Join Us to Celebrate the First Ever World Trenchless Day
At Benjamin Media — publisher of Trenchless Technology magazine — we LOVE trenchless technology as much you do, maybe more. We live and breathe it and are always looking for fun, creative and, most importantly, informative ways to promote our industry. But we also aspire to broaden our reach to an even wider audience, one that doesn’t know what the heck trenchless technology is — yet.
We have a fantastic idea to do just that and it involves all of you. We want to partner with the entire trenchless industry — manufacturers, contractors, engineering firms, associations, public works and magazines — to share the world of trenchless technology, reaching out those who have not yet realized the impact that trenchless methods have on their communities.
Therefore, on September 22, 2016, we will be observing the first ever World Trenchless Day — a day that we as an industry will globally unite in an effort to spread the benefits of using trenchless technology as the way to address our aging and crumbling underground infrastructure. We want all of you to join our day of trenchless celebration.
World Trenchless Day will be a global celebration (commemorated on the fourth Thursday of September each year) that will shine a spotlight on all of trenchless’ benefits — safety, economics, environmental, social. We invite the industry to use social media, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, to help raise the awareness around the globe that trenchless technology is the premier conduit in revitalizing and upgrading our underground infrastructure that in most places is well over 100 years old.
“As an industry, we know the benefits of using trenchless techniques and technologies to upgrade our underground infrastructure, but there are those who are not as entrenched in the trenchless industry. We want to reach them. World Trenchless Day is a way for the entire industry to showcase to the world what we do best — fixing our underground infrastructure using environmentally friendly, minimally invasive methods,” says Benjamin Media president Rob Krzys.
The impact that the use of trenchless methods has on communities, the economy and quality of life is immense and will only continue to grow as municipalities and utilities realize and understand their benefits vs. traditional methods.
If you need more impetus to join us, consider these numbers laid out in the ASCE Infrastructure Report Card for drinking water and wastewater pipes. They are staggering. There are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks per year in the United States, according to the report. Assuming every pipe would need to be replaced, the cost over the coming decades could reach more than $1 trillion, according to the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
The outlook for our sewer and stormwater systems is bleak, as well, according to the report, noting that capital investment needs for the nation’s wastewater and stormwater systems are estimated to total $298 billion over the next 20 years. Pipes represent the largest capital need. Since 2007, the federal government has required cities to invest more than $15 billion in new pipes, plants, and equipment to eliminate combined sewer overflows, the report says.
We have always known that trenchless technology will play a huge role in addressing these needs. We want World Trenchless Day to be a day of sharing your trenchless project photos and videos and experiences, highlighting how using trenchless technology is the right thing to do. Join us on World Trenchless Day. We can’t wait!
What We’re Doing for World Trenchless Day
We have a lot of cool ideas for how we will be celebrating World Trenchless Day and we will be promoting them in the coming months. Here is one we can officially release and are excited about: We will be announcing our 2016 Projects of the Year winners on Sept. 22, in conjunction with our World Trenchless Day activities. Stay tuned for more World Trenchless Day news!