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Consultant’s Corner: ISO 55000: Setting New Standards For Asset Management
A new set of global asset management standards were recently released that will make it easier for water utilities and other organizations to improve the management of their assets, as well as the overall effectiveness of their daily operations.
NRW Change Management Index: An Innovative Approach For Non-Revenue Water Management
In recent years, the reduction of water losses has become a burning issue within the water industry and utilities, either for financial or ecological reasons, are under increasing pressure to enhance resource efficiency. However, practitioners know that assessing and monitoring the performance of water loss reduction programs is a real challenge, and what at first may sound like a simple task, in practice turns out to be a rather complex undertaking. By Monika Konatar and Dr. Thomas Schiller
8 Questions For Every Water Utility After The UCLA Water Main Break
The water and mud from the big water main break that flooded the UCLA campus in Los Angeles in late July left behind several questions that could be asked of every water supplier in the country. Find out for yourself how vulnerable your home town’s water supply is to leaks and breaks with these eight questions. By Ed Osann, NRDC senior water policy analyst
Model Behavior: Evaluating Instrumentation And Control In The Coagulation Process
An electrical engineer does the math on coagulation process control, using computational modeling to determine best practices.
Consultant’s Corner: How To Create The Business Case For Effective Utility Management
The use of business case evaluations (BCEs) to make choices between competing investment alternatives is one of the 14 leading asset management practices defined in the McGraw-Hill study of asset management practices. According to the study, only a small percentage of water utilities currently use BCEs to justify the need to adopt asset management as a way to more effectively manage operations and determine whether existing assets need repair/replacement, despite the fact that 90 percent of advanced practitioners of asset management utilize this practice. By Dan Pitzler and Nick Pealy, CH2M HILL
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REGULATION UPDATES FOR UTILITY MANAGEMENT
Do You Know The Value Of Decentralized Infrastructure?
According to the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, onsite and decentralized wastewater treatment systems are an important part of a country’s permanent wastewater infrastructure.
12 Monitoring Applications That Will Keep A Finger On The Pulse Of Your Water Distribution System
“You can’t manage what you don’t monitor”, an adage first attributed to Lord Kelvin applies to practically everything, including water distribution systems.
Tips On Integrating Packaged Equipment Into Plant SCADA Systems
Integrating controls from an equipment supplier successfully within a Plant SCADA or DCS system requires communication on multiple levels. These levels include process of design, mechanical fit up and installation, as well as the coordination to get the equipment to work in concert with the plant’s other control systems. Simply looking after mechanical/electrical details are not enough. To be successful, the plant’s System Integrator and the equipment supplier’s PLC programmer must work with each other throughout the entire project’s development. By Todd Nydam, JWC Environmental LLC & Graham Nasby, Eramosa Engineering Inc.
Internal Branding Key To Creating Water Utility Employee Ambassadors
Internal branding can ignite employee performance, strengthen the profit potential of a water utility, and play a key role in helping utility executives and leaders inform staff of their external-facing expectations. To stimultate employee brand support and organizational change, internal communication and branding efforts should be a direct and constructive expression of the organization’s vision and strategic plan.
Iced! Polar Vortex Lessons From An Ohio Water Utility
In early January 2014, the polar vortex enveloped the Great Lakes region. When the vortex passed over Lake Erie, a phenomenon called frazil ice sent an untold number of slender shards of ice directly into Avon Lake Regional Water’s intake crib.
ASSET MANAGEMENT NEWS
Respond To Water Network Incidents And Outages, Faster And Smarter
As shown by the July 29th water main rupture which spewed millions of gallons of water onto Sunset Boulevard and the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles, the problem of aging infrastructure that faces recently water utilities has reached a critical state.
Innovyze Ships DemandWatch v5.0 For Water Demand Forecast
Expanding the boundaries of smart water network innovation, Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, recently announced the worldwide release of the v5.0 generation of its DemandWatch for accurate and reliable water demand forecasts.
Under Joint Venture CH2M HILL And VolkerStevin Awarded AMP6 Contract
United Utilities has appointed C2V+, a CH2M HILL and VolkerStevin joint venture, as one of four Construction Delivery Partners (CDP) for Asset Management Programme 6 (AMP6).
Upcoming 2014 ISA Water/Wastewater And Automatic Controls Symposium, To Be Held 5-7 August, Gathering Steam
The International Society of Automation (ISA) is pleased to announce that pre-registration activity for the 2014 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium (WWAC Symposium) has been brisk.
Consolidated Waterworks, LA Deploys Sedaru Software, Optimizes Its Water Network Operations
IDModeling, Inc., a leading global provider of smart water network software and services, announced recently that Consolidated Waterworks District No. 1 of Terrebonne Parish, LA has deployed its flagship service, Sedaru to connect and optimize its water operations.
‘Making The Grade’ Group Calls For Six-Point Plan To Rebuild America’s Infrastructure And Revive The Country’s Competitiveness
Recently at the National Press Club, a new report was released that outlines innovative new ways that the federal government, industry and other stakeholders can work together to solve the crisis of the failing state of U.S. infrastructure. Entitled "Making The Grade,” the report is the result of experts from 45 different organizations, including corporations, professional organizations, think tanks, financial advisors and academic institutions. It offers a six-point plan with fresh ideas to regain America's infrastructure leadership and revive the country’s global competitiveness.
Innovyze Releases IWLive Generation V5.0, Extending Real-Time Modeling, Operation And Security Capabilities For Smart Water Networks
Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, recently announced the worldwide release of Generation V5.0 of IWLive, a major new version of its industry-leading real-time water network modeling solution.
Mueller Co. Introduces Remote Pressure Monitoring System; Alerts Water Utilities Of Pressure Thresholds
Mueller Co., North America's largest and only full-line supplier of potable water distribution products, has introduced a new remote pressure monitoring system for water distribution networks as part of its Intelligent Water Technology™ (IWT) portfolio of products and services that actively diagnose, monitor and control the delivery of safe, clean drinking water to consumers and businesses.
Echologics Completes Pipe Condition Assessment Of Boston Transmission And Distribution Mains
Echologics recently completed a condition assessment survey of several distribution and transmission mains owned by Boston Water and Sewer Commission (the "Commission") using ePULSE™, Echologics' non-invasive acoustic pipe condition assessment solution.
Springfield, MA Engages Echologics To Benchmark Leak Detection Technologies
Springfield Water and Sewer Commission (the "Commission") recently engaged Echologics to benchmark the capabilities of non-invasive acoustic technologies in isolating small leaks on a 59-inch steel water main.