Regulation Updates For Utility Management

  1. Grading Pressure-Boosting Pump Efficiency — On A Curve
    7/18/2019

    Are your current pressure-boosting pumps the best design for your operating conditions? Are they maximizing value from your operating budget with peak efficiency? How can you know for sure, and what can you do if they are not? Here are some guidelines for evaluating performance efficiency in pressure-boosting applications and for choosing the best pump configurations for new or existing applications.

  2. Know Your Options For Mag Meter Installation Cost, Care, And Calibration
    7/2/2019

    Electromagnetic meters (mag meters) are well established in terms of highly accurate performance for a variety of municipal and industrial water applications. Differences in their construction formats, however, dictate how easy they can be to install, maintain, and calibrate. Compare these three options to see the value of full-profile-insertion (FPI) mag meters and their associated advantages in real-world use.

  3. Seal The Deal: Shielding Against A Mag Meter’s Achilles Heel
    7/1/2019

    When it comes to metering water flow — drinking water or wastewater — full-bore mag meters offer many advantages. While the underlying technology based on Faraday’s Law of electromagnetic induction is shared among all styles of full-bore mag meters, specific implementations have impacts on longevity and accuracy. Here is what to look for when the time to choose arrives.

  4. Mapping Assets For Resilience And Response In Emergencies
    7/1/2019

    Among utilities concerned about resilience and response in natural disasters or other emergencies, precise asset inventory and mapping are high priorities. In truth, there is value in having the same information for everyday purposes as well. For anyone who has ever had a problem locating or tracking key water or wastewater system assets, here are several good reasons and ways to avoid a last-minute scramble.

  5. 8 Ways To Make Utility-Customer Communication Seamless Across Digital Channels
    7/1/2019

    If a water utility is going to use digital communication to enhance the customer experience, it needs to ensure that it does so as seamlessly as possible.

  6. V-Cone Differential-Pressure Meters: Accuracy To Go With The Flow
    6/30/2019

    When space is tight and straight-run piping is at a premium, V-Cone differential pressure (DP) meters are an excellent choice — especially where the potential for turbulence raises metering accuracy issues with other conventional meter styles. This article describes how to satisfy some challenging water infrastructure applications with V-Cone meter accuracy at a low permanent pressure loss.

  7. Asset Monitoring: Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth?
    6/30/2019

    Mapping the assets of a water treatment, water distribution, or wastewater collection and treatment system is just the means to an end. Maximizing value from that effort requires systematic planning and a healthy curiosity for looking into patterns of activity. Here are some considerations for turning raw asset data into more valuable benchmarks for better decision-making across multiple aspects of water operations.

  8. Is Your Utility Prepared For A Natural Disaster?
    6/29/2019

    Recent natural disasters and emergency events that impact utility operations run the gamut from windy, rainy, and frigid weather to wildfires, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Fortunately, an often-underutilized aspect of “smart water” technology extending far beyond automated meter reading and billing holds promise for community-wide resilience in the face of such disruptive events.

  9. Ready Or Not? A Checklist For Building Natural Disaster Resilience
    6/28/2019

    You’ve seen the headlines, read the case studies, taken stock of your resilience plan (or lack thereof), and posed the question “What now?” Here are a dozen ways battery-powered wireless recorders and transmitters can support a new Resiliency Master Plan for your utility and your community — one that can provide cost-saving and even life-saving insights under extreme conditions.

  10. The Digital Utility: Exposing Dark Data Within Our Buried Infrastructure
    6/27/2019

    The main challenges of water utilities are the same as they have always been—struggling with aging and insufficient infrastructure, while trying to deliver safe, reliable, and cost-effective service. There are some things that are increasingly influencing the complexity and risks associated with these challenges, like population shifts and land-use changes from rapid urbanization, increases in extreme hydrometeorological events and natural disasters, and increased public expectations and government regulations.