Funding Solutions & Insight for Utility Managers

  1. Maximizing The ROI On Your SCADA Investment

    The water industry may be “all-in” on supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. But are we getting a maximum return on this investment? Data analytics lead to points of action that can return big savings on data acquisition systems. Make sure you are getting the most from your SCADA system data for both immediate and long-term returns.

  2. Fixin’ To Solve Resiliency: Texas, Burns & McDonnell Tackle Infrastructure And Sustainability Issues

    Texas is sizable enough to be a large country on its own, with an economy to match, and is also proudly unique. But when it comes to water issues, the Lone Star State shares a lot in common with the rest of America: overwhelmed and vulnerable infrastructure, threats to water quality and security, and competition for resources.

  3. Environmental Impact Bonds 101

    Environmental Impact Bonds, EIBs, are a market-based option that leverage private capital, typically from impact investors, to finance infrastructure. They typically use pay-for-performance, and are rapidly traction in green stormwater infrastructure and climate resiliency initiatives.

  4. Community-Based Public Private Partnerships 101

    Community-Based Public Private Partnerships, CBP3s, are a market-based solution for efficient delivery of large-scale infrastructure.

  5. A 14-Point Checklist For Choosing The Right Water Utility Network

    Mass market access to the internet through a combination of hardwired, Wi-Fi, or cellular communications channels has conditioned many people to think that “a network is a network is a network.” When it comes to water utilities, however, the nature of the application environments and requirements dictate a closer look at how to satisfy the specific requirements most efficiently. Here are 14 checkpoints to consider before selecting a new network option or revamping an old one.

  6. Engineering The Success Of Your Next Infrastructure Project

    Whether your water utility is challenged with increasingly stringent standards, implementing new technology, or coping with aging infrastructure replacement, new project implementation concerns can be daunting. Take advantage of proven practices from experienced water industry professionals to put your project on the right track with sound evaluation of engineering assistance for your project.

  7. Stemming The Tide Of Rising Utility Costs

    Of the issues facing utilities, financing — or lack thereof — ranks at or near the top of most lists. During this Water Talk, Reese Tisdale, President of Bluefield Research, discusses the rise in operating expenses (OPEX) over the past 10 years, explains the reasons and repercussions, and forecasts where costs will go from here.

  8. Ways To Reduce Costs And Recover Resources

    Jeff Garner, Senior Vice President with MWH Constructors, covers a lot of area in this Water Talk interview, which focuses on alternative project delivery models (particularly the construction manager at-risk (CMAR) approach), the water-energy-food nexus, and the thermal hydrolysis process (THP) for on-site energy generation.

  9. Calculating The Cost Of Water Reuse

    The adoption of water reuse can be unavoidable due to water scarcity, but it may also be a choice. And when it comes to choices, cost is usually a deciding factor. Gary Hunter, Senior Wastewater Process Engineer with Black & Veatch, helps make sense of the dollars required for recycled water schemes in this Water Talk interview.

  10. Flexible Financing Through Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships

    James Schlaman, Director of Water Resources at Black & Veatch, explains what community-based public-private partnerships (CBP3s) are (and what they aren't), how they work, and what makes them attractive — particularly for stormwater management improvements.