Water, wastewater SCADA projects benefit from U.S. stimulus funds

Municipalities plan to upgrade systems, while integrators and control system vendors anticipate new projects. Link to where the money goes, better economic news

05/01/2009


www.recovery.gov


See where the money goes:
- USA
- EPA

While a lot of the economy is in rough shape, it seems that water/wastewater utilities are holding their own thanks, in part, to U.S. stimulus funds aimed at infrastructure projects in various states. Municipalities are upgrading long neglected systems, and system integrators, machine builders and control system vendors are rolling up their sleeves to start new projects.

Those trends come as no surprise to Control Engineering blogger Stan Prutz , who is also CEO of system integrator QDS Systems. “After all,” he says, “people are still turning on the lights, using water and flushing their toilets.” QDS’s water/wastewater designs are located throughout the Southeastern U.S. and, in its Louisiana home market, QDS has installed and maintained more water and wastewater SCADA, control and instrumentation systems than any other provider in the state.

Prutz says, “Vendors we serve who are focused on these markets have remarked in recent visits how some of their big vendors, once aloof to them due to their relative size, have now placed them on center stage. New alliances are being formed by some in our industry, tending to remap customers’ allegiances for us all.”

A shifting of suppliers to water/wastewater utilities is coming at the same time money is beginning to flow again to some long-planned, often delayed projects. An unprecedented $4 billion dollars will be awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency to fund wastewater infrastructure projects across the country under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The money will be in the form of low interest loans, principal forgiveness and grants. At least 20 percent of the funds provided under the Act are required to be used for “green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency improvements and other environmentally innovative projects.”

At the annual meeting of the Control Systems Integrators’ Association (CSIA) last week, integrators specializing in various industries, including utilities and water/wastewater, discussed the economy and heard how investment in cement, steel, and construction machinery manufacturers may be near-term beneficiaries of government infrastructure spending.

The EPA awarded $430 million to the State of New York for wastewater infrastructure projects. The state will provide money to municipal and county governments and wastewater utilities for projects to protect lakes, ponds and streams. The money will be given to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and spent by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.

The EPA awarded $19.5 million to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to improve drinking water infrastructure across the state. The funds went to Kansas’ Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. The state agency said it plans to supplement the $19.5 million with other funds from its Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, to fund 39 projects costing just over $53 million. Cities and counties across Kansas submitted 143 project proposals for funding consideration. Proposals were reviewed by department staff who made the selections based on readiness to proceed and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund project priority ranking system.

Ohio EPA Director Chris Korleski announced intended project priority lists that include 69 drinking water projects in 52 communities and 255 water pollution control projects in 164 communities to be offered funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Ohio EPA has issued draft Intended Use Plans (IUPs) and will hold a public meeting to take comments on the plans on May 7 in Columbus. U.S. EPA will need to approve the IUP prior to funds being awarded. The state agency will make 100 percent of stimulus funds available as subsidies, which is more than the 50 percent required in the Recovery Act. Non-Recovery Act funds will also be "mixed and matched" with Recovery Act funds to increase the number of communities able to receive infrastructure funding.

The EPA awarded $49,878,100 to the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority to “finance many of the overdue improvements to wastewater projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment across the state.” The funds will go to the state's Clean Water State Revolving Fund program, which provides low-interest loans for water quality protection projects for wastewater treatment, non-point source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management.

According to EPA, since the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program began in 1987, EPA has awarded more than $26 billion in grants, which states have turned into $69 billion of financial assistance for water quality projects. President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on February 17, 2009, and has directed that the Recovery Act be implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability. To that end, the American people can see how every dollar is being invested at www.Recovery.gov

For information on EPA’s implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in EPA Region 4, visit www.epa.gov/region4/eparecovery

For more from Stan Prutz, visit his blog.

Several other independent sources give separate positive indications for manufacturers. See Economy: Indicators suggest growing manufacturer optimism

– Edited by Renee Robbins , senior editor
Control Engineering News Desk

Register here and scroll down to select your choice of eNewsletters free.





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
2017 Lubrication Guide; Software tools; Microgrids and energy strategies; Use robots effectively
Prescriptive maintenance; Hannover Messe 2017 recap; Reduce welding errors
Safety standards and electrical test instruments; Product of the Year winners; Easy and safe electrical design
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Diagnostic functions for system safety; Specifying industrial enclosures; Effective decision support for a crisis
Transformers; Electrical system design; Selecting and sizing transformers; Grounded and ungrounded system design, Paralleling generator systems
Natural gas for tomorrow's fleets; Colleges and universities moving to CHP; Power and steam and frozen foods

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me