Water Loss Facts

Water Loss Facts

Visualizing the Data

The reality regarding our water infrastructure is quite staggering. Billions of gallons of treated water are lost each day due to failing pipeline infrastructure. This amounts to a nearly $4 trillion loss annually. Something needs to be done about our aging infrastructure.

BlueWater Solutions Group is dedicated to doing what we can to reverse this trend. Learn about our Asset Management services and how we are making a difference to solve this problem across America.

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water main breaks every hour in the United States

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gallons of treated water lost each second

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seconds, at this rate, would fill an Olympic pool

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dollars is needed to treat every 1,000 gallons of water

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trillion dollars worth of water is lost each year

John Wade

John Wade

Asset Management Specialist

Memberships & Affiliations

Credentials & Certifications

  • NASSCO Certification (PACP/MACP/LACP)
  • Notary Public (KS)

Software Used

John is an Asset Management Specialist as well as the Accounts Receivable and Payable Specialist for BlueWater Solutions Group. He has been with the company for two years. John has experience working both in the field performing sanitary sewer smoke testing and manhole inspections. In the office John handles data management, implementing QA/QC checks for various condition assessment programs, as well as managing accounts receivables and payables. John is proficient in GraniteXP and QuickBooks Pro.

Mike Middleton

Mike Middleton

Water Infrastructure Technologist

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Mike Middleton spent the first twenty-three years of his career building a solid engineering and management foundation with HDR Engineering, Tetra Tech, Brown and Caldwell, and URS Corporation, where he served in a variety of roles from project engineer to Water and Wastewater Practice Leader. Over the past eight years, he has focused his career on conveyance system condition assessment and rehabilitation, during which time he has successfully completed several renewal projects for the City and County of Denver, CO, Denver International Airport; the City and County of Broomfield, CO; and the City of Englewood, CO.

James Fisher

James Fisher

Senior Project Manager

Memberships & Affiliations

Credentials & Certifications

  • P.E. (KS)
  • NASSCO Certification (PACP/MACP/LACP)

Software Used

James specializes in infiltration and inflow (I&I) abatement and hydraulic modeling. He has more than sixteen years of water and wastewater conveyance condition assessment experience. His experience includes Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Surveys (SSES), (I&I) investigation, conveyance system infrastructure analysis and assessment, water distribution and transmission main design, collection system hydraulic modeling, CMOM assessment and wastewater master planning. Mr. Fisher is proficient with hydraulic modeling in InfoSewerPro, InfoSWMM, Hydra, InfoWorks, EPANET and XP-SWMM.

April Carey

April Carey

Project Manager

Memberships & Affiliations

Credentials & Certifications

  • Certified Floodplain Manager
  • Professional Engineer (P.E.) (TX, KS, NM, AR, WY)

Software Used

April’s design experience covers a wide range of projects that include federal and military projects, water master plan studies and modeling, municipal capital improvements, water and sewer lines, drainage systems, roadways, railways, commercial site development and airfields. April’s focus is on efficient design.

Mark Wade

Mark Wade

Principal

Memberships & Affiliations

Credentials & Certifications

  • NASSCO Certification (PACP/MACP/LACP)
  • OSHA 10-hour, OSHA 30-hour, OSHA HAZWOPER 40
  • P.E. (KS, MO, OK)

Software Used

Mark is a Principal at BlueWater Solutions Group, which provides services for water, storm water and wastewater conveyance condition assessment and trenchless rehabilitation. These services include a wide range of field-based condition inspection, assessment and rehabilitation practices of pipeline conveyance infrastructure.

Throughout his forty-one years of experience in consulting engineering for various municipal and industrial pipeline systems, Mark has accumulated a broad range of experience for the improvement and management of both gravity and pressure conveyance systems. This includes planning, inspection, assessment, modeling, design and construction management services to improve operational performance and extend the long-term service life of these critical buried assets. He has performed numerous condition assessment, asset management and master planning programs throughout North America, Europe and East Asia.

Mark Wade has authored and presented more than fifty technical papers related to water and wastewater conveyance system evaluation and rehabilitation. He recently co-authored a published journal funded through the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF)Methods for Cost-Effective Rehabilitation of Private Laterals.

Mark currently provides senior-level technology and project management oversight for several water and sewer assessment and rehabilitation projects throughout North America.

Smoke Testing

Field work: smoke testing

Smoke Testing

About Smoke Testing

BlueWater Solutions Group conducts sanitary sewer smoke testing in order to detect defective and improper connections by blowing non-toxic and odorless smoke into the sewer. If no defects are present, smoke will only be visible from manhole to manhole and on rooftop vents for each building that is connected to the sanitary sewer. When defects are present, smoke will come through the defect. Smoke should not enter buildings unless there are leaks or defects in the plumbing. Should smoke enter your building, open a door or window, turn on exhaust fans, and notify the field crew leader in your area or contact the project manager for additional assistance. People with respiratory concerns are advised to leave the premises during the smoke testing.

To help prevent smoke from entering your building, pour 24 ounces of water into your basement floor drains as well as all drains in sinks, bathtubs, and showers. Adding vegetable oil will also help to slow down the evaporation of water in the P-traps.

Field work: smoke testing

Smoke Testing FAQs

No. The substance that is used is non-toxic and does not pose a fire hazard. However, it is not recommended for people with respiratory problems to remain in the area while testing is in progress.

Fill your drains that are seldom used with approximately 24 ounces of water. Adding some vegetable oil can help in slowing down the evaporation of water in the P-Traps.
Residents do not need to be home and at no time will field crews need to enter residences or buildings. Smoke testing crews will be outside documenting the testing, taking photos, and measuring distances.
Notify the field crew leader of where in your building there is smoke coming through so they can properly document the defect. You should have received a pamphlet with the appropriate contact information in the days or weeks prior to testing. If the smoke is heavy in quantity, it is advised to open some windows and turn on vents to help the smoke dissipate. You may also want to temporarily leave the building if it is consuming the whole premises. The smoke should disappear quickly if these actions are taken.

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