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Zebra Mussels – Warning to Lake Customers

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Zebra mussels have infested metro are lakes. While it is too early to know all of the effects this will have on using lake water for irrigation, this is what we do know. Not all lakes have the same rate of infestation, for information on your lake visit the MN DNR website. Zebra mussels will grow inside the suction filter in the lake. For areas with established populations we recommend a monthly external inspection and cleaning of the lake screen. In August an internal inspection and cleaning of the screen should be done, our observed muscle growth inside the lake screens in 2011 was much greater than what attaches on the outside of the screen. Specimens are needed to confirm sightings, in Minnesota, possession and transport of zebra mussels is illegal, except when providing them to the DNR for identification. Unauthorized introduction of zebra mussels, fish, or plants into the wild is illegal.

 

Vacuum Breaker Installation – Good Quality vs. Poor Quality Contractors (Photos)

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Unlike other contractors we do vacuum breaker installation right the first time. Many times we are asked by a homeowner or landscaper to come in and modify an existing system we did not originally install.  The project will vary, we might rebuild the system to work around a new pool, an addition or a change in the landscaping. When we complete the work we discover our competitors’ poor work.  Sometimes we just look at each other and ask what were they thinking? (See Pictures Below)

Our technicians have been told to start taking pictures when the see poor workmanship.  One very visible example of poor workmanship is where the plumbing comes out of the house at the vacuum breaker.  We believe if you are going to do something do it right.  Our competitors use to few anchors, fail to straighten or level pipes and vacuum breakers, and run the vacuum breaker off of existing faucets.

This is an example of a proper vacuum breaker installation.  We promise to do it right, we tie the vacuum breaker into the pipe right above the water meter.  We use a one inch line from the source to the vacuum breaker outside.  This will give your sprinkler system the maximum amount of water volume and increase the performance of your sprinkler system.

  • We never go off an existing outside faucet with an 3/4″ copper line.
  • We use a professional licensed plumber
  • The vacuum breaker will be straight and if necessary bracketed to the wall.

It is unlikely that our competitors will quit installing poor plumbing so look for more pictures of bad vacuum breakers being added to this page throughout the year.

Bloomington Utility Water Rates (2011)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Note:  Some cities use measurements such as units, cubic meters or cubic feet for some reason.  So, in addition to the city’s water pricing structure we have done the conversion to gallons for to give you a better frame of reference.

City of Bloomington Water Rates (2010)

0-20000 Gallons $2.28 per 1000 Gallons
Over 20000 Gallons $3.20 per 1000 Gallons

Orono Utility Water Rates (2011)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Note:  Some cities use measurements such as units, cubic meters or cubic feet for some reason.  So, in addition to the city’s water pricing structure we have done the conversion to gallons for to give you a better frame of reference.

For ways to conserve water and lower your bill contact us and check out our previous blog post.

City of Orono Water Rates (2011)


Quarterly

Flat rate of $24.72 for Navarre and Highway 12

Flat rate of $16.00 for Chevy Chase

0-10000 gallons $2.21 per 1000 gallons
10001-25000 gallons $2.77 per 1000 gallons
Over 25000 gallons $4.15 per 1000 gallons

Shorewood Utility Water Rates (2011)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Note:  Some cities use measurements such as units, cubic meters or cubic feet for some reason.  So, in addition to the city’s water pricing structure we have done the conversion to gallons for to give you a better frame of reference.

For ways to conserve water and lower your bill contact us and check out our previous blog post.

City of Shorewood Water Rates (2011)


Quarterly

0-5000 gallons $17.50 flat rate
5001-50000 gallons $2.95 per 1000 gallons
Over 50000 gallons $4.25 per 1000 gallons