Articles by: Andrew Farr

Shooting at Illinois Henry Pratt facility leaves 5 dead, 5 officers wounded; Mueller releases statement

Shooting at Illinois Henry Pratt facility leaves 5 dead, 5 officers wounded; Mueller releases statement

February 18, 2019 at 11:18 am 0 comments

Tragedy reached the water industry Friday when a gunman opened fire at a Henry Pratt Co. facility in Aurora, Ill., killing five and injuring another, according to police. After a shootout that left five officers wounded, the alleged suspect was shot and killed by police. Henry Pratt Co. is aRead More

Orange County gets GFOA award for transparency, budgeting practices

Orange County gets GFOA award for transparency, budgeting practices

February 11, 2019 at 12:07 pm 0 comments

As a public agency, being open and transparent is a primary goal for the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD). These goals were recently rewarded when OCSD was acknowledged for its 2018 transparency efforts and budgeting process by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). For the 22nd consecutive year, OCSD hasRead More

AWWA names next president-elect

AWWA names next president-elect

January 28, 2019 at 8:30 am 0 comments

Melissa Elliott of Greenwood Village, Colo. is the American Water Works Association’s next president-elect, the association announced. Four vice presidents and one director-at-large were also elected during the board of director’s recent annual winter meeting. Elliott, a manager at Raftelis Financial Consultants, has been an AWWA member for 15 years. For AWWA,Read More

AlexRenew CEO Karen Pallansch: WF&M’s 2018 Award Winner

AlexRenew CEO Karen Pallansch: WF&M’s 2018 Award Winner

December 17, 2018 at 8:39 am 0 comments

Karen Pallansch, CEO of Alexandria Renew Enterprises, is the 2018 Water Finance & Management Award Winner By Andrew Farr It doesn’t take long to conclude that Karen Pallansch is passionate about water. What she’s even more passionate about is working alongside operators, engineers, plant managers and countless others who sheRead More

Sensus Reach Conference puts across-the-board utility advancements on display

Sensus Reach Conference puts across-the-board utility advancements on display

December 11, 2018 at 12:14 pm 0 comments

More than 1,200 attendees made their way to sunny Hollywood, Fla. in October as Sensus’ annual Reach Conference featured a comprehensive look at smart metering, analytics, customer service and many other water utility advancements. The Reach Conference is the annual user conference for customers, distributors and partners of Raleigh, N.C.-basedRead More

At a cost of nearly $200 million, the Riverside Regional Water Quality Control Plant Phase 1 Expansion is the largest public works project the city has ever completed.

Active Expansion: Riverside Water Quality Control Plant Tackles Upgrades While Remaining Online

November 12, 2018 at 1:58 pm 0 comments

In Southern California, projects to increase the efficiency of water and wastewater systems are imperative in order to deal with ongoing challenges like drought and population increase. These projects require precise teamwork, coordination and execution to meet budgets and deadlines. On the resource recovery side, increasingly stringent environmental regulations inRead More

The Outlook for Partnerships and Private Investment: Q&A with NAWC CEO

The Outlook for Partnerships and Private Investment: Q&A with NAWC CEO

November 9, 2018 at 1:03 pm 0 comments

EDITOR’S NOTE — In September, Water Finance & Management sat down with new president and CEO of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), Robert Powelson. Powelson officially joined NAWC in August 2018 after a year serving on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), to which he was confirmed inRead More

Countering the Affordability Challenge

Countering the Affordability Challenge

November 5, 2018 at 12:07 pm 0 comments

Great Lakes Water Authority’s WRAP Program Aims to Put Customers on a Path to Self-Sufficiency A widely-held viewpoint across the municipal water sector is that water distribution and sewage collection service is underpriced. Water and sewer authorities operate primarily with funding from rate increases but still fall severely short inRead More

Managing Lead Compliance

Managing Lead Compliance

November 5, 2018 at 11:59 am 0 comments

Efficiently Managing Lead Testing and Data Collection Is Becoming More Prevalent for Water Utilities as LCR Mandates Evolve Professionals across the U.S. water sector would likely admit that while it was a catastrophic event, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, stemming from 2014, pushed the topic of water infrastructure intoRead More

Trump calls out ‘clean water’ at Minnesota rally

Trump calls out ‘clean water’ at Minnesota rally

October 5, 2018 at 2:38 pm 0 comments

On Thursday, President Donald Trump voiced his desire for America to have “clean water” during a campaign-style rally in Rochester, Minnesota. Despite several calls for infrastructure investment since being elected, the president – similar to past presidents – rarely addresses drinking water or wastewater issues, specifically. Trump’s mention of cleanRead More