A Walk Around the Floor

Conversations with people across the industry are always the highlight of my annual trip to Indianapolis

I’ve met some great people in this industry, and I always appreciate any chance to catch up face-to-face.

I just got back from the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show in Indianapolis, and what stood out wasn’t the equipment — although some impressive trucks and technology filled the show floor — or anything about the show itself. It was the people.

I got to see some of the first friends I made in this industry, contractors whose stories I’ve told, and others who I was lucky enough to meet for the first time.

I was a little disappointed, however, that I didn’t meet more utility operators. This magazine revolves around you and the work you do. You are the magazine, so I appreciate any opportunity to talk to you.

The nice thing about the show and meeting people face-to-face is the back-and-forth. I like hearing about the work you’re doing, and I also really like hearing what you think of the magazine. The give-and-take brings these pages to life.

In many ways, this magazine is like a monthly trade show. Your monthly attendance is always appreciated. It’s an opportunity to find out what’s new, learn about the latest equipment and get to know other utility operators. We have technical talks, safety courses, pages full of tools, and networking with the best of your peers from across the industry.

When I walk around trade shows, I see future pages of Municipal Sewer & Water. I was happy to see more attention being given to inflow & infiltration solutions at this year’s WWETT Show. I talked to several people about everything from manhole inserts to grouting, CIPP lining, gaskets and pipe seals. It’s a huge issue; one you’re all dealing with to some degree.

We launched I&I magazine for that very reason. Most of you will find the latest issue riding along with this month’s MSW. The magazine addresses I&I head-on. Every story is dedicated to helping you deal with your own I&I issues.

Like MSW, this magazine gives you  a well-rounded picture of what’s going on across the industry, but make no mistake, it is its own magazine. The focus is solely on I&I. We showcase projects from the perspective of both municipalities and contractors. We provide technical insight to help you take a more effective approach to your own issues. And we highlight new tools and methods for specific I&I problems. You all deal with I&I, and now I&I can help you do it more effectively.

If we’ve met, I hope you stay in touch. If we haven’t had the chance, please feel free to drop a line and tell me about your utility. Whether I’m at my desk or a show, those are the conversations that help move everything forward.

Enjoy this month’s issue.


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