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Sharing the Risks and Rewards

Sharing the Risks and Rewards

June 18, 2018 at 11:45 am 0 comments

Could the ‘Pay for Success’ Model of Environmental Impact Bonds Be the Future of Water Infrastructure Financing? By Eric Letsinger My wife and I have typically shied away from hobbies that could put me in a position of having to fix things that might break — such as a boat. ButRead More

The Water Main Report Card

The Water Main Report Card

June 15, 2018 at 3:25 pm 0 comments

By Steven Folkman Most water professionals are well aware that in 2009, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issued its Infrastructure Report Card and gave a D- to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. In a small sign of improvement, the 2013 ASCE Report Card graded drinking water and wastewaterRead More

What Is a Water Utility in a Digital World?

What Is a Water Utility in a Digital World?

June 11, 2018 at 7:55 am 0 comments

How Digital Technology Can Be the Fundamental Agent of Change in the Modernization of Global Water Infrastructure By Gigi Karmous-Edwards & Will Sarni Global water infrastructure is underfunded. It is in need of repair, replacement and expansion to ensure access to water for sustained economic development, business growth and publicRead More

The Digital Revolution for Water Asset Management

The Digital Revolution for Water Asset Management

June 4, 2018 at 10:25 am 0 comments

Bringing AI and Machine Learning to Underground Pipe Infrastructure By Greg Baird Water asset management in the United States has advanced through various stages of education and the practical application of best practices. The U.S. EPA has concluded that nearly 60 percent of the value of water infrastructure remains hiddenRead More

What Is Poor Supplier Information Management Costing Utilities?

What Is Poor Supplier Information Management Costing Utilities?

June 4, 2018 at 10:05 am 0 comments

By Mary Ellen Mitchell SIM is the process of measuring and monitoring supplier performance and supplier business process and practices for the purposes of consolidating supplier information in one database, reducing costs, mitigating risk and driving continuous improvement. How much do you really know about your suppliers and how much areRead More

Conduit Financing: Avon Lake Regional Water Applies Unique Loan Program to Address Overflows

Conduit Financing: Avon Lake Regional Water Applies Unique Loan Program to Address Overflows

April 16, 2018 at 12:46 pm 0 comments

By Todd Danielson “Honey, why is the cat wet?” That is not a phrase people want to hear because most cats do not willingly get wet. Those of us in the utility world especially don’t want to hear the cat got wet because it could mean someone’s basement backed upRead More

Performance Contracting Underwater: An Overview

Performance Contracting Underwater: An Overview

April 16, 2018 at 12:17 pm 0 comments

By David Clamage The business of performance contracting is one of the largest and most stable platforms for executing energy efficiency and reduction strategies in the global building and facilities stock — buildings for people to live and work in; others for manufacturing and governing our nation, states, cities andRead More

What’s Next for Federal Clean Water Initiatives?

What’s Next for Federal Clean Water Initiatives?

April 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

By Kristina Surfus The past year has been both an exciting and frustrating time for following federal clean water initiatives. This is particularly true for advocates of a strong federal funding partnership for clean water, like the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). The 2016 election season, which placedRead More

Deconstructing Water Affordability & The Utility Payment Performance Challenge

Deconstructing Water Affordability & The Utility Payment Performance Challenge

April 12, 2018 at 10:09 am 0 comments

By Jeff Lipton Collecting revenue is the lifeblood of any business. Without timely and predictable collections, business operations are strained, budgeting for expenses falters and long-term planning becomes increasingly difficult. Investment decisions are delayed and the impending uncertainty can create an environment of fear among staff. Ensuring regular and predictableRead More

Safety by Design

Safety by Design

April 12, 2018 at 9:45 am 0 comments

Making Safety a Focus in the Design of Water Facilities Can Eliminate an Array of Issues By Elizabeth A. Rodgers, Michael Etheridge & Chase Hartz Imagine that an engineer offers to design your water facility or facility upgrade in such a way that it is safe to build, operate and maintain. YouRead More