Congressmen Introduce Water Infrastructure Trust Fund Act
Washington Report - Last week, Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), John Duncan (R-Tenn.), and Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) introduced the Water Investment Trust Fund Act – legislation that will provide a small, deficit-neutral, protected source of revenue to help states... Read more
Snyder Signs $28 Million Bill for Flint Aid
Financial Report - To say the floodgates have opened on the water crisis in Flint, Mich., would be an understatement, with seemingly worse developments unfolding daily as the situation remains unfixed and the water distribution system remains contaminated wit... Read more
Financial Report - In spite of the limited shelf life of New Year’s resolutions, using the beginning of the calendar year to at least ‘take stock’ is simply too ingrained a ritual for most to pass up. It is therefore inevitable that a discussion of infrastruc... Read more
Legal Issues & Developments for the New Year…From Bond Counsel’s Perspective
Financial Report - As has been the case for years, water and wastewater utilities throughout the United States start the New Year with capital improvement needs that exceed available financing resources, and they do so in an ever changing legal, regulatory an... Read more
White House Announces Public-Private Innovation Strategy for Water
Washington Report - Last week, the White House announced a strategy to support public-private water innovation, aimed at addressing water resources challenges, particularly those related to drought.... Read more
Lawmakers to Again Introduce Water PAB Bill in Congress
On Monday, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), along with Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) outlined legislation they will introduce in both Houses of Congress to address New Jersey’s and the nation’s aging water infrastructure, while creating jobs and economic opportunity. Read more
FBI Joins Investigation of Flint Water Contamination
The FBI has joined the investigation of Flint’s drinking water contamination, which has left an unknown number of Flint children and other residents poisoned by lead and resulted in state and federal emergency declarations. Read more
Flint to Host Democratic Presidential Debate in March
The Democratic National Committee announced on Sunday that Democratic Presidential Nominees Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will debate next month in Flint, Michigan. The debate will air March 6 on CNN. Read more
Itron Introduces Idea Labs to Accelerate IoT Innovation
tron, Inc., recently announced the launch of its new Idea Labs, an organization within Itron that is dedicated to developing new business opportunities in high-growth industries and emerging markets utilizing Itron Riva technology. Read more
Badger Meter Enters Three-Year Contract with American Water
Last week, Badger Meter announced it has been awarded a three-year contract to supply water meters and metering systems to American Water, the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. Read more
2015 Water Project Showcase
Innovation in the water sector has been
largely misunderstood and understated.
With other types of technology unicorns coming out of the west coast and our attraction to sexy solutions, the water sector continues cry out for better, innovative technologies. The reality is, however, this sector is not in need of highly disruptive technologies born from an innovator’s garage. There are many innovative technologies already available to solve most of the challenges this sector faces today (a few of which are showcased in the projects high - lighted on the following pages).
2014 Water Project Showcase
The Water Project Showcase is a special supplement to UIM. This year, we’ve focused this this annual supplement on successful project stories from across North America. Project stories offer a comprehensive approach to reporting on new technology in the industry and how it is applied in the field. We’ve also presented a few projects that demonstrate some unique trends in the design, construction, operation and management of water and wastewater systems.
While not all of these projects are award winning, (some are), they do demonstrate innovation across several topic areas, acknowledging the many challenges we have regarding our water infrastructure in North America. We encourage you to read through some of these in the Water Project Showcase.
The Water Conservation Guide
It’s no secret water and sewer utilities across the United States are suffering from a lack of funding for needed projects. Of course, the timing makes the situation even more detrimental as we are now in an era of increasing water and wastewater system failures coupled with droughts. Water conservation and the benefits of saving this precious resource can be achieved in a number of ways. But understanding some of the larger issues, such as water scarcity and the overall shift that is happening in the way we think about water, is perhaps important before action can be taken.
To help address this broad topic of conservation, we’ve addressed several areas in our Water Conservation Guide that are imperative for a water utility to consider.