New Blog Post Series: Challenges and innovations: Current and Future States of Water Affordability

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

Given the looming affordability crisis, new interventions are needed to help communities pay their water bills, while also helping utilities collect the water and wastewater fees needed to fund much-needed infrastructure upgrades. To date, a large volume of work on how to measure affordability has been undertaken, but what is sorely needed are programmatic strategies to help both households and utilities cope with the mounting costs of clean water provision.

Read more here.

Note:

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


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 Wins Midland, TX

The Advanced Infrastructure Analytics team secured a contract worth nearly $150,000 for an intelligent meter management program from the City of Midland, Texas. The City will use our Hidden Revenue Locator to glean insight into apparent water loss issues (water that is consumed but not properly measured, accounted for or paid for) by identifying and ranking customer meters that are losing revenue due to meter and data handling inaccuracies. On average, about 5% of retail water is not registered at the meter, or unbilled for, representing approximately 2% of a utility’s top-line revenue. Our meter management program will analyze more than 47,000 meters in Midland’s network, and represents our second win in the state of Texas for our cloud-based analytics solution to address the city’s water productivity needs. Congratulations to Christine Boyle, CEO, Valor Water Analytics; Clayton Coe, Business Development Manager; and Carl Sharkey, Business Development Manager.

World Water Day 2019: Cleveland Water Alliance Guest Blog by Christine Boyle

CEO Christine Boyle wrote a guest blog for World Water Day 2019, which got published on the Cleveland Water Alliance website on March 22.

An excerpt from the blog: This year’s World Water Day theme “Leaving no one behind” hits home right here in the United States.  According to a recent study by Food and Water Watch, water shutoffs are growing problem for water customers, and the utilities that service them, across the U.S.

Read more about water shutoffs and new approach to reduce them on the Cleveland Water Alliance Blog.

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.