Articles by: Andrew Farr

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

A Wave of Smart Water Solutions

A Wave of Smart Water Solutions

June 11, 2018 at 7:40 am 0 comments

Automation and Analytics Create New Opportunities for System Optimization Across the Water Sector Smart water infrastructure has quickly become an important urban infrastructure solution in both the United States and around the world. It has offered new solutions in response to cities, communities and even countries struggling to handle aRead More

The Revelations of George Hawkins

The Revelations of George Hawkins

December 18, 2017 at 7:20 am 0 comments

After more than eight years, DC Water’s top executive is stepping down. How he earned his reputation for utility management excellence began long before the utility’s resurgence to global recognition.  By Andrew Farr “I do what I do well,” George Hawkins says. Taken out of context, it would seem theRead More

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