Municipal Water Leader
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    Volume 9 Issue 6 June 2022

    By Kris Polly  Climatic phenomena, project constraints, and environmental and water quality regulations—these issues and many more pose constant challenges to municipal water agencies across the United States. Luckily, professionals in our field are always thinking of new ways to address them. In this issue, we feature stories of long-term planning, value engineering, integrated planning, new digital services, and other creative approaches to the challenges of the municipal water field.  As a junior holder of Colorado River water rights in Arizona, the Central Arizona Project (CAP) is one of the entities most affected by the recent cuts in Colorado River water deliveries. In a cover interview with Municipal Water Leader…

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    Volume 9 Issue 5 May 2022

    By Kris Polly  Mike Connor, the new assistant secretary of the army for civil works, brings impressive experience to his position. In addition to experience working for private industry, federal agencies, and the United States Senate, he has served as the deputy secretary of the interior and as the commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation—making him the first person to have served both as commissioner of Reclamation and as assistant secretary of the army for civil works. In our cover interview, Assistant Secretary Connor tells us about how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is using funds from the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to make new investments across the nation. …

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    Volume 9 Issue 4 April 2022

    By Kris Polly  This month, Municipal Water Leader Contributing Editor Jeff Kightlinger interviews a major figure in the world of water: John Entsminger, the general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Mr. Entsminger discusses the history behind the Drought Contingency Plan and the new 500+ Plan and the need for leadership as these and other major Colorado River basin agreements come closer to their expiration in 2026.  We also speak with Max Silva of A&W Maintenance, the master applicator for Warren Environmental epoxy products, about the many applications of Warren’s coatings and how A&W rehabilitated and coated 5,000 feet of water mains in the town of Milton, Massachusetts, whose…

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    Volume 9 Issue 3 March 2022

    By Kris Polly  Since July 2021, Dan Buhman has served as the general manager of the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), which has been providing flood control and water supply services to the city of Fort Worth, Texas, for nearly 100 years. In our cover interview, Mr. Buhman brings us news of the progress on TRWD’s four major capital projects: the Integrated Pipeline Project, the Panther Island flood control project, the construction of artificial wetlands, and aquifer storage and recovery facilities.  The Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) provides electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater services to more than 473,000 customers in Knoxville, Tennessee, and parts of seven surrounding counties. In this…

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    Volume 9 Issue 2 February 2022

    By Kris Polly  In our cover story this month, we speak with Andrea Doyle, the director of Washington State’s Office of Chehalis Basin. The office runs the Chehalis Basin Strategy, which has brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to undertake projects to tackle two of the basin’s biggest challenges: the periodic catastrophic flooding of settled areas and the loss of habitat for salmon and other aquatic species.  We also speak with professionals from two agencies that were recently honored by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA). Jim Lochhead, the CEO and manager of Denver Water, tells us about the conservation achievements, energy innovations, and long-term planning that have…

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    Volume 9 Issue 1 January 2022

    By Kris Polly  Longtime Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) leader Joe Mouawad took over the agency’s top job as general manager in May 2021. In this month’s cover story, we speak with him about EMWD’s careful and long-term planning to decrease its dependence on imported water by investing in recycled water and desalination and increasing water use efficiency.  Looking to another Southern California utility, we speak with Katie Evans, the director of communications and conservation at Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD). Based on data it collected about its customers’ needs and opinions, CVWD has launched a major public relations campaign, Your Water Is Our Promise, highlighting CVWD’s employees and their…

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    Volume 8 Issue 10 Nov/Dec 2021

    By Kris Polly  The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which provides water to 19 million people across 6 counties, has a new general manager and CEO, Adel Hagekhalil. We are pleased to have the opportunity to introduce him to our readership in this issue of Municipal Water Leader. In this month’s cover story, Mr. Hagekhalil tells us about Metropolitan’s efforts to respond to drought, increase local water supplies, build infrastructure, and introduce the One Water philosophy of integrated water management.  We also feature a conversation with another top Southern California executive, Mark Pestrella, the director of Los Angeles County Public Works, on his agency’s Safe, Clean Water Program, which…

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    Volume 8 Issue 9 October 2021

    By Kris Polly  Our cover interview this month is with Jenna Covington, the new executive director and general manager of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), which provides water, wastewater, and solid waste disposal services to 1.8 million people in a rapidly growing area of Texas north of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. Ms. Covington tells us about NTMWD’s current initiatives, including progress on the first new major reservoir in Texas in 30 years, Bois d’Arc Lake.  Sue Mosburg is the executive director of the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association, one of the organization’s 43 constituent sections. She tells us about how the section works to solve…

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    Volume 8 Issue 8 September 2021

    By Kris Polly  In the water industry, everything is connected. Ecosystems, hydrology, human activity and history, and legal arrangements all interact to create the distinctive set of water supplies, rights, and usage patterns of each place. With that in mind, constant knowledge-building is a must for water professionals. This month, we bring you the story of one educational effort that seeks to meet that need.  The Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) has put together a three-course, online-only Water Studies certificate program, intended primarily for working professionals and other nontraditional students. With courses titled Water Law, Colorado Water and the American West, and U.S. Water Concerns, the program provides…

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    Volume 8 Issue 7 July/August 2021

    By Kris Polly  The February 2021 winter storm affected huge portions of the United States, but none more seriously than Texas. The famously hot, arid state was plunged into freezing, even subzero, temperatures, and suffered major power outages. Municipal water providers across the state had to keep up their indispensable services amid freezes, blackouts, and unprecedented levels of demand from consumers worried about running out of water.  In our cover story, we hear about how Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), the water wholesaler for the Fort Worth region, had to navigate major power outages and freezes. TRWD Director of Operations Darrell Beason and Water Resource Engineering Director Rachel Ickert tell…