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The Greatest Water Transfer in History

The Greatest Water Transfer in History

December 21, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

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

The Data Core: How Utilities Can Optimize Operations by Concentrating Data

The Data Core: How Utilities Can Optimize Operations by Concentrating Data

December 18, 2020 at 3:43 pm 0 comments

By Gary Wong Water and wastewater utilities have often been viewed as lagging other sectors when it comes to maximizing the use of data within their organizations. That is not to say that the sector lacks data: SCADA systems collect and store data at intervals of fractions of a second;Read More

Activity 540 SBM provides CRS credit for inspections of storage basins. Credit: LAN.

Integrating Asset Management and the Community Rating System

December 18, 2020 at 2:07 pm 0 comments

By Tak Makino Asset Management Infrastructure asset management is gaining widespread acceptance as a best management practice. Simply put, infrastructure asset management is the set of practices that balance the costs of operations and maintenance of public infrastructure with desired levels of service and a tolerable degree of risk. Asset managementRead More

How Will Water Affordability be Defined for the Next 20 Years?

How Will Water Affordability be Defined for the Next 20 Years?

December 9, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

The EPA has a chance to listen and implement water industry leaders’ recommendations on affordability using new data, methods, metrics and digital technologies. Here’s a review of submitted comments to the EPA on its proposed affordability guidance updates.  By Greg Baird In the United States, the water affordability paradigm isRead More

Gaining Visibility with AMI: Texas Utility Tackles Smart Metering Project

Gaining Visibility with AMI: Texas Utility Tackles Smart Metering Project

November 30, 2020 at 10:19 am 0 comments

By Zeb Wright Like many municipalities and utilities around the county, Faulkey Gully Municipal Utility District (MUD) knew they had an aging infrastructure that needed to be addressed. The utility, which serves a rapidly developing suburb northwest of Houston, knew that the meter system was nearing the end of its usefulRead More

Closing the Funding Gap: Finance Considerations for Today & Tomorrow

Closing the Funding Gap: Finance Considerations for Today & Tomorrow

November 30, 2020 at 10:13 am 0 comments

By Ian Lancaster & Katie Cason The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic volatility cast a blanket of uncertainty over many industries, causing key stakeholders — from investors to business leaders — to assess the shifting landscape and long-term implications for various sectors. For the water/wastewater infrastructure sector, there is little dispute regardingRead More

The Key to Thwarting Non-Revenue Water? Understanding It

The Key to Thwarting Non-Revenue Water? Understanding It

November 16, 2020 at 11:33 am 0 comments

By Jeff McCracken Non-revenue water loss is among the biggest challenges facing the water industry and the world. Nearly one-third of all water, amounting to $39 billion annually, is lost before it ever reaches a customer, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan. Water scarcity will proliferate with the agingRead More

Non-Revenue Water: An Opportunity for Water Utilities, Now More than Ever

Non-Revenue Water: An Opportunity for Water Utilities, Now More than Ever

November 2, 2020 at 9:44 am 0 comments

By Travis Smith It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the water industry. Revenue shortfalls from a decline in commercial and industrial water use and some residential customers struggling to pay bills are affecting utilities across the country. The service must go on, but in some casesRead More

Order Management Made Easy, At No Cost

Order Management Made Easy, At No Cost

October 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

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Power of the P3: Buffalo, Veolia Partnership Results in System Efficiency

October 22, 2020 at 8:45 am 0 comments

By Keith Oldewurtel In the United States, water and wastewater utilities are managing many challenges, with the EPA estimating that addressing the nation’s water infrastructure needs will cost hundreds of billions of dollars over the next several decades. Faced with increasing water quality initiatives, limited financing and an often-aging assetRead More