FUNDING SOLUTIONS & INSIGHT FOR UTILITY MANAGERS

  • Stemming The Tide Of Rising Utility Costs
    Stemming The Tide Of Rising Utility Costs

    Of the issues facing utilities, financing — or lack thereof — ranks at or near the top of most lists. During this Water Talk, Reese Tisdale, President of Bluefield Research, discusses the rise in operating expenses (OPEX) over the past 10 years, explains the reasons and repercussions, and forecasts where costs will go from here.

  • Ways To Reduce Costs And Recover Resources
    Ways To Reduce Costs And Recover Resources

    Jeff Garner, Senior Vice President with MWH Constructors, covers a lot of area in this Water Talk interview, which focuses on alternative project delivery models (particularly the construction manager at-risk (CMAR) approach), the water-energy-food nexus, and the thermal hydrolysis process (THP) for on-site energy generation.

  • Calculating The Cost Of Water Reuse
    Calculating The Cost Of Water Reuse

    The adoption of water reuse can be unavoidable due to water scarcity, but it may also be a choice. And when it comes to choices, cost is usually a deciding factor. Gary Hunter, Senior Wastewater Process Engineer with Black & Veatch, helps make sense of the dollars required for recycled water schemes in this Water Talk interview.

  • Flexible Financing Through Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships
    Flexible Financing Through Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships

    James Schlaman, Director of Water Resources at Black & Veatch, explains what community-based public-private partnerships (CBP3s) are (and what they aren't), how they work, and what makes them attractive — particularly for stormwater management improvements.

  • How To Become More Successful At Funding Water Infrastructure
    How To Become More Successful At Funding Water Infrastructure

    Prioritizing and funding pressing infrastructure needs can be challenging for water treatment and wastewater treatment plants (WTPs/WWTPs) of any size. The problems are particularly stressful for smaller utilities where a thin layer of upper management staff wears an inordinate number of hats. The good news is that funding assistance does exist — if you know where to look for it and take the right steps to apply for it.

  • Data Modeling Helps Detroit Avoid $500M CSO Infrastructure Investment
    Data Modeling Helps Detroit Avoid $500M CSO Infrastructure Investment

    Five years ago, the city of Detroit, MI, filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history at an estimated $18 to 20B. At the time, there was a lot of speculation in the water market as to how the city would continue to serve its citizens with viable water and sanitary sewer services. Ultimately Detroit reached a deal with neighboring Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb counties to create the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA), a new regional water and sewer authority. Spring forward to today and despite Detroit’s population continuing to dwindle, it’s water and sewer provision under the GLWA has recovered significantly.

  • 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.

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UTILITY MANAGEMENT PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

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Reduced operational costs and downtime through seamless distributed control system integration.

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REGULATION UPDATES FOR UTILITY MANAGEMENT

  • How Alarmed Should You Be About Operator Effectiveness?
    How Alarmed Should You Be About Operator Effectiveness?

    As water and wastewater treatment plant (WTP/WWTP) processes and control systems become more sophisticated, maximizing operator effectiveness becomes more complex as well. A well-planned alarm and control strategy can make a significant difference between valuable decision-making information and confusing, disjointed, data points. This article highlights key strategies for foreseeing problems in advance, fixing them faster, and having a higher success rate by maximizing operator effectiveness.

  • Lifecycle Management — Enhancing The ROI Of Control System Investments
    Lifecycle Management — Enhancing The ROI Of Control System Investments

    In water plant operations, there’s no such thing as simply maintaining the status quo. Any utility that is not moving forward is falling behind. Whether a water treatment or wastewater treatment plant (WTP/WWTP) chooses to rely on in-house resources or outside specialists, here are some lifecycle management approaches they can use to upgrade control capabilities without compromising performance or return on investment. 

  • How Drought And Other Extremes Impact Water Pollution
    How Drought And Other Extremes Impact Water Pollution

    A Q&A with Berkeley Lab hydrological science expert Bhavna Arora, who explains how unseasonably warm weather and drought can affect water quality

  • Prioritizing Alarm Responses For Better Workforce Management
    Prioritizing Alarm Responses For Better Workforce Management

    While the laws of physics and chemistry have not changed, the ways that water and wastewater treatment plants (WTPs/WWTPs) are being forced to deal with them certainly have — e.g., disinfection byproducts (DBPs), tighter turbidity standards, harmful algal blooms, and PFAS challenges. Even when plant throughput stays the same, the demands on plant personnel continue to increase. Here’s how evolving toward better workforce management processes can help. 

  • SOC 2 Basics: Find Secure AMI In The Cloud, Without Getting Lost In A Fog
    SOC 2 Basics: Find Secure AMI In The Cloud, Without Getting Lost In A Fog

    The history of commercial online transactions is riddled with horror stories about data security breaches. Think Equifax, Target, Yahoo, Uber, Sony PlayStation … the list goes on. How can a utility maximize the benefits advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) offers for more efficient data collection and management, without having to worry about seeing its name on the front page of tomorrow’s newspaper?

  • AMI Cloud Solutions No Longer Considered Pie-In-The-Sky
    AMI Cloud Solutions No Longer Considered Pie-In-The-Sky

    By now, most of the utilities managing the 80 percent of U.S. water meters not yet capitalizing on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) have heard about the advantages offered by the 20 percent of utilities that are. Unfortunately, utilities large and small still cite a variety of reasons delaying their step up to AMI productivity — including smart meter installation costs, lack of in-house expertise, and capital budgets for IT support.

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