water utility risk Articles

  • Innovative renewal strategies for optimized pipeline management

    Using risk-based data analysis and innovative renewal strategies, two US water systems show how utilities can avoid full pipeline replacement, reduce service interruptions, and save money. As this informative Opflow article discusses, by more precisely understanding the condition of buried infrastructure, water utilities can more effectively focus resources to prolong safety and increase ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Optimizing Wind and Solar Power in Africa

    Editor's Note: The following is a news release authored by Julie Chao and issued by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on April 5, 2017 To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Are our Water Systems at Risk?

    Assessing the Financial Sustainability of BC’s Municipal Water and Sewer Systems Reliable water, sewer, and storm water systems are essential to public health, a clean environment, and a strong economy. But British Columbia’s systems may be at risk – aging infrastructure, growth, strengthened regulations, seismic risk, and climate change are driving the need for ...

  • A decision support tool for water mains renewal for small to medium sized utilities: a risk index approach

    All over the world water mains are under increasing threat due to aging, aggressive environmental factors, operational factors and inadequate maintenance. Extensive maintenance, repair and rehabilitation practices, or replacement of water mains are required to ensure an acceptable performance of water supply systems. Investment deficit for water system maintenance and rehabilitation has been ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Assessing human resources renovation needs in water utilities

    Human resources are one of the most important assets of water utilities (WUs), being responsible for assuring systems management and playing an important role in the tacit forms of organizational knowledge. In organizations with responsibility for managing extensive, diverse infrastructure with long life-cycles, with adequate service and acceptable risk levels, knowledge transfer between peers ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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

  • Water utility telemetry systems - interesting times ahead?

    Untitled Document Real time telemetry ...


    By WRc plc

  • Utilizing unconventional water sources for industrial reuse

    Reclamation and reuse of unconventional wastewater sources for plant raw water, cooling water and process pre-treatment has increased substantially due to increases in the cost of drinking water, recurring water shortages that can impact business operations, and tightening government regulation. Water is required in almost every industrial sector for the processing and manufacture of products. ...


    By WesTech Engineering, Inc.

  • Debunking Murphy`s Law - Utilities address conditions to reduce risk of failure in aging metallic pipelines

    According to an adapted Murphy's Law, "anything that can fail, will fail." While that universal engineering law has been proven true again and again, many utilities are working diligently to reduce the risk of failure by taking measures to improve the service life of their aging ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • CM-at-Risk – A Better Method for Water Reclamation Construction?

    ABSTRACTCollier County, Florida is located in the southwest part of the Sunshine State. It is a popular winter tourist destination as well as home to many seasonal residents. With one of the highest growth rates in the country, Collier County is continually expanding its utility infrastructure to meet ever-increasing demands. The Collier County Public Utilities Engineering Department is ...

  • Electric Utilities Hook up To Biogas

    Pennsylvania Power & Light, Alliant Energy, Wisconsin Electric and Portland General Electric are some utilities that are plugging into anaerobic digestion projects. AT the October, 2001 BioCycle conference on “Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling,” the director of the Iowa Energy Center, Floyd Barwig, pointed out that the possibility of separating the United States from Middle ...


  • 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

  • The New Economy of Water: The Risks and Benefits of Globalization and Privatization of Fresh Water

    Executive Overview New voices are beginning to be heard in the debate over water, and new ideas – good and bad – considered. Among the most powerful and controversial of these new ideas is that water should be considered an “economic good” – subject to the rules and power of markets, multinational corporations, and international trading regimes. In the last decade, this idea has been put ...


    By Pacific Institute

  • Water sustainability decision-making for electric utilities case study

    The electric power generation sector uses approximately 41% of all freshwater withdrawn in the United States—more than any other water use sector. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducts research and development to help address challenges in electricity generation, delivery, and use, including water sustainability issues. On behalf of EPRI, LimnoTech conducted research and is ...


    By LimnoTech Inc.

  • Risk assessment and water safety plan: case study in Beijing, China

    Two typical rural water utilities in Beijing, China were chosen to describe the principles and applications of water safety plans (WSP), to provide a methodological guide for the actual application and improve the quality of rural drinking water quality, and to establish an appropriate method for WSP applied in rural water supply. Hazards and hazardous events were identified and risk assessment ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Assessing Water system revenue risk: Considerations for market Analysts

    Water utilities are on the brink of extraordinary investments to replace aging infrastructure— the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that by 2030, capital expenditures of more than $300 billion will be needed to safeguard drinking water. Yet this investment comes at a time when Americans’ water use habits are changing1—resulting in considerable uncertainty for water ...


    By Ceres

  • Rainwater harvesting: quality assessment and utilization in The Netherlands

    The use of roof-collected rainwater as a freely available and sustainable alternative to drinking water produced by drinking water companies increases worldwide. Initially, rainwater is free of microbial contamination, but it may become contaminated by animals and humans or, alternatively, human pathogens may grow in stored rainwater resulting in a significant human health risk from infectious ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Reconciling ‘actual’ risk with ‘perceived’ risk for distributed water quality: a QFD-based approach

    This paper explores the application of the quality function deployment (QFD) approach to identify and prioritize factors to reconcile ‘actual’ risk with ‘perceived’ risk for drinking water in a distribution network. Consumers' complaints (regarding water odour, taste, colour and other problems) and consumers' perception about water safety are used to define customers' requirements (aka ‘whats’). ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Introducing layer of protection analysis for water safety risk assessments

    In pursuing their mandate of providing good and safe drinking water, water system operators and asset owners work continuously towards developing and maintaining the trust and confidence of their customers. The goal of developing and maintaining customer trust has led to an increased emphasis in the water sector to explicitly assess and manage risks. In this paper, we introduce Layers of ...


    By IWA Publishing

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