Andrew Smith is the Watershed, Stormwater, and Flood Management Practice Lead at Black & Veatch, and was therefore a timely interview subject in the wake of hurricanes and storm damage still fresh in the minds of attendees at WEFTEC 2017. Creating an effective stormwater management program, the key to handling such events, is a large and multifaceted undertaking. The best solution for many could be a community-based public-private partnership (CBP3), which is described by Smith in this Water Talk conversation.
Most would agree that the traditional method of project delivery, design-bid-build, is fraught with issues. More and more, alternative delivery methods are cropping up, including progressive design-build. In this Water Talk discussion, Pete Thomson of Black & Veatch explains how progressive design-build works, its pros and cons, and how it compares to other delivery methods.
Municipality benefits from guaranteed savings, reduced costs, and customer service accolades
The U.S. EPA has established a digital clearinghouse to better connect the nation’s utilities with the infrastructure funding they need.
As more wastewater operations begin reusing their byproducts, they are looking for new technologies to help them do so differently. A process developed in Minnesota could be the change they are looking for.
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.
Though it may surprise most Americans, there are plenty of places in this country that do not have access to clean water. And a recent news report put the blame for that on the current Presidential administration.
In the wake of tightening municipal budgets, environmental violations, and aging infrastructure, private players are poised to capitalize on struggling water and wastewater utilities.
A routine practice for dealing with delinquent water service payments took a unique turn in Santa Fe, NM, late last month when the local water supplier cut off the city’s mayor.
A town in New York state recently provided a case study on how new billing systems can uncover complex problems for water utilities.
British Water has agreed a partnership with data company Experian, which provides access to products and reports to help manage and negate credit risk. Members of the trade association will benefit from services specifically designed to help small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) protect and grow their businesses.
A mega-utility in Maryland is taking on the chemical industry for alleged price-fixing practices.
Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized 28 clean water infrastructure projects for excellence and innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program.
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is urging Congress to protect funding for federal research that is critical to addressing challenges facing the nation’s water resources.
In an all too rare instance of a wastewater utility receiving the funding it needs to address infrastructure issues and keep technology up-to-date, Lake George, NY, has been granted a whopping investment from state regulators.
Illinois American Water’s Interurban (Metro East) District, which serves the communities of East St. Louis, Granite City, Belleville and surrounding areas, has completed a significant upgrade at its East. St. Louis Water Treatment Plant.
Pressure sewers (effluent or grinder) and gravity sewers require different methods of construction, different installation techniques, and different degrees of accessibility to install the various products and system components. The construction impact of installing any sewer system technology falls under two main categories: on-lot and right-of-way (ROW).
To help customers use variable frequency drives (VFDs) to enhance safety and reliability, Eaton is offering eLearning courses for VFD technology to support product, installation and commissioning and service knowledge. The robust online training program helps electrical distributors, contractors and industrial customers optimize the performance of VFDs.
Scenario 1: It is 3 am and you are fast asleep at home in your bed. At your office across town, the server that monitors and controls your critical water and wastewater infrastructure goes offline. Maybe, the hard drive failed or the power supply died. Perhaps it just lost connection to the network. Regardless, all polling, logging, monitoring and alarming have ceased. What happens next?
One of the greatest challenges faced by our nation’s water departments is replacing the retiring baby boomer. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that water/wastewater system employees will retire at a faster rate than the national average, estimated at 25 percent through 2024.
Budgetary constraints and the challenges of maintaining and upgrading aging infrastructure have water utilities looking for ways to operate more efficiently, even as customer service expectations and regulatory demand for more sophisticated reporting and usage information are on the rise. Fortunately, many water treatment plants have found a solution to these seemingly contradictory requirements in remote monitoring systems, which allow utilities to conserve water, operate efficiently, and ensure that the assets within their network are performing well.
What technology is available to monitor and optimize my plant operations?