Articles by: Andrew Farr

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

Senate hearing avoids SRF WIN details, AMWA says

Senate hearing avoids SRF WIN details, AMWA says

July 17, 2018 at 12:26 pm 0 comments

According to the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) in its Monday Morning Briefing for July 16, things got heated on Capitol Hill last week when supporters of the proposed SRF WIN Act clashed with committee members over the bill during a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hearing. AccordingRead More

Water Finance Conference welcomes Bateson as 2018 keynote speaker

Water Finance Conference welcomes Bateson as 2018 keynote speaker

July 17, 2018 at 11:20 am 0 comments

Nicolette N. Bateson, CPA, chief financial officer (CFO) and treasurer of the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) will serve as the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Water Finance Conference to be held Aug. 28-29 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. The keynote address will take place during aRead More

Pruitt out at EPA as scandals mount

Pruitt out at EPA as scandals mount

July 9, 2018 at 11:15 am 0 comments

Scott Pruitt is out as the nation’s top environmental chief. President Donald J. Trump announced in a July 5 tweet he has accepted Pruitt’s resignation as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The news comes amid growing controversy over ethical questions regarding Pruitt. Trump also announced deputy administrator AndrewRead More

Sabesp laid additional pipeline to expand the Metropolitan Integrated System (SIM), the regional water supply system, in order to equally distribute available water to residents of São Paulo, Brazil.

Beyond BIM: Advancements in Modeling and Asset Performance Help Global Infrastructure Go Digital

June 20, 2018 at 9:00 am 0 comments

As the conversation around utility asset management has evolved from best practices and strategic management to incorporating the use of data analytics, new concepts are trending toward better integration to address a range of business problems. Water and wastewater utilities looking to enhance their asset performance modeling now have newRead More

New international flushability standards released

New international flushability standards released

June 18, 2018 at 11:32 am 0 comments

The International Water Services Flushability Group (IWSFG), a group of dedicated water professionals seeking to protect customers by providing clear guidance on what should and shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet, released its official Flushability Specifications, in an effort to curb the problem of improperly flushed objects; a widespread problemRead More