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Winterizing Your Water Tower

               Properly winterizing a water tank is crucial for protecting it from freezing and should be done prior to the cold setting in. Here are a few tips on winterizing your water tower this season. Complete Repairs                Prior to freezing temperatures, make sure to thoroughly inspect the tank… Read more »

How an Antenna on Your Water Tower Can Benefit Your Community

              Have you ever thought of how you can use the space at the top of your community’s water tower? By leasing out otherwise unused space to telecommunication companies, communities are able to capitalize on their water towers and provide their citizens with better cellular phone coverage. This article… Read more »

What You Need to Know About Water Tank Mixers

Mixing has been a part of water tank maintenance ever since water tanks have existed. For decades water tank owners relied on engineering a complex piping system to mix their water only when it filled, otherwise called a passive mixing system. Today owners have the luxury of installing an active water mixing system. With water… Read more »

CDPHE: What It Means for Colorado Water Storage

               For water storage tanks in the state of Colorado, owners should be aware of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Storage Tank Rule (STR) that became effective in 2016. Essentially, this rule was put in place to promote healthier drinking water standards by regulating how… Read more »

When Do You Need an Engineer for Water Storage Projects?

              For those planning a water storage project, they might be surprised with how often an engineer is necessary. Even with something one would consider as “simple” as a home renovation can entail an engineer’s help to ensure the structural safety of a home, and is even more imperative… Read more »

NSF 600: Changes Coming to the Water Industry

On April 27, 2020, NSF International released new regulations and rules for the water industry: NSF 600, otherwise known as NSF 60 & NSF 61. These standards will go into effect on January 1, 2023, to give owners, contractors, and engineers time to prepare. If you are concerned about what NSF 600 means for you,… Read more »

Cold Weather Procedures for Water Storage Tanks

Preventing the Formation of Ice in Water Storage Tanks One very simple method to prevent or minimize the formation of ice in water storage tanks is to allow the tank to drop the head as much as possible (to the lowest water level and/or pressure that the owner is comfortable with) before starting to pump… Read more »

When is the Best Time to Inspect Your Water Storage Tank?

Is it time to inspect your water storage tank or reservoir, or would another time of year work better for your system? Each owner has his answer, and in many cases, there is a unique answer for each tank or reservoir.   Numerous factors will dictate when you can most easily take your tank out… Read more »

Wisconsin DNR Reservoir Inspection Requirements

As you are probably aware, there have been some changes to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR) administrative code that lists the requirements for the operation and maintenance of public water systems (Chapter NR 810). KLM Engineering would like to take this opportunity to summarize the current requirements. The WI DNR requires that… Read more »

Cold Weather Operation Procedures

Perhaps the first thing to do is to review previous years’ water usage during the cold weather months and consider how any changes in the past year will affect the usage this year.  This may even involve some consultation with local industries or other heavy users to determine if they anticipate any changes to their… Read more »

Assuring Your Water Quality

It’s important to ensure that your utilities provide your residents and community with clean drinking water, from your reservoirs, water storage, and water towers. It’s also important that your facilities are clean and in good working condition, to make sure the coatings and your overall interior structures are undamaged and the tank bottom is free… Read more »

Monetize Your Water Tower with Antennas!

You can make your water towers work to earn extra income for you!  KLM Engineering would like to introduce you to the engineering and inspection services we can provide during antenna installations on your water storage reservoirs. Having an antenna installed on your water storage tank, whether it be for cellular, wireless internet, or X-M… Read more »

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