Municipal Water Leader
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    Volume 6 Issue 8 August 2019 Bay County, Florida: Restoring Water Service After a Devastating Hurricane

    In this month’s issue of Municipal Water Leader, we bring you the stories of municipal water providers and managers facing the devastating storm surge, winds, and rains that are brought by major hurricanes and other natural disasters. Our cover story brings you the story of Bay County, Florida, which was hit by the unexpectedly serious Hurricane Michael in October 2018. The category 5 storm knocked out power, blocked roads, and wreaked catastrophic damage on facilities of the Bay County Water Division, the county’s water wholesaler. Nevertheless, within 8 days, water was available at all the system’s points of delivery. We also report on how two cities are updating their systems…

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    Volume 6 Issue 7 August 2019 Learning From the Millennium Drought: Anna Jackson of SA Water

    Australia is a huge, flat, dry country with big cities, productive agriculture, and vast empty expanses. These conditions present considerable challenges for water managers, both municipal and agricultural. This issue of Municipal Water Leader focuses on Australia’s impressive municipal water suppliers and entrepreneurs. In our cover story, Anna Jackson tells us about SA Water, based in Adelaide, South Australia. The agency provides water to the 1.2 million residents of Adelaide, but also to a further half million people spread out across the 380,000-square-mile state. With thousands of miles of pipeline and a versatile supply of surface water supplemented by eight desalination plants, SA Water is doing impressive things. We also profile four…

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    Volume 6 Issue 6 July 2019 Commissioner Brenda Burman: The Promise of the DCP

    The Drought Contingency Plan (DCP), signed on May 20, is a milestone in the management of the Colorado River. Developed by the seven Colorado River basin states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming—plus Mexico and passed as federal law, it mandates ambitious, cooperative efforts to increase storage in Lakes Mead and Powell. In this month’sMunicipal Water Leader, we talk to some of the people who played the biggest role in negotiating and passing the DCP. Our cover interview with Commissioner Brenda Burman of the Bureau of Reclamation, who congratulates the basin states on their accomplishment—but stresses the pivot to implementation that must now occur. Pat Tyrrell, the longtime…

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    Volume 6 Issue 5 May/June 2019 Governor Pete Ricketts: Recovering from Nebraska’s Historic Floods

    T he flooding that hit my home state of Nebraska and other Midwestern states in mid-March 2019 was one of the most serious natural disasters in Nebraska's history. The floods displaced thousands of people, shut down a third of Nebraska’s 10,000 miles of state highway, damaged or destroyed dozens of bridges, and wiped out dams and dikes. This issue of Municipal Water Leader is devoted to the stories of the fight against the flood and the recovery efforts that have followed. In our cover story, we interview Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts about the devastating floods; the state’s response; and how the state can help Nebraskan well owners, farmers, and local…

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    Volume 6 Issue 4 April 2019 Water Reuse in the East

    O ut West, everyone knows about water reuse and recycling. Across Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and other arid states, municipalities have implemented schemes to purify and reuse wastewater to provide water for industrial, commercial, and environmental uses—and even for use as drinking water. However, water recycling is just as appropriate on the East Coast. In this issue ofMunicipal Water Leader, we highlight several installations in the East, as well as a few technologies and public outreach strategies that have the potential to promote water reuse even more. In our cover story, we talk to Ben Grumbles, Maryland’s secretary of the environment. Under Secretary Grumbles leadership, Maryland is embedding…

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    Volume 6 Issue 3 March 2019 Adaptation and Resilience

    M unicipal water providers are in charge of critical infrastructure on an immense scale, from reservoirs and dams to networks of pipes, both rural and urban, and water treatment plants of all sorts. These expansive facilities are vulnerable to the effects of a wide range of natural phenomena, from droughts to storm events, from earthquakes to floods, from fires to watershed deforestation. In this issue of Municipal Water Leader, we look at how agencies, associations, and companies across the nation are building the disaster and climatic resilience of America’s municipal water infrastructure. In our cover story, we speak with Dave Eggerton, the new executive director of the Association of California…

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    Volume 6 Issue 2 February 2019 On the Frontiers of Desalination

    Desalination is one of the most exciting frontiers in municipal water supply. Inland, it promises to unlock new supplies of previously unusable brackish groundwater; on the coast, it provides access to a practically unlimited supply of seawater. In both cases, desalination is quickly becoming a cost-effective alternative to traditional water supplies like surface water and nonbrackish groundwater. This issue of Municipal Water Leader profiles the municipal water managers, inventors, and professionals who are furthering desalination around the United States and the world. In our cover story, we speak with Steve Ramos of the City of Corpus Christi, which is planning two major seawater desalination plants with the help of consultants…

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    Volume 6 Issue 1 January 2019 Women in Water

    Across society, women are increasingly prominent in scientific and technical fields and in management. This is also true in the water industry. Our field boasts a growing number of female managers, engineers, and entrepreneurs. In this issue of Municipal Water Leader, we focus on their accomplishments and experiences. Our cover story features Gloria Gray, the first woman to be elected chair of the board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the vast cooperative public agency that serves 19 million people across the Los Angeles metro region. In our interview, Chairwoman Gray discusses her background, her aims for her tenure as chairwoman, and her message to policymakers. Next, we…

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    Volume 4 Issue 10 October 2018 The Pipeline Issue

    This issue of Municipal Water Leader focuses on the manufacturers, engineers, and builders who make and install pipelines on a massive scale. In our cover story, we talk to Scott Montross, the chief executive officer of Northwest Pipe. This year, Northwest purchased Ameron Water Transmission Group and became North America’s largest manufacturer of steel water pipe systems. We also explore three major pipeline projects in the American Southwest. The Tarrant Regional Water District, which serves Fort Worth, Texas, is partnering with the City of Dallas to build a 150-mile-long, large-diameter pipeline project to link the growing metro area to the district’s reservoirs in east Texas. In Arizona and New Mexico,…

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    Volume 4 Issue 9 October 2018 Big-Picture Thinking

    Water managers deal with huge geographical areas, huge quantities of water, and huge responsibilities. In this issue of Municipal Water Leader, we take a look at the big-picture thinking that is required to successfully manage these challenges. In our cover story, we speak to Matt Stone, the general manager of the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency, a new entity created through an ambitious merger of several large water agencies north of Los Angeles. Mr. Stone tells us about the multiyear project of relationship building, problem solving, and detail-oriented planning that led to the creation of the agency, all based around the question, “If, historically, there had been just one integrated…