water utility management Articles

  • How data and analytics are keeping Philly’s water safe

    CH2M assisted Philadelphia to implement a Surveillance and Response System (SRS) demonstration project under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Water Security Initiative. CH2M Global Director Smart Cities and Senior Technology Fellow Dr. Avinash S. Patwardhan and Ken Thompson, CH2M Deputy Director Intelligent Water Solutions and Senior ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Capturing biogas energy to increase your business profits while safeguarding the environment

    Methane is a biogas produced from swine or cow manure, as well as food processing and meat packing waste. Methane is a natural gas, that when left uncollected, contributes to the harmful greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere. When biogas is captured under a cover and becomes concentrated, it creates a corrosive and toxic byproduct called hydrogen sulfide. The gas generates a rotten egg ...

  • Case Study – Water Utility

    Sweetwater Authority, CA Sweetwater Authority’s mission is to provide its current and future customers with a safe, reliable and affordable water supply through the use of the best available technology, sound management practices, public participation and a balanced approach to human and environmental needs. Application Sweetwater regularly ...


    By Seveno Pty Ltd

  • Smart utilities and sustainable resource management

    With the increased availability of inexpensive micro-sensor technologies, everything is becoming “sensor-tagged”. Energy and water utilities are benefiting from this “sensorization” of our infrastructure and the associated smart technology advancements. These progressive utilities are employing innovative, real-time monitoring and control applications with high volume and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • A critical review of groundwater utilization and management in China's inland water shortage areas

    Groundwater, as an important store of freshwater, plays a more critical role in sustaining the ecosystem and enhancing human adaptation to changing climate than surface water. In particular, it can store large volumes of water to naturally buffer the pressure of water shortage against seasonal changes in rainfall. However, groundwater itself is also vulnerable to climate change, showing a ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Dallas water utilities - Case Study

    Integrity Municipal Systems Restores Eight Lime Slakers for the Bachman Water Treatment Plant in Dallas, TX: Almost $1M Saved Compared to New Systems Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) provides approximately one billion gallons per day of clean drinking water to more than 1.2 million residents from three processing facilities. Reliability is vital to DWU and its customers. To ensure ...


    By Integrity Municipal Systems

  • Carrolloton Water Utility`s `Declaration of Competitiveness` the Challenges of Managed Competition

    ABSTRACTThe City of Carrollton (City) has embarked on a managed competition program encompassing a broad organizational wide effort to identify departments that would be candidates for partial or complete outsourcing. Carrollton’s Water Utility Division (WUD) has responded positively to this challenge, and their approach is an example of a progressive and proactive utility. They have initiated ...

  • Managing incidents in the water utility sector – towards high reliability?

    Do water utilities exhibit characteristics of high organisational reliability? Here, the reported characteristics of high reliability organisations (HROs) were explored within a regional water utility, and specifically within their incident response team. We found the utility well positioned to manage incidents and that many HRO principles were identifiable as management practice under these ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A utility-tailored methodology for integrated asset management of urban water infrastructure

    This paper presents the integrated methodology for infrastructure asset management (IAM) developed in AWARE-P, an R&D project aimed at producing adequate and effective support tools for assisting urban water utilities in decision making and rehabilitation planning (www.aware-p.org). The proposed methodology addresses all three planning and decisional levels (strategic, tactical and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Is strategic asset management applicable to small and medium utilities?

    Urban water infrastructures provide essential services to modern societies and represent a major portion of the value of municipal physical assets. Managing these assets rationally is therefore fundamental for the sustainability of the services and to the economy of societies. “Asset Management” (AM) is a modern term for an old practice—assets have always been managed. In recent years, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water Asset Management International (WAMI) and Water Utility Management International (WUMI) platform migration

    If you are a subscriber to WUMI and WAMI, from November 2015 to March 2016 you will be able to download your issues from the WaterWiki. As of 26th October, IWA Publishing will be sending an email to all subscribers with login and password details for the protected area on the Wiki platform. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Non-Revenue Water – A Growing Issue for Water Utilities

    Each day, billions of gallons of water are lost worldwide to various factors, including leaks, water main failures, theft and metering inaccuracies. Not only does this represent the waste of a precious resource that many people do not have reliable access to, it also represents a massive amount of lost revenue for the utilities that provide water services. In developed nations, ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Key decisions for sustainable utility energy management

    This paper summarizes the outcomes of the international sustainable energy management workshop as part of the Water Research Foundation project “Decision Support System for Sustainable Energy Management.” This paper provides a review of key decisions and barriers to water utility energy management. This paper also provides a discussion of a decision framework to address sustainable energy ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Is strategic asset management applicable to small and medium utilities?

    Urban water infrastructures provide essential services to modern societies and represent a major portion of the value of municipal physical assets. Managing these assets rationally is therefore fundamental for the sustainability of the services and to the economy of societies. “Asset Management” (AM) is a modern term for an old practice—assets have always been managed. In recent ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • So why is it essential to utilize energy management systems?

    First of all, let’s define, what the phrase of energy-management system means. An energy-management system includes measurement device sub-systems with the possibility of user-intervention on failure. By utilizing such a system, we are able to continously track, and analyze consumption/quality patterns, and determine low-efficiency areas quickly and easily, giving the opportunity to take ...


  • Case study - El Paso Water Utilities (EPWU)

    Service: Robotics Client: El Paso Water Utilities (EPWU) Project Date: June 2005 Type of Pipeline: Transmission Main Diameter: 24-inch Pipe Material: Lined Cylinder Pipe (LCP) Length: 0.64 miles The City of El Paso is the fifth largest in Texas, with a population of approximately 750,000. To serve the needs of this burgeoning city, El Paso Water Utilities (EPWU) operates ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • A primer on energy efficiency for municipal water and wastewater utilities

    This primer is concerned with energy use and efficiency of network-based water supply and wastewater treatment in urban areas. It focuses on the supply side of the municipal water cycle, including the extraction, treatment, and distribution of water, and collection and treatment of wastewater-activities which are directly managed by Water and Wastewater Utilities (WWUs). The main challenges to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Economic effects of the consolidation of water utilities in Japan

    Water utilities are affected by economies of scale. However, in Japan most water utilities are small-scale water services. Therefore, they face enormous difficulties in terms of financial and personnel resources. To take advantage of economies of scale, the consolidation of water utilities has been promoted since 1965 by Japanese water authorities. The measure has been successful to some extent; ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water utility telemetry systems - interesting times ahead?

    Untitled Document Real time telemetry ...


    By WRc plc

  • Towards a Service Quality Model for Water Utilities

    Regulation of water utilities is often achieved through “yard-stick competition”, where the service quality of monopolistic service providers is compared with peer organisations in the same jurisdiction (Braadbaart, 2007; Lin & Berg, 2008). Regulatory models for water utilities focus on measuring business performance through a series of indicators (Braadbaart, 2007; Byatt, 2013; ...


    By IWA Publishing

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