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Pump System Longevity and Extreme Operating Regimes

Pump System Longevity and Extreme Operating Regimes

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A pump is a mechanism that utilizes mechanical force to overcome distance, elevation, and friction to move water or another liquid through a conduit to a point where it can be discharged, stored, or utilized. Like all mechanical devices, pumps can wear out or break over time. A pump’s operational  … Read More

Struggling to Serve a Thirsty Public

Struggling to Serve a Thirsty Public

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As utilities across America struggle to afford the repair of aging water infrastructure and climate change impacts water scarcity, the nation’s poor are simultaneously challenged to pay rising water bills. And this ever-expanding economic gap promises to present grave problems within the next decade.

Water rates across the nation are increasing.  … Read More

Pipe Dream

Pipe Dream

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Last week Governor Jerry Brown’s $15 billion plan to construct two tunnels to convey water from northern California to southern California achieved early approval from federal wildlife officials. The support represents a step forward in a complex approval process.

The tunnels—each four stories high and 35 miles long—would collect water  … Read More

A Rate Structure Rubik’s Cube

A Rate Structure Rubik’s Cube

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Water agency rate structures typically recover costs by charging consumers per gallon, which means that when usage drops, rates have to go up. In many cases, that means that it costs rate payers more to conserve water.

The financial logic is simple. If a company sells less of something, it has  … Read More

Say “No” to Non-Revenue Water

Say “No” to Non-Revenue Water

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If water utilities were charities, they would be expected to give their water away for free, and if water wasn’t so difficult and expensive to process in the first place to make sure it is safe for human consumption, then it wouldn’t matter if millions of gallons “disappeared” from the  … Read More



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