Articles by: Andrew Farr

Jammin’4Water to kick off WEFTEC with all-night jam session in Chicago

Jammin’4Water to kick off WEFTEC with all-night jam session in Chicago

September 7, 2017 at 3:10 pm 0 comments

If you plan on being in Chicago early for this year’s WEFTEC show (Sept. 30 – Oct. 4), make your way over to Park West on Saturday, Sept. 30, for the fifth annual Jammin’4Water benefit concert where water professionals will kick off the week in rock star style. Organized byRead More

Water leaders, finance experts converge at 2017 Water Finance Conference

Water leaders, finance experts converge at 2017 Water Finance Conference

September 5, 2017 at 11:36 am 0 comments

Last week, the third annual Water Finance Conference gathered water finance professionals from across the country for a discussion around the most critical issue facing the future of water infrastructure in the United States — funding. The two-day event, held Aug. 28-29 at the Harley-Davidson Museum® in Milwaukee, presented a candid lookRead More

Taking the Next Step with Data: Achieving Financial Gain from Smart Water

Taking the Next Step with Data: Achieving Financial Gain from Smart Water

August 16, 2017 at 6:55 am 0 comments

“Smart water” is such a buzzword these days that the definition can get a bit skewed. What exactly constitutes smart water? Is it a piece of technology? If so, what does it do? Just how smart is it? Most importantly, does it help make your utility more efficient? The realityRead More

EPA selects 12 entities for first WIFIA applications

EPA selects 12 entities for first WIFIA applications

July 24, 2017 at 10:08 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has invited 12 projects in nine states to apply for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans. These potential applicants were selected from a group of projects that represent large and small communities from across the United States that submitted letters of interest toRead More

House panel approves 6.5 percent EPA cut

House panel approves 6.5 percent EPA cut

July 24, 2017 at 9:32 am 0 comments

The House Appropriations Committee has approved an FY18 spending bill that would cut EPA’s funding by 6.5 percent next year. The cut is far short of the 31 percent cut sought by President Donald Trump but still severe enough to reduce overall agency funding to a level not seen sinceRead More

Mayors Take the Lead on Water Infrastructure

Mayors Take the Lead on Water Infrastructure

June 21, 2017 at 7:00 am 0 comments

Roundtable 2017 Editor’s Note — This issue marks the return of our popular Mayors Roundtable feature. Mayors are essential to a city’s water infrastructure agenda, involved in budgetary decisions and strategic planning, often in the face of financial challenges, economic uncertainty and regulatory constraints. They are held accountable when problemsRead More

As the pressure wave travels through the pipe, it creates reflections which are then analyzed to 30-ft visibility to measure the sizes and locations of pipeline defects.

Condition Assessment Using Transient Waves

April 24, 2017 at 8:56 am 0 comments

Heightened Visibility: Condition Assessment Using Transient Waves Gives Added Value to Pipeline Asset Management By Andrew Farr The report card on America’s infrastructure is out and the grades are not good. In March, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its 2017 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, giving aRead More

Water Asset Management Conference to host utility leaders in Boston

Water Asset Management Conference to host utility leaders in Boston

April 3, 2017 at 11:50 am 0 comments

The 2017 Water Asset Management Conference is heading to Boston, Oct. 10-11, for its 17th annual event highlighting best practices and effective utility management strategies for water and wastewater systems. The event is being held at the Boston Museum of Science. The Water Asset Management Conference, which has its rootsRead More

Sensus study explores value, barriers of smart water networks

Sensus study explores value, barriers of smart water networks

March 24, 2017 at 9:54 am 0 comments

A study by Sensus examines the operational, maintenance, conservation and financial benefits of using smart water networks to help solve water challenges. The study, titled “Water 20/20: Bringing Smart Water Networks Into Focus” was conducted through in-depth interviews, comprehensive surveys with 182 global water utilities and analyzing utility operations and budgets. TheRead More

White House proposes EPA cuts in FY18 budget; SRF to increase

White House proposes EPA cuts in FY18 budget; SRF to increase

March 20, 2017 at 11:44 am 0 comments

Last week, the White House released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018. As expected, the proposal includes severe cuts to government agencies but also expands support for some programs related to critical infrastructure. As proposed, the budget would lead to a 31 percent reduction in funding for the U.S.Read More

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