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State of the industry 2013
Get a glimpse of what’s in store for the coming year with regard to infrastructure financing, water reuse, and laws and regulations.
Grappling with data
Restoring the health of any large body of water requires an extensive collaboration among stakeholders, including state and federal regulators, local municipalities, scientists, and local industry. These stakeholders must collaborate to execute projects designed to improve the watershed’s quality by measuring, tracking, and implementing best management practices to reduce pollutants and suspended solids.
This effort can require years of sampling, testing, and project implementation to reduce contaminants. Sometimes, this involves hundreds of people across thousands of projects, resulting in a tremendous amount of disparate data.
CMMS facilitates condition-based maintenance
While it may be true that the “squeaky wheel gets the grease,” maintenance professionals know that expensive machinery needs grease long before anything starts squeaking. Condition-based maintenance incorporates real-time data into assessments about the health of equipment and helps schedule maintenance when it is actually necessary — not according to a rigid schedule.
International focus on phosphorus
U.S and Canadian water resource recovery facilities face tighter limits
Once a distant memory from the 1960s and 1970s, algal blooms again are surfacing in Great Lakes bays and nearshore waters. Efforts to solve the problem recently got a boost from new amendments to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA). Although the beefed-up agreement targets farm fertilizer, it also is asking water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) to cut phosphorus discharges. In addition to these nutrient management challenges, utilities in Canada are facing significant new federal regulations on wastewater.
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Sustainability’s different angles
Sustainability is a big word that encapsulates many different shades of meaning within the water sector. It touches on finances, water supply, energy needs, personnel, chemical use, and so on.
To communicate its effort to tackle the various aspects of sustainability, the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureaus of Sanitation and Engineering developed the Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center. Learn how this brand-new education and outreach center not only uses exhibits to explain what the city is doing, but also serves as an example itself of what sustainable construction practices and systems can achieve.
On the treatment side, taking treatment processes back to the drawing board can help determine what combination of processes simultaneously can lower overall energy consumption while producing reclaimed water to augment supplies. Find out how utilities can examine the energy needs and sources within different treatment schemes to move closer to energy independence, even when producing high-quality product water.
Paying the piper and preserving the (cash) flow
Be it a drinking water plant, a stormwater system, or a water resource recovery facility, utilities need flows to operate — cash flows. Finding the right balance of funding to build, operate, maintain, and expand services is a daily battle.
Find out how Indianapolis worked with regulators to revise the terms of its consent decree to lower expenditures by $740 million, while controlling additional combined sewer overflows.
Then, dive into the world of stormwater fees. Read about how Jackson, Mich., became the first utility in the state to put its new fee structure to the test against a three-part “bright line” process established by the state Supreme Court to determine if a charge is a valid user fee.
And, explore depreciation from a water resource recovery facility’s point of view. All should beware anyone who says, “Depreciation is not a real expense.” Done correctly, funding depreciation will provide enough money for replacement without tying up too much extra cash.
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