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NACWA says bill will advance clean water research, innovation

NACWA says bill will advance clean water research, innovation

March 9, 2020 at 9:41 am 0 comments

Bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week to establish and fund a federal Advanced Research Projects Agency – Water (ARPA-H2O) to provide funding assistance to drinking water and clean water systems, private sector entities, academic research institutions, and nonprofit organizations. The bill would support theRead 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

Study: Widespread droughts affect Southern California water six times a century

Study: Widespread droughts affect Southern California water six times a century

March 9, 2020 at 9:08 am 0 comments

Severe droughts happened simultaneously in the regions that supply water to Southern California almost six times per century on average since the year 1500, according to recent University of Arizona-led research. The study is the first to document the duration and frequency of simultaneous droughts in Southern California’s main waterRead More

Water sector collaborates on National Water Reuse Action Plan

Water sector collaborates on National Water Reuse Action Plan

March 2, 2020 at 12:06 pm 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with federal partners, has released the National Water Reuse Action Plan: Collaborative Implementation, a collection of bold actions developed in collaboration with water sector organizations that will reshape the way communities around the nation manage water. The plan identifies 37 actions across 11Read More

City of Buffalo to launch nation’s largest Environmental Impact Bond

City of Buffalo to launch nation’s largest Environmental Impact Bond

March 2, 2020 at 12:03 pm 0 comments

Mayor Byron W. Brown of Buffalo, N.Y. announced during his 14th State of the City address that Buffalo will launch the largest Environmental Impact Bond (EIB) in the country at $30 million. The funds from this investment will allow the City of Buffalo and Buffalo Sewer Authority to capitalize onRead More

WaterWorksFund.com launches to advance investment opportunities

WaterWorksFund.com launches to advance investment opportunities

February 24, 2020 at 10:10 am 0 comments

WaterWorksFund.com, an online investing platform focused on advancing water solutions, has officially launched. WaterWorks, the Detroit-based organization behind the site, says WaterWorksFund.com is aimed at introducing people to investment opportunities in technology companies and projects seeking investment capital. “Many innovative technologies and projects exist to help solve our water problems,”Read More

Badger Meter receives Smart 50 award for smart water deployment

Badger Meter receives Smart 50 award for smart water deployment

February 24, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Badger Meter, a global manufacturer of flow measurement, control and communications solutions, announced it has received a Smart 50 Award in the “Urban Operations” category. The company was recognized for the role of its smart water meter technology in modernizing an aging water infrastructure system for the City of Columbia,Read More

Prevent Water Scarcity From Becoming Job Scarcity

Prevent Water Scarcity From Becoming Job Scarcity

February 20, 2020 at 11:00 am 0 comments

By Ian MacLeod It doesn’t matter which came first — chickens, eggs, farmers or consumers. When water scarcity is involved, all parties are interdependent. Limiting agricultural or industrial water use in favor of residential use does a community no good if the local economy cannot support existing jobs, or attract newRead More

Pipe Market Turns to New Materials to Address Aging Water Infrastructure

Pipe Market Turns to New Materials to Address Aging Water Infrastructure

February 19, 2020 at 11:35 am 0 comments

Municipal pipe market spend makes up 30 percent of overall utility CAPEX for water infrastructure. In part, to address aging pipes, bursts, and other leakage management issues, the pipe market is turning to new materials (plastic) and new technologies (trenchless). More than $234 billion (USD) of capital expenditures (CAPEX) areRead More

Avoiding Crisis: Preparing for the Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Revisions

Avoiding Crisis: Preparing for the Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Revisions

February 18, 2020 at 2:35 pm 0 comments

By Megan Glover In October 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-awaited proposed revisions to the existing Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). The proposal would update the original 1991 rule, change the current standards and add several new responsibilities for water utilities across the country. The changesRead More