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2016 Water Financial Acquisitions

Written by Erik Hromadka

Water Financial AcquisitionsThe water sector should be paying attention to two announcements this month in regard to significant deals that indicate growing investor interest in the 2016 “smart water” space.

The acquisition of Opower (NYSE: OPWR) by Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) is a clear move by a major tech company into the utility sector; an area with great potential for innovation and some significant challenges in terms of culture and willingness to embrace change.

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Where Is the Water Industry’s Silicon Valley?

Written by Dan Grech

Water InnovationAs somebody who is relatively new to the water industry with a background in information technology, I’m surprised why limited progression has taken place, compared to other industries, in such a key space.

Silicon Valley is recognized as the innovation “epicenter.” Their products consume my generation’s interests in shaping self-validating social media profiles or awing at the convenience of ordering dinner from a smartphone app.

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What Analytics Do Water People Need?

Written by Jeff Martin

When it comes to SCADA software, Jeff Martin, CEO of Carollo Systems, tells us why it’s important to develop it based on the analytics the water people need to see, would like to see, and should see. Having a high-level perspective is key to understanding what is critical.

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Smile! It’s Time to Save with a #MachineSelfie

Written by Jill Burdette

nana and piper selfieThe #selfies have taken us by storm. More than a million selfies are taken daily, to document good times, being with family, going to ballgames, and just what’s going on in your life. They’re global, being most popular in Australia, followed by the U.S. and Canada.

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What If Your Water Becomes $5 a Gallon?

Written by Jeff Martin

Everyone may not realize it, but water is a valuable resource that is becoming scarce. Jeff Martin, CEO of Carollo Systems, shares his perspective on how individual utilities are part of a bigger interconnected infrastructure. Water availability could dictate population movements. People need to understand what it costs to manage and provide water, and to make it secure.

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Will Water Get More Transparent? How Big Data Can Help a Precious Resource

Written by Chris Peacock

The time has come for major changes in the ways we manage water. Moving from a reactive, “fix it and find new supplies” mentality, I propose we use data to proactively manage our water in a holistic environment. It is a new paradigm. One that moves us from cleaning up the mess to one that keeps the mess from happening in the first place.

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That’s the Breaks: What Happens When Water Infrastructure Is Stuck in the Past

Written by Jill Burdette

Last week a water main break in LA got national coverage. What a mess—overWater main 8 million gallons of water lost, and in the middle of a drought. This week another main break, this time in Maryland, caused a loss of 6 million gallons. And several others across the U.S.

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A New Look At Urban Water Systems

Written by Ralph Exton

shutterstock_175867946For decades, the current, centralized infrastructure model for urban water systems in the United States has gone relatively unchanged. But with increasing concerns about water scarcity and disaster susceptibility, coupled with advancing technologies, the case for a growing distributed infrastructure is gaining momentum. The approach would require an integrated model that is a combination of distributed water systems plus a centralized utility, with a view toward working in harmony with the watershed.

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Big Data = Big Opportunity for Water and Process Chemicals Management

Written by Adnan Mansour

Reliability, sustainability and profitability are key goals for every industrial organization. But as the business landscape continues to experience enormous change – rising costs, volatile market shifts, diminishing availability of resources, and mechanical and operational complexities – the ability to meet  more challenging operational performance and stricter environmental regulations without sacrificing performance and revenue is increasingly challenging.

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Pump Station Optimization Is No Pipe Dream

Written by Alan Hinchman

It used to be impossible for rural wastewater utilities to even consider upgrading to a sophisticated, high-performance automated control system. Funding approval is always a hurdle, but in these scenarios, lack of IT support has been the real barrier.

pump stationThen GE Intelligent Platforms introduced its Pump Station Appliance.

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