Editor’s Message – Data and the Wastewater Industry

Data and the Wastewater Industry

Mike Kezdi Like you, I am grateful to see 2020 end and 2021 get under way. I am hoping that what lies ahead gets us back on track to normal.

In our most recent issue we look at Water Pollution Control Division for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas and the work that it does to keep its sanitary and storm sewers in top working order. The Division operates a fleet of nine combination sewer cleaners, two flusher trucks, three CCTV trucks and one CCTV UTV. By proactively working on the system, the Division was able to stay ahead of the curve when the pandemic hit. Using the data at its fingertips, the Division spent 2020 focusing on the areas of greatest need.

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Data is an important component of any plumbing and sewer professional’s job. Whether you are a one-man outfit with a few residential customers or a large contracting outfit working for municipalities, data helps drive the work that you do. One of the newest technologies those in the industry are turning to is fleet management software. The software — depending on the provider — can offer a host of features that can help a company’s bottom line. To find out more about how fleet management software can benefit your business, checkout our story from Verizon Connect.

Continuing this data trend, our Products Showcase and PRO Tips section looks at locating systems. When I think of locators, I think of them as being integral to safe digging of underground utilities. It goes beyond that, locators can also be used to locate leaks in pipes, track sewer and water lines under buildings and tracking camera heads as well. Our section has some of the latest offerings from key manufacturers and includes tips on buying, using and maintenance of the equipment.

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The Show Goes On

No sooner did we return from a brief holiday hiatus that we were made aware that our industry’s largest trade show and conference — the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show — was being pushed back…again. This time, the show heads to June at the Indiana Convention Center. You can read more about the changes and the WWETT+ virtual component here.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that this show goes on because it will be an opportunity to interact face-to-face with the men and women of our industry.

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A new year traditionally brings resolutions with the purpose of focusing yourself on achieving a particular goal or set of goals. Personally, I never really make any resolutions. Not really sure why, I just don’t.

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However, when I was putting together this issue, I thought it would be good to come up with a resolution for Pipe Cleaning PRO. It’s simple really, and that is to continue to bring you the best and most in-depth coverage of North America’s sewer and drain cleaning, inspection and repair industry.

To make this happen, I call upon you to interact with us. Whether it be on our social media sites, via a phone call to 330-752-1916 or an email to mkezdi@benjaminmedia.com — we rely on you, our readers, to share your stories and ideas.

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I hope you all stay happy, stay healthy and stay positive,

Mike Kezdi, Managing Editor, Pipe Cleaning PRO

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