Resiliency Solutions & Insight for Utility Managers

  1. EPA Researchers Partner With WaterStep To Deliver Clean Water During Emergencies
    9/11/2018

    Following a disaster like the back-to-back hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico in 2017, water systems can become flooded and unable to provide safe drinking water to communities. EPA researchers recognized the need for portable water treatment systems that can quickly and cost-effectively provide safe drinking water to affected communities following a disaster. 

  2. If A Pipe Leaks In A Forest, Does It Make A Sound?
    (Part II)
    9/6/2018

    If A Pipe Leaks In A Forest, Does It Make A Sound? (Part I) addressed condition assessment and leak detection from the perspective of surprises that can arise when “hidden” problems are revealed by acoustic technology. This article introduces several more eye-opening experiences with permanent and mobile acoustic leak detection equipment, plus examples of just how expensive undetected leaks can become when they turn into full-blown water main breaks.

  3. If A Pipe Leaks In A Forest, Does It Make A Sound? (Part I)
    8/30/2018

    Beyond the existential philosophy implications, the consequences of a pipeline leaking in a forest when no one is around highlight the desirability of leak detection systems in water distribution utilities as a whole. As the following experiences show, leak detection can have its entertaining side. On the other side of the coin, however, the consequences of not monitoring leaks can also trigger a tsunami of costs far beyond the expense of pipeline repair alone.

  4. California Approves Funds For Water Projects, Large And Small
    8/7/2018

    The past few months have been highly eventful for California water watchers.  In June, by a margin of 57 to 43 percent, California voters approved Proposition 68, a $4.1 billion parks and water bond that will provide approximately $1.3 billion for water-related projects across the state.  Then in July, the California Water Commission approved $2.6 billion of funds authorized by Proposition 1, passed by the voters in 2014, to be used for eight new water storage projects.  These developments reflect that California is taking a bold and multi-pronged approach to addressing its water needs, investing both in new large infrastructure projects and in more modest projects to improve the state’s existing resources and assets.

  5. Building A Plan For Utility Resiliency
    6/29/2018

    Earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, rolling blackouts — they can all cripple a water utility and put the public at risk. In emergency situations, clean water is abundantly important, though it may not be abundantly available. When it comes to serving the public in times of greatest need, will your utility be prepared? 

  6. State And Local Elected Officials Continue To Pursue Goals Of The Paris Agreement
    5/29/2018

    Over the last 10 years, wildfires and extreme weather events such as heat waves, floods, droughts, and hurricanes cost America more than $350 billion, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. And these costs don’t include three major hurricanes and wildfires that devastated parts of the country last year. That data has not been recorded yet. Billions more in rebuilding and relief funds will be distributed because of those events.

  7. With Hurricane Season Approaching, Texas Should Heed Harvey’s Warning On Climate Change
    5/17/2018

    The 2018 hurricane season is just around the corner — June 1st, in fact.

  8. California Legislature Moves Toward More Efficient Water Use
    5/17/2018

    California is one step closer to a more resilient and secure water future for our communities, environment, and economy thanks to the passage of two bills in Sacramento this week.  

  9. Predicting Climate Change Impacts On Reservoirs And Water Supply
    5/10/2018

    Climate change is a growing concern, especially the uncertainty of how it will impact the environment. Climate conditions and temperatures vary by region and the effects of climate change will not be uniform.

  10. Smarter Spending: Using Data Analysis To Drive Infrastructure Investment Decisions
    5/8/2018

    Data analysis around pipe condition, inflow & infiltration (I&I), and overflows can build a case for the approval of infrastructure funding in budget planning.