Post Tagged with: "April 2021 Print Issue"

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

Redefining Meter Maintenance Amid Digital Transformation

Redefining Meter Maintenance Amid Digital Transformation

April 28, 2021 at 9:00 am 0 comments

By James Smith Hop into the driver’s seat of a new electric vehicle (EV) and enjoy the smooth ride. Relax in the knowledge that your journey is being monitored by an array of onboard sensors and software as well as remote analytics to ensure the mechanical and digital systems areRead More

Data Visualization for WIFIA Loan Benefits

Data Visualization for WIFIA Loan Benefits

April 27, 2021 at 11:00 am 0 comments

The U.S. EPA’s Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovative Act (WIFIA) loan program delivers a lot of financial value to qualified water infrastructure projects. Could some of that value be used beyond the project itself for innovative initiatives that address local water-related issues — water equity and affordability, climate and environmentalRead More

Driving Utility Performance through People, Process & Technology

Driving Utility Performance through People, Process & Technology

April 20, 2021 at 3:00 pm 0 comments

By Scott Haskins Over the last several years, 22 water utilities and more than 100 utility participants have been engaged in a major collaboration to improve utility capabilities and performance. As part of the Water Research Foundation (WRF) project, entitled Utility Analysis and Improvement Methodology (UAIM), the scope has includedRead More

3 Truths That Will Make or Break a Water or Sewer Utility

3 Truths That Will Make or Break a Water or Sewer Utility

April 20, 2021 at 10:21 am 0 comments

Managing Finances & Cost of Service By JP Joly 1. Every water and sewer utility needs a financial plan. Every water and sewer utility are unique with their operational costs, maintenance routines, timing of repairs and prioritization of asset replacements. 2. Remote work and access to financial planning are hereRead More

The Importance of Effective Knowledge Dissemination in the Water Sector

The Importance of Effective Knowledge Dissemination in the Water Sector

April 19, 2021 at 8:18 am 0 comments

& How Economically Distressed Communities Are Impacted By Andy Kricun Economically distressed communities face many challenges, especially — and most obviously — the challenges of lack of funding and lack of resources. In addition, their funding and resource deficits can also lead to an additional challenge – being unable toRead More

Can Innovative WIFIA Features Help Expand SRF Loan Capacity?

Can Innovative WIFIA Features Help Expand SRF Loan Capacity?

April 16, 2021 at 11:39 am 0 comments

By John Ryan In its 2020 annual report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan program describes itself as a “government bank with unique flexibilities.” Can those flexibilities be useful for Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) considering leverage to expand theirRead More

Engage the Defect Radar! Space Age AI Technology in Our Underground Sewer Networks

Engage the Defect Radar! Space Age AI Technology in Our Underground Sewer Networks

April 12, 2021 at 10:29 am 0 comments

By Greg Baird In the 1998 blockbuster movie, “Armageddon,” when two advanced space shuttles slingshot around the moon at 22,500 miles per hours to land on the global killer asteroid, the pilots see the asteroids debris field and using the FOD (foreign object debris) radar, exclaim “Engaging Evasive Radar!” AsRead More