Municipal Water Leader
  • Interview

    A&W Coatings: Treating and Rehabbing Manholes With Minimal Disruption

    When Boulder, Colorado, needed to relocate and rehabilitate a section of its sewer system, A&W Coatings applied its environmentally safe epoxy to rehabilitate existing structures and prevent corrosion in new ones. Municipal Water Leader spoke with Project Engineer Hunter Sansone about how A&W was able to work in a way that caused minimal disturbance—to the city, its bikers, and its other protected residents: black-tailed prairie dogs. 

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    Guaranteeing Drought-Resilient Water Supplies at Eastern Municipal Water District

    Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) in Southern California has long been at the forefront of meeting the needs of a rapidly growing service area, thanks to proactive investments in water use efficiency and local water supply sources. With drought conditions again taking a stranglehold on California’s water supplies, EMWD has positioned itself to provide its customers with safe and reliable services while also supporting a culture of water use efficiency among the nearly 1 million customers in its service area. In this interview, we speak with Lanaya Voelz Alexander, EMWD’s assistant general manager for planning, engineering, and construction, about the steps the district has taken to invest in local water…

  • Interview

    Steve Stockton: An Insider’s Guide to Working With the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Getting a water project included in a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) or otherwise authorized and funded through a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers process has clear potential benefits for a municipality or water supply agency, but the process can be daunting. With thousands of staff members, numerous local offices, and a national headquarters, the Army Corps is complicated enough, but its actions are also influenced by Congress, the administration, and agencies such as the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In this interview, retired Army Corps Director of Civil Works Steve Stockton tells Municipal Water Leader readers about how to get water projects funded and authorized. 

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    Assistant Secretary Mike Connor: Deploying the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works Program

    With a new infusion of funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, officially known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is putting boots on the ground to complete a backlog of projects and make new investments in everything from improving the nation’s ports and inland waterways to making communities more resilient to climate change. In this interview, Municipal Water Leader speaks with Mike Connor, the new assistant secretary of the army for civil works, about implementing these and other top priorities. 

  • Flipbook

    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. …

  • Interview

    Duke University’s Nicholas Institute: Providing Data to Everyone From Utility Managers to Citizen Scientists

    Researchers in the Water Policy Program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions harness data to inform water policy. By identifying and collecting data on topics such as water utility rates, reservoir operations, and water quality and then making the data available in a uniform format, the Nicholas Institute advances scientific research and enables concerned citizens to inform themselves on important health issues. In this interview, Martin Doyle, the director of the Water Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute and a professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment, tells Municipal Water Leader about the institute’s work, its Internet of Water project, and its mission to make water…

  • Interview

    Rob Craw of AqueoUS Vets: Treating PFAS Nationwide

    There’s trouble in the water as contaminants like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) show up in public water systems across the United States. As municipalities confront the extent of the problem, they are turning to companies that design treatment systems that remove these substances from drinking water. In this interview, Municipal Water Leader speaks with Rob Craw, CEO of one of the largest of those companies, AqueoUS Vets (AV). 

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    Heads Above Water: Opportunities and Challenges for Western Water

    Municipal water leaders who are dealing with corrosion issues seek safe and long-lasting solutions to protect their water, wastewater, and storm water systems. Municipal Water Leader spoke with Max Silva, a senior project manager at A&W Maintenance and Coatings LLC, the master applicator for Warren Environmental’s 100 percent solids, high-build epoxy products, about his company’s approach to protecting these valuable assets.

  • Interview

    Max Silva of A&W Maintenance: Protecting and Rehabbing Water Assets

    Municipal water leaders who are dealing with corrosion issues seek safe and long-lasting solutions to protect their water, wastewater, and storm water systems. Municipal Water Leader spoke with Max Silva, a senior project manager at A&W Maintenance and Coatings LLC, the master applicator for Warren Environmental’s 100 percent solids, high-build epoxy products, about his company’s approach to protecting these valuable assets. 

  • Interview

    Southern Nevada Water Authority’s John Entsminger: Betting on the Future

    As general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), John Entsminger leads the agency responsible for acquiring and distributing the Las Vegas region’s share of Colorado River water. In 2014, he was appointed by Governor Sandoval to serve as Nevada’s lead negotiator on Colorado River matters, and he played a key role in developing interbasin and international agreements to protect Lake Mead water elevations. In this interview, Municipal Water Leader contributing editor Jeff Kightlinger speaks with Mr. Entsminger about negotiations over sharing a dwindling resource—and what it will take to “make this river work for everybody.”