SOLUTIONS AND INSIGHT FOR UTILITY MANAGERS
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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
Mueller Systems: The City Of Clayton Reduces Non-Revenue Water, Improves Customer Service And Operational Efficiency With Hot Rod™
Clayton was plagued with exceptionally high non-revenue water rates in the 50 percent range. The city attributed the problem to leaks in its water system (parts of which have been in place the 1920s) that are exasperated by high pressure levels needed to pump water to more than 3200 service connections throughout Clayton’s mountainous terrain located 2200ft above sea level.
A Smart Water Guide To Tackling The 5 Biggest Water Management Challenges
For years, water utilities have expressed concerns about the five biggest pain points in water management: leaks, non-revenue water, theft, poor customer service, and water and energy conservation. They know that addressing these pain points will help conserve water for future generations while also saving their customers money, but it isn’t always easy. By Dan Pinney, Director of AMI, Gas and Water, Sensus
Lead-Free 2014: Guidelines For Compliance
It was a long buildup to the federal lead-free rule, characterized by some last-minute changes, but the moment has finally arrived.
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?
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SCADA AND AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS AND INSIGHT FOR UTILITY MANAGERS
Water Utilities Become Smarter In Tackling Scarcity
Utilities around the world face ever-increasing demand for water as a result of population growth, ongoing urbanization, and rapidly growing economic activity in areas where water supply is already limited.
The Many Faces Of SCADA
For over a decade, utilities have turned to supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems to monitor and control their remote infrastructure. By Christopher Little
Video: The VTScada Driver Multiplexer - Part 2 - Practical Applications
This video outlines four typical applications for the VTScada Driver Multiplexer (DriverMUX) that can reduce down time and increase system efficiency
A Municipal SCADA Project Comes In On Time, Under Budget And Exceeds Expectations
In June of 2009, the Town of Selma, North Carolina commissioned a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system to monitor and control their lift stations, tanks, wells and water treatment plant. By John Grey, Devin Carroll and Christopher Little
Wireless PRV Monitoring Application Note
Pressure reducing valves (PRVs) are used throughout water distribution systems to reduce pipeline pressure to a predetermined set point. This decreases water loss and prevents pipe breaks.
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REGULATION UPDATES FOR UTILITY MANAGERS
The Current State Of Perchlorate
Perchlorate is a chemical most commonly used in rocket fuel, flares, and fireworks, but potential federal regulation of its presence in drinking water may bring utilities down to earth.
What The EPA Health Advisory On Algal Toxins Means For You
On May 6, the U.S. EPA issued a health advisory regarding elevated levels of algal toxins in drinking water. Following a cyanotoxin crisis that resulted in a water ban in Toledo last August, the agency recommended specific drinking water values for microsytin and cylindrospermopsin in advance of the summer bloom season.
People Leverage Technology To Transform Plant Processes
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.
The Near Future Of Strontium Regulation
In an effort to further protect the quality of drinking water, the EPA plans to elevate strontium from its third contaminant candidate list (CCL3) and mandate its treatment.
New Rules: A Review Of Regulatory Reform Proposals
What does a Republican-led Congress mean for the future of environmental regulations? A legislative insider provides the scoop.
What’s Going On At The EPA?
Three U.S. EPA officials share their perspective on the hottest topics in water and wastewater and the current state of rulemaking.
A Water Network For Economic Vitality
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.
In The Face of Extreme Drought, Australia (And Possibly Texas) Undoes Best Strategy For Water Conservation — Clean Energy
Cowboys, frontier grit, accented English, and wild, wide open spaces are just a few of the similarities shared by Texas and Australia. Both places also have an energy-water problem. But, the good news for Texas is that it’s not too late for us to learn from Australia’s mistakes — and a few successes, too.
UTILITY MANAGEMENT NEWS
Mandatory Water Rationing In San Jose Prompts Backlash
Mandatory water rationing in San Jose, CA, has prompted a backlash from locals who say the rules are too strict.
In Drought, Smart Meters Prompt Privacy Concerns
Smart water meters are being used for a non-traditional purpose in California, where authorities are trying to enforce conservation measures during the drought.
Recycled Water, Salt-Tolerant Grass A Water-Saving Pair
Plants need water. People need water. Unfortunately, there’s only so much clean water to go around — and so the effort begins to find a solution.
Body Found In Inaccessible Oregon Wastewater System
Wastewater operators and city authorities were puzzled when they found a body last month in an inaccessible part of the Eugene, OR, wastewater system.
Videos Promote Groundwater Fields Of Study, Careers
With a projected shortage of 135,000 geoscientists expected to occur in the United States within the next 10 years, the National Ground Water Association is promoting two new videos spotlighting groundwater fields of study and careers to precollege and college students.
NASA Finds Water Running Out, But Not How Fast
There are signs that the world is running out of water: shortages, strict conservation mandates, and violent water conflicts that are expected to get worse.
Drought-Fighting Fountain Valley, California Uses Sensus Technology To Save Water
Water restrictions, conservation rebates and turf removal are some of the ways the City of Fountain Valley encourages residents to save water as California’s historic drought continues.
Kentucky Courts Block Lax Water Pollution Regulations
The Kentucky courts have called out state regulators for going too easy on the power industry, potentially to the detriment of the Ohio River.
Orange County Water District Funds Two-Year Research Project By UCR Environmental Economists
Two environmental economists at the University of California, Riverside have been awarded a $184,000 grant by the Moulton Niguel Water District (MNWD) to evaluate what motivates homeowners to reduce water use, and which conservation programs are most cost-effective.
The Washington Post Names The Water Environment Federation As A 2015 Top Workplace
The Washington Post has named the Water Environment Federation (WEF) as one of the top places to work in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Schneider Electric Releases Upgraded StruxureWare SCADA Expert ClearSCADA Software
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has announced the release of StruxureWare SCADA Expert ClearSCADA, an open software platform enabling efficient management and optimization of remote assets.
DOI, USDA, EPA, NOAA And USACE Announce Additional Resilient Lands And Waters Initiative Sites To Prepare Natural Resources For Climate Change
The Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today recognized three new collaborative landscape partnerships across the country.