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Can You Keep Yourself in Ice Cubes? – Water and Sewer Affordability

Can You Keep Yourself in Ice Cubes? – Water and Sewer Affordability

February 23, 2017 by John W. Carpita, PE
Category: Water Utilities

Water and sewer utility bills are increasing statewide as cities, counties, and water/sewer special purpose districts replace aging infrastructure, deal with the twin devils of droughts and floods, seek new or more stable water sources, increase utility resiliency and security, and comply with new rules and regulations. This post considers the impact this may have on water/sewer bills for communities across the state.

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Water Storage Asset Management Bill a Big Win for Small Cities

Water Storage Asset Management Bill a Big Win for Small Cities

October 9, 2015 by John W. Carpita, PE
Category: Water Utilities

New law grants cities and towns the authority to negotiate a fair and reasonable water storage asset management service contract with firms that submit the best proposals for services.

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Rural Demand for Municipal Water Or How a Drought Emergency Can Make You Popular

Rural Demand for Municipal Water Or How a Drought Emergency Can Make You Popular

July 6, 2015 by Andy Lane
Category: Water Utilities , Planning Advisor

Planning Advisor Andrew Lane explains how to handle municipal water service requests from homes outside your city or town limits.

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What’s in Your Water Mains?

What’s in Your Water Mains?

July 23, 2014 by John W. Carpita, PE
Category: Water Utilities

An article in the April 2014 AWWA Opflow magazine caught my eye, particularly as the City of Longview is featured. The article is entitled: “The New Ice Age: Pigging Effectively Cleans Water and Wastewater Pipelines." First of all, what is a “pig”? For eons, it seems, utilities of all sort have been cleaning the insides of their pipelines with rubber and metal tools of varying degrees of...

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Washington’s New Fire Suppression (Hydrant) Law—SHB 1512

Washington’s New Fire Suppression (Hydrant) Law—SHB 1512

May 10, 2013 by John W. Carpita, PE
Category: Fire Protection , Water Utilities

Thanks to concerted and cooperative action by a coalition of public and private water purveyors, cities, counties, trade organizations, and fire fighting agencies (FIRE PALS), Washington now has a new fire suppression (hydrant) law. This new law resolves issues resulting from two court cases,...

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Water Utilities and Fire Hydrants: Legislative Update

May 1, 2013 by FCS GROUP
Category: Fire Protection , Water Utilities , Finance Advisor

The State Legislature has passed legislation (SHB 1512; SSB 5605,) that focuses on "solving" the problem created by the Lane v. City of Seattle decision. This act provides specific guidance and options for water utilities on how to legally recover fire protection costs...

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