Snyder Signs $28 Million Bill for Flint Aid
Financial Report - To say the floodgates have opened on the water crisis in Flint, Mich., would be an understatement, with seemingly worse developments unfolding daily as the situation remains unfixed and the water distribution system remains contaminated wit... Read more
Financial Report - In spite of the limited shelf life of New Year’s resolutions, using the beginning of the calendar year to at least ‘take stock’ is simply too ingrained a ritual for most to pass up. It is therefore inevitable that a discussion of infrastruc... Read more
Legal Issues & Developments for the New Year…From Bond Counsel’s Perspective
Financial Report - As has been the case for years, water and wastewater utilities throughout the United States start the New Year with capital improvement needs that exceed available financing resources, and they do so in an ever changing legal, regulatory an... Read more
White House Announces Public-Private Innovation Strategy for Water
Washington Report - Last week, the White House announced a strategy to support public-private water innovation, aimed at addressing water resources challenges, particularly those related to drought.... Read more
Congress Trims SRF Funding in FY2016 Plan; EPA Funding Remains Steady
Financial Report - Last week, lawmakers on Capitol Hill wrapped up their remaining 2015 business week by passing an omnibus appropriations bill that avoids a government shutdown and funds federal operations and activities for the remainder of the 2016 fiscal ... Read more
Lawmakers Propose $400 Million in Funding for Flint, More Latitude to EPA
Last week, U. S. Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) said they would pursue legislation that would pay up to $400 million, matching dollar-for-dollar state investments, for replacing lead service lines and other water infrastructure repairs in Flint. Read more
Federal Lawsuit Filed in Attempt to Restore Safe Drinking Water to Flint
A coalition of local citizens and national groups filed suit last week seeking federal court intervention to secure access to safe drinking water for the people of Flint, Mich. Read more
WaterTAP Board Announces Call for Directors
The Nominating and Governance Committee of the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) has announced a call for nominations for candidates for its Board of Directors. The Board is seeking directors to fill as many as six positions for two-year terms. Read more
Buchanan County (Va.) to Receive EPA Planning Assistance for Water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that Buchanan County, Virginia, and nine other local governments around the nation will receive a total of $500,000 in financial and technical guidance to invest in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Read more
American Water Receives Environmental Industry Award
American Water has received a Business Achievement Award from the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) for the seventh year. These awards annually recognize companies and executives for environmental achievements seen as outperforming the market. 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.