• Poll Says Voters Would Support Lasting Solution To Transportation Funding Crisis

    Pennsylvania's policymakers should not allow the fear of voter backlash to deter them from crafting a lasting solution to the state's transportation funding crisis, according to the results of a recent poll.

     
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    Time to lawyer up?

    Bogged down in disciplinary actions? Trying to write a "non-discriminatory" job description? City hall too busy to help out?

     
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    Tops at the Taps

    During the highly anticipated National Pipe Tapping Contest, drinking water crews get a chance to put their equipment and skills to the test against the clock—and each other.

     
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    Bullets to Spare

     
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    Gaining Control

    In 2001, overflows cost the Pima County Wastewater Management Department in Arizona more than $600,000. That same year, the department launched a multiyear program to install a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) flow-monitoring system powered in part by the sun and linked by remote...

     
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    Working the Bugs Out

    Two years ago, one-fifth of the 50,000 trees that line the streets Ann Arbor were threatened by the emerald ash borer. Rather than sit idle, Ann Arbor decided to repel the invasion by removing its 10,000 ash trees using the city's geographic information system (GIS), to manage the massive tree...

     
  • Prudent Purchasing: ‘But my vendor said . . . ‘

    There's no reason to reinvent the wheel if someone else has already taken the time and effort to specify a product you need. But before you sign anything, make sure you read the contract.

     
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    Prudent purchasing

    As group-purchasing models evolve, the ramifications of buying off a contract negotiated by another party become complex. Cooperative purchasing substitutes a government agency's bid process with that of either another government agency or a third party. To prevent potential liability, the...

     
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    Leaving the levees behind

     
  • Smart scanning

     
  • History Springs Eternal

    Las Vegas is one of the nation's fastest-growing cities, but it's located in a desert. Here's what the city is doing to make sure there is enough water to go around.

     
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    Smart Water

    Las Vegas is one of the nation's fastest-growing cities, but it's in the middle of the desert. Here's what the city is doing to make sure there's enough water to go around.

     
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    Infrastructure to the Rescue

    The city of Phoenix has increased in size from its incorporation in 1881 (2500 residents) to today (1.3 million), turning it in a little more than a century and a quarter from a humble desert town to the fifth largest municipality in the country.

     
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    Oily Decisions

    For the first time in memory, two grades of oil for diesel engines are on the market. Should you purchase the older CI-4 Plus, the newer CJ-4 for engines with 2007 emissions controls, or stock both?

     
  • Change of Direction

     
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    Watersense Pushes to Drop the Drips

    According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, 36 states anticipate a water shortage by 2013. That's an alarming number, and it's only six years away.

     
  • Down & Dirty

     
  • Sir, you can't park your alligator here!

    San Antonio's Loop 410 freeway is no stranger to traffic troubles. The 8-foot alligator sprawled across the pavement one Sunday morning didn't help.

     
  • Put my money in the bank? Rubbish!

     
  • GIS gets a Smart Push

    As tech-savvy infrastructure managers well know, geographic information systems (GIS) can be a powerful tool. However, selling the expense of investing in GIS to constituents and policymakers can be a tough task.

     
  • Stabilization succeeds by a landslide

    Innovative application of geotechnical technology has stemmed the tide of dirt, putting an end to the threat of destructive and disruptive landslides.

     
  • Duck!

    In early May, Denver's Waste-water Operations group helped the city's schools in a fundraiser that went just ducky.

     
  • Water Treatment goes Green

    Gone are the days when “green building” meant modest structures made with recycled products. The term now applies to modern marvels of construction in all areas of public infrastructure.

     
  • PUBLIC WORKS Briefs

     
  • The mercury's rising

    Thanks to heightened concerns over global warming, everyone's gonzo for going green. As part of the push to be environmentally friendly, tree-huggers, power utilities, and even big-box retailers are pushing the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), which last longer and use less...

     
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    The sky is falling! The sky is...

    Whether or not global warming is a manifestation of the planet's natural cycle of heating and cooling over thousands of centuries, or a manmade phenomenon brought on by our relatively recent addiction to fossil fuel, it's difficult to deny that