Resiliency Solutions & Insight for Utility Managers

  1. Crowdsourcing The First Water Management Database — With A Little Help From Companies
    3/8/2018

    From Cape Town to Puerto Rico to Flint, MI, it's no surprise that drought, flooding, and water pollution can devastate communities, impacting lives and hindering economic growth. But the physical components of water supply — its abundance or scarcity, levels of pollution, and the competition over it — are only half of the equation when it comes to overall water security. What's just as important is how water is managed by public institutions, such as water utilities and local governments.

  2. Hurricane Harvey Wreaked Havoc On People’s Health — Texas Should Be Better Prepared Next Time
    3/6/2018

    The National Hurricane Center in January confirmed what many Texans already knew: Hurricane Harvey’s overwhelming rainfall — and the devastation it left behind — was unlike anything recorded in U.S. history.

  3. Share The Wealth: A Cap-And-Trade System Of Water Conservation And Resiliency?
    2/23/2018

    California has struggled with drought for most of the last decade. From 2011-2015, the state experienced the driest four-year stretch in recorded history, leading to unprecedented water restrictions for residents, including a state mandate to reduce water use by 25 percent.

  4. Hurricane Harvey: Climate Change, Staggering Costs, And People At The Heart Of It All
    2/20/2018

    Texans are no stranger to the devastation of hurricanes. I still vividly remember, as a young child in Austin, being scared of Alicia in 1983 — and thankful that we lived at the top of the hill. Alicia caused nearly $2 billion in damages, a record at the time, and the category 3 storm was so destructive that its name was retired. But only a few years later, that record was broken...

  5. 3 Things Cities Can Learn From Cape Town’s Impending 'Day Zero' Water Shut-Off
    2/16/2018

    Cape Town is running out of water. After three years of intense drought, South Africa’s second-largest city is just a few months away from “Day Zero,” the day when the city government will shut off water taps for most homes and businesses.

  6. A 'SWIFT' Approach To Managed Aquifer Recharge
    1/24/2018

    The Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT) will not only restore declining levels to the Potomac Aquifer System, but it will also reduce nutrient discharges to the Chesapeake Bay.

  7. Flood-Proofing For Wastewater Treatment Plants
    1/4/2018

    As recent history has taught us, flooding from storm surge can pose major difficulties for treatment plants. One town that saw the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy firsthand has undergone the type of flood protection innovation that any operation can emulate, if they only know how.

  8. Aging Infrastructure: Repair Or Replace?
    12/21/2017

    Aging infrastructure, including water networks, is an ongoing problem. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) provides a four-year report card on the state of our infrastructure, and the water sector received a grade of “D” on the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. Clearly, much work is needed to bring our water systems up to par. But with finances consistently tight, knowing how and where to spend is crucial.

  9. Creating An Emergency WARN-ing For Utilities
    12/14/2017

    When emergency strikes, water and wastewater utilities can rely on one another through an innovative program.

  10. 3 Things My Climate-Skeptic Dad Taught Me About Clean Energy Advocacy
    12/13/2017

    As an advocate for the air, water, and economic benefits that clean energy provides, I find some of my most challenging — and maybe most rewarding — work is trying to engage climate-skeptic lawmakers at the Texas Capitol in Austin.