Municipal Water Leader
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    Volume 7 Issue 7 July/August 2020 A Vision for 2020

    They say everything is bigger in Texas—and water delivery infrastructure is no exception. This month, Municipal Water Leader features a number of large regional water providers in the Lone Star State. Our cover story features David Montagne of the Sabine River Authority, which delivers raw water to municipal and industrial customers across millions of acres, from Dallas down to the Gulf of Mexico.  We also hear from Rodney Rhoades, the interim executive director and general manager of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), about the exciting progress that is being made on Bois D’Arc Lake, the first major reservoir to be constructed in Texas in 30 years. We also…

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    The Municipal Water Industry Faces Up to COVID-19 A Vision for 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic that hit the United States in mid-March has disrupted countless aspects of daily life. Across the nation, many of us have been working from home; some people have lost their jobs or been furloughed; and all of us are wondering if and when things will go back to normal.  Water, of course, is essential for life; and water treatment and delivery is an absolutely essential service. Municipal water and wastewater service providers do not have the luxury of temporarily closing up shop. Their work must continue.  How exactly are they pushing forward with their operations amid the turbulence caused by the pandemic? That is what this special…

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    Volume 7 Issue 6 June 2020 A Vision for 2020

    Safety and preparation are two sides of the same coin. A water agency always needs to be thinking about the future in order to prevent possible mishaps and to promote strong and sustainable growth. This issue focuses on proactive plans to build infrastructure, seek grants, and pursue strategic mergers, and on safety and training measures that aim to ensure that this development occurs in the most secure way possible.  In our cover interview, we speak with General Manager Andy Fecko of California’s Placer County Water Agency about the infrastructure and relicensing tasks the agency is tackling at the moment and why infrastructure work promises to be an important part of…

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    Volume 7 Issue 5 May 2020 A Vision for 2020

    Give the plant everything it needs, but not one drop more." This was said to me in a conversation with a representative of an Israeli company that traced its roots to the development of drip irrigation over 50 years ago. That quote has stuck with me because of the practical mindset it represents: Use water, but no more than needed.  Israel is one of the most impressive countries in the world when it comes to water management. A semiarid and arid country with limited freshwater supplies and regions with brackish groundwater, it nevertheless exports water to its neighbors. How is this possible? First, Israel recycles and reuses over 80 percent…

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    Volume 7 Issue 4 April 2020 A Vision for 2020

    A large water provider like Arizona’s Salt River Project (SRP) uses canals to get water from storage facilities to users. That seems simple enough, but it is only half the story. This month’s issue of Municipal Water Leader brings you the other half. In our cover interview with SRP Manager of Field Consulting Services Jim Duncan, we explore how SRP uses its canals for public art and events, recreation, and historical commemoration. Then, in an interview with SRP’s Elvy Barton and Bruce Hallin, we learn how the agency is cooperating with the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Reclamation to actively manage the forests in its watersheds to protect…

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    Volume 7 Issue 3 March 2020 A Vision for 2020

    Dam safety is a topic of critical importance. Dam failures can cause death and destruction on a devastating scale. Even if they do not take human lives, they can cause evacuations, damage property, and knock out local industries that rely on steady water supplies, not to mention cost millions of dollars in repairs.  In our cover story, we interview Dean Sawyer, the mayor of Newport, Oregon, which relies for its water supplies on two dams that suffer from seepage and are at risk of catastrophic failure in the case of a significant earthquake. Mr. Sawyer tell us about the urgency of finding funding to replace Newport’s dams before a disaster…

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    Volume 7 Issue 2 February 2020 A Vision for 2020

    Transporting, delivering, cleaning, and treating massive quantities of water requires a lot of energy. Yet it also provides many opportunities for recovering energy, deriving energy from renewable sources, and achieving energy use efficiencies. Renewable energy is a perfect fit for many municipal water and wastewater agencies. In this issue of Municipal Water Leader, we inspect how agencies are using solar power, hydropower, pumped storage, the generation of biogas from the codigestion of biosolids with wastewater, and resource recovery to improve their services and lower their energy use and reduce the waste they create.  Hydropower and solar generation are two of the best-known renewable energy sources. In our cover story, we…

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    Volume 7 Issue 1 January 2020 A Vision for 2020

    2020 is here, and the world of water is setting its sights high. From the federal government in Washington, DC, to our nation’s regional associations, trade associations, and municipalities, the men and women of our industry are preparing to improve and expand infrastructure, build resiliency, protect the environment, and plan for the future.  In our cover interview, we speak with U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tim Petty, whose portfolio covers large-scale federal water and energy resources projects. Dr. Petty and other assistant secretary–level officials have formed a water subcabinet that meets regularly to discuss and efficiently implement the administration’s water policy agenda.  We also…

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    Volume 6 Issue 10 November December

    How does your water utility manage its assets? With aging infrastructure and limited funds for rehabilitation and replacement, the question is more important every day. In this month’s issue of Municipal Water Leader, we profile some of the water utilities and service providers that are forging new paths in asset management.  In our cover interview, Chris Kahn of American Water introduces us to the high-tech world of asset management using unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. American Water’s drones give it eyes in the sky that it can use to examine elevated and difficult-to-reach assets, but they can also be equipped with thermal and multispectral sensors and even ground-penetrating radar, providing…

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    Volume 6 Issue 9 October 2019

    Water reuse is gaining in acceptance and popularity across the country, and for good reason. Water reclamation and treatment technology can treat and purify wastewater to such a degree that it is often cleaner than water in the local rivers or water bodies it is ultimately dumped into. It is only natural that recycled water should find a use in industrial applications, aquifer recharge, and indirect potable reuse.  In our cover story, I interview Amy Dorman, deputy director of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department, about the city’s impressive Pure Water project. Within 20 years, Pure Water will be providing 83 million gallons a day (MGD) of purified water to San…