As drinking water utilities around the country look to tackle outdated lead service lines, a new standard for replacement will help keep efforts consistent.
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.
Most would agree that the traditional method of project delivery, design-bid-build, is fraught with issues. More and more, alternative delivery methods are cropping up, including progressive design-build. In this Water Talk discussion, Pete Thomson of Black & Veatch explains how progressive design-build works, its pros and cons, and how it compares to other delivery methods.
Municipality benefits from guaranteed savings, reduced costs, and customer service accolades
The U.S. EPA has established a digital clearinghouse to better connect the nation’s utilities with the infrastructure funding they need.
As more wastewater operations begin reusing their byproducts, they are looking for new technologies to help them do so differently. A process developed in Minnesota could be the change they are looking for.
AWWA's leader, CEO David LaFrance, talks about his organization's initiatives and how they respond to industry concerns that could ultimately pose a threat to water quality — AWWA's push for full lead service line replacement being a notable example.
In this interview, Hawkins details some of his Washington D.C. experience, discusses utility funding as it relates to consumer rates, and explains the role of innovation in surmounting challenges.
“The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) commends the House Problem Solvers Caucus Infrastructure Working Group for their bipartisan proposal to improve our nation’s infrastructure. We thank co-chairs Congressman John Katko and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty for leading this effort, and offering us an opportunity over the past few months to discuss NACWA’s priorities, many of which have been included in the plan.
With cuts being made to the budget of the federal EPA, individual states are having to step up and take matters of protecting drinking and source water into their own hands. Last year, none were more forceful with this change than Ohio.
After months of consideration, officials say the water utility in Atlantic City, NJ, is not going to be privatized.
Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) recently received a grant of $100,000 by the Pentair Foundation for research characterizing the quality of biogas derived from wastewater solids, co-digested organic wastes, and other digestion enhancements.
The city of Flint, MI, is facing pressure from the federal government to spend money it received to improve its drinking water infrastructure.
After a toxic algae issue led to a drinking water ban in Toledo, OH, a few years ago, the area has become somewhat of a “ground zero” for nutrient pollution issues.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded over $2.3M to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality (BECQ) to strengthen its capacity to protect human health and the environment, and has awarded over $6.3M to the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC) for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure support.
Unpaid water bills have turned into a costly problem for Santa Fe’s Public Utilities Department.
Moving closer to final decisions about which California water projects will receive funding from a bond passed by voters in 2014, the California Water Commission heard presentations regarding about a dozen storage projects that have applied for bond funding.
In a move that will further consolidate the water industry in the midwest, Indiana American Water has acquired Georgetown Water, a utility in Southern Indiana valued at $6.4 million.
Aging infrastructure, including water networks, is an ongoing problem. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) provides a four-year report card on the state of our infrastructure, and the water sector received a grade of “D” on the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card. Clearly, much work is needed to bring our water systems up to par. But with finances consistently tight, knowing how and where to spend is crucial.
Staying on top of new regulations is a never-ending responsibility for water professionals. Each new rule may require huge dollars in capital and operating costs. Operators and technicians may need training on new technologies, sampling, and testing methods.
Unless you spent the last election cycle hiding under a rock (and no blame if you did), you are no doubt aware of the growing rift between the two major political parties of the United States. As reported in The Atlantic citing polling from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, those who identify as Democrats are becoming more liberal and those identifying as Republicans swing ever more conservative.
Pressure sewers (effluent or grinder) and gravity sewers require different methods of construction, different installation techniques, and different degrees of accessibility to install the various products and system components. The construction impact of installing any sewer system technology falls under two main categories: on-lot and right-of-way (ROW).
To help customers use variable frequency drives (VFDs) to enhance safety and reliability, Eaton is offering eLearning courses for VFD technology to support product, installation and commissioning and service knowledge. The robust online training program helps electrical distributors, contractors and industrial customers optimize the performance of VFDs.
Scenario 1: It is 3 am and you are fast asleep at home in your bed. At your office across town, the server that monitors and controls your critical water and wastewater infrastructure goes offline. Maybe, the hard drive failed or the power supply died. Perhaps it just lost connection to the network. Regardless, all polling, logging, monitoring and alarming have ceased. What happens next?