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5 Best Practices for Utility Capital Planning & Execution

August 19, 2019

By Kristy Neckowicz Optimizing a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) can be a daunting task for any organization given the inherent complexities and many “moving parts” that constitute the plan. When a CIP comprises a hundred or more projects, juggling the budgets, timelines and resources – all of which are limited orRead More

Conceptual hand writing showing Budget Planning. Business photo text Financial Plannification Evaluation of earnings and expenses written Notebook Book the jute background Pens next to it.

5 Best Practices for Utility Capital Planning & Execution

August 19, 2019

By Kristy Neckowicz Optimizing a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) can be a daunting task for any organization given the inherent complexities and many “moving parts” that constitute the plan. When a CIP comprises a hundred or more projects, juggling the budgets, timelines and resources – all of which are limited orRead More

5th Annual Water Finance Conference Welcomes Sonny Popowsky as Keynote Speaker

5th Annual Water Finance Conference Welcomes Sonny Popowsky as Keynote Speaker

July 11, 2019

Philadelphia’s water rate board chair and former Pennsylvania consumer advocate to discuss rate setting, affordability challenges Irwin A. “Sonny” Popowsky, chair of the City of Philadelphia’s Water, Sewer & Storm Water Rate Board, will kick off the fifth annual Water Finance Conference as the keynote speaker on the morning ofRead More

Finding the Right Solution: Kentucky Utility Builds Smart System with AMA

Finding the Right Solution: Kentucky Utility Builds Smart System with AMA

August 19, 2019

By John Fillinger Located at the confluence of the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers, Paducah is a popular river town in western Kentucky. The city was founded in 1927 and is a UNESCO Creative City. Its municipal water utility, Paducah Water, works diligently to serve its approximately 27,000 water customers, ensuringRead More

Eyes Underground: Advances in Sewer Inspection Cameras, Software Help Us Know What’s Below

Eyes Underground: Advances in Sewer Inspection Cameras, Software Help Us Know What’s Below

August 2, 2019

By Mike Kezdi It would stand to reason that the four steps to a successful trenchless rehabilitation project are clean, inspect, assess and repair. Some might flip the cleaning and inspection component, but that’s for a different article. For assessing the underground systems – whether storm, sanitary or water –Read More

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Water Asset Management Conference Online Fall Series

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Water Asset Management Conference Online Fall Series

June 26, 2019

The Water Asset Management Conference Online is accepting abstracts for its Fall 2019 series. The Fall series will offer four weekly sessions spanning November to early December, and will feature presentations from leading experts in water infrastructure management, presenting both theoretical and practical information. Please email your 200-word abstract to AndrewRead More

Eyes Underground: Advances in Sewer Inspection Cameras, Software Help Us Know What’s Below

Eyes Underground: Advances in Sewer Inspection Cameras, Software Help Us Know What’s Below

August 2, 2019

By Mike Kezdi It would stand to reason that the four steps to a successful trenchless rehabilitation project are clean, inspect, assess and repair. Some might flip the cleaning and inspection component, but that’s for a different article. For assessing the underground systems – whether storm, sanitary or water –Read More

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Asset Management Inside the Fence in Mesa, Arizona

Asset Management Inside the Fence in Mesa, Arizona

August 12, 2019 at 12:40 pm 0 comments

The City of Mesa, Ariz., provides water and wastewater service to more than a half-million people every day through its Water Resources Department. In 2014, the city began a process that culminated in one of its largest projects to date with construction of the Signal Butte Water Treatment Plant. BeforeRead More

COMMENTARY: Trust Your Engineers to Choose the Right Project Materials

COMMENTARY: Trust Your Engineers to Choose the Right Project Materials

August 12, 2019 at 12:30 pm 0 comments

By Abe Munfakh As a professional engineer, I have spent my career focused on infrastructure projects. While this has given me a unique perspective on the importance of these efforts, over the years I have also worked very closely with community leaders and elected officials on their major infrastructure upgrades, suchRead More

Senate approves budget deal that could boost EPA funds

Senate approves budget deal that could boost EPA funds

August 2, 2019 at 1:41 pm 0 comments

Last week the Senate signed off on a bipartisan, two-year budget deal that lays the groundwork for lawmakers to make progress on FY20 appropriations bills this fall. The budget agreement, which the House of Representatives previously approved, will now be signed into law by President Donald Trump. The budget framework increases theRead More

Louisville leaders release first-ever water equity roadmap 

Louisville leaders release first-ever water equity roadmap 

August 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and leaders from the city’s water and sewer utilities, transit agency and workforce development organizations, in partnership with the US Water Alliance, recently released “An Equitable Water Future: Louisville.” The report describes strategies for expanding opportunities in Louisville’s infrastructure workforce and contracting practices. The report is availableRead More

Eyes Underground: Advances in Sewer Inspection Cameras, Software Help Us Know What’s Below

Eyes Underground: Advances in Sewer Inspection Cameras, Software Help Us Know What’s Below

August 2, 2019 at 12:28 pm 0 comments

By Mike Kezdi It would stand to reason that the four steps to a successful trenchless rehabilitation project are clean, inspect, assess and repair. Some might flip the cleaning and inspection component, but that’s for a different article. For assessing the underground systems – whether storm, sanitary or water –Read More

EPA chief Wheeler announces new Great Lakes restoration grant program

EPA chief Wheeler announces new Great Lakes restoration grant program

July 29, 2019 at 10:38 am 0 comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Region 5 Administrator Cathy Stepp recently visited Cleveland, Ohio, to announce a new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant program specifically focused on funding trash-free water projects in the Great Lakes. “Removing trash, litter and garbage – including plastics – fromRead More

ASCE to grade stormwater for first time on 2021 report card

ASCE to grade stormwater for first time on 2021 report card

July 29, 2019 at 8:16 am 0 comments

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and its Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI), National Municipal Stormwater Alliance (NMSA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced that stormwater infrastructure will be evaluated and graded in the next ASCE 2021 Infrastructure Report Card. This marks the first inclusion of a nationalRead More

Itron introduces integrated portfolio offering with Eyva

Itron introduces integrated portfolio offering with Eyva

July 29, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Itron, Inc. recently announced the release of Itron Eyva, an integrated portfolio of results-driven offerings to achieve a broad set of desirable outcomes for electricity, gas and water utilities and smart cities. Itron Eyva provides actionable insights in three major focus areas, leveraging the power of untapped and siloed dataRead More

EPA receives 51 requests totalling $6 billion-plus for third round WIFIA funding

EPA receives 51 requests totalling $6 billion-plus for third round WIFIA funding

July 22, 2019 at 10:11 am 0 comments

In response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) third Notice of Funding Availability, the agency received 51 letters of interest, collectively requesting $6.6 billion in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) funding. This exceeds the $6 billion that EPA is offering, demonstrating the critical need for investment inRead More

COMMENTARY: Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

COMMENTARY: Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

July 15, 2019 at 9:58 am 0 comments

By Dan Buckley As contractors, engineers and business owners, we deal with numbers every day. As I give you a recent summary of how our elected officials have been behaving, I ask you to remember a scene from a movie that is over 20 years old: Dr. Evil in “AustinRead More