Municipal Water Leader
  • Interview

    How Seal Rock Water District Is Planning for Resilience

    Seal Rock Water District (SRWD) provides water to several thousand yearly and seasonal residents of the Oregon coast. With a newly installed smart water grid, it is a technologically advanced district that has sharply reduced water waste and demand. Moreover, SRWD is thinking about the future. As it builds a new water intake to increase its resilience and independence, it is designing it to be resilient to potential earthquakes and tsunamis. In this interview, SRWD General Manager Adam Denlinger tells Municipal Water Leader about his district’s water sources and infrastructure; the usefulness of its intertie with the Newport, Oregon, system; and its plans for the future.

  • Interview

    Congress’s Role in Funding Water Infrastructure

    Our public infrastructure has been in disrepair for far too long. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, our nation’s roads, highways, bridges, railways, airports, and water systems will require $4.6 trillion in investments before 2025. However, current funding levels are falling short of our infrastructure needs, and there will be an estimated $2 trillion funding gap.

  • Interview

    Dean Sawyer: Averting Disaster and Guaranteeing Newport’s Future

    Newport, Oregon, is a thriving city of 10,000 on the Oregon coast that is popular with tourists and home to many businesses and organizations. However, the city faces an existential threat. Its two aging dams would not survive a moderately sized earthquake and suffer from seepage issues. A dam breach would cause loss of life and would erase at a stroke the city’s ability to supply basic water service to its residents and business community. Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer is leading the effort to raise awareness of this issue across Oregon and the entire nation. He and his team are leading a publicity campaign, holding tours of the dam, and…