Storm Water Redesign Improves Scottish Coast

Discussion of engineering projects, especially between engineers, often moves swiftly from “why” to “how.” A project’s raison d’être can be overlooked in favour of analysing how the outcome was achieved. As engineers finish one project and move to the next, the opportunity to reflect on the legacy of work recently completed can be limited. However, reaction to a project in Campbeltown, Scotland, brings the “why” into sharp focus. Campbeltown is a port on the Kintyre peninsula in western Scotland. Historically, during periods of heavy rainfall, storm water flows affected the quality of the town’s coastal waters.

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Topics: Black & Veatch.

Urban Sustainability Director’s Network and CH2M Hill

An EcoDistrict is a neighborhood or district with a broad commitment to accelerate neighborhood-scale sustainability. EcoDistricts commit to achieving ambitious sustainability performance goals, guiding district investments and community action, and tracking the results over time – this isn’t the first time I have mentioned this.

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Topics: Jacobs, Research.

Jacobs Employees Contribute to “Water Treatment Plant Design” Book

Within the past few weeks, the American Water Works Association, in conjunction with the American Society of Civil Engineers, released the fifth edition of the textbook, Water Treatment Plant Design.

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Topics: Uncategorized.

Design-Build: An Alternative Delivery Model Not To Be Ignored

As we continue to think about and discuss innovative delivery models for the water sector after the conclusion of the American Water Summit yesterday, design-build or design-build-operate (DBO) models certainly cannot be ignored. What began as the private sector offering to design, build, finance, own, and operate water and wastewater treatment facilities in the early 1980s has now become a key delivery approach by many owners throughout North America. Today’s DBO model is characterized by significant risk transfer, application of innovative solutions and significant cost savings of owners. The single contract for all three phases of project delivery brings not only the value of design-build but also the integration of operation and maintenance into solutions that result in the lowest life-cycle cost for owners and the highest-quality projects.

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Topics: Design-Build, Jacobs.

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.