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Has the phrase “wash your hands” ever carried more significance than it has this year? Despite all the attention, we still need to remind people that water for handwashing, drinking, agriculture and industry doesn’t just show up. It requires an intricate system of pipes, pump stations, treatment plants, storage facilities and other infrastructure, along with people to keep it all operating.

An important new report makes the case that the U.S. isn’t...

Read More - Investment in Water Infrastructure is Essential for Economic Recovery, ASCE Report Says

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Drought conditions intensified across multiple regions of the United States this week. The nationwide Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) increased from 107 to 115, as the total percent coverage of abnormal dryness (D0), moderate (D1), severe (D2) and extreme (D3) drought conditions expanded and some extreme drought (D4) developed in southwest Texas. Over this past week, hot temperatures and precipitation deficits caused drought-related conditions to expand and intensify across...

Read More - Current Drought Conditions in the United States

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TagsCurrent Drought Conditions, Drought Index, Drought Maps, Drought Monitor, Drought Response, Drought Restrictions, Groundwater, Historical Data, reservoir levels, streamflow,

The July 2020 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) update indicated that overall, combined oceanic and atmospheric conditions remained consistent with ENSO-neutral during June 2020. Over the next few months, ENSO-neutral is favored through the summer of 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) issued a La Niña Watch for the fall, as there is a 50-55% chance of La Niña developing in the Northern...

Read More - Climate and Drought Outlook for the United States

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We continue our ongoing series spotlighting upcoming infrastructure funding opportunities, at both the state and federal levels. Read the previous posts: Coronavirus Exposes Long-Standing Infrastructure Funding Vulnerabilities and Avenues to Fund Your Infrastructure: FIF and CDBG .

Financing opportunities outside of traditional municipal bonds can be attractive, particularly for utilities in lower income, incorporated communities. Oftentimes these loans and grants go largely underutilized because of the perception that...

Read More - Upcoming Water/Wastewater Funding Deadlines in New Mexico

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Although the next few months of summer typically see some of the highest demands of the year, usage may be different or even diminished this year because of COVID-19.

Water utilities should continue to keep an eye on water quality, which could be an issue as some college campuses, business buildings, and sections of communities have closed down or seen large decreases in activity during normally busy months.

The Environmental Protection Agency...

Read More - Keep Eye On Water Quality As COVID-19 Impacts Usage

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This article is a preview of a presentation recorded for the Collection Systems Digital Conference presented by the Water Environment Federation.

Treating large volumes of rainwater due to inflow and infiltration (I&I) in the wastewater collection system is a shared experience of many utilities across the US. The City of Conroe, Texas, is facing the same challenge...

Read More - How Much Rainwater Are You Treating? Solutions and Budgeting for I&I Reduction

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This article is a preview of a presentation recorded for the Collection Systems Digital Conference presented by the Water Environment Federation.

In downtown Dallas, approximately 40% of the City's sewer flow passes through a a single 90-inch interceptor structure, which was deteriorating. Because the site is inaccessible to large construction equipment, critical repairs had to take place from within the structure.

To solve this challenge, the City designed a 150-MGD...

Read More - Successful Procedure: Wastewater Bypass in the Heart of Dallas

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TagsWastewater, pump station, bypass,

Read Part 2: How Investments in Climate Resiliency Can Pay Off Later here:

As Tropical Storm Cristobal makes its way into the Gulf of Mexico, the 2020 hurricane season is off to an early start. The question is, is your water and wastewater infrastructure climate ready?

Meteorologists at Colorado State , Penn State and the University of Arizona are all predicting...

Read More - How to Assess Your Infrastructure To Be Climate Resilient

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Tagsresiliency, Coastal, florida, Infrastructure, Water, Wastewater, tropical storm, Hurricane,

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