Flint CFO says state will pay back $6.6 million for past water line work

By Ron Fonger | rfonger1@mlive.com FLINT, MI — The city’s chief financial officer says the state will release previously withheld funds for work completed by contractors replacing water service lines in Flint. “These are the funds that were being questioned…

The Toro Company to acquire The Charles Machine Works, parent of Ditch Witch

Business Wire via AP – Feb 15, 2019 BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held The Charles Machine Works, Inc., an Oklahoma corporation and the parent company…

The $450,000 truck Mobile’s buying to alleviate flooding issues

by Nicole Fierro – Wednesday, February 13th 2019   MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — 450,000 Mobile tax dollars will now buy a truck used to alleviate flooding issues. Tuesday, Mobile’s City Council approved the spending amount to buy specialized equipment to clean sewers…

Site of gas line explosion in San Francisco was properly marked, PG&E says

J.D. Morris , Sarah Ravani and Gwendolyn Wu Feb. 7, 2019 Updated: Feb. 7, 2019 7:59 p.m   Pacific Gas and Electric Co. adequately marked its underground infrastructure at the site of a gas explosion that burned five buildings and sent people running for their lives in…

Showdown between Flint’s mayor and city council over hydrovac

by Joel Feick – Monday, February 11th 2019 (FLINT, Mich. ) A showdown between Flint’s mayor and city council was delayed at a committee meeting. At issue: the lead pipe replacement program. There’s a resolution by Flint City Councilwoman Kate Fields…

Huge flames shoot into sky in San Francisco gas blast

Flames shot into the sky as a gas explosion damaged several buildings in San Francisco. The blast sent panicked residents and workers in the city’s Inner Richmond neighbourhood fleeing into the streets as flames shot above the rooftops of nearby…

Should’ve used a Hydrovac…

Find out what caused a natural gas leak on Thursday that had first responders evacuating a neighborhood Leslie Thompson The Argus Observer ONTARIO — Utility crews were doing clean-up work at a Cascade Natural Gas station in Ontario on Tuesday morning…

Thank You VARCO!

Hydrovac Nation would like to send out a big thank you to our newest supporters at Varco Pumper Hose and Accessories. Varco is known for their wide selection of parts in the water and vacuum industry and for their great…

Prevent caught-in, caught-between incidents

From  Safety+Health -The official Magazine of the NSC Congress & Expo January 27, 2019   Cave-ins during excavation work, body parts being pulled into unguarded machinery, standing within the swing radius of cranes and other equipment, and being caught between…

Clancy Docwra sucks it up

Utilities contractor Clancy Docwra has invested in two suction excavators to work on its long-term contracts with Anglian Water. The new machines use suction fans to extract material through a 250mm nozzle attached to a telescopic arm, completing excavations up…