Nov 11, 2020

November 2020

As I write this, the race for the presidential election is starting to hit its peak. It seems safe to say that the regulatory trajectory of water and wastewater could be significantly impacted by the outcome of the election. The problem? We have little…
Providing an adequate level of IT security for water and wastewater utility industry leaders has become a high-profile challenge, as organizations of all sizes find themselves on the front lines of the global ransomware war. Additionally, in a pandemic…
Management teams at water and waste utilities are finding that a reliance on processes driven by paper forms, spreadsheets, and legacy systems is hindering operations and impeding growth.  Operations and IT departments are being asked to do more with…
Publicly owned and operated water utilities are increasingly running up against tight budgets, debt obligations, and other barriers to investment as user charges, municipal bonds and traditional financing tools fail to keep up with the level of need. …
Across industrial wastewater treatment facilities modern automation is enabling the inexpensive generation and collection of massive amounts of process data. The propensity to make decisions by gut feel may seem far-fetched to a bystander, but for many…
For most of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on some of the water industry’s most pressing challenges. Residential demand is higher as people work from home while commercial and industrial use is lower—both of which represent new usage…
In Los Angeles, where one-fifth of the city’s water pipes were installed before 1931, deteriorating, leaking sewer lines are a regular occurrence. But when a section of the North Outfall Sewer (NOS) near the intersection of Avenue 19 and Humboldt Street…
The city and county of Honolulu, Hawaii, embarked on an extensive wastewater facility expansion and improvement project to reduce the frequency and impact of sewer overflow events. The impetus for the project was a consent decree issued by the U.S. EPA…
The city of Cle Elum, Washington, completed the construction of a new 3.6 million gallon per day (mgd) sequencing batch reactor (SBR) wastewater treatment plant in 2005.  The plant is known as the Upper Kittitas County Regional Wastewater Treatment…
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