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Archive for August, 2012

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What Utilities Can Learn from Non-Profit Water Organizations

Written by Chris Peacock

As we advance toward a smarter water grid, utilities continually find opportunities to improve operational performance and better leverage limited funding. Capturing the right data to integrate across the enterprise and efficiently analyzing that data helps Utility managers make better decisions. It’s not surprising that with a focus on fiscal responsibility and a trend toward smarter technologies there are many lessons that Utilities can from non-profit water sector.

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Questions from Kids that are Adult-size Issues

Written by Jill Burdette

The summer is coming to an end, and mine was not without travel like most families.  This summer lead to lakes and oceans, which led to many discussions with my children.  Sharks, dolphins, jellyfish, crabs, and trash all are in waters.  “If there are no sharks in the water, why don’t they let you swim?” and “Why are there so many jellyfish this year at the beach?”  Questions from kids – that are adult size issues. 

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A New Business Model

Written by Alan Hinchman

Water challenges will become even more difficult as the world’s population increases by 1 billion. Because of this, we must seek new business solution models that protect our most valuable resource. I wanted to share some comments I made at a Water Innovation Alliance event in Washington D.C.

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Is Your Local Water/Wastewater Agency Prepared for a Disaster?

Written by Terry Biederman

Over the 4th of July this year, we experienced a severe storm event that knocked power out to us and thousands of people in several communities in our area for several days.  The outage also occurred when temperatures were in the high 90s making a bad situation even worse. 

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