Ahhh, it’s July. Time for barbecues, beaches, and blistering hot days. There’s nothing like an ice-cold glass of water to quench a summer thirst, am I right? We’re not the only ones parched; our lawns and landscaping are languishing under the sun’s summer rays too. As you might expect, July is not only the hottest […]
From space, the blue and green marble we call home looks deceptively watery. It’s true that about 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, but most of it — over 96% — is saltwater. That leaves about 3.5% in the form of freshwater. But, here’s the thing: Most of THAT is locked up […]
For too long water has been the silent utility. But no more! The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is launching a new water awareness event called Source Water Protection Week, and we say bring it on! From September 26 to October 2, we will be promoting Source Water Protection Week on our social media and […]
Got water? Sure, most of us in the United States do. But do we ever stop to smell the roses of odorless fresh potable water? Do we reflect on what reliable water means for the economic life of our community? Texas’s harsh deep freeze earlier this year reminded us Texans of our vulnerability, and after […]
Investing in a smart meter solution is a step toward improving future quality of life Investing in America’s water and wastewater infrastructure is an investment in America’s quality of life. There are obvious sustainability benefits. It is known that replacing deteriorating and leaking pipes reduces water loss and sewer spills. But did you know that […]
Though we’re still wrapping our heads around what happened in Texas last month, we would be remiss if we didn’t thank the many utility workers who have been working doggedly during and after the recent winter storm, Uri. These front line workers worked countless hours to not only restore water service to their communities but […]
Smart water technology has evolved the water utility’s role within municipalities to have a seat at the proverbial Smart City table, participate in the IoT plan, and drive water stewardship. There are many benefits to replacing your meter system with AMI (Advanced Meter Infrastructure) technology. For the utility, the game-changer is when you couple it […]
Guest Blog by Stephanie Zavala, CEO and Co-Founder of Rogue Water and the Water in Real Life Podcast *Spoiler Alert: This blog may contain spoilers.
In the December 2018 issue of the AWWA Journal, water utilities that communicate with their customers about broader water issues scored higher in customer satisfaction scores. This was an outcome reflected by the 2018 J.D. Power and Associates survey conducted in water utilities across the country. Based on their survey findings, water conservation and effective […]
The internet is flooded with articles on homeowner water conservation, yet why do so many water utility attempts to educate customers seem to fall on deaf ears? Perhaps the problem is not as much about educating people on what to do (water-saving checklists and guidelines) as it is about motivating them on why to do it (personal reward). Consider […]
It doesn’t matter which came first — chickens, eggs, farmers, or consumers. When water scarcity is involved, all parties are interdependent. Limiting agricultural or industrial water use in favor of residential use does a community no good if the local economy cannot support existing jobs, or attract new ones, for its residents. In regions chronically […]
Water is life. It’s a catchy slogan that is so true we often miss the forest for the trees. Water is, quite literally, life. Without it, life as we know it ceases to exist. And yet modern day water treatment and distribution infrastructure and operational systems have made the gift of water so easy, we’ve […]
Those following headlines about water services are likely all too familiar with the city of Sacramento. The Californian capital has had more than its fair share of water issues, from dealing with the state’s water scarcity problems to a recent lawsuit charging hexavalent chromium contamination in local water supplies. And the city is now in […]
As the water infrastructure crisis frustrates policymakers across the country, an increasing number of water managers are looking to sensors and big data as ways to cut costs and save customers from rate hikes. Busted water mains and leaky pipes are challenging water systems across the country. The definitive report on infrastructure, issued last month for the first time in four years, put a spotlight on the deep challenges the nation faces in upgrading its water and wastewater systems.