Jacobs Leads Strategic Planning Study for Infrastructure Exchange

State and local governments are finding their ability to fund infrastructure through traditional municipal bond markets increasingly constrained as a result of both reduced public budgets and market conditions. This capacity restriction comes at a time when demand for new infrastructure, and for infrastructure improvement and innovation is increasing.

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Topics: Uncategorized.

Business Models for the Future: American Water Summit

Those of us in the water industry are used to going to lots of conferences – trade shows, technical conferences, and smaller specialty events. It can feel pretty déjà vu at times, like we keep saying the same things over and over and not very much changes from year to year. However, I’m excited about the upcoming American Water Summit in Chicago on Nov. 14-15. With the current confluence of politics, budgets, and weather events, it feels that change is in the air.

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Topics: Education, Jacobs.

New Data on Biogas Production at U.S. Wastewater Treatment Plants

Today, the North East Biosolids and Residuals Association (NEBRA) unveiled a new website that provides updated data on anaerobic digestion and biogas production at wastewater treatment facilities across the United States. The website,, provides policymakers, market analysts, project developers, and water quality professionals with key information about the potential for biogas production as a renewable fuel. Biogas can be used in place of natural gas in boilers and engines to produce heat and electricity.

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Topics: Research, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment.

Survey: Top Water Utility Concerns

Black & Veatch’s recent “2012 Strategic Directions in the U.S. Water Utility Industry” report reveals top challenges and provides recommendations for moving forward in the water and wastewater industry. The inaugural report combines results of a survey of U.S. utility leaders conducted earlier this year with expanded analyses and insights by Black & Veatch water industry experts. It is the water industry’s version of the company’s “Strategic Directions in the U.S. Electric Utility Industry” report, now in its sixth year of publication.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Water Infrastructure/Treatment.

Colorado Rotary Water Symposium: Final Report

The Colorado Rotary Water Symposium was held on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at Denver Wastewater’s headquarters building, 2000 West 3rd Avenue,Denver. The agenda is below.

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Topics: Education, WDBC Admin.

From Tom McMonagle, 2012 Water Design-Build Council President

We are continually hearing in the various media reports that the priorities of most cities and agencies within North America are infrastructure improvements – with water and wastewater ranking as high. Our member companies are also reporting that greater use of design-build and CMAR project delivery methods are also occurring. And we also find that these are very valid reasons for the increase in the use of design-build and CMAR as preferred project delivery methods.

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Topics: Education, Research, WDBC Admin.

Charitable Organizations Seek to Bring Water to Those Who Lack

Three-year-old Maria lives in Chinda, a municipality in Honduras. Maria has never had to taste dirty water. This fact may not seem significant, but this is not the case for many other children in Honduras. Chinda is the only municipality in Honduras where every household, every school and every clinic has access to clean water as a result of a five-year effort by Water For People.

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Topics: Black & Veatch.