On the Pulse – Smart meters and acoustic sensors limit non-revenue water loss.

The town of Olds in Alberta, Canada, faced a daunting task. The public works and utilities department, serving the town of approximately 8,000, set out in 2007 to decrease the municipality’s total water usage by 10% by January 2017, using the amount of water it consumed in 2006 as a baseline.

To meet this goal, town officials knew that they would have to address the water that leaked out of Olds’ water delivery system each year. And in this challenge, Olds is far from alone.

According to information published by energy and water resource management company Itron, more than 32 billion cubic meters of treated water leak from urban water supply systems across the world every year. That is equal to more than $18 billion of non-revenue water.

To continue reading about what has been done in the town of Olds, as well as, what has been done by other utilities click here.


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Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS)

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre ([CCCCC]) and NOAA/AOML have reached an agreement through a Memorandum of Understanding for a Phase 2 extension of the Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) to at least five new countries in the Eastern Caribbean. Under this agreement, AOML (partially funded by the Coral Reef Conservation Program), will provide consultation and information systems support, to […]

via Phase 2 of the Coral Reef Early Warning System — caribbeanclimate

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Water Well Journal – August 2017

The digital copy of the Water Well Journal, Volume 71 No. 8 for August 2017, from the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), is now available for perusal.

Water Well Journal August 2017

Water Well Journal August 2017

This issue deals with topics such as green technology, geothermal installation, solar pumping technologies, potential of brackish groundwater resources,  data analytics, diesel innovations and a cleaner environment, business guidelines for success, as well as, safe ladder use and much more.

Persons wishing to view this issue can email me or visit me at my desk. Happy reading guys.

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Water, Sanitation and Matt Damon

I don’t know about everybody else but I really love movies and some actors I just find really amazing. One actor I really love to watch on screen is Matt Damon, since he’s so dedicated to his role and seems like an overall nice guy.

Yet, I wonder how many of you know about his mission to promote safe water and sanitation on a global scale.

He, together with, Garry White, engineer and social entrepreneur have co-founded Water.org, where they have been able to assist 5.5 million people to date, with an expected 2.5 million people for 2017.

With “1.8 billion people globally using a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated” and “2.4 billion people lacking an access to basic sanitation services such as toilets and latrines” (source: United Nations) such an endeavor is definitely needed.

Persons wishing to learn more about Water.org, and even donate to a worthy cause, can visit their website.


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20th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference

The International River Foundation, will be hosting its 20th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference in Brisbane, Australia from the 18 -20 September, 2017.

This Conference is an opportunity for those involved in all aspects of sustainable river basin management globally to share their knowledge, learn from others and collaborate – all while enjoying Australia’s stunning river city (I love the sound of that 🙂 ).

To learn more about the conference, such as registration or following via Twitter and Facebook you can follow the link.

What are your thoughts on the conference? Would you wish to attend?

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2017 Thiess International Riverprize Finalists

We all know that rivers play an important role, whether it is for supporting a unique ecosystem, providing areas for recreation and most importantly ensuring sustainable development through the provision of a clean water supply.

The International River Foundation champions integrated river basin management for the restoration, protection and sustainable management of the world’s rivers by facilitating education, recognition and collaboration.

They recently announced the finalists for the 2017 Thiess International Riverprize. The prize rewards inspiring initiatives that demonstrate Integrated River Basin Management to restore and protect rivers, wetlands, lakes and estuaries. Previous winners and finalists have received widespread recognition, built new partnerships, shared their knowledge and won other awards following Riverprize, becoming part of a network of river practitioners and experts from around the world.


San Antonio River Walk, Texas (Photo by Bob Howen)

The list of finalist include:

  • Nushagak and Kvichak Rivers (Alaska, USA)
  • San Antonio River (Texas, USA)
  • Tweed River (UK)
  • Pasig River (Philippines)


To learn more about these finalists, as well as, the International River Foundation follow this link.

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Software Strategies – Water-monitoring software and cloud-based storage help boost utilities’ bottom lines.

This article, published by Dan Rafter on July 18, 2017, describes the water-monitoring software used by the Maynilad Water Services, a private water provider in the Philippines.

Software Strategies

Water-monitoring software and cloud-based storage help boost utilities’ bottom lines.

Maynilad Water Services is the largest private water provider in the Philippines, serving a population of 9 million people in the western portion of Manila. The system faced a challenge, though: It needed to make better, and faster decisions on which pipes needed immediate maintenance, which leaks needed to be repaired first, and which meters needed to be replaced.

Maynilad had plenty of data it could turn to in order to help make these decisions. But unfortunately, this data was spread throughout the utility. Water utility workers in the billing department had key data. So did those working in the distribution department. But these numbers were rarely shared. Maynilad needed all its data stored in one, easy-to-access location.

To read the rest of the article follow this link.

What do you think, can this be a possibility in our organization? Would you appreciate such a service? You can leave your comments on our blog page or in the space provided after the full article.

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FREE Webinar: Effective Utility Management: Your Utility’s Road to Sustainability

This webinar, provided by the American Water Works Association, highlights utility management’s value and importance, based on the Attributes of Effectively Managed Utilities (EUM) and Keys to Management Success, which AWWA, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and several leading water-sector associations endorse.

The webinar’s focus is to familiarize the audience with the steps needed to implement EUM according to the recently updated EUM Primer, released January 2017. In the United States, EUM is now the most widely recognized water utility management program, helping utilities address challenges they face today and preparing them to meet challenges of the future. Participants will gain understanding of the basic structure of EUM and, especially, how to get started in implementing the EUM approach in their operations through the 3 basic steps described in the Primer:

  1. Assessing current utility operations based on the Attributes
  2. Adopting best management practices based on the Assessment
  3. Selecting performance metrics to gauge performance improvements


To learn more about this webinar, which is scheduled for July 26, 2017, as well as, to register follow this link.

Persons wishing to view the full list of webinars, including those available at a cost (remember AWWA members get access at a discounted price), follow this link.

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A Powerful New Tool for Research

Author Terri Cook highlights an open source generic mapping tool, GMT/MATLAB Toolbox which provides interoperability, as well as, a simple and flexible interface for geoscience users.

Source: A Powerful New Tool for Research

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Cities Partner to Prepare for Natural Hazards and Climate Change

This article by Magaret M. Hurtwitz et al. really highlights the significance of satellite observations, together with, meaningful partnerships, in dealing with climate change and the geophysical hazards.

Source: Cities Partner to Prepare for Natural Hazards and Climate Change

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