WIP Editorial

  1. RFI Signals Growing Interest In Water-Related P3s As Part Of Federal Infrastructure Plan
    5/4/2017

    The low-level buzz surrounding the $1-trillion Trump administration infrastructure plan is starting to swirl again, and private-sector firms interested in participating in water industry-related projects should pay close attention.

  2. The Science Of Public Outreach — And Successful AMI Deployment
    5/3/2017

    As consumer buy-in is critical to the success of advanced metering infrastructure, so is behavioral science in guiding utilities’ engagement efforts around the technology.

  3. Fixing The EPA's Clean Water Problem
    5/3/2017

    A chasm in the Clean Water Act, coupled with EPA’s misguided direction, create an environmental suing spree that threatens to cost everyone that pays a sewer bill $100 billion and more — for pollution you didn’t cause, using remedies that don’t work. There’s a way to turn this around and help the taxpayer and the environment, based on lessons learned in Iowa and Idaho.

  4. Math Solutions: Flow Velocity Calculations
    5/2/2017

    Flow velocity is defined in fluid dynamics as the specific distance (feet, yards, or miles) fluids such as water and wastewater travel in an exact period of time including seconds, minutes, or hours. In managing your water/wastewater, applying this tool can be very useful.

  5. Survey Says: How Good Is Your Drinking Water?
    4/28/2017

    Family Feud, first launched in 1976, has been a top game show in syndication, new iterations, as well as a pop-culture icon. Of course the trademark line from the show is “survey says….” Sometimes the responses to the surveys are predicable, but other times you wonder “who in the world was answering those questions?” Gallup just released their annual environmental poll, conducted in March, and maybe it’s not surprising, but 63 percent of respondents said they “worry a great deal about pollution of their drinking water.”

  6. Great Cities… Work With Nature
    4/26/2017

    Examples of “man versus nature” shifting towards “man and nature” are starting to emerge worldwide. Late 20th century theories on regenerative design, circular economies, natural capitalism, and biomimicry all speak to the goals of optimizing natural resources or services, minimizing waste, using nature as a model, and treating human settlements as integrated physical and natural systems.

  7. Rounding Up The Water, Clean Energy, And Climate Bills In The 85th Texas Legislative Session
    4/18/2017

    We’re entering the home stretch of the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature.

  8. Pulling Together: Public-Private Partnerships Poised To Push California Water Efficiency
    4/11/2017

    California is home to some of the world’s most creative minds, top universities, productive farmland, groundbreaking industries — and one of the most epic droughts. The state has endured five years of drained reservoirs and groundwater reserves tapped so aggressively that the land subsidence caused by pumping has been literally seen from space. This indicates in no uncertain terms that it’s time to get all hands on deck. Private companies, universities, irrigation and drainage districts, municipalities — it’s time to pull together into public-private partnerships to address water challenges that face California and so many other regions of the world.

  9. Practical Cures For Abandoned Mines Pollution
    4/4/2017

    The Gold King Mine disaster foretells what’s in store for the mine sites tagged by Superfund during the 1980s — that still aren’t finished. This is a plan for the U.S. EPA to stay out of this business and address this Western dilemma without federal funding or lawsuits.

  10. Great Cities: 10 Themes And One Big Idea
    4/1/2017

    Recently, I had the opportunity to speak in Sydney, Australia about “creating a great 21st century city.” I was asked to highlight ideas and approaches that were proving successful in various world cities and might be relevant to Sydney generally, and to rapidly growing Western Sydney in particular, as well as to other cities.