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NACWA applauds utility aid in new relief package

NACWA applauds utility aid in new relief package

October 5, 2020 at 8:16 am 0 comments

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a pared-down version of the HEROES Act, the chamber’s previous COVID-19 relief package. The legislation contains $1.5 billion in aid to water and sewer utilities to help low-income ratepayers during the pandemic. The new version of the HEROES bill stripped $1.2 trillion in totalRead More

Brown and Caldwell, Black & Veatch team up for ‘next-generation’ wastewater digester facility

Brown and Caldwell, Black & Veatch team up for ‘next-generation’ wastewater digester facility

October 5, 2020 at 7:19 am 0 comments

The Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) has engaged a team of Brown and Caldwell and Black & Veatch to deliver professional design services for a new temperature-phased anaerobic digestion (TPAD) facility at its Plant No. 2 in Huntington Beach, California. With the sixth-largest wastewater collection, treatment, and recycling infrastructure systemRead More

120Water, Hach partner on drinking water compliance service

120Water, Hach partner on drinking water compliance service

September 30, 2020 at 9:52 am 0 comments

Digital water platform 120Water is partnering with water quality testing and instrumentation company Hach to make water quality and compliance programs faster, simpler and more informative for people around the world. The partnership enables Hach to offer the 120Water digital water platform as an additional service to its existing and new customers. 120Water’s platform consistsRead More

WF&M Conversations: Talking rate setting, rate maintenance and communication with Waterworth’s JP Joly

WF&M Conversations: Talking rate setting, rate maintenance and communication with Waterworth’s JP Joly

September 29, 2020 at 9:45 am 0 comments

While water and wastewater utilities are frequently tasked with a meeting multitude of operational standards, they also regularly tackle financial challenges that can have enormous economic ramifications to the public. With this in mind, how often should utilities look to raise rates? Can annual rate maintenance be done in a moreRead More

Disaster declaration issued after deadly ameba found in Texas water supply

Disaster declaration issued after deadly ameba found in Texas water supply

September 28, 2020 at 8:54 am 0 comments

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday issued a disaster declaration for Brazoria County in response to Naeglera Fowleri, a deadly ameba, found in the City of Lake Jackson’s water supply. A Boil Water Notice has been issued for Lake Jackson as authorities continue to flush and disinfect the water system back to normal.Read More

Municipality is first in Canada to receive prestigious drinking water award

Municipality is first in Canada to receive prestigious drinking water award

September 28, 2020 at 6:33 am 0 comments

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) on Sept. 16 presented Halton Region with the Directors Award, recognizing an outstanding commitment to high drinking water quality and treatment. Of the 250 water service providers and 400 treatment plants that belong to the international Partnership for Safe Water program, Halton Region is theRead More

WIFIA: Examining Synergies with the Muni Bond Market

WIFIA: Examining Synergies with the Muni Bond Market

September 25, 2020 at 3:37 pm 0 comments

Economic gains are possible when investors with different strengths and preferences are combined in a single financing. It’s happening at the WIFIA loan program. By John Ryan The WIFIA loan program makes long-term loans for qualified projects at the U.S. Treasury’s interest rate. Since debt capital markets start with thisRead More

EPA announces new WIFIA loans totaling more than $415 million

EPA announces new WIFIA loans totaling more than $415 million

September 21, 2020 at 9:36 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced two new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans at events in Oceanside, Calif. and Salt Lake City, Utah. EPA’s 27th and 28th WIFIA loans will provide more than $415 million to help the local communities finance important water infrastructure projects—supporting anRead More

Mueller introduces ‘Piperank’ virtual condition assessment service

Mueller introduces ‘Piperank’ virtual condition assessment service

September 21, 2020 at 8:36 am 0 comments

Mueller has announced the release of PipeRank, a virtual condition assessment that enables water utilities to get visibility into pipe failures before they happen. The PipeRank technology, powered by VODA.ai and delivered by Echologics, a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products, is designed to predict future failures more accurately than age-based estimatesRead More

EPA announces research funding to control harmful algal blooms

EPA announces research funding to control harmful algal blooms

September 21, 2020 at 8:13 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken another step to address the environmental challenges posed by harmful algal blooms (HABs) by announcing $6,487,188 in funding to seven institutions to research how to prevent and control HABs using current and new technologies. With the announcement, EPA under President Donald TrumpRead More