Water World: “U.S. Water Alliance: Equitable Water Management Vital to the U.S.’s Most Vulnerable Communities”
The US Water Alliance has developed a national briefing paper to expand national understanding of the water-related challenges that vulnerable communities face, and the opportunities to leverage water investment to build a society and economy that works for everyone. The paper is inspired and informed by the contributions of diverse stakeholders — utility managers, policymakers, community leaders, direct service providers, and more. It presents strategies and approaches for building equitable, sustainable water systems that create opportunity for all.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Water quality service fees will be increasing for some customers in West Virginia.
The Herald-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2s7lcr8) reports when the fee began in 2014 in the Huntington area, it was scheduled to be a flat $7.15 for residential and non-residential property owners for two years. That was while the Water Quality Board conducted mapping of impervious surfaces — man-made structures contributing to water runoff — on non-residential properties.
In a world of smart phones, smart cars, and smart appliances, drinking water utilities are striving to keep pace, installing smart meters that send real-time data about usage, leakage, and water quality.
The migration has been slow, however, mainly because of their high cost, according to the head of DC Water, the utility serving the nation’s capital.
The cost of installing a smart meter is a “heavy lift no matter what the size of the utility,” George Hawkins, DC Water’s chief executive officer and general manager, told Bloomberg BNA.
Increasing numers of municipalities are turning to green infrastructure to improve water quality and manage stormwater, and Congress is considering legislation designed to support this trend.
“The Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act, introduced in both the House and Senate, would require the U.S. EPA to conduct outreach and training on green infrastructure through its regional offices. It also would establish a new office in the EPA to assist cities and other local governments with technical issues in complying with the Clean Water Act,” according to the Washington Examiner.