Senators Introduce Grant Program to Upgrade Water Infrastructure
Washington Report - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, have introduced a new bill, S. 741, The Water Infrastructur... Read more
February SWIC Newsletter
Featured Articles - In January, congressmen reintroduced H.R. 499, the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2015, in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Coalition (SWIC), the advocacy group supporting the bill ... Read more
Hydraulic Modeling & Analysis
Cover Story - While building models is nothing new, when it comes to water and wastewater utilities, the idea of emulating a system in order to simulate a real-world situation without risk is a concept that is becoming essential for ideal decision-making... Read more
Getting in the Game
Featured Articles - Without adequate transportation, water supply, sanitation, energy systems and social infrastructure such as schools and hospitals, countries risk lagging behind their peers in the growth of economic development drivers, including businesses... Read more
Design-Build Facilitates the Certainty of LEED Certification
Featured Articles - Over the past 15 years, green design and construction has become a fast-growing initiative as owners in the water and wastewater sector have adopted sustainable design policies to lower energy usage and to save cost. ... Read more
Water Leaders: Free WIFIA from Tax-Exempt Bond Prohibition
Last week on Capitol Hill, water utility leaders urged Congress to increase the effectiveness of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) by repealing a ban on the use of tax-exempt bonds in WIFIA-funded projects. Read more
Southern Delivery System Water Project Completes 50-Mile Pipeline
The Southern Delivery System (SDS), one of the largest water projects under construction in the western United States, will complete its 50 miles of pipeline construction this month. Read more
EPA to Provide New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico Funds for Clean Water Projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved millions in funds for New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment. Read more
American Water's Story Elected to Alliance to Save Energy Board
American Water has announced that its president and CEO Susan Story has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Alliance to Save Energy (Alliance), a nonprofit that promotes energy efficiency. Read more
American Water’s LeChevallier Earns Prestigious Award
American Water announced last week that Dr. Mark LeChevallier, Director of Innovation & Environmental Stewardship, has been selected by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) to receive the 2015 A.P. Black Research Award. 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.