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Water Tech

Stories about technology for water utilities, including lead and copper pipe programs, compliance, clean drinking water, green infrastructure, sewage, smart meters and more.

The Center for Internet Security’s Cybersecurity Advisory Services Program is aimed at helping strengthen organizations that are involved in elections, health care, education and water utilities.
The state Legislature has set aside $250,000 this year to study underground water levels and ensure they don’t run dry amid increased demand from data centers and a multiyear drought.
The Environmental Protection Agency has warned against hackers affiliated with Iran and China who could sabotage drinking and wastewater resources — attacks it said are increasing in severity and frequency.
California water regulators have approved rules that will allow local water agencies to recycle wastewater directly into tap water after extra cleaning. Los Angeles and San Diego are among the communities exploring the concept.
The nation's first all-electric tugboat will soon move ships around the Port of San Diego. The 82-foot vessel, called the eWolf, will be powered by a 6.2 megawatt-hour main propulsion battery and two electric motors.

For state and local government agencies across the U.S., GIS technology has the power to inform decision-making, impact funding and improve the constituent experience through various applications.
Officials say the group, called Volt Typhoon, has inserted malware deep in the systems of numerous water and electric utilities that serve military installations in the United States and abroad.
Klir, which sells a water management and compliance platform, has launched a ChatGPT feature for utilities. The idea is to hand off tedious and data-heavy tasks to artificial intelligence while safeguarding data.
The challenges of defending water infrastructure are numerous. Many of the systems in California – and nationwide – are still operating with outdated software, poor passwords and other weaknesses that could leave them at risk.
Navier, a small maritime startup, is developing a line of electric-powered hydrofoil vessels that could be a quicker alternative to gridlocked bridges or bulky commuter ferries.