Post Tagged with: "February 2019 Print Issue"

The Science of Leak Noise: Some “Sound” Advice for Acoustic Leak Detection

The Science of Leak Noise: Some “Sound” Advice for Acoustic Leak Detection

April 15, 2019 at 12:18 pm 1 comment

By Rob Meston Effective water loss control (WLC) is one of the most critical activities every water system must face, particularly as droughts increase and conservation mandates become more stringent. Leak detection has quickly become a cornerstone of every WLC program. No matter what type of equipment is used, proceduresRead More

GASB 34 Reporting of the Value of Buried Infrastructure

GASB 34 Reporting of the Value of Buried Infrastructure

March 20, 2019 at 11:33 am 0 comments

Using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Assess and Monetize the Condition of Water Mains By Doug Hatler & Greg Baird Asset Management practices combined with the latest condition assessment tools using artificial intelligence, specifically machine learning, to assess the condition of buried water mains provides a new method forRead More

Legal Corner: The Rules of the Game

Legal Corner: The Rules of the Game

February 28, 2019 at 9:02 am 0 comments

On Dec. 22, 2017, H.R. 1 (the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”) was signed into law. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, among other things, reduced corporate tax rates, modified individual tax rates, eliminated many deductions, repealed the corporate alternative minimum tax, and, notably, eliminated the tax-exempt advance refunding ofRead More

Figure 1: Risk can be reduced for water/wastewater projects by using the design-build project execution methodology. Copyright 2019 Tesco Controls, Inc.

Reducing Risk with Design-Build

February 25, 2019 at 9:53 am 0 comments

A design-build contractor is often in the best position to manage a project, so it should be assigned as much of the associated risk as possible. By Brian Adams Cost, schedule and performance risks need to be managed on all capital projects. The best way to do this is oftenRead More

The Value of Industry-University Collaborative Research

The Value of Industry-University Collaborative Research

February 25, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

By John Matthews Traditionally, research conducted at many universities falls under the category of fundamental research, which is primarily conducted to enhance our basic knowledge in a certain area. In the trenchless technology industry, and regarding the university researchers active in the field, the focus has been much more onRead More

Pricing California’s Water During the Drought: Can Rate Structures Provide an Incentive for Conservation?

Pricing California’s Water During the Drought: Can Rate Structures Provide an Incentive for Conservation?

February 20, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

By Jeff Hughes, Shadi Eskaf & Liz Harvell The relationship between water pricing and water use is more nuanced than basic economic theory on supply and demand suggests. That’s what the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (EFC) found in a recent study on waterRead More

Enhancing Your Utility’s Long-Term Financial Sustainability & Resilience through Cash Reserves

Enhancing Your Utility’s Long-Term Financial Sustainability & Resilience through Cash Reserves

February 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm 0 comments

By Andy McCartney Personal financial advisors often recommend that families should have enough money in an emergency fund to cover at least three to six months of living expenses. Corporations such as Microsoft, General Electric and Home Depot maintain excess operating funds for their own business reasons. Why should waterRead More

Death, Taxes & Natural Monopolies

Death, Taxes & Natural Monopolies

February 19, 2019 at 10:01 am 0 comments

By Michael Warady Every middle school teacher in America has stood in front of a group of students and delivered the old Benjamin Franklin adage that “the only things guaranteed in life are death and taxes.” Luckily for those of us in the water industry, we know that this middleRead More

Investing in a Strategic Approach: A Look At New Jersey American Water’s Leak Monitoring Program

Investing in a Strategic Approach: A Look At New Jersey American Water’s Leak Monitoring Program

February 14, 2019 at 12:20 pm 0 comments

Infrastructure continues to be a critical issue impacting the U.S. economy, society, security and future on both a local and national level. In the state of New Jersey, the situation is no different. New Jersey American Water is the largest water service provider in the state and estimates it servesRead More