Consumer Outreach Features, Insights, and Analysis

  1. Do You Pay 300 Times What You Could For Water?
    8/15/2017

    On January 1st 2017, Philadelphia’s controversial “soda tax” went into effect, adding a 1.5-cents-per-ounce on sugary beverages sold in the city. Several cities across the U.S. have enacted similar taxes in a bid to battle diet-related diseases such as obesity and fund more healthy activities within their communities.

  2. The Costs Of Water Modernization
    8/7/2017

    The Flint water crisis brought long overdue attention to the state of U.S. water infrastructure. Repair and development costs, north of a trillion dollars by some measures, are jaw-dropping. And water management is being scrutinized — from the top-down — to figure out how these costs are going to be paid for.

  3. What Do You Need From A Service Provider?
    8/4/2017

    When searching for a service provider, you want what’s best for your company. But what does best mean when it comes to service?

  4. What Is A World-Class Utility, And How Does Yours Become One?
    7/25/2017

    Water utilities are tasked with ensuring a sustainable and safe supply in addition to achieving business and service excellence goals. These goals are typically based on criteria that measure operational performance, meeting bond covenants, and customer satisfaction.

  5. Legal Issues In Big Data: 2017
    6/29/2017

    Big Data is often characterized by the large volume of data, the wide variety of data types and the velocity at which the data must be processed. Data can come from many different sources, such as social media use, online purchases, licensed twitter data streams or sensors used in the Internet of Things (IoT).

  6. Lessons From The Latest Water And Wastewater Rate Survey
    6/29/2017

    Rocky Craley of Raftelis Financial Consultants, the firm that conducted the 2016 Water and Wastewater Rate Survey along with the American Water Works Association (AWWA), discussed the takeaways of the annual survey in this edition of Water Talk.

  7. Just Like Social Causes, Environmentalism Is About Putting People First
    6/19/2017

    The 85th Texas Regular Legislative Session has drawn to a close. Now that we've had some time to digest what went down (and get some sleep), we can reflect. There is no doubt: This was a very hard Session. Emotions were high and lives were at stake.

  8. And We’re Off! Smart Water Tips To Help Make Sure You Don’t Lag Behind
    5/23/2017

    The Farmers’ Almanac expects summer temperatures in the eastern U.S. to “arrive right out of the gate with unseasonably hot and dry weather.” The Almanac is also predicting the northeast’s first official week of summer to “bring a spell of hot weather with many 90-degree temperatures and even one or two spots breaking 100 degrees.” Even as I write this — one week before the unofficial start of summer — temperatures in the northeast have topped 90 degrees for three consecutive days and rain has been sparse.

  9. The Science Of Public Outreach — And Successful AMI Deployment
    5/3/2017

    As consumer buy-in is critical to the success of advanced metering infrastructure, so is behavioral science in guiding utilities’ engagement efforts around the technology.

  10. Survey Says: How Good Is Your Drinking Water?
    4/28/2017

    Family Feud, first launched in 1976, has been a top game show in syndication, new iterations, as well as a pop-culture icon. Of course the trademark line from the show is “survey says….” Sometimes the responses to the surveys are predicable, but other times you wonder “who in the world was answering those questions?” Gallup just released their annual environmental poll, conducted in March, and maybe it’s not surprising, but 63 percent of respondents said they “worry a great deal about pollution of their drinking water.”