Protecting Data

| Cybersecurity is a buzzword with which every business and individual with internet access is familiar. “If the machine is not on the internet and uses no CDs or flash discs, you’re safe,” says Mauritz Botha, co-founder and chief technology officer, XiO. However, he points out, an isolated system is inconvenient. In a connected world, cyberattacks ... READ MORE

Control with Finesse

| The advantages of using high-tech digital controls over low-tech manual controls seem obvious. But there is a reason why critical infrastructure, especially water management systems, has adopted digital operations over the past few decades. And this process bears examination. For in knowing how and why we have come to this point, we can reasonably project ... READ MORE

High-Tech Leak Detection

| It’s one of the slowest-moving problems that water managers are likely to face, yet one that could cost a significant amount of money if left untreated. This money-leaking conundrum seeps along year after year, completely undetected, yet the impact is felt across the service area. What is this unseen issue? Pipe leaks—an industry-wide frustration that ... READ MORE

Turning Data into Dollars

| Aging infrastructure, an aging workforce that necessitates pension payouts, and regulatory changes are driving factors in water utilities’ quest to turn data from metering into revenue for their operations’ bottom line. “Turning data into dollars involves more than just the traditional meter-to-cash process,” notes Henrique Gustavo da Costa, director, business development at Itron. “With detailed ... READ MORE

Pump Maintenance 101

| Maintenance will never be exciting. But it’s necessary work required to ensure that a pumping system operates when you need it. If pump operation was a football team, maintenance would be the offensive linemen who do the grunt work in the trenches of the scrimmage line and make possible the exciting plays and athletic prowess ... READ MORE

Accessibility and Analysis

| The water industry has been “data-rich and information poor,” notes Graham Symmonds, chief knowledge officer for FATHOM. “That will continue without a reconceptualization of how, where, and why we’re using this data,” he adds. “A lot of work has to be done on utilities to be able to collect, curate, and analyze this data. There’s ... READ MORE

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

Upon Closer Examination

| Never has it been more important to inspect and maintain hydraulic infrastructure. Never has it been harder in both remote rural areas and crowded urban environments to do so. Direct inspection of pipes and sewers is essentially impossible given the small diameter sizes of the pipes in question. Yet aging infrastructure is more prone than ... READ MORE

Efficiencies at the Water-Energy Nexus

| “The interdependence of water and energy forms a nexus or convergence that means efficiency measures in one area have the potential to produce additional efficiencies in the other, thus benefiting both water and electric utility customers as well as the environment.” American Water – Water-Energy Convergence: Efficiency Challenges and Opportunities Energy efficiency and how to pursue ... READ MORE

Illuminating Technologies

| Around the time Galileo Galilei looked through his telescope and first spotted Saturn, another revolutionary idea was being explored when early scientists in 1614 realized that sunlight has powerful chemical properties. That early seed of a theory led researchers to explore the idea through the centuries, leading eventually to today’s ultraviolet disinfection technologies for water ... READ MORE