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TECH PERSPECTIVES: Don’t Forget the Fundamentals

TECH PERSPECTIVES: Don’t Forget the Fundamentals

May 18, 2020 at 8:44 am 0 comments

By Kristy Neckowicz I recently read an article from a well-regarded industry veteran who was excited about all the new technologies available to our industry. Everything from big data, IoT to AI and machine learning. I can’t disagree with his enthusiasm as it has been a long-time coming for theRead More

King County, Washington, Completes Challenging Sewer Bypass and Rehab Near Boeing

King County, Washington, Completes Challenging Sewer Bypass and Rehab Near Boeing

May 13, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

By Brian Sliger, Erik Waligorski, Matoya Darby & Bob Isaac King County’s Eastside Interceptor (ESI) collects the majority of wastewater flows from the Puget Sound Area Cities of Kirkland, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Sammamish, Issaquah, Newcastle and Renton, and conveys it to the County’s South Treatment Plant. This aging reinforced concrete pipeRead More

City-Scale Digital Twins for Flood Resilience

City-Scale Digital Twins for Flood Resilience

May 11, 2020 at 10:17 am 0 comments

By Robert Mankowski Extreme weather events and rising populations are straining existing (and often inadequate) drainage infrastructure in cities around the world, leading to flooding that damages property and infrastructure, impacts human safety and weakens economies. In 2015, the United Nations reported that over the previous decade, floods accounted forRead More

Pandemic & The Future: From Darkness to the Light in the Water Sector

Pandemic & The Future: From Darkness to the Light in the Water Sector

April 30, 2020 at 10:07 am 0 comments

By George S. Hawkins & Andy Kricun Throughout history, great challenges often reveal the best in human spirit and ingenuity. At Moonshot Missions, we believe the impact of the coronavirus pandemic upon on the water industry will be matched by the indomitable spirit and creativity of water leaders. Solutions adopted byRead More

Reversing the Decline of Utilities: A P4 Alternative

Reversing the Decline of Utilities: A P4 Alternative

April 27, 2020 at 9:02 am 0 comments

By Robert Sheets Water and wastewater utilities are more often than not self-supporting revenue enterprises (and sometimes revenue generators) for communities. However, even with the best of intentions, good utilities can go bad. In general, the smaller the utility, the greater the struggle, though there are exceptions. For decades, FloridaRead More

Turning Weakness into Strength with AMI

Turning Weakness into Strength with AMI

April 20, 2020 at 9:24 am 0 comments

Significant Water Loss Leads to New Technologies, Improved Service for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina By Molly Kilmas The EPA report from 2014 didn’t have good news for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). Its water system was experiencing an overall 48 percent unaccounted-for water loss.Read More

COMMENTARY: What’s Best Are Strong, Durable & Long-Lasting Water Pipes for Our Communities

COMMENTARY: What’s Best Are Strong, Durable & Long-Lasting Water Pipes for Our Communities

April 16, 2020 at 7:00 am 0 comments

By Kevin Hardiman The local newspaper for my town described us as having two seasons: winter and construction. I’m sure my peers around the country can appreciate the joke. But the truth is, we do spend the time between periods in which we can carry out projects planning for theRead More

Rates and Affordability: A Ratings Agency Perspective

Rates and Affordability: A Ratings Agency Perspective

April 13, 2020 at 8:58 am 0 comments

By Erin Boeke Burke What Does “Affordable” Mean? There are a wide range of opinions on what it means for water and sewer service to be “affordable.” To some, water is a human right, others a property right, and still others a commodity. One thing is certain: Access to potableRead More

The Economics of Water Main Failures

The Economics of Water Main Failures

April 13, 2020 at 8:16 am 0 comments

By Alan Ambler Most municipalities that have been maintaining aging infrastructure for decades simply absorb the effort and costs required to repair water main pipeline breaks when they occur. Seldom do many municipalities make the efforts required to track the costs and evaluate the cost benefit of proactively rehabilitating theRead More

The Impact of COVID-19: Digital Solutions to Mitigate Infrastructure Costs & Public Health Risks

The Impact of COVID-19: Digital Solutions to Mitigate Infrastructure Costs & Public Health Risks

April 6, 2020 at 8:58 am 0 comments

By Greg Baird Overnight, our worldview on public health has changed. The global threat of COVID-19 has forced all of us – as individuals, as families, as communities and as water operators – to re-evaluate our priorities. Water and wastewater facilities are re-examining emergency plans, standard operating procedures (SOP) andRead More