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AMWA: Proposed Lead and Copper Rule presents significant changes for utilities

AMWA: Proposed Lead and Copper Rule presents significant changes for utilities

January 2, 2020 at 2:15 pm 0 comments

By Diane VanDe Hei The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in October released its long-awaited proposal for the revised Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). The proposal includes many far-reaching provisions that, if put into law, will have a lasting impact on how water utilities in the United States address leadRead More

Setting Stormwater Rates Using Machine Learning

Setting Stormwater Rates Using Machine Learning

December 18, 2019 at 11:39 am 0 comments

City of Mineral Wells, Texas, Uses Image Classification in Stormwater Rate Study By Tak Makino The City of Mineral Wells, Texas, is a community of approximately 15,000 people west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The city has experienced numerous floods in recent years, including significant damage in the 2015 Memorial DayRead More

Assessing the Return on Investment of AMI

Assessing the Return on Investment of AMI

December 18, 2019 at 11:30 am 0 comments

By David Rubin Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is widely considered to be the gold standard in modern communications networks among utilities of all kinds. It provides myriad advantages over older Automated Meter Reading (AMR) systems, from providing regular and timely meter reads to its ability to accommodate two-way communications. AMIRead More

How to Evaluate Connectivity Options for Smart Water Meters in the IoT Age

How to Evaluate Connectivity Options for Smart Water Meters in the IoT Age

December 18, 2019 at 10:45 am 0 comments

The promise of connected smart meters has been discussed for years, and many utilities have used mobile reading solutions for years, but only a few are starting to look seriously at the implementation of fixed network connectivity, especially in North America and Europe. Wireless connectivity is more widely seen asRead More

At A Crossroads: Is Now the Time for Water Utilities to  Rethink Procurement and Delivery of Capital Projects?

At A Crossroads: Is Now the Time for Water Utilities to Rethink Procurement and Delivery of Capital Projects?

November 1, 2019 at 2:40 pm 0 comments

By Jim Baehr, Rudy Gonzalez & Gary Gumm The following is a compilation of three points of view on the current and future state of capital projects delivery for water utilities. The Sourcing Process defines the current state, the potential for change and the value in changing – the whatRead More

Knowing how much downtime a plant can manage may affect meter choice, but there may be a trade-off between ease of installation and accuracy.

Smart treatment, smart investment: New report details impact investment strategies in water

September 19, 2019 at 9:15 am 0 comments

By Peter Yolles and Cynthia Koehler Newsflash: our water-stressed, climate-changing world is a major resilience challenge for communities. But there’s also an upside to meeting this challenge. Building resilient water solutions can create important, and sometimes catalytic, opportunities for private investors. That’s especially so in the wastewater treatment world. It’sRead More

Hand holding piece of jigsaw puzzle with word FINANCIAL PLANNING. Selective focus

Why My Capital Planning Role Is So Challenging…

September 16, 2019 at 9:41 am 0 comments

By Kristy Neckowicz Although roles in planning differ, we’ve seen, time and again, the same handful of challenges related to the effective planning and execution of capital programs. If I walk a mile in a director of engineering’s shoes, here’s how my world would look… I have a huge responsibility toRead More

Aerial view of Destin skyline and beach, Florida in winter.

AMI solution in Florida leads to enhanced meter reading, billing

September 3, 2019 at 9:34 am 0 comments

By Bobby Barker   Miramar Beach, Florida, is a community located on the Gulf of Mexico known as the Emerald Coast. Situated in the southern part of Walton County and just east of the popular resort city of Destin, Miramar Beach has gorgeous white sand beaches and numerous recreation opportunities thatRead More

How the Future of Underground Mapping Can be Found in the Cloud

How the Future of Underground Mapping Can be Found in the Cloud

September 3, 2019 at 9:32 am 0 comments

By Michael A. Twohig In the late 1800s, America experienced a monumental shift as people moved from rural areas into growing industrial and trade centers. Boston was one of those great American cities that experienced the resulting population boom. To respond to the growing demands on Boston’s antiquated infrastructure, cityRead More

Can Water Utilities Fix Aging Infrastructure Without Destroying Customer Satisfaction?

Can Water Utilities Fix Aging Infrastructure Without Destroying Customer Satisfaction?

August 26, 2019 at 9:30 am 0 comments

By Andrew Heath It’s no secret that the United States is facing a water infrastructure crisis of epic proportions. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that $473 billion in drinking water infrastructure investment will be needed over the next 20 years as aging pipes and storage facilities require upgrades andRead More