Water Industry Features, Insights, & Analysis

  1. A 14-Point Checklist For Choosing The Right Water Utility Network
    1/26/2019

    Mass market access to the internet through a combination of hardwired, Wi-Fi, or cellular communications channels has conditioned many people to think that “a network is a network is a network.” When it comes to water utilities, however, the nature of the application environments and requirements dictate a closer look at how to satisfy the specific requirements most efficiently. Here are 14 checkpoints to consider before selecting a new network option or revamping an old one.

  2. Effective Utility Management Starts With Data
    12/15/2018

    Over the past decade, there has been a considerable effort in the water sector to address industry shortcomings through collaboration. And perhaps there’s been no greater initiative to try to help water utility managers in their day-to-day and future planning than the Effective Utility Management (EUM) Initiative.

  3. The Evolution of Public Health Research: The Next Frontier
    6/28/2019

    Public health and medical research occasionally take unexpected turns that allow us to glimpse new wonders into the world we inhabit. After the scientific community had accepted Pasteur’s germ theory of disease, discoveries in microbiology increased exponentially, including Robert Koch’s use of agar in 1876 as a culture medium to isolate specific micro-organisms.

  4. Smart Meters Educate Consumers On Water Usage
    9/12/2018

    Can you imagine calling the electric company to demand a rebate because you had just received your bill and realized that over the past month, you inadvertently left all your lights on? As ludicrous as this scenario seems, it’s exactly the type of call water utilities receive from their customers.

  5. Outsourcing Water Management Versus Hiring At Industrial Plants
    11/19/2018

    Water doesn’t directly drive profits at industrial plants, but it’s a crucial component of plant operations. Since properly treated water is required, plants must operate and maintain equipment to process their influent and effluent. There are a few options for handling water treatment onsite: hiring and delegating to employees, outsourcing to third-party vendors, or a combination of both. Here are some of the reasons why you might consider outsourcing your water management rather than hiring your own employees for it.

  6. Improved Flow Measurement Through Multiple In-Pipe Readings
    5/9/2019

    A combination of water scarcity and the desire to provide exceptional service has driven water utility managers to be focused more than ever on acquiring accurate, real-time insight into their distribution systems. Operators face a natural hurdle, however, when using traditional center-line electromagnetic flow meters, which don’t account for velocities that vary across a pipe. Fortunately, a solution has emerged to address the issue.

  7. The Importance Of pH Measurement During Industrial Treatment
    9/18/2018

    Nearly every industry requires water and wastewater treatment to some degree. From food and beverage to pulp and paper operations, influent and effluent must meet certain conditions to adhere to regulatory and/or performance requirements, and water used during the process must conform as well.

  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. Balancing The Yin And Yang Of Water Pressure
    1/29/2019

    All the effort and expense required to produce high-quality water can be for naught if the distribution system cannot maintain appropriate pressure to deliver it efficiently, at a reliable flow rate. Simply pumping more pressure into the system is not the answer. Learn how new pressure monitoring options make it easier to track pressure in every zone to deliver customer satisfaction at peak energy efficiency.

  10. DC Water’s Unconventional Approach To Utility Management
    1/15/2018

    Over the past 10 years, DC Water has become the harbinger of the modern water utility. It’s often unconventional approach to tackling age-old problems usually elicits one of two responses from other utility professionals. The first response is one of resignation — if only I had the budget that size permits, I’d be able to do similar things. And the second is one of awe — there’s no way I have the amount of gumption to convince regulators or customers that I have a better way.