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Lori Lovely

Articles by Lori Lovely

Looking for Leaks

| Water loss can be attributed to unbilled authorized consumption such as firefighting or flushing water mains, unauthorized consumption, and real losses due to leakage. All are examples of non-revenue water loss. ... READ MORE

The Over-Under on ADC

| In the heavily regulated business of landfill management, where the daily cover of working cells is required, a 6-inch layer of soil is the standard for overnight cover. “It’s the expected solution,” says Joel Lanz, president, LSC Environmental Products LLC. “Soil is already approved and people are already using it.” But as with everything, there ... READ MORE

Managing the Microgrid

| The Department of Energy describes a microgrid as a local energy grid with control capability, able to disconnect from the traditional grid to operate autonomously in “island mode” if conditions warrant. These small-scale versions of the centralized electrical system are designed to achieve specific load goals such as reliability, carbon emissions reduction, cost savings, or the incorporation of renewable energy sources. ... READ MORE

Attention is Mandatory

| It’s a well-known fact that trash trucks operate in one of the dirtiest, most severe environments. Because of this, keeping up-to-date on routine and preventative maintenance is even more important than in other industries. One day of unscheduled downtime is worth $780–$1,000, estimates Michael Thompson, inside service manager, Autocar LLC—and that doesn’t even include parts ... READ MORE

Big and Tall Haul

| Fluids are essential to machine health but are too often overlooked and under-prioritized. Also, many only learn basic or general fluid maintenance information, and this, plus some misinformation, often leads to less optimal machine productivity and longevity and can lead to catastrophic failure. ... READ MORE

Tank Linings and Coatings

| Because water tanks are susceptible to corrosion, they benefit from a liner or special coating. The choice can depend on what material the tank is composed of, its location, condition, and cost. Whatever material is selected, it should create an impermeable barrier, fully adhere to the substrate, and seal all the gaps. In addition, manufacturers ... READ MORE

Building Automation for Efficiency

| As recently as 10 years ago, building automation systems were little more than a method of overseeing the operation of building control systems. Today, building automation systems manage and integrate different types of applications such as HVAC, lighting, and blind controls to become smarter, improve user comfort, and increase efficiency. ... READ MORE

Waste Collection Vehicle Maintenance

| When it comes to maintenance, the basics still apply, says Curtis Dorwart, refuse product manager for Mack Trucks. “Don’t forget the basics! The life of a truck can be 10 to 15 years with proper maintenance.” ... READ MORE

Smart Grid Technology

| Since the electric grid was built in the 1890s, technology has changed just as significantly and almost as rapidly as demand has increased. According to the Department of Energy, our current grid consists of more than 9,200 electric generating units, with more than 1 million megawatts of generating capacity connected to more than 600,000 miles of transmission lines. Despite those impressive numbers, the grid is running out of capacity because it’s being asked to do more than it was designed for…and its infrastructure is aging. ... READ MORE

Testing Inlet and Storm Drain Protection Devices

| Urban stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of water pollution because it carries pollutants such as oil, grease, pesticides, fertilizer, animal waste, trash, debris, and other substances through storm drains and into lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water. ... READ MORE

Story Time with Telematics

| Telematics has been around for some time, but early iterations covered little more than the basics: machine hours, accurate location, maintenance due, and geo-fencing. Today, telematics offers more sophistication, says Tom Remy, senior manager/aftermarket sales for Topcon Tierra. ... READ MORE

Speed Walking

| Speed is of the essence. Hallco Industries Inc, one of the pioneers of walking floors, offers an accelerator for faster unloading of traditional MSW. It decreases the traditional three-stop retraction to two-stop retraction and ejection, explains Ricardo Aguinaga, regional sales manager, although, he adds, “for material that doesn’t bind, you still need all three steps. It’s not for C&D or anything with slurry; that’s too slick.” ... READ MORE

Working Hard for the Money

| It’s not cheap to run a landfill. The costs vary by location, but estimates by the Environmental Protection Agency and various state agencies range from $300,000 to $800,000 per acre for the application, construction, and design and engineering, with as much as $100,000 per acre for overhead and quality control—costs that extend indefinitely in the post-closure care period. ... READ MORE

Geotracking

| Do you know where your assets are?” Chris Stern, director at Trimble Water, asks water utilities. Infrastructure is constantly being built over, and often there are only hand-drawn sketches available to pinpoint its location. Even in cases where good records are kept, such as Los Angeles, they’re still not digital. “It’s old technology that is inefficient.” ... READ MORE

How Utilities Can Communicate the Benefits of AMI to Customers

| Smart meters enable demand-response and time-of-use pricing schedules, as well as improved distribution system performance. Proponents say they promote increased efficiency, but skeptics raise concerns about privacy, health, and cost. Some customers choose to pay a premium to opt out of updates, preferring their traditional analog meters. ... READ MORE

Testing the Waters

| Urban stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of water pollution because it carries pollutants such as oil, grease, pesticides, fertilizer, animal waste, trash, debris, and other substances through storm drains and into lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water. ... READ MORE

Geotracking

| Do you know where your assets are?” Chris Stern, director at Trimble Water, asks water utilities. Infrastructure is constantly being built over, and often there are only hand-drawn sketches available to pinpoint its location. Even in cases where good records are kept, such as Los Angeles, they’re still not digital. “It’s old technology that is inefficient.” ... READ MORE

Compact Excavators and Their Advantages

| Designed to fill the gap left by their full-size counterparts, compact excavators can be—and are—used in a wide variety of applications. “When space is limited or efficiency is the priority, compact excavators can handle any type of excavation job on a smaller scale, including trenching, grading, material handling, and operating attachments,” says Jay Quatro, product application and training specialist at Wacker Neuson Sales Americas, LLC. ... READ MORE

The Latest Technology in Compactors and Balers

| Whether it’s going to a landfill or a recycling facility, waste must be compacted and packaged for easier handling and efficient transportation to its destination. The compressed material takes up less space, thus reducing the number of trips needed, resulting in cost savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions from transport vehicles. ... READ MORE

Scraping By

| Tight deadlines and tighter margins, combined with a shortage of skilled operators, have made the addition of advanced technology for heavy equipment such as scrapers and motor graders crucial. ... READ MORE

A Two-Way Street

| Since the electric grid was built in the 1890s, technology has changed just as significantly and almost as rapidly as demand has increased. According to the Department of Energy, our current grid consists of more than 9,200 electric generating units, with more than 1 million megawatts of generating capacity connected to more than 600,000 miles of transmission lines. Despite those impressive numbers, the grid is running out of capacity because it’s being asked to do more than it was designed for…and its infrastructure is aging. ... READ MORE

High Tech Baling

| Whether it’s going to a landfill or a recycling facility, waste must be compacted and packaged for easier handling and efficient transportation to its destination. The compressed material takes up less space, thus reducing the number of trips needed, resulting in cost savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions from transport vehicles. ... READ MORE

Regulatory Impact

| Every landfill is subject to federal, state, and local regulations. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act covers a set of laws, regulations, and Environmental Protection Agency policy to protect communities and conserve resources. Congress granted the EPA authority to develop regulations and policies to ensure safe management of solid waste, as well as programs to encourage source reduction and reuse of materials. ... READ MORE

Irrigation IQ

| The topic of irrigation begins with the question: Why are we irrigating? According to Brent Mecham, industry development director for the Irrigation Association, the answer is obvious: to keep plants healthy. ... READ MORE

Speeding Up Weigh Ins

| Moving solid waste in and out of facilities quickly is highly valued within an industry that frowns upon any excess amount of downtime involved in the necessary weighing process. Even more detrimental than lengthy weighing is inaccurate weighing. ... READ MORE

The Process of Aerobic Digestion in Landfills

| The US generates 251 million tons of solid waste annually, ranking it fifth in the developed world for waste production (behind New Zealand, Ireland, Norway, and Switzerland). Of the solid waste produced by the US, 32.5% is recycled or composted, 12.5% is burned, and the rest—roughly 55%—is buried in landfills. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the US has 3,091 active landfills and more than 10,000 closed municipal landfills. ... READ MORE

Backhoes Beyond the Everyday Construction Site

| Since 1953, backhoe loaders have been commonly found on construction projects due to their superior capability in digging, trenching, excavating, and demolition. The addition of a quick coupler for attachments increased the machine’s versatility, allowing it to use grapples, augers, breakers, and more. Their adaptability, along with their small frame and precision control, has made them a staple on job sites—a staple that is often taken for granted. But these practical machines have uses beyond the everyday construction site. ... READ MORE

The Future of Water Treatment

| Increasing regulation will correspondingly increase the demand for reliability, performance, and new features in water treatment and testing, envisions Mark Mullet, senior product manager at GE Water. It’s not going to be easy to deliver. “Corrosive applications will pose special challenges.” He mentions alkali, chlorine gas, and products like caustic soda as particularly corrosive elements, but... ... READ MORE

Project Profile: Kayenta Solar Facility

| History was made on the Navajo Nation on May 15, 2017, when the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) and its wholly owned subsidiary NGI – Kayenta Inc. officially put the Kayenta Solar Facility into operation. As the first-of-its-kind utility-scale solar project within the Navajo Nation, it will enhance clean energy initiatives by supplying 27.3 MW of electricity to the Kayenta grid. ... READ MORE

The Future of Fuel Cells

| In motor racing, a fuel cell consists of a container that protects a bladder and baffle so that, in the event of a crash, the fuel is contained, keeping the driver safe from fire. In the broader context, fuel cells are devices that convert stored chemical energy into electrical energy, and have numerous applications far beyond the race track. ... READ MORE

Smarter Buildings

| Most commercial, industrial, and retail buildings today use some level of intelligent system, most commonly in lighting, HVAC, or security. Because the technology is advancing so rapidly, it’s now possible to collect more data and use it to accomplish many more tasks. ... READ MORE

Non-Traditionally Speaking

| Since 1953, backhoe loaders have been commonly found on construction projects due to their superior capability in digging, trenching, excavating, and demolition. The addition of a quick coupler for attachments increased the machine’s versatility, allowing it to use grapples, augers, breakers, and more. Their adaptability, along with their small frame and precision control, has made them a staple on job sites—a staple that is often taken for granted. But these practical machines have uses beyond the everyday construction site. ... READ MORE

How MRFs are Adapting to the Modern Waste Stream

| As technology changes our lives, so too it changes our trash, necessitating new methods and new equipment in order to process it. Until the processes and equipment can keep up, challenges and issues will plague the industry. ... READ MORE

A Different Perspective

| The US generates 251 million tons of solid waste annually, ranking it fifth in the developed world for waste production (behind New Zealand, Ireland, Norway, and Switzerland). Of the solid waste produced by the US, 32.5% is recycled or composted, 12.5% is burned, and the rest—roughly 55%—is buried in landfills. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the US has 3,091 active landfills and more than 10,000 closed municipal landfills. ... READ MORE

Weight Watching

| Moving solid waste in and out of facilities quickly is highly valued within an industry that frowns upon any excess amount of downtime involved in the necessary weighing process. Even more detrimental than lengthy weighing is inaccurate weighing. ... READ MORE

Water Reuse Technology

| Recycling and reuse of water have been in practice since shortly after the earth was formed, using natural methods, cycles, and filters. In recent decades, technology has been incorporated to speed up the natural processes in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for clean water. Natural processes in water reclamation are now typically employed in combination with aboveground-engineered processes. ... READ MORE

Reuse Technology

| Recycling and reuse of water have been in practice since shortly after the earth was formed, using natural methods, cycles, and filters. In recent decades, technology has been incorporated to speed up the natural processes in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for clean water. Natural processes in water reclamation are now typically employed in combination with aboveground-engineered processes. ... READ MORE

Integrated Building Management Systems

| Most commercial, industrial, and retail buildings today use some level of intelligent system, most commonly in lighting, HVAC, or security. Because the technology is advancing so rapidly, it’s now possible to collect more data and use it to accomplish many more tasks. ... READ MORE

Making MRFs More Efficient

| There are two things on the minds of MRF operators, according to Scott Jable, director of North American sales for Stadler America LLC: labor reduction and material cleanliness. “Both are helped by automation,” he says. ... READ MORE

Smarter Buildings

| Most commercial, industrial, and retail buildings today use some level of intelligent system, most commonly in lighting, HVAC, or security. Because the technology is advancing so rapidly, it’s now possible to collect more data and use it to accomplish many more tasks. ... READ MORE

Bigger is Better…Sometimes

| Large excavators are used when there is a large volume of material that has to be dug out and loaded into trucks, states Dave Donneral, specialized machinery sales manager for Kobelco. They can also lift or move large items in situations where a crane would not be usable and can carry and use large tools (such as shears, hammers, and grapples) that are required for demolition of power plants, industrial structures, commercial or residential buildings, and other structures. ... READ MORE

Optimizing Battery Storage to Improve Efficiency

| Improving return on investment by reducing the payback period, increasing efficiency, and lowering costs are common business goals. One method of enhancing the economics of distributed energy resources technology investments involves bundling grid applications to stack up multiple value streams. ... READ MORE

Separation Anxiety

| There are two things on the minds of MRF operators, according to Scott Jable, director of North American sales for Stadler America LLC: labor reduction and material cleanliness. “Both are helped by automation,” he says. ... READ MORE

Acoustic Leak Detection

| Leaks are money, states Eric Stacey, product manager for advanced leak detection solutions at Echologics. Money not just down the drain, but right out the drain! Lost water involves costs for treatment and conveyance that never result in revenue, and further expense is incurred in leak detection and pipeline repair. ... READ MORE

Listening for Leaks

| Leaks are money, states Eric Stacey, product manager for advanced leak detection solutions at Echologics. Money not just down the drain, but right out the drain! Lost water involves costs for treatment and conveyance that never result in revenue, and further expense is incurred in leak detection and pipeline repair. ... READ MORE

Job Site Support Equipment

| Grading and excavating sites typically bring to mind big iron, but it also takes a lot of support equipment to complete a job—and even to begin one. The typical job site is home to job trailers for the foreman's office long before utilities arrive. Trailers are filled with power-hungry systems. "You've got to power lights, HVAC, computers . . . " says Todd Howe, manager of global generator products at Doosan Portable Power. For this around-the-clock application, he says 20 kW is common. ... READ MORE

Collection Containers for Organic Waste

| At least five states have imposed bans prohibiting the disposal of organics in landfills. Some states and cities imposed mandatory organic waste recycling laws that target generators of anywhere from 1 ton of food waste per week to 104 tons of food waste or more per year. ... READ MORE

Phase Change Technology Energizes Buildings

| Phase change technology has been used in a very basic sense for hundreds of years, predominantly in the form of melting ice to keep food and people cool. Ice box refrigerators and artificial refrigeration date back to the 1750s, although it wasn’t until 1834 that the first vapor-compression refrigeration system was built. ... READ MORE

Phase Change Technology Energizes Buildings

| Phase change technology has been used in a very basic sense for hundreds of years, predominantly in the form of melting ice to keep food and people cool. Ice box refrigerators and artificial refrigeration date back to the 1750s, although it wasn’t until 1834 that the first vapor-compression refrigeration system was built. ... READ MORE

Value Stacking

| Improving return on investment by reducing the payback period, increasing efficiency, and lowering costs are common business goals. One method of enhancing the economics of distributed energy resources technology investments involves bundling grid applications to stack up multiple value streams. ... READ MORE

Organically Contained

| At least five states have imposed bans prohibiting the disposal of organics in landfills. Some states and cities imposed mandatory organic waste recycling laws that target generators of anywhere from 1 ton of food waste per week to 104 tons of food waste or more per year. ... READ MORE

Enhancing the Human Condition

| Throughout the heavy equipment industry, a significant labor shortage of experienced operators is universally acknowledged. The situation has become so dire that, according to Jeff Drake—business area manager for earthmoving machine control systems, Trimble—some contractors are “importing” operators from other states. ... READ MORE

Water Demand Management

| Mni wiconi is Lakota for "water is life." The phrase articulates a fundamental truth. Our lives depend on water. Planning to meet and manage demand is essential. ... READ MORE

Water Pipe Restoration

| More than a million miles of underground pipes carry water to our homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses. These pipes last a long time, but pipes placed during the late 19th century through the middle of the 20th century are nearing—or have already reached—the end of their useful life. ... READ MORE

Little Excavators, Big Jobs

| Designed to fill the gap left by their full-size counterparts, compact excavators can be—and are—used in a wide variety of applications. “When space is limited or efficiency is the priority, compact excavators can handle any type of excavation job on a smaller scale, including trenching, grading, material handling, and operating attachments,” says Jay Quatro, product application and training specialist at Wacker Neuson Sales Americas, LLC. ... READ MORE

Radical Rehab

| More than a million miles of underground pipes carry water to our homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses. These pipes last a long time, but pipes placed during the late 19th century through the middle of the 20th century are nearing—or have already reached—the end of their useful life. ... READ MORE

Wellness Checks for Waste Collection Vehicles

| When it comes to maintenance, the basics still apply, says Curtis Dorwart, refuse product manager for Mack Trucks. “Don’t forget the basics! The life of a truck can be 10 to 15 years with proper maintenance.” ... READ MORE

Basic Trench Safety for Excavation Contractors

| Trenching and excavation are some of the most hazardous construction jobs in the industry. According to Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), trench collapses are rarely survivable, primarily due to the weight of soil. One cubic yard of soil can weigh up to 3,000 pounds—roughly equal to the weight of a small automobile. There is little chance of survival in a trench when its walls collapse. ... READ MORE

Maintaining Maintenance Focus

| When it comes to maintenance, the basics still apply, says Curtis Dorwart, refuse product manager for Mack Trucks. “Don’t forget the basics! The life of a truck can be 10 to 15 years with proper maintenance.” ... READ MORE

How the Latest Technology Improves the Industry’s Biggest Excavators

| Since the mid-1950s, the Highway Trust Fund has been financing road construction and surface transportation projects, both new construction, and expansion and refurbishment of our aging highway infrastructure, its coffers filled by a federal fuel tax and other monetary transfers. The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 established the Highway Trust Fund and directs that ... READ MORE

How Energy Management Increases Efficiency

| Call it what you will—building control, building automation, or energy management—but controlling the flow of electrons in buildings is becoming increasingly prevalent as a way to limit costs and increase efficiency. ... READ MORE

Making Dozers More Versitile

| Kansas farmer James Cummings and draftsman J. Earl McLeod designed the first bulldozer in 1923. When they filed for a US patent, they described it as an "attachment for tractors" used to plow fields. Large, powerful, and on tracks that gave it mobility through rugged terrain and grip in muddy conditions, its versatility led to widespread use in road building, construction, mining, forestry, land clearing, and projects requiring powerful and stable earth-moving equipment. ... READ MORE

Empowered Decision-Making

| Call it what you will—building control, building automation, or energy management—but controlling the flow of electrons in buildings is becoming increasingly prevalent as a way to limit costs and increase efficiency. ... READ MORE

Optimizing Operations

| Just about every water utility uses some type of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. SCADA control systems incorporate computers, networked data communication, and graphical user interfaces to manage systems and control industrial processes at remote locations. ... READ MORE

Deemed As Necessary

| Grading and excavating sites typically bring to mind big iron, but it also takes a lot of support equipment to complete a job—and even to begin one. The typical job site is home to job trailers for the foreman's office long before utilities arrive. Trailers are filled with power-hungry systems. "You've got to power lights, HVAC, computers . . . " says Todd Howe, manager of global generator products at Doosan Portable Power. For this around-the-clock application, he says 20 kW is common. ... READ MORE

Separate, But Not Equal

| As technology changes our lives, so too it changes our trash, necessitating new methods and new equipment in order to process it. Until the processes and equipment can keep up, challenges and issues will plague the industry. ... READ MORE

Keys to Selecting a New Collection Vehicle

| A trash hauler should buy a collection vehicle based on his needs, but those needs vary from region to region and from application to application. Other factors also affect the decision. Trends have changed: The truck that was popular 10 years ago is not the most popular now. Emissions regulations have shaped the game. State and local laws impact choices. So do federal bridge laws. ... READ MORE

Cool Storage

| The smallest county in southern California, Orange County is the state's third-most populous—and the second most densely populated, with slightly more than 3 million people squeezed into less than 950 mostly suburban square-miles. ... READ MORE

Extending The Range

| If you've ever been stuck behind a garbage truck in traffic, you've probably wished that diesels were banned. Asphyxiating exhaust fumes from these big Class 8 trucks rival the grating noise created by frequent stopping. But what if the noise and the diesel fumes were largely eliminated? You might still get stuck behind them as they stop every few yards to collect refuse, but at least you wouldn't need a gasmask and earplugs. ... READ MORE

Intelligent Infrastructure

| Buildings are getting smarter every day, says Don Kasper, vice president of operations at Ecorithm. With more connected devices and better building management system data, facility managers can analyze and diagnose building systems to optimize comfort, energy efficiency, and maintenance. ... READ MORE

A Net Zero Energy Retail Store in Chicago: A Walgreens Project Profile

| An older Walgreens store in Evansville, IL, had been selected for replacement in 2012 when executives suddenly recognized that it would be the ideal location for the net zero project they'd been contemplating. Located just 15 miles from corporate headquarters, the outdated store offered ease of access for engineers and a convenient location for tours. Not a mere showcase, it would become a lab of sorts for trying out all the latest energy-efficient technology. They hoped that it would become the nation's first net zero energy retail store, anticipated to produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes. ... READ MORE

Articulated Versus Rigid Dump Trucks: Conditions Determine Choice

| Traditionally, the choice of dump truck type has almost always been due to the application or the environment. "The two types are not really competing against one another," says Rob McMahon, product marketing manager for Komatsu. "Rigid trucks are best on improved roads: paved or with good gravel and good traction. Articulated trucks are better for off-road situations and unimproved roads." ... READ MORE

In The Dumps

| Traditionally, the choice of dump truck type has almost always been due to the application or the environment. "The two types are not really competing against one another," says Rob McMahon, product marketing manager for Komatsu. "Rigid trucks are best on improved roads: paved or with good gravel and good traction. Articulated trucks are better for off-road situations and unimproved roads." ... READ MORE

Communication is Key

| Smart meters enable demand-response and time-of-use pricing schedules, as well as improved distribution system performance. Proponents say they promote increased efficiency, but skeptics raise concerns about privacy, health, and cost. Some customers choose to pay a premium to opt out of updates, preferring their traditional analog meters. ... READ MORE

Body of Work

| A trash hauler should buy a collection vehicle based on his needs, but those needs vary from region to region and from application to application. Other factors also affect the decision. Trends have changed: The truck that was popular 10 years ago is not the most popular now. Emissions regulations have shaped the game. State and local laws impact choices. So do federal bridge laws. ... READ MORE

How to Educate the Public About the Benefits of AMI

| In recent years, municipalities and utility companies have endeavored to learn how to capture, access, and manage data provided by Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). Now, they have another challenge: Teach the public about the benefits of AMI. “There’s confusion about what AMI is,” postulates Robb Barnitt, CEO of Dropcountr.com, a software company that partners with utilities to better manage data. “There are misconceptions, fears, and knee-jerk reactions.” ... READ MORE

How to Spec a Trash Truck for Longer Life and Productivity

| The cost and the complexity of collection trucks continue to increase. With deteriorating road conditions and higher pressure for performance, budget is no longer the only significant factor in a hauler's purchase decision. Meeting the demands of an industry known for operating in the most severe conditions, a truck must also improve the efficiency and productivity of the operator, all while providing sufficient return on investment (ROI) to entice a hauler to purchase it. ... READ MORE

The Expanding Role of Compact Equipment

| Compact equipment is in greater demand today, and more widely used than ever before, particularly in the North American market. "It's following in the footsteps of the skid steer," believes John Comrie, product manager, mini excavators and compact wheel loaders, Volvo Construction Equipment. "It has become the 'Swiss Army Knife' on every job." ... READ MORE

No More One Trick Pony

| Kansas farmer James Cummings and draftsman J. Earl McLeod designed the first bulldozer in 1923. When they filed for a US patent, they described it as an "attachment for tractors" used to plow fields. Large, powerful, and on tracks that gave it mobility through rugged terrain and grip in muddy conditions, its versatility led to widespread use in road building, construction, mining, forestry, land clearing, and projects requiring powerful and stable earth-moving equipment. ... READ MORE

Water Demand Management

| Mni wiconi is Lakota for "water is life." The phrase articulates a fundamental truth. Our lives depend on water. Planning to meet and manage demand is essential. ... READ MORE

Responding to Water Demand

| The term “demand management” is more commonly associated with the electricity industry than the world of water, but Matt Dickens, resource conservation manager for Valencia Water Company (VWC) in California, understands the correlation and recognizes that many of the principles of demand response can be applied to water management as well. In fact, he expects it ... READ MORE

Financing the Future

| Water remains a scarce resource throughout the country. But it's important, even for utilities that aren't serving drought-stricken areas, to make sure that they are getting paid the right amount for the water they are delivering. It's important, too, that they quickly identify and repair costly leaks throughout their systems. ... READ MORE

Back to Basics

| Trenching and excavation are some of the most hazardous construction jobs in the industry. According to Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), trench collapses are rarely survivable, primarily due to the weight of soil. One cubic yard of soil can weigh up to 3,000 pounds—roughly equal to the weight of a small automobile. There is little chance of survival in a trench when its walls collapse. ... READ MORE

Squeeze Play

| Landfill managers continuously seek increased efficiency and greater compaction and airspace, but as technology improves, some of the ways they achieve those ends have changed. ... READ MORE

Considerations for Planning an LED Lighting Retrofit

| Lighting can be an easy route to cost and energy savings. Reducing the amount of wattage used correspondingly reduces your utility bill. Maintenance costs can also be decreased with the installation of efficient lighting. “Retrofits come and go with the cost of energy,” observes Bill O’Connell, technical sales manager for Ledvance LLC. With the prices ... READ MORE

How to Select an Energy Consultant

| The energy industry is complex, competitive, and constantly changing. Operational efficiency and cost savings are common goals, but often, changing markets and conditions lead to confusion. Facility managers aren’t always able to stay abreast of the latest technology and alternative energy solutions, such as renewables, battery storage, or the development of combined heat and power ... READ MORE

Retrofitting for Efficiency

| Lighting can be an easy route to cost and energy savings. Reducing the amount of wattage used correspondingly reduces your utility bill. Maintenance costs can also be decreased with the installation of efficient lighting. “Retrofits come and go with the cost of energy,” observes Bill O’Connell, technical sales manager for Ledvance LLC. With the prices ... READ MORE

Energy Consultant Checklist

| The energy industry is complex, competitive, and constantly changing. Operational efficiency and cost savings are common goals, but often, changing markets and conditions lead to confusion. Facility managers aren’t always able to stay abreast of the latest technology and alternative energy solutions, such as renewables, battery storage, or the development of combined heat and power ... READ MORE

Smart Irrigation Reduces Nitrogen Leaching

| While nitrogen is critical for agricultural production, too much nitrogen can negatively affect health and the environment. Ironically, excess nitrogen can even produce a harmful effect on crop yield, as well as native species and biodiversity. A report from the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at the University of California, Davis, published by UC Press, indicates that ... READ MORE

Big Excavators, Big Tech

| Since the mid-1950s, the Highway Trust Fund has been financing road construction and surface transportation projects, both new construction, and expansion and refurbishment of our aging highway infrastructure, its coffers filled by a federal fuel tax and other monetary transfers. The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 established the Highway Trust Fund and directs that ... READ MORE

Smart Irrigation Reduces Nitrogen Leaching

| While nitrogen is critical for agricultural production, too much nitrogen can negatively affect health and the environment. Ironically, excess nitrogen can even produce a harmful effect on crop yield, as well as native species and biodiversity. A report from the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at the University of California, Davis, published by UC Press, indicates that ... READ MORE

Green Infrastructure Investments Provide Long-Term Returns

| The benefits of green infrastructure are documented. However, despite the trendiness of the issue, green projects are still not always easy to fund. One of the early backers of these projects was the government. Federal tax incentive programs are the government’s way of encouraging green infrastructure by attracting financing for municipal projects. ... READ MORE

Why More Utilities Are Implementing AMR/AMI

| The implementation of AMR/AMI has grown consistently by more than 20% annually among water utilities nationwide. However, no matter how outdated a metering system may be, changing to something new and different can be a difficult adjustment forutility companies and customers alike. ... READ MORE

Underground Detective Work

| There are approximately 100 billion feet, or 20 million miles, of underground utilities in this country, estimates Eric Huber, senior product manager at RIDGID. And every six minutes, a line is damaged. ... READ MORE

Choosing an Articulated Vs. Rigid Dump Truck

| There are two types of wheeled off-road dump trucks: rigid and articulated. The technology incorporated into each is very similar. They both followed recent tech trends by adding operator enhancements and they all meet EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards, notes Kresten Binder, executive vice president for Hydrema US. "They basically have the same technology," he says. ... READ MORE

Safety First

| When it comes to their fleet, refuse companies generally look at safety from two broad perspectives—operational safety and driver safety—states Charles Cook, marketing manager for vocational products, Peterbilt. Operational safety concerns the security of coworkers and the general public, while the truck is on collection routes or transfer station runs and working landfill sites. This includes truck attributes such as visibility and braking. Driver safety concerns the personal health and well-being of the driver and includes features such as truck ergonomics and ease of entry and egress, which some collection vehicle operators do frequently. ... READ MORE

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