Water issues are becoming increasingly prominent as we struggle with disparity between water availability and demands, water pollution, and competition for limited water resources. At CH2M HILL we recognize these challenges, and our engineers, scientists, and planners are working together with clients across market sectors—urban, industrial, energy, agricultural—to find the right solutions to their water challenges. This space highlights the latest thinking on key topics, issues and initiatives that affect all those who influence and are influenced by the water cycle.

Sustainable Water Connectivity Solutions Using M2M Cellular Technology

We have been collaborating with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and the City of Cincinnati 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 City of Cincinnati awarded CH2M HILL a Water Technology Innovation project to design and implement an Integrated Water Connectivity Solution for sustainable water resource management. Watch a short video to learn more about the project. 

Thoughts from Dr. Glen Daigger

Dr. Glen Daigger, International Water Association President and CH2M HILL Senior Vice President and Chief Water Technology Officer, regularly shares industry insight as he travels the world working on CH2M HILL projects, providing leadership and guidance on IWA policy and programs, taking a key role in global water events, participating in global water initiatives, and acting as a global ambassador for sustainable water management. Read his posts.

White Papers Released on Developing Comprehensive Contamination Warning Systems

CH2M HILL and the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) released a series of white papers to disseminate knowledge and industry best practices gained from the PWD Contamination Warning System (CWS) Demonstration Pilot Project. As part of a larger Water Security (WS) initiative, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded grants to water utilities in four major cities, including Philadelphia, to institute full-scale CWSs. The designed and deployed pilot systems feature online water quality monitoring, optimized sampling and analysis, consumer complaint surveillance, enhanced security monitoring, and public health surveillance systems, along with consequence management.“The EPA-funded projects have far reaching impacts as they help to ensure our nation has access to clean, reliable drinking water,” says Ken Thompson, CH2M HILL’s Intelligent Water Solutions Deputy Director.PWD and CH2M HILL produced the white papers as part of the project’s final efforts to share as broadly as possible the knowledge and experience gained from the pilot with other water utilities.

Visit www.ch2mhill.com/iws to download the full series of white papers, and read the CH2M HILL Access Water blog by Ken Thompson, CH2M HILL’s Intelligent Water Solutions Deputy Director for more information..

FutureStructure Initiative: Building Liveable Communities for the Future

What will cities look like in the future? If you could design cities of the future, how would you go about planning and developing a livable, sustainable community? These are questions government leaders, private sector innovators, environmental analysts, policy leaders, technology experts, engineers, finance executives and others are thinking and talking about as they work to develop economically robust, vibrant, livable communities to accommodate the rapid urbanization of the world’s population. FutureStructure is a new framework for thinking about communities as large, complex systems consisting of deeply interdependent smaller systems. CH2M HILL joins Governing magazine as a founding underwriter for the publication’s new FutureStructure initiative to help public sector leaders think more like systems engineers. The initiative brings together a cadre of innovators and government executives to create alternative funding models and share best practices around infrastructure planning for cities of the future. Read more about FutureStructure.

Understanding the Value of Water

Although the majority of people believe clean water is critical to our nation and the world, only 40 percent of Americans think the same of water infrastructure according to the Water Environment Federation. It’s important to inform the public about the challenges America faces in terms of our water infrastructure, which is why CH2M HILL is proud to be a founding member of the  Value of Water Coalition to help shift this perspective. United around a common goal to address the lack of public understanding and support for the much-needed investment in water and water infrastructure, the Coalition of associations representing water and wastewater utilities and private sector companies like ours, is on a quest to help build understanding and support for the vital water and wastewater infrastructure that underpins our economy, our environment and our very way of life.

Learn more about the campaign at the www.thevalueofwater.org/.

Conferences and Events Dialogue

CH2M HILL values the exchange of knowledge, networking, and industry-wide camaraderie that takes place at conferences and events, and works to bring that dialogue online through Access Water. Stay tuned to the Events page to learn where to find us next, and check out a few of the latest Access Water series from our experts who participated at: