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Archive for March, 2012

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Innovating Solutions Together

Written by Chris Peacock

This past week helped me reflect on the importance of collaboration and innovation in the water sector. As World Water Day came and went, I was reminded of how much progress we’ve made, and how much has yet to be realized.

Some people may feel jaded or overwhelmed as they regard such an increasingly complex industry as a glass half-empty.

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Our Water Counts is one year old and it’s time for a change

Written by Alan Hinchman

It’s hard to believe we launched a year ago today.  In the past year, more than 8,000 people have come to the site and thousands have been to an event for Our Water Counts – whether it was our launch party in Abu Dhabi or the UVA Bay Game simulation event in Washington DC or one of the smaller venues, we certainly enjoyed meeting many of you.

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Can we afford not to pay for America’s water infrastructure improvements?

Written by Terry Biederman

NEW to the Our Water Counts blog team: Terry Biederman

Today, International World Water Day, is a day to celebrate the global importance of water. It’s also a day for us to acknowledge the challenges of maintaining it. For me, it’s the perfect day to look back on my 26-year public works career, and face today’s water infrastructure realities.

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Many Hands Must Join to Build the Smart Water Grid We Need

Written by Vincent Caprio

NEW to the Our Water Counts blog team: Vincent Caprio

As cofounder of the Water Innovations Alliance, I’m proud to have been invited by GE to bring you my perspectives on water over the upcoming year. Access to clean and potable water is clearly an issue around the globe, but few Americans realize our own domestic water system is in dire need of an update.

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Shock and Refreshment: When Electricity and Water Join Forces

Written by Ron Steiger

As a utility professional whose experience lies mostly in the electric side of the utility house, it’s easy for me to draw parallels between the electric grid and our water infrastructure. When I share my observations with other utility professionals, I get one of two reactions.

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Time to “Teach your Children Well” About Water

Written by Jill Burdette

When thinking about World Water Week, and the great team effort required to solve the global water crisis, I wonder if we’re really getting the message out to our future generations. Our children learn about recycling and reusing products in school, and it’s a big push, but is water included in this discussion?

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Water Infrastructure — Buried No Longer

Written by Martin Byars

I don’t need a thesaurus to come up with a better word than “Wow.” That’s my reaction to the February 27, 2012, report from the AWWA concerning aging water infrastructure. Entitled “BURIED NO LONGER: Confronting America’s Water Infrastructure Challenge,” it’s a no-holds-barred account of the water challenges we face.

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Stop the leak: Every faucet counts

Written by Jill Burdette

When I was a kid I was always told to turn off the water. It is hard to believe how much water was really lost through one dripping faucet in our house. But once you have the facts and figures in front of you, the thought of how much water is lost through larger leaks is downright scary.

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The power of information

Written by Alan Hinchman

I recently attended a speaking engagement in Florida with process automation experts. I shared a video about Waterford Township’s water operations management that included a segment where the water operators referred to the water utility as the “Silent Service.” From the public’s point of view, there is no need to engage with the water utility as long as water arrives and leaves as it should.

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