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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

The  Great Kansas Aqueduct: Solution or Folly from a Bygone Era?

The Great Kansas Aqueduct: Solution or Folly from a Bygone Era?

November 26, 2018 at 10:50 am 0 comments

By Michael Warady The United States has long been known as a country willing to take gigantic risks in order to build innovative infrastructure for future generations. The Transcontinental Railroad vastly improved cross-country travel, paying for itself through an increase in trade and transport across generations. The Hoover Dam helpedRead More

Educating to Employ: Public Works Programs Help to Close Gaps

Educating to Employ: Public Works Programs Help to Close Gaps

November 12, 2018 at 12:04 pm 0 comments

By Mike Russin The jobs report may show the unemployment rate at a rare low, but one industry has been struggling to hire for several years now. Municipalities are facing a workforce gap as Baby Boomers continue to enter retirement — and the jobs available are struggling to draw aRead More

Business Intelligence for Business Development?

Business Intelligence for Business Development?

October 26, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0 comments

BY GREG BAIRD The U.S. water market has been called fragmented, slow moving, highly competitive and ever evolving with new mergers, products, services and technologies. Business development managers for existing water firms are feeling the increased level of competition, and new entrants to the water industry are experiencing the highRead More

Pipe Bursting for Water Line Replacement

Pipe Bursting for Water Line Replacement

September 10, 2018 at 9:00 am 0 comments

By John Blondell & Christopher Overcash Much of our nation’s underground infrastructure is reaching or functioning beyond expected lifespans. This critical network of pipes and mains serve our most basic drinking water and sanitary sewer needs. Many municipalities are faced with the challenging task of replacing or lining deteriorating facilitiesRead More

Condition Assessment: The Cornerstone of Asset Management

Condition Assessment: The Cornerstone of Asset Management

September 4, 2018 at 10:43 am 0 comments

Prioritizing Your Aging Water Infrastructure Needs through a Systematic, Comprehensive Approach By Ahmad Habibian The deteriorating state of the nation’s water infrastructure has resulted in premature failures, costly emergency repairs and negative publicity. Given the limited availability of resources, utilities are looking for cost-effective condition assessment technologies that allow them toRead More