• Scientists have long predicted that one of the impacts of climate change would be an increase in the frequency of extreme weather events and rising sea levels across the world. We are already seeing it happen across the USA and the world.

  • Whichever the relevant adage — measure twice, cut once…a penny saved is a penny earned…look before you leap — the concept of being thoroughly prepared to minimize lost time, wasted money, or potential embarrassment is well founded. In water distribution pipelines, that means confirming actual pipeline conditions before investing in large-scale replacements. Here are some guidelines for avoiding unnecessary labor and expense in the process.

  • The continuing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented economic and operational impacts to our industry, not to mention a high degree of uncertainty that persists. Beyond significant economic and business challenges, the pandemic has had more serious impacts as we have seen many lives lost and profound changes to the daily lives of a sizeable portion of the human race. The effect on the water and wastewater industry is highly significant.

  • According to a recent assessment by Career Explorer about the job satisfaction of water engineers, whose surveys are filled out by millions of people, water engineers rate their job satisfaction level as 3.0 out of 5 stars.

  • When developing water or wastewater treatment processes for entirely new applications or modifying existing processes to accommodate changing water characteristics or regulatory discharge requirements, understanding capital investment, operating cost, and long-term performance is critical. Here are several ways to view pilot-plant or lab-scale testing as viable approaches to better outcomes with lower risks.

  • Many utility managers, consulting engineers, and contractors have more than a little anxiety with emergency repairs of large-diameter pipe under the best of circumstances. Unfortunately, supply chain fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has made emergency repairs more challenging for large and small piping alike. Here are some considerations that can better prepare water and wastewater utilities to cope with their emergency repair surprises.

  • The Ventura River County Water District in Ojai, California required a new SCADA system but they were keen to ensure that a computer did not have the ultimate destiny in the dispatch of very necessary alarms.

    The customer wanted a solution that provided “fail safe” operation whilst minimising the impact of single and multi component failures during system operation. Here, the business challenge was to reduce downtime and improve efficiency and situational awareness for the Ventura River County Water District.

  • The water system for Guwahati, the largest city in the northeastern region of India, was originally built to harness the Brahmaputra River with a gravity-based distribution system. Unregulated development led to water supply problems, as well as high water pressure in 60% of the system. To improve water distribution and the quality of life for residents, NJS Engineers India was tasked with constructing or upgrading water infrastructure throughout the city, including 36 kilometers of transmission mains, 1,155 kilometers of distribution pipes, 1.42 million service connections, a treatment plant, pumping stations, and other infrastructure. Due to the size of the project, NJS needed to combine design, construction management, and hydraulic models into a single platform.

  • NOVOGOR-Prikamie, a public utility operating in Russia’s Perm Province, undertook a RUB 5.1 million project to improve the energy efficiency of the water supply system for the city of Perm and ensure the reliability of the water supply for its more than 1 million residents. The water supply network comprised 1,255 kilometers of pipelines.

  • Situated on the banks of the Brahmaputra River, Dibrugarh is a major city in Assam, India, and an emerging industrial, educational, and health care center in the region. Despite its riverside location, the town has no centralized potable water supply facility for the 25,391 households, home to 167,733 people. Given the unreliable, inequitable water supply and highly compromised water quality, the government initiated a water infrastructure project to ensure adequate distribution and 24x7 access to clean drinking water. The USD 25 million initiative includes engineering, procurement, and construction of a 220-kilometer integrated water network. DTK Hydronet was hired as the engineering consultant and faced coordination and engineering challenges while working with the contractor and utility, as well as addressing non-revenue water (NRW) concerns.


  • ALTRA 10X: The Next Generation Of The Formerly Known Aqua-Pipe

    ALTRA 10X is a next-generation technology that protects and renews your current water infrastructure from the inside: with minimal disruption to your communities. 

    Learn the benefits that over 1,300 miles of installed water technology has proven so far.

  • ArcGIS Indoors: Smart Building Management

    ArcGIS Indoors is a complete indoor mapping system for smart building management. It organizes CAD, BIM, site scans, and other operational datasets into floor-aware indoor maps to support facilities, workplace, operations, and maintenance applications and use cases. Executives, supervisors, field services, and employees can better understand, maintain, and operate their workplace environment with ArcGIS Indoors.

  • Process Design Assistance

    Brentwood’s full staff of technical designers and skilled engineers take each project from concept to realization. Our designers provide installation and layout drawings while working in conjunction with our engineers to perform process analyses and optimize systems for each application.

    The experience of our engineers is a key factor in product improvement and new product development. Feedback from customers and knowledge gained from installations are assimilated into the design process to ensure that Polychem products and systems address every customer need.

  • Mueller Systems Mi.Net® Mueller Infrastructure Network For Utilities

    Municipalities that supply water, electricity or gas – or any combination of the three services – need innovative ways to optimize their operations. The Mi.Net® Mueller Infrastructure Network for utilities meets that need.

  • Altivar Process 930 Variable Frequency Drives VFD

    Altivar Process is a Services Oriented Drive designed to reduce OPEX in Process & Utilities installations, thanks to embedded digital services. ATV900 is a range of ready-to-order drives and custom engineered drives focused on maximum productivity, with exceptional motor control and connectivity capabilities.


Across water and wastewater organizations, engineering decisions are too often made based on subjective judgements. Considering how inexpensive and easy modern automation makes it to generate and collect massive amounts of process data, the propensity to make decisions by gut feel may seem far-fetched to a bystander. For plant personnel, however, the struggle to improve upon instinct is often all too real.