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  • EPA Provides $699 Million for San Francisco Wastewater Infrastructure Upgrades

    EPA Press Office, Jul 30, 2018
    San Francisco Public Utilities Commission receives funds for its innovative Southeast Treatment Plant Biosolids Digester Facilities Project. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a $699 million loan to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to help finance its innovative Southeast Treatment Plant Biosolids Digester Facilities Project. This is the largest loan issued under EPA's Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program to date.
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  • A New Model for Stormwater: Community-Based P3s

    Black & Veatch and Corvias, Jul 02, 2018
    The need for innovative, efficient solutions and models to help communities across the United States meet their stormwater regulatory requirements is growing, and community-based public-private partnerships (CBP3s) may hold the key. Recognizing the challenges of funding large-scale stormwater management infrastructure projects, Region 3 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the CBP3 framework to assist communities in these efforts. Black & Veatch’s 2018 Strategic Directions: Water Report survey found that there is a strong receptivity to better understanding the role the private sector can play in a community-based P3 structure and consideration of such a partnership.
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  • What Can Data Do For Our World's Most Precious Resource?

    Mike Orth, Executive Vice President, Black & Veatch, Jun 15, 2018
    Data is proving to be a revolutionary force across many segments of the world's infrastructure, raising the game for energy, construction and telecommunications. It's time we turned the power of data onto our world's most important commodity: water. Water and wastewater systems are increasingly outfitted with data-producing instruments but that information is too often siloed, or buried out of sight like much of the infrastructure itself.
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  • Rates: The "Existential Reality" Requires Innovative Balancing Act

    Prabha Kumar, Jun 12, 2018
    The "existential reality" of managing declining revenue in the face of increasing investment needs has become the new norm for the water sector nationwide. Utilities consistently face competing pressures - changes in water use behavior and advances in efficiency help sustain precious resources, but impact utility revenues. Addressing aging infrastructure and water quality needs enhances service reliability and public health, but puts significant cost pressures on utilities.
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  • 2018 Strategic Directions Water Industry Report Now Available

    Black & Veatch, Jun 05, 2018
    The annual Black & Veatch Strategic Directions: Water Report addresses contemporary issues affecting water service providers around the globe. This year’s report demonstrates that water is becoming a high-tech proposition. Data is increasingly driving the conversation, as water utilities and municipalities come to realize the powerful role it can play. Unlike their predecessors, today’s utilities are able to harness the power of analytics, which can deliver actionable information allowing them to optimize systems, cut costs and in effect, do more with less, even as systems age.
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  • EPA Announces First Water Infrastructure Loan Under WIFIA

    EPA Press Office, Apr 20, 2018
    King County, Washington, receives a $134.5 million WIFIA loan to help finance water infrastructure upgrades that will better protect public health and water quality. Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its first-ever loan from the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program to King County, Washington, to help finance its Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station.
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  • The Year in Water 2017

    Dave McGimpsey with Cindy Wallis-Lage, Charles Fishman, Jeff Kightlinger, Dec 19, 2017
    This virtual panel pulls Charles Fishman, journalist and author of "The Big Thirst"; Cindy Wallis-Lage, President of Black & Veatch's Water business; and Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager of The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, together to discuss a wide range of water issues from 2017 and offer a prognosis on water in 2018. 
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  • PODCAST: B&V TALKS CBP3S – COMMUNITY-BASED PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS – FOR STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

    Water Online, Oct 05, 2017
    Creating an effective stormwater management program, the key to handling large events such as hurricanes and other major wet weather events, is a large and multifaceted undertaking. The best solution for many could be a community-based public-private partnership.
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  • BEYOND FINANCING: KEY ATTRIBUTES OF A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

    Black & Veatch, Jun 23, 2017
    Public-private partnerships (P3s) are most commonly known for funding large-scale water infrastructure projects that a utility can’t support through traditional funding. However, other key attributes in the P3 model are often overlooked. In a P3, the private entity may provide the capital, but the true benefits go well beyond financing alone.
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  • BLUEFIELD RESEARCH: CRUMBLING PUBLIC WATER INFRASTRUCTURE SIGNALS LARGER ROLE FOR PRIVATE PARTICIPATION

    Bluefield Research, Aug 04, 2016
    Private participation in U.S. municipal water markets is poised for expansion. Municipalities and local authorities are showing an increasing reliance on investor-owned utilities and private players for the ownership, management, and operations of public water and wastewater systems.
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  • 2016 STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS: U.S. WATER REPORT

    Black & Veatch, Jul 01, 2016
    The Black & Veatch 2016 Strategic Directions: Water Industry report identifies current trends and the ongoing challenges faced by the water industry as infrastructure demands increase and cost remains a top concern. 2016 finds an industry rising to meet perhaps its biggest challenges yet in managing infrastructure maintenance cost, navigating capital investment with limited resources and engaging customers who may be questioning the cost or the safety of their supply.
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  • AMERICA’S NEGLECTED WATER SYSTEMS FACE A RECKONING

    Black Veatch, Jun 11, 2015
    Clean, safe drinking water has been available for so long in the U.S. that no one thinks twice about filling a glass of water at the kitchen sink or flushing a toilet. Indeed, for most people the shock would be if any of these conveniences failed to function. But the very longevity that has bred such faith in America’s water systems now threatens its future. Vast networks of underground pipes, often dating back to the 19th century, are nearing or are already past the end of their useful lives. But unless a water main breaks or a street caves in, it is all too easy to ignore the invisible infrastructure slowly crumbling beneath our feet.
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  • BLACK & VEATCH: DROUGHT, AGING PIPES, CUSTOMER HABITS TEST WATER INDUSTRY

    http://globenewswire.com, Jun 10, 2015
    Black & Veatch today released its fourth annual Strategic Directions: U.S. Water Industry Report offering insights and analysis of the key issues facing water utilities across the United States. For the fourth straight year, aging infrastructure ranks as the top concern for report participants. Managing operational and capital costs in an era of strong fiscal pressures from weather-related challenges and a changing revenue model rounded out the top three issues. More than 450 water industry participants provided their insights for the report.
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