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Changing the Perception of Water Reuse

For most of human history, running out of water was a real risk, and one that wasn’t easily ignored. When your next glass of water or the ability to irrigate your crops comes from the local well or river, it’s hard to forget water is a finite resource. As Ben Franklin put it, “When the well is...

Drought Mitigation Helps Secure Future Water Resources

Many communities across America don’t spend time imagining a day without water and what effect that would have. However, long-term drought has made this frightening scenario far too close to reality. As a result, many residents are well aware of the consequences.

Tight Water Resources Require Industrial Users to Plan, Invest

When you think of industry, whether oil and gas, manufacturing or any other sector, water doesn’t immediately come to mind. It’s rarely a major component of what is being produced — often, it isn’t even an ingredient. Yet it’s essential to the ongoing operations of virtually all plants and...

Water Resources Are Precious — and Our Kids Know It

Water is a resource that every organism needs to survive. It is crucial for life’s advancements and our health, which is why it’s important to educate our kids about conservation of water resources.

Understanding the Value — and Importance — of Water Resources

To me, the goal of the Imagine a Day Without Water Campaign is to remind people how precious our water resources are — and just how much water affects our daily lives. Nowhere is that more evident than in our nation’s heartland.

Notes on CIP-002-5.1a Modifications

The Project 2016-02 CIP Standard Drafting Team (SDT) has released for formal comment and balloting modifications to CIP-002-5.1a, with the comment period running from Sept. 14 to Oct. 30, 2017. Balloting will occur from Oct. 14 to Oct. 30, 2017.

Malware Attacks on Critical Infrastructure Security Are Growing

Over the past several years, the world has seen an increase in the use of malware to directly and maliciously affect critical infrastructure. In 2012, a piece of malware known as Shamoon was used to overwrite the hard drives of some 30,000 computers at Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Arabian national...

Low-Impact Requirements: Counting Down to Enforcement of CIP-003-6

Sept. 1, 2017, marked the start of the one-year countdown to enforcement of the CIP-003-6 low-impact requirements covering Physical Security Controls and Electronic Access Controls. While an entire year might seem like a long time, meeting that deadline still could be a challenge for some.

Keeping Food Safe in the New Distribution Model

A significant shift is occurring in today’s food market, leaving manufacturers to face new pressures from consumers. One trend specifically — that of food being delivered straight to the consumer’s door — is forcing manufacturers to change the way they handle food safety.

Packaging for Convenience, Flexibility and Speed

If you want to understand how changing consumer food tastes affect food packaging, just consider coffee.

Managing the Food and Beverage Supply Chain When Convenience Reigns

If you need office supplies, you probably wouldn’t think twice about placing an order online and awaiting their arrival on your doorstep. Grocery chains are betting you will soon feel the same way about purchasing asparagus and peaches.

Adapting to New Markets Means Adapting to New Business Models in Food Processing

Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods won’t just change how some Americans shop for groceries. This new e-commerce-driven partnership — along with the growing consumer preference for fresh, wholesome foods it seeks to exploit — is already creating ripples up and down the food supply chain.

Augmented Tracking Promises Improved Material Management, Construction Safety

Major construction projects are massive undertakings involving thousands of parts and materials. Keeping an eye on the countless details is critical to safe, effective work and positive outcomes.

Can Smart Glasses Make Construction Sites Safer?

Builders serious about improving their construction safety records may soon be asking workers to trade in their current safety glasses for a new, “smarter” pair.

Better Data Collection Tools Can Hasten Emergency Response

When a pipeline leaks or power lines go down, timing becomes critical. The faster the response, the better contained the problem will be. Whether it’s a relatively routine problem or the result of a significant natural disaster — such as a tornado or hurricane — effective emergency response...

Augmented Reality Meets Asset Management: This Changes Everything

To understand how augmented reality (AR) and smart glasses could transform the business of asset management services, consider what happens when an important piece of equipment unexpectedly malfunctions at a factory or power substation.

Advanced Water Treatment Methods Thwart Emerging Contaminants

Communities across the country are experiencing population growth in combination with aging infrastructure. Such growth provides many opportunities, including increased retail and commercial sales, industrial expansion and the attraction of new customers.

Managing Risks for Environmental Liabilities

Anticipating and keeping pace with the ever-changing regulatory environment is one of the biggest challenges companies face while managing risks associated with their ongoing operations. The key to success: private industries, government organizations and the military must document their...

Be Prepared to Tackle Challenges of PFAS

A big challenge in addressing emerging contaminants is that it’s hard to know how to proceed — or justify expenses — in the absence a cohesive policy and established regulatory limits, such as national drinking water regulations.

New Emerging Contaminants and Their Implications

The term emerging contaminants (EC) is applied to compounds and substances that, for one reason or another, are the focus of new environmental regulations or rulemaking, public health advisories and, in some cases, litigation. New regulations and an evolved understanding of contaminant toxicity...

Data Center and Utility Matchmaking for a Lower Total Cost of Ownership

It’s an indisputable fact: Electric utilities need customers. Electricity sales in the U.S. have fallen five out of the past eight years, primarily due to improvements in energy efficiency. Here’s another essential certainty: Data centers are excellent consumers of electricity, accounting for...

Bringing Data Centers into Site: Choosing a Strategic Location for Data Center Development

“Will this site work?”

Clients seeking assistance in strategic site selection for data centers will inevitably ask this. That question, however, fails to get to the real purpose of strategic site selection. Finding a site that “works” is important, but finding a site with specific strategic...

A Clear Line of Site: Using Strategic Site Selection to Bring Data Centers Online Quickly

Netflix and YouTube were responsible for over half of the world’s downstream Internet traffic in 2016, according to a report from Sandvine. By 2020, analysts expect bandwidth demand from online streaming services to grow even larger. This trend, coupled with a shift to the cloud, has created...

Solar PV Is Here to Stay

One of the trending questions in the power industry right now: Will the Trump administration continue policies that maintain the surging momentum of the solar power industry?

Future of Grid-Tied PV Systems

The North American power grid is the most reliable in the world, bar none. That’s the reason so many in the power industry are working hard to avoid any erosion in reliability as more megawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind generation are introduced to the grid.

Fueling Our Fleet

If solar becomes the main energy source in 30 to 50 years, how will it affect transportation?

The Price of Solar Energy

Solar energy is becoming more cost-efficient — and cost-competitive with its fossil fuel counterparts. This gives the solar industry, as well as utilities and consumers, an alternative energy avenue to consider.

Smoothing Out Solar Production

An oversupply of electricity passed onto the utility grid can damage mechanical components, stress generators and adversely affect market energy prices. Managing the potential for oversupply situations is a significant challenge for utilities adding renewable power — especially solar — to their...

5 Ways Technology Will Innovate Aviation Security

Mention “air travel regulations” and “technology” and many will instantly conclude these terms are mutually exclusive, at least within the realm of aviation security and airport screening. Long lines, particularly during peak holiday and seasonal travel periods, generally evoke thoughts of...

Proactive, Not Reactive: Staying at the Forefront of New Government Regulations

Regulations enforced by government agencies are not to be taken lightly. They’re put in place for a variety of reasons — to protect businesses, customers and the environment, and to promote a stable, friendly market. Regulatory changes, no matter how big or small, could significantly impact how...

Three Tips for Starting on the Right Track to Meeting New Regulation Standards

The water and wastewater industry is heavily regulated to protect our environment and prevent harmful pollutants from infiltrating drinking water sources or groundwater used for crop irrigation. Municipalities are responsible for making sure these regulations are taken seriously and put into...

The Pendulum Swings (Again): Changing Political Landscape Means New Questions for the Power Industry

A long-term view of environmental and energy policy is best visualized as a swinging pendulum. Currently, we find that environmental and energy policy has swung from a wide ranging plethora of regulations to a more business friendly, less-regulated environment.

Driving Natural Gas: Alternative Fuel for Our Mobile World

Using natural gas as a vehicle fuel certainly has its benefits. As the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels, it has fewer emissions, which helps reduce pollution. These factors give natural gas a higher octane rating, which can extend the time between vehicle maintenance. Additionally, natural...

CNG or EV? The Race Is On

What if public places tapped into their natural gas lines to allow patrons to refuel their cars while shopping and dining? Think about the opportunities this would this present, for consumers and the service industry.

Accelerating Natural Gas as an Alternative Fuel

Domestically produced, clean burning, lower emissions and abundant. Natural gas as a vehicle fuel would be an innovative and major initiative for consumers, the economy and the environment. But what would it take for natural gas to deeply penetrate the light-duty vehicle market?

Alternating Currents: Natural Gas for a Whole New Generation

To say that the electric power industry is experiencing a sea change is like saying that water is the most essential element of life. To those of us involved in the industry daily, this statement is obvious. However, when most of society looks at the electric power industry, they see calm...

Modular Data Centers: Strategy Over Building Blocks

Taking a modular approach to data center development is gaining more attention among data center operators, and it’s easy to see why. In an industry where even a highly accelerated schedule isn’t always fast enough, any strategy that increases speed to market is valuable.

Integrated Design-Build for Speedier Data Center Projects

Integrated design-build is the only form of project delivery that can keep pace with the high demands of the tech industry.

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