Utility Infrastructure Articles

  • The Caribbean’s Wastewater Problem

    Sewage released untreated into environment threatens islands’ health and natural beauty For decades, wastewater management has been a growing problem for the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR), a problem that regional governments have long understood as a threat to the economy, the environment, and to ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • How water utilities can use the latest technological advancements to their operational advantage

    Technological advancements in the water sector are not confined to treatment. The same advancements that are driving groundbreaking innovation in other business sectors are helping water utilities and their staff operate more efficiently. Here are three technological trends are expanding the scope of what is possible both inside and outside of the water utility: ...

  • Using RockWorks for Dredge Mining - Case Study

    Step 1 – Creating a Borehole Manager Database Create a RockWorks Borehole Manager Database containing Bore Location information and %Sand Assay data. This data can be entered into the Borehole Manager by hand, or can be imported via Excel or an ASCII file. Data in the Locations table include Eastings, Northings, Elevations and Total Depths for your holes. Because all of ...


    By RockWare, Inc.

  • Small town water services sustainability checks: development and application in Ethiopia

    With rising coverage figures and the advent of the Sustainable Development Goals, there is increasing attention given to assessing and monitoring the sustainability of water services. Previous efforts in the rural water supply sector have included the development of sustainability checks, while in the urban water supply sector, benchmarking of water services and the performance of utilities ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Protective coatings for underground utility concrete structures

    As our cities and municipalities grow older, the utility and wastewater infrastructure and corrosion preventive program for underground asset protection are aging with them. Municipalities and Utility Companies are struggling to handle rehabilitation measures and effective corrosion prevention programs to deal with prolonging the life of their buried assets. More municipalities are in the process ...


    By Sauereisen Inc.

  • Navigating uncertain ground using the right equipment

    Starting with specialization It started with one man and his pickup truck. Tom Banks’ then one-man operation was rooted in specialization. Formed in 2001, Banks Gas Services, Inc. quickly grew from one employee to nearly one hundred. Today the company is a full-fledged gas distribution contractor headquartered in the Pittsburgh area and serving gas distribution companies in ...


    By McLaughlin Group, Inc.

  • Report: Energy and utility companies can help preserve water resources

    By investing in new technologies and infrastructure, together they can help reduce problems associated with water shortages While both humans and their commercial operations rely on fresh water more than ever, sources of clean water are becoming scarcer. Climate change, droughts, increasing agricultural needs, water pollution, and global economic and population growth all contribute to ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • No Silver Bullet Technology For Pipeline Condition Assessment

    For utilities with large-diameter networks, waiting for failures to occur before repairing or replacing highly critical mains is not an option. With a large amount of buried water infrastructure reaching the end of its service life, operators have every incentive to take a proactive approach to asset management. Nowhere is this more critical than in busy urban centres. The fallout from an ...

  • The Rising Cost of Water

    There's a common economic paradox about the price tag on drinking water and value. Our current economic climate places prices on things predicated on scarcity and value. Water pricing is now more widespread, with the dual goal of expanding supply and encouraging more responsible use. So long as water remained abundant, the cheapness of drinking water is not likely to change. However, the price of ...

  • Filter bed remediation - Case Study

    Biological filter beds usually consist of a mineral media over which effluent to be treated percolates. The media becomes host to a biomass which is grazed by a series of more complex organisms. If the growth of the biomass is greater than the rate at which the grazing occurs then the biomass film will accumulate in the bed. This will block the interstices of the media and restrict effluent ...


    By Greener Waste Technology

  • An approach to quantifying rainwater harvesting potential using imagery, geographic information systems (GIS) and LiDAR data

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software is used to analyze rainwater harvesting potential in Escambia County, Florida, USA. The approach presented can be replicated using LiDAR data, and the infrared spectrum of National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) imagery. GIS surface maps are analyzed in combination with local utility consumption data to determine potential reductions in potable ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Online Dissolved Gas Analysis

    Transformer and Load Tap Changer (LTC) assets are among the most expensive pieces of equipment for electric utilities. Preserve these assets by using an appropriate DGA (Dissolved Gas Analysis) diagnostic method to improve service reliability, avoid transformer failure, and defer capital expenditures for new transformer ...

  • Flood impact reduction and streambank repair along Spy Run Creek - Spy Run Creek, Indiana - Case Study

    Project Highlights SPY Run Creek Streambank Repair Owner: City of Fort Wayne, Ind. Engineer: Christopher B. Burke Engineering LLC / Indianapolis office Geosynthetics Distributor: D2 Land & Water Resource Inc. Cellular Confinement System: Geoweb–Presto Geosystems Background ...


    By Presto Geosystems

  • 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 ...

  • Water infrastructure act to benefit Alaska

    Many Alaska residents have long needed improvements to water and wastewater treatment. Help is now being provided through a combination of legislation — namely, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act — and other government funding. The act, originally known as the Water Resources Development Act, was signed into law December 16, 2016. It covers projects across the ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • 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 ...

  • Case study - MBT Zary

    Plant for mechanical-biological waste treatment (MBT) in Polish Zary - designed, built and equipped in cooperation between different companies of the Eggersmann group. Customer: Zaklad Zagospodarowania Odpadów Sp. z o.o. Retention: January 2013 Commissioning: January 2015 Input: ...


    By Eggersmann Anlagenbau

  • Editorial: The Business Case

    How do organics recyclers measure success? That is one question we are exploring in preparation for the Opening Plenary — The Business Case For Organics Recycling — at BioCycle EAST COAST17, April 4-7, 2017 in Ellicott City, Maryland, just outside Baltimore. We know many successful organics recyclers, that is if success is defined by factors such as longevity, market leadership, ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • The role of communication in the deployment of water loss and energy management strategies: the experience of collaborative research with water utilities

    Water utilities (WU) have to deal with different challenges including ageing infrastructures, demand variability, climate change and increased societal expectations. This paper aims at outlining potential synergies between communication promotion and the implementation of a structured approach to enhance water loss and energy management in WU. The use of a structured approach in the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The world watches as evides manages steel main with innovative technology, and outstanding results follow

    It was a perfect day for an inspection. Under a crisp blue sky, in the polders along a major motorway near Rotterdam, more than 40 water professionals from The Netherlands, Australia and the UK gathered to witness a unique project undertaken by the water utility Evides Watercompany. The purpose of the project was to showcase the 24-sensor ...

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