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WaterSmart launches new benchmarking analytics solution

WaterSmart launches new benchmarking analytics solution

April 10, 2019 at 11:59 am 0 comments

WaterSmart Software, a self-service and customer engagement platform for the water industry, has announced the release of Performance WaterMark, a new benchmarking solution that helps utilities gauge how their operational, financial and customer service initiatives are performing compared with other systems. With more than 4 million meters under management acrossRead More

Cash Reserves Pt. 2: Capital Reserves, Debt Service & Rate Stabilization Reserves

Cash Reserves Pt. 2: Capital Reserves, Debt Service & Rate Stabilization Reserves

April 8, 2019 at 12:09 pm 0 comments

By Andy McCartney Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a two-part series on cash reserves for water utilities. As mentioned in the first article on operating reserves, cash reserves are required to meet the operational, maintenance and capital needs of the utility while providing a necessary service 24Read More

Are You Considering the Economic Impact of Your Pipe Materials?

Are You Considering the Economic Impact of Your Pipe Materials?

April 8, 2019 at 9:22 am 0 comments

Editor’s Note: WF&M recently sat down with Justin Reeves, P.E., project manager, and Bob Card, P.E., chief pipe engineer, at Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN), a national planning, engineering and program management firm, to get their take on the economic impact of pipe selection and specification in the waterRead More

COMMENTARY: Time to Start Recycling for Research

COMMENTARY: Time to Start Recycling for Research

April 8, 2019 at 8:56 am 0 comments

By Gordon Henrich As I was moderating a session at a trenchless rehab seminar it became obvious that most research and development in our industry is being done on new pipe and manholes ordered directly from a manufacturer. If our focus is rehabilitation, why aren’t we using actual components that needRead More

Is Open Procurement Really About Procurement?

Is Open Procurement Really About Procurement?

April 1, 2019 at 9:48 am 0 comments

At a time when the focus should be on innovation and best value, the argument rages on over materials and price. These arguments are evidence that the role of procurement in the municipal water sector is misunderstood, undervalued or worse, both. By Jim Baehr At a time when the focusRead More

LCA receives all user revenues but also bears full responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the city’s water and wastewater utilities in accordance with standards.

Aging Mains No Match for Strategic Asset Management

March 28, 2019 at 6:00 am 0 comments

By Michael Brown & Jason Peters Facing a dire financial situation in 2013, the City of Allentown, Pa., looked to monetize its water and wastewater systems through a 50-year concession lease arrangement. Nearby Lehigh County Authority (LCA), another publicly-owned water and wastewater utility, was a natural fit for the partnershipRead More

Bentley accepting nominations for Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards program

Bentley accepting nominations for Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards program

March 26, 2019 at 9:49 am 0 comments

Bentley Systems, Inc., a global provider of software solutions for the design, construction and operations of infrastructure, is accepting nominations for its Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards program. The awards, which are judged by independent juries of industry experts, recognize infrastructure projects for digital innovations that improve project delivery and/or asset performance.Read More

When to P3: New report examines use of public-private partnership model in water

When to P3: New report examines use of public-private partnership model in water

March 25, 2019 at 8:47 am 0 comments

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has collaborated on a new report with Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC that examines the relevance and potential of the public-private partnership (P3) project delivery model in the water sector. The report, “To P3 or not to P3,” presents results and insights from a joint AWWA/EYIARead More

A Closer Look at  Environmental Impact Bonds

A Closer Look at Environmental Impact Bonds

March 25, 2019 at 8:09 am 0 comments

How Are They Affecting Green Infrastructure? Across the nation, countless cities with antiquated sewer and stormwater systems are under orders from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce stormwater runoff to decrease the amount of pollution entering local waterways. When Washington, D.C., faced this problem, city officials decided toRead More

The Evolving Role of CMMS in the Water Industry

The Evolving Role of CMMS in the Water Industry

March 25, 2019 at 7:23 am 0 comments

By Alex Williams Ensuring the safety of citizens, managing critical assets, complying with regulatory standards and eliminating unplanned downtime — these are a few of the major hurdles faced by water industry professionals. Computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) can play a significant role in carrying out these responsibilities. A Brief HistoryRead More