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Groundwater Graphics

Groundwater Graphics

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It looks like the earth is breathing. The land beneath Southern California appears to rise and fall in two animated graphics created by geophysicists at Caltech. Researchers recently analyzed satellite radar data in order to better understand the effects of groundwater extraction and replenishment on the land. Their findings reveal  … Read More

Water Efficiency—Reader Favorites

Water Efficiency—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Water Efficiency magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Pipe Rehabilitation and Trenchless Pipe Repairs for Urban Environments

Pipe Rehabilitation and Trenchless Pipe Repairs for Urban Environments

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The responsibility for repair and maintenance of pipelines is borne by the entity that installed it in the first place. Major pipelines such as interstate aqueducts may be the responsibility of the federal or state governments. Regional storm sewers, sanitary sewers, and water supply mains are managed by county and  … Read More

Coastal Concerns

Coastal Concerns

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I’ve written about rising sea levels and the potential effects on infrastructure for a number of years now.  But the gravity of this global issue resonated with particular poignance last week when my town released a landmark report outlining the effects of sea rise on our little seaside community.

The  … Read More

Cybersecurity Strategies for Water Utilities

Cybersecurity Strategies for Water Utilities

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Until recently, water utilities regarded resiliency as a matter of defense against severe weather events. Now cybersecurity threats—including cyber terrorism—have taken a place on the list of water utilities’ top concerns.  … Read More

Geotracking

Geotracking

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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.  … Read More

10 Parts Per Million

10 Parts Per Million

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For decades, nitrates have boosted the productivity of America’s farmland. However, the crop-plumping substance has also produced negative effects by contributing to algae blooms and endangering humans as a potential carcinogen that accumulates in groundwater sources and soils.

The US drinking water standard for nitrate—10 parts per million—was set in 1991.  … Read More

How Utilities Can Communicate the Benefits of AMI to Customers

How Utilities Can Communicate the Benefits of AMI to Customers

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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

Utilities Take On Telecommunications

Utilities Take On Telecommunications

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To many, co-ops and regional utilities seem like something from a bygone era: local in nature, dedicated to community service, and with an employee base that stays for decades.

But, thanks in part to an unusual convergence of circumstances, both power and water utilities may start to compete against some of  … Read More

Enough to Go Around

Enough to Go Around

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Earlier this year, we discussed Cape Town, South Africa’s extreme water crisis. Three years of drought, population expansion, and insufficient planning brought the city to the brink of cutting off municipal water supplies and imposing emergency rationing, also known as “Day Zero.” Thanks to extreme conservation efforts, Day Zero has  … Read More

How Smart Irrigation Controls Offer Cost Savings

How Smart Irrigation Controls Offer Cost Savings

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Mark Hurd, grounds and irrigation foreman for the Davis School District, Utah’s second largest, has seen a lot of changes in irrigation technology in the three decades he’s been doing his job. But as of late, he’s noticed them developing at warp speed.  … Read More

Floating to the Rescue

Floating to the Rescue

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Although towing an iceberg from Antarctica to South Africa to relieve drought-plagued Cape Town sounds far-fetched, or like the plot of a summer blockbuster movie, it’s a solution that experts in South Africa are seriously considering.

Marine salvage expert, Nick Sloane, who in 2014 successfully refloated the capsized Italian passenger ship  … Read More



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