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  • Wastewater managers speak out

    According to a survey conducted by the Government Accountability Office, wastewater treatment facilities require more federal funding and direction.

  • Software streamlines California water agency

    GBA Master Systems software allow public water officials to deftly hurdle obstacles.

  • Risky business made less risky

    Public works agencies and construction managers must adopt a comprehensive, institutional approach to identifying and mitigating risks that may be less obvious but can disrupt projects nonetheless.

  • Wrestling with GASB 34

    When the Government Accounting Standards Board issued Statement 34 (more familiarly known as GASB 34) in 1999, it constituted the group's first major change in reporting requirements since 1935. Municipalities all over the country must comply with its demands, and implementers are finding the...

  • High-tech systems monitor fuel use

    In these days of high fuel costs, it's important to know how well your fleet is doing with respect to fuel mileage and use. A good fuel management system can help you do that. You can identify vehicles that are not getting good fuel mileage, and you can use the mileage information to schedule...

  • Envisioning the future water and wastewater utility

    For American water and wastewater utilities, change is inevitable and unrelenting. Although their fundamental responsibility remains to provide safe, reliable, affordable, and secure systems that protect public health, the environment, and quality of life, changes in society and the global business...

  • Seeing the big picture

    Serving the public can be an arduous, thankless job. The work is challenging, and even if your performance is stellar, the number of complaints you draw often outweighs the kudos. Of course you want to do a good job, but sometimes, when you find yourself in the middle of a grueling workday—which...

  • Choosing between asphalt and concrete pavement

    Hard-surfaced pavements, which make up about 60% of U.S. roads, typically are constructed with either hot-mix asphalt or portland cement concrete (commonly referred to as “asphalt” and “concrete,” respectively). Of those roads, more than 90% are asphalt.

  • Understanding contract documents

    The American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) 2005 Report Card for America's Infrastructure gave the nation a cumulative grade of “D” based on the condition of several public works categories.

  • Atlanta opens wastewater tunnel