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The Network of a Lifetime: Deploy Your Smart Utility Network for Daily Operations & Future Threats

The Network of a Lifetime: Deploy Your Smart Utility Network for Daily Operations & Future Threats

February 1, 2023 at 1:36 pm 0 comments

Several critical initiatives are facing the U.S. water utility sector including pipe repair and replacement, funding, long-term water supply, workforce issues, cybersecurity and emergency planning. It’s a mix of challenges affecting both daily operations and future threats more indicative of the modern era. They willRead More

Adding the Limited Buydown to WIFIA Loans

Adding the Limited Buydown to WIFIA Loans

January 16, 2023 at 7:45 am 0 comments

By John Ryan The EPA’s WIFIA loan program offers several interest rate management features that are highly beneficial for large-scale infrastructure financings, including a U.S. Treasury-based fixed-rate lock for construction and permanent drawdowns, post-execution rate resets until draw, and no-penalty cancellation and prepayment. All areRead More

Severe Weather vs. Smart Water

Severe Weather vs. Smart Water

December 20, 2022 at 3:30 pm 0 comments

Located about a hundred miles east of Shreveport, the city of Monroe, Louisiana, is home to nearly 50,000 people. Owing to its humid, subtropical climate, Monroe experiences its share of extreme weather; heavy rainfall, hail and even tornados are not uncommon. But freezing temperatures areRead More

Commentary: The Clean Water Act at 50

Commentary: The Clean Water Act at 50

December 12, 2022 at 8:28 am 0 comments

By Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells October marked five decades since leaders came together to make a monumental change, impacting our daily lives ever since. And no, I’m not talking about the 50 years that my agency, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, has been protecting public healthRead More

Tracking EPA Actions on PFAS

Tracking EPA Actions on PFAS

December 1, 2022 at 1:16 pm 0 comments

By Brian Redder The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to execute actions outlined in its PFAS Strategic Roadmap, released in October 2021, to address issues related to PFAS contamination. Drinking water and wastewater utilities have played no role in producing, using or profiting fromRead More

Are You Doing Everything to Boost Your Water Asset Management? Have You Tried Predictive Analytics?

Are You Doing Everything to Boost Your Water Asset Management? Have You Tried Predictive Analytics?

November 29, 2022 at 5:18 pm 0 comments

By Luke Brazier, Product Owner, Arcadis Gen Delivering clean water to the people of the United States is a significant accomplishment, especially with a total pipe network of almost 2.2 million miles of underground pipes with a total asset value of almost 2 trillion dollars.Read More

Stiffer Inflation Test Awaits U.S. Water and Sewer Utilities in 2023

Stiffer Inflation Test Awaits U.S. Water and Sewer Utilities in 2023

November 28, 2022 at 7:30 am 0 comments

By Dennis Pidherny & Audra Dickinson U.S. water utilities fared remarkably well during the coronavirus pandemic and appear to be withstanding the effects of inflation on operations and capital spending thus far. This is not to say the sector hasn’t struggled. Operating costs are upRead More

How Technology Can Help Utilities Improve Water Accountability

How Technology Can Help Utilities Improve Water Accountability

November 28, 2022 at 6:31 am 0 comments

By Quinn Jackson-Elliott Despite a decades-long fight against water loss, utilities still face an uphill battle to account for water that is pumped but not billed. The struggle with non-revenue water (NRW) isn’t getting any easier, either, as drought conditions continue to put increasing pressureRead More

Recent court rulings favor plaintiffs in PFAS multidistrict litigation

Recent court rulings favor plaintiffs in PFAS multidistrict litigation

November 21, 2022 at 8:47 am 0 comments

By Seth Mansergh & Nancy Mortvedt Manufacturers of aqueous film forming foams (AFFF) have been attempting to reduce their liability from the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their products for many years. The health effects from PFAS exposure are getting a lotRead More

COMMENTARY: Financial Risks of Cyber Incidents and How to Mitigate Them

COMMENTARY: Financial Risks of Cyber Incidents and How to Mitigate Them

November 14, 2022 at 9:40 am 0 comments

By Pete Lund The recent devastating droughts in the U.K. and the U.S. have driven water restrictions in affected regions, making Water and Wastewater facilities’ Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) prime targets for cybersecurity attacks as the industry’s role in a safe andRead More