LB Water News

LB Water Joins Fourth Annual Imagine a Day Without Water Campaign

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Today, LB Water™ joined elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, educators, and businesses participating in the fourth annual "Imagine a Day Without Water," a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water. Led by the Value of Water Campaign, hundreds of organizations across the country will host events and spearhead projects today aimed at raising awareness about the crucial need for investment in our nation's water infrastructure.

"Parts of our nation's water system are more than 100 years old. Some, in the northeast, are more than 200 years old. They're in vital need of replacement and repair," says Shawn Pulford, CEO of LB Water, a distributor of water, wastewater and stormwater products that provides industry insight and guidance to its customers. "Unlike highways and bridges, which allow those who use them to observe some signs of deterioration over time, much of the nation's water infrastructure is underground. We depend on our water system every day, but most of us take for granted that it will always be there when we need it."

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With Nearly 41 Years of Service, LB Water Chief Administrative Officer Retires

SELINSGROVE, Pa. –  When Bob Dagle began working at LB Water in 1978, the company had just four employees, three desks, one location and no computers.

According to Dagle, the four employees had to fight for space at the three desks, which were pushed together so workers could access a single set of product-inventory cards that they would rotate among themselves with the help of a lazy Susan.

"When we started off, we had a manual system and handwrote all of our invoices," said Dagle. "And we used a calculator to calculate product prices and multiply the units. The father of one of our employees would check our math."

Today, LB Water has grown to have more than 200 employees at eight locations throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia and maintains a computerized inventory of more than $25 million in products used in the potable water, sanitary sewer and stormwater management industries. The company also has two affiliated companies, S3 Stormwater Solution Source and 540 Technologies® –which specializes in leak detection and water-loss management as well as smart lighting and smart grid applications.

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LB Water, S3 Help Elementary Students Learn About Storm Water Management

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Before beginning their summer vacations, fifth-grade students at Winchester Thurston Elementary School in Allison Park near Pittsburgh received a hands-on lesson in stormwater management when representatives of LB Water Service™ Inc. and its affiliated company S3 Stormwater Solutions Source™ helped their class install an environmental filter in a stormwater inlet in the school's parking lot.

The filter, known as a skimmer box, sits under a metal grate and over a storm-sewer entry point. It's designed to capture debris such as leaves, paper, aluminum cans, cigarette butts and other trash that otherwise would end up in streams, rivers and bays. The filter, manufactured by Suntree Technologies Inc® of Cocoa, Florida, also captures motor oil, transmission fluid and other chemicals commonly found in stormwater runoff.

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LB Water Selects 2018 Summer Interns

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – LB Water, a service provider and distributor of waterworks products serving the potable water, storm water and wastewater industries, has selected three students from 63 applicants to serve internships at three of the company’s eight Mid-Atlantic locations.

Tiffany Holzer of Apollo, a senior who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in project and supply chain management at The Pennsylvania State University’s New Kensington campus, is interning at the company’s Ebensburg location.

Torey Brown, a finance major from Riviera Beach, Florida, is a junior at Susquehanna University and is interning at LB Water’s Selinsgrove location.

Cody Kyko of Stoneboro, a senior at Clarion University of Pennsylvania who is majoring in marketing with a minor in sport management, is interning at LB Water’s Stoneboro location.

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PA Waterworks Distributor Goes the Extra Mile for Ohio Port Authority

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SELINSGROVE, Pa. – When officials at the Ashtabula County Port Authority in northeast Ohio discovered on New Year’s Eve 2017 that they had a leak in a 36” cast-iron water main that provides cooling and chiller lines for a nearby industrial park, they had no way of knowing what it would take to fix the broken line quickly. First, they called Ashtabula-based Union Industrial Contractors, Inc. for help. 

“On Sunday, December 31, we were called for an emergency water leak repair at the former FirstEnergy Plant C, an Ashtabula Port Authority-owned plant along Lake Road that supplies millions of gallons of raw water daily to area industries,” said Ryan Cochran, president of Union Industrial Contractors. “The repair was to fix a catastrophic break on a 36” clean-in-place water line that was buried about 30 feet underground. The rupture measured six feet long and two feet wide.” 

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540 Technologies EPA Webinar

Leak-detection expert John Brutz, general manager of 540 Technologies™, an LB Water™ affiliated company, presented techniques for managing water loss during a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency webinar series designed for operators of small U.S. water systems.

Presenting during a webinar titled “Water Loss and Distribution System Infrastructure: Leak Detection and Cost Savings,” Brutz explained that operators need to understand the relationship between the water they’re pumping and treating and the water they’re losing through hidden leaks, pipe bursts and other factors if they want to improve their bottom lines.

Brutz offered information about free industry resources and cost-saving, leading-edge technologies that can help utilities assess and manage water loss, including water audits, insertion meters, acoustic leak-detection data loggers and correlators to localize and pinpoint leaks, and remote pressure-monitoring and modulation equipment.

Brutz presented on behalf of FlowNetworx. The company is now doing business as 540 Technologies™ to better reflect its growing smart city portfolio, which also includes smart-grid offerings.The July 25, 2017, EPA webinar featuring Brutz’ presentation can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztoSoqDBKqA 

540 Technologies™ Helps Public and Private Utilities and Other Entities Manage Networks with Data-Driven Solutions

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SELINSGROVE, Pa. –  540 Technologies™, an environmental and data solutions provider that works with utility systems and other companies to help them become more efficient, cost effective and environmentally responsible, recently added pipe diagnostics, smart lighting and smart grid solutions to its offerings.

The company – which launched in March under the name FlowNetworx to offer solutions, expertise and training in water-loss management as well as wastewater metering and monitoring – is now doing business as 540 Technologies™ to better reflect the company’s growing smart city portfolio. In addition to its services and solutions for water leak detection, leak pinpointing, water pressure control, data acquisition and management, wastewater metering and monitoring and waterflow measuring for district metered areas, 540 Technologies™ now provides expertise in smart streetlighting, smart electric metering and assessment of underground water infrastructure. 

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