It’s the time in the cycle of politics that many agencies both at the state and federal level are beginning a new round of legislative sessions. Looking at what is happening around the country can help industries prepare for regulation or dramatic changes coming in the next several months. To that end, several states are already eyeing legislation that could have a major impact on how companies and municipalities conduct their business.
What seems to be on everyone’s minds? Safety protocols, particularly for water and other public infrastructure. For example, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, after the debacle with drinking water in Flint Michigan, signed a bill into law requiring quicker notification about elevated lead levels in the water. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton just proposed $1.5 billion in infrastructure upgrades, including wastewater project repairs and roads. Other states are weighing the possibility of increasing the gas tax in order to generate revenue for infrastructure upgrades.
This is quite welcome and long overdue. But there is more than just investment that plays a role in quality infrastructure. Having the right designs, innovative equipment and thoughtful upgrades make the most of what can be an expensive investment that is supposed to last for a lifetime. Water treatment facilities need to pay attention to ph adjustment and acidic dilution. Sewage mixing elements should have a nonfouling design to prevent sludge flow from clogging. These can be achieved with the right static mixers and heaters; a quality product means a serious return on investment for your energy expenditure.
In fact, the right kind of product can not only meet and exceed proposed safety legislation or upgraded operating standards – it might even save you money, to boot. Fewer moving parts means less to clean, less to clog and less downtime. Energy savings means you get more bang for your buck out of the chemicals you must use in order to achieve the same result. Legislation doesn’t have to spell doom for your industry. A quality product, such as Komax provides, ensure you will be well placed to meet any industry standard.