COMMENTARY -- A Call for Fair Competition
Featured Articles - Upon graduating college, I was fortunate to start my business career as a salesman for a petrochemical company in their plastics division. For the next 10 years or so, I had the opportunity to witness firsthand how various types of plastics... Read more
The Infrastructure Crisis Is A Pricing Crisis
Financial Report - It is imperative that utilities educate their customers and ratepayers as to the full value of their invaluable service, and the pressing need to support robust water rates and prices commensurate with its true value.... Read more
Finding Leaks Before They Grow
Cover Story - A predominant problem in the water and wastewater industry is leaking below-ground pipes. If these leaks are not located and treated, catastrophic situations and disruption of services may result.... Read more
A Sonde Solution
Featured Articles - According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one in every three Americans gets their drinking water from waterways that are vulnerable to pollution or some sort of compromise in water quality.... Read more
UIM Stormwater Management Roundtable
Featured Articles - Effectively managing the impacts of stormwater runoff and combined sewer overflows into waterways has been a growing concern for cities for years. With limited budgets and the growing number of consent decrees across the United States, U... Read more
SplashLink Makes Online Waves in Municipal Water Industry
SplashLink.com, an online “one-stop shop” for the water industry, was recently launched as an online marketplace for posting and searching water-industry bids and RFPs, as well as grant and financing opportunities. Read more
American Water Partners with LG Sonic to Monitor, Control Algae Blooms
American Water has announced it has formed a partnership with LG Sonic to perform ultrasonic algae control in water treatment plants. This partnership is a result of the company’s Innovation Development Process. Read more
Sensus Opens New Meter Manufacturing Facility in China
Sensus has opened a new meter manufacturing and assembly facility in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, the People’s Republic of China. The facility, with capacity to produce 150,000 meters annually, will meet the growing demand for advanced meters in China, Southeast Asia and other markets. Read more
IHS: Santa Fe’s Cellular-Enabled Smart Meter Project Is First of its Kind
The City of Santa Fe recently chose Badger Meter’s BEACON smart water meter solution, for full installation across all its water meter endpoints, including both residential and commercial customers. According to IHS, it is the single largest implementation of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) technology in the water utility sector worldwide. Read more
California Water Board Issues Revised Statewide Drought Regulations
On Saturday, state regulators issued a revised plan for California’s first-ever mandatory water cuts, emphasizing the need for urgent action. The drought, which started in 2012, could persist for years, warned the State Water Resources Control Board. 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.