Making Water Systems Smarter Using M2M Technology

In today's world, an abundance of data exists, but often there is still not enough information to act upon. Utilities have faced this common problem for decades, where only a fraction of data collected is ever analyzed and turned into valuable, actionable information. Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications are creating new opportunities to collect data that have typically been manually collected and rarely evaluated. Ken Thompson, CH2M HILL's Intelligent Water Solutions Deputy Director, will present on “Making Water Systems Smarter Using M2M Technology,” during the AWWA/WEF Utility Management Conference, on Thursday, February 19. In his latest blog, Ken discusses the possibilities M2M technology provides for understanding critical influences on water systems, such as water age, chlorine levels, inflow/infiltration influences, industry waste, and more.

Raising a Glass to 40 Years of the Safe Drinking Water Act

Today, in the United States, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act—a milestone worth celebrating because for four decades, utilities and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have worked together, and invested heavily, to ensure that our drinking water is not only safe, but that it remains a top priority in our country. In honor of this anniversary, CH2M HILL's Global Technology Director Brock McEwen raises a glass to not only safe drinking water, but the game-changing technologies that exist today to make our water supplies safer and more abundant, through innovations like potable reuse.

Qualcomm, CH2M HILL and The City of Cincinnati Collaborate on Integrated Water Communications Solutions for SmartAmerica Challenge

The SmartAmerica Challenge, kicked off by the White House in 2013, encouraged companies to think about innovation and technology in a new way. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and CH2M HILL have been collaborating with the intent to develop sustainable connectivity solutions leveraging machine to machine (M2M) cellular technologies that will help water utilities improve water quality, receive reliable information and manage water resources in the City of Cincinnati. The project was presented at the SmartAmerica Expo, held in Washington, D.C., on June 11. Ken Thompson, CH2M HILL's Intelligent Water Solutions Deputy Director, discusses the project in his latest Access Water blog.

Controlling Water Loss in Georgia

States across the U.S. are beginning to conduct water system audits as a way to help develop water loss programs. CH2M HILL's Global Technology Leader for Water Distribution Brian Skeens will discuss what the State of Georgia is doing, as a leader in this practice, to address water loss through the Georgia Water Stewardship Act and other initiatives, during the American Water Works Association's Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE) in Boston this week.

A Wicked Good Time in Boston at AWWA ACE14

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) will host their Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE), June 8-12. This year, water professionals are heading to the northeast and will convene in Boston to share innovative ideas and technical expertise at ACE14. Dr. Russell Ford shares a glimpse of CH2M HILL’s participation in the conference.