Resiliency Solutions & Insight for Utility Managers

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. El Paso Electric Should Protect The City’s Water And Let Solar Power Shine
    7/27/2017

    Resiliency is a hot button word right now. Ten years ago, advocates focused on “adaptation,” or the idea of adapting to the coming effects of climate change. Now the focus is on “resiliency,” the ability to bounce forward — not backward — when something disastrous happens.

  5. Army Corps Builds Foundation For Resiliency
    7/26/2017

    Nestled in the Sandy Hook Bay, the community of Port Monmouth, NJ, has experienced flooding, blizzards, and major storms that have swept through the area throughout the years.

  6. Generational Thinking In Water Management
    7/26/2017

    Kansas City’s Smart Sewer program represents the nation’s first federal consent decree to include green infrastructure solutions in the reduction of wastewater overflows, as well as the city’s largest infrastructure investment to date. Projects that include the words “first” and “largest” do not come along without the strong leadership of a “Water Champion” such as Special Assistant City Manager Andy Shively, PE, who shares his experience and expertise in this Q&A.

  7. What Is A World-Class Utility, And How Does Yours Become One?
    7/25/2017

    Water utilities are tasked with ensuring a sustainable and safe supply in addition to achieving business and service excellence goals. These goals are typically based on criteria that measure operational performance, meeting bond covenants, and customer satisfaction.

  8. Water And Wastewater Control Systems: Overcoming A Tidal Wave Of Security Concerns
    7/10/2017

    It was reported in Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Digest that a hacktivist group associated with Syria hacked into an anonymous water utility’s control system and changed the levels of chemicals being used to treat tap water. An unnamed water district, dubbed the Kemuri Water Company (KWC), experienced unexplained patterns of valve and duct movements over at least a period of 60 days.

  9. Touring The World Of Water Infrastructure
    7/10/2017

    An ambitious, globe-trotting program invites attendees to learn from the infrastructure accomplishments and challenges of the world’s premier riverfront cities. With water becoming an increasingly valuable resource and the world’s drinking and wastewater infrastructure in peril, what can these metropolises teach us?

  10. 10 Knockout Technologies From ACE17
    6/29/2017

    AWWA's Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE) hits The City of Brotherly Love with a flurry of new technologies.