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The City of Gonzales was seeking to give its customers accurate and timely water bills. The challenge stemmed from manual meter reading and old, outdated technology.

Louisiana City Funds Infrastructure Upgrade with Metering-as-a-Service Program

July 6, 2020 at 9:41 am 0 comments

By Joey Mitchell The business case for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is compelling, as it provides accurate billing data, consistent and faster billing resolution, and operational efficiency through the elimination of manual operations. Access to more data lets utilities make informed decisions to streamline operations, boost customer service and provide valuableRead More

A Roadmap for Successful AMI Installations…and Key Considerations for Deployment

A Roadmap for Successful AMI Installations…and Key Considerations for Deployment

June 29, 2020 at 10:05 am 0 comments

By Thomas Butler For a water utility of any size to function properly, effective meter reading is a vital aspect of day-to-day operations. Meter reading supports both ends of the transaction, ensuring that water is being properly delivered, accounted and billed each month. With meters playing such a key roleRead More

The Clean Water/Carbon Connection

The Clean Water/Carbon Connection

June 17, 2020 at 9:32 am 0 comments

Can the CWSRF Represent a Financial Nexus of Climate Change and Water? By Michael Curley In the words of a man who farms 13,000-plus acres and has 12,000 certified tons of carbon credits, “selfless do-gooding is not a motivating factor for most farmers.” Amen. Farms and farmers have a vitallyRead More

4 Key Data Management Milestones to Ensure Water Sustainability

4 Key Data Management Milestones to Ensure Water Sustainability

June 16, 2020 at 9:51 am 0 comments

By Rich Prinster With the global population expected to hit 8.5 billion in the next 10 years, the demand for water is rising inexorably. Many areas of the world are already facing either water shortages or water that’s unsafe for human consumption. When it comes to water scarcity: Four billion peopleRead More

The Power of Metering: How Long-life Batteries Affect AMI Profitability

The Power of Metering: How Long-life Batteries Affect AMI Profitability

June 12, 2020 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

By Sol Jacobs Economics ultimately dictate the decision to upgrade from traditional water meters to a smart metering solution that combines robust meter construction with advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), automated meter reading (AMR) and two-way wireless communications. The newest automated meters are incredibly robust, thus creating the potential for extendedRead More

COMMENTARY: The Power of One and the Promise of Many

COMMENTARY: The Power of One and the Promise of Many

June 12, 2020 at 8:30 am 0 comments

By Zeynep Erdal One and a half centuries ago, a rancher, naturalist, explorer, environmental philosopher, writer and conservationist named John Muir said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” Much more recently, the water industry began to focusRead More

Las Vegas Valley Water District CIP focuses on infrastructure renewal, conservation

Las Vegas Valley Water District CIP focuses on infrastructure renewal, conservation

June 11, 2020 at 7:00 am 0 comments

By Ken Malone To ensure ongoing water service reliability, the Las Vegas Valley Water District is charging forward with its 10-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), focusing on infrastructure renewal to repair or replace aging facilities and pipelines. With the use of Echologics’ LeakFinder-ST, an acoustic leak detection technology, the waterRead More

Legal Corner: Billions to Clean Up Contaminated Water…Who’s Going to Pay for That?

Legal Corner: Billions to Clean Up Contaminated Water…Who’s Going to Pay for That?

June 8, 2020 at 9:11 am 0 comments

By Katie Jones & Stephanie Biehl Flint, Michigan, is now synonymous with “water crisis.” Unfortunately, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. In communities across the country, countless other water crises are unfolding, though with different chemical contaminants and, in many cases, clear fingerprints pointing to those who caused the problem.Read More

COVID-19 Strategies: Mitigating Pipe Failure Risk During Revenue Uncertainty

COVID-19 Strategies: Mitigating Pipe Failure Risk During Revenue Uncertainty

June 2, 2020 at 7:30 am 0 comments

By Travis Wagner Quantifying the value of water is an overwhelming task. A physical asset evaluation would assume that our national water treatment and pipe infrastructure has a value of over $3.6 trillion with nearly 60 percent of the value underground. A holistic approach would describe the value being essentialRead More

Seizing Digital Adoption in Water

Seizing Digital Adoption in Water

May 25, 2020 at 6:00 am 0 comments

By Jeff Lipton Challenges Due to COVID-19 As a recent McKinsey study points out, many professional organizations have excess structural capacity due to reduced demand from the COVID-19 crisis. There is an urgent need to rightsize the capital base of operations and convert fixed costs to variable costs as muchRead More