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    Salisbury-Rowan Utilities in Salisbury, N.C. prides itself on providing excellent customer service. While its commercial and industrial customers comprise just 15 percent of total customer accounts, they generate 65 percent of the utility’s monthly billed volume. That’s why, when it came time to select a new meter reading solution, the ability to receive data-driven analytics to better understand, monitor and manage its operations was a top priority for the utility’s leadership team.

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    In the months leading up to the presidential election, Donald Trump announced that, if elected, he would incentivize $1 trillion into the nation’s ailing infrastructure. Citizens, taxpayers, public officials, and contractors have been waiting to see if that would really happen or not.  President Trump recently announced that he had selected private-sector P3 expert David James "DJ" Gribbin to serve as his special assistant for infrastructure.

  • Advances In Paper-Based Devices For Water Quality Analysis
    Advances In Paper-Based Devices For Water Quality Analysis

    Water quality test strips have been around for decades. They are usually constructed from a porous media, including different types of paper, and undergo a color change when dipped into water containing the analyte of interest. These test strips have seen application in swimming pools, aquariums, hot tubs, remediation sites, and other commercial/environmental areas.

  • EPA Approves Wisconsin Efforts To Limit Phosphorus
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    Earlier this month, the U.S. EPA approved a bid by officials in Wisconsin to allow a slower paced adoption of rules that will limit the discharge of a dominant water pollutant.

  • New Mexico Debates Criminalizing False Water Data
    New Mexico Debates Criminalizing False Water Data

    It is not illegal for New Mexico water systems to falsify water-quality data, and lawmakers who want to change that say their efforts are being stymied.

  • New Data May Link Flint Water System, Legionnaires’ Deaths
    New Data May Link Flint Water System, Legionnaires’ Deaths

    New research is raising questions about what role the water system in Flint, MI, played in a major outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.

  • Under New EPA, Rural Water Association Sees Chance For Change
    Under New EPA, Rural Water Association Sees Chance For Change

    With Donald Trump appointee Scott Pruitt helming the U.S. EPA, the National Rural Water Association sees an opportunity to free its members from burdensome regulations and change the perception of the country’s smallest water utilities.

  • New Septage Receiving Plant Results In Decreased Maintenance
    New Septage Receiving Plant Results In Decreased Maintenance

    Previously to installing their new Septage Receiving Station 18-Mile Creek WWTP had very little protection from unknown debris entering their plant from haulers. The plant reports that in the time that the RoFAS Septage Drum and WAP Washpress have been operating, they’ve processed many septage loads without issue.

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    A New Paradigm For Funding

    Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) releases a new report card on the state of our nation’s infrastructure, and their 2013 grade for both water and wastewater was a “D”.  That report estimated that the infrastructure needed $3.6 trillion in investment by 2020.  I do not look for a significant movement in our current grade for either water or wastewater with the 2017 report when it is released this year, because the funding at the level required to significantly change our infrastructure has not been made except at a few local utilities.

  • Sticking With Innovation That Works: Steinbach, Manitoba’s Plant Upgrade
    Sticking With Innovation That Works: Steinbach, Manitoba’s Plant Upgrade

    Steinbach is the third largest city in Manitoba and one of the fastest growing census agglomeration areas in Canada with a population of about 50,000 people. Though Steinbach is primarily an agricultural community, it is also the regional economic hub of southeastern Manitoba. Due to the age of the wastewater control system, the city decided it was time for some new technology. This profile will describe the process of that upgrade and why they chose VTScada.

  • Meeting The Communications Challenges Of Harsh Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Environments
    Meeting The Communications Challenges Of Harsh Water/Wastewater Treatment Plant Environments

    Using ruggedized fiber optic cable, connectors and enclosures can ensure that network communications run reliably at high speed — far into the future.

  • Filtering Through The Latest In Primary Wastewater Treatment
    Filtering Through The Latest In Primary Wastewater Treatment

    Of course, the whole wastewater treatment equation starts with primary treatment. Although a critical first step in the process, primary treatment rarely receives as much attention from innovators as processes further down the line. It’s about time that changed.

  • EPA Criticizes Pennsylvania’s Safe Drinking Water Program
    EPA Criticizes Pennsylvania’s Safe Drinking Water Program

    The Pennsylvania state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been under scrutiny by federal regulators for failures in administration of its safe drinking water program.

  • Alaska, Facing Unique Infrastructure Challenges, Scores Poorly
    Alaska, Facing Unique Infrastructure Challenges, Scores Poorly

    Alaska scored below average in a new report on its infrastructure quality, earning a “D” for drinking water systems.

  • Chlorine Flow Vulnerable To Hacking, Experiment Shows
    Chlorine Flow Vulnerable To Hacking, Experiment Shows

    A recent experiment by a cybersecurity researcher exposed vulnerabilities in the water system.

  • WOTUS Appears Vulnerable To Trump Repeal
    WOTUS Appears Vulnerable To Trump Repeal

    On his way out of office, Barack Obama made a final effort to bolster the Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS), which has drawn controversy since it was issued in 2015.

  • From Drought To Flooding: California Struggles With Turnaround
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    In a drastic about-face, California has gone from historically desperate drought conditions to an inundation of water that has brought its own set of problems.

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    Math Solutions: Certification Examination Prep Calculations

    While it is natural to be worried about the unknown, being apprehensive can lead to less achievement. Conversely, knowing what to expect more likely leads to relaxation and accomplishment — and can ultimately help you pass the exam.

  • Maryland Utility Tries Innovative Financial Model
    Maryland Utility Tries Innovative Financial Model

    A giant utility near Washington, DC, is rolling out a new financial program focused on making loans available to local businesses.

  • NY Water Tests Find No PFOA, PFOS Threat
    NY Water Tests Find No PFOA, PFOS Threat

    New York health and environmental regulators said that, after statewide targeted sampling for the two cancer-causing industrial chemicals PFOA and PFOS, there were no new cases of drinking water contamination found.

  • Florida County Partners With The WateReuse Association To Find The Best Use For Reclaimed Drinking Water
    Florida County Partners With The WateReuse Association To Find The Best Use For Reclaimed Drinking Water

    In 2016 Hillsborough County Public Utilities, a forward thinking organization, initiated the first direct potable reuse pilot project in Florida. In its efforts to utilize 100 percent of its reclaimed water, the progressive utility created a successful program to effectively suspend surface water discharges. Read the full case study to learn more.

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