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5 Best Practices for Utility Capital Planning & Execution

August 19, 2019 at 9:20 am 0 comments

By Kristy Neckowicz Optimizing a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) can be a daunting task for any organization given the inherent complexities and many “moving parts” that constitute the plan. When a CIP comprises a hundred or more projects, juggling the budgets, timelines and resources – all of which are limited orRead More

In 2016, DC Water issued a unique $25 million Environmental Impact Bond, the proceeds of which went to green infrastructure projects to reduce the flow of stormwater into the Potomac River.

Environmental Impact Bonds: The Very Welcome New Kid on the Municipal Finance Block

August 19, 2019 at 8:41 am 0 comments

By Michael Curley The public finance industry is not well known for breathtaking innovations nor spontaneous breakthroughs. But in the past three years a truly innovative development has occurred: Environmental Impact Bonds (EIBs). In 2008, the World Bank issued what it called a “green bond.” Before that event, the bondRead More

Finding the Right Solution: Kentucky Utility Builds Smart System with AMA

Finding the Right Solution: Kentucky Utility Builds Smart System with AMA

August 19, 2019 at 8:30 am 0 comments

By John Fillinger Located at the confluence of the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers, Paducah is a popular river town in western Kentucky. The city was founded in 1927 and is a UNESCO Creative City. Its municipal water utility, Paducah Water, works diligently to serve its approximately 27,000 water customers, ensuringRead More

Justifying SCADA Projects

Justifying SCADA Projects

August 16, 2019 at 8:18 am 0 comments

A Balanced Scorecard Approach Incorporating Intangible Benefits Helps Articulate the Benefits of SCADA and Other Automation Projects By Dave Kubel SCADA projects frequently support strategic initiatives not focused on purely economic benefits. However, many utilities often look first to an economic return on investment (ROI) analysis to justify projects. Experience showsRead More

Asset Management Inside the Fence in Mesa, Arizona

Asset Management Inside the Fence in Mesa, Arizona

August 12, 2019 at 12:40 pm 0 comments

By Bryan Dickerson & Jesse Heywood The City of Mesa, Ariz., provides water and wastewater service to more than a half-million people every day through its Water Resources Department. In 2014, the city began a process that culminated in one of its largest projects to date with construction of the SignalRead More

COMMENTARY: Trust Your Engineers to Choose the Right Project Materials

COMMENTARY: Trust Your Engineers to Choose the Right Project Materials

August 12, 2019 at 12:30 pm 0 comments

By Abe Munfakh As a professional engineer, I have spent my career focused on infrastructure projects. While this has given me a unique perspective on the importance of these efforts, over the years I have also worked very closely with community leaders and elected officials on their major infrastructure upgrades, suchRead More

COMMENTARY: Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

COMMENTARY: Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

July 15, 2019 at 9:58 am 0 comments

By Dan Buckley As contractors, engineers and business owners, we deal with numbers every day. As I give you a recent summary of how our elected officials have been behaving, I ask you to remember a scene from a movie that is over 20 years old: Dr. Evil in “AustinRead More

Calculating Business Risk Exposure Using Machine Learning

Calculating Business Risk Exposure Using Machine Learning

July 8, 2019 at 9:26 am 0 comments

By Doug Hatler & Matti Kakkori Aging drinking water mains are facing an increasing number of failures leading to service interruptions, higher operating costs and non-revenue water loss. Some failures cause much bigger financial or socioeconomic impacts than others. A 2018 study led by Dr. Steven Folkman at Utah StateRead More

Capturing Condition Assessment Cost Savings

Capturing Condition Assessment Cost Savings

July 8, 2019 at 9:19 am 0 comments

Can Machine Learning Really Provide A Cost-Effective Desktop Analysis? By Greg Baird Artificial Intelligence, specifically machine learning, is poised to make a significant impact in underground water infrastructure asset management. Not only does machine learning drive performance optimization, it also increases efficiencies in business processes and planning. In the waterRead More

Smart Metering and Unique Funding Advance Customer Service, Conservation in Oregon

Smart Metering and Unique Funding Advance Customer Service, Conservation in Oregon

July 3, 2019 at 8:53 am 0 comments

By Misty Cobb The small seaside town of Seal Rock stretches up and down Highway 101 along the Pacific coastline in Oregon. The town and surrounding areas of Seal Rock receive water services from the Seal Rock Water District, which stretches more than 10 miles north to south along theRead More