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EPA announces new funding for water infrastructure projects

EPA announces new funding for water infrastructure projects

April 9, 2018 at 7:10 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of funding that could provide as much as $5.5 billion in loans, which could leverage over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Prospective borrowers seeking WIFIA credit assistance must submitRead More

House Dems call on EPA’s Pruitt to resign

House Dems call on EPA’s Pruitt to resign

April 9, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

President Donald Trump is fielding letters from Democrats in the House of Representatives who have called on the president to either fire U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt or urge him to resign. Scrutiny against Pruitt has reached a new high in recent days as the EPA chief has faced criticismRead More

Report: CAPEX for U.S. water to exceed $683 billion by 2027

Report: CAPEX for U.S. water to exceed $683 billion by 2027

April 9, 2018 at 6:50 am 0 comments

Capital expenditures (CAPEX) for U.S. municipal water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure will exceed $683 billion over the next decade, according to new forecasts from Bluefield Research. “The public’s growing concerns about U.S. water infrastructure are real and increasingly reflected in utility planning documents,” according to Erin Bonney Casey, research director for Bluefield.Read More

City of Fort Smith, Arkansas, deploys Itron software

City of Fort Smith, Arkansas, deploys Itron software

April 9, 2018 at 6:40 am 0 comments

Itron, Inc., is working with the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas, to modernize its water infrastructure with Itron’s OpenWay Riva smart water solution over the next two years. Itron’s advanced water communication modules will be deployed to replace the City of Fort Smith’s aging water infrastructure, nearly half of whichRead More

Suez launches new mobile app for plant operators

Suez launches new mobile app for plant operators

April 9, 2018 at 6:30 am 0 comments

Suez Water Technologies & Solutions has unveiled a new mobile app called ModuleTrac for water treatment plant operators to track, monitor and analyze their ZeeWeed ultrafiltration membranes. The app is the latest offering in Suez’s set of digital solutions, which aim to improve customer operations and outcomes using data andRead More

Spend Wisely

Spend Wisely

April 5, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

By Jim Baehr Spend wisely. This statement appears time and time again in everything from public commission reports to utility strategic plans and the day-to-day public discourse. Doing this isn’t easy and won’t get any easier. Awareness and Expectations Water utilities work diligently to enhance the public’s awareness of theRead More

The Technology Hurdle for Water Finance Managers and CFOs

The Technology Hurdle for Water Finance Managers and CFOs

April 4, 2018 at 6:30 am 0 comments

By Greg Baird Let’s face it, if our roots are in government finance, we are a conservative breed. Our backgrounds prior to becoming a water finance manager, director or CFO have been from accounting, budgeting or investments. In any case, our training and experience have included conservative investments and lowRead More

The Great Midwestern Overdraft

The Great Midwestern Overdraft

April 2, 2018 at 7:45 am 0 comments

By Michael Warady The last 10 years have given rise to considerable consternation as to future water availability in the Western and Midwestern United States. Due to climate change as well as cyclical precipitation patterns, the rains have seemingly disappeared across these regions and the limitless supply of water weRead More

AWWA applauds doubling of WIFIA funding

AWWA applauds doubling of WIFIA funding

April 2, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

The American Water Works Association is commending U.S. Congress and the Administration of President Donald Trump for more than doubling the funding for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and bolstering the Drinking Water State Loan Fund (DWSRF) through the omnibus spending bill. WIFIA received $63 million – up fromRead More

City of Shreveport Takes on $500 Million Sewer Rehab Program

City of Shreveport Takes on $500 Million Sewer Rehab Program

April 2, 2018 at 6:00 am 0 comments

By Judy Nishimoto, Rajbarath Panneerselvam, Jonathan Kunay, Kerry Coker, Autumn Permenter & Judy Williams The City of Shreveport, La., is a relatively small community with a population of around 195,000, in 2016. The city’s sanitary sewer infrastructure includes more than 1,100 miles — 5.8 million ft — of gravity sewer linesRead More

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