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.
A new interactive map from Stanford University presents a national picture of successful drinking water and wastewater projects achieved through pioneering funding models.
Rocky Craley of Raftelis Financial Consultants, the firm that conducted the 2016 Water and Wastewater Rate Survey along with the American Water Works Association (AWWA), discussed the takeaways of the annual survey in this edition of Water Talk.
A new industry research report outlines a plan for fostering innovation from within water utilities, empowering them to become the solutions to their own emerging problems.
A new wastewater recovery concept emerging in Massachusetts may represent the future of resource recovery.
O’Brien, Texas is just one of thousands of small communities in the United States that struggle to find the resources to ensure that the water coming out of the tap is safe to drink. The recent budget proposal by the Trump administration will only make matters worse. Watch this documentary short produced by Tom Rosenberg and Earth Institute fellow Madison Condon details one shrinking town’s drinking water crisis.
A biosolids reuse project backed by the Department of Energy utilizes a new conversion process to make the most of wastewater.
The U.S. Air Force is under fire for announcing it will not reimburse communities in Colorado for potentially contaminating their groundwater.
Water bills sometimes force families out of their homes — a problem that has afflicted people across the country.
SWPWater.org, launched by the USAID Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP), led by Winrock International, will enable greater access to information and resources about global water security.
British Water members now have unlimited access to the Exporters Helpline hosted by the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT).
Recently, Governor Rick Scott announced the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Florida Water Management Districts have identified 40 springs projects that will receive $50M as part of the 2017-2018 Fighting for Florida’s Future budget.
Covington Water District (CWD), a public utility district providing water to over 50,000 residents of South King County, has been awarded a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to install an energy-generating turbine as part of a new water connection from the regional water main.
In testimony before the U.S. Senate on August 2, four WateReuse Association members highlighted water reuse as a key strategy in developing reliable local water supplies. Water reuse is the practice of treating and using wastewater for a beneficial purpose.
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) and CH2M HILL Companies Ltd. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Jacobs will acquire all of the outstanding shares of CH2M in a cash and stock transaction with an enterprise value (EV) of approximately $3.27 billion, including approximately $416 million of CH2M net debt.
MWH Constructors and Webcor Builders, a construction joint venture, was awarded a $939M contract by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) to serve as construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) for the Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant Biosolids Digester Facilities Project.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced it has approved and helped fund a $303 million plan by Maryland to implement 36 clean water projects, including a series of major improvements to control stormwater and enhance wastewater infrastructure in Baltimore.
When I first came to Trihedral, I was surprised to learn that voice modems were still widely used in the HMI and SCADA industries. Though the days of wedging your phone receiver into a foam cradle are long gone, the name still conjures up the sounds of chirps, bleeps, and bongs they make as they translate analog information into digital. As high-speed networks became our preferred method of web surfing, the use of this technology has steeply declined.
The environmental and financial impacts of a saltwater spill can be significant. Unfortunately, the Bakken region of western North Dakota and eastern Montana has seen its share of spills. One particular produced water gathering system is leading the way with advanced technology that focuses on leak prevention and detection, as well as streamlining operation costs and efficiencies.
The next big thing is here and it’s the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). With pundits waxing philosophical on this big breakthrough, it’s hard to cut through the noise and understand what the IIoT actually is and how it applies to individual plants. I offer the following as a definition. The IIoT means collecting, interpreting, and applying data to actively improve processes or operations. To understand how the IIoT applies to a wastewater treatment plant, look no further than your front yard.
Every day you hear things like “push your data into the cloud” or the newest functions of “cloud computing”. But what does this all mean? And what does it mean for utilities and facilities? Well, if you’re looking into Cloud SCADA, it can mean then difference between having to purchase and maintain software and hardware versus utilizing the internet and cloud computing platforms to serve as the framework for your SCADA system. That translates into time and money saved in the long run.
If you don’t know what a water hammer is, well, that’s a big part of the problem. It’s an all-too-frequent issue for water systems everywhere, striking in pipelines that are growing more susceptible to failure as they age.
Drinking water utilities have a lot on their plates. Aside from the inherent technical difficulty of providing a vital service, they have to maintain positive customer relations, contend with increasingly strained budgets, and run operations with as little stress to employees as possible.