The landscape is changing for water consumers and suppliers and the delivery systems that connect them, with data and analytics forging the path ahead.
The bigger water utilities have the resources, but small utilities face many of the same problems — namely failing pipeline infrastructure and water loss. So what are the solutions and best practices within small utilities’ grasp? One small utility shared its successful approach to controlling water loss as guidance for those with similar struggles.
Election season is in full swing and while it may not be the “hottest” topic being debated amongst presidential candidates, the topic of water isn’t being ignored as we approach November. Several candidates have addressed the challenges plaguing water and wastewater systems nationwide.
The role of a Meter Data Management System (MDMS) is not well defined within the water industry. Many products on the market claim to provide MDM functionality, but few people understand the value of what these systems offer. To understand how this confusion has come about and what can be done to address data management needs in the water industry, we need to first examine the evolution of the MDM within a System for Water Information Management (SWIM).
There are two practices that can help water utilities identify broken segments of their systems and reduce the nonrevenue water that results. Amidst the nation’s current infrastructure crisis, they are exercises worth considering.
A wide range of issues can disrupt the normal functioning of an urban water system, such as storms and other natural disasters, pollution, physical damage, cyber incidents, aging and insufficient infrastructure, and rapid urban growth.
When the Village of Romeoville underwent a major upgrade to their SCADA system, they also decided to move to the latest version of the monitoring & control software that they had used successfully for many years. This version included features designed specifically for the water/wastewater industry. In this article, a former Head of the Water Department (*) explains why the utility continues to push for the latest HMI version and how this helps them overcome many of the issues related to maintaining a long-running SCADA system. By Christopher Little
Population health is a primary concern of water utilities, whether water demands are typical (daily demands) or an out-of-the ordinary event occurs and threatens the continuous, safe supply of potable water. Water utilities must be prepared to respond to emergencies before they occur, and this is where hydraulic modeling can be particularly useful.
The actor is behind a company that has introduced advanced membrane technology to overcome water treatment challenges.
Technologies which could transform the shape of the water industry of the future will be on show at the fifth BlueTech Forum, to be held in San Francisco.
Turbidity measurement is both a nebulous, oft-misunderstood concept and the master link in a chain of events affecting U.S. EPA drinking water compliance. It can influence, or be influenced by, almost every other link in a water treatment process. Here is a quick overview of turbidity’s relationship to drinking water compliance standards and some tips for keeping a water treatment process in balance.
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.
One of the many travesties in the failure to properly protect drinking water in the United States is EPA’s decades-long inability to set an enforceable drinking standard for perchlorate, a chemical that harms the thyroid — critical for normal growth and development — and that contaminates drinking water systems serving over 17 million people in the U.S.
By now, just about everyone in the U.S. has heard about Flint, Michigan’s water woes. Despite the many issues raised by that incident, urban water systems are not the sole reason the 2017 Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers gives the U.S. drinking water infrastructure an overall “D” grade. Hidden within that disheartening rating are the harsh realities faced by rural water systems.
Water Research Foundation (WRF) research examines successes and challenges for “One Water” management of resources and long-term sustainability.
One thing was certain after the Two Nations One Water: U.S.-Mexico Border Water Summit concluded March 2 at El Paso Water’s TecH2O Learning Center. Policymakers, researchers and industry experts from both sides of the border care deeply about water sustainability and are committed to solutions to ensure the long-term vitality of their respective communities. About 300 convened at the two-day event, eager and ready to work together.
It’s no secret that the U.S. EPA has changed course in the last year. But how have those changes affected local water and wastewater treatment operations? And how are those operations going to evolve along with the federal agency?
PFC contamination is the number one drinking water issue today. So how are local and federal leaders working to put an end to it?
Huntsville Utilities is a multi-utility that had three different engineering departments using three sets of software for their designs and instruction drawings. Watch the video to learn how the utility chose Bentley Systems’ GIS Solution as a design and management tool to streamline design and speed up the design process.
Bentley’s Wastewater Network Modeling and Analysis solution provides decision support capabilities to optimize network capacity and improve operations. Hydraulic analysis allows you to evaluate capacity, identify bottlenecks in your existing or proposed piping and pumping networks, and design improvements needed to accommodate the growing demand for service and emergency response.
Bentley’s Stormwater Modeling and Analysis solution enables designers to analyze and explore innovative stormwater design options and efficiently manage project deliverables. Using hydrologic and hydraulic calculations helps you understand how rainfall translates into stormwater runoff and interacts with streets, channels, pipes, ponds and related stormwater infrastructure.
Prolagos, a subsidiary of Aegea, provides water and sewerage services to five municipalities in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The 2041 Master Plan project aims to expand the water supply system for Região dos Lagos (Region of the Lakes) over short-, medium-, and long-term horizons. In the short term, Prolagos built 4 large pumping stations, 30 requlation tanks, and a new trunk main spanning 300 km that will increase the transport capacity by 30%, reduce energy consumption by 55% and deal with seasonal population fluctuations.
CivilStorm can accurately model a wide range of stormwater infrastructure configurations and hydraulic elements arrangements, from closed conduits and channels, to ponds and outlets, and low impact development controls.
Ostara and Krevox announced today they have partnered to build a nutrient recovery facility at the Cielcza Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) to aid in the reduction of phosphorus being emitted to the Baltic Sea.
TALIS, one of the world’s leading providers of water flow control solutions, is acting to help prevent endemic waste in the water sector, stemming from what it believes is a failure to make the best buying decisions for non-standard applications.
As part of its long-term effort to protect the environment in Wisconsin, Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) today announced that it will voluntarily adopt a leading-edge water recycling system at the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park in Racine County.
The architects of Denver’s water infrastructure had a knack for predicting the future. They planned for the population of the city to grow.
Koch Membrane Systems, Inc. (Koch), a global leader in membrane filtration technologies, announced today its PURON Membrane Bio-Reactor (MBR) modules have been selected for the Ji’nan Wastewater Treatment Plant I and Plant II Expansion Project.
Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico’s drinking water infrastructure last September.
California Water Service Group (“California Water”) recently issued the following statement in response to SJW Group’s (NYSE: SJW) (“SJW”) rejection of its cash tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of SJW for $68.25 per share in cash.
Building off previous workforce research, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program has released a first-of-its-kind analysis of jobs involved in the construction, operation, and maintenance of the country’s water infrastructure.
The City of San Diego has awarded a multi-million, five-year consulting contract to DNV GL, which provides the Synergi Water hydraulic modeling software solution for improvement of water quality and reduction of leaks.
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.
American Water, the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, recently announced recipients of the 27th annual James V. LaFrankie Scholarship Awards.
A new report from the Brookings Institution provides a detailed and data-driven look at careers in the water sector, finding that while there are looming shortages and a need for diversity in the workforce, water jobs are a tremendous economic opportunity for the American worker.