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Jan 29, 2014
Funding Your Municipal Wastewater Project
Funding vital municipal wastewater projects in the current economic and political climate is challenging at best. Project priority lists seeking funding continue to grow, but realistic financing is scarce. The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act will open the door to $5 billion annually in private investment in water and wastewater infrastructure projects by lifting these projects from under the state volume cap on private activity bonds (PABs).
Getting Quality Combined Sewer Overflow Monitoring from Tough Sites
High quality combined sewer overflow (CSO) monitoring is increasingly critical. Wastewater permits are requiring more continuous monitoring, third party lawsuits are a real concern, and no one wants to see swimming beaches closed due to sewage overflows after rain. Understanding the frequency, duration, and volume of combined sewer overflows helps agencies to prevent them. Agencies also depend upon accurate overflow data in order to design new CSO control facilities, and to quantify their effectiveness post-construction. Unfortunately, getting the most accurate data from these locations can be very challenging due to a variety of factors: the influence of tide; long, irregular weirs; high approach velocities; complex, deep structures; and the impact of operation and maintenance activities. ADS Environmental Services has developed a tool box of successful strategies for monitoring these complicated structures, including precise redundant depth measurement, tidal intrusion sensors, comprehensive data analysis, and sewer cameras. This webinar will cover the monitoring techniques that have proven to be the most effective through two case studies of CSO communities currently under EPA consent decrees for uncontrolled CSOs - Seattle and New York City.
Water Accountability in a Digital World
Water accountability and tackling non-revenue water begin with sound water measurement. The old business adage, “you can’t manage what you don't measure” also applies to water utilities. Market trends now show a growing transition by utilities away from mechanical meters to solid-state digital measurement technologies. Once considered too costly or limited to certain applications, ultrasonic and electromagnetic (‘mag’) meters have made great strides in recent years and now offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional mechanical meters.
Integrated Water Management Maximizes Efficiency and Revenue
In the day in the life of any city, municipality, or utility, there are pressing issues that affect operational efficiency, consumer populations, and bottom lines. Many of these issues involve the water services a community provides, directly or indirectly.
2-Way AMI: Taking Water Utilities ‘Beyond the Data’
The use of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is increasing among water utilities due to its operational efficiency benefits as well as its ability to help improve customer service and water conservation. Such capabilities are primarily attributed to AMI enabling utilities to quickly collect meter readings from the office, whereas previously, workers were challenged with the time-consuming task of manually collecting all meter readings during each billing cycle.
Comparing Gravity Sanitary Sewer Pipe Materials (& the Reasons for VCP’s Resurgence)
When was the last time you analyzed your choice of pipe materials for your gravity sanitary sewers?
Municipal Sewer Flow Monitoring Programs and How to Accomplish Your Monitoring Goals in the Face of Limited Resources
In this time of limited municipal resources that are already stretched to capacity, municipalities are still required to maintain a flow monitoring program to collect the data required for regulatory compliance. While some municipalities choose the do-it-yourself flow monitoring route, many more have seen the advantages of using outside resources to accomplish their flow monitoring programs.
The use of outside resources guarantees certified flow personnel and innovative flow monitoring technologies that consistently collect accurate flow data. This results in efficiencies in monitoring programs followed by significant savings. Additionally, outside resources provide cost containment with a fixed monthly fee for quality flow data that is available 24/7 via the internet.
Using WaterGEMS to Model Interconnections as part of a 33 Water System Emergency Planning Study
In 2011, CH2M HILL evaluated interconnections between 33 water systems in the Metro Atlanta area as part of a state-required “Interconnection, Redundancy and Reliability Emergency Water Supply Plan”. WaterGEMS was used to evaluate the hydraulic capacity to meet customer demands under various emergency conditions. This presentation will give an overview of the project, and show how WaterGEMS was used to model various interconnection solutions.
Limited seating is available so register today to join Brian Skeens of CH2M Hill and Mike Rosh of Bentley Systems in this educational webinar session.
A Holistic Approach to Water Infrastructure Management
As water infrastructure in the US deteriorates with age, utilities are faced with the challenge of rehabilitating or replacing their water infrastructure components with limited funds. Most traditional budget planning & asset management methods prioritize repair & replacement projects largely on the age & class of water infrastructure assets. Unfortunately, these methods fail to provide an accurate assessment of the true condition of the assets, as they do not consider their physical & operational condition within the context of the entire water distribution network. As a result, many utilities have started actively conducting inventories & condition assessments of their water infrastructure assets, such as valves, hydrants, meters & transmission & distribution mains.
Municipal leaders, water executives & finance directors are beginning to recognize the value of knowing the location & operational condition of these critical assets as well as the quantifiable risks & potential service impacts associated with their failure. These leaders are breaking away from a paradigm of reactionary maintenance & are instead taking a more proactive, holistic approach to addressing their aging water infrastructure.
In this 1-hour presentation titled, “A Holistic Approach to Water Infrastructure Management,” Marc Bracken, Vice President & General Manager of Echologics, and Grant Raudenbush, GIS Department Manager for Mueller Service Co., will educate attendees on collecting condition assessment data of critical water infrastructure assets & analyzing them against other system components in a geometric network. The best practices & case studies described in this highly-informative presentation will help water utilities to more effectively:• Assess the risk of failure of their water infrastructure
• Prioritize water infrastructure repair & replacement projects
• Utilize operational resources & capital funds
• Reduce non-revenue water (water loss)
• Better understand their water infrastructure
Cost Effective, Sustainable PVC Piping Systems: PVC Pressure and Non-Pressure Pipe Webinar
Founded in 1971 as a non-profit organization, the PVC Pipe Association is the authoritative source of information on PVC pipe. The Association serves the engineering, regulatory, public health and standardization communities. Our mission is to support the use of longer-life, lower-maintenance, cost-effective and corrosion-proof PVC piping in water and wastewater systems – for sustainability and long-term asset management.
Association staff provides users with information on the design and installation of PVC pipe. We also produce technical publications and are active in standards-development organizations. Research sponsored by the PVC Pipe Association in the areas of buried pipe deflection, pipe longevity, and cyclic performance has substantiated PVC's applicability for water and sewer systems.
The PVC pipe industry contributes in excess of $14 billion annually to the US economy and supports more than 25,000 jobs. With over two million miles in service, PVC pipe is the product of choice for buried water, sewer, drainage, and irrigation infrastructure. Webinar topics include:
PVC pipe's use in pressure and non-pressure applications for water, gravity sewer, forcemain, and trenchless projects will be discussed and case histories will also be provided.
Presenters: Bruce Hollands, Executive Director; John Houle, Technical Director; and Steve Cooper, Senior Regional Engineer. Mr. Houle and Mr. Cooper have more than fifty years of combined experience in the PVC pipe and utility industry.
The Three Principles of Public Private Partnerships: Price, Performance and Political Will
*It is the responsibility of attendees to contact their state approval boards to verify whether they accept webinars for credit. It is free to attend a Water Underground Infrastructure Management webinar. If you would like a CEU certificate for attending there will be a $10 administrative fee. Click here for CEU Form (PDF). CEUs are not offered for NASTT webinar sessions done in conjunction with Trenchless Technology/UIM.