Sustainability and asset management are more than just buzz words in the water industry. Sustainability, which in its broadest sense refers to ethics, governance, transparency, business relationships, financial stewardship, economic development, value, employment practices, and environment stewardship, is a key consideration for adopters of asset management programs.
This Q&A is longer than my usual for Water Online, but the exception is warranted. It's not often that you have the opportunity to talk to a 'superhero' of sustainability.
Substances regulated or substances unregulated may ultimately impact the environment, health, and water supply of others. The following safety considerations are advised for those who store, handle, or transport potentially dangerous substances.
Innovation is upon us in flow meter design, allowing for more technology options and better precision. Don’t let faulty installations or O&M set you back.
The distribution system for water treatment has several hazards especially asbestos cement piping.
Looking back on 2015, severe droughts, flat budgets, and insights on decreased reading system life have affected the way utility managers make decisions about water metering systems. As utilities plan for 2016, managers should consider four key water metering technology trends predicted to help utilities meet their water management initiatives in 2016 and beyond
SCADA implementation or enhancement is a collaborative process. One of the hardest challenges is keeping up-to-date on the latest features available and determining whether or not the new benefits offset the cost of implementation.
There’s a lot of talk in the water industry these days about “operating smarter.” But what does “operating smarter” actually mean?
As a professional engineer, you are charged with protecting the public interest. You are obligated to use your training and experience to technically evaluate various project alternatives, analyze financial implications and make expert recommendations as a result.
The relationship between the wastewater treatment plant and the community it serves is a delicate one. Unfortunately, politics gets involved because many plant improvements are purchased with municipal bonds.
Regardless of how the many wastewater treatment plants across North America and the world are configured, their missions are the same. At the core of their operations, these facilities are charged with maximizing the efficiency of managing their wastewater and water resources.
Those in the water industry know water is essential for life and brings economic value, but the economic role of water is often not as well understood by the general public. This paper reviews the history and development of our transportation, electrical, and energy infrastructure and then presents a plan for our nation’s water to be augmented from where we have it abundantly to where we badly need it.
A Q&A with Matthew Gormley and Gerald Dixon of Schneider Electric, who explain the functionality, operational advantages, and cost savings associated with variable speed drives (VSDs).
Flint was thrust into the national news this year over a lead contamination crisis that is taking a toll on public health. But the Michigan city is not alone.
Wastewater workers in Illinois got heroic recently during a flood.
The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is accepting applications for the 2016 Award for Excellence in Innovation and Paul L. Busch Award.
A water industry employee died during an explosion at a facility in Texas this month.
The City of Sacramento is the 6th largest city in California, with a population of more than 485,000 inside a metropolitan area of over 2.4 million residents.
The former licensed operator at a New Jersey water utility pleaded guilty this month to submitting false water quality reports to the state.