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December 24, 2019

Plugged up: roots in tile

Are particular crops responsible for blocked tile, or is the problem rooted in installation errors and methods? This top story for 2019 shows that roots in tile are a common roadblock for many contractors.

Flex Tap Tee making connections easier

Curt Yoder is a third generation drainage contractor who came up with the design for the Flex Tap Tee when looking for a way to make tap tees easier to install.

Making pipe from recycled plastic to reduce plastic waste

As concern for the environment grows, so could opportunities to turn recycled waste into products that have a second life in the pipe and infrastructure industry.

Learning curve: controlled drainage on a slope

An inside look into a new project examining controlled drainage on a slope that began in Huron County, ON, this past spring.

Of soils and plows: soil mechanics fundamentals

Although trenchless drainage plows can cause smearing of trench walls, it can be managed with proper attention to soil conditions and the design of the plow point.
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Public image

Improving public image of drainage

What the public thinks is becoming increasingly important. But when agriculture goals are positioned as opposite to environmental goals, where does that leave drainage contractors? How can drainage contractors engage with their community about their work? Environmental specialist Jacqui Empson Laporte lays out six ideas that will help contractors regain their social license in a time where agriculture and the environment are pitted against each other. » Read more...
Manitoba drainage

Driving growth: Manitoba drainage company sees success

NextGen Drainage Solutions has received the title as one of Canada’s top 500 fastest-growing companies, but its president Brett Sheffield didn’t have the most conventional start in the drainage industry. In fact, he started in another industry altogether. » Read more...
Wild wild west

Wild, wild west: Drainage in Western Canada

In October 2019, Manitoba introduced a new approval process for drainage that will make the process smoother for landowners. Chris Unrau, owner of Precision Land Solutions, penned this piece back in May that helps give context to the province’s recent news. At the time of writing, half of Unrau’s staff worked on regulatory-related issues, now with the new changes, what’s possible for Manitoba’s drainage industry? » Read more...
Drainage Survey

Help complete the Beyond Drainage Survey

Is it business as usual in the drainage industry or is there more going on? Drainage Contractor is conducting an online survey to gain a better understanding of the future of this industry. By participating in this 15-question survey, you will help paint a better picture of what lies ahead. Eligible respondents will also be entered for a chance to win a $500 CAD cash prize! Complete here:

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