Water Asset Management

Henderson, Nev., to implement Arcadis digital asset management system for 500,000 water assets

Arcadis will support the migration of information from the City's legacy system to Enterprise Decision Analytics (EDA). The Arcadis team will load, configure, and build lifecycle models for their 500,000 water and wastewater assets with detailed strategies for reservoirs, HVAC, sewer mains, potable water laterals, and meters.

Calgary on the brink of water crisis after major pipeline break

Crews have been unable to access the damaged section of the pipeline, known as a feeder main, to commence repairs or identify the cause of the rupture.

Water restored in Atlanta after second major break in five days

City of Atlanta officials say workers finished repairs on a ruptured water main on Tuesday and that water problems in the city are coming to an end after five days.

NW Natural Water acquires Puttman Infrastructure and ICH, expands into California market

This acquisition will add approximately 4,200 water, wastewater, and recycled water customers across Oregon, Idaho, and California, with an expected growth to 19,000 connections at full buildout.

Former California water official pleads guilty to $3.5 million water theft

A former California water official has pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal water in a deal with federal prosecutors in the state’s crop-rich Central Valley.

Fusion in paradise

Just south of Miami, in the tropical paradise of the Florida Keys, a McElroy TracStar 412 spent most of winter 2023 onsite, fusing high-density polyethylene (HDPE) for a massive residential water line to service one of the area’s gated resorts.

US says cyberattacks against water supplies are rising, and utilities need to do more to stop them

Cyberattacks against water utilities across the country are becoming more frequent and more severe, the Environmental Protection Agency warned Monday as it issued an enforcement alert urging water systems to take immediate actions to protect the nation’s drinking water.

Michigan's water infrastructure gets billion-dollar boost

Michigan is undergoing a substantial transformation in its water infrastructure, with significant investments aimed at renewing outdated systems and ensuring access to clean and safe drinking water for its residents.

EPA finds no evidence of racial bias in Mississippi's water funding for Jackson

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it found “insufficient evidence” that racial discrimination shaped decisions made by two Mississippi agencies about water system funding for the state’s majority-Black capital city of Jackson.

Colorado’s Larimer County commissioners greenlight Thornton water pipeline project

On May 8, Larimer County commissioners unanimously granted approval for Thornton City's 10-mile pipeline project, marking a breakthrough after years of contentious debate and legal battles.

Senator Duckworth applauds $240 million federal investment to remove lead from Illinois water

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth applauded the EPA's announcement of over $240 million in funding to assist Illinois in identifying and replacing lead service lines. This investment is crucial for preventing lead poisoning among the state’s residents.

Interior Department launches collaborative initiative to boost tribal water, sanitation infrastructure

The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation and Indian Health Service unveiled a collaborative initiative aimed at bolstering safe drinking water and community sanitation infrastructure projects across Indian Country.

$274 million investment to improve water quality across Pennsylvania

This investment, facilitated through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, will fund 30 projects focusing on drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and non-point source issues.

FEMA awards over $711 million to Puerto Rico’s sewer authority for potable water meters

(UI) — FEMA has awarded over $711 million to the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) to replace nearly 1.4 million water meters, which are part of the agency’s infrastructure for measuring potable water consumption throughout the island.

Oregon's Klamath project receives 2024 water supply allocation; funding boost for drought resilience

The Bureau of Reclamation unveiled the initial 2024 water supply allocations for the Klamath Project, alongside $8.5 million in immediate funding dedicated to bolstering drought resilience in Klamath Basin communities and an additional $5 million earmarked for tribes impacted by drought.

Memphis, Tenn., secures $42.1 million loan for water infrastructure upgrades

Gov. Bill Lee and TDEC Commissioner David Salyers announced a $42.1 million loan for Memphis to enhance its water infrastructure. The loan, approved by the Tennessee Local Development Authority, is part of a statewide effort to improve water systems.

House passes Rep. Duarte's legislation to streamline water permitting processes in the Valley

The legislation addresses existing ambiguities in NPDES permits, which have been susceptible to legal challenges, potentially stalling vital energy and infrastructure projects.

Michigan awards $95 million in grants for water infrastructure projects

From water main replacements to wastewater treatment plant upgrades, the funding aims to modernize aging infrastructure and address emerging challenges such as Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) contamination.

Private utility wants to bypass Georgia county to connect water to new homes near Hyundai plant

Rep. Ron Stephens, a Savannah Republican, tells the Senate committee that state regulators' water limits on Bryan County's withdrawal from the Floridan aquifer, the region’s main water source, are hindering new home construction for Hyundai’s workforce, urging an expedited expansion of the county's water system.

Prince Rupert, British Columbia, receives $77.2 million for water, sewer system upgrades

The funding will support the upgrading of 16 miles of water mains and separating the combined sewer system for better stormwater management. This includes installing new PVC piping to enhance infrastructure reliability and functionality.

New York State invests $10 million in Amsterdam's water quality improvement

This funding, part of Governor Kathy Hochul's recent announcement of $166 million in water quality grants, supports crucial upgrades to Amsterdam's water infrastructure, enhancing the health of the Mohawk River.

Tennessee governor, commissioner McWhorter unveil $11 million in infrastructure planning grants

The IPG program supports utility systems in distressed counties and rural communities, offering funding for water and sewer system mapping, analysis, asset management, and regionalization studies.

Texas launches $1 billion water fund as first step in addressing water woes

While Texas enjoys a significant budget surplus, its water woes persist, underscoring the need for innovative solutions beyond mere financial injections. Recognizing this, lawmakers have established the Texas Water Fund, earmarking $1 billion for water infrastructure.

States in Colorado River Basin clash over strategies amidst water shortages

The seven U.S. states that draw water from the Colorado River basin are suggesting new ways to determine how the increasingly scarce resource is divvied up when the river can’t provide what it historically promised.

Arizona’s Senate has passed a plan to manage rural groundwater, but final success is uncertain

A plan to manage rural groundwater passed Arizona’s Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday amid growing concerns about the availability of sufficient water for future generations in the arid Southwestern state.

Arkansas secures $53.1 million for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater upgrades

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $53.1 million from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda for Arkansas to implement drinking water and clean water infrastructure upgrades.

Manchin secures $3 million for Berkeley County, W.Va., water infrastructure upgrades

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has announced $3 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Berkeley County Public Service Water District to expand clean drinking water capacity in southern Berkeley County.

Lake Como, N.J., takes bold steps towards resolving water utility concerns

Despite a less-than-ideal offer from New Jersey American Water, Lake Como invested millions in upgrading its water system to address the immediate crisis. However, this decision led to increased water costs for residents to repay the loans taken out for the project.

White House is distributing $5.8 billion from the infrastructure law for water projects

The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it is distributing another $5.8 billion for water infrastructure projects around the country, paid for by one of its key legislative victories.

Challenges of repairing rural water lines in urbanizing areas

To make repairs, the BCWA team has primarily relied on trackhoes (backhoe loaders) and mini excavators. However, in some environments, using these common equipment fleet staples of most rural water associations can potentially cause additional damage that will need to be addressed.