Changing with the Times
Featured Articles - The Plant City, Fla., water reclamation facility is no stranger to improvements. Between 1973 and 1997, the municipal plant, located just northeast of Tampa, underwent five upgrades to handle increased loading and flows, meet sludge regulat... Read more
The Ever-Present Value of Water
Featured Articles - If there’s one person who can speak to the evolving perception of how we truly value water, it has to be Radhika Fox. Radhika’s recent work with the Value of Water Coalition has led her to be recognized as an outspoken industry advocate on ... Read more
New Jersey Announces $1.9 Billion in Water and Sewer Projects
Financial Report - In August, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed three bills into law that collectively make nearly $2 billion in state financing available for projects improving drinking water and wastewater facilities, including $776 million for storm an... Read more
Groups Seek $250 Million for Ohio Water Quality Improvement
Financial Report - A coalition of businesses, education and environmental groups is calling for the creation of a $250 million trust to protect water quality in Ohio.... Read more
EPA Moves Forward with Clean Water Rule
Washington Report - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has gone forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and western states.... Read more
Echologics Opens ‘Innovation Site’ in Walkterton, Ontario
Echologics, a Toronto-based engineering company that specializes in acoustic detection of water main leaks and condition assessment, celebrated the opening of its new “Innovation Site” in Walkerton, Ontario on Sept. 10. Read more
AWWA Urges Change to EPA Spending Bill
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is urging the U.S. EPA to make changes to a 2016 spending bill that would prohibit sewer discharges into the Great Lakes. 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.