A New Era of Condition Assessment
Featured Articles - The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that utilities in the United States will need to spend approximately $300 billion over the next 20 years in wastewater infrastructure, with pipeline replacement and rehabilitation representi... Read more
Taking Asset Management to the Next Level: The Opportunity of ISO 55000
Featured Articles - Over the last two-plus decades I have seen the evolution of asset management in the water industry, from early attempts at GIS-based data collection and storage to today’s advanced analytics and optimization. Never over that period have I s... Read more
The UIM App
Featured Articles - The push to remove caps on Private Activity Bonds (PABs) continues to make its way slowly through Congress. Continuing to lead the charge in the House of Representatives are Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), who have worke... Read more
Houston, We Have a Solution
Featured Articles - The City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department delivers drinking water to nearly 3 million residents over a four-county, 600-sq-mile service area. On its website, the department defines its mission as “protecting public health,... Read more
Looking Past Lead
Featured Articles - Government and industries together have taken specific steps to limit the use of lead in manufactured water system products. The ramifications for cities, as would be expected, are numerous — affecting both existing and future water system ... Read more
City of Baltimore Contracts Itron for AMI Project
The City of Baltimore’s Board of Estimates has awarded Itron, Inc., the contract for its Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Water Meter System Installation Program. The program will upgrade the City of Baltimore and Baltimore County’s water metering infrastructure with the goal of improving customer service and billing accuracy for all of the bureau’s water customers. Baltimore City’s Bureau of Water and Wastewater is the supplier of water to 1.8 million people in the Baltimore Metro Area. Read more
EPA Report Highlights Importance of Water to U.S. Economy
The U.S. EPA is releasing a synthesis report on “The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy.” The report is intended to help raise the awareness of water’s importance to our national economic welfare and to summarize information that public and private decision-makers can use to better manage the nation’s water resources. Read more
Shreveport Agrees to $342 Million Sewer Upgrades for CWA Compliance
The City of Shreveport, La., has agreed to make significant upgrades to reduce overflows from its sanitary sewer system and pay a $650,000 civil penalty to resolve Clean Water Act (CWA) violations stemming from illegal discharges of raw sewage, the Department of Justice and the U.S. EPA announced last month. The state of Louisiana, a co-plaintiff in this case, will receive half of the civil penalty. Read more
Krausz Industries Opens New U.S. Facility
Krausz Industries, based in Israel, recently announced the official opening of its new Ocala, Fla., facility that will provide coupling and repair clamp solutions for the U.S. water and wastewater industry. Read more
House Passes Bill to Exempt Hydrants from Lead Content Law
The AWWA is reporting that the U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that would exempt fire hydrants from being subject to lead-safety regulations for drinking water that go into effect Jan. 4, 2014. Read more
Optimizing Water Performance: The How to Guide
With municipalities and water and sewer utilities across the country looking to increase efficiency and reduce costs, more are turning to new ways of conducting business. These can include brand new arrangements, such as entering into public-private partnerships (PPPs), or simply improving efficiency in existing business practices. By examining these practices across an entire enterprise, a utility can operate more efficiently and save money.
To help identify potential areas where improvement can be realized, UIM brings you this stand-alone supplement – “Optimizing Water Performance: The How to Guide.”
Alternative Financing Tools for Water Infrastructure.
The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act has garnered support
from a wide range of stakeholders, including contractors, engineers,
utilities, elected officials, labor, equipment manufacturers and more.
Water and wastewater infrastructure is critical to our economy. However, budget challenges across the nation combined with an everincreasing regulatory burden are combining to significantly strain this essential ingredient for development and growth in our communities.