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Asia Pacific’s Water Industry Focuses on Sustainability, Resource Recovery
Amid climate change and growing urbanization, Asia Pacific’s water networks are getting more complex and extensive. Increasing incidences of extreme weather that changes rainfall patterns, affecting rainfall availability and distribution, are one aspect of climate change that regional water leaders are addressing.
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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.

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Ensuring All Customers Have an Equal Opportunity to Receive Leading-Edge Service
It’s an exciting time with digital transformation gaining pace, a renewed appetite for innovation, and the opening up of the sector to tech start-ups. Against this backdrop, is there a chance that customers of bigger water companies — with more to invest in innovation — enjoy better outcomes, better customer experience, than customers of smaller, less affluent water companies?
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Join Black & Veatch at the UTC Telecom & Technology Conference
A new connected ecosystem is forming. 5G networks are bringing lightning-fast communication and vast connectivity that will propel digitalization. Across industries, businesses and cities, digital infrastructure and technologies are beginning to scale and converge, creating the foundation for a sustainable, resilient and connected future.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Projects
Unique assessment advances commercial viability of tidal energy
MeyGen

Tidal stream energy could theoretically supply more than 150 terawatt hours per annum globally. This represents a potential total global market of up to 50 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity.

Tidal stream energy is a significant renewable energy source because, although it varies, the power output is highly  predictable. As a result, it can help to balance supply and demand as part of a balanced energy mix alongside other renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

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