 2.4m x 1.2m dewatering screen and one 150/100 centrifugal pump and is completed by four 250mm polyurethane cyclones to reclaim the material above 20m.

    Arranged in a cluster with equal feed, each cyclone has a knife valve with chutes and rubber lined distributor box. Both sand plants are of modular design to allow complete flexibility.

    Both sands are then delivered to their respective stockpile by radial conveyors.

    Added benefits with the PowerX Equipment Design:John Collins Technical Director for PowerX, comments, The main difference with this plant compared to most S&G plants, is that the plant design ensures that all the silt is deposited back into the sand product which means they dont require silt ponds.

    They have a fresh water pond and a thickener and the silt from the thickener is measured back into the course sand to keep that within the concrete specification and then into the fine sand and this is effectively the main difference with this and other S&G plants.

    Having originally been told by other suppliers that it could not be done, the plant operated correctly within a set of parameters will operate all day long. On the flipside of this, it is not something you can do anywhere, because if the material you are washing is really dirty there is a limit to how much you can put in the sand.

    The as raised material at New Barn Farm only has an average silt content of 6-8% so it allowed Grundons that benefit to lose that silt straight back into the sand without them going out of specification.

    Water Treatment Plant:The wash plant at New Barn Farm incorporates a MS water treatment system featuring a 12m diameter 3m high 340m volume capacity thickener which provides a minimum of 380m/hr flow rate with a low flocculent consumption. An 8m diameter 3m high clarified water tank provides a 150m capacity with a technical room housing the flocculent system. A flocculent mixing plant and flocculent sampling plant make up the system.

    Ed Fagan - Head of Projects, Engineering and Design Grundon Sand and Gravel, commented, We are extremely pleased with the design and performance of the plant which has enabled us to eliminate the requirement for silt ponds and ensure production is as efficient as possible. The PowerX team were very professional in their approach to the project showing great attention to detail and a strong emphasis on H&S throughout the project programme.

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    Go With the Flow: Water Feature Maintenance – Mother Earth News - May 2, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    View this Exmark Original video from their Done-In-A-Weekend Projects series to discover the pros and cons of a various types of backyard water features, and how to choose which is right for you.

    My wife and I decided to add an outdoor water feature to our front yard to complement a recent landscape project. We settled on a fountain style water feature and were able to install it ourselves, but we also realized that we hadnt considered that there would be some ongoing maintenance involved to keep the fountain in good condition and operating correctly.

    The term water feature is a little ambiguous, but it can be broken down into two groups: water fountains and water ponds. Both involve the use of recirculating water by means of a pump, but the complexity of each may vary greatly based on style, size and design. I thought I would share some of the information I learned while researching the ongoing maintenance involved in keeping a water feature operating efficiently.

    Water fountains are self-contained and come in a variety of sizes and styles. Fountains can be large and weigh several tons or they can be very small and function as a center piece on a table, but most DIY styles of water fountains fall somewhere in the middle. From cascading waterfalls with multiple bowls to simple vase style fountains with water running down the sides, the choices are endless. The basic components involved in all fountains are a bowl or container to hold the water and a pump to cycle the water through the feature by way of plastic or rubber tubing. Other than the aesthetic look and style of a water fountain, the biggest difference between them is the volume of water circulated.

    Water ponds tend to be more elaborate and require a lot more design and installation work than a water fountain. There are small ponds that compliment flower gardens and also large ponds that are designed to hold fish and cover large areas of a yard. An averaged size pond probably runs in the fifteen foot by twelve-foot range and may have a stream in the design.

    The size and scale of the water pond and your personal DIY capabilities usually will dictate if you have the ability to install one yourself. You may want to consult a professional landscaper before you decide to start a big water pond project.

    The soothing sound of a trickling water fountain can create a great outdoor ambiance on your patio or in your back yard. The flowing water will attract song birds and even butterflies to your landscape, but there is some basic maintenance that will go a long way in keeping the fountain both running properly and aesthetically attractive. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind.

    As mentioned earlier, water ponds are usually more complicated to maintain than water fountains. Depending on the size and style of the water pond, they may be very elaborate and contain plants, rocks, waterfalls, flowing streams and even fish. With spring approaching, here are some maintenance suggestions for water ponds.

    Pond chemical additives: There are many companies that manufacture chemicals that can be added to ponds that will boost beneficial bacteria which will help keep your pond clean. These bacteria actually eat the sludge and debris caused by fish food, fish waste, leaves and other organic material that falls into the pond. Adding these chemicals wont hurt wildlife and can be done manually or through an automatic pumping device set to periodic releases.

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    The extension of the City of Erie’s Water Intake into Lake Erie. – – Would it eliminate the Typhoid Fever problem? – - March 30, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The city fathers tried many times to extend the water intakes in the bay to stop the Typhoid Fever. None seemed to work. In 1902 they finally decided to take water out of Lake Erie which meant that they would need to run a 60 inch or more pipeline under Presque Isle out into the lake. The State gave the Erie Water Commission 175 acres of land.

    This article tells the history of this undertaking and how it almost solved the problem. There was on last step that finally did solve the Typhoid problem.

    The city tried many options such as floating flumes, various length intake pipelines in shallow water to try to eliminate the contamination coming into the citys water supply. One of the flumes was just 100 Yards from a sewage clogged creek outlet into the bay. None of these even slowed the typhoid problem in the city.

    Next, they planned a 60-inch cast-iron pipeline and put it in a trench on the floor of Presque Isle Bay. This would extend the pipeline to within 2,500 feet of the Presque Isle shoreline and was a total of 1.6 miles in length. This installation took place in 1896 and 1897. The work was done by two huge barges equipped with dredges to dig the trench for the iron pipeline. Water began to flow in the fall of 1897.

    Regrettably, by 1902 it was evident to the Water Commission that there was still a high level of typhoid as over 180 deaths were happening annually. The Commission's first action again demanded that the city cease dumping raw sewage into the bay. Yet again, the City fathers ignored their request.

    That is when the Water Commission, as I mentioned in my earlier article, decided to lay a pipeline under Presque Isle and out 5,000 feet into Lake Erie. That location is 3.5 miles from the Chestnut Street pumping station. The Commission budgeted $ 104,000 to do the extension. In July of 1904, T.A. Gillespie of Pittsburgh was hired to extend the pipe into the lake from the end of the existing pipeline in the bay.

    As this was happening and work was being planned, the Water Commissioners found they were having a difficult time raising funds to pay for the task. At this point, the three commissioners, Mr. Clark Olds, Mr. William Hamilton, and Mr. Willis B. Durlin, advanced the necessary funds personally.

    The work on the extension was to be done in three stages. The first was to be from the bay to the shore of Presque Isle, or about 2,500 feet. This portion was to begin in late 1904 and early 1905. The next section was the lake portion, which was to be done in 1906 and 1907. The final section was to be started in 1907 and finished in 1908.

    Regrettably, in early 1907 strong storms disrupted the lake work, and the pipe barge was heavily damaged, and some pipe was lost delaying that work until 1908. On December 7, 1907, the work on inland Presque Isle began on the twin settling ponds that still exist today. A map of this area from 1900 shows this whole area was originally covered with many small ponds and numerous swamps.

    When work began, two ponds already existed near where the settlings ponds would be placed. The new ponds, when completed, would be used to let the silt settle out of the water before pumping it over to the city side.

    A huge floating dredge called Centrif worked on moving the massive amounts of sand and water necessary to create a channel 25 to 40 feet wide from the bay to the lake. As planned, along the way it would also create the two settling ponds we see today. Old records also indicate the dredge also enlarged the area where the Ferry Slip is today on the bayside. Its first job was to create the East Pond. When done, it moved to the West Pond area and enlarged an existing pond to form the new West Pond. When completed, it moved to the trench bisecting the peninsula. Finally, when this was done, it moved into the lake portion of the job.

    On September 16, 1908, the new line to Lake Erie was completed and turned on. Today, the only visible reminders of this 1904 to 1908 extension project are the massive blue iron valves that are still located in the area. These, by design, moved water between the two ponds.

    The other only remainder was the lighthouse looking structure located at the end of the Ferry Slip. While many people believed this was a lighthouse, it was not. It never had any power and was never used. Thank Heaven for that. It was an emergency valve house designed to draw water from the bay again if problems developed with the lake intake system.

    While the intake line into the lake was somewhat successful, it did not fully solve the typhoid problem. It seems that in the winter of 1910-1911, another epidemic broke out, and records show reported cases of 1,060 with 135 deaths recorded. The hospitals were so crowded that Hamot Hospital built a temporary addition which contained eighteen beds. There was a shortage of trained nurses which was relieved when a group came to Erie from Philadelphia.

    In 1910, Big Bertha, a 20 million gallon per day MGD Bethlehem Triple Expansion High Duty Pumping Engine, was installed in the building that is now located on the southern side of the bayfront highway. By 1912, the Water Commission began treating the water using a hypo-chlorination process that included adding hypochlorite of lime to the water supply. At the same time, they decided to install a water filtration and treatment plant at the Chestnut Street plant with a complete chemical and bacteriological laboratory. This ended most of Erie's water problems. (By the way, Big Bertha is still in the plant, but not in use. Occasionally tours are held to view this huge Pumping Engine.)

    In one more article about the Water Works in Erie and on Presque Isle, I will cover the positive events and construction that has occurred since the water improvements in this area. Until then, stay well and,

    See you on the park!! (A wonderful place to get outside during this time)

    Gene Ware is a published author of 9 books and is on the board of the Presque Isle Light Station, and past Chairman of the board of the Tom Ridge Center Foundation, and the Presque Isle Partnership. He is also a contributing writer. If you have questions or comments, send them to

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    DAHS addition approved by Planning and Zoning Commission – - March 30, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The DeForest Planning and Zoning Commission approved a 66,000-square foot project to add onto, and make improvements, to DeForest Area High School at its March 24 meeting.

    The project was initially given the go-ahead during an April 2019 referendum. It includes an addition to the high school in the form of a new gym and natatorium on the south end of the building. There will also be more room for classrooms, with improvements to athletic fields and parking.

    Zoning Administrator Brandi Cooper listed the details of the project.

    The main entrance will shift away from the current one on the north end of the building. It will be moved to the west side. There will also be 163 parking spaces added, bringing the total to 690 stalls.

    There will be an access point to the eastern athletic facilities via North Towne Road. The project would include an easterly extension of Jefferson Street and a school-only driveway to North Town Road to its south.

    Before it was given final approval, there were a few provisions to the plan. The biggest concern came after the Village Engineer Ryan Quam had been accessing the area for a while. Quam sent an email to Village Board Trustee Jason Kramar, who is also on the commission.

    The project initially called for a design of the Fox Hill Estates plat located northeast of the Highway 51 and 19 interchange that does not require the vacation or change of any stormwater outlots dedicated with the recorded plat and Certified Survey Map (CSM), if practical.

    Quam said that the requirement could not be met and would be an unfortunate waste of time and/or hundred of thousands of dollars.

    Quam has spent the last 10 months evaluating the site and said that the soils in the existing pond outlots are not suitable for infiltration and thusly cannot contribute toward the 100% infiltration requirement.

    Also there was a requirement that the existing runoff volume draining to the wetlands be maintained, but the pond would not allow sufficient runoff to the wetlands, according to Quam.

    Quam designed a stormwater plan to minimize all future construction costs.

    The ponds were designed as low as possible in order keep the lots low and balance site earthwork, Quam wrote in his email. The ponds were designed over soils suitable for infiltration to eliminate the need for importing sand. The ponds were designed in a central location to keep storm sewer sizes below 36 diameter to minimize storm sewer costs. Note that 5-foot by 5-foot box storm sewer is very expensive and causes pipe conflicts. The regional ponds meet the infiltration requirements for the entire plat so developers of the commercial lots will not need to import expensive sand, construct costly bio-retention devices, or install expensive permeable pavement.

    Quam said that the design, with a view adjustments, met Capitol Area Regional Planning Commission and DNR requirements.

    Also, new additions to the project were to widen the extension of Jefferson Street and adjust the west end of a path connecting to the high school tennis courts to better facilitate its western extension south of the tennis courts as part of a grant application.

    The project is scheduled to begin construction in summer an be completed for the 2022-23 school year.

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    Interested in a pool? Consider these reasons today! – Observer-Reporter - March 30, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Are you considering putting a pool in at home? Perhaps youre deciding whether the upkeep and maintenance is worth the effort and hassle? While having a pool in your own backyard does require attention and will add to your monthly bills the pros certain outweigh the cons.

    Swimming is one of the best ways to beat the heat on a hot day. This is why many people find it beneficial to add an in-ground pool at home. Its among the most ideal ways to cool down in the comfort of your own property, especially during the summer. Apart from providing a good leisure activity, having a swimming pool at home has other benefits too.

    From midnight dips, memorable family moments to simply creating a fun environment for your loved ones, the benefits of owning a swimming pool are plentiful. Del Suppo Pools, located at 26 McKean Ave. Donora,Pa., is here to bring your staycation pool a reality.

    Here are some reasons why you should consider a pool this season.

    Water has a natural sense of instilling a sense of calm. Regular swimming, even just half an hour at a time, is known to be effective for lowering incidences of depression and anxiety and improving sleep patterns. Swimming releases endorphins, the natural feel good hormones that lead us to experience a greater sense of happiness and wellbeing.

    Theres no denying that friends and family flock to the homes of those who have swimming pools. From backyard BBQs and cocktail hours, to impromptu playdates or sunbathing on a Sunday, if you love to entertain then get a pool!

    You certainly dont need to have a gym membership if you have a pool right outside your door. Just a few laps a day can provide you with a full body workout. Pools are fantastic for those who need low-impact workouts this way they can increase their fitness levels while not straining their bones, joints or muscles.

    While the cost of cleaning and maintaining a pool certainly makes an impact on your utility bill (unless you join Del Suppos annual pool maintenance program), it can also save you money in other areas i.e. entertaining your kids, staycations vs. traveling, gym memberships, etc.

    Im excited to offer this service program to our customers, said Buster Suppo, President of Del Suppo Pools. We have been doing pool service for many years. We find that our customers are a mix of people people who like to travel, who work crazy hours and just want to come home and enjoy their pool. Now we can offer a weekly program and roll in the opening and closing to allow you to do with your pool what youre intending to do enjoy it.

    Del Suppo Pools weekly maintenance program includes 20 weeks of pool or spa service/maintenance for $2,800. This service includes:

    Pool Opening and Closing (Auto-cover or Loop Loc)

    Cover Cleaning with Pool Opening (repair additional charge)

    Vacuuming Weekly

    Surface Skimming Weekly

    Emptying strainer/skimmer baskets weekly

    Backwashing DE/Sand filters & cartridge filter cleaning as needed

    10% off of Chemicals/Parts/Equipments in-store or delivered on a day of service (Some exclusions may apply)

    Preventive maintenance inspections every week to keep your equipment up and running as it should to help avoid mid-season meltdowns

    Onsite water testing to keep your water crystal clear. We will make sure your water is properly balanced and effectively being sanitized. Chemicals are added as needed.

    Weekly report included

    CPO & EPA Pesticide Applicator Category 24 (swimming pool) Certified Technicians

    My crew and I are trained in water treatment, electrical repair and troubleshooting, said Suppo. We attend several industry sponsored training sessions each year. We are EPA certified for heat pump repair. So we will not just vacuum your pool but help to maintain it and keep it running well for many years to come.

    There are also many options to remodel or update existing pools, said Suppo. So, if youre buying a house with a pool, make that pool yours. Change the liner; add a sundeck; add a slide; if you have a young family consider an Automatic Cover; worried about energy costs call us we can change out the pump for an energy efficient variable speed pump.

    A swimming pool isnt simply a decoration at home. Its no secret that a propertys value will increase significantly with the addition of a swimming pool. If you intend on eventually selling your home for a hefty profit, then a built-in pool is a way to go. Be aware, however, that the value also depends on the type of pool you want to install, so its best to seek advice from an estate agent before you start digging your yard up however, Del Suppo Pools, and their years of experience, are here to help guide you through what options are best for you.

    We build a lot of pools every year because people want them, said Suppo. When people who have previously owned a pool move into a new home, Im the first guy they call after the mover or break ground on their new property.

    At Del Suppo Pools, and their sister company Tri State Pool Covers, you can design the inground swimming pools of your dreams and their experienced, well- trained staff will build it by using the highest quality materials on the market today. With the imagineering system, Del Suppo Pools can build your swimming pool in any size, shape, or depth that you desire. They also offer a wide variety of options including lighting, fountains, automatic safety covers, and liners to suit your needs and personality.

    Our customers return to us because they appreciate that we work hard to satisfy them, said Suppo. We do our best to resolve problems and give our customers good service and value for their money. We have had lots of odd things over the years like frog ponds that became a prince of a pool. We always do our best to give the customers what they want.

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    Paradox Valley salt injection well nears end of life – The Journal - December 21, 2019 by Mr HomeBuilder

    When engineers installed the Paradox Valley Salinity Control project in 1996 on the lower Dolores River in Southwest Colorado, the result was improved water quality in the nearby Colorado River and for millions of people and farms downstream.

    But an unintended consequence of pumping briny fluid deep underground has been thousands of human-induced earthquakes.

    The largest was a 4.5 magnitude quake on March 4, about a mile from the injection well, that was felt in Moab, Dove Creek, Cortez and Towaoc. The injected brine was the likely cause, according to seismologists.

    After the record-breaking earthquake for that area, the Bureau of Reclamation salination injection well facility was shut down on a temporary basis to allow for further study.

    Draft EISThis month, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement analyzing alternatives for continued salinity control at the location was released. Comments are being taken until Feb. 4. Those interested may submit comments by email to, or to Ed Warner, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation, 445 West Gunnison Ave., Suite 221, Grand Junction, CO 81501.

    Two public meetings will be held: at 5 p.m. Jan. 14 in Paradox at Paradox Valley Charter School, 21501 6 Mile Road; and at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 in Montrose at Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 1391 S. Townsend Ave.

    According to the EIS, Because the underground reservoir pressure and induced seismicity have increased, and brine disposal rates have had to be substantially reduced in response, a new brine control and disposal facility is needed.

    At the Reclamation facility near Bedrock, a series of nine wells draws up the briny groundwater prevalent in the Paradox Valley, known for salt deposits left over from an ancient shallow sea.

    It is piped to a nearby injection well that sends the salt water 2.9 miles underground to the Mississippi Leadville Formation.

    The Dolores River is a tributary of the Colorado River. By removing the natural salt loading in the Dolores River, water quality is improved on the Colorado for an estimated 40 million people downstream, including municipalities, 5.5 million acres of farms, industry, and for communities in Mexico.

    The facility has been intercepting and injecting about 95,000 tons annually of brine into the injection well. The proposed alternatives are seeking comparable amounts to be removed, and would federal government funded.

    The injected brine fluid is known to cause earthquakes by adding lubrication and pressure to fault lines. An estimated 6,000 mostly smaller earthquakes are thought to be caused by the Paradox injection well since the 1990s, according to government reports and seismologists.

    After a 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit in 2013 in the vicinity of the injection well, the facility reduced injection volume to try and minimize induced earthquakes.

    The big oneBut when the 4.5 magnitude hit six years later, Reclamation officials decided to shut down the injection well temporarily, said Lesley McWhirter, an environmental planner for the Bureau of Reclamation.

    Well pressure is reaching permit threshold standards, an indication that the total capacity of the Leadville formation site storing the brine has been reached, she said.

    The EIS proposes several alternatives, including no action, a new nearby injection well, a surface evaporative system, and a zero-liquid discharge brine crystallization system. Alternatives have a goal to last 50 years.

    The Paradox Valley Unit is a cost effective salinity control project in the Colorado River Basin as it prevents 95,000 tons of salt annually from reaching the Dolores River and eventually the Colorado River thats approximately 7% of total salinity control occurring in the basin, said Ed Warner, Area Manager for Reclamations Western Colorado Office. Reducing salt in the rivers improves water quality, crop production and wildlife habitat in the basin.

    Seismologist explainsWhen fluids are injected deep underground consistently in one location, there is a strong potential for earthquakes to occur, said seismologist Jim Pechmann, of the University of Utah Seismograph Station.

    We know there is a cause and effect there, especially if injection has been occurring over a long time such as the Paradox injection well site, he said. He said that there is really no doubt that the large March 4 earthquake was induced by the brine injection.

    Industrial injection wells are know to cause earthquakes in areas that are not known for them naturally such as in Oklahoma, Texas, and Southwest Colorado.

    Fluids pumped deep underground create pressure against ancient fault lines, which become lubricated and slip, causing earthquakes, Pechmann said. The more the fault gets pressurized, the bigger the magnitude, he said. Old faults that have not been active for millions of years have zones of weakness that can slip under the added pressure. There are always old faults around.

    Rock layers with porous features that allow the brine fluid to flow away from the injection well and not build up pressure would help minimize the potential for earthquakes, Pechmann said.

    Alternatives priced at $99 million and upThree alternatives and a no action option have been proposed:

    Alternative B1, B2: Cap the current injection well and install a new well nearby in the Paradox Valley. Initial studies indicate the proposed new well sites have a Leadville formation with less faults and more space that would be less susceptible to induced earthquakes. They are a greater distance from population areas, and would reduce the level of shaking experienced by residents. One of the sites would require two new bridges across the Dolores River. The costs of the wells, and associated pipelines and pump stations, would be between $99 million and $116 million, and operations and maintenance would create 20-23 jobs. Three-dimensional seismic geologic investigations would be completed to finalize the most ideal location.Alternative C: Brine would be collected from the existing brine production well field and piped to the existing surface treatment facility. Then it would be piped to a series of evaporation ponds seven miles southeast of the production well field. The facility would be operated to evaporate the water from the brine, thereby allowing the solid salt to be harvested for disposal in an onsite salt landfill, or to be used as a commodity.The conceptual pond system design includes a 27-acre surge pond, a 39-acre concentrator pond, 290 acres of crystallizer ponds, 24-acre bittern concentration pond, and a 10- acre-foot bittern storage pond. A hydrogen-sulfide treatment system would be included to remove H2S before brine is discharged to the evaporation ponds. Ponds would be netted according to FWS specifications to restrict access by birds and small mammals and to allow for snow loading.

    Salt would be harvested from the evaporation ponds and disposed of in a 60-acre, onsite salt landfill. The salt landfill would reach a vertical height of 100 feet above the ground surface. Estimated construction cost is $132 million. Operation and maintenance would create 20 jobs.

    Under Alternative D, brine would be collected from the existing brine production well field and piped to the surface treatment facility. Then it would be piped to a centralized treatment plant, consisting of a series of thermally driven crystallizers. The zero-liquid discharge facility would be operated to evaporate (and later condense) water from the brine, resulting in a solid salt and produced freshwater stream. The solid salt would be transported to an onsite, 60-acre salt landfill. Estimated construction cost is $112 million. Operations and maintenance would generate 157 jobs.jmimiaga@

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    Koi Pond Design The Pond Digger - November 10, 2019 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Eco-System or Koi Pond or Water Garden Design, Which style pond construction is best for you, What style pond construction is best for Koi, and which style of pond construction is right for your budget?We take a unique approach to help our clients determine which water feature best fits into their lifestyle, landscape and personal goals.

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    Over the last fifteen years the ECO-SYSTEM POND has dominated the industry and swept across North America in a big way. The eco-system pond offers a simple approach to pond construction with five key elements and a little magic from Mother Nature. The 5 fundamentals not necessarily in order are: 1) A Biological Waterfall Filter 2) A Mechanical Pond Skimmer 3) Rocks & Gravel 4) Fish and 5) Aquatic Plants. This simple construction style approach has inspired contractors and do-it-yourself homeowners across the nation to add eco-system ponds into their lives and businesses!

    The eco-system pond can certainly be tagged as a WATER GARDEN; however, the eco-system pond that I speak of here breaks some rules of the conventional water garden! Many water gardens do not have rocks & gravel incorporated into their pond design or Koi fish for fear of harming water lilies, their most prized possession! More importantly, many water gardens do not have waterfalls! On the contrary, most ECO-SYSTEM ponds have fast moving water not conducive to the care of water lilies and 99.9% of eco-system ponds have waterfalls.

    My intention here is not to dig to deep into the differences between a DEDICATED KOI POND and a WATER GARDEN, but to identify that an ECO-SYSTEM POND or a HYBRID of technologies is a viable solution to meeting the goals and expectations of pond keepers.

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    Brookside Landscape Design – Water Features & Garden Ponds … - November 10, 2019 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Brookside Landscape & Design is a leading landscaping company serving Silverdale WA, Gig Harbor WA, Bremerton WA, Poulsbo WA and the surrounding areas. Our quality landscape design services will bring out the best in your land. Whether you want to install new garden ponds or water features to enhance your landscape, we can provide you with the right solutions. Our environmentally aware landscape company works gently with the environment to mold and shape it to create stunning and beautiful results. We always strive to use the most sustainable practices in order to keep your landscape looking its very best.

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