Earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, rolling blackouts — they can all cripple a water utility and put the public at risk. In emergency situations, clean water is abundantly important, though it may not be abundantly available. When it comes to serving the public in times of greatest need, will your utility be prepared?
Over the last 10 years, wildfires and extreme weather events such as heat waves, floods, droughts, and hurricanes cost America more than $350 billion, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. And these costs don’t include three major hurricanes and wildfires that devastated parts of the country last year. That data has not been recorded yet. Billions more in rebuilding and relief funds will be distributed because of those events.
The 2018 hurricane season is just around the corner — June 1st, in fact.
California is one step closer to a more resilient and secure water future for our communities, environment, and economy thanks to the passage of two bills in Sacramento this week.
Climate change is a growing concern, especially the uncertainty of how it will impact the environment. Climate conditions and temperatures vary by region and the effects of climate change will not be uniform.
As industries expand, they typically need to increase the capacity of their wastewater treatment facilities. Increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, such as lower nitrogen limits, may also signal the need to boost treatment capacity. Installing additional tanks and larger equipment not only adds capital costs but increases operating costs as well.
From the largest metropolitan water treatment plant (WTP) or wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) operations to the smallest rural systems, the goals are essentially the same — achieve regulatory compliance and the most efficient results at the lowest practical cost. The most feasible (i.e., affordable) control solutions vary by process, plant size, and budgetary limitations. Here are several high-level guidelines to achieving a common strategy that works across virtually all applications: good data, properly analyzed, yields good results.
In an industry faced with around-the-clock operations and penalties for noncompliance with regulatory standards, it can be easy to lose track of periodic maintenance requirements whose impacts might not be noticeable until it’s too late. Ignoring the influence that measurement and analytic equipment maintenance can have on water treatment plants (WTPs) or wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) can be costly. Fortunately, equipment suppliers who bundle after-sale services tailored to WTP and WWTP needs offer new opportunities for instrumentation users to stay ahead of the curve in terms of timely response to changing performance.
Just as different water utilities use different processes for turning raw source water into potable drinking water, so too do they take different routes to account for, and bill for, their output. Here is an overview of a cellular-based approach to collecting and leveraging data from water distribution operations that can achieve the greatest business advantage.
There are many types of water meters being used across the U.S. to measure water consumption. And even though the panacea for a water utility would be to equip each residence with the same meter — standardizing metering technique, data capture and maintenance — the reality is that a utility needs to be able to read and service the variety of meters that make up its metering portfolio.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has joined partners across federal, tribal, state, and local governments in preparation for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. On June 5, EPA senior leaders gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana, to discuss the Agency’s preparations for the 2018 hurricane season.
Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that Reclamation has awarded $8.3M to 15 projects in California, New Mexico and Utah for the preparation and response to drought.
During Hurricane Katrina and other severe storms that have hit New Orleans, power outages, flooding and wind damage combined to cut off people from clean drinking water, food, medical care, shelter, prescriptions and other vital services.
HASSELL+, a multidisciplinary resilience team that includes Brown and Caldwell, presented their Resilient by Design|Bay Area Challenge proposal for the Colma Creek Watershed in San Mateo County, South San Francisco, at the Resilient Bay Summit.
Collecting data from our water systems is one thing. Acting on that information is game-changing, and a Black & Veatch survey shows that the water space is taking note.
For the third year in a row, the International Society of Automation (ISA) provided operational technology (OT) training and on-site technical assistance in support of the US National Guard’s national cyber-operations exercise, Cyber Shield.
New analysis compares 22 named storms with possible hurricanes of the future.
With water infrastructure costs expected to exceed $1T, a new report shows that only a few states are adequately leveraging federal dollars to shrink the infrastructure funding gap.
The Philly airport was dry for several hours this week in the latest major sign that U.S. water infrastructure needs some upgrades.
The collapse of the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica could significantly affect global sea levels. As part of a new $25M research collaboration, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United Kingdom's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) announced recently that teams of scientists at U.S. institutions will deploy to Antarctica to gather the data needed to understand whether the glacier could begin to collapse in the next few decades or centuries from now.