Water pipeline project in New Mexico breaks ground

LOUISVILLE, KY, April 16, 2010 -- ISCO Industries supplied 13 miles of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe for phase two of the Eastern Navajo Water Pipeline Project, which broke ground on Monday...

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LOUISVILLE, KY, April 16, 2010 -- ISCO Industries, a Louisville, Ky.-based distributor and fabricator of piping products, supplied 13 miles of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe for phase two of the Eastern Navajo Water Pipeline Project. As part of the project, representatives from ISCO Industries participated in the project's groundbreaking dedication ceremony held in Counselor, N.M. on Monday, April 12.

The complete pipeline project, which consists of four planned phases, will provide a sustainable water supply to 10,000 people across four counties and eight Navajo chapters. Of the 10,000, nearly 4,000 people currently do not have running water in their homes. These families haul water to their homes in trucks or by horse back. In addition, many of the water sources used by these water haulers are not fit for human consumption due to bacterial contamination.

"It is very emotional for me to see this happening," said Navajo Counselor Chapter President Samuel Sage at the dedication ceremony on Monday. "We will have a lot of people that will get water they can actually drink."

The 13 mile phase two of the Eastern Navajo Water Pipeline Project runs from Nageezi, N.M. to Counselor, N.M. HDPE pipe was chosen for the phase because of the aggressive conditions of the soil.

"We chose to use HDPE in the phase two design because there was a concern regarding the potential corrosive nature of the soil in the area that precluded us from using ductile iron pipe," said Andrew Robertson, P.E., Senior Engineer at Souder, Miller and Associates, the engineering firm for phases two, three and four of the pipeline project.

Funding for phase two of the pipeline comes from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the State of New Mexico and contributions from individual Navajo Chapters.

"Providing clean drinking water to these communities offers them the opportunity for a better quality of life and paves the path toward the sustainability of New Mexico's rural communities," Terry Brunner, state director of the USDA's Rural Development program, said during the dedication ceremony.

To show support for water conservation and the Navajo Nation, ISCO Industries also presented a $1,000 donation during the ceremony toward the Rio Puerco Alliance summer high school youth program. In the summer, high school students in the water restoration program learn about, and work on, restoration projects that use water harvesting techniques using locally available and environmentally sustainable materials.

ISCO Industries also contacted pipe manufacturer JM Eagle to donate toward the program. Collaboratively ISCO Industries and JM Eagle donated $2,000. It costs the alliance approximately $500 for each student to participate in the program.

About Rio Puerco
The Rio Puerco Alliance is a non-profit organization formed by members of the Rio Puerco Management Committee (RPMC). The RPMC is a collaborative group of partners that regularly meet and undertake restoration projects within the Rio Puerco watershed. Participants are a diverse group of nine federal agencies, five tribes, 13 state agencies, six non-profit organizations and interest groups, and numerous residents, landowners, and interested citizens. RPMC projects focus on reducing sediment within the watershed, improving vegetation and habitat, and supporting a variety of other watershed factors, such as socio-economic benefits and public awareness. For more information on RPMC, visit http://riopuerco.org .

About ISCO
Since 1962, ISCO Industries, a customized piping solutions provider headquartered in Louisville, Ky., stocks and sells HDPE pipe and other materials to provide piping solutions for various mining, industrial, municipal, environmental, geothermal, golf, culvert-lining and landfill applications throughout the United States and Canada. The company also rents, services and sells McElroy fusion equipment. ISCO has more than 20 facilities in the United States, as well as in Canada and Australia -- inventorying large stockpiles of pipe, usually within a one day delivery of most projects. For more information on ISCO, visit www.isco-pipe.com .

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