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runners, regional firms, diversified
service providers, and a circling group
of financial investors. Private ownership of U.S. municipal water systems
currently stands at 15 percent, with
approximately half held by these IOUs,
according to Bluefield's analysis.
Underpinning this scaling interest
in municipal water infrastructure
investments from outsiders and
insiders is a more favorable policy
environment enabling acquisitions
of community water and wastewater
systems. Fair Market Value (FMV)
policies in nine states - and pending
legislation in others - are incentivizing municipalities to sell utilities based
on appraised, rather than book, value.
Still, more than 60 percent of acquisitions are for private systems, rather
than those owned by municipalities.

PPI Announces
Awards Winners
plasticpipe.org
The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI)
announced winners of its 2019
awards program, including several
who are familiar to the underground
utility infrastructure construction and
rehabilitation sectors.
Project of the Year in the Drainage
Division was awarded to Rick Christie,
representing Pacific Corrugated
Pipe Company, of Newport Beach,
Calif., and the products supplied for
the Terror Lake Upper Hidden Basin
Diversion project in Kodiak, Alaska.
A 1.2-mile tunnel was constructed
using Pacific Corrugated's StormTite
high-density polyethylene (HDPE)
pipe underneath Kodiak Island's
National Wildlife Refuge, and the
company's HDPE pipe was used to
build cross drain roadway culverts,
improving vehicle access to the dam,
tunnel locations and Upper Valleys.
In the Municipal & Industrial
Division, Mary Houston accepted a
Project of the Year award on behalf
of Pipeline Plastics LLC, based in
Westlake, Texas, and the long-term

National Excavator Initiative Launches with
Help of Celebrity

Mary Houston and Rick Christie

Jim Johnston

HDPE solution it provided for a North
Pole, Alaska, 35-mile potable water
pipeline, expansion of the water
treatment plant and a 75,000-gallon
potable water reservoir.
PPI members voted Jim Johnston,
of McElroy Manufacturing, as "Member of the Year" in the Municipal &
Industrial Division. He was recognized
for contributing his time and expertise
to support the use of HDPE pipe in
water and waste water applications as
part of the Municipal Advisory Board,
AWWA and at trade shows, and in the
development and writing of technical
documents. He was also named
Member of the Year in the Energy
Piping System Division.

Fiber Optic Sensing
Association Commends
'Smart Infrastructure'
Tech Provisions
fiberopticsensing.org
The Fiber Optic Sensing Association
(FOSA), a non-profit organization
dedicated to fiber optic sensing
technology, commended the recent
introduction of an infrastructure

The importance of pipes, wires and cables buried underground that
support our daily lives is being "unearthed" with the help of Executive
Producer, Host and Author Mike Rowe and his animated alter ego
"micro Mike Rowe."
Known from the hit TV series Dirty Jobs, Deadliest Catch, and his
groundbreaking Facebook show Returning the Favor, Rowe is also
CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a nonprofit organization
that calls attention to America's skilled trade workforce and strives to
close the skills gap.
Rowe and micro Mike Rowe are joining the National Excavator Initiative
to increase recognition and use of the 811 "Call Before You Dig" number
by highlighting the importance of protecting both our critical infrastructure and those digging around it. With more than 7 million miles of buried
utility infrastructure in America, "Civilization is pipes," as Rowe puts it.
Through the National Excavator Initiative, Rowe connects with industry
experts who help educate viewers about the 811 process. Micro Mike
Rowe creatively illustrates the consequences of not contacting 811 before
digging to avoid injury and help save lives. The campaign involves national
and local television, radio, print and online media, as well as billboards.
Public service announcements featuring Rowe and micro Mike Rowe,
as well as informative video content with industry experts, can be seen at
www.safeexcavator.com. Safe Excavator is also a free, mobile application
- downloadable from both Google Play and Apple App stores - that gives
users easy access to the digging laws of all 50 states.
The National Excavator Initiative is supported by more than 70 companies across the country, including those operating pipelines and electric
transmission lines; local electric, gas, water and waste utilities; manufacturing, excavation and construction companies; industry associations
and 811 organizations. *
FOR MORE INFORMATION
National Excavator Initiative, safeexcavator.com
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