Articles by: Andrew Farr

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

Water sector testifies in Congress in support of water investment

Water sector testifies in Congress in support of water investment

March 20, 2017 at 11:18 am 0 comments

Water sector representatives testified in Congress last week in support of investment in water infrastructure and the importance of programs like the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and effective steps Congress can take to facilitate further cost-effective investments. Speaking before the U.S.Read More

Raftelis announces Brandt as new president, CEO

Raftelis announces Brandt as new president, CEO

March 20, 2017 at 10:57 am 0 comments

Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. (RFC) has announced a change in leadership, as Peiffer Brandt has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the firm, which became effective Jan. 1, 2017. Brandt succeeds William (Bill) Stannard, P.E., who has served as president and CEO since January 2012. Stannard will remainRead More

Nu Flow, SPT announce merger

Nu Flow, SPT announce merger

March 20, 2017 at 10:44 am 0 comments

Nu Flow America, a trenchless pipe renewal company for pressurized and non-pressurized systems, recently announced it has entered into a definitive trademark agreement with Specialized Pipe Technologies (SPT) to expand services offered. Both Nu Flow America and Specialized Pipe Technologies are owned by Aquam Corp. Specialized Pipe Technologies (formerly SpecializedRead More

Businessmen coming to an agreement by shaking hands

Suez, Canadian investor to acquire GE’s Water & Process Technologies division

March 20, 2017 at 10:22 am 0 comments

French water company SUEZ, along with Canadian investment company Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), recently announced it has entered into a binding agreement to purchase GE Water & Process Technologies (GE Water) from General Electric Co. for a $3.37 billion (USD) enterprise value in an all‐cash transaction.Read More

Cleveland Water Alliance launches ‘Erie Hack,’ as part of Innovation Summit

Cleveland Water Alliance launches ‘Erie Hack,’ as part of Innovation Summit

March 20, 2017 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Erie Hack has launched! The Cleveland Water Alliance is recruiting coders, engineers, data junkies and water experts interested in tackling some of Lake Erie’s biggest challenges and sharing in $100,000 in prizes as part of a hackathon-style program called Erie Hack. The program ends on May 2 and 3 with aRead More

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