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How prepared is your utility for a pandemic?

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the Environmental Protection Agency has developed a pandemic checklist for utilities to gauge preparedness. The checklist identifies recommendations for pandemic:

  • Preparedness
  • Response
  • Recovery

See the checklist here.

EPA notes that the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 via drinking water is low, but utilities might be impacted...

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Water Professionals on the front lines in our water utilities may not be able to work from home, especially for those in maintenance and plant operations. Each member has technically specialized knowledge unique to their community systems.

What happens if an unplanned absence lasts several weeks or if multiple team members are out simultaneously? Temporarily losing a team member’s knowledge can pose serious challenges.

Here are some tips for minimizing the risk and...

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Wastewater treatment plant owners and operators across the U.S. are spreading the word to their customers who are at home during the coronavirus outbreak: Don’t flush anything except toilet paper.

Sanitizing wipes, paper towels and even “flushable” baby wipes can and are clogging pipes and sewer systems. The Environmental Protection Agency , along with multiple cities and wastewater utilities are warning residents about the dangers with a Twitter hashtag #WipesClogPipes.

“Being...

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At Freese and Nichols, our various planning groups regularly use U.S. Census Bureau data to forecast clients’ needs for water, transportation, utilities, land use and development. The 2020 Census count takes place this spring, and we encourage you to take the time to complete it and encourage anyone within your influence to do the same (your data is confidential).

Why...

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With increased likelihood of cybersecurity attacks from overseas, now underscores the importance for utilities to conduct risk and resilience assessments , including cybersecurity, for American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 compliance.

Last week, an American airstrike killed Major General Qassem Soleimani, who led the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Iran has issued cyberattacks on American infrastructure before, including a New York dam in...

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One of the first steps in pump-station design is to determine what type of pump station best suits the system’s needs.

The type of pump station sets the stage for the design of the entire facility. Some specific design items the designer will need to consider when selecting a type of pump station include: system curve, initial demand and expansion requirements, pump availability, storage requirements, NPSH available, maintenance and cost.

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(All Images Courtesy of the City of Lubbock)

In the same way a physician meticulously performs open-heart surgery, cities have to modify their water system while it’s still running. But with flexible design and careful attention during construction, the transition to a new “heart” can go seamlessly without disruption of service.

A condition assessment showed the City of Lubbock needed to replace their 61- year-old Pump Station No. 7...

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