Articles by: Andrew Farr

Water Finance Conference returning to Washington, D.C., in August

Water Finance Conference returning to Washington, D.C., in August

June 8, 2022 at 1:15 pm 0 comments

Registration now open for 8th annual event; Early bird registration ends July 15 The eighth annual Water Finance Conference will be returning to the nation’s capital this summer, Aug. 17-18, 2022, at the Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill Hotel. The agenda will be released in the coming weeks and registration is nowRead More

High Tech, High Stakes: How Vulnerable to Cyberattacks Is U.S. Water Infrastructure?

High Tech, High Stakes: How Vulnerable to Cyberattacks Is U.S. Water Infrastructure?

April 11, 2022 at 6:05 am 0 comments

By Andrew Farr According to government officials, security experts and persistent media reports, all signs indicate that cybersecurity is an issue that is here to stay and puts U.S. infrastructure squarely in the crosshairs of hackers and foreign governments. Recently the issue has been heightened by the war in UkraineRead More

Taking Inventory

Taking Inventory

February 23, 2022 at 5:30 am 0 comments

With the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions in Effect, What’s on the Horizon for Lead Service Line Replacement? Lead is back under the microscope in the U.S. water sector. Since the water crisis in Flint, Michigan that began in 2014, it’s been a hot button issue for drinking water utilities.Read More

Thinking Regionally, Thinking Big: Ted Henifin, 2021 WF&M Award Winner

Thinking Regionally, Thinking Big: Ted Henifin, 2021 WF&M Award Winner

December 13, 2021 at 10:16 am 1 comment

When you think about examples of great innovation, it’s easy to think about things like modern technology. The smart phone. Steve Jobs. A bold vision to change the status quo with a groundbreaking product or service. In the water/wastewater utility sector, that same kind of long-term, innovative vision for groundbreakingRead More

Biden signs Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act with funding boosts for the water sector

Biden signs Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act with funding boosts for the water sector

November 12, 2021 at 4:13 pm 0 comments

After months of negotiation and several delayed votes, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the bipartisan, $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act this month, which was first approved by the Senate in August. President Joe Biden signed the bill into law on Monday. According to the Association of MetropolitanRead More

Stopping the Leakage

Stopping the Leakage

November 5, 2021 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

Modern Leak Detection Continues to Be a Focus Area for Utilities to Reduce Non-Revenue Water and Operating Expenses Water loss is an area in which many water systems have expended time and resources to address. In recent years, with evolving leak detection and metering systems, utilities can reduce their waterRead More

ASTERRA to host Vessel, first U.S. leak-finding dog, at WEFTEC 

ASTERRA to host Vessel, first U.S. leak-finding dog, at WEFTEC 

October 14, 2021 at 3:20 pm 0 comments

ASTERRA, a division of Utilis, is hosting a surprising new player in the leak detection game at WEFTEC 2021: a black retriever named Vessel, the first dog to be trained to detect water leaks in the United States. For her potable water-saving efforts, Vessel will be receiving well-deserved celebratory patsRead More

Flushing & Pressure Monitoring: New Solutions Add Increased Intelligence for Water Utilities

Flushing & Pressure Monitoring: New Solutions Add Increased Intelligence for Water Utilities

October 8, 2021 at 1:17 pm 0 comments

editor’s note: The following was adapted from an article that appeared in a 2020 eBook developed by Water Finance & Management and sponsored by Mueller. Click here to download the complete eBook. As a matter of public health, the quality of drinking water and the condition of the infrastructure usedRead More

Stream of Innovation: Tech, R&D and Current Drivers in Distribution System Management

Stream of Innovation: Tech, R&D and Current Drivers in Distribution System Management

October 4, 2021 at 3:44 pm 0 comments

editor’s note: This article was adapted from a piece that appeared in a 2020 eBook developed by Water Finance & Management sponsored by Mueller. Click here to download the complete eBook. The water utility sector is frequently taking the tem­perature on innovation. When it comes to drinking water, there areRead More

ACWA applauds signing of SB 323 into law

ACWA applauds signing of SB 323 into law

September 27, 2021 at 8:58 am 0 comments

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is applauding Gov. Gavin Newsom for signing SB 323, which will help provide financial stability for public agencies by creating a 120-day statute of limitations for challenges to new water and sewer rates. SB 323, sponsored by ACWA and authored by Sen. AnnaRead More