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Water conservation is a perennial critical issue in the water industry. American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) 2019 State of the Water Industry Report showed conservation moving from 21st place to 16th place, and ranking 3rd among small utilities. The draft 2022 Texas State Water Plan shows that 37% of strategies in 2020 to meet the state’s growing water demand will be met by demand reduction, up from 31% in...

Read More - Leveraging Relationships to Save Water, Energy and Money

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The coronavirus pandemic is teaching everyone the value of water unlike any experience we’ve ever had. With hand washing with soap and water serving as one of the consistent pillars of public health during this crisis, people are reliant on water for their wellbeing now more than ever.

The latest Value of Water Campaign bipartisan poll funded by the US Water Alliance finds that 84 percent of Americans polled want...

Read More - Coronavirus Exposes Long-Standing Infrastructure Funding Vulnerabilities

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On April 21, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Final Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) by publishing in the Federal Register a final rule that defines the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Defining what constitutes a “water of the United States” is the second step in a comprehensive, two-step process intended to review and revise...

Read More - USACE, EPA Issue 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule

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On April 15, Federal Judge Brian Morris of the Montana District Court issued a summary judgement challenging the decision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to reissue Nationwide Permit (NWP) 12 in 2017.

The action was brought forth by the Northern Plains Resource Council (Plaintiffs) against the Corps for its decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline. TC Energy, the project proponent, and the State of Montana and American...

Read More - Court Order Impacts Section 404 Permitting for Utility Lines

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Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, an innovative tool that enables property owners to make investments in water and energy efficiency, has been gaining momentum across the country. Through the PACE program, financing is secured by a special property tax assessment, all without incurring upfront costs. PACE has acted as an economic development tool to improve buildings, creating jobs, reducing energy consumption and grid demand, and enhancing water conservation.

2,000 PACE projects...

Read More - PACE Program: How To Get Started

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The Trinity River Authority (TRA) of Texas has become a pioneer for asset management within the fence-line of their water and wastewater treatment facilities. TRA has dedicated significant resources to identifying facility assets at their treatment plants with a focus on first understanding their asset inventory, and then integrating the inventory into their GIS and management systems to facilitate an enhanced approach to managing assets and planning capital investment needs. This commitment to...

Read More - Taking AIM at Asset Management

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As the landscape continues to change quickly for water and wastewater utilities and other public works agencies, it’s essential for them to maintain operations as close to normal as possible to protect public health and services. That’s the expectation of the public as well as regulators.

But during this nationwide emergency, utility owners and operators also are being called on to keep up with many other aspects of their businesses that don’t normally...

Read More - AWWA Offers Guidance for Legal Issues, Communications During COVID-19 Crisis

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Tunnels have become a new tool for urban infrastructure projects to maximize the level of service and minimize disruption to residents, businesses and commuters.

Freese and Nichols Tunneling Services Leader Brian Gettinger, PE , will provide insights into this development during the ASCE Texas Section April Technical Webinar, “Tunneling: Trending Infrastructure Tool for Texas’ Urban Centers,” on April 14, noon-1 p.m. CT.

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