water infrastructure Articles

  • Strategic management of water resources important to Ontario craft breweries

    The vast majority of craft breweries in Ontario understand the need to improve their water and resource management performance to save money, protect the environment and enhance community relations. This was a major finding of a survey of Ontario craft breweries conducted in the fall of 2016 that found 97 per cent of respondents agree that better water management is important or very important to ...


    By BLOOM

  • How to make top-down and bottom-up sustainability converge

    Fits and starts are all too common in the sustainability world. One year you have budget for initiatives; the next you don’t. Management hails cost savings on individual projects, but they miss the big picture and fail to link progress across departmental boundaries. Bottom-up progress and top-down directives pass each other like proverbial ships in the night. But it doesn’t have to ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Water Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities

    A new model for water management is emerging worldwide in response to water shortages, polluted waterways, climate change, and loss of biodiversity. Cities and towns are questioning the ecological and financial sustainability of big-pipe water, stormwater, and sewer systems and are searching for “lighter footprint” more sustainable solutions. Pilot projects are ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Green Water Infrastructure

    Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. When rain falls on roofs, streets, and parking lots, the water cannot soak into the ground. In most urban areas, stormwater is drained through engineered collection systems and discharged into nearby waterbodies. The stormwater carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants from the urban landscape, degrading the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Renewing Belgrade’s Water Infrastructure

    After the trauma of the 1990s, new foreign and national investments in Belgrade’s water infrastructure is enabling the city to benefit from the latest advances in water supply technology… Introduction Situated on the banks of the rivers Sava and Danube, the citizens of Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia and Montenegro in the Balkans, have long benefited from ready access to water. ...


    By Innovyze

  • How to choose open cell or closed cell articulated concrete blocks

    Are you wondering what the best, most cost-effective solution is for erosion control at your construction site? There are a variety of solutions available, but we always highly recommend the use of articulated concrete blocks. These systems are a great alternative to what can otherwise be a costly, time-consuming task in erosion control. Articulated concrete block systems can be used in a wide ...

  • Closer Look at the Capacity of SLA Batteries and Solar Energy Systems

    Sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries have a reputation for being durable when used to support portable electronic devices. They require minimal maintenance and offer leak-proof capabilities. But when used with solar energy systems, the units present issues that can hinder the potential and performance of the machines. For example, general purpose SLA batteries should not be deep cycled, as ...


    By Larson Electronics LLC

  • Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure Management

    Explains how to optimize the operation of water supply systems and the related advances in SCADA – Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition – systems Examines the advances in design and construction methods such as BIM – Building Information Modeling Explains municipal budgeting, chain of planning, programming, and other related subjects Includes ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The future evolution of IT in water infrastructure management

    The water industry has been slow to take advantage of information technology (IT), but it is catching up quickly. In many parts of the world, water managers now depend entirely on IT to manage their water supply and wastewater services. IT has become a core part of the business. Computing environments have evolved from individual mainframe computers, through networks based on mini-computers, to ...


    By Innovyze

  • Strategic security measures for water infrastructure

    As the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 (9/11) attacks is fast approaching, the United States (U.S.) has no definite information of terror threat.  According to the systematic approaches of risk assessment and concise intelligence analysis presented in the book entitled, "Risk Assessment for Water Infrastructure Safety and Security" (hereafter, the "RAWISS book"), the terrorists ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Assessing buried infrastructure deep under buried infrastructure

    In preparing for its water future, the Region of Peel (Peel) adopts a unique assessment strategy for a newly constructed potable water transmission main that extends deep underground through the heart of Peel Region. The effort is paying off, with Peel decision makers gaining a better understanding of this pipeline as it comes into ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • A Path To Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions

    Today, for the most part, our communities’ infrastructure systems are developed and managed separately, by separate utilities and agencies. Sustainable infrastructure, on the other hand, blurs boundaries between our energy, transportation, water and waste systems to implement complementary strategies that benefit more than one system. Among our most important, and difficult, challenges will ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Infrastructure Maintenance - An Economic Opportunity

    Public safety and the cost of doing business are deeply impacted when infrastructure is neglected. Here’s a look at the high cost of low maintenance and what can be done about it. A Bridge Too Far There are over 607,000 bridges in the United States. According to the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure,1 published by the American Society of ...


    By ASTM International

  • Alternative Approaches to Sustainable Infrastructure

    ABSTRACTThe ability of a small community water infrastructure system to provide safe drinking water and protect the environment is heavily influenced by the utility’s financial sustainability. Particularly in this era of declining grant dollars, coupled with higher costs for construction, operation and maintenance, the economic viability of the small system is threatened. New alternative ...

  • Investing in Water Infrastructure: Capital, Operations and Maintenance

    This paper outlines the major challenges related to financing the gap in global water infrastructure, including those systems that provide urban and rural water supply, and sanitation and irrigation services. The paper synthesizes the extensive body of literature on this subject, providing some examples of historical ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Inverse infrastructures: self-organization in the water services

    In urban communities, infrastructures that support living are indispensable. There is increased interest in alternative ways of providing such support systems, including semi-autonomous infrastructures resulting from the self-organization of local actors. In this study, we analyze the emergence and management of such infrastructures in light of the theory of complex adaptive systems, within ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Create 400,000 jobs in 2010 – invest in water infrastructure

    Investment in Water Infrastructure The Water Infrastructure Network (WIN) a coalition of the nation’s leading construction, engineering, conservation, labor, municipal and manufacturing organizations, firmly believes that a federal investment of $20 B in our nation’s critical water infrastructure is the single most effective means for creating quality jobs with federal ...

  • Mali infrastructure : a continental perspective

    In recent years Mali's economy has grown steadily at a rate of more than 5 percent per year, driven by developments in gold mining, cereal harvests, and telecommunications. Mali's landlocked condition, together with its very uneven distribution of both population and economic activities between the arid north and the much richer south, challenge the country's ability to sustain this pace of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Infrastructure, innovation and development

    The absence of adequate infrastructure services is one of the main problems that hinder efforts to develop Africa. Technology and innovation are the engines of economic growth. With the globalisation of trade and investment, technological capabilities are a source of competitive advantage. While infrastructure development and technological development are two of the most important areas of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Development of performance assessment method for drinking water infrastructure

    In Japan, many drinking water systems were developed during the 1960s and 1970s, and a considerable proportion of them is now showing various signs of aging or seismic vulnerability. The major issue for many drinking water utilities is how to update those facilities in the best way to improve their deteriorating/insufficient performance. The existing performance assessment methods for water ...


    By IWA Publishing

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