The ASCE Annual Infrastructure Report is complete. What Is our grade?

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Annual Infrastructure Report Card is complete. The report card assigns grades and offers solutions to various infrastructure categories, three of which we will be focusing on: Drinking Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater. As a country, Drinking Water has come up in their grade to a C- where wastewater stayed the same at […]

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Commonwealth Engineers Announces Staff Promotions

Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. announces the promotion of three staff members to the Associate Program. The Associate Program exists to develop talent within our organization and provide growth opportunities to develop into future leadership roles. Jeremy Schmitt, P.E. Jeremy joined Commonwealth in 2017 and works in our Indianapolis Office. He has 23 years of experience in the […]

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Commonwealth Engineers Announces Two New Business Development Managers

Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. welcomes two new employees serving in the capacity of Business Development Manager. Gabrielle Biciunas will be based in the Crown Point office and will serve as the Northwest Indiana Business Development Manager.  Her primary responsibility will be heading Commonwealth’s efforts to create and maintain client relationships in Northwest and North Central Indiana. Before joining […]

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New House Bill Could Affect Your Utility Plans

House Bill 1527 is currently in the hands of the Indiana Senate after being passed by the House on Tuesday, February 22. The bill focuses on Eminent Domain, which could affect utility projects after December 31, 2021. If a municipality is exercising eminent domain authority outside of its corporate boundaries (e.g., for a water or […]

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Are you prepared for the unexpected?

In the Midwest, we are accustomed to bitter cold temperatures, high snow totals, and associated impacts to our water and wastewater infrastructure.  In the South, they are used to enjoying warm temperatures, no snow, and little concern for prolonged subfreezing impacts to their utilities.  In Texas, dangerously low potable water levels were recently reached across […]

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Utility SCADA Systems Cybersecurity

You may have read the recent headlines about the Oldsmar Florida Water Treatment Facilities control system being hacked. Chemical feed rates for sodium hydroxide (the ingredient commonly found in drain cleaner) was increased from 100 ppm to 11,200 ppm. If not for the plant manager’s prompt reaction, those headlines would likely also include a report […]

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2021 Environmental Compliance Reminders

Annual Pretreatment Report Due to IDEM April 1st Your Community’s Industrial Pretreatment Program’s Annual Report is due by April 1, 2021. If your community is classified as a Non-Delegated Pretreatment Program, your Annual Report must be submitted to IDEM’s Office of Water Quality (OWQ). If your community is designated as a Delegated Pretreatment Program, your […]

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Last IFA Regional Planning Meeting Prior to March 1 Deadline

The 2019 Indiana General Assembly enacted Senate Enrolled Act 4 (SEA 4), requiring the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) to conduct regional planning meetings throughout the State of Indiana to enable drinking water and wastewater utilities to work together to address long-term needs. SEA 4 also requires these utilities to report participation in the planning meetings. The deadline […]

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Unsubmitted Water Loss Audits

Roughly 30% of Indiana’s water utilities did not submit their required 2019 Water Loss Audit and Validation report by the January 1, 2021 deadline, as required in Senate Enrolled Act 4 (“SEA 4”).  Without a submitted Water Loss Audit, your utility may be at risk of losing utility improvement financing capabilities through the Indiana Finance […]

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Commonwealth’s New Operations Assistance Program

“We can design the perfect plant, the perfect facility, and without adequately trained operators it would end up failing.” – Al Stong, P.E., President Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. If you are interested or want more information on our Operations Assistance program, please contact Theresa Criss-Hartwig.

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