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Cities Turn to Tech to Find New Ways to Optimize Meters, Recover Revenue

Cities Turn to Tech to Find New Ways to Optimize Meters, Recover Revenue

October 18, 2021 at 6:00 am 0 comments

By Quinn Jackson-Elliott Every day brings a new headline that reinforces the severity of the drought in the Western United States: Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States and part of a system that supplies water to at least 40 million people across seven states and northern Mexico,Read More

How Much Should I Spend on Pipe Condition Assessments?

How Much Should I Spend on Pipe Condition Assessments?

October 11, 2021 at 7:00 am 0 comments

By Greg Baird In asking the question, “How much should I spend on pipe condition assessments?” one must first ask about the design, construction, installation and inspection of the pipeline. Pipe Installation Considerations If you did not install pipes correctly, you are already, on average, losing 20 to 50 percentRead More

City of Durham, N.C., Improves Water Quality with 3-in-1 Pressure Monitoring, Sampling & Flushing

City of Durham, N.C., Improves Water Quality with 3-in-1 Pressure Monitoring, Sampling & Flushing

October 7, 2021 at 2:30 pm 0 comments

By Nathan Wiles The City of Durham is commit­ted to providing safe drinking water to a service population of more than 289,000. The city’s Depart­ment of Water Management (DWM) ensures the delivery of water to ap­proximately 99,000 service connec­tions through 1,400 miles of water­mains. Lake Michie and Little River ReservoirRead More

Water Jargon 101

Water Jargon 101

October 6, 2021 at 12:55 pm 0 comments

A Guide to Sometimes Overused but Always Essential Terms, Acronyms & Other Basics of the Modern Water Utility Industry Whether you’re new to the water utility industry or you’re a seasoned veteran, you have to admit there’s a ton of jargon, buzzwords and acronyms to navigate. Like any field, waterRead More

SUE: The Future of Locating Buried Utilities Is Now

SUE: The Future of Locating Buried Utilities Is Now

August 26, 2021 at 6:30 am 0 comments

By Joseph Porter Investigating the underground world and depicting the findings has become a significant challenge as an ever-increasing plethora of utility infrastructure continues to age. As more utilities are installed in the ground, it is integral to identify and record information as it relates to gas, fiber, water, telecommunications,Read More

Rio Grande Valley Reuse: How One Texas Utility Is Using Water Reclamation to Aid Conservation

Rio Grande Valley Reuse: How One Texas Utility Is Using Water Reclamation to Aid Conservation

August 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

For more than 20 years the Public Utility Board of the City of McAllen, Texas, has invested in using reclaimed water to conserve potable water. McAllen, which is in Hidalgo County in South Texas in the Rio Grande Valley bordering Mexico, has a population of roughly 146,000 and began providingRead More

Microplastics: State of the Science and Future Perspective

Microplastics: State of the Science and Future Perspective

August 18, 2021 at 6:30 am 0 comments

By Cayla Cook Plastic pollution is one of the world’s most pressing and observable modern issues, possessing the potential to significantly impact human health, aquatic species health, and, undoubtedly, environmental health. This pollution is categorized by the size in which plastics occur due, in part, to varied fate and transportRead More

TECH PERSPECTIVES: Driven by Big Data

TECH PERSPECTIVES: Driven by Big Data

August 16, 2021 at 9:19 am 0 comments

By Jonathan Blackwell I have been a fan of Formula 1 dating back to my childhood, when the teams utilized 700+ hp V-10 engines that would produce the most beautiful sound as they revved to an astonishing 13,000 rpms on the straightaways. The times, and technology, have changed. Today, F1Read More

COMMENTARY: Improving Reliability in the U.S. Water & Wastewater Industries

COMMENTARY: Improving Reliability in the U.S. Water & Wastewater Industries

August 12, 2021 at 10:49 am 0 comments

By Ryan Sitton At the beginning of this year, an unprecedented freeze hit the southern part of the United States. The state of Texas, which has its own, self-contained energy grid, saw power outages that it had never experienced. At one point, nearly six million Texans were without power. TheRead More

Legal Corner: Water systems contaminated with PFAS seek compensation through multidistrict litigation

Legal Corner: Water systems contaminated with PFAS seek compensation through multidistrict litigation

August 9, 2021 at 7:35 am 0 comments

Water system providers across the United States have joined a multidistrict litigation (MDL) suit claiming that their water supplies are contaminated with per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF). These chemicals have been used for decades to extinguish chemical or petroleum fires at military bases, airports, andRead More