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Posts Tagged ‘Water’

When Nature Calls, You Open Stalls

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Value of Water - When Nature Calls

Most of us never think about what happens to the water we flush. Luckily, we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes remove and clean wastewater so it can be returned to the environment or safely reused.

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Water is one of life’s great pleasures

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Value of Water - Poolside

Splashing in a pool, tossing a water balloon—water is one of life’s great pleasures. Most of us never think about how water gets to us or where it goes when it swirls down the drain. Luckily, we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes bring us clean water and remove wastewater.

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Mornings Wouldn’t Be the Same Without Water

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

IMAGINE A DAY WITHOUT WATER: OCTOBER 12TH, 2017 Mornings wouldn’t be the same without water. Most of us never think about how water gets to the tap or where it goes after it swirls down the drain. Luckily, we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes bring us clean water. But our water systems […]

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October 12, 2017–Nationwide Event: Imagine a Day Without Water

Monday, October 9th, 2017
Water Infrastructure - Image a Day without Water

The good news is that the American people are already widely supportive of increased investment in nation’s water infrastructure. Above any other pressing political issue, Americans name rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure as the issue they most want our elected officials to address. Americans view water infrastructure investment as an even greater priority than infrastructure generally, with 82 percent of voters saying that they view the issue as either important or very important. No other issue facing our public officials enjoys such a broad consensus.

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New funding now available for water infrastructure projects

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
Mayor Kevin Faulconer at the Advanced Water Purification Facility. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Created three years ago and finally funded this year, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program may soon announce the first round of funding for water infrastructure projects. The agency has $1.5 billion in available funds and it is all designated for water projects.

The EPA announced that 12 of the 43 public entities submitting letters of interest for project funding from the WIFIA program have been approved. These applicants may now move through the program and apply for low-interest loans.

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The Scoop on Stormwater

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. When rain falls on our roofs, streets, and parking lots in cities and their suburbs, the water cannot soak into the ground as it should. Stormwater drains through gutters, storm sewers, and other engineered collection systems and is discharged into nearby water bodies. The stormwater runoff carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants from the urban landscape. Higher flows resulting from heavy rains also can cause erosion and flooding in urban streams, damaging habitat, property, and infrastructure.

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Good Question: Why Are My Water Rates Going Up?

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Ever wonder why your water rates are going up, even though you’re using less? Good question! And one we’d love to answer.

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An Equitable Water Future: A National Briefing Paper

Friday, June 9th, 2017
AN EQUITABLE WATER FUTURE

This national briefing paper examines the interconnections between water management and vulnerable communities in the United States. Too often, when we think of vulnerable communities that struggle with water-related challenges, we think of places like sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and other developing regions. The overall high quality of water systems in America—one of our most monumental achievements as a nation—obscures the fact that water challenges are a daily reality for some communities.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Anthony B. Bouchard, PE, North America Unit President, CDM Smith

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

“We’re seeing, over the course of my career, the last 30-plus years, a significant improvement in the public’s understanding of the state of our infrastructure. Does it accelerate that understanding when we have some significant, real and perceived, failures of systems? I think it does. It’s unfortunate that that has to occur to help educate, but when that does happen we’re offered a unique opportunity to expand on the work that’s done…My opinion is continued education and communication on the importance and value of infrastructure is critically important, and we can do that by engaging more people in the infrastructure discussion.”

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Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
The courtyard of ECO Modern Flats in Fayetteville, Arkansas, prominently features green infrastructure, including a bioswale that filters runoff from parking areas. (Timothy Hursley)

Water abundance and scarcity are topics of increasing importance in cities across America. With growing concern about flooding, weather-induced overflows from sewer systems, and extreme storms, communities are seeking strategies to better manage stormwater runoff, improve local water quality, and decrease pressure on overloaded sewer systems. At the same time, water is increasingly recognized as a community resource, one that can be harnessed to make cities more sustainable and livable.

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