SOLUTIONS AND INSIGHT FOR UTILITY MANAGERS
AMI, AMR, AND METERING SOLUTIONS AND INSIGHT FOR UTILITY MANAGERS
Aclara Smart Communications Network Seamlessly Integrates To The Utility LAN
The primary goal of public or privately owned utilities has always been to cost-effectively and efficiently deliver electricity, gas, and water to consumers. However, utilities today cope with added pressures. They are being asked to do more with less, contending with smaller workforces and less capital expenditures while at the same time trying to prevent assets from becoming obsolete. By Aclara
Mueller Systems: Davie County Public Utilities Improves Customer Service And Operational Efficiency With Hot Rod™ From Mueller Systems
The manual bi-monthly collection of readings from each meter was no small challenge—or expense—for Davie County Public Utilities. Oftentimes, meters in its water system were separated by a half-mile or more, and covering the routes could take a driver and a meter reader as many as 50 days.
Article: Water Utilities Slow To Embrace Smart Meter Technologies Water utilities appear to be under water when it comes to conservation efforts and adopting new technologies to help customers monitor water usage. Although water is viewed as a precious resource around the globe, little is being done to save water in North America.
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.
Article: Tips For Plugging Water Meter Revenue Leaks Hersey Meters provided in-plant training trips to their factory and one-week courses in small and large meter maintenance. Other meter manufacturers have offered their version of these training programs. By Floyd S. Salser, Jr., CEO, MARS Company, and Member of the AWWA Water Meter Standards Committee
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SCADA AND AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS AND INSIGHT FOR UTILITY MANAGERS
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.
Identifying And Estimating The Value Of SCADA And Smart Metering Systems In Water Distribution Networks
Considering the invaluable service provided to the society by the water companies, it is imperative to ensure their sustainability. To achieve this objective, these organizations must be allowed to fulfill their mission with effectiveness and efficiency. Information and communication technologies are especially important tools in this pursuit of enhanced performance.
Water Cybersecurity: Alarming, Autodialers, And The Resistance To Change
It is 2:00 AM on Saturday morning. It is a cold, frigid night. The booster station maintaining water pressure within the distribution system has unexpectedly shut down. The autodialer checks for a dial tone, then calls the first standby operator and plays the prerecorded message, “Booster Station Shutdown Alarm” it repeats, “Booster Station Shutdown Alarm,” “Press 1 on your touch-tone phone to acknowledge this recording.” The operator presses the 1 key on his phone. A potential outage is likely. Customers will be disrupted. The operator has no idea what has happened, or the appropriate tools to bring to the solution. By Darian Slywka
EPA Goes 'Next Generation' With Regulatory Compliance Program
Inspired by new technology and an evolved philosophy, the EPA changes its approach to pollution-control rulemaking and compliance.
Designing For Process Automation: 5 Keys To Success
For most water and wastewater treatment plant operators, the words "process automation" are likely music to their ears. Labor requirements are reduced, while processes become more efficient and reliable — all outcomes that make an operator's life easier. But the decision to automate will often fall on the engineer in the design stage of a plant build or upgrade. I wondered what guides an engineer's decision to automate specific processes, so I went to Craig Correia, head of process automation at Festo Corporation, to gain some insight.
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REGULATION UPDATES FOR UTILITY MANAGERS
The Great Graywater Debate
Widespread nonpotable reuse of graywater could potentially lead to a significant reduction in water demand, and over 8 million people across the U.S. are already using graywater for landscape irrigation. Yet most of the graywater reuse currently taking place is illegal.
WWEMA Window: Why ‘Buy American’ May Be Bad For America
“Buy American” is a sound bite that conjures up an image of a Norman Rockwell painting, motherhood, and apple pie. Ask most people on the street, in our state houses, and on Capitol Hill whether “Buy American” is good, and I suspect most peoples’ immediate response would be … “Of course it’s a good thing.” While it is good to promote the purchase of American-made goods, there is another very important side to this issue that is so much more complex and challenging than what can be conveyed in a simple sound bite. By Vanessa Leiby, Executive Director, WWEMA
New Indirect Potable Reuse Regulations — What To Expect
In the upcoming months, the California Department of Public Health is expected to release regulations for groundwater replenishment of drinking water aquifers using recycled wastewater. These regulations are the first of their kind in California and unique in the U.S.
EPA’s Top Priorities For Water In 2014
New rules focus on water quality, industrial operations.
Treatment Plant Discovers Fountain Of Youth, Long-Range Regulatory Compliance
An old (but important) drinking water facility finds new life through treatment upgrades, enabling compliance with strict water-quality regulations well into the future.
The Little-Known Cure For Disinfection Byproducts
A timeless drinking water facility needed a timely solution to disinfection byproducts (DBPs). The treatment process selected was (and is) unique to the region, but the results suggest that it deserves more consideration.
EPA Stormwater Ruling: How Will It Impact Utilities?
A little-known provision within the Clean Water Act (CWA) could soon have a very big impact on how stormwater is regulated.
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.
UTILITY MANAGEMENT NEWS
The National Association Of Water Companies Celebrates Earth Day Texas
This weekend the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. Since it began in 1970, Earth Day (April 22) has evolved to a day of action and week-long celebrations with more than a billion participants around the world.
Water Rights Policies, Not Just Weather, Drying Up California
The weather is not the only challenge for parched California water districts. Outdated water policies may exacerbate difficulties caused by the drought.
First USGS Streamgage Records 125 Years Of Measuring New Mexico’s Vital Water Resources
In 1889, the foundation for modern water management began on the Rio Grande in Embudo, N.M. Recently, 125 years later, a celebration was held to honor the first U.S. Geological Survey streamgage in the picturesque town located 43 miles outside of Santa Fe.
City Of Denton, Texas, Chooses InfoMaster Smart Asset Management Solution
Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, recently announced that the City of Denton Wastewater Department in Texas has chosen industry-leading Innovyze InfoMaster Sewer software to help manage the replacement and rehabilitation of its underground distribution infrastructure.
Australian Water Utility Seeks Technology Partners
Victorian-based water utility South East Water is seeking expressions of interest for the development of a telecommunications network to enable communication with and management of all digital field devices.
As States Battle For Basin, Activists Keeps Data Close To Vest
As the Tri-State Water War continues to fester, stakeholders are taking additional pains to keep their data secret.
Water Tax Fuels Race For Michigan’s Next Governor
The race for governor in Michigan is taking a turn toward water policy.
Effort To Restructure Alabama's Biggest Water Utility Hits Snag
Legislation to rein in the power of Alabama's largest water utility died in the city council this month after a well-financed political fight.
Earth Week: Bark Beetles Change Rocky Mountain Stream Flows, Affect Water Quality
The following is part fourteen in a series on the National Science Foundation's Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) investment.
Two Florida Bills Could Give Ratepayers More Influence Over Water Utilities
Two separate measures under consideration in the Florida state legislature give ratepayers more of a voice against their water companies, and now it looks possible the bills may merge.
Government Agency Takes On Non-Revenue Water
Trenton Water Works is struggling with the problem of non-revenue water.
Officials Tired Of 'Monopolistic' Control Of Detroit Utility
Officials in a county near Detroit are tired of relying on the bankrupt city's major water provider.