Regulation Updates For Utility Management

  1. Winning Strategies For Smart Cities, Smart Water, And Water Reuse

    Every city facing infrastructure or operational challenges or concerns about maintaining quality of life in the face of population growth or a changing environment has benefits to gain from a unified smart-city approach. Here are some concepts for promoting understanding and acceptance among utility and government decision-makers, plus several examples of benefits already being garnered by smart cities large and small.

  2. Capitalizing On A New Mindset For Asset Management

    Reasons for changing water or wastewater asset management practices include unacceptable process downtime, statutory requirements for documenting infrastructure integrity, or the desire to refine process cost-effectiveness and maintenance-budget ROI. Here are examples of strategic approaches that can better match desirable asset management outcomes to the real needs of water utility operations.

  3. Plotting The Quickest Route To Better Asset Maintenance

    A variety of research indicates that industry loses 3 percent to 5 percent (and in some cases more) of its productivity annually to unplanned shutdowns due to equipment failure. With all the data and connectivity available through today’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology and SCADA systems, water and wastewater treatment operations can reduce those losses significantly…if management is willing to consider and adopt proven strategic approaches.

  4. Improving Water Treatment Efficiency Via Energy Management, Optimization

    The cost of water delivered to customers is as much about the energy needed to move it as the chemicals required to treat it. Balancing water chemistry, infrastructure costs, and energy consumption is key to optimizing the overall cost of operation. Experience shows that some astute water suppliers are closer to achieving their ideal outcomes than most people realize. Here are some insights into how that works.

  5. Put A 'Stop' To Water-Main-Repair Shutdowns And Boil-Water Notices

    For most water or wastewater system operators, engineers, and repair crews, the only thing worse than facing a 24”-main emergency repair is facing an even larger one. To those who have never performed an emergency line stop and bypass, the idea of completing repairs with no service outage, no long-term shutdown, and no ‘boil water’ notice is almost beyond belief. To those who have, it’s a sigh of relief.

  6. LTE-M Standard Redefines Cellular Efficiency For Water Meter Readings

    The term “cellular” often calls to mind certain assumptions and limitations based on prior experience with consumer cellphone networks. Don’t confuse cellular-based Internet of Things (IoT) applications with past cellular experiences, though. The relatively new Long Term Evolution for Machines (LTE-M) standard represents a whole new ballgame. In short, “This is not your father’s cellular network.”

  7. Pressure Data Is Critical To Predicting Distribution Systems Issues

    Fluctuations in pressure are the best indicator that a problem is brewing in a water distribution system, so monitoring pressure at strategic points can provide valuable insight about potential leaks. However, this isn’t as easy as it sounds. The good news is that technology is available to gather pressure data that can be used to enhance service and improve asset management without a large capital investment by utilities.

  8. A Smarter, Safer Method For Non-Payment Collection

    Addressing past due accounts traditionally means sending out a crew to turn off the water and then sending them back to restore service when the bill is paid. This can create a less-than-ideal situation by generating significant labor costs while having a potentially negative impact on vulnerable populations. Fortunately, there is a newer method available to address revenue capture while providing enhanced customer service by avoiding a turnoff.

  9. A New Platform For Safer Surface-Aerator Maintenance

    With so many different safety concerns — government-mandated or self-imposed — municipal and industrial wastewater treatment operators have a lot on their plates. Maintaining aerators used in open-basin treatment applications is just one source of those safety concerns. That is why a new approach to safeguarding worker well-being in the process of aerator maintenance activities is worth a closer look.

  10. Better Chlorine Control In A Cost-Effective Solution For Small Wastewater Plants

    Wastewater plants treat effluent with chlorine as a final disinfection measure prior to its discharge into the environment. While this should be straightforward, there are still a significant number of small water systems facing big problems because they don’t have a solid grasp on the process. The good news is that a modern, cost-effective solution is available.