SOLUTIONS AND INSIGHT FOR UTILITY MANAGERS
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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.
Beating Your Water Bill: How Fast, Accurate Water Usage Data Improves Customer Relations
Municipality arrives before the water bill to alert customers of unusual spikes in usage.
LADWP Achieves Demand Management Goals With Unique Volumetric Rate Structure, Long-Term Planning
The Department of Water and Power (DWP) serves the City of Los Angeles and some small adjacent areas and is the one of the largest municipal utilities in the nation.
Beat The Heat: How To Fight Fire Hydrant Abuse
To overheated summer residents, they are a free trip to the waterpark. To utilities, they seem more like a flood of money spilling down the street. Any way you look at it, an illegally opened fire hydrant is a lot of lost water.
Using Advanced Metering Infrastructure To Control Water Loss
Leakage is one of the primary concerns for water utilities worldwide, yet North American investment in water loss has, historically, not addressed the problem with sufficient urgency or expertise.
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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.
Tips On Integrating Packaged Equipment Into Plant SCADA Systems
Integrating controls from an equipment supplier successfully within a Plant SCADA or DCS system requires communication on multiple levels. These levels include process of design, mechanical fit up and installation, as well as the coordination to get the equipment to work in concert with the plant’s other control systems. Simply looking after mechanical/electrical details are not enough. To be successful, the plant’s System Integrator and the equipment supplier’s PLC programmer must work with each other throughout the entire project’s development. By Todd Nydam, JWC Environmental LLC & Graham Nasby, Eramosa Engineering Inc.
Centralized Backup & Configuration For Remote Plant HMIs
As Wastewater Manager for four sewage treatment plants spread across Colchester County, Nova Scotia, Nicole MacDonald faced the daunting task of ensuring all systems continued to function seamlessly on a 24/7 basis. Each plant had its own separate monitoring and control system that allowed it to function autonomously
Sensor Maintenance Made Easy With Predictive Diagnosis
As winter sets in across the country, those trips outside to take a reading or conduct scheduled maintenance on your water quality instruments aren’t quite so inviting. But what if your instruments could save you the trip? Predictive diagnosis is set to become the operator’s new best friend.
Many SCADA Historians Make Light Work
GRU is the 5th largest municipal utility in Florida and serves over 100,000 people. In 1999, the utility unified much of its monitoring & control infrastructure into a single SCADA system based on VTScada HMI software from Trihedral. By Christopher Little, Trihedral Engineering Limited
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REGULATION UPDATES FOR UTILITY MANAGERS
Carrying Out The EPA’s Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule
For nearly a decade, public utilities that draw from surface waters have been contending with a developing regulation that is emblematic of the U.S. EPA and the systems under its charge.
The Upside Of Being Compelled To Treat Wastewater
No one enjoys being compelled to do things, especially when it dips into their wallet. For many in the industrial manufacturing and food processing sectors this is exactly what wastewater management is to them — a compulsory, bottomless money pit dug by regulatory bodies, seemingly just to make things difficult for business owners.
EPA's Water Report: A Good But Incomplete Start
One study cannot answer every question about water pollution risks from oil and gas drilling, nor should it be expected to. But as my colleague Nichole Saunders pointed out, the oft-quoted statement of EPA’s water study – that it found no evidence of “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water sources”– implied to some that activities related to hydraulic fracturing had been declared risk-free.
Guidance For LT2 Rule Compliance: 10 Technology Tips
An industry expert addresses technology and compliance concerns regarding the U.S. EPA’s Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2).
Arsenic Update: Top Technologies Revealed
The federal regulation for arsenic has been in place since 2002, and yet many utilities remain noncompliant. The culprit isn’t treatment capability, but cost. It happens that the most popular treatment technique is also quite expensive — but it doesn’t have to be.
Is It Time To Fight PPCPs?
There’s no question that they have found their way into our water supply and there’s evidence to suggest they are neutering fish, making birds fat, and exposing drinkers to gender-morphing side effects.
Congress Needs To Reauthorize The Ex-Im Bank
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Established by Executive Order in 1934 with a mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating the export of U.S. goods and services, in 1945 the Ex-Im Bank became an independent, self-sustaining Executive Branch agency. For over 80 years, the Bank has provided financing tools and services that allow small, medium, and large companies to compete for global sales.
The Colorado River Alliance: A Proposal
The Western United States has always been an elusive project for industrious American pioneers.
UTILITY MANAGEMENT NEWS
How Small Communities Fund Big Infrastructure Projects
Tap water infrastructure is among the biggest and most challenging expenses for small and medium-sized communities. Just ask James Wright, a public authority CEO in New York.
Man-Eating Sinkholes And Other Florida Water Shortage Crises
A sinkhole that took the life of a Florida man two years ago appears to have reopened over the summer.
Danfoss: Solutions Ready To meet Global Water Challenges
As the world population rises and people pursue higher standards of living, more water is needed in homes and for production of food and products.
Padre Dam Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Project Incorporates Online THM Instrument To Monitor Free Chlorine Use For Potable Reuse
Padre Dam Municipal Water District in Santee, California has installed the THM-100 online trihalomethane (THM) monitor from Aqua Metrology Systems to provide real-time data on disinfection by-product (DBP) formation, aid the utility in evaluating their innovative free chlorine disinfection strategy, and ensure the safety of potable reuse water being used produced at their Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Project.
EPA Recognizes WaterSense 2015 Partners Of The Year
Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the 2015 WaterSense award winners for creating, rebating, communicating and educating consumers about WaterSense-labeled products, homes and programs.
Michigan Governor Recommends Flint Reconnect To Detroit Water To End Lead Contamination Crisis
In the wake of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s recommendation that the City of Flint reconnect to the Detroit water system to stem its lead-contamination woes, leaders from the ACLU of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council recently urged federal, state, and local governments to take additional steps to not only solve the current problem in Flint but to prevent future crises.
Weisermazars LLP 2015 U.S. Water Industry Outlook Finds Technology Investments Key To Addressing Infrastructure, Operating Costs And Regulatory Issues
Investment in technology is critical for the nation’s water industry as it strives to address aging infrastructure, reduce operating costs and comply with regulatory issues.
California Considers $1 Billion Direct Potable Reuse Plant
Water officials in California are laying plans for what may become the largest direct potable reuse program in the world.
Congress Should Seize Opportunity To Plan For Future Droughts
In advance of a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on Western and Alaska water legislation on Thursday, a coalition of conservation and sportsmen’s groups are urging the committee to consider a list of recommendations for federal actions to make our country more drought resilient.
The Water Environment Federation Announces Its 2015-2016 Board Of Trustees
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announces the members of its 2015-2016 Board of Trustees.
RWL Water Is Awarded 5.8 MGD Seawater Desalination Project With 30-Year BOT In Baja California, Mexico
The State Water Commission of Baja California, Mexico awarded the consortium of RWL Water and its Mexican partners Libra Ingenieros and R.J. Ingenieria the project to build, finance, operate and transfer (BOT) a seawater desalination plant in San Quintín.
Value of Water Coalition Kicks-Off 'Imagine a Day Without Water' National Education Campaign
The Value of Water Coalition today announced that more than 100 organizations are joining the first annual Imagine a Day Without Water. From October 6-8, 2015, groups as diverse as aquariums, car washes, city councils, water and wastewater providers, schools, and libraries, are all raising awareness about our most essential resource: water.