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. Now, this survey data is being made available to the public.
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.
Communities and service providers across the globe are working to manage challenges associated with the global pandemic. Although the construction of critical infrastructure and facilities are generally deemed essential, project managers are experiencing an uptick in noise complaints as more professionals work from home. To foster stronger community relationships and keep projects on schedule, here are some common complaints and guidance you can use to mitigate them:
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.
Southeast Asia is set for a new phase of solar power development, driven by a convergence of low interest rates and available liquidity as we emerge from COVID-19, alongside decreasing costs of technology and new opportunities to leap forward through advanced engineering.
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.
Electric utilities are turning towards advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology as they work to transform and enhance utility operations, asset management and customer service. The benefits of AMI are well-known. But today, utilities now face a myriad of choices when it comes to evaluating their AMI investments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Climate change and the resulting fluctuations in weather events are changing the game for utilities as increasing numbers of devastating floods, droughts, snowpack changes and ferocious wildfires alter our assumptions about water security and supply. The climate change picture is bleak.
The 2020 Strategic Directions: Water Report – melding analyses of leading experts and a survey of nearly 300 stakeholders in the North American sphere of water and wastewater – examines the issues and trends impacting today’s water industry at a time when matters couldn’t be more complex.
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