A common drive among inventors is the hope of building “a better mouse trap.” There may be products that satisfy their users every day, but are crying out for improvement. One company has found that opportunity in water meters, taking a technology that has worked in the industrial space and offering it for the first time for residential applications.
The U.S. EPA estimates that more than one trillion gallons of water are lost through household leaks every year. It introduced “Fix a Leak Week” to bring that number down.
Westwood, California was billing its water using a flat rate system. According to Community Services District General Manager Randy Buchanan, most customers in his service area had no idea how much water they were using, as no services were metered.
Berkeley County Water & Sanitation (BCWS), South Carolina, has moved from manual meter reads to remote readings that happen with the push of a button.
If wastewater treatment plant operators have nightmares, it’s a good bet that many of them have to do with sewage overflows. Few events are as catastrophic for a wastewater facility as a surge of water it can’t process being churned out into the public sphere, in violation of environmental regulations, and to the detriment of public health.
Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems are the digital pulse of water and wastewater treatment plants. Serving as the information hub, SCADA makes the most of the day’s cutting-edge technology and in turn uses it to make the most of the plant’s operations. But how to keep up with a system that evolves as quickly as the greatest minds in the field will allow?
Ocean Isle Beach is a small island community on the southeast coast of North Carolina. Only about five-hundred people live there year round, but during the summer months its beautiful beaches draw almost ten times that number. This poses unique challenges for the town's wastewater utility who must handle this extreme seasonal spike in usage.
In 2008, Chatham County Public Works was using three different SCADA systems to monitor and control their remote tanks and pump stations. One was a sole-source software and hardware solution that used a unique communication protocol. By Christopher Little, Daniel Clevenger and Kevin Monk
Water 4.0 is a concept that has recently been raised as the “future” of the water industry …possibly. Apart from being a paraphrase of Industry 4.0, the questions have to be asked: What is it, and what does it have to do with the way the water industry operates in its current state?
Here in the post-Flint era of municipal water operations, and for the foreseeable future, the loudest mandate for utilities will be to "get the lead out" of our distribution systems. Until such time that all lead lines are replaced, control strategies will need to be employed.
Two tools leverage computing power for engineering design, opening up a digital world of possibility for wastewater plants.
Ensuring the quality and safety of drinking water across the U.S. EPA-monitored 155,000 public water systems has become a national issue.
As a country, we’ve come a long way toward providing clean air, water, and land — essential resources that support healthy, productive lives. But we have more work to do to make sure that every American has access to safe drinking water.
In the midst of this U.S. presidential race, a thought about Ronald Reagan (apolitical, I promise): Known as the “Great Communicator,” it’s certainly no coincidence that Reagan was an actor before becoming president; and honed communication skills, especially in times of trouble, are vital to effective leadership.
The Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) held its 43rd Annual Washington Forum in conjunction with many other water groups who gathered to celebrate Water Week, an opportunity to discuss the nation’s water infrastructure and how to more effectively protect public health and the environment. Nowhere was this critical role more evident than in two presentations.
Our nation’s record of progress in advancing public health under the Safe Drinking Water Act is significant.
Public participation. Information disclosure. Implementable and enforceable laws. Strong accountability mechanisms. In the United States, we sometimes take principles like these for granted.
Americans have come to question their drinking water these days. With incidents in Flint, MI, and constant lead contamination discoveries at schools and elsewhere, it make sense that people are skeptical of their drinking water.
Washington, D.C. is imposing new standards for lead in drinking water after finding high levels at local schools.
A judge slapped down a new water billing proposal from New York City, throwing a wrench in the city’s plan to hikes rates and offer a rebate this summer.
The battle for available access to water is brewing in San Tan Valley, AZ, as a community advocate recently filed a complaint with state regulators against Johnson Utilities.
The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) is currently seeking cutting-edge intelligent water systems to improve management in the municipal or industrial wastewater, stormwater, and water reuse sectors.
FATHOM Water Management, Inc. (“FATHOM”), the largest Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for water utilities, announced recently it has contracted with the City of Copperas Cove, Texas (“Copperas Cove” or “City”) to provide the FATHOM Smart Grid for Water – delivering a complete solution including infrastructure, software, services and utility billing and customer care operations.
American Water, the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, recently announced Paul Gagliardo, M.P.H., P.E., manager of Innovation Development, will participate in the Israel-California Water Conference on June 29 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Itron, Inc., a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, announced recently that it has signed a contract with Rogers Water Utilities (RWU), which operates and maintains the public water and sewer systems in Rogers, Arkansas, to supply Itron’s Automated Meter Reading (AMR) system.
American Water Works Company, Inc., the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, is proud to announce the achievement of 22 Partnership for Safe Water awards.
2015 bookings in the process measurement and automation industry declined approximately 4.4% according to data reported by members in various bookings reports.
Following an extensive review of the flood risk management strategy for the Isle of Axholme, the Environment Agency has begun implementing the recommendations of the final report. One of the major pieces of infrastructure is the pumping station at Keadby, which will be renovated and updated by ECS Engineering Services.
Enviro Concepts, a leader in modular, above ground wash bays and containerised wastewater treatment systems is giving away their much coveted wash bay wastewater checklist that they use to evaluate client sites from small auto workshops to large mining facilities.