ASSET MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS & INSIGHTS FOR UTILITY MANAGERS

  • 5 Reasons To Consider Decentralized Wastewater Treatment
    5 Reasons To Consider Decentralized Wastewater Treatment

    The economic and environmental costs of treating all wastewater at a centralized location can be a burden. At what point does decentralized treatment make more sense?

  • WWEMA Window: Deferred Maintenance — What Are We Really Saving?
    WWEMA Window: Deferred Maintenance — What Are We Really Saving?

    The United States continues to face water and wastewater funding issues. As the industry struggles, it consistently encounters the age-old problems of governance and funding, which has led to delays in accepting and implementing best practices for maintenance. By Michelle McNish, president, E & I Corporation

  • Consultant’s Corner: How To Create The Business Case For Effective Utility Management
    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

  • Consultant’s Corner: ISO 55000: Setting New Standards For Asset Management
    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
    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

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UTILITY MANAGEMENT PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Aclara’s PLATINUM_<I>services™</i>

Aclara’s PLATINUM_services™

As part of its STAR_select™ solution for water utilities, Aclara Technologies LLC, a leading provider of intelligent infrastructure technologies for water, gas and electric utilities, announces platinum level services for its network and system that make it easier to implement a successful AMI strategy.

VTScada Historian

VTScada Historian

Standard VTScada Component - No other software does more to protect your historical data and put it to work across your organization.

Security Solutions For Water And Wastewater Operations

Security Solutions For Water And Wastewater Operations

A secure facility ensures a secure community. Security solutions from Schneider Electric can help your plant comply with regulations, manage budget constraints, and eliminate the risk of contamination.  

Plantstruxure PES

Plantstruxure PES

PlantStruxure™ PES (Process Expert System) is the innovative process-automation system from Schneider Electric that provides the single global database design and diagnostic features of a Distributed Control System (DCS). The energy-aware architecture allows companies to rapidly design systems, reduce downtime, and increase process and energy efficiency.

N_SIGHT<sup>™</sup> Software Suite

N_SIGHT Software Suite

System health. Customer service. Revenue enhancement. These days, utilities must go far beyond basic meter reading to achieve the intelligent functionality they require. Neptune’s N_SIGHT software suite was designed to help get them there.

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REGULATION UPDATES FOR UTILITY MANAGEMENT

  • Tips On Integrating Packaged Equipment Into Plant SCADA 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 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
    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. 

  • Tips For Training Today’s Operator — And Making It Stick
    Tips For Training Today’s Operator — And Making It Stick

    Introducing three training trends that improve operators’ understanding and plant performance

  • Understanding Municipal Bonds And Their Benefits
    Understanding Municipal Bonds And Their Benefits

    An analysis of tax-exempt bonds, the water/wastewater market, and infrastructure funding

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