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Challenges and Innovations: Current and Future States of Water Affordability: Blog Post Series Part 2.

By Stacey Isaac Berahzer; Christine Boyle, PhD; editing by Maryana Pinchuk

In our last blog post, we discussed affordability topics that have been relatively well-covered in the water industry and academic research: the definition and measurement of affordability in the context of water service delivery, and an overview of customer assistance program (CAP) creation and funding. Though not necessarily solved, these issues have been discussed in many publications and conference proceedings. In this post, we will discuss a topic that has received less coverage: how a lack of customer information and contact data makes it difficult for utilities to increase CAP enrollment.

Read more on our Valor Water Analytics Blog.

Note:

This is the second in a series of Valor Water Analytics blog posts exploring water affordability, customer nonpayment, and potential solutions that enable utilities to deliver water more equitably and sustainably to all customers. You can read the first post here.

Valor Water Analytics in the World

A list of upcoming Valor Events:

MWEA & MO-AWWA's Joint Annual Meeting, Osage Lakes, MO - March 31 - April 3 2019

Presenting: Carl Sharkey

Monday, Apr 1st 10-10:50 am: New Approach to Meter Asset Management: Using Data to Prioritize Meter Replacement

Texas Water, Houston, TX - April 2-5 2019

Exhibiting (w/ AIA)

NY AWWA: New York's Water Event, Saratoga Springs, NY - April 16-18 2019

Exhibiting (w/ AIA)

PA-AWWA 71st Annual Conference, Hershey, PA - April 16-18, 2019

Presenting: Carl Sharkey

Thursday, Apr 18th, 3:15-3:45pm: Intelligent Meter Asset Management: Prioritizing Your Meter Replacement Program

GAWP, 2019 Spring Conference & Expo, Columbus, GA - April 23-24 2019

Presenting: Bryon Boyd

Tuesday, Apr 23rd, 1:30-2pm: Minimizing Apparent Losses: New Best Practices in Prioritized Meter Testing, Replacement, and Revenue Recovery

Valor Water Analytics and Xylem Sponsors of Erie Hack 2019

Both Valor Water Analytics and Xylem are sponsoring this year’s Erie Hack, a challenge organized and led by the Cleveland Water Alliance in collaboration with partners in Detroit MI, Toledo OH, Erie PA, Buffalo NY, and Windsor ON (Canada). Several competitions for coders, developers, engineers, and water experts have been created in order to generate enduring solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest challenges. The competition includes $100,000 in prizes for the most creative and effective hacks.

Two members of Valor Water Analytics’ Engineering team, Data Scientist Bahman Roostaei and Software Engineer Victor Miao, created a mini challenge for Erie Hack, listed under ‘Drive the Creation of Meaningful Dara’,. A ‘Seasonal Water Usage Analysis’, focuses on the question how to leverage technical tools to explain or quantify how weather variables contribute to local water usage pattern. 

Read more about Erie Hack and Valor’s challenge here.

Smoke on the Water: Valor Staff Tours California’s State Water Project

By: Maryana Pinchuk

Smoke and fire may have been in the air (literally) in California these past few weeks, but water is never far behind as a subject of concern for residents of the state. Earlier this month, while fires raged from Los Angeles to Sacramento, my colleague Renee and I accompanied staff from the Municipal Water District of Southern California, as well as other water utility staff and interested citizens from Southern California, on an inspection trip to learn more about the California State Water Project

Read more here.

Data Nerd position now open

Valor Water Analytics seeks a highly enlightened human who thinks in binary.  You will become deeply ingrained in the fascinating world of water utility data, helping to unlock the hidden secrets that shroud the delivery of a precious resource.  You will understand how large-scale utilities track system usage and how to optimize operational efficiency.  You will work side-by-side with our talented team of software industry professionals.  As a result of your work, chaos will give way to order.

Apply today on Valor’s website, click here: https://www.valorwater.com/join-us/.