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
California Approves $1.1 Billion in Drought Relief
Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a $1.1 billion drought relief and flood protection package, as California’s dry conditions stretch into a fourth year. The enactment marks the second time in two years that Brown and lawmakers approved legislation related to California’s ongoing drought. Read more
FMI: Construction Put In Place to Grow 8 Percent in 2015
Total construction put in place (CPIP) for 2015 is predicted to grow 8 percent, according to a recent report from FMI. This supports earlier FMI predictions that CPIP will top $1 trillion in 2015, something the market has not seen since 2008. Read more
Study Finds Population Could Outpace Water Supply By Mid-Century
A study conducted by Duke University finds that population growth could cause global demand for water to outpace supply by mid-century if current levels of consumption continue. And it wouldn't be the first time, according to the study. Read more
EPA Awards Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants for Water Quality
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week the award of 14 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling over $17 million to fund projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality. Read more
Pennsylvania Utility Gets Presidents Award from Partnership for Safe Water
Pennsylvania American Water’s Norristown Water Treatment Plant, which serves approximately 32,000 customers in Montgomery County, Pa., has received the prestigious President’s Award from the Partnership for Safe Water. 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.