Federal agencies warn of ransomware targeting water, wastewater treatment plants

Federal agencies warn of ransomware targeting water, wastewater treatment plants Oct 16, 2021 The attacks highlight an ongoing threat to vulnerable and underfunded infrastructure systems in the U.S., which have been targeted with increasing frequency in recent years by criminal and nation-state actors. Read more

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25% of all critical infrastructure in the US is at risk of failure due to flooding, new report finds

25% of all critical infrastructure in the US is at risk of failure due to flooding, new report finds October 11, 2021 As a massive investment to repair roads and adapt to climate change faces an uncertain fate in Congress, a new report finds much of the country’s infrastructure is…

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State tells city residents not to drink tap water after three years of dangerous lead contamination

State tells city residents not to drink tap water after three years of dangerous lead contamination Oct. 12, 2021 Health officials in Michigan are advising residents in the city of Benton Harbor to rely on bottled water instead of tap water in response to elevated levels of lead in the…

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Xylem, Dragos Partner to Bring Cybersecurity Leadership to Water Utilities

Xylem, Dragos Partner to Bring Cybersecurity Leadership to Water Utilities October 04, 2021 Leading global water technology company, Xylem Inc., and Dragos, Inc., the global leader in cybersecurity for industrial controls systems (ICS)/operational technology (OT) environments, today announced they have partnered to bring best-in-class industrial cybersecurity to critical infrastructure in…

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22-Year-Old Drinking Water Operator Recognized For Averting Deadly Disaster

22-Year-Old Drinking Water Operator Recognized For Averting Deadly Disaster September 22, 2021 While drinking water treatment operators regularly oversee critical operations to ensure the safety and availability of our most vital resource, it’s not often that they’re given special recognition for their work. But after going above and beyond to…

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Pelosi vows to pass $1T bill, move ahead on larger measure

Pelosi vows to pass $1T bill, move ahead on larger measure Sept. 28, 2021 With President Joe Biden’s broad domestic agenda at risk of collapse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday vowed that Democrats will pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill this week and push ahead on the bigger $3.5 trillion social safety…

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Utilities face greatest threat as climate risks intensify

Utilities face greatest threat as climate risks intensify 20 Sep, 2021 Climate change is pushing power, gas and water companies to the frontlines of an intensifying battle against natural disasters that is set to increasingly hit the profits of businesses around the world. Utilities face the highest combined physical risk…

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Knox Board of Works Approves Wastewater Equipment Update

Knox Board of Works Approves Wastewater Equipment Update September 13, 2021 The Knox Wastewater Department is updating its equipment. The board of works recently agreed to let Superintendent Jason Clemons buy a new self-priming, trailer-mounted bypass pump for just over $25,000, the lowest of the three quotes he received. Read…

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California moves slowly on water projects amid drought

California moves slowly on water projects amid drought August 30, 2021 In 2014, in the middle of a severe drought that would test California’s complex water storage system like never before, voters told the state to borrow $7.5 billion and use part of it to build projects to stockpile more…

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NM could get billions in new federal funding

NM could get billions in new federal funding August 23, 2021 Congress is gearing up to approve the largest federal investments in infrastructure and social programs since the Great Depression in the 1930s, and New Mexico could reap huge benefits. Read more

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What does it mean when a community runs out of water? Many in California are finding out

What does it mean when a community runs out of water? Many in California are finding out Aug. 13, 2021 From Klamath to Redding, Mendocino to Sonoma, dozens of communities across California are facing dire water shortages. n May, the State Water Resources Control Board compiled a list of the 81…

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Ameresco Partners with City of Bellmead for Comprehensive Smart Metering Infrastructure Improvement Project

Ameresco Partners with City of Bellmead for Comprehensive Smart Metering Infrastructure Improvement Project August 09, 2021 Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE: AMRC), a leading cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, today announced its partnership with the City of Bellmead, Texas for a comprehensive smart metering infrastructure improvement project. Read more

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Municipalities launch protests against York City wastewater treatment system sale

Municipalities launch protests against York City wastewater treatment system sale July 27, 2021 Five municipalities have filed protests against the sale of York’s wastewater treatment system, alleging the deal is inherently flawed and will increase rates. The five townships, which form the York Area Regional Sewer Authority, join another protest filed by…

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Thanks To New Meters, Wasted Water Will Be A Thing Of The Past At USC

Thanks To New Meters, Wasted Water Will Be A Thing Of The Past At USC July 15, 2021 To detect leaks and promote sustainability, the university is installing ultrasonic submeters on dozens of older buildings and cooling towers. The days of free-flowing water are coming to an end across the…

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Water and wastewater infrastructure projects across Ohio awarded grants

Water and wastewater infrastructure projects across Ohio awarded grants July 12, 2021 Water and wastewater infrastructure programs across the state are getting $9 million in funding boosts from the state’s H2Ohio program. The state awarded the money based on economic need and project readiness, and acknowledged while awarding the money…

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New York City Department Of Environmental Protection Partners With Arcadis To Drive City-Wide Resilience

New York City Department Of Environmental Protection Partners With Arcadis To Drive City-Wide Resilience June 21, 2021 Arcadis today announced its partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to launch a $53 million program designed to engage property owners across the city with resiliency measures that improve local and…

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House advances bill with increased funding for clean water

House advances bill with increased funding for clean water JUNE 14, 2021 The U.S. House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee last week marked up and advanced H.R. 1915, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021. This legislation follows the Senate’s passage in May of its clean…

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Ten Communities Selected For EPA Roundtable Discussions On Lead In Drinking Water

Ten Communities Selected For EPA Roundtable Discussions On Lead In Drinking Water May 26, 2021 Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the ten communities that have been selected for virtual roundtable discussions on EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) Revisions. The roundtables will foster dialogue on the experience…

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EPA Awards Over $17 Million To Benefit Small Water Systems

EPA Awards Over $17 Million To Benefit Small Water Systems May 12, 2021 Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced over $17 million in grant funding to help provide training and technical assistance to small drinking water and wastewater systems that often serve small communities and rural America. Read…

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Survey: Among Environmental Issues, Americans Most Worried About Water Quality

Survey: Among Environmental Issues, Americans Most Worried About Water Quality April 28, 2021 Among the most significant environmental concerns facing the country, Americans are the most concerned about the ones that affect water quality, according to the latest iteration of Gallup’s yearly environment survey. Read more

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The multibillion dollar question: What will it take to fix the South’s broken water systems?

The multibillion dollar question: What will it take to fix the South’s broken water systems? By Carly Berlin, April 15, 2021 The winter storm revealed the fragility of rural and urban water systems. President Biden’s new infrastructure plan could help improve them — but it’s only a start. Read more

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With $1.6T Forecasted For Total Expenditures By End Of Decade, Water Utility Operations Face Significant Disruption

April 7, 2021 The day-to-day cost of operating and maintaining U.S. municipal water and wastewater infrastructure is taking on an oversized share of utilities’ total expenditures (TOTEX). Over the last fifty years, spending on operations has escalated from a 50% to a 66% share of total utility expenditures with few…

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Biden Administration Proposes 100% Replacement Of Lead Drinking Water Infrastructure

By Peter Chawaga, April 5, 2021 As President Biden introduces sweeping legislation to shape the country in the vision of his administration, it has become clear that drinking water infrastructure will be a major aspect of his plans. Specifically, lead drinking water pipelines are a major part of the multi-trillion-dollar…

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EPA Celebrates World Water Day, Announces $2.7B To Improve Water Infrastructure

March 22, 2021 Today, on World Water Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $2.7B for State Revolving Funds (SRFs) to assist states, tribes, and territories with infrastructure projects that help provide safe drinking water and protect surface waters in communities across the United States. Additionally,…

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Pennsylvania American Water Invested $400 Million Statewide in 2020

(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 16, 2021 Pennsylvania American Water announced today its end-of-year investment total and system improvement recap for 2020. In just 12 months, the company invested $400 million to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure across the Commonwealth – delivering on its significant capital investment plan despite the COVID-19 public health emergency.…

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Half of global wastewater treated, rates in developing countries still lagging

Feb 9th, 2021 A new study by scientists at Utrecht University and the United Nations University concludes that about half of global wastewater is treated, rather than the previous estimate of 20%. Despite this promising finding, the authors warn that treatment rates in developing countries are still very low. The…

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San Diego’s Infrastructure Deficit Is Really a Stormwater Deficit

Andrew Keatts, February 8, 2021 The infrastructure deficit that has hung over San Diego politics for years without meaningful intervention is perhaps better understood as a stormwater deficit. Eight years ago, Mayor Todd Gloria, then Council president, pledged to craft an infrastructure-focused ballot measure for the 2016 ballot, to address the…

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New Lead and Copper Rule to Raise Costs for Water Utilities

Fitch Wire, Tue 19 Jan, 2021 The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) is not expected to impact utility credit quality over the near-term, but it could have a material effect on certain water utilities’ capex and credit profiles over the medium- to long-term, particularly for…

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