Encourage Water Conservation with These Four Tools

Water seems ubiquitous – we turn on the tap, and it’s there. However, less than two percent of water on the planet is freshwater, and only 1 percent is available as drinking water – the rest is frozen. The United Nations predicts that two-thirds of the world population will be water-stressed by 2025. The U.S. uses 322 billion gallons […]

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Looking At the Future of Infrastructure

As Congress and the president eye a bipartisan effort at improving our aging infrastructure, the time for a wide-reaching infrastructure program to rebuild water, electric, transportation and information infrastructure, is now. The need for locally-based planning and financial partnerships, not only to repair and maintain our infrastructure, but to make significant improvements through innovation, is […]

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Water Infrastructure Crisis: Data in the Six Pillar Solution – A Message from John Kitzie, CEO

In a previous newsletter we introduced the idea of Six Pillars that must be addressed to reverse the dire state of America’s water infrastructure. The solution lies in leadership and a plan that addresses these many challenges comprehensively. Pillar #1 was Education. Pillar #2 is Data. Aging water infrastructure, conflicting priorities, and thin budgets continue to challenge water […]

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Build a Stronger America with the EPA

President Trump is inviting local and state governments to “Build a Stronger America” through investment in infrastructure. The president’s plan is to spur $1.5 trillion in investment by distributing $200 million in matching grants, while putting decision making into state and local hands, streamlining permitting and removing regulatory barriers. Grants Highlighted Environmental Protection Agency Acting […]

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Columbus’s Blueprint For Clean Streams And Strong Neighborhoods

National League Of Cities In the late 1970s, I was a research economist writing guidebooks for local officials about the affordability of new infrastructure to achieve national water quality standards. At the time, new wastewater treatment plants and deep tunnels were designed without enough consideration given to the financial burden of such projects on communities […]

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Water Conservation: Partnering With Ratepayers To Reduce Costs

Potable water is valuable and requires time, labor and resources to produce and deliver to ratepayers, and water utilities are expected to maintain a constant, clean supply with aging infrastructure and rates that are less than ideal. We’ve looked at recouping costs through water conservation, reducing loss and theft, but you also can partner with […]

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How To Conserve Water When You’re Losing It

Three percent of water on our planet is freshwater and only 1 percent is suitable for drinking, so it’s not difficult to see that we must conserve water for the planet – a plan that can save utilities and their customers money. Conservation is good for the planet and your bottom line, but it’s not […]

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Smart Meters Can Help Stop The Loss Of Water… And Dollars

A state audit found that Pittsburgh is losing half of the clean water it processes; Olean, N.Y., loses two of every five gallons; Ontario, Canada, is losing $700 million a year in water leaks – the list goes on and on. America alone loses an estimated 2.1 trillion gallons of water each year. The causes […]

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Green Infrastructure: Three Ways To Partner With Residents

As municipal officials turn to the cost-savings and environmental and social benefits of green infrastructure, there’s one important factor that can mean the difference between success and failure: community buy-in. How do you convince residents not only to buy-in to green infrastructure, but to green their own homes and businesses? Residents need to get informed, […]

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Green Infrastructure: Three Key Concepts

As municipal officials look to improve infrastructure, rehabilitate distressed neighborhoods and make communities more livable, many are turning to green infrastructure, which uses existing infrastructure, such as parks, to contain and filter water and direct it away from storm sewers. Green infrastructure improves water quality, reduces flood risk and manages storm water. It also provides […]

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