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Public safety; Columbus police getting upgraded, smarter Tasers;
February 27, 2015
Columbus police soon will be equipped with what's being called a more-effective, safer Taser. But make no mistake, it still will knock you silly. The city council is committed to spending $250,000 to replace older models of the nonlethal weapon, Council President Andrew J. Ginther said.

Pakistan: WASA to install meters to overcome fiscal deficit
February 27, 2015
LAHORE, Feb. 27 -- Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Lahore has prepared a comprehensive plan to install meters on its connections across the provincial capital to overcome increasing financial deficit.

New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency
February 26, 2015
New Tool Maps Buildings' Energy Efficiency George Putic February 26, 2015 1:35 PM Architects, engineers and building managers will soon be able to quickly collect data about building interiors that once took weeks to measure and process. A backpack-mounted device, developed by a group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, will require just one pass through the building to create not only a 3D model but gather other valuable information related to the building's energy efficiency.

City moving forward with stormwater rate increase
February 26, 2015
Utility rate increases to pay for upgrades and overdue maintenance for Bozeman's neglected stormwater system were endorsed by the City Commission this week, bringing homeowners a step closer to seeing a few dollars a month added to their bills.

Free Wi-Fi, Cheap Internet; Technology City Plans To Install Its Own Broadband Network, Complete With Public Hot Spots And Private Subscriptions For Homes And Businesses When Does The Service Take Effect? Where Are The Access Points? Are They Secure? Who Is Paying For The Project? Can I Replace My Home Internet Service? How Will This Save The City Money? Watch The Video
February 26, 2015
DAN NEPHIN DNEPHIN@LNPNEWS.COM Free Wi-Fi in public areas will be part of a municipal broadband network Lancaster officials plan to roll out to much of the city over the next 18 months. The city contracted with MAW Communications Inc. of Reading to build and maintain the system, which officials announced Wednesday. Under the 20-year agreement, MAW will be paid about $500,000 to install fiberoptic cable and transmitters throughout the city. The company will get a share of residential and business subscriptions, which will pay for maintenance.

Rancho Water chief will resign
February 26, 2015
The general manager of the Rancho California Water District is resigning, water officials announced. Matt Stone said he will be stepping down later this year, capping a tenure that included the introduction of budget tiers for customers and the purchase of Vail Lake.

Fluor inks EPC contract for 250-mile NEXUS pipeline
February 23, 2015
NEXUS Gas Transmission LLC selected Fluor Corp. to provide engineering, procurement and construction management services for its approximately 250-mile natural gas transmission pipeline project in Ohio and Michigan. The Texas-based engineering and construction firm will also design and manage the development of up to four compressor stations in Ohio and four meter stations that will provide flow control and gas quality monitoring services, according to a Feb. 12 news release by Fluor. The approximately $2 billion NEXUS project is expected to be in service by end of 2017. DTE Energy Co. and Spectra Energy Partners LP, are the lead developers of the NEXUS Project.

The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 19, 2015
David Rhodes, Memphis Thanks for the heat Monday afternoon, with all of the sleet and ice, our house temperature kept dropping. I checked and found that neither heater was on, so I tried to turn on the gas fireplace and found we had no gas. I immediately called Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division and explained we were two cold seniors who needed heat. Later that night, we had a new gas meter and went to bed with heat and hot water. The dedicated technician was great and replaced the meter in the cold and dark.

Pinnacle Engineering - Subsea Systems and Export Pipelines for Delta House
February 01, 2015
Pinnacle Engineering Inc. and sister company, Pinnacle Project Services, supply complete engineering, procurement, inspection and commissioning services to the offshore oil and gas industry. Our company specializes in cradle to grave solutions for projects ranging from single to complex multi-well fields in any water depth. Pinnacle understands the importance of managing costs, schedules and risks, as well as being committed to providing a valued partner and trusted resource for economical, safe offshore project development. Since opening our doors in 1993, Pinnacle has remained focused on providing multidiscipline engineering on scopes ranging from thousands to hundreds of millions of dollars; and locations from shallow marsh to the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. With the installation of more than 100 platforms, 250 pipelines and 100 subsea tiebacks behind us; our understanding of how to get a project completed on time and on budget is unmatched. Pinnacle prides itself on innovation, holding over five pending patents related to subsea hardware design.

Water leaks? Focus on flappers; green insider
June 01, 2014
  Building owners and managers need to be aware that a leak can add up over time and send the already steep price of water even higher.   The U.S. Geological Survey notes that a gallon of water is wasted for every 15,140 drips. A faucet that leaks five drops every minute would waste 173 gallons of water a year. Add that up across a portfolio of properties and the numbers can become staggering. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that leaky toilets are often a water-loss culprit.           [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]           DeeAnne McClenahan, Greystar's Senior Director for Procurement and Sustainability, says her company takes toilet flappers seriously--enough that it monitors portfolio-wide purchases of flappers to determine if proper repairs and leak precautions are being taken by apartment community maintenance crews.       Small, rubber flappers can save hundreds of gallons of water that seep away under the radar. To stay on top of leaks, Greystar monitors sub-metered properties for high water usage. It also requires maintenance workers to change toilet flappers every time a rental apartment turns over.


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