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Commentary: The Utilities Industry Needs More Workers. To Attract Them, It Needs Modern Technology.

Commentary: The Utilities Industry Needs More Workers. To Attract Them, It Needs Modern Technology.

May 6, 2024 at 12:15 pm 0 comments

By Anita Peterson It’s no secret that the utilities industry, including water services, is going to have to grapple with a workforce gap in the coming years. This workforce decline has the potential to severely impact the experiences of both the remaining employees in theRead More

Commentary: New Perspectives on Cybersecurity

Commentary: New Perspectives on Cybersecurity

April 22, 2024 at 8:28 am 0 comments

By Andrew Ginter In 2023, 68 cyber attacks took down more than 500 sites worldwide, some of them water utilities. All modern automation includes computers, and so for the last 40 years we have been deploying more and more targets for cyber attacks. Compounding theRead More

Tackling PFAS with Innovation: Orange County Water District’s Approach

Tackling PFAS with Innovation: Orange County Water District’s Approach

December 4, 2023 at 9:12 am 0 comments

| By Craig Butt & Prem Parmar For the past 90 years, the Orange County Water District (OCWD) has provided a safe and reliable local groundwater supply to Southern California. As regulations and requirements for water quality have changed dramatically since 1933, OCWD has continuouslyRead More

Commentary: Climate Initiatives Stifle with Stuck-in-the-Past Equipment Purchasing

Commentary: Climate Initiatives Stifle with Stuck-in-the-Past Equipment Purchasing

August 21, 2023 at 10:45 am 0 comments

By Soren Rasmussen Protecting the environment has never been so high on the agenda. So, isn’t it peculiar that in the wastewater industry, almost everything is still archaically structured to purchasing the cheapest possible equipment, which can all too soon end up as waste thatRead More

Safe, Secure & Modern: Future-Proofing Water Supply through Collaboration

Safe, Secure & Modern: Future-Proofing Water Supply through Collaboration

May 22, 2023 at 8:32 am 0 comments

By Constantine Antoniou Sodium hydroxide is used as an acidity control and metal remover by water utilities. Too much of the corrosive material can cause chemical burns and other uncomfortable side effects. In 2021, when a hacker accessed a Florida water utility’s computer system andRead More

Balancing the Risks & Rewards of Underground and Trenchless Delivery Methods

Balancing the Risks & Rewards of Underground and Trenchless Delivery Methods

March 23, 2023 at 11:00 am 0 comments

By Steve Kramer Too few bidders. Bids above engineer’s estimates. Labor shortages. Material shortages and price increases. Delays in design or construction. Increasing claims or change orders. Do these events sound familiar? The underground construction business is impacted by continuing and new challenges. The linearRead More

Non-Revenue Water Trends to Watch This Year

Non-Revenue Water Trends to Watch This Year

March 6, 2023 at 9:30 am 0 comments

By Simon Wick With another year behind us, we are excited about what innovation, collaboration and strategies are trending for non-revenue water (NRW) in 2023. However, five old industry challenges remain certain for the foreseeable future: The industry is slowly moving away from one-time surveysRead More

Community Engagement: A Key Component of Successful Infrastructure Projects

Community Engagement: A Key Component of Successful Infrastructure Projects

February 13, 2023 at 10:30 am 0 comments

By Rebecca Zito Effective community engagement has become a crucial part of water utility operations. Because public expectations have changed dramatically, the silent utility provider is an outdated concept. Communities now demand more from their utility. Modern technology and convenience have forever altered the wayRead More

Commentary: The Clean Water Act at 50

Commentary: The Clean Water Act at 50

December 12, 2022 at 8:28 am 0 comments

By Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells October marked five decades since leaders came together to make a monumental change, impacting our daily lives ever since. And no, I’m not talking about the 50 years that my agency, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, has been protecting public healthRead More

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COMMENTARY: How Can Mass Spectrometry Techniques Identify and Curb ‘Forever Chemicals?’

August 22, 2022 at 9:27 am 0 comments

By Craig Butt As government regulators seek to limit per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – which are chemicals linked to a range of health and environmental risks – testing for these chemicals has proven challenging. Called “forever chemicals” because of the extreme resistance to breakdownRead More