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Water distribution and desalination are hot news topics across the U.S. and around the world recently. But this is especially true in California, where the state has been experiencing drought conditions for more than two years now. And it’s not just the water industry that’s feeling pressure as a result of the drought: Just about every manufacturing industry across the U.S. – from food processing to automotive manufacturing – are feeling the residual effects of the drought. Overall, the drought is just one factor that is spurring the need for more manufacturing and industrial facilities that require process piping construction. On a global basis, all types of industrial processes — anywhere where compressed air, water distribution, vacuums and steam boilers are involved, or other situations where materials are conveyed through pipes — require reliable and safe process piping construction. But we’ll talk more about this later in this blog post.

Getting back to the drought… Closer to home in Southern California, we’ve been coping with the drought for quite a while now. A recent report on weather.com states that after the recent rain “Los Angeles County Water tweeted that their system had captured 1.16 billion gallons of water, enough to supply 28,000 people for a year. However, Los Angeles County has over 10 million residents.” The report continues: “Even with the recent rain, Los Angeles has had less than half its average rainfall since July 1, 2011  — 24 inches short of the average of 47 inches.” This presents a challenge. Municipalities, researchers and industrial businesses are all working together to determine ways to get useable, potable water to more people. Building processing plants and process piping systems is a big part of the solution to the water issues we’re experiencing.

Here’s some advice, not just for the water industry, but for all types of industries involved with process piping construction projects: Work with experienced industrial contractors that know how to design and develop process piping systems the right way. Effective and successful process piping design requires specific technical knowledge and hands-on construction know-how. Make sure you work with an industrial contractor who knows how to build a process piping system from the ground up, resulting in a system that has a solid foundation and insulation and pipe support in all the appropriate places.

At Base Construction, we design and build process piping construction for all types of industrial processes. We specialize in pipe fabrication and installation, pipe routing, pipe system support, pipe painting, pipe labeling and more. We’re based in the Los Angeles area and serve the Southern California region, and we’re ready to tackle any manufacturing process piping challenge – even those presented to us by Mother Nature!

 

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