Regulation Updates For Utility Management

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Digital Twins Support Flood Resilience
    6/25/2019

    Cities can bring accurate and reliable risk and analysis data to agencies involved in flood preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. Bentley’s flood resilience solution for urban, riverine, and coastal systems bring accurate and reliable risk and analysis data to agencies involved in flood preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

  4. Working Under Pressure: Making Reliable Repairs Without Going Off-Line
    6/6/2019

    Ever since the introduction of centralized water treatment and distribution systems, leaks have been the bane of their existence. Finding a way to make reliable repairs rapidly and without having to disrupt service goes a long way toward satisfying customer and utility concerns. Here are some strategies and tips for making the right choices easier, quicker, and less expensive, even in the midst of an emergency.

  5. Pipe Repair: Defining The Fine Line Between Commodity And Calamity
    6/6/2019

    With aging infrastructure averaging more than 240,000 water main breaks per year across the U.S., viewing repair fittings as commodity products can backfire if the performance of those fittings cannot outlast the remaining life expectancy of the pipeline. Choosing repair fittings on price alone without regard for performance characteristics can lead to premature failure. Here are some tips to avoid such a calamity.

  6. 7 Strategies For Avoiding 'Boil-Water' Emergencies
    6/6/2019

    It’s every water distribution manager’s worst nightmare — the dreaded boil-water advisory. Even when faced with aging infrastructure, there are ways to alleviate timing and complexity concerns about emergency pipeline repairs in advance. Use this seven-step checklist to become better prepared to deal with water main break emergencies and to forestall the need to issue a boil-water advisory.

  7. Working Under Pressure: Extending Reliable Service Without Going Off-Line
    6/6/2019

    The good news about extending water service connections is that they represent new revenue opportunities. The bad news is that they can be costly and disruptive in terms of having to shut down the system and open it up. Before planning new service connections or extensions, compare how the following characteristics of hot-tapping with fabricated tapping sleeves can save both time and money in the long run.

  8. Knowledge Transfer For Water’s Better Informed Future
    5/29/2019

    Water industry managers are caught in a squeeze. On one hand, they need to capture institutional knowledge from long-term baby boomer employees before they retire. At the same time, they need to manage current operations optimally and attract and train next-generation replacements. Here is how advanced analytics solutions are making it easier to achieve all those goals while improving business outcomes.

  9. How To Leverage Water Data To 'Make Your Case'
    5/24/2019

    Efficiently managing potable water treatment and distribution or wastewater collection and treatment involves many moving components, not the least of which are cost implications. If only there was a way to quantify and analyze those factors to leverage them for better decision-making. There are, and they reach far beyond tactical treatment plant adjustments, all the way up to strategic decisions as well.

  10. Fact-Checking The Smart Meter Naysayers
    5/22/2019

    Smart meters offer a wealth of benefits for water utilities and their customers, but anyone performing an online search will quickly feel there is a sense of uproar over their use. The truth, however, is that public health officials around the world have deemed smart meters safe. Understanding what’s behind the objections and knowing how to respond is a key to winning support for the implementation of smart meter technology.