Stuart Crisp, business development director for the British Precast Drainage Association, gives his top tips for

Stuart Crisp, business development director for the British Precast Drainage Association, gives his top tips for specifying manhole systems, and outlines the benefits of opting for a precast solution Manholes provide access for the inspection and maintenance of buried wastewater drainage systems. In most situations, they are built at the point where one pipeline connects to another, where a pipeline changes size, direction or gradient and at a spacing that enables equipment to be used effectively. Here we present some top tips for specifying manhole systems. 1. Consider a precast concrete manhole solution The construction of a manhole base in-situ using traditional techniques can take up to 40 hours and can often involve personnel working in wet and difficult confined spaces. Off-site manufactured precast concrete manhole base systems offer some big advantages compared to traditional in-situ solutions: they are safer, quicker and cheaper to install, are watertight, of consistently high quality, create less waste on site and have a lower carbon footprint. In fact, construction time from precast base to cover slab can be as little as one hour. A precast concrete manhole base syste...

BVU: Cause of low water pressure repaired on Randolph Street

BRISTOL, Virginia (WJHL) – 9 P.M. UPDATE: BVU Authority CEO Don Bowman tells News Channel 11 they have cut out and repaired a 3 foot bad section of pipe on Randolph Street that leaked water and caused low water pressure for some customers. A BVU Authority spokesperson says they believe they have found the source of a water line break that has caused low-water pressure for people in Bristol, Virginia.  According to BVU CEO Don Bowman, crews are fixing to work on the possible leak located on Randolph Street.  Bowman says this will isolate the leaks to just eight homes, and that those people have been made aware.  Bowman adds that crews have been working for nearly four hours and that the city is losing around 300-350 gallons of water per minute.  The emergency shelter at Highlands Fellowship Church will be closing at noon Saturday. BVU is continuing to work on the water issue and is working today to improve the water pressure along Lee Highway and the area around Lee Garden Apartments. If the needed arises, the shelter will re-open. The BVU Authority is expected to make an announcement either by Facebook or by other means to alert people once all work has been completed.  C...