Adding Intelligence to Outage Management with Integrated Cloud-Based Digital Platforms

Adding Intelligence to Outage Management with Integrated Cloud-Based Digital Platforms

Adding Intelligence to Outage Management with Integrated Cloud-Based Digital Platforms January 17, 2022 By Paridhi Gupta, Marketing, Smart Energy Water “The grid is not ready for the 21st century.” “Climate change will lead to frequent outages, and utilities are unprepared.”  Headlines such as these have become commonplace. Nothing eye-opening about…

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New west El Paso wastewater treatment facility now operating at full capacity

New west El Paso wastewater treatment facility now operating at full capacity January 10, 2022 Since August, sewage from two broken pipelines in west El Paso has caused foul odors to permeate around the area, frustrating locals who live there. West side residents have even seen sewage making its way…

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Revised EPA Lead and Copper Rule Requires Cities To Complete Lead Service Line Inventories

Revised EPA Lead and Copper Rule Requires Cities To Complete Lead Service Line Inventories December 20, 2021 Now according to the EPA Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) revision (announced December 16, 2021), public water systems have more work to do. LCR requires cities to develop a lead service line inventory…

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Canada and British Columbia invest in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure

Canada and British Columbia invest in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure December 21, 2021 Water and wastewater management systems are the backbone of municipalities and First Nations communities. Investments to improve water quality and system efficiency create good local jobs, address the economic challenges brought on by the pandemic and…

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First water utility in North America to earn ISO 55001 accreditation

First water utility in North America to earn ISO 55001 accreditation DECEMBER 13, 2021 The Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department (PBCWUD) has achieved the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 55001 certification for its asset management system. Stantec guided PBCWUD towards becoming the only water utility in North America to receive this…

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ABB Technology Helps Fulfill City of Baltimore’s Commitment For Safe, Reliable Wastewater And Water System

ABB Technology Helps Fulfill City of Baltimore’s Commitment For Safe, Reliable Wastewater And Water System December 1, 2021 ABB has secured a contract, valued at more than $10M, from the City of Baltimore, Maryland, to upgrade the automation, electrical and power management of its Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant to improve…

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Austin Water Saves Millions through State Funding for Water, Wastewater and Metering Infrastructure Overhaul

Austin Water Saves Millions through State Funding for Water, Wastewater and Metering Infrastructure Overhaul Nov. 30, 2021 Austin’s push to modernize and strengthen its water, wastewater and metering infrastructure received a bump, thanks to newly acquired below market interest rate loans from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).  Austin Water…

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Demand for funding to fix decrepit Louisiana water systems exceeds available cash

Demand for funding to fix decrepit Louisiana water systems exceeds available cash NOVEMBER 23, 2021 With more than 500 applications submitted by Louisiana communities hoping to upgrade their failing water and sewer systems, lawmakers say there’s not enough money in the water sector program budget to fix everything.  Read more

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A low-income Michigan city has a drinking water crisis. Sound familiar?

A low-income Michigan city has a drinking water crisis. Sound familiar? NOV 15, 2021 Abandoned by industry. Impoverished after white flight. Saddled with crumbling infrastructure, struggling schools and little, if any, money to fix the problems. For decades this low-income, majority Black community — less than two hours from Chicago…

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Wisconsin may get more than $800M to upgrade water systems under the $1T infrastructure bill

Wisconsin may get more than $800M to upgrade water systems under the $1T infrastructure bill November 9, 2021 Wisconsin’s aging water and wastewater systems may be able to speed up improvements with more than $800 million the state is set to receive through the $1 trillion infrastructure bill recently passed by the…

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Jackson, Mississippi Sued Over Lead Contamination Of Drinking Water

Jackson, Mississippi Sued Over Lead Contamination Of Drinking Water October 27, 2021 Attorneys representing hundreds of residents of Jackson, Mississippi have filed a federal lawsuit against the city and state over concerns that officials allowed them to consume lead-tainted drinking water for years without taking appropriate action. Read more

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CISA Begins Program to Identify Critical Infrastructure

CISA Begins Program to Identify Critical Infrastructure November 1, 2021 The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and a congressional committee leader agree that officials must take precautionary steps to identify “systemically important critical infrastructure” to reduce risks of pervasive supply chain cyberattacks. Read more

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Several local communities to receive millions of dollars to fund water infrastructure improvements

Several local communities to receive millions of dollars to fund water infrastructure improvements October 26, 2021 The State of Ohio will distribute millions of dollars in grants to several local communities as part of an effort to improve the water infrastructure across the entire state. Read more

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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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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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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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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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Drought: 2 West Marin water utilities consider rationing

Drought: 2 West Marin water utilities consider rationing August 2, 2021 Thousands of West Marin residents could soon be placed under mandatory water rationing rules enforceable through service shutoffs and fines as large as $500. The Stinson Beach County Water District will consider an ordinance on Aug. 21 that would…

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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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Biden infrastructure deal could create 500,000 manufacturing jobs, business group finds

Biden infrastructure deal could create 500,000 manufacturing jobs, business group finds JULY 27, 2021 A bipartisan infrastructure deal being negotiated in the U.S. Senate could create roughly half a million new manufacturing jobs by 2024, the end of President Biden’s first term, an analysis conducted on behalf of the trade group Association…

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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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Lawmakers introduce American Cybersecurity Literacy Act

Lawmakers introduce American Cybersecurity Literacy Act June 28, 2021 Bipartisan House lawmakers introduced legislation to increase cybersecurity literacy and security awareness among the American public amid a spike in cybersecurity threats against critical infrastructure. Read more

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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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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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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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Mueller awarded contract for AMI deployment in Calaveras County, CA

Mar 9th, 2021 Mueller Systems announced that Calaveras County Water District has selected Mueller Systems to deploy an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) network covering 1,000 square miles with 13,000 AMI endpoints. The project will replace the majority of the District’s meters and add communication capabilities to all meters. Read more

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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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American Water Named One of the Top Ten World’s Most Sustainable Corporations

CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 25, 2021 American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly-traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced today that has been named on Corporate Knights 17th annual Global 100 list of the World’s Most Sustainable Corporations, for the second year in a row. American Water is ranked number 9…

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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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SolarWinds Hack Infected Critical Infrastructure, Including Power Industry

Kim Zetter, December 24 2020   The hacking campaign that infected numerous government agencies and tech companies with malicious SolarWinds software has also infected more than a dozen critical infrastructure companies in the electric, oil, and manufacturing industries who were also running the software, according to a security firm conducting investigations…

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SoCalGas and LADWP Partner to Deliver 150,000 Energy and Water Efficiency Kits to Help the Environment and Save Customers Money and Energy

Dec. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire The Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) have partnered to distribute over 150,000 free energy and water efficiency kits to residents throughout Los Angeles. Each efficiency kit is equipped with simple household devices to help conserve water and natural gas and save…

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