Two Stanford environmental engineers have developed a computational planning tool called AquaCharge that helps urban water utilities look at their local circumstances and understand how they could combine water supply strategies into an integrated, efficient and cost-effective system that replenishes aquifers.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced that the Invasive Carp Challenge is now accepting proposals for innovative methods to prevent invasive (or Asian) carp from entering the Great Lakes.
NOAA and its research partners predict that western Lake Erie will experience a significant harmful algal bloom this summer, potentially reaching levels last seen in 2013 and 2014, though smaller than the record bloom of 2015.
CH2M and the City of North Miami Beach, Fla., entered a 15-year partnership to deliver a best-in-class water/wastewater utility for residents and regional customers of the city.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting 12 projects in nine states to apply for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans.
Researchers at MIT and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia have devised a robotic system that can detect leaks at a rapid pace and with high accuracy.
A new study by MIT climate scientists, economists, and agriculture experts finds that certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change’s impact on irrigation.
The Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA), which represents U.S. and Canadian manufacturers of PVC pipe, announced completion of the first comprehensive environmental and performance review of water and sewer pipes in North America.
Mueller Systems is collaborating with Senet to deliver advanced metering infrastructure to water utilities across North America.
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) patented a new technology to inspect coatings of pipelines installed through horizontal directional drilling.
A new concept proposes to provide food, energy and water resources for the world’s growing population by combining systems that simultaneously use different parts of sunlight’s spectrum to produce crops, generate electricity, collect heat and purify water.
EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program received letters of interest from prospective borrowers in communities across 19 states.
The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the Great Lakes Emerging Champions Mini-Grant Program.
A new report provides a blueprint for how to design and launch a feasible and operable “Internet of Water” — a network of interconnected data producers, hubs, and users — that will enable connecting and transmitting water-related data and information in real-time.
The Metro Wastewater Reclamation District celebrated the grand opening of its Northern Treatment Plant. Planned since 1982, the new $417 million facility is one of the most advanced in the western United States.
The EPA’s Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Finance Center, in collaboration with the Environmental Finance Center at UNC and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, is hosting a finance forum for drinking water systems.
Pipe and hardware companies are poised to benefit from heightening concerns about U.S. municipal water infrastructure and $300 billion of forecasted capital expenditures over the next decade.
Black & Veatch was selected to provide program management services to Denver Water on the Gross Reservoir Expansion Project.
EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program received an additional $8 million for credit subsidy in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.
The Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors approved an initial down payment to participate in a proposed large off-stream reservoir in Northern California.
Innovyze, a provider of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, and XP Solutions, a provider of software for stormwater/floodwater modeling and drainage design headquartered in Portland, Ore., announced that their companies have joined.
The EPA launched a new website to provide information about EPA’s review of the definition of “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) as set out in the 2015 Clean Water Rule.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released the first NHDPlus High Resolution (NHDPlus HR) datasets in Beta version.
A group of 50 industry experts, including CH2M, came together from backgrounds in water supply, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, to develop a regional shared vision for the future of water infrastructure in the Northwest.
Padre Dam Municipal Water District received regulatory conceptual approvals for the East County Advanced Water Purification Program from the California State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water.
The U.S. municipal water sector sits at the cusp of change with more than $20 billion of forecasted spending on software, data, and analytics solutions over the next decade.
Mergers & acquisitions (M&A) in the global water sector exceeded $20 billion in 2016, pushing the three-year total valuation of announced deals to more than $57 billion.
Two longtime utility directors launched a communications consulting firm dedicated to helping water and wastewater professionals across North Carolina and the nation meet their customers’ growing expectations for information.
Wind-driven expansion of marsh ponds on the Mississippi River Delta is a significant factor in the loss of crucial land in the Delta region, according to research published by scientists at Indiana University and North Carolina State University.
Marc Edwards, University Distinguished Professor and the Charles P. Lunsford Professor in the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, has been awarded Engineering News-Record’s 2017 Award of Excellence.
An EPA webinar on April 27 will highlight three innovative state initiatives that address novel stressors and improve the resilience of program operations.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) awarded a contract to Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., for repair work on Oroville Dam’s spillways.
Sustainable Solutions Corporation (SSC) released the “Life Cycle Assessment of PVC Water and Sewer Pipe and Comparative Sustainability Analysis of Pipe Materials.
Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings opened the entry submission process for its annual Sherwin-Williams Impact Award.
Agru America’s newest manufacturing center in Charleston, S.C., is producing AGRULINE pipes with dimensions of up to 98.4 inches designed for high-volume flow applications including gas, potable water, and wastewater.
Trihydro Corporation, a national provider of environmental and engineering services, acquired Texas-based consulting firm River City Engineering.
Imagine H2O, the water innovation accelerator, announced the results of the 2017 California Water Policy Challenge.
EPA is releasing the Route to Resilience (RtoR) tool that will help small- and medium-sized drinking water and wastewater utilities learn more about becoming resilient to all-hazards.
The EPA is reminding prospective borrowers about the approaching deadline for submitting a letter of interest (LOI) for Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (WIFIA) credit assistance.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it will pay tribute to a trailblazing engineer and civil rights activist by naming one of the world’s most advanced tunnel boring machines in her honor.
Stantec, and partners EcoGro/Ridgewater were honored for restoring Kentucky’s most popular fishing attraction with an Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineers of Kentucky.
Singapore International Water Week opened its call for nominations for the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2018.
According to an economic impact analysis commissioned by the Value of Water Campaign (VOW), closing the water infrastructure gap in the U.S. would create 1.3 million jobs and spur total economic activity to $220 billion annually.
The 2017 WateReuse California Awards were presented to recycled water facilities, customers, and advocates that are leaders in creating sustainable, locally controlled water supplies across the state.
WateReuse members from across the United States traveled to Washington, D.C. to elevate water as a national priority during the National Water Policy Fly-In during Water Week 2017.
EPA and the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange provided assistance under a cooperative agreement to the University of North Carolina (UNC) Environmental Finance Center to perform an in-depth examination of nine projects where communities used alternative project delivery models.
The Urban Waters Learning Network, a program run by Groundwork USA and River Network with EPA funding, is hosting a webinar.
Copper pipe will be used to replace the City of Flint’s entire lead and lead-tainted galvanized iron service lines.
The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a strategic plan.
A District of Columbia interagency team that manages flood risks, known as the DC Silver Jackets, was recognized as state team of the year.
Innovyze released V6.0 Generation of SCADAWatch, a network data management and business analytics and optimization solution for water and sewer systems.
The Sierra Nevada snowpack continues to build during one of the wettest winters in California’s recorded history.
PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, appointed CH2M to provide professional engineering services for detailed design and construction supervision of the Tuas Water Reclamation Plant
Ross Valley Sanitary District (RVSD) announced the completion of rehabilitation and capacity improvements on more than five miles of gravity sewer pipeline.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected the National Rural Water Association as the Environmental Finance Center to support technical assistance and training for municipalities within the jurisdiction of EPA Region 8.
Following hundreds of public meetings and thousands of public comments, California released the final, refined environmental documents for WaterFix, an essential effort to modernize the State’s water infrastructure.
DC Water and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the issuance of the first certifications under the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP).
Dignitaries joined San Antonio Water System in celebrating the introduction of a truly new drinking water source to the city — desalination. The SAWS project pumps salty — or brackish — water from deep in the Wilcox Aquifer under south Bexar County as the source for this purified drinking water.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff launched Green Scene, a blog dedicated to the latest trends, topics and news on all things associated with water, sustainability and the environment.
Helix Water District, City of El Cajon, and San Diego County have each approved new Memorandums of Understandings (MOUs) with Padre Dam Municipal Water District for additional studies on the East County Advanced Water Purification Program. The MOUs commit the program partners to contribute a total of $474,000 toward Padre Dam’s existing contract with Kennedy/Jenks Consultants to complete the studies.
Engineering News-Record (ENR) selected Colorado Springs Utilities’ Southern Delivery System Program as the recipient of the ENR Mountain States Best Projects Award in the Water/Environment Category.
The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Board of Directors approved $662.9 million in grants and interest-free and low-cost loans to support vital wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects. This funding complements Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s State of the State proposal to invest a record $2 billion in critical water infrastructure across New York.
XP Solutions released XPSWMM and XPSTORM version 2017 — hydrodynamic software models for simulating sanitary sewer systems, stormwater systems, rivers, and urban flooding.
A new study has confirmed the feasibility of a proposed large-scale project to treat and purify wastewater and distribute it to groundwater basins across the region through a collaboration between the Metropolitan Water District and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.
Imagine H2O, the water innovation accelerator, selected 12 startups to advance to its 8th annual Accelerator Program. Over 180 startups from 20 countries registered for the Challenge.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced that its first public prize competition, the Beach Outfalls Challenge, is now underway. Members of the public, companies, students and other entities are invited to submit their ideas to improve the design of the beach outfalls.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is awarding more than $17 million to 20 projects in 10 coastal states to protect, restore or enhance more than 13,000 acres of coastal wetlands and adjacent upland habitats.
The US Water Alliance released its One Water Roadmap: The Sustainable Management of Life’s Most Essential Resource as a guide for changing the way water is managed in America.
President Obama signed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into law, which includes provisions of the Water Supply Cost Savings Act championed by the Water Systems Council and other water well industry groups during the past three years.
The Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), released and is seeking comment on a proposed rule to update and clarify its policies governing the use of USACE reservoir projects for domestic, municipal and industrial water supply pursuant to Section 6 of the Flood Control Act of 1944, 33 U.S.C. § 708 (Section 6), and the Water Supply Act of 1958, 43 U.S.C. § 390b (WSA).
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is launching two new prize challenges — Arsenic Sensor Challenge and More Water, Less Concentrate. This is the first stage for each challenge. Subsequent stages with larger prize purses are planned for testing and demonstrating the most promising technologies.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its scientific report on the impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources, which provides states and others the scientific foundation to better protect drinking water resources in areas where hydraulic fracturing is occurring or being considered.
At the start of 2016, the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) contracted with KAI Design & Build to provide emergency relief services after historic rains and severe flooding at the end of 2015 caused the shutdown of two of its wastewater treatment plants, and damage to a third plant.
President Obama on Dec. 10 signed legislation that will allow the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program to begin making loans to tackle the nation’s trillion-dollar water infrastructure challenge.
The City of Flint, Mich., selected Arcadis to prepare a Water Distribution System Optimization Plan under a contract worth approximately $800,000. The plan is intended to guide improvements for the distributed water quality, sustainability and long-term operation of the city’s aging water system.
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) congratulated Congress for passage of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, and expressed hope for more discussion and action.
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Colorado recognized the Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility (RHWPF) with a 2017 Engineering Excellence Award. Designed by Dewberry, the $51.5 million plant uses new technologies that have enabled the Parker Water and Sanitation District to convert from rapidly declining groundwater sources to a renewable water supply.
An update to the essential reference for the engineering and design of ports, harbors, and marine terminals is now available from ASCE Press.
The City of Houston will be advertising for bid in December 2016 the first three segments of a new 16.5 mile Northeast Transmission Waterline.
A U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Los Angeles Basin Study that looks at the changing demographics, climate change and competing interests for available water supplies and identifies options to meet the water needs of the Los Angeles area into the future.
The frequency and severity of incidents like the recent water main break in Philadelphia will increase in coming years absent renewed attention and ongoing investment, Fitch Ratings says.
The Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority’s Hardeeville Water Reclamation Facility expansion project has received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision rating system’s Bronze award.
Senet, the first and only North American provider of public, low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) for long range-based (LoRa-based) Internet of Things (IoT) applications, announced that Trimble is leveraging its wireless technology to enable water utilities to remotely measure and monitor water, wastewater and groundwater systems.
The City of San Diego Public Utilities Department is one of five public drinking water systems being honored by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) with its Sustainable Water Utility Management Award.
Mississippi State University’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders has completed the implementation of nine water wells in Simwatacheula, Zambia, providing sources of clean drinking water to approximately 10,000 people in rural communities.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was awarded the inaugural Utility of the Future (UOTF) Today Recognition.
The City of San Diego Public Utilities Department was recognized as a Utility of the Future Today on Sept. 27 by a partnership of water sector organizations including the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Environment Federation, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, the WateReuse Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The inaugural program recognizes utilities with proven success in innovative and sustainable management practices.