A Land Grab for Groundwater

| “Whisky is for drinking. Water is for fighting over,” Mark Twain is famously quoted as saying. This statement resonates especially deeply today in the western US where resource scarcity, an ever-expanding population, and a changing climate have made water an increasingly precious commodity. And it appears that by purchasing arable land with access to groundwater, ... READ MORE

Assessing Seismic Risk

| It cracked store windows, severed gas lines, and crumbled roadways. It even triggered a tsunami warning. But in the wake of a 7.0 earthquake—the second largest in the state’s recorded history—Anchorage’s water system proved remarkably resilient. In fact, by the following day, power, water, and communications were restored in most of the affected areas, with ... READ MORE

Banyan Water Launches Cooling Tower Integration for its Total Water Management Platform

| Cooling Tower Tracker™ enables up to 50 percent water savings and 10 percent energy savings with unprecedented real-time operational data for cooling towers Banyan Water, the leading provider of data-driven water conservation for the built environment, announced today the launch of its Cooling Tower Tracker™, a feature within Banyan Water Central—Banyan’s proprietary total water management ... READ MORE

US Groundwater in Peril: Potable Supply Less Than Thought

| The US groundwater supply is smaller than originally thought, according to a new research study that includes a University of Arizona hydrologist. The study provides important insights into the depths of underground fresh and brackish water in some of the most prominent sedimentary basins across the U.S. The research by scientists from the University of ... READ MORE

Fatberg Forensics

| Just as archaeologists sift through dusty middens to discover the secrets of our human ancestors, today anthropologists are able to analyze greasy pipeline deposits beneath urban areas to uncover the truths of modern society. These oily deposits, also known as fatbergs, are composed of accumulated fats, oils, and greases (FOGs), and whatever else is flushed ... READ MORE

Water Research Foundation Releases Report about Wildfire Impacts on Drinking Water

| The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has released a new report, Wildfire Impacts on Drinking Water Treatment Process Performance: Development of Evaluation Protocols and Management Practices (4590). The frequency and intensity of wildfires, especially in the western United States, has increased in recent decades. Drinking water utilities may face issues with water quantity and availability, source ... READ MORE

An Agency Makeover

| Cybersecurity threats are a growing concern. There were more reported instances of data breaches in the US during the first half of 2018 than in all of 2013, according to a recent report.  A separate study indicates that 43% of US businesses were the victim of a cyber security breach within the last 12 months. A bill ... READ MORE

Nation’s Best Design-Build Projects Announced   

| Water/wastewater projects among award-winning infrastructure solutions The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) has announced the winners of its 2018 National Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition. The program promotes exceptional diversity in project size, sector, and geography while celebrating the innovative and collaborative teams who produce projects that inspire. This year’s winners, consisting of 29 projects across ... READ MORE

Landis+Gyr Makes It Easier for Utilities to Start Analytics Program

| Landis+Gyr (SWISS: LAND.SW) has released version 5.1 of its Advanced Grid Analytics (AGA) software providing easier integration and deployment along with enhanced revenue protection analytics to detect energy theft and malfunctioning meters. The “adapter-free” integration feature found in the new software version eliminates the need for most custom adapters to deploy metering analytics when used ... READ MORE

City of Dothan, Ala. Selects Aclara for Pilot Deployment Project of Combination Electricity and Water Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program Enabled by  Aclara RF Point-to-Multipoint Network 

| Successful Pilot Is the First Step to Full Deployment Reaching Up to 66,000 Individual Endpoints Aclara, a leading supplier of smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) to electric, gas and water utilities around the world, has won a pilot deployment project by the City of Dothan, Alabama for an electricity and water advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) program. Upon ... READ MORE