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SWIC Newsletter

June 3, 2013 at 12:00 am 0 comments

SWIC Overview The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Coalition (SWIC) is an alliance of corporations, public organizations, industry trade associations and others representing private and public water and wastewater service providers, construction contractors, equipment manufacturers and distributors, engineering companies, labor unions, financing institutions and business organizations, workingRead More

Water Infrastructure Financing: A Hard Sell in 113th Congress

March 11, 2013 at 12:00 am 0 comments

The 2012 elections meant many things to many people. The bad news is, that issues that should enjoy bipartisan support, such as water and wastewater infrastructure investment, are threatened to end up a casualty of this hostile political environment.

Jefferson County (Ala.) Seeks to Avoid Bankruptcy

October 12, 2011 at 12:00 am 0 comments

Jefferson County, Ala., mired in a financial crisis that could lead to bankruptcy proceedings, came one step closer to a resolution on Sept. 16 when the County Commission approved an agreement that included debt concessions and sewer rate hikes.

Seeing the Underground

Seeing the Underground

December 1, 2010 at 12:00 am 0 comments

For many years, the need to accurately map underground utilities was not a priority for cities and utilities. But as the underground space has become increasingly congested and development has encroached on what had been open land, knowing the precise location of pipelines is becoming more and more critical.