Commentary

Digital Asset Management: Dynamic Use of Relative Re-Investment Budgets

Digital Asset Management: Dynamic Use of Relative Re-Investment Budgets

June 20, 2022 at 8:09 am 0 comments

Over the past 25 years, Nordic water experts have taken a proactive approach to digital asset management and data-driven decision making that U.S. utilities can learn from to optimize CAPEX spending, reduce OPEX, and ensure efficient and resilient service. By Ulrich Borup Hansen & Andreas Julskjær Pedersen In a digitalRead More

Commentary: From Extractive to Sustainable: A Way Forward for the Water Sector

Commentary: From Extractive to Sustainable: A Way Forward for the Water Sector

June 13, 2022 at 6:00 am 0 comments

By Will Sarni & Austin Alexander Humanity has a long history of extracting natural resources while ignoring damage done to the environment, to communities and to the long-term health and prosperity of whole societies. Traditional approaches to forestry and mining have famously taken their toll, leading these sectors to rethinkRead More

Commentary: For Better Water System Security, We Need More Carrots, Not Sticks

Commentary: For Better Water System Security, We Need More Carrots, Not Sticks

March 2, 2022 at 6:00 am 0 comments

By Charlie Moskowitz It has been another record-breaking year for cybersecurity incidents. According to Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) research, data breaches in just the first nine months of 2021 surpassed all breaches in 2020 by 17 percent. Many of these incidents have been met with a collective shrug fromRead More

COMMENTARY: When it comes to water utility asset management, data is power

COMMENTARY: When it comes to water utility asset management, data is power

November 15, 2021 at 5:17 am 1 comment

By Michele Samuels Crisis management and emergency response are terms all too familiar to water utilities. As providers of one of our most essential customer services, utility operators have a proven track record in pragmatic problem-solving to ensure continuity for their communities. But as new threats emerge, from public health risksRead More

COMMENTARY: Improving Reliability in the U.S. Water & Wastewater Industries

COMMENTARY: Improving Reliability in the U.S. Water & Wastewater Industries

August 12, 2021 at 10:49 am 0 comments

By Ryan Sitton At the beginning of this year, an unprecedented freeze hit the southern part of the United States. The state of Texas, which has its own, self-contained energy grid, saw power outages that it had never experienced. At one point, nearly six million Texans were without power. TheRead More

COMMENTARY: Water Utilities Should Seek a Deeper Understanding of Customers

COMMENTARY: Water Utilities Should Seek a Deeper Understanding of Customers

May 4, 2021 at 11:28 am 0 comments

By Rachael Olson Water utilities are rightly concerned about managing their business through the course of winter 2021 and into the hot summer months. This is especially true as the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic keep some of their customers’ finances suspended, just as many consumer prices continue to rise,Read More

Flow Test Conducted on First U.S. Cement-Mortar Lined Iron Pipe…At 97 Years Old

Flow Test Conducted on First U.S. Cement-Mortar Lined Iron Pipe…At 97 Years Old

October 21, 2020 at 11:23 am 0 comments

By L. Gregg Horn A recent hydraulic flow test on a 97-year-old distribution main demonstrated the longevity of cement-mortar lined (CML) iron pipe, and the consistent flow efficiency that translates into pumping cost savings. With energy costs among the higher factors of consideration in water distribution systems, flow efficiency translatesRead More

COMMENTARY: The Power of One and the Promise of Many

COMMENTARY: The Power of One and the Promise of Many

June 12, 2020 at 8:30 am 0 comments

By Zeynep Erdal One and a half centuries ago, a rancher, naturalist, explorer, environmental philosopher, writer and conservationist named John Muir said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” Much more recently, the water industry began to focusRead More

Legal Corner: Billions to Clean Up Contaminated Water…Who’s Going to Pay for That?

Legal Corner: Billions to Clean Up Contaminated Water…Who’s Going to Pay for That?

June 8, 2020 at 9:11 am 0 comments

By Katie Jones & Stephanie Biehl Flint, Michigan, is now synonymous with “water crisis.” Unfortunately, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. In communities across the country, countless other water crises are unfolding, though with different chemical contaminants and, in many cases, clear fingerprints pointing to those who caused the problem.Read More

COMMENTARY: Yes, Finance and Engineering Can Be BFFs

COMMENTARY: Yes, Finance and Engineering Can Be BFFs

March 9, 2020 at 9:40 am 0 comments

By Kristy Neckowicz Recently one of our clients, an engineering director of a major water utility, made a bold claim when she stated, “Against the will of every engineer, their job needs them to also be an accountant.” I’d argue that the same applies for every accountant, that is, their jobsRead More