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Water Affordability Policy Statement Approved by AWWA

December 2018

Clean water doesn’t come for free. The largest costs typically revolve around maintenance and repair for infrastructure, as well as necessary expansions to help communities grow. In order to afford these expenditures, rates often must increase – leaving many communities to have to navigate a balance between operation and affordability to customers. The recent Affordability […]

‘Tis the Season – To Be Grateful for Clean Water

December 2018

Water. A resource with arguably more uses than any other. For the health of our bodies we drink, prepare food, bathe and brush teeth. For the preservation of our homes we wash clothes and dishes, water yards and gardens. Every living being relies on having enough, and entire countries degrade when supplies are scarce. There […]

The Importance of Investing in Operators

December 2018

When it comes to successfully managing any water or wastewater treatment facility, there is no denying that efficiency and high-quality operation are directly related to the expertise and performance of the operator. Today’s operators seem to be a diminishing breed. Those who are in the field are tasked with continual learning of the newest technology […]

Midwest Drought

September 2018

Although recent rain has provided a bit of relief for the Midwest region in the past few weeks, there are still areas that will experience both short- and long-term effects from this summer’s drought. The USDA proclaims drought to be, on average, “one of the most costly natural hazards in the United States each year.” […]

Cybersecurity Management You Need to Know

September 2018

The first computer virus was detected in 1970, and the cybersecurity threat to our nation’s utilities has continued to gradually increase since then, most significantly in the recent decade. As Industrial Control Systems become progressively more online and the Internet of Things works to improve efficiencies and service, more doors are opened for cybersecurity issues. […]

AWWA 2018 State of the Water Industry Report

September 2018

As AWWA prepares to disseminate surveys for the 2019 State of the Water Industry Report, it’s a good time to look back at the 2018 report and revisit some of the concerns reported. How much has changed in the past six months, and are we still headed in the predicted direction? The 2018 results conveyed […]

Water Saving Tips for Hot Weather

July 2018

Hot Midwest summers means household water consumption more than doubles. Reducing water usage will help elevate shortages and save you money. Here are some easy tips to help you conserve. Water early. When temperatures heat up and the sun is high in the air, water evaporation is at its peak. By watering in the morning, […]