Resiliency Solutions & Insight for Utility Managers

  1. Case Studies From The World Of Improved Stormwater Management
    11/7/2017

    The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has compiled a report on the world’s leading stormwater management solutions and challenges. Reviewing its contents can be an opportunity for communities to build stormwater strength together.

  2. New Life After Hurricane Sandy
    10/31/2017

    This spring, Harry Strano, a wildlife biologist, was walking on the shore in Deal, NJ, when he was pleasantly surprised.

  3. A SWIFT Response To Groundwater Issues
    10/24/2017

    Hampton Roads Sanitation District is well known for innovation, so it is no surprise that the utility is taking bold steps to enhance the sustainability of the region's water supply by protecting and restoring its groundwater through the Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT). Tyler Nading of CH2M consulted on the project and discusses the initiative, as well as the importance and progression of water reuse, in this Water Talk interview.

  4. B&V Talks CBP3s — Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships — For Stormwater Management
    10/24/2017

    Andrew Smith is the Watershed, Stormwater, and Flood Management Practice Lead at Black & Veatch, and was therefore a timely interview subject in the wake of hurricanes and storm damage still fresh in the minds of attendees at WEFTEC 2017. Creating an effective stormwater management program, the key to handling such events, is a large and multifaceted undertaking. The best solution for many could be a community-based public-private partnership (CBP3), which is described by Smith in this Water Talk conversation.

  5. Natural Disasters: Rebuilding From The Wreckage
    10/6/2017

    Hurricanes and earthquakes throughout the world have been demonstrating the costly effects on not only service-related prices, but also on personal safety.

  6. As Wildfires Scorch U.S. Forests, Forest Resilience Bond Blazes A New Trail
    9/21/2017

    In 2015, wildfire burned over 10 million acres of land across the United States for the first time in recorded history. This was no anomaly: 9 of the 10 worst fire seasons have all occurred since 2000.

  7. Water — A Critical Component Of Sustainability For Municipalities
    9/15/2017

    For several days after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey inundated the City of Beaumont, TX, the city’s 120,000 residents lost water service when several main water intake pumps fell victim to the flood. Beaumont and other cities in the path of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, from Texas to Florida to the Carolinas, are experiencing similar fates with sewage treatment plants, flood control systems, and other water-related facilities. When the water recedes and damages are assessed, water facilities that were already strained (many more than 50 years old) will require replacement or extensive repairs

  8. How To Develop A Chemical Spill Response Plan
    9/15/2017

    Few catastrophes can be as devastating to drinking water supplies as a chemical spill. A utility serving Southern Virginia has developed a plan for responding to such events, which may serve as a model for others.

  9. Damage Repair Resulting From Hurricane Harvey Projected At $160 Billion
    8/31/2017

    Estimates of what it will cost to address the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Harvey are projected to be somewhere in the range of $160 billion, with work that will be required in Texas accounting for most of that total. That’s more than the total cost of Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy combined. Texas is now officially the new "hot spot" for government contracting of almost every imaginable type.

  10. Droughts And Blackouts: How Water Shortages Cost India Enough Energy To Power Sri Lanka
    7/28/2017

    India is making great strides to aggressively expand its renewable energy capacity. But the country's power sector remains highly reliant on thermoelectric plants, with high demand for water for cooling. That means that droughts, like the one caused last year by weak monsoons, can shut off the power, hampering the economy and potentially endangering lives.