Water Infrastructure Articles

  • Training the Water Workforce of Tomorrow

    Brookings Institution stresses need to develop a skilled workforce for water infrastructure upgrades Taking into account the massive need to replace and upgrade water infrastructure in the United States, the Brookings Institution think tank has ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Aging Water Infrastructure in the US

    With pipeline systems crumbling, decentralized treatment makes sense ...


    By Fluence Corporation

  • Public finance for water infrastructure development and its practical challenges for small towns

    The small and fluctuating population, the economic characteristics and administrative capacity of small towns not only pose infrastructural challenges for providing services, but also limit the possibilities for generating local revenues for financing water infrastructure development and maintenance. This limited ability to generate local resources for water infrastructure is exacerbated by ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • In the shadow of the city: financing water infrastructure in small towns in Burkina Faso

    The abundant praise awarded for the development of the urban water services sector in Burkina Faso stands in stark contrast with the development of the rural water services sector. This article examines the funding of water infrastructure in four small villages in Burkina Faso. The article finds that public funding for water infrastructure for these municipalities is largely nonexistent. First ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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

  • Water sensitive planning and design as an ecologically inspired approach to delivering flood resilient urban environment in Sri Lanka

    The paper draws on Colombo, Sri Lanka as the case study for developing Water Sensitive Planning and Design (WSPD) to deliver a flood resilient urban environment. Digital data and documentary data were evaluated to analyse water sensitive characteristics, potentials and constraints within the catchment. Spatial analysis tools in ArcGIS were used when analysing issues in the landscape mosaic. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Highlights of key international water infrastructure asset management initiatives, and trends, challenges and developments in Portugal

    Over the last two decades, remarkable progress in the Portuguese drinking water and wastewater services sector has been achieved. Nevertheless, it faces a serious challenge in trying to ensure long-term sustainability. There is equally scope for considerable efficiency and effectiveness gains. The national strategic plan for the period 2014–2020 has assigned a prominent role to infrastructure ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Infrastructure asset management – the TRUST approach and professional tools

    Strategic asset management (AM) of urban water infrastructures faces the challenge of dealing with expensive and long-lasting assets of a very diverse nature and wide-ranging useful lives and costs. Typically, utility managers inherit an infrastructure with assets in assorted conditions and stages in their lifecycle. They are expected to manage their value in order to ensure adequate service, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Asset management system for business management of water suppliers

    Many water suppliers in Japan are required to renew aged waterworks facilities systematically in spite of the decline in revenues due to the decrease in the population. Moreover, they are needed to build waterworks facilities with high earthquake resistance. Therefore, it is necessary for water suppliers to manage waterworks effectively and efficiently in order to build sustainable waterworks. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Comprehensive scenario management of sustainable spatial planning and urban water services

    Adaptations of existing central water supply and wastewater disposal systems to demographic, climatic and socioeconomic changes require a profound knowledge about changing influencing factors. The paper presents a scenario management approach for the identification of future developments of drivers influencing water infrastructures. This method is designed within a research project with the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Short Showers Replace Deep Baths: Drought Conditions Changing the Way Society Thinks About Water Infrastructure

    While proactive water conservation is a smart way for consumers to react to climate change, the crisis puts increased pressure on water utilities to better manage their resources and pipeline networks. Change is in the air. One only needs to check the daily news to understand why climate change, drought and water infrastructure have become frequent buzzwords heard around the water ...

  • “To lead or follow?” That is the question for Ramsar

    As I leave behind the vast and wild beauty of Uruguay’s coasts, I have some mixed feelings about the progress made at the 12th Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Conference of Parties (COP), held in Punta del Este. “What was it for?”, the uninitiated may ask. Actually I’m asking myself the same question, even though I have 25 years of experience engaging with this Convention ...


    By Wetlands International

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Can we model the implementation of water sensitive urban design in evolving cities?

    This study showcases the dynamic simulation capabilities of the Urban Biophysical Environments And Technologies Simulator (UrbanBEATS) on a Melbourne catchment. UrbanBEATS simulates the planning, design and implementation of water sensitive urban design (WSUD) infrastructure in urban environments. It considers explicitly the interaction between urban and water infrastructure planning through ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Singer valve`s altitude pilot stops malaysian reservoir overflowing case study

    Their Challenge To ensure that the state's water infrastructure is reliable and effective. Our Solution  Singer Valve’s 301-4 Atltitude Pilot. The Result Singer Valve's 301-4 Altitude Pilot reduced reduced the number overlows in the reservoir, increased the supply of revenue-generating water and reduced repair ...


    By Singer Valve Inc.

  • Water Sector Can Attract Private Investment By Improving Efficiency

    To help to attract badly needed private investment in water infrastructure globally, regulators and governments need to ensure more efficient use of water and educate the public about the real costs of delivering water, a senior World Bank executive said May 7. “Unless we are able to maximize efficiencies on the supply side and we are willing to have the political stamina to recognize that ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • 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

  • Resilience in the context of a stormwater infrastructure report card

    This article is a product of an independent study effort accomplished over the span of two semesters at the US Air Force Academy. The authors set out with the intent of investigating the state of current thought regarding resiliency as it applies to domestic public infrastructure systems. In order to bridge the gap between theory and practice, an American Society of Civil Engineers local ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Risk assessment of sewer condition using artificial intelligence tools: application to the SANEST sewer system

    Operation, maintenance and rehabilitation comprise the main concerns of wastewater infrastructure asset management. Given the nature of the service provided by a wastewater system and the characteristics of the supporting infrastructure, technical issues are relevant to support asset management decisions. In particular, in densely urbanized areas served by large, complex and aging sewer ...


    By IWA Publishing

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