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Long-Term Water Planning Helps Communities Prosper
Long-Term Water Planning Helps Communities Prosper
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Proper water management provides a cost-effective use of the resource, which keeps communities from wasting money to treat supplies twice.
Father of BNR Continues His Pursuit of Improved Water Treatment
Father of BNR Continues His Pursuit of Improved Water Treatment
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Dr. James L. Barnard discovered a way to remove nitrogen during water treatment using naturally occurring microorganisms, saving costs.
Conveying Flows of Water and Information
Conveying Flows of Water and Information
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Most of the worlds cities are experiencing significant growth and the need to move water to where people live continues unabated.
Sustainability - California Style
Sustainability - California Style
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California communities are successfully implementing holistic water projects that are environmentally sustainable and financially feasible.
GIS Forms the Backbone for Ultra-Complex Environmental Program
GIS Forms the Backbone for Ultra-Complex Environmental Program
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The real power of GIS is bringing together information to relate and analyze between all the different datasets, and to visualize it based on location.
Municipalities Have Many Options in a Public-Private Partnership
Municipalities Have Many Options in a Public-Private Partnership
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Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are a bit like snowflakes – no two are alike. In fact, for municipalities looking at alternative forms of funding for capital projects, there are a multitude of options that can make any arrangement a custom fit for the particular situation.
Moving Asset Management into a Strategic Business Approach
Moving Asset Management into a Strategic Business Approach
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Asset-intensive sectors, such as utilities, are seeking solutions to a number of interdependent and convergent challenges. These include increasing stakeholder and customer service expectations; ageing infrastructure; resilience of critical asset systems; and sustainability of capital funding.
Top Water Infrastructure Issues Solved Through Asset Management
Top Water Infrastructure Issues Solved Through Asset Management
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Many water utility leaders recognize that using asset management concepts can help address their most pressing challenges. Asset management provides a risk-based investment approach that is replicable, auditable and targets the best return on investment. 
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Utilities Seeking EPC Contractors Should Carefully Examine Many Unseen Traits
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As power, oil and gas, water and wastewater utilities begin the process of exploring how to build their next large infrastructure project, the most important decision in the entire process may rest with the selection of the EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractor. While many EPC providers exist, they operate in varied fashions – and some of those characteristics are unseen. 
Epic Investment Trends in Smart Distribution Systems
Epic Investment Trends in Smart Distribution Systems
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For more than 100 years, electric utilities worldwide made relatively few investments to electric di
9 Ways Performance Contracting Can Conserve Energy
9 Ways Performance Contracting Can Conserve Energy
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To achieve efficiency improvements, water and wastewater utilities might be wise to consider performance contracting, which can deliver much-needed operational efficiencies with manageable lifecycle costs and minimized risk.
Bid Site Development Separately to Boost Project Quality, Speed and Value
Bid Site Development Separately to Boost Project Quality, Speed and Value
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Procurement for land mobile radio (LMR) systems that provide emergency communications usually follows a standard process, whereby agencies, like municipalities and federal and state entities, prepare a single request for proposal (RFP) that covers all phases of the project.
A Smarter Way to Manage Performance at Power Plants
A Smarter Way to Manage Performance at Power Plants
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“We have thousands of thermocouples, meters, sensors and alarms, and on a good day we can pay attention to 1 in 10,” a plant operator recently said. “We know we’re missing data that could help our performance and maintenance planning, but unless we hire 10 more operators, what can we do?”
Co-locating Singapore's 5th Desalination Plant with Energy Facilities Points to an Affordable Alternative
Co-locating Singapore's 5th Desalination Plant with Energy Facilities Points to an Affordable Alternative
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Singapore’s fifth desalination plant will be co-located within an existing facility, such as a power or steam generation plant on Jurong Island. This is expected to boost synergies in resources, such as seawater intake and outfall structures or energy.
Storage- and Demand-side Management
Storage- and Demand-side Management
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Renewables, smart grid technologies, hybrid generation and microgrids. Asian power providers have traditionally focused on coal to provide inexpensive power to keep pace with the region’s growth. Today, shifting clean energy policies challenge this model.

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