Water Utility Articles

  • Download Your Copy of the Water Industry Report

    At the recent World Water-Tech North America summit, leading water experts and utility CEOs gathered to discuss global water challenges, strategies for fostering innovation and the principal factors that influence investment decisions. If you do business in the water sector, this is the only ...


    By Rethink Events Ltd.

  • 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 ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Sea Level Rise: Risk and Resilience in Coastal Cities

    Introduction One of the most dire impacts of anthropogenic climate change is a rise in the global sea level caused by the melting of glaciers and land-based ice caps, as well as a smaller increase from expansion due to the higher temperature of the water itself.  Unlike some other predicted effects of climate change, this impact has already been observed for some time.  Indeed, ...


    By Climate Institute

  • What`s Happening? AWWA State Of The Industry Report Now Available

    Since 2004 the American Water Works Association has been tracking issues and trends in the water industry. The Association continues to conduct this annual survey in order to identify significant challenges facing the water industry, as well as provide analysis to support water professionals as they develop and communicate strategies to address current and future issues. In ...


    By Pure Technologies

  • Identification and assessment of water quality risks associated with sludge supernatant recycling in the presence of cyanobacteria

    This study focussed on the fate of cyanobacteria cells and associated metabolites during the sludge management processes that follow the conventional drinking water treatment train. The topic is of importance, as the release of metabolites during sludge treatment may pose a risk to water quality if supernatant is recycled to the head of the plant. The study of the kinetics of cell damage and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The DNA Revolution for Water Professionals

    Imagine trying to solve a problem when you are provided just 1% of the total data. This is essentially the case in analyzing water and wastewater microbiomes. Conventional microbiological testing methods such as culture and microscopy can identify only about 1% of microorganisms that are contained in a ...


    By LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

  • Investigating the management of unaccounted for water for Lilongwe Water Board, Malawi

    Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) is currently unable to meet Lilongwe City's water demand as evidenced by low supply coverage (65%) and intermittent water supply in the city. One of the major challenges is high levels of unaccounted for water (UFW) reported at 37% (2012), higher than the recommended 23% for developing countries. This study, done in Lilongwe City (Areas 15, 18 and 28), investigated ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Journal AWWA examines lessons of Flint

    The crisis in Flint, Mich., has far-reaching implications for water utilities across the United States, according to two articles published in the July 2016 Journal - American Water Works Association. Although the current health crisis is focused largely on Flint, lead service lines exist in communities across North America. In the article, “The Flint Crisis,” former Journal AWWA ...

  • Water safety plans: bridges and barriers to implementation in North Carolina

    First developed by the World Health Organization, and now used in several countries, water safety plans (WSPs) are a multi-step, preventive process for managing drinking water hazards. While the beneficial impacts of WSPs have been documented in diverse countries, how to successfully implement WSPs in the United States remains a challenge. We examine the willingness and ability of water ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Leveraging the capacity of the informal water sector workforce

    The global shortage of skilled professionals in the water sector is a major industry challenge, particularly in an era of growing water scarcity and increasing demand for water from agriculture, industry and domestic consumption. As utilities move to improve their performance in water service delivery, to meet the demands of both consumers and sustainable development, a fit for purpose workforce ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Assessing the microbial quality of a tropical watershed with an urbanization gradient using traditional and alternate fecal indicators

    Urbanization affects the microbial loading into tropical streams, but its impact on water quality varies across watersheds. Rainfall in tropical environments also complicates microbial dynamics due to high seasonal and annual variations. Understanding the dynamics of fecal contamination in tropical surface waters may be further hindered by limitations from the utilization of traditional ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Evaluation of water resources comprehensive utilization efficiency in the Yellow River Basin

    This study investigated appropriate indicators using the trapezoidal fuzzy number method, and constructed an evaluation index system for water resources comprehensive utilization efficiency (WRCUE). A WRCUE evaluation model is applied to areas in the Yellow River Basin in China using a genetic projection pursuit method. Results show that WRCUE is well developed in Shanxi, Shandong, and Henan ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 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

  • Chemically activated cow bone for increased fluoride removal from drinking water

    Thermally activated cow bone is widely utilized for treating fluoride impacted drinking water to meet the World Health Organization guideline value of 1.5 mg/L. However, the fluoride removal capacity of bone char is low, leaving room for further improvement. This study, therefore, strives to improve the fluoride adsorption capacity of cow bone by using chemical activation in place of thermal ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The impact of reforming municipal water tariff on water rationing and consumer welfare in Saudi Arabia

    The objectives of this study were to estimate an aggregate price elasticity of demand for municipal water in Saudi Arabia, and to analyze the welfare impact of raising the municipal water tariff. The study utilized available aggregated data (Ministry of Water and Electricity, 1999–2008), and regression techniques to specify water demand functions within the frame of the increasing block tariff ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Application of machine learning techniques to predict anomalies in water supply networks

    Methods to improve the operational efficiency of a water supply network by early detection of anomalies are investigated by making use of the data streams from multiple sensor locations within the network. The water supply network is a demonstration site of Vitens, a Dutch water company that has several district metering areas where flow, pressure, electrical conductance and temperature are ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Abha water utility comes out on top with automated control valves

    Abha is a small modern city in the fertile mountains of southwestern SAUDI ARABIA. Its cool summers make it a popular destination for tourists, but in general the population hovers around 250,000. The city has a new reservoir on top of a hill that releases water through 6 km of piping down to its main Noaman reservoir. The top tank is 100 meters higher than the lower tank. This makes for a great ...


    By Singer Valve Inc.

  • 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.

  • The Use of Water Quality and Process Models for Minimizing Wastewater Utility Greenhouse Gas Footprints

    The Use of Water Quality and Process Models for Minimizing Wastewater Utility Greenhouse Gas Footprints provides an understanding of the processes that are responsible for the major contributions to GHG emissions from WWTP and sewer systems (e.g. heterotrophic denitrification, autotrophic nitrification, autotrophic denitrification, methanogenesis). This knowledge is translated into mathematical ...


    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

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