Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

Vexing vandals

A persistent threat to water utilities often tough to stop

The South Bay Aqueduct Santa Clara Terminal Reservoir in Santa Clara. Water infrastructure such as reservoirs and storage tanks can be the target of vandals, creating a potential public health risk. FLORENCE LAW / California Department of Water Resources


Water Deeply

Decaying pipes and sprung valves are slowly getting more attention. Studies estimate it will cost about $1 trillion to catch up with the infrastructure decay. But the industry faces another threat that's a lot harder to manage: vandalism. From simple trespassing to damaging water treatment hardware, vandalism takes many forms. The AWWA has developed its own "Roadmap" to help water utilities plan their security measures.


WateReuse recognizes extraordinary leadership

California was well-represented as the WateReuse Association honored utilities, businesses and people that have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in advancing sustainable, locally controlled water supplies during its Annual WateReuse Awards ceremony Tuesday. Top projects in Los Angeles, Fountain Valley and Lake Mission Viejo headlined this year's awards.


Water reuse capacity to rise 37% in next decade

American Journal of Transportation

An increasing focus on resiliency and water supply risk is driving investment in water reuse. At the epicenter of U.S. reuse activity are three states — California, Texas and Florida — which represent 80 percent of planned capacity additions. California utilities showed a paradigm shift by moving forward with more than 6.0 million m3/d of new reuse supplies, including systems for potable application.