FUNDING RESOURCES

  • "Why isn't water free?" Not surprisingly, that's a common query on Google — common enough that there are some outstanding responses right at the top of the screen when you type it in. After all, water is everywhere. And because it's vital to survival, we see it as a human right, linked to a moral imperative different from any other commodity. Of course, there are significant costs tied with pumping, conveying, metering and, perhaps most importantly, purifying the water we pay for. So, although we tend to undervalue water compared to its importance, we do have to pay something for it. Or, as my friend Steve Bhaerman likes to say, "water is a we-source, not a free-source."

  • Over $850 billion in federal funding has the potential to make communities safer, more equitable, and more resilient. And to achieve those outcomes, communities of all sizes must successfully apply for, win, and manage large federal and state grants and loans. Yet even as the country’s policy ambitions continue to evolve, funding application processes and requirements, by and large, have not.

  • Investors who consider water risk and how companies manage it can do well for themselves while promoting environmentally responsible business operations.

  • Water stress occurs when demand for safe, affordable, usable water in a given area exceeds the available supply. We could add that water stress also occurs when there is an excessive amount of water due to rain events that exceed the local area’s ability to handle the storm or the storm flow.

  • Water infrastructure is the backbone of thriving communities and ecosystems. With the historic federal investment into our water systems, water utilities and those who work closely with them can lead the charge to help ensure new dollars don’t lead to business-as-usual outcomes.

  • Signed into law in 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is the largest federal investment in water infrastructure in 50 years — a vital down payment on investments long needed in water and for communities. This opportunity provides the water sector a moment to re-envision the power and possibilities of infrastructure investments. This is a moment to center water equity, climate action, economic opportunity, and One Water in water infrastructure and capital projects.

  • With each passing year, America’s 2.2 million miles of water pipes and related equipment get older, more fragile, and less reliable. According to a recent Infrastructure Report Card issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers, water main breaks occur so frequently in the U.S. that about 6 billion gallons of water are lost each day — enough to fill more than 9,000 swimming pools. It’s no surprise that America’s infrastructure scored a C- on the report card.

  • During the pandemic, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released the 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. Of the 17 categories, three were dedicated to water. Drinking Water, Stormwater, and Wastewater received grades of C-, D, and D+, respectively. ASCE’s accompanying Failure to Act study summarized that by 2029, funding for the three combined categories needed to be $1.045 trillion. As a reminder, $611 billion is currently funded, leaving a gap of $434 billion. The recent Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) helped that gap a little more, with $55 billion in funding. Unfortunately, that still leaves a gap of $379 billion in additional funding needed by 2029.

  • The recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act holds promise to address them via an infusion of more than $57 billion to states and localities over the next five years, but more federal funding alone will not solve everything. Federal, state, and local leaders are in a crucial implementation phase to figure out what types of priorities and projects they are going to act on.

  • Sassuolo WWTP operators noticed high levels of zinc in generated sludge. Here is how Kando helped prevent metal contamination, allowing the sludge to be applied for agriculture.

UTILITY MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

  • Vacuum Sewer Truck: Optimize Cleaning Performance With The Right Accessories

    Selecting the correct accessories will maximize cleaning while minimizing water use, tank refills, labor, and headaches.

  • CASE Program

    The Component Analysis and System Evaluation (CASE) program, developed by Brentwood, helps customers to prevent problems with their chain and flight equipment and to extend the lifetime of their installations. The specialized tools and software provide facilities with cost-effective recommendations for budgeting future capital expenditures, maintaining inventory levels, and scheduling preventative maintenance.

  • Xylem Water Loss Management: A Transient Pressure Monitoring System To Reduce Pipe Stress

    Xylem Water Loss Management can help utilities pinpoint where flow anomalies like leaks and bursts occur, detect harmful transients, and understand baseline water balance on a single, sensor-agnostic platform.

  • ME-8 Encoder Register

    Now available for use on all current Mueller Systems positive displacement meters in 5/8” through 2” sizes, the ME-8 utilizes heat treated tempered, glass lens and corrosion resistant copper can to house the register light tubes, electronics, self-lubricating gearing, and drive magnet. The register delivers extraordinary functionality and value when paired with the latest metrology and AMR/AMI solutions available from Mueller Systems.

  • 2300 Multi-Input Controller

    The 2300 offers a real breakthrough in process control. It features the functionality of a PLC and a SCADA in a compact package for the price of a transmitter.

FUNDING VIDEOS

Due to the Revised Lead and Copper Rule and the (eventual?) passing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), utilities are now required and incentivized to better assess and replace lead pipes within their networks.