Certified Validators are Here! Water Loss Audits – 2020 Updates and Validation Requirements

All metered community water systems are required to perform annual Water Audits and “Validated” Water Audits in every even-numbered year. The first Validated Water Audit is due on August 1, 2020.  Commonwealth has attended the inaugural training session and now has 2 certified Water Auditors and Validators to assist you with both the assembly of the […]

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Water and Wastewater Workforce – the Impending Challenge Part 2 – When did Finding a Certified Operator Become so Difficult?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has projected that 8.2 percent of existing water and wastewater operators will need to be replaced annually between 2016 and 2026 (Source: https://www.gao.gov/assets/690/689621.pdf). Limited information is available to determine whether retirements, or other workforce needs, are affecting drinking water and wastewater utilities’ abilities to comply with the Safe Drinking […]

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Water and Wastewater Workforce – the Impending Challenge Part 1 – The Water & Wastewater Utility Operator

According to a 2016 Government Accountability Office study (Source: https://www.gao.gov/assets/690/687261.pdf), there are approximately 52,000 drinking water and 16,000 wastewater utilities in the United States. These utilities vary widely in the number of people they serve, but the majority serve fewer than 10,000 people. Water and wastewater utility operators are required to run the equipment, control […]

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Flora, Indiana Water Treatment Plant Open House

On October 18, 2019, the Town of Flora, Indiana had an open house for their new and improved water treatment plant.  At this open house, they were able to educate high school engineering students from Carrol Consolidated School Corporation as well as the 6th-grade class.  With help from Commonwealth Engineers, Kankakee-Iroquois Regional Planning Commission, Indiana […]

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Water Loss Audits – 2020 Updates and Validation Requirements

In 2016 water utilities across the State participated in a “WhyFi Water Audit” through the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA). This audit was intended to allow for a statewide assessment of water loss throughout our utilities.  552 utilities participated in this data collection initiative resulting in the IFA published a report titled “Evaluation of Indiana’s Water […]

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EPA Proposes Revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR)

Lead and copper enter drinking water primarily through plumbing materials. They can be problematic since exposure to these chemicals may cause health problems ranging from stomach distress to brain damage. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) to reduce exposure from drinking water in at-risk communities and […]

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Spencer Playground Paint Day

On Friday, September 13th, Commonwealth Engineers joined forces with Spencer, Indiana to revitalize some of the Town’s playground equipment.  Mike Spinks from the Town Council accompanied by Commonwealth’s Drew Flamion, Toby Church, and Nancy Church volunteered their time to help with the playground paint job! You can check out the before and after below!  

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Engineers Without Borders Kickball Tournament

Commonwealth Engineers supports  Engineers Without Borders through Kcikball Tournament   Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. (CEI) was a sponsor for the Annual Kickball Tournament Fundraiser put on by the Indianapolis Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA. This was CEI’s third year sponsoring the event and sending a team. This year CEI faced off against teams from 12 […]

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Grandview, Indiana Ground Breaking

On June 13th, 2019, the Town of Grandview came together with Commonwealth Engineers, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), two contractors, Bobby Luttrell and Sons, and Layne Water Resources to break ground on their latest water project.  The Town of Grandview will be constructing a new water well, installing isolation valves in the […]

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Commonwealth Engineers is awarded the 2019 Circle of Excellence by PSMJ Resources, Inc.

Commonwealth Engineers is awarded the 2019 Circle of Excellence by PSMJ Resources, Inc.  The PSMJ Circle of Excellence highlights successfully managed firms that demonstrate outstanding achievements in areas such as overhead management, productivity, client satisfaction, staff growth, and turnover. The Circle of Excellence represents the top 20% of participants in PSMJ’s annual A/E Financial Performance […]

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