FUNDING SOLUTIONS & INSIGHT FOR UTILITY MANAGERS

  • Design-Build: Cyclical Trend Or Step Change?
    Design-Build: Cyclical Trend Or Step Change?

    Over the past two decades, the trend from traditional design-bid-build (DBB) construction project-delivery practices to design-build (DB) practices has grown. Is that merely a cyclical trend or a step change that is destined to be a fixture for a long time to come?

  •  The Value Of Conducting An M36 Water Audit
    The Value Of Conducting An M36 Water Audit

    Despite my fascination with the adage, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result,” I still occasionally find myself — a creature of habit — falling into a pattern of repetitive unsuccessful behavior.

  • Is Stormwater The Industry’s Red-Headed Stepchild?
    Is Stormwater The Industry’s Red-Headed Stepchild?

    The National Municipal Stormwater Alliance recently released the 2018 State of Stormwater Report on municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits under the NPDES permitting program — the first-ever in a series that will publish annually. The Alliance also explained the somewhat distressing reason why the report is necessary: Stormwater is being largely ignored.

  • H2O For Amazon HQ2:  Could You Handle It?
    H2O For Amazon HQ2: Could You Handle It?

    Not every city expects a dramatic growth spurt of 50,000 jobs, and only one metropolitan area will emerge victorious from the much-heralded Amazon HQ2 competition. Still, the prospects of water or wastewater system growth, or even escalating maintenance on aging infrastructure, raise important questions about your utility’s 10-year plan. Do you have one? If you do, how up-to-date is it? And if you don’t, isn’t it time to start thinking about developing one?

  • 7 Links To Your Share Of $5.5 Billion In WIFIA Funding
    7 Links To Your Share Of $5.5 Billion In WIFIA Funding

    In the cash-strapped water sector, $5.5 billion doesn’t grow on trees. That is why, for drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities facing funding challenges due to regional growth, aging infrastructure, or other needs, the recent announcement of that amount of funding under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) is welcome news.

  • Leveraging Federal Funds To Aid Local Sewer Improvements
    Leveraging Federal Funds To Aid Local Sewer Improvements

    Inflow and infiltration (I&I) are ongoing concerns for many wastewater utilities. Even with diligent maintenance of infrastructure, there are limits to what can be controlled. One example of that is leakage in the lateral service lines connecting the sewer utility’s main to sewer customer buildings. Here is how one municipality took advantage of federal and local funding to encourage nearly 2,500 customers to upgrade deficient connections in their lateral service lines — to the tune of more than $4 million.

  • An FYI On AMI ROI
    An FYI On AMI ROI

    Any water utility that has to impose restrictions due to water scarcity appreciates the value of conservation. On the other hand, there are utilities that — knowingly or unknowingly — permit as much as 20 to 40 percent of their treated water to trickle away without collecting a cent for it. If you have experienced either extreme, but are not already using advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), what’s holding you back? Before dismissing AMI as being too costly, too technical, or too difficult to implement, consider the following cost-benefit opportunities.

  • What's So 'Smart' About AMI Investment?
    What's So 'Smart' About AMI Investment?

    According to the EPA, the volume of treated water lost annually through distribution systems is 1.7 trillion gallons at a national cost of $2.6 billion. Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is one way to uncover the “hidden” details behind that assault on water distribution efficiency. In addition, innovative use of AMI smart water solutions also creates cost-efficient ways to optimize performance beyond recouping losses due to leaks, theft, or incomplete billing.

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REGULATION UPDATES FOR UTILITY MANAGEMENT

  • Keys To Mastering Pump System Maintenance
    Keys To Mastering Pump System Maintenance

    It has long been established that predictive maintenance of existing equipment will reduce operating costs and help ensure safe operation.

  • Beyond Traditional AMI — The Smart Utility Network (SUN) Sheds Light Across The Entire Utility Water Cycle
    Beyond Traditional AMI — The Smart Utility Network (SUN) Sheds Light Across The Entire Utility Water Cycle

    Many utilities today are investing in advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). However, many of these same utilities often don’t realize the breadth of capabilities that a smart utility network (SUN) now offers. In the past, AMI networks were typically used for accurate metering and billing. Today, a smart utility network builds upon traditional AMI to provide multiple advantages across the full water cycle — and beyond.

  • Choosing The Right Metrology For The Right Application
    Choosing The Right Metrology For The Right Application

    Many utilities are embracing the concept of smart utility networks to make their systems more efficient and enhance customer service. Smart utility networks provide the ability to improve every part of the water cycle. However, having the right metrology for each application is critical to ensuring the reliability and accuracy of the data being collected.

  • If A Pipe Leaks In A Forest, Does It Make A Sound? <br>(Part II)
    If A Pipe Leaks In A Forest, Does It Make A Sound?
    (Part II)

    If A Pipe Leaks In A Forest, Does It Make A Sound? (Part I) addressed condition assessment and leak detection from the perspective of surprises that can arise when “hidden” problems are revealed by acoustic technology. This article introduces several more eye-opening experiences with permanent and mobile acoustic leak detection equipment, plus examples of just how expensive undetected leaks can become when they turn into full-blown water main breaks.

  • Non-Revenue Water: Let’s Talk Real And Apparent Losses
    Non-Revenue Water: Let’s Talk Real And Apparent Losses

    Utility managers are facing increasing financial and sustainability pressures regarding water loss throughout their systems. An American Water Works Association (AWWA) white paper titled The State of Water Loss Control in Drinking Water Utilities notes that “all utilities incur inefficiencies, or losses, in both supply- and customer-related functions of their operations.”

  • How To Boost Water System Efficiency With A Smart Utility Network
    How To Boost Water System Efficiency With A Smart Utility Network

    As need for efficiency expands, there is greater expectation for utility network performance and data reliability. Although having access to more data more quickly can be a benefit of a smart utility network, making the most of the optimization possibilities within a water system relies on having the right data for the right applications delivered at the right time. Such data becomes vital information, giving water professionals the ability to make better decisions.

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