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Author Archives: John W. Carpita, PE
An article in the April 2014 AWWA Opflow magazine caught my eye, particularly as the City of Longview is featured. The article is entitled: “The New Ice Age: Pigging Effectively Cleans Water and Wastewater Pipelines.” First of all, what is … Continue reading
“So, Nicole. How many frogs did you have for breakfast today?” Ewwwwwwwwwww! “Angel, want to go catch some frogs for supper?” Ewwwwwwww! I admit that I tease my grandkids about frogs. For years I’ve been the “frog” grandfather, and they … Continue reading
Once in a while. I get a research request that appeals to my (admittedly) wry sense of humor. Many of you, I am sure, have heard of goats being used for vegetation (weed) control. Probably some of you have even … Continue reading
I recently received a research request involving a contractor who was operating under several names, which in itself is not a bad thing, but in this instance at least one of those “aliases” was an obvious attempt to cover up … Continue reading
In 2013, the Legislature passed ESHB 1717, which, among other things, modified chapter 35.91 RCW in several key areas for sewer and water facility latecomer agreements entered into by cities, towns, counties, and drainage districts. These changes to chapter 35.91 … Continue reading
Until December 31, 2013, contractors that used prefabricated project specific items produced out-of-state had to report that fact to the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) on their Affidavits of Wages Paid for public works contracts estimated to cost over $1 million. Until … Continue reading
Our new Contracting for Services publication has generated a lot of interest and some great comments from folks who have downloaded it. In response to some of these comments, we have added some additional language, which is included in the … Continue reading
Mike Purdy has posted on his Public Contracting Blog a great summary of laws passed in the 2013 Legislative Session that impact public works contracting and purchasing. Be sure to take a look.
Thanks to concerted and cooperative action by a coalition of public and private water purveyors, cities, counties, trade organizations, and fire fighting agencies (FIRE PALS), Washington now has a new fire suppression (hydrant) law.
Unsung Heroes of the Washington Public Works Community: The APWA Contract Administration Subcommittee (CASC)
As I stated in an earlier blog post, I am quite “plugged in” to the greater Washington State public works community. I’ve had many opportunities over the years to see and to experience the dedication and—well, the devotion—of public works professionals … Continue reading