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Company launches new lead pipe inventory solution

June 7, 2021 at 6:38 am 0 comments

120Water recently announced the launch of an inventory management solution, an expanded offering that the company says will help water systems build and validate their lead service line inventories – a foundational requirement for accessing pending federal infrastructure dollars and complying with new Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR). LCRRRead More

Super Hydrants! Merging State-of-the-Art Hydrant Performance and Data Integration

Super Hydrants! Merging State-of-the-Art Hydrant Performance and Data Integration

June 4, 2021 at 12:55 pm 0 comments

Fire hydrants have gone digital. It’s an interesting sub­ject considering the average person probably doesn’t think much about hydrants other than to avoid parking their car in front of them. But in the water utility sector, Mueller is taking hydrants to the next level. In looking at water network dataRead More

Kraft joins Stantec as firm grows water team in Las Vegas

Kraft joins Stantec as firm grows water team in Las Vegas

June 4, 2021 at 3:44 am 0 comments

Aaron Kraft has joined engineering, architecture, and consulting firm Stantec as senior principal in the firm’s water practice based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has extensive experience in water/wastewater operations and maintenance (O&M), strategic capital and master planning, and asset management. Kraft has 25 years of experience leading public andRead More

Water sector applauds proposed permanent low-income customer assistance program

Water sector applauds proposed permanent low-income customer assistance program

May 24, 2021 at 9:05 am 0 comments

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) are applauding the introduction of H.R. 3293, the Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Programs Act of 2021. The bipartisan legislation, led by Reps. Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.) would create a permanent program atRead More

Report: Water assistance programs exclude customers in need

Report: Water assistance programs exclude customers in need

May 24, 2021 at 8:30 am 0 comments

A report released today by the Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC) finds that customer assistance programs offered by large water utilities to help low-income customers pay their water bills are poorly designed and leave out deserving customers. The report, H2Affordability: How Water Bill Assistance Programs Miss the Mark, evaluated assistanceRead More

Orange County PFAS pilot project recognized by ACWA

Orange County PFAS pilot project recognized by ACWA

May 24, 2021 at 7:33 am 0 comments

At the Association of California Water Agencies’ (ACWA) 2021 Virtual Spring Conference and Exhibition, the Orange County Water District (OCWD; the District) received the Clair A. Hill Agency Award for Excellence, which recognized the district for launching the nation’s largest per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pilot testing program. Every year,Read More

Mueller, Ferguson deliver new integration capabilities for AMI

Mueller, Ferguson deliver new integration capabilities for AMI

May 19, 2021 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Mueller and Ferguson Waterworks have announced the successful deployment of the industry’s first LoRaWAN Class B endpoints. The Town of Florence, located in Central Pinal County, Arizona, is the first water utility to benefit from this technology advancement. LoRaWAN Class B endpoints provide flexibility to scale network coverage and integrate intoRead More

Treasury releases COVID-19 recovery fund, guidance for water infrastructure 

Treasury releases COVID-19 recovery fund, guidance for water infrastructure 

May 17, 2021 at 9:15 am 0 comments

The U.S. Treasury has released initial guidance for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CSLFRF). The CSLFRF is the $350 billion pot of funding provided in the COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act signed into law in March that includes water and sewer infrastructure as an eligible use. These funds will flow directly toRead 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

EPA announces another $6.5 billion in WIFIA funding

EPA announces another $6.5 billion in WIFIA funding

May 3, 2021 at 6:03 am 0 comments

Last week at an address to water associations, utilities and their workers as part of Water Week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the 2021 notice of funding availability under the agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program and state infrastructure financing authority WIFIARead More