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Senate panel advances WRDA bill

Senate panel advances WRDA bill

May 13, 2022 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Recently, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee unanimously advanced the latest iteration of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), biennial legislation that authorizes flood control, navigation, and ecosystem restoration projects carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. According to the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), unlike several WRDA billsRead More

Automating 811 Process Saves Time, Improves Compliance for Southern California Water District

Automating 811 Process Saves Time, Improves Compliance for Southern California Water District

May 9, 2022 at 6:00 am 0 comments

East Orange County Water District uses Sedaru Field Force to access and record information on site. The East Orange County Water District (EOCWD) in Southern California is responsible for managing more than 15 square miles of sewer and water service areas for approximately 100,000 residents. Like many smaller utilities, EOCWDRead More

Smart Lake Erie Watershed expanding with help from local Cleveland partners

Smart Lake Erie Watershed expanding with help from local Cleveland partners

May 5, 2022 at 1:16 pm 0 comments

In 2021, Cleveland Water Alliance (CWA), Cleveland Water, and LimnoTech activated the Smart Lake Erie Watershed, an award-winning regional smart water monitoring network – the first in the nation – to inform and improve public health, safety, utility operations, supply chain management and water security throughout Greater Cleveland.  Today, four smart buoys monitor waterRead More

J.D. Power: Customer satisfaction with water utilities sees decline

J.D. Power: Customer satisfaction with water utilities sees decline

May 4, 2022 at 10:43 am 0 comments

The six-year streak of improving or flat customer satisfaction with residential water utilities has come to an end. According to the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study, recently released, the past several years of goodwill earned through investment in water quality, proactive customer communications and digital customerRead More

Water sector: EPA’s proposed Financial Capability Guidance “falls well short” on affordability, environmental justice

Water sector: EPA’s proposed Financial Capability Guidance “falls well short” on affordability, environmental justice

May 2, 2022 at 2:14 pm 0 comments

In April, associations representing the U.S. water utility sector submitted comments to EPA in response to its draft of the proposed Financial Capability Assessment Guidance, in which several groups said the agency’s proposal “falls well short” of meeting the purpose of the revision of the guidance. The proposed guidance outlinesRead More

Annual poll reveals voter confidence in water infrastructure diminishing

Annual poll reveals voter confidence in water infrastructure diminishing

April 27, 2022 at 8:55 am 0 comments

The Value of Water Campaign released the results of its seventh annual national poll: The Value of Water Index. The poll annually tracks voters’ opinions and concerns around water infrastructure, climate, the environment and other water issues. This year, the poll also asked questions about the recently passed Bipartisan InfrastructureRead More

AWWA testifies on new approach to cybersecurity threats

AWWA testifies on new approach to cybersecurity threats

April 27, 2022 at 7:00 am 0 comments

In a hearing in early April, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) testified on the issue of cybersecurity before the House Committee on Homeland Security, asserting a new approach is needed that “sets minimum cybersecurity standards for all types of water systems.” The hearing was titled “Mobilizing our Cyber Defenses: Securing CriticalRead More

Fitch Ratings: Rising interest rates present opportunity for WIFIA, water utilities

Fitch Ratings: Rising interest rates present opportunity for WIFIA, water utilities

April 26, 2022 at 8:12 am 0 comments

A rising interest rate environment could prove a boon for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program, according to a new Fitch Ratings report. The WIFIA loan program has been hugely successful for U.S. water utilities but is currently oversubscribed. The size of the WIFIA program has increasedRead More

Utilities and Tech: Partnering the Way to Success

Utilities and Tech: Partnering the Way to Success

April 25, 2022 at 3:30 pm 0 comments

By Quinn Jackson-Elliott When public water utilities look to upgrade their infrastructure or provide more modern services to customers, there are plenty of technology companies knocking at their door, each offering new ways to shape or revolutionize the water industry. And while there’s a lot of great technology out thereRead More

Sliplining in Urban Areas

Sliplining in Urban Areas

April 25, 2022 at 8:52 am 0 comments

By Todd Grafenauer With cities needing to replace a vast amount of aging water and sewer infrastructure, many find value in one of the oldest and simplest trenchless technologies of sliplining. The method installs a new pipe inside the existing failing pipeline. The new pipe is typically installed either byRead More