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Orange County Water District Awarded Grant to Improve Water Quality

The Orange County Water District (OCWD), in a partnership with the University of Maryland and CosmosID, Inc., has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that will aid the water industry in its continued effort to improve water quality. The $100k award will be used to apply metagenomics, ..

OFS Expands the AccuRibbon® DC Fiber Optic Cable Family

OFS announced it has expanded the AccuRibbon® DC Fiber Optic Cable product family to include fiber counts up to 864. These gel-free ribbon cables will be available in dielectric and metallic/armored versions. Currently, AccuRibbon DC cables are only offered in fiber counts up to 432. OF..

Patent Awarded for “In-place” Coating to Protect Pipes Against Water Loss Due to Leaks

Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC has been granted U.S. patent #9744561. This patent is related to the ePIPE system of in-place pipe restoration, which provides protection to underground pipes against leaks and harmful lead and copper leaching. “ePIPE is providing superior solutions in response to..

American Water Resources Collaborates with Dispatch to Improve the Customer Repair Experience

American Water Resources has entered into an agreement with Dispatch to help deliver faster service when customers need repairs on their water and sewer service lines, in-home plumbing, and other home services covered under American Water Resources protection plans. Dispatch is an enterprise custom..

Ditch Witch, Utilicor Join Forces to Simplify Utility Repairs

Ditch Witch®, a Charles Machine Works Company, has partnered with Utilicor Technologies, Inc. to bring the benefits of advanced keyhole technology and reinstatement to contractors, municipalities and utilities globally. Due to the partnership, utility contractors will now be able to operate a nimbl..

NASSCO: Purdue's CIPP Report Flawed

The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) has released its response to the Purdue University study, Worksite Chemical Air Emissions and Worker Exposure during Sanitary Sewer and Stormwater Pipe Rehabilitation Using Cured-in-Place-Pipe (CIPP), published July 26, 2017 in the Environ..

Drones to Detect Power Outages in Illinois

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — An electrical and natural-gas service company in central Illinois is using a fleet of drones to detect power outages, inspect power lines and poles and plan for construction projects. The News-Gazette reports that Ameren Illinois officials demonstrated the drones Tuesday in Urba..

SoCalGas Streamlines Processes to Support Renewable Gas Projects

Southern California Gas Co. has announced new initiatives that will make it easier for renewable gas production facilities to connect to the company’s natural gas pipeline system. First is the creation of a downloadable toolkit to help renewable gas producers and developers who are interested in in..

Kansas City Selects Electro Scan Technology to Assess Sewer Mains

The City of Kansas City, Missouri has selected Electro Scan’s Next Generation leak detection technology for condition assessment of 15-inch and smaller diameter sewer mains as part of a pilot project. The partnership with Electro Scan will include the assessment of 100 pipe segments with an approxim..

Failed Communications Hampered Response to Wildfires Last Fall

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Newly released records show failed communication systems hampered the response to deadly wildfires in Tennessee last fall. Records that Sevier County began to release Wednesday that wind and fire on Nov. 28 combined to disable cell towers, melt fiber-optic cables and di..

Clearfield's Fiber Optic Technology Now Telcordia Certified

Clearfield, Inc. today announced that its fiber termination process used to manufacture Clearfield LC/UPC 900 μm 1.6 mm and 2.0 mm jumpers and fiber assemblies have been tested by an independent test lab compliant to the Telcordia, GR-326-Core requirements. With the Telcordia GR-326 achievement, the..

Better Broadband Coming to 7 Vermont Towns Thanks to Grants

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — People in seven rural Vermont communities will be getting better broadband internet service thanks to a series of grants through Connectivity Initiative distributed by the Department of Public Service. The Connectivity Initiative works to expand high-speed broadband service s..

BICSI Revises, Updates Telecommunications Project Management Program

BICSI, a worldwide association committed to advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community, has released its newly revised Registered Telecommunications Project Management (RTPM) Program. The role of an effective project manager is crucial to the outcome of any successful p..

CommScope Completes Acquisition of Cable Exchange

CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has completed its acquisition of Cable Exchange, a privately-held, quick-turn supplier of fiber optic and copper assemblies for data, voice and video communications. Cable Exchange, based in Santa Ana, Calif., manuf..

Amphenol Telect Unveils New Fiber Distribution Chassis

Amphenol Telect has launched the C2LINX 1RU, a high-density fiber distribution chassis with cable management features designed to fit hyper scale networks in a variety of network environments, including enterprise, telecommunications and cable TV. “We’ve developed a panel that hits the high-den..

GE’s Wastewater Treatment Technology Honored

Federated Co-Operatives Limited’s Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatchewan, was named Industrial Water Project of the Year, as the 2016-commissioned project representing the most impressive technical or environmental achievement in the industrial sector of the international water industry. Us..

Water Technology Trends Survey Results Available

The initial results of a survey intended to identify current and future trends for water technology implementation are now available in the form of a new interactive data visualization tool. Developed under the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) – a joint initiative between the Water En..

Navigant Research: Utilities Need to Take a Pragmatic Approach to Energy Transformation

Navigant Research has released two reports examining how the energy transformation is playing out across distribution networks and providing examples of leading business models and practical recommendations for network utilities to realize a successful transformation. Distribution Utility Transforma..

Arcadis Report Underscores Importance, Value Of Innovation

As North American water utilities imagine the future of providing on-demand, high-quality, affordable water and sanitation services to the hundreds of millions of customers who depend on them, a new report underscores the value of innovation in meeting those challenges. Empowering Water Utility Inn..

“Smart Water” Technology Sparks Spending Change For Municipal Water

Solutions to the continuing conflicts between aging infrastructure and pressure on utilities to ensure a safe, resilient water supply, are increasingly focused on software, data and analytics. In US Smart Water: Defining the Opportunity, Competitive Landscape, and Market Outlook, Bluefield Research ..

HydraTech Enhances Internal Joint Seal

The HydraTite internal joint seal, manufactured by HydraTech Engineered Products LLC, has a long and proven history for repairing leaking joints in man-entry sized piping. When joints in box culverts, tunnels, conduits or other structures with non-circular or -elliptical profiles need repair, howeve..

Ubiquiti Networks Launches Plug and Play Fiber Optic Technology

Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. has launched the UFiber GPON Platform, consisting of the company’s UFiber OLT and the UFiber Nano G Optical Network Unit solutions. The UFiber Platform is designed to enable internet service providers  to quickly build high-speed fiber internet networks for many users and ove..

Clearfield Quadruples Manufacturing Capacity in Mexico

Clearfield, Inc. has quadrupled its manufacturing capacity at its Tijuana, Mexico facility. The expansion will enable the company to lower its cost of product manufacturing while ensuring it continues to provide customers short lead times and on-time deliveries. “Our Mexican manufacturing facilitie..

French Cable Station Museum Is Link to the Past

ORLEANS, Mass. (AP) — Lucien Ozon came to Orleans when he was 15, when his father, Clement, moved his wife and seven kids from St. Pierre and Miquelon for a job with a French cable company. The Ozon family represents a pocket of French culture — among about 10 families in town today — that dates fr..

A. O. Smith, The Water Council Announce Technology Challenge Winner

A. O. Smith Corporation and The Water Council have selected Nanolytix of Toronto as the 2017 winner of the BREW Corporate: Powered by A. O. Smith challenge. Nanolytix is a pioneer in artificial intelligence and sensor technologies for water quality detection applications. The unique water quality s..

Cable ONE Business Eyes Mississippi for Piranha Fiber Launch

Cable ONE Business has announced it is currently considering Mississippi for its next launch of Piranha Fiber – Ferociously Fast Internet, which offers 2 gigabits per second of symmetrical internet speed. “Piranha Fiber would be the first 2 gigabit shared fiber optic internet service available to b..

Frontier Communications Partners with Coriant to Enhance Broadband Services in Connecticut

Coriant, a supplier of packet optical, IP, and SDN solutions to Tier 1 global service providers and web-scale Internet operators, today announced that Frontier Communications Corporation will deploy the company’s technology to modernize its fiber-optic transport infrastructure across Connecticut. Th..

New Jersey American Water Publishes Interactive Pipeline Map

New Jersey American Water has published an interactive Infrastructure Upgrade Map on its website to share details about its pipeline renewal projects. The user-friendly map allows customers to view details about the company’s water and wastewater pipe renewal or replacement projects across its 190 ..

Former FERC Member Releases White Paper Addressing Problems in the Nation's Electricity Markets

Tony Clark, a senior advisor at Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP and a former member of the Federal Energy Commission, has released Regulation and Markets: Ideas for Solving the Identity Crisis, a white paper which shows that almost 20 years after restructuring many of the nation’s electricity market..

Utility & Communications Construction Business Update

By Daniel Shumate Director, FMI Capital Advisors Inc. EDITOR’S NOTE: The past 25 years have seen many changes in the underground utilities universe. Technology advances, regulatory activity and environmental requirements have dictated major alterations in the way companies are managed. Rating as on..