Civil + Structural Engineering News

Stanford engineers’ tool helps parched regions plan how to replenish aquifers

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.

Aspen Institute report calls for ‘Internet of Water’ for sustainability

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.

CH2M, Evergreen State College Center for Sustainable Infrastructure visualize a future for water infrastructure

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, Helix, El Cajon, and San Diego County extend partnerships on East County Advanced Water Purification Program

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.

New York approves $662.9 million for drinking water and wastewater treatment systems

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.

President signs WIIN Act containing provisions championed by Water Systems Council

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.

USACE seeks public comment on proposed water supply rule

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).

Bureau of Reclamation launches two prize challenges seeking solutions to expand usable water supplies

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.

U.S. EPA releases final report on impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources

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.

ACEC-Colorado honors Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility with 2017 Excellence Award

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.

AEC TECH NEWS: Senet and Trimble deliver a scalable network of wireless IoT sensors for water monitoring applications

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.

City of San Diego Public Utilities Department recognized as a Utility of the Future Today

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.

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