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Today's water challenges cannot be solved solely by building new reservoirs, pip...

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 09:59
Today's water challenges cannot be solved solely by building new reservoirs, pipelines and treatment plants. Utilities will have to embrace a new form of infrastructure to provide reliable, reasonably priced water services - one that is distributed across many properties and owners - and examine how to finance initiatives that are not easily addressed by public finance laws. Check out this new paper from Ceres on how to make better use of bond financing for distributed water systems.


Bond Financing Distributed Water systems: How to Make Better Use of Our Most Liquid Market for...
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Water utilities are at a crossroads. in the years ahead, they will have to invest billions in their infrastructure simply to catch up on backlogged repairs—and billions more to accommodate growing demands and changing hydrologic conditions.

At the One Water Leadership Summit this week, the San Francisco Public Utilities...

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:49
At the One Water Leadership Summit this week, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission launched their forward-looking Blueprint Project for onsite water reuse. Check out their step by step guide for developing local programs at this link: http://bit.ly/1ASdspg


The World Water Week conference in Stockholm earlier this month focused on the w...

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 09:22
The World Water Week conference in Stockholm earlier this month focused on the water-energy nexus, bringing together companies, governments and utilities to discuss comprehensive long-term strategies for current and future water and energy needs. This Guardian piece provides a look at challenges and opportunities and calls for "shifting the focus to finding more efficient, integrated solutions to these challenges."


Solutions to the water energy nexus remain elusive
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While businesses are acting on the interconnected issues of water and energy, the voice of power companies and energy producers is largely absent

Can you take a shorter shower and conserve more water than a friend or family me...

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:48
Can you take a shorter shower and conserve more water than a friend or family member? Soon a new app and hardware hack may let you compete. More from TechCrunch on how Silicon Valley is looking at innovations to help solve water shortages.


Shower With Friends Lets You Gamify Water Consumption | TechCrunch
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An engineering team from Mashery may have a good solution to California's drought problem - just shower with friends. The team of five presented Shower with..

4,000 high-efficiency bathroom fixtures + 28 public school buildings in NYC = ha...

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 07:28
4,000 high-efficiency bathroom fixtures + 28 public school buildings in NYC = half a million gallons of water saved per school day. With a goal of reaching 500 buildings and roughly 40,000 bathroom fixtures, this NYC DEP program will help ensure an adequate water supply for NYC and reduce costs to treat and deliver water. Learn more here.


DEP Upgrades Public Schools in All Five Boroughs to Conserve Water
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New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd today announced that nearly 4,000 new, high-efficiency bathroom fixtures have been installed at 28 public school buildings throughout the five boroughs which has resulted in an approximately 71 percent reduction in w…

Need new ideas to engage customers? Combine smart water use and the ever-popular...

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 15:11
Need new ideas to engage customers? Combine smart water use and the ever-popular selfie to create a #droughtselfie! San Diego County Water Authority is encouraging college students to promote water conservation by sending selfies with magnets displaying the authority’s “When in Drought” message to win prizes.


Water Conservation Promoted with Student Selfie Contest - Times of San Diego
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The San Diego County Water Authority is encouraging college students to promote water conservation by sending selfies with the "When in Drought" message.

Implementation of a rate change is just as important as the rate design. An ambi...

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:38
Implementation of a rate change is just as important as the rate design. An ambitious rate change can be undone overnight if customers don't understand or support it. Check out a new AWE case study on how Cobb County Water System in Georgia successfully rolled out a brand new rate structure to 175K customers - which would result in a 300% price increase for some - through a smart public engagement strategy. http://bit.ly/1nynWUw


Case Study: Cobb County, Georgia Successfully Implements Efficiency-Oriented Rate Structure and...
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In 2006, Cobb County Water System in Metro Atlanta received a directive from the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District to implement conservation rates. Anticipating strong opposition from its 175,000 customers, Cobb County assembled a core Rate Setting Team to develop and execute a robu…

Sign up for our free webinar on September 9 for an introduction to our new Finan...

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 08:32
Sign up for our free webinar on September 9 for an introduction to our new Financing Sustainable Water (www.FinancingSustainableWater.org) resources, a demonstration of what the new Sales Forecasting and Rate Model can do, and a preview of what's coming next to help utilities align rates, revenues and resources. Register here: http://tinyurl.com/m8s5j7h


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10 powerful side-by-side comparisons of water sources in California in 2011 and...

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:18
10 powerful side-by-side comparisons of water sources in California in 2011 and 2014. Take a look at the impact of drought.


Dramatic Before and After Photos Show California's Shrinking Water Supplies
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In this before-and-after composite image, above, the Enterprise Bridge passes over full water levels at a section of Lake Oroville on July 20, 2011 in Oroville, Calif. The Enterprise Bridge, below, passes over a section of Lake Oroville that is nearly dry on Aug. 19, 2014 in Oroville, Calif. As the…

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