Water Infrastructure Articles

  • What too much water can do to your collection systems

    In areas with a high water table, or for cities more prone to flooding, your underground infrastructure can become inundated with groundwater and stormwater. And despite stormwater systems being built for this type of collection, there are a number of things that can go wrong for both types of collection systems underground—and above ground—that can lead to contamination or degraded ...


    By Hamilton Kent

  • 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 ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Danone Bottling Plant Increases Production Capacity with Addition of Aeration without Modifying Existing Infrastructure

    Overview Aguas Danone de Argentina is a leader in the national mineral and flavored water market, with well-known brands such as Villavicencio, Villa del Sur, Levité, and Ser. Aguas Danone de Argentina is part of the Danone Group, world leader in the food and beverage industry, with products reaching 120 countries on 5 continents. The bottling plant located in ...

  • Report: Energy industry sustainability efforts could save water

    Utilities, the oil and gas industry, and governments all use a lot of water. A recent report from Barclays Bank and the Columbia Water Center says that innovation by these organizations could help them become more efficient and sustainable, reducing their use of fresh water to better protect the valuable resource. According to the analysts, a focus on water management best practices could ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Green Networks Integrated Urban Infrastructure - Case Study

    AECOM and Collective Architecture were commissioned to undertake a series of feasibility studies using best practice examples in urban infrastructure, sustainable drainage and inclusive urban planning for six future candidate sites across Local Authority areas in Scotland. ...


    By XP Solutions

  • The role of packaged water in meeting global targets on improved water access

    Packaged water (as either refill, bottled, or sachet water) has become an important element of water security in many low- and middle-income countries, owing to poor reliability and lack of piped water infrastructure. However, over time and across countries, the Demographic and Health Surveys monitoring program has inconsistently classified packaged water components as either improved or ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Rainfall changes blamed for India’s groundwater depletion

    Changes in rainfall may be responsible for reducing groundwater storage in India more than withdrawals for agricultural irrigation, according to a recently published analysis. Overextraction has long been thought to be responsible for declines in groundwater, but the researchers found less rainfall to be a more important factor. They believe it’s the result of higher temperatures in the ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • 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

  • Wastewater and groundwater

    Nearly 25 percent of the population in the United States—in more than 25 million homes—disposes of wastewater through onsite, or unsewered, systems that return treated effluent to the ground. This is an important public health issue because many of those same homes use wells that rely on groundwater for the drinking water supply. With ...

  • Developing water and sanitation services in refugee settings from emergency to sustainability – the case of Zaatari Camp in Jordan

    As of the beginning of 2017, more than four years after opening, Zaatari refugee camp in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan hosts around 80,000 Syrian refugees. Zaatari is one of the largest refugee camps in the world, in one of the most water scarce countries. Since its establishment, drinking water has been trucked to communal facilities. Wastewater has been trucked from these facilities and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • What makes high-risk pipelines deteriorate to a state of failure?

    According to AWWA's 2016 Benchmarking Survey, the average water and wastewater utility has seven breaks per 100 miles of piping every year. Tip-top systems experience just four breaks in that distance, while those at the bottom have 18. While it’s interesting to note the difference in break rates, it’s unfair ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • USGS surveys, models high plains groundwater resources

    A United States Geological Survey publication and model of groundwater resources in the Northern High Plains aquifer can be used to better understand the region’s water resources, a critical component of scientific water management. This type of comprehensive study has not been made in more than 30 years The models can be used to assess the flow, quantity, sources, and sinks of groundwater ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • 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

  • Rainfall effects on inflow and infiltration in wastewater treatment systems in a coastal plain region

    Aging wastewater collection and treatment systems have not received as much attention as other forms of infrastructure, even though they are vital to public health, economic growth, and environmental quality. Inflow and infiltration (I&I) are among potentially widespread problems facing central sewage collection and treatment systems, posing risks of sanitary system overflows (SSOs), ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • EU Nations amass fines for wastewater treatment shortcomings

    Wastewater Treatment Failures The European Commission’s Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive of 1991 says that cities in areas with particularly sensitive waters, including those with waterways feeding into the Danube River, shown, are required to use more stringent treatment. The European Court of Justice is starting to assess fines against European Commission member ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Case study - Remote location requires minimum concept

    A leading power supply provider in Austria took on the project of monitoring water levels at a power plant in Montenegro, in two remote locations where no infrastructure is available for installation. On top of that, site visits could only occur every two months, so a device with remote data transmission capabilities was key. Because of these factors, the customer needed an easy solution for ...


    By The OTT Hydromet Group

  • Case study - Dam monitoring in South Africa

    The purpose of the Komati River Basin Development Project is to ensure the availability of water in order to promote economic development in the region. OTT’s part of the project was to supply dataloggers for the monitoring of the river flows into and out of the Maguga and the Driekoppies dams. The technical needs were high-level: Technology designed specifically for environmental ...


    By The OTT Hydromet Group

  • Why Water Management Professionals Can’t Afford to Ignore Innovation

    Innovation in the water management industry is born from the collaboration between water managers, operators, engineers and manufacturers who set out to resolve problems or improve service levels that impact all parts of the supply chain. This is usually the result of early adopters either at the field level or in engineering ...


    By Singer Valve Inc.

  • Growing Syrian water shortage affects 4 million in war-torn Damascus

    Although civil war has affected millions across Syria, the latest crisis facing the nation’s capital is a lack of water. As late 2016 turned into a new year, it seemed unlikely the situation could be resolved. As of January 3, approximately 4 million residents of Damascus had had their water supplies cut for more than a week. Two springs — at Wadi Barada and Ain al-Fija — serve ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Connections: Toasty Toes

    After 14 years of living on a houseboat we have now moved into an apartment in a private home. There are many wonderful things about this apartment - the lack of dry rot and any concerns about the wind direction are two of them. Perhaps my favorite is the radiant floor heat. Radiant heat, hot water piped under the floors, keeps your toes and the rest of your body toasty. Water is great for this ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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