Implementing a Unidirectional Flushing Plan to Reduce Water Use and Improve System Operations
Featured Articles - Water utility managers are always looking for proven methods to improve operations, enhance the water system and improve service standards. Precipitation, microbiological activity or corrosion can all form deposits on the pipe walls of the ... Read more
Adopting Maintenance Management Best Practices & Key Performance Indicators
Featured Articles - Lessons on asset and maintenance management from the past decade are being passed on through knowledge sharing efforts, allowing utilities in the United States and Canada to continue in their development of increasingly sophisticated asset ... Read more
Ductile Iron Pipe
Featured Articles - This might sound like a cliché but it happens to be very true: no one notices water infrastructure when it’s working. Buried neatly beneath the ground, these networks of pipes supply our homes and businesses with the vital clean water that ... Read more
Culvert Market Gaining Strength for Trenchless Industry
Featured Articles - Culverts and storm sewers have been a part of our infrastructure even before the advent of the federal highway system in the 1940s and 1950s, when the demand and the necessity for drainage pipes sprang from the growth in the number of autom... Read more
Carbon Fiber Repair for Thrust Restraint Upgrade of 84-in. PCCP
Featured Articles - Tucson Water has been the City of Tucson’s municipal water utility for more than 100 years. As a public water provider, Tucson Water serves approximately 710,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers within a 350-sq-mile service ... Read more
USDA Invests New Conservation Funds to Improve Lake Erie Water Quality
In July, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that $2 million in conservation funds will be sent to Ohio to help implement conservation techniques that will help improve water quality. The Secretary said USDA is also partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to expand “boots-on-the-ground” capacity in the area and will be contributing an additional $1 million in technical assistance which will in turn be leveraged by the NFWF along with other public and private entities. Read more
Smith Named As Next ASCE Executive Director
Thomas W. Smith III, M.ASCE, CAE, was selected as the next executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), effective Jan. 1, 2015. The decision was made at an Aug. 24 meeting of the ASCE Board of Direction in Denver. Read more
The Water Council Announces New Investment Partner
The Water Council and JPMorgan Chase & Co., have entered into a partnership to bring together North America’s investment community and water technology entrepreneurs to match capital with water innovation. The partnership includes a $225,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase as part of the company’s recently launched Small Business Forward initiative — a national, five-year, $30 million grant program meant to boost small business support networks that help growing enterprises in specific industries. 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.