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Innovations in Stormwater Funding: Trip-Generation Rates

Innovations in Stormwater Funding: Trip-Generation Rates

July 19, 2021 at 9:15 am 0 comments

By Kyle Stevens Climate change is a pressing issue for local governments. The unpredictable nature of storm events and sea level rise has put a strain on already aging stormwater infrastructure, requiring huge investments to address the problem. Paying for these investments should not rely upon the methods of theRead More

Are Your Assets Protected? A Multi-Pronged Approach to Asset Preservation

Are Your Assets Protected? A Multi-Pronged Approach to Asset Preservation

July 19, 2021 at 9:09 am 0 comments

By Teno A. West & Jillian Jagling A method for public water system asset preservation is a multi-pronged approach, backed by the goal of ensuring that the assets are returned to the owner in good condition, working order and repair, such that the owner is not required to undertake aRead More

Remote Pressure Monitoring: Another Tool for Leak Detection

Remote Pressure Monitoring: Another Tool for Leak Detection

July 13, 2021 at 11:09 am 0 comments

By Harold Mosley A car struck a fire hydrant in the middle of the night in California, creating a massive water leak. Even before first responders were notified, a pressure sensor sent a text alert to the water utility manager, who was able to dispatch a crew to the sceneRead More

Increasing State Revolving Fund Capacity through Leveraging

Increasing State Revolving Fund Capacity through Leveraging

July 9, 2021 at 8:16 am 0 comments

Editor’s Note: This article is a follow-up to a piece in the April issue discussing how innovative features of the WIFIA program can help expand SRF loan capacity. By Katy Hansen, Sridhar Vedachalam & John Ryan In 2008, Iowa state lawmakers were determined to finance infrastructure upgrades in 600 smallRead More

A Perspective on Public Water Sector Asset Valuation

A Perspective on Public Water Sector Asset Valuation

July 6, 2021 at 11:24 am 0 comments

By Mark T. Hessel   Property insurance coverage for water and wastewater utilities can present many challenges – for insurer and insured, alike. Accurate coverage begins with proper recording and valuation of the underlying exposures; however, property typically found in utility operations can be difficult for underwriters to comprehend andRead More

What a Successful National Water Strategy Looks Like & Why It Matters

What a Successful National Water Strategy Looks Like & Why It Matters

June 23, 2021 at 1:46 pm 0 comments

By Will Sarni It is estimated that currently 844 million people live without clean water, and 2.3 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation, according to water.org. Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the world’s population, and this figure is projected to rise due to increasedRead More

Revisiting AMI’s Business Case

Revisiting AMI’s Business Case

June 21, 2021 at 5:58 am 0 comments

Building a Smarter Water System through More than Metering By Andrew Chastain-Howley Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is a star attraction in the world of metering. Utility managers who hope for greater accountability and efficiency in customer billing may see it as a panacea. Although AMI carries many benefits, there’s muchRead More

Cybersecurity & How One Utility Is Protecting Its County’s Most Precious Resource

Cybersecurity & How One Utility Is Protecting Its County’s Most Precious Resource

June 18, 2021 at 9:57 am 0 comments

By Sielen Namdar Traveling through the dry desert of the American west, no ponds, lakes, creeks or even puddles to be seen, you might never expect a sprawling system of thousands of miles of water supply pipelines sitting just under your feet. These pipelines are bringing water to large metropolitanRead More

PFAS, Emerging Contaminants & How Polluters Are Paying Municipalities for Water Remediation Costs

PFAS, Emerging Contaminants & How Polluters Are Paying Municipalities for Water Remediation Costs

June 14, 2021 at 9:26 am 0 comments

By Ashley Campbell Toxic manmade chemicals, like per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and 1,2,3-Tricholoropropane (TCP), are showing up in water systems across the US. It’s not new, but it has become more common, as municipalities are now increasing mandatory testing due to new state and federal regulations. These new regulationsRead More

COMMENTARY: Water Utilities Should Seek a Deeper Understanding of Customers

COMMENTARY: Water Utilities Should Seek a Deeper Understanding of Customers

May 4, 2021 at 11:28 am 0 comments

By Rachael Olson Water utilities are rightly concerned about managing their business through the course of winter 2021 and into the hot summer months. This is especially true as the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic keep some of their customers’ finances suspended, just as many consumer prices continue to rise,Read More