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Engage the Defect Radar! Space Age AI Technology in Our Underground Sewer Networks

Engage the Defect Radar! Space Age AI Technology in Our Underground Sewer Networks

April 12, 2021 at 10:29 am 0 comments

By Greg Baird In the 1998 blockbuster movie, “Armageddon,” when two advanced space shuttles slingshot around the moon at 22,500 miles per hours to land on the global killer asteroid, the pilots see the asteroids debris field and using the FOD (foreign object debris) radar, exclaim “Engaging Evasive Radar!” AsRead More

The long-body coupling offered more wiggle room to adjust the fitting compared to the standard-length version, and was installed within 30 minutes with only four top-facing bolts to tighten.

Greensboro, N.C., Makes Quick Repair on 100-Year-Old Pipe

April 1, 2021 at 10:24 am 0 comments

By Vince McCaffrey Mike Strader is the construction and maintenance supervisor for the City of Greensboro, North Carolina (population roughly 295,000). The city’s water infrastructure is made up of 1,500 miles of public water mains with 33,000 valves and 15,000 hydrants. Most of the pipes are constructed with cast iron, ductileRead More

The WIFIA Bank

The WIFIA Bank

March 29, 2021 at 8:33 am 0 comments

By John Ryan The 2020 Annual Report of the EPA’s WIFIA loan program is a good read, and not just because it’s short and largely graphical. It’s a series of positive snapshots, including impressive aggregate stats, highlights from closed loans and summaries of new features. The overall impression is thatRead More

The Water Resources Division collects a large amount of data from a combination of in-field monitoring and sample gathering.

Crossing the Chasm from the Old to the New

March 5, 2021 at 2:25 pm 0 comments

Internal Change Agents Give Northern Territory the Edge on Insightful Water Data By Nicole Nally Australia’s Northern Territory has around 250,000 people in two very distinct climate zones – the tropical climate in the North and the desert in the central region. Uluru is one of 27 national parks spread acrossRead More

Wireless monitoring systems are becoming essential to numerous applications, including smart metering, leak detection solutions, pipeline and tank level monitoring and valve actuation.

How Battery-Powered Wireless Sensors Help Preserve Water Resources

March 1, 2021 at 9:46 am 0 comments

By Sol Jacobs Battery-powered remote wireless sensors are at the heart of modern water infrastructure. Within industrialized nations, wireless monitoring systems are essential to numerous applications, including smart AMR/AMI metering, leak detection solutions, pipeline and tank level monitoring and valve actuation, just to name a few. Advanced wireless technology isRead More

Best Practices for Water Loss Protection, Mediation & Asset Management

Best Practices for Water Loss Protection, Mediation & Asset Management

February 22, 2021 at 6:15 am 0 comments

By Barry Hales & Howard Hodder When it comes to saving water and making better use of it, is there really anything to debate? Water is critical. It is beyond important; we can’t survive without it. In America alone, more than 6 billion gallons of water are lost each dayRead More

Plan for an Unpredictable 2021: Three Certainties Utilities Can Count On

Plan for an Unpredictable 2021: Three Certainties Utilities Can Count On

February 15, 2021 at 10:36 am 0 comments

By Dan Pinney There’s an elephant in the room, one that staff probably feels the urge to bring up in every planning meeting: how can water utilities plan for the future when the present is also uncertain? It’s clear that COVID-19 will have a long-term impact on the industry asRead More

The Conundrum of Water Affordability: What’s at Stake?

The Conundrum of Water Affordability: What’s at Stake?

February 8, 2021 at 10:01 am 0 comments

By Ann Bui, Mike Orth & Bruce Allender The U.S. water industry has worked hard in recent years to remind people that potable water is not free. Procuring, treating, and distributing water is costly, and utilities need to cover their costs to make sure customers have safe drinking water, delivered at adequate pressureRead More

AMWA: Final Lead and Copper Rule Contains Big Changes

AMWA: Final Lead and Copper Rule Contains Big Changes

February 8, 2021 at 9:49 am 0 comments

By Diane VanDe Hei After years of development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its long-awaited revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in the Federal Register on Jan. 15, 2021, beginning the ticking of two simultaneous clocks: 60 days until the new rule officially takes effect, andRead More

The Greatest Water Transfer in History

The Greatest Water Transfer in History

December 21, 2020 at 8:00 am 1 comment

By Michael Warady Our country is currently in the midst of the greatest transfer of wealth in the history of mankind – not in 10 or 20 years – but today. Much has been written about the Silver Tsunami, roughly defined as the wave of water and wastewater operator retirementsRead More