Water & Sanitation

Energy is a significant cost for many water utilities, and costs are growing as more energy-intensive forms of water supply, including desalination, are being used. Energy is typically the second-largest utility budget item in developed countries, after labour. In many developing countries, energy can account for 70% or even more, of annual costs.

The Miami area sits on a massive, flat formation of porous limestone. That geologic and topographic reality means that as sea levels rise, so too does the region's groundwater-rendering inland areas as vulnerable to flooding as the coastline.

By "Using drone technology we can do it in a matter of minutes, versus a matter of hours or days, and redirect human resources to other facets of the utility," according to City Manager Harry Black.

Coming up with the billions of dollars needed to fix America’s decaying water and sewer infrastructure is going to require substantial investments at the state and local level, experts emphasized during a panel discussion in Chicago on Wednesday.

The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global smart bathroom market for 2016-2020. The report also lists touch-less faucets, cisterns, soap dispensers, hand dryers, smart windows, and smart toilets as the major segments in the global smart bathroom market.

Look for a “surge of network upgrades” in capital expenditures for municipal water and wastewater utilities in the United States over the next 9 years. That is the projection from Bluefield Research. The company’s most recent report predicts a 28 percent increase – or more than $532 billion – over capital expenditure spending during the last 10 years. That translates into an abundance of contracting opportunities for private-sector firms. It also will likely open the door for increased use of public-private partnerships (P3s/PPPs).

In Brooklyn, a developer plans to back dirt-filled dumpsters into parking spaces this summer, the Brooklyn Paper reported, in the hope that the soil and plants will soak up storm water before it breaches the nearby Gowanus canal-a Superfund site with a famous and fetid tendency to flood.

A nonprofit releases a new comprehensive aid to planning many aspects of complex restoration effort.

A new public-private partnership to protect and improve water quality across Minnesota has been introduced. This new partnership is the first of its kind in the nation, partnering the State of Minnesota with Land O' Lakes and local farmers across Minnesota to improve water quality stewardship standards on their farms.

U.S. water infrastructure is suffering from a “culture of neglect.”

Outdated water infrastructure is threatening the public health and the nation’s economy. The state of that infrastructure is being studied and analyzed throughout the country through a series of H20 Catalyst interactive town hall broadcasts. The meetings are designed to explore the state of American water infrastructure in what is being called an era of “replacement, repair and reinvestment.”            

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