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May 31, 2019

PCA Commemorates National Dam Safety Awareness Day

May 31, 2019 – Skokie, Ill. – Today the Portland Cement Association (PCA) announced the re-establishment of a Geotechnical Group supporting cement-based solutions for water resources to coincide with National Dam Safety Awareness Day, providing a boost to the technical support available for dam safety nationwide. PCA is the premier concrete resource providing guidance for dam safety officials to help address the complex and expensive problems that plague our nation’s water infrastructure, including dam maintenance and reliability.

“America deserves safe, strong and resilient water infrastructure – our economy depends on it,” said PCA President and CEO Michael Ireland.  “Water infrastructure built with concrete is long-lived, has a low life-cycle cost and is resilient to man-made and natural disasters.”

According to the America Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2017 Infrastructure Report Card the average age of the 90,580 dams in the United States is 56 years and the number of deficient high-hazard potential dams has climbed to an estimated 2,170 or more.

Cement-based solutions such as roller-compacted concrete, mass concrete, soil-cement, deep soil mixing, jet grouting, concrete slurry walls and concrete mats have a long history of water infrastructure applications that have been employed on projects with cost-saving and long-lasting results.

For more information, contact PCA Senior Director, Market Development Alpa Swinger.


The Portland Cement Association (PCA), founded in 1916, is the premier policy, research, education, and market intelligence organization serving America’s cement manufacturers.  PCA members represent 93 percent of U.S. cement production capacity and have facilities in all 50 states.  The association promotes safety, sustainability, and innovation in all aspects of construction, fosters continuous improvement in cement manufacturing and distribution, and generally promotes economic growth and sound infrastructure investment.  For more information, visit

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