Capital Improvements to a Vital Resource
Every two minutes, a water main in the U.S. breaks. These breaks add up, with an estimated 6 billion gallons of treated water lost every day. Considering the droughts that impact parts of the country each year, as well as the wildfires that often accompany them, that water could come in handy. Then there’s the converse: storm-related flooding, which causes $9 billion in damages annually. It’s a challenge for water / wastewater organizations to keep up, to say nothing of providing clean drinking water to each U.S. inhabitant.
Even when everything is working properly, the nation’s 2 million miles of water pipes are old. Nearly 10 million U.S. homes still are fed through dangerous lead pipes. Real estate development has consistently changed how water flows to and from our lakes and rivers, often affecting the overall quality of those bodies of water and straining delivery mechanisms. All in all, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Report Card for America’s Infrastructure gave our wastewater systems a D+, and our storm water systems a D.
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When it comes to U.S. water infrastructure, change is necessary. It’s also not easy, as water and wastewater infrastructure projects are notorious for going over budget. Whether it’s a wastewater treatment plant, pipeline updates, or a new underground sewer tunnel, citizens often groan at the thought of never-ending construction. Too often, that construction is deferred — as are updates to the strategies and technologies for managing it.
A New Way of Going with the Flow
Capital improvements to the nation’s water infrastructure have remained a key element of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, even as Congress has debated the Biden administration’s plan. The federal funding gaps that have long plagued communities and private operations seeking to upgrade their areas of water and wastewater systems may now be bridged, with a proposed $8 billion improvement for Western water-related infrastructure and a $55 billion investment in clean drinking water — the largest such investment in U.S. history.
In addition to digging up and replacing pipes, the infrastructure plan also aims to look ahead, with investments in cybersecurity and protection against attacks on these and other vital components of our everyday lives. It also seeks to modernize water systems in rural and disadvantaged communities.
This increase in federal funding will come with an increase in scrutiny for the municipalities and operators of the nation’s water infrastructure. Processes and systems that may have worked for incremental projects won’t adapt, and they certainly won’t match the expectations of regulators or the public. For captial water infrastructure improvements, you’ll need to provide:
- Proof of the efficiency and value of water and wastewater projects
- Complete transparency into the stewardship of funds
- Proof of job creation, socioeconomic impact, and sustainability success
- Accountability for every project task, dollar, and outcome
Having the right infrastructure management systems and tools in place to accurately track cost, report on project progress and manage the project lifecycle will be critical.
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e-Builder has more than 25 years of experience supporting and managing water and wastewater capital improvement projects at a large scale. Impending economic growth and a clear infrastructure agenda has water-related companies and local governments bracing for doubling or even tripling their capital improvement plan budgets. e-Builder can help you make sense of funding criteria and gain a new sense of efficiency, even when you’re seeing larger projects—and more than you’ve ever seen before.
More than 500 organizations worldwide have used e-Builder Enterprise to manage more than $1 trillion in capital projects. e-Builder Enterprise is a cloud-based solution for managing public construction and infrastructure projects. It automates information handoffs between designers, contractors, consultants and owners through a best-in-class workflow engine that transforms manual and paper-based processes to digital. We help water-related companies and local governments scale to meet the demands and opportunities that are coming down the pipeline.
More than 500 organizations worldwide have used e-Builder Enterprise to manage more than $1 trillion in capital projects.
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Additional Infrastructure Funding Resources:
- Trimble chart highlighting the Infrastructure Bill Spending by STATE
- Brookings’ federal infrastructure hub breaks down the funding by project type and agency
- The American Society of Civil Engineers has a resource to track open IIJA grants and more
- So does the Government Finance Officers Association with its Notice of Funding Opportunity tracker
Testimonials and Case Studies
e-Builder Enterprise helps you increase productivity, streamline processes, support more community collaboration, and deliver greater visibility and transparency. But don’t take our word for it. Hear what some of our water and wastewater infrastructure clients have to say:
Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority Manages Massive Ramp-up
PWSA shares how they are using e-Builder Enterprise to manage their $100M capital program which includes an initiative to replace lead service lines for the Pittsburgh community. It has increased accountability and gained payment efficiencies, ensuring that funds are used to replace lead pipes instead of creating more bureaucracy.
Helping the 8th Largest Water & Wastewater Utility in the U.S. Save $330K/Year.
When you’re as big and as busy as the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), becoming more efficient is not only important, it’s a necessity. Not long ago, an internal audit noted some red flags in change management and document security processes, prompting the agency to rethink its technology-driven solutions and improve project delivery with e-Builder's capital construction software. Click here to view.
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District finds its ‘Game-Changer’
Having construction project information in various systems slowed down Milwaukee’s wastewater treatment agency. See how using e-Builder’s project management information system created many efficiencies for the district. Click here to view.
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