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The City Of Brockville Improves Leak Detection & Reduces NRW With LeakFinderRT™
The Water Systems Division of Brockville, a city located in the Thousand Islands region of Eastern Ontario, serves more than 22,000 residents and businesses that call the city home, as well as a portion of the neighboring Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley.
Are You Ready For 'Lead Free' 2014?
The clock is ticking, counting down to the new “lead free” mandate, effective Jan. 4, 2014, which will be considerably stricter than the current federal requirement. Under the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, signed Jan. 4, 2011, “lead free” will be redefined as “not more than a weighted average of 0.25% lead when used with respect to the wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures.”
Maintaining Data Acquisition Capabilities Through Storms, Cyber Attacks
Not all technology holds up during a weather emergency. Electricity often fails, communication methods are compromised, and computer networks go offline.
A Golden Spike In Revenue, Efficiency, And Customer Service
Situated in Utah’s high desert at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, Ogden City lies approximately 40 miles north of Salt Lake City and 10 miles east of the Great Salt Lake.
South Mesa Water Co. Improves Customer Service, Conservation And Operational Efficiency With Hot Rod™ From Mueller Systems
Operational efficiency and conservation are increasing in focus among water utilities across the United States, however, they are especially important to Calimesa, Calif.-based South Mesa Water Company.
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SCADA AND AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS AND INSIGHT FOR UTILITY MANAGERS
Keeping Pace With Data Management Evolution
How to harness technology and information to overcome modern municipal challenges
Make Your SCADA Feel Young Again
When the Village of Romeoville underwent a major upgrade to their SCADA system, they also decided to move to the latest version of the monitoring & control software that they had used successfully for many years. This version included features designed specifically for the water/wastewater industry. In this article, a former Head of the Water Department (*) explains why the utility continues to push for the latest HMI version and how this helps them overcome many of the issues related to maintaining a long-running SCADA system. By Christopher Little
SCADA Alternatives For Remote Monitoring
In addition to managing operational efficiency and customer usage, utilities are driven by demanding regulations for improved quality, safety, and security. For remote monitoring applications, data acquisition systems (DAS) can provide an enhanced understanding of network operations through detailed documentation. This white paper presents the advantages of remote DAS over SCADA, including the ability to measure data even when communication channels fail or computers crash. By Barry Ceci
Three Steps For Reducing Total Cost Of Ownership (TCO) In Pumping Systems
Energy costs have become an increasing contributor to pumping systems Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). In fact, energy cost represents 40% of the TCO of a typical pump. It is possible to reduce the electrical consumption by at least 30% utilizing Variable Speed Drives while decreasing maintenance costs associated with the mechanical driven system. This paper explains how to reduce TCO with a limited investment focused on three key areas: energy efficiency management, asset management, and energy cost management.
SCADA Cybersecurity: What Every Water Utility Should Do Now To Prevent An Attack
Danger isn’t always obvious. Often the worst threats are the ones that go undetected— until they strike.
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REGULATION UPDATES FOR UTILITY MANAGERS
Tackling The Drought: The Relationship Between Water Law And Water Budget
Natural resource management usually involves more than science and engineering, it intersects law, policy, and politics. Nowhere is this truer than in the regulation of water.
What Drought? Deep Drilling For Groundwater Yields Rewards
The Utah Water District took a unique approach to discover new water for a rising population, with better-than-expected results.
New Standard Applies To Every Water Manager, Everywhere
Innovation can take many forms. In the water and wastewater industry, new and emerging technologies get most of the credit for being innovative and potentially transformative. However, new modes of thinking can have equal and sometimes greater impact.
Expert Advice On The Lead-Free Law And Compliance
The national lead-free law that went into effect in January 2014 arrived with a certain amount of confusion tied to it. What does “lead free” really mean? What constitutes a pipe, pipe fitting, plumbing fitting, or fixture? How are lead-free products identified? How is the law enforced?
Cooling Water Intake Decisions Are Heating Up
Now that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its rule for cooling water intakes under Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act, the race is on for more than 600 power plants and manufacturing facilities to comply. Right now, there is probably no better example in the water industry of how carefully choosing among compliance options can lead to millions of dollars in cost savings. By Jim Lauria, Senior Vice Director-Water Treatment, Bilfinger Water Technologies
State Of The States: Emerging Water Loss Regulations In The U.S.
Where does your state stand – both statistically and strategically – with regard to water loss?
Next-Generation Arsenic Removal
A novel process gives spent adsorptive media — and utilities’ budgets — new life.
Disinfection Byproducts: Treatment Options And Challenges For Public Water Suppliers
Regulated and emerging disinfection byproducts (DBPs) pose several challenges for water suppliers, but there is a variety of cost-effective cures.
UTILITY MANAGEMENT NEWS
California Lawmakers Take Aim At Water Board Corruption
California lawmakers approved a bill taking aim at corruption in the water sector.
West Water Crisis Labeled ‘Megadrought’ By Experts
New research shows that the West has lost about 63 trillion gallons of surface or near-surface water since 2013 as a result of the drought, Mashable reported.
Feds Give Oklahoma Nearly 40 Million For Water Updates
Oklahoma is taking home a handful of federal dollars to fix its aging water infrastructure.
Many Rural Californians Are Already Out Of Water
In rural California, water shortages are not a what-if. They are already a fact of life for many families.
Illinois Man Fights $5K+ Water Bill
A man from Homewood, IL, is taking his water department to court over an enormous bill, alleging that the local government carried out deceptive practices and refused to issue an accurate reading.
Brazil Government Orders Water Rationing
The water scarcity crisis in Brazil is so bad that officials are rationing the supply.
EPA Adds Pierson’s Creek Site In Newark, NJ To The Federal Superfund List Due To High Levels Of Mercury
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently added the Pierson’s Creek site in Newark, New Jersey to its Superfund list of the country’s most hazardous waste sites.
AWWA Publishes How-To Guide About Communicating The Value Of Water To Stakeholders
The American Water Works Association has announced the release of its newest publication, Communicating Water’s Value: Talking Points, Tips & Strategies by Melanie Goetz.
Tampa Vs. Aging Infrastructure
Water main breaks and leaky pipes are bringing Tampa's water infrastructure into the public eye, reflecting a pattern in cities across the U.S.
California Drought Crisis: Billions Of Gallons Of Water Are Lost To Leaks Each Year
Amid extensive efforts to crack down on household water use in California, some experts say the best solution is simply plugging leaks.
Detroit Reaches Water, Sewer Deal
Following months of contention, bankrupt Detroit finally reached a deal to shore up its water and sewer finances, potentially saving the city money and funding improvements to its water system.
Man-Made Wetlands Help Utilities Survive The Drought
As severe drought continues to afflict various states, some utilities are relying on a key innovation to help them get through it: man-made wetlands systems.