New Drinking Water Legislation Introduced in House
Washington Report - Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) has introduced legislation to help protect drinking water from harmful algae blooms known as cyanotoxins. The legislation is in response to Toledo, Ohio’s August water emergency caused by the increased presence of ha... Read more
New Deadline for WRRDA Project Submissions
Financial Report - A new deadline of Dec. 3, 2014 has been announced for submitting new feasibility studies, construction projects and modifications to authorized Army Corps of Engineers projects under the Water Resources Reform and Development Act.... Read more
AWWA: Mid-Term Election Produces Changes in Water Community
Washington Report - With the change in power in the U.S. Senate following the Nov. 4 mid-term election, some old and possibly new faces will be running things in committees of key concern to the water community.... Read more
Update: New York’s $1.5 Billion Drinking Water Program
Financial Report - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the availability of the Draft Scope of Work for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Water for the Future: Upstate Water Supply Resiliency Projec... Read more
EPA Provides $340 Million to New York to Upgrade Sandy-Damaged Systems
Financial Report - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $340 million to the State of New York for improvements to wastewater and drinking water treatment facilities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.... Read more
AWWA President to Congress: Pollution Reduction Key to Cyanotoxins Prevention
In testimony last week before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, AWWA President John Donahue stressed the solution to keeping drinking water safe from cyanotoxins begins with reducing nutrient pollution. Read more
HYMAX Coupling Used to Repair Water Pipe in Dundee, Fla.
The Water Department for the City of Haines City, Fla., serves 20,000 customers, and oversees and maintains 89 miles of water mains ranging from 2 to 30 in., 7 miles of reclaimed water, 40 miles of force mains and 51 miles of gravity sewer mains with 850 manholes. Read more
InfoSense Wins ‘Use of Tech in Energy & Environment’ Award
InfoSense Inc. has been selected as a 2014 winner of the Use of Tech in Energy & Environment at the North Carolina (NC) Tech Awards. Winners were recognized at the annual awards gala on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Raleigh Convention Center, presented in conjunction with title sponsor Grant Thornton. Read more
Jacobs Associates, McMillen LLC Announce Plans to Merge
Jacobs Associates and Boise-based engineering and construction firm McMillen LLC have announced that the two firms intend to merge. The combined firm will be known as McMillen Jacobs Associates. Read more
California DWR Announces Water Plan Update
Integrated management, strong stakeholder collaboration and stable infrastructure funding are the three strategic pillars of the newest California Water Plan, a comprehensive report that addresses all aspects of the state's complex network of water resources. 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.