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When the Money Runs Out: Top 5 Funding Alternatives

By Jason Wuliger

A water main breaks, a pipe bursts, or it just will not stop raining. With every event, the strain on utility and municipal budgets gets worse, and what do you do about the buried infrastructure that is years beyond its intended useful life that you simply have no capacity to address? When bonding is no longer an option, and you have done all you can with your state revolving fund, here is how to be a hero to your colleagues, consumers, and citizens by finding other ways to pay for the work:

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The Age of Water Scarcity: What Are Our Options?

By Ebie Holst

When it comes to water, we’re headed for trouble.  As industry and production have grown in regions all over the world, so too have economies, and so too has water contamination.  Droughts, as well as floods and storm conditions, are on the rise. Aging infrastructure undermines dependable  storage, treatment, and delivery of water, not only for small communities and major metro areas, but for a range of institutions we may depend on. Everything from agriculture and industry, to schools, golf courses, and car washes depend on reliable infrastructure. Population growth all over the world means more water demand, not just to feed, clothe, and house us, but to provide us power, pharmaceuticals, and products to consume – water is critical to all of it.    In the next 15-20 years, water demand to support population and economic growth will outstrip usable supply by 40%. 

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Lead Reduction in Drinking Water

By Kyla Jacobsen

Following months of discussions, debates and negotiations, on January 16, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed Public Act 00-0922 (Senate Bill 0550) into law.  Senate Bill 0550 establishes protocols for lead testing requirements and protocols for all water sources used for cooking and drinking within some schools and day care facilities as well as requirements for water providers to compile a lead materials inventory and provide notification  prior to water distribution work.

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Water Investment: Three Stories to Watch in 2017

By Jason Wuliger

The water industry is growing exponentially. A myriad of issues-from scarcity and contamination to aging infrastructure and growing regulation-are increasing the need for faster response from relevant players, more efficient deployment of existing solutions, and technological innovation. The seemingly relentless demand for solutions is a strong backdrop for investment, and the opportunity to positively impact the lives of millions is a powerful draw for those investors looking to do good while doing well.

Given this environment, it is not surprising that we are seeing a variety of players taking part in the “water rush” in a variety of ways.

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Water Work: Why We Do What We Do

By Brent Weinstock

We realize, that to continue to survive as human beings, we must live in a sustainable fashion. There are five basic human needs: shelter, air, warmth, food, and clean water. Your body is made up of about 60% water, and our planet is made up of over 70% water. Water is crucial to life on our world, and so it is important that we treat our water carefully by realizing how we care for our water ultimately reflects how we treat ourselves. We are working at SplashLink to exercise care of our water, while connecting other water workers with one another, helping to grow new pathways to waterways.

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