With electricity consumption being a primary operating cost in water treatment and wastewater treatment, steps taken to optimize energy use are critical. Saving energy is more than just an on/off decision. Monitoring and managing energy use — from analyzing pump curves, to reducing non-revenue-water leaks, to scheduling operations around premium-rate windows — is essential. Fortunately, the payback potential can be impressive.
It’s time for distributed design in the water industry. Learn how Fluence is changing the game in this short video.
Every city facing infrastructure or operational challenges or concerns about maintaining quality of life in the face of population growth or a changing environment has benefits to gain from a unified smart-city approach. Here are some concepts for promoting understanding and acceptance among utility and government decision-makers, plus several examples of benefits already being garnered by smart cities large and small.
Reasons for changing water or wastewater asset management practices include unacceptable process downtime, statutory requirements for documenting infrastructure integrity, or the desire to refine process cost-effectiveness and maintenance-budget ROI. Here are examples of strategic approaches that can better match desirable asset management outcomes to the real needs of water utility operations.
A variety of research indicates that industry loses 3 percent to 5 percent (and in some cases more) of its productivity annually to unplanned shutdowns due to equipment failure. With all the data and connectivity available through today’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology and SCADA systems, water and wastewater treatment operations can reduce those losses significantly…if management is willing to consider and adopt proven strategic approaches.
The cost of water delivered to customers is as much about the energy needed to move it as the chemicals required to treat it. Balancing water chemistry, infrastructure costs, and energy consumption is key to optimizing the overall cost of operation. Experience shows that some astute water suppliers are closer to achieving their ideal outcomes than most people realize. Here are some insights into how that works.
The Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Stormwater Institute (SWI) reports on challenges and the annual funding gap for the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) sector.
To crib from an old commercial and tagline made famous by a certain stock brokerage firm, "When Reese Tisdale talks, people listen." That's because Reese is the president of Bluefield Research, a highly respected advisory firm that helps companies and organizations, including municipalities, address the regulatory, technology, business, and competitive trends impacting water.
U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today introduced a bill (S. 2942) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that certain contributions are treated as non-taxable contributions to capital.
More businesses than ever are realising their long-term prosperity depends on having enough water at the right time. However, while interest in protecting water is increasing, its mismanagement in some sectors is still resulting in significant business failure.
HomeServe USA, a leading provider of home repair solutions serving more than 4.2 million customers across the US and Canada, will acquire Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Sunbelt Group’s ServLine business division (https://www.servline.com/), a National Rural Water Association (NRWA) affinity partner.
The Orange County Water District’s (OCWD; the District) commitment to sound financial management was reaffirmed Tuesday when Fitch Ratings assigned the District a ‘AAA’ rating, a designation it has maintained since 2008.
Middlesex Water Company (“Middlesex” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: MSEX), a provider of regulated and unregulated water and wastewater utility services, today announced the closing of its previously-announced public offering of 760,330 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $60.50 per share, which included the exercise in full by the underwriters of their option to purchase additional shares of common stock on the same terms and conditions.
On 14 November 2019, VINCI Construction Grands Projets signed a contract with the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority to design and build the Bakheng water treatment plant in the northern outskirts of the Cambodian capital.
Middlesex Water Company (“Middlesex” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:MSEX), a provider of regulated and unregulated water and wastewater utility services, announced today a proposed public offering of approximately $35 million of shares of its common stock.
Today two national non-profit groups, DigDeep and the US Water Alliance, released a new report, "Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States: A National Action Plan."
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized 30 clean water and 25 drinking water infrastructure projects for excellence and innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) programs.
Investing $12B on top of existing water infrastructure expenditures over the next two decades would address the Flint water problem and also create nearly 90,000 direct full-time jobs and generate $8.8B in total direct, indirect, and induced labor income in Michigan, according to a new study from the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs).
Although an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, all the money spent on regularly scheduled maintenance can add up to a ton of waste — and still result in unplanned downtime — if asset managers can’t reasonably differentiate between which equipment truly needs attention and which doesn’t. Fortunately, data-centric analytics derived from physical performance in real time can make that distinction. Here’s how.
For more than 25 years, the Hach CL17 Colorimetric Chlorine Analyzer has been a well-established choice for continuous monitoring of free and total residual chlorine. Now, added connectivity, diagnostic, and maintenance features are making its trusted reliability and data accuracy more readily accessible and easier to manage than ever before. Here is how the experience of current users is being improved.
For managing chlorine feed rates, automated chlorine analysis has always offered advantages over manual grab samples and feed adjustments. Today, chlorine analyzers connected to cloud-based systems for integrated instrument, data, and process management are bringing new continual-sampling insights to water and wastewater treatment plants (WTPs/WWTPs).
While accurate instrument readings are important to water treatment plant (WTP) and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) operators, having deeper understanding of plant operations is even more valuable. Here’s how intelligent networking capabilities are giving plant operators better understanding and control over their processes by enhancing instrumentation operation, data sharing, and maintenance management.
As the sheer number of pipelines crisscrossing the country continues to increase, there is an urgent need to ensure pipeline infrastructure safety. The age of many of the pipelines and the number of different products flowing makes this a challenging prospect. Now, new technology has been developed that meets the need for reliable protection that complies with regulatory requirements while eliminating false alarms.
Most estimates of global mean sea-level rise this century fall below 2 m. This quantity is comparable to the positive vertical bias of the principle digital elevation model (DEM) used to assess global and national population exposures to extreme coastal water levels, NASA’s SRTM. CoastalDEM is a new DEM utilizing neural networks to reduce SRTM error. Here we show — employing CoastalDEM — that 190 M people currently occupy global land below projected high tide lines for 2100 under low carbon emissions, up from 110 M today, for a median increase of 80 M.