Congressmen Introduce Private Activity Bond Legislation
Washington Report - Last week, Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) introduced the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2015, which would remove water and wastewater projects from private activity bond (PAB) state volume cap... Read more
White House Announces New Infrastructure Spending Initiatives
Washington Report - The Obama administration on Friday announced new steps federal agencies are taking to attract private money for projects upgrading roads, bridges and other infrastructure.... Read more
Massachusetts DEP Outlines $500 Million Infrastructure Loan Plan
Financial Report - Last week, water and wastewater projects in New Bedford, Marion and Saugus, Mass., are among 56 construction and planning initiatives that will be eligible for more than $500 million in loans, state officials said.... Read more
FMI: 2014 Construction Put In Place Ends Strong
Financial Report - Total construction put in place (CPIP) for 2014 will be $62 billion greater than last year — a 7 percent increase according to a recent report from construction and engineering consultant FMI. CPIP should finish this year around $972 billio... Read more
Congressional Panel Approves Funds for WIFIA
Washington Report - In a pivotal development toward realizing the vision of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, a U.S. House-Senate conference committee on Dec. 9, approved spending legislation for the 2015 fiscal year that includes funding to... Read more
U.S. Water Alliance Announces 2015 Water Prize Winners
The U.S. Water Alliance has announced the recipients of its prestigious U.S. Water Prize for 2015. This year’s winners are the City of San Diego, The Coca-Cola Company and the Electric Power Resource Institute. Read more
AWWA Board Selects Bennett-Bailey As New President-Elect
The AWWA Board of Directors has elected Jeanne Bennett-Bailey of Fairfax, Va., as the association’s next president-elect and chose four new vice presidents and one new director-at-large. Read more
ARCADIS Announces New CEO, COO for Its North American Business
ARCADIS announced it has appointed John Jastrem to the position of CEO of its North American activities effective Jan. 15, 2015. Per the same date, ARCADIS appointed Joachim Ebert to the position of COO for North America. Read more
Federal Dollars Will Fund Michigan Conservation Efforts
Nearly $40 million in federal funds will go to projects across Michigan and the Great Lakes region to improve water quality, protect forest habitat and minimize soil erosion under grants announced this morning by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's office. Read more
EPA Launches New Water Infrastructure Finance Center
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center to help communities across the country improve their wastewater, drinking water and stormwater systems. Read more
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.