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leaking money by wasting energy for water systems
Inc. believes that 50% to 75% of the total capital costs at public
utilities go to supplying energy for water supply and treatment and
loses 1.7 trillion gallons per year to leaky water pipes.
and wastewater utilities are typically the largest consumers of
energy in municipalities, often accounting for 30-40% of total
according to EPA..
may allow private water companies to finance privatization through
rate increases on current customers
moving quickly through Springfield would allow the state's biggest
private water companies, Illinois American Water and Aqua
Illinois, to fast-track takeovers of municipal water systems and
automatically charge current customers higher rates to fund those
conquests, the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) warned Monday.
private partnerships really better than government wastewater
Yost Associates presented to the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency a
comprehensive comparison publicly operated versus privately operated
wastewater systems. Guess which systems are more cost effective and
Brazil adds Gesner Oliveira to Board of Directors
greater emphasis on P3
a global leader in urban water efficiency solutions, established by
Arison Investments in 2008, announced the appointment of Mr. Gesner
Oliveira as Board Member of Miya to give advice in long-term
's water utilities, based on a flexible business model, including risk
sharing to implement a comprehensive technological solutions on a
PA 50-year concession awarded to home team
PA, awarded its water and wastewater concession to Lehigh County
Authority (LCA), which offered the highest final upfront bid of
USD 220m in a competitive bidding process, according to a press
release issued by Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski on 2 April. LCA
is a municipal authority in Lehigh County, PA and, while it
receives no direct taxpayer money, it does qualify for low-cost
financing from the government.
of estimated costs and savings of alternative water and wastewater
Works Financing looked at more than two dozen water and wastewater
system projects to compare costs and, for design-build-operate,
savings through private involvement.
proposes to cut water infrastructure funding
Obama's proposed budget for FY 2014 dramatically cuts both the
Environmental Protection Agency’s state revolving loan funds (SRFs)
and the Rural Utilities Service’s Rural Water and Waste Disposal
program. He also proposes changes to the tax code that would affect
water infrastructure funding. If passed, these changes will add
greater financial burdens to localities struggling to conform to environmental
does the Long-Term water concession model work?
simple description of the design-build-own-operate-transfer public
private partnership arrangement -- also called Concession Model
Is there a future for water privatization?
Americans get their household water from a public-owned-and-operated
water utilities. However, nearly 73 million people now are served
with help from a private company, according to a 2011 report by the
National Association of Water Companies. From the consumer's
perspective, privatization's results have been mixed. In some cases,
cities have retaken control of their water services. And not every
private provider has delivered on promises of reduced rates. But to
governments strapped for cash, the option is seen as increasingly
attractive. Here, two policy experts exchange views on what is best
for our communities. Richard G. Little is a senior fellow at the Sol
Price School of Public Policy at the
. Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of Food and Water
Watch, an advocacy group for food and water quality.
Infrastructure Bank proposal to accommodate private equity
Center for American Progress published a new report detailing the
US infrastructure gap and advocating a Federally initiated
lending institution that would encourage private equity participation.
It would provide a single "home" for such project
proposals that would eliminate the need for investors to make
redundant pitches to multiple federal, state, and local agencies,
making the entire process of linking private capital with critical
infrastructure projects both more efficient and user-friendly. Please
read the entire report here.
Conference of Mayors pleads for infrastructure investment
attending the conference's summer meeting in
pleaded with federal and state governments, as well as both
presidential candidates, to increase the amount of funding for
infrastructure — including roads, bridges, water and sewer
systems and other transportation investments. Public spending on
infrastructure in the
has fallen to 2.4 percent of the gross domestic product, the group
said, something that needs to be increased in order for growth to
continue. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, president of the
conference, noted that infrastructure spending had been at 3
percent of the GDP not long ago. "It's going in the wrong
direction," the Democrat said, adding that the change was due
to the "ineffectiveness of many members of Congress."
water purifier for personal water treatment
The H2gO Water Purifier by Aqua Research LLC with a few grains of salt
provide safe drinking water to outdoorsmen, travelers, and disaster
response teams. Developing nations may be the beneficiaries
of this simple technology.
pharmaceutical waste threaten human health?
America represents approximately 38% of the global pharmaceutical
following closely. According to Nature, “Many of Europe’s
rivers are home to male fish that are ‘intersex’ and so display
female sexual characteristics, including female reproductive
government’s Environment Agency found that 86% of male fish
sampled at 51 sites around the country were intersex.”
Toxicologists blame this feminization on endocrine-disrupting
chemicals — particularly the active ingredient in the
contraceptive pill, ethynyl oestradiol (EE2). This is an example of
the pharmaceutical industry's effect on the environment.
Allentown’s tab for water sewer study tops $200,000
City Council learned Wednesday that the city has already spent
$237,000 planning and studying Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s proposal to
lease the city’s water and sewer systems to a private operator to
head off a pensions-fueled fiscal crisis. The figure was made
public by Councilwoman Jeanette Eichenwald, who requested an
accounting of the spending from the administration, and it came on
the same night a citizens group presented a petition with 70
signatures requesting that council conduct an independent
investigation of the proposal.
Jersey expects home water rates to triple
now costs the average
household about $40 a month will balloon to $120 or more by some
estimates, to rectify years of neglect. Much of the network of
pipes, valves and pumps beneath the surface has been around since
the Great Depression or earlier. New Jersey American Water, for
instance, estimates that about 15 percent of its approximate 9,000
miles of piping statewide will hit 100 years of service by 2020.
The borough of
, established in 1898, just recently made its first major overhaul
to its water system, swapping out century-old wooden piping for
new water mains.
announces water infrastructure investment
Newfoundland and Labrador department of Municipal Affairs
announced Thursday the province will invest about $972,000 in
infrastructure in the Bonavista north and south area.
Larry Chertoff controlling our water supply?
Ron Paul thinks so, or so his web
truth about plastic bottles
it so that: “Reusing plastic water bottles (PET) can cause them to break down into carcinogenic compounds
(diethylhydroxylamine or DEHA).
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origin of water
is the essence of life, but where did water come from? The latest discoveries in astrophysics point to water not being a natural terrestrial product but imported from the edges of our solar system.
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Archaea -- the oldest new solution to wastewater
story of sludge processing
it is generated, dewatered, dried, distributed.