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Figure 1: Risk can be reduced for water/wastewater projects by using the design-build project execution methodology. Copyright 2019 Tesco Controls, Inc.

Reducing Risk with Design-Build

February 25, 2019 at 9:53 am 0 comments

A design-build contractor is often in the best position to manage a project, so it should be assigned as much of the associated risk as possible. By Brian Adams Cost, schedule and performance risks need to be managed on all capital projects. The best way to do this is oftenRead More

The Value of Industry-University Collaborative Research

The Value of Industry-University Collaborative Research

February 25, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

By John Matthews Traditionally, research conducted at many universities falls under the category of fundamental research, which is primarily conducted to enhance our basic knowledge in a certain area. In the trenchless technology industry, and regarding the university researchers active in the field, the focus has been much more onRead More

Pricing California’s Water During the Drought: Can Rate Structures Provide an Incentive for Conservation?

Pricing California’s Water During the Drought: Can Rate Structures Provide an Incentive for Conservation?

February 20, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

By Jeff Hughes, Shadi Eskaf & Liz Harvell The relationship between water pricing and water use is more nuanced than basic economic theory on supply and demand suggests. That’s what the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (EFC) found in a recent study on waterRead More

Enhancing Your Utility’s Long-Term Financial Sustainability & Resilience through Cash Reserves

Enhancing Your Utility’s Long-Term Financial Sustainability & Resilience through Cash Reserves

February 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm 0 comments

By Andy McCartney Personal financial advisors often recommend that families should have enough money in an emergency fund to cover at least three to six months of living expenses. Corporations such as Microsoft, General Electric and Home Depot maintain excess operating funds for their own business reasons. Why should waterRead More

Death, Taxes & Natural Monopolies

Death, Taxes & Natural Monopolies

February 19, 2019 at 10:01 am 0 comments

By Michael Warady Every middle school teacher in America has stood in front of a group of students and delivered the old Benjamin Franklin adage that “the only things guaranteed in life are death and taxes.” Luckily for those of us in the water industry, we know that this middleRead More

COMMENTARY: Construct Water Infrastructure Projects Right the First Time

COMMENTARY: Construct Water Infrastructure Projects Right the First Time

January 9, 2019 at 11:13 am 0 comments

By Tony Hyde One unifying factor for both the general public, but also for many of us who vote for, manage and design infrastructure projects, is that water and wastewater projects can feel as though they are out of sight, out of mind. Buried pipe systems are easy to forgetRead More

Rate Structuring & Steering the Conversation from Skepticism to Acceptance

Rate Structuring & Steering the Conversation from Skepticism to Acceptance

January 7, 2019 at 12:27 pm 0 comments

By Prabha Kumar The ethos and expectations of the utility management, the administration, the rate-approving body and the ratepayers intersect during every utility’s rate setting and approval process. Municipal utilities, municipal authorities and investor-owned utilities that head down the rate setting path all need to effectively address a myriad of interestsRead More

What did the midterm election results mean for water?

What did the midterm election results mean for water?

January 4, 2019 at 10:00 am 0 comments

By Scott Berry This year’s midterm elections had the highest turnout in a half century, with 49 percent of the population voting for candidates at the national, state and local level. In the U.S. House of Representatives, control flipped with Democrats poised to pick up nearly 40 seats. In theRead More

Better Flow Monitoring, Greater Transparency

Better Flow Monitoring, Greater Transparency

January 3, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Water Utilities Continue to Raise the Bar on How They Use Data By Dan Pinney Consumers are becoming more tech-savvy and, as a result, their expectations for the data and services utilities offer are more demanding than ever. They want to see data to support the charges outlined on theirRead More

Another Water Imperative…A (New) Qualified Workforce

Another Water Imperative…A (New) Qualified Workforce

January 2, 2019 at 11:04 am 0 comments

Water utilities are dealing with a number of priorities. With pending retirements, access to a qualified workforce is moving up on the list…procurement can make a difference. By Jim Baehr Escalating operational cost, access to capital, regulations, decaying infrastructure, cybersecurity, as well as ever-increasing customer expectations for safe and reliableRead More