Something to Think About: Polar Vortex and Clean Water

By John Bickel

The new term everyone has learned about (and experienced) this winter is “polar vortex,” and it should mean more to you than just wearing mittens to work. Have you thought about the wear and tear this is causing to the water systems?

The polar vortex is causing many pipe and tank woes. Of the water main breaks and leaks that have occurred, probably the worst being in Charleston, WV, all will contribute to the 2.1 trillion gallons of water that is lost annually in the U.S.  The unfortunate accident in WV actually was the result of storage tank leaks.

The Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act will need to turn their attention to water treatment plants and it’s lifeline of the one million miles of pipe that run underground instead of the sensationalized glacier melts and sea level rise.

As public awareness hopefully increases towards our most important natural resource – water– will our country be able to supply the funding towards this most important issue? Who knows?

But with an increase in pipeline and storage tanks to replace the aging water system as it is now, Induron Protective Coatings will provide it’s cutting edge ceramic coatings. Will it prevent water line breaks? No!  But it will line pipeline and storage tanks with long lasting corrosion protection.

Founded in 1947, Induron manufactures high performance coatings that serve a range of industrial applications, including the wastewater, transmission and distribution and groundwater storage industries.

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