World Water Day 2019: How can you make an impact?

World Water Day 2019: How can you make an impact?

Each year on March 22 the United Nations recognizes World Water Day, and each year we are reminded of the importance of water in our daily lives, its scarcity across the world, and the impact we can have on our most precious resource. World Water Day is centered on Goal 6 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals which seeks to “ensure access to water and sanitation for all” by 2030. …

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Energy Harvesting: A Watershed Event for Increasing AMI Battery Life?

Energy Harvesting: A Watershed Event for Increasing AMI Battery Life?

What about AMI battery life? Water utilities throughout the United States are evaluating advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) as a way to improve meter read accuracy and reduce operational costs. In virtually every planning meeting, the topic of AMI battery life bubbles up. AMI devices are battery powered, and once the battery fails, the device must be replaced.…

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World Water Day 2018: How will you be a better water steward?

World Water Day 2018: How will you be a better water steward?

Today, March 22, is recognized by the United Nations as World Water Day and focuses on the importance of water. Our water systems today face urgent and dire situations – Cape Town, South Africa is rationing water and quickly approaching “Day Zero,” when fresh water supplies will go dry. Officials in Flint, Michigan are returning to court, facing involuntary manslaughter charges as well as...

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Can New Pricing Models Capture the True Value of Water?

Can New Pricing Models Capture the True Value of Water?

Many water utilities are currently experiencing high sensitivity to demand and revenue fluctuations. As capital expenditures to maintain and upgrade distribution infrastructure become inevitable, many utilities are also facing increasing pressure to conserve resources and maintain water quality. Evaluating potential rate structures may reveal solutions to provide revenue stability while...

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Drinking Water Week: Play Your Part

Drinking Water Week: Play Your Part

For over 40 years, the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week by bringing together communities and industry professionals to recognize water’s vital role in our daily lives. As citizens of the richest nation in the world, it is all too easy to take for granted how critical clean drinking water is to foster healthy living and sustainable...

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How to Use Multi-Use Networks to Achieve Smart Cities & Water Infrastructure Improvements

How to Use Multi-Use Networks to Achieve Smart Cities & Water Infrastructure Improvements

West Monroe has been promoting the use of multi-use networks to achieve Smart City benefits. Both at the American Water Works Association Illinois chapter meeting, and the most recent M-WERC Smart Cities Technology event in Milwaukee, audiences expressed great interest in learning more. While many Smart City initiatives are underway, West Monroe believes that for Smart City initiatives to be...

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Why Should Utilities Use Technology to Drive Efficiency and Protect Water Quality?

Why Should Utilities Use Technology to Drive Efficiency and Protect Water Quality?

Flint, Michigan has become a lightning rod for attention to the financial needs of water infrastructure in the United States. But the financial issue cannot be separated from the needs of proper utility management. The potable water industry was built with a very conservative approach to operations with the protection of public health, and a philosophy of water quality first and foremost.…

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Five Key Takeaways from DistribuTECH 2016

Five Key Takeaways from DistribuTECH 2016

The dust has settled after a great week in Florida at DistribuTECH, where it was once again clear why this is a “can’t miss” event for those within the Energy and Utility space. This year’s theme “Focus on the Future” accurately captured the tone and frame of mind among the thousands of attendees, including a diverse group of Utilities, service and technology providers, product manufacturers...

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Flint – The Need to Balance Water Management with Science and Business

The Great Lakes, a source of fresh water so great it accounts for over 20% of the surface fresh water on earth.  Yet, some American cities along the Great Lakes have had to go without water due to toxic contamination of the public water supply. In 2014, Toledo shut down its water supply for two days due to the toxicity created by polluted runoff and the consequential algal blooms, a completely...

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