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Black & Veatch Insights: Smart Utilities 2020 Survey Data

Black & Veatch’s 2020 Strategic Directions: Smart Utilities survey polled more than 625 qualified utility, municipal, commercial and community stakeholders to investigate the issues and complexities of the changing utility landscape.

The Future is Bright for Water Recycling Strategies
Finding more water sources is no longer enough. The future rests in smart strategies that reuse what we’ve already got. Faced with the specter of climate change and increasingly extreme weather events, an expanding portfolio of water reuse strategies as a sustainability goal is becoming the norm for water utilities.
Maturation of tidal energy: Pentland array leads the way
To further the development of tidal energy as a commercially viable source of renewable power, lessons learnt from MeyGen Phase 1A are being shared in a new assessment authored by Black & Veatch’s marine energy team. This article shares some of the findings of overall significance to the maturation of tidal energy.
Nutrient Management Drives Wastewater Investment
The EPA describe excessive nutrients in our waters as one of America’s most pervasive, costly and challenging problems. Responses to Black & Veatch’s 2020 Strategic Directions: Water Report survey show that wastewater utilities are actively working to improve effluent quality and meet regulatory requirements.
Data Analytics: Threading the Needle of Risk and Reward
There’s no doubt that the technological advances of the past decade — artificial intelligence, cloud-based software, autonomous equipment, drones, remote sensors, mobile devices, machine learning and virtual reality — have improved operational efficiency, productivity and resiliency, moving us into the digital age faster and farther than we ever imagined.
PFAS, Lead, Nitrate/Nitrite: Key Concerns for Drinking Water Utilities
Utilities entrusted to supply sustainable, clean drinking water have their hands full eliminating contaminants of emerging concern and ensuring that reactions in the distribution system do not produce separate contamination issues. Dealing with certain contaminants are proving increasingly challenging.
Addressing Resilience and the Scramble for Water
Access to clean water remains a critical component of any community, but unfortunately, water stresses are a reality for far too many, particularly those in the arid West and Southwest. Concerns over funding, aging infrastructure and resilience are not new, echoing the worries and priorities of years past.
Water Resilience: When Too Much of a Good Thing Isn’t Great
During the spring of 2019, record-breaking floods inundated the Midwest and overwhelmed the water and wastewater treatment facilities. That searing experience, coupled with increased recognition of the vulnerability of low-lying coastal areas to seawater surges, has spurred concerns about the resilience of our nation’s water infrastructure.
Aging Infrastructure and Workforce: Vexing Challenges Remain
America’s water infrastructure is deteriorating quickly, causing increasing failures because adequate investments haven’t been made in rehabilitation or replacement. Not surprisingly, aging infrastructure is the major worry for respondents to Black & Veatch’s 2020 Strategic Directions: Water Report survey.
Digital Water Expands in Use, Importance in a Time of Climate Change, Pandemics
Aging infrastructure and the graying of the industry’s retirement-bound workforce remains a vexing issue, decades in the making. Climate change continues to test the ability of water utilities either to provide enough water or effectively handle historic inundations. All of this compounded by a global pandemic.
As Infrastructure Ages, ‘Digital Water’ Drives Optimization
Water utilities take on the difficult job of ensuring that water always will be safe and that capacity always will be available. This is becoming an increasingly difficult task, given unforeseen events such as the COVID-19 pandemic that compound the chronic issues with aging water infrastructure and an aging workforce.
Sustainability Drives Mine Water Management Systems
A growing global population, rising standards of living, increased urbanization and climate change are driving an increase in water-associated risks around the world. Water is a vital component in mining operations, and the mining industry is being increasingly challenged to develop sustainable water management practices as it works to harmonize the needs of the industry, environment and society. 

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