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May – June 2018 TRENDS

Parul Dubey on June 25, 2018 - in Featured, Trends

In this section, Informed Infrastructure compiles infographics from trusted sources that reveal insight on infrastructure spending. We also compile some of the top infrastructure stories that shouldn’t be missed. For ongoing news coverage, turn to Informed Infrastructure online (www.informedinfrastructure.com), our Twitter feed (@IInfrastructure) and our weekly e-newsletter.

The U.S. Department of Transportation published a Notice of Funding Opportunity to apply for $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) transportation discretionary grants program, which replaces the pre-existing Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. 2018 BUILD grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. BUILD funding can support roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.

For more information, visit www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants.

Private-sector employment increased by 204,000 jobs from March to April 2018, according to the ADP National Employment Report, with the construction industry creating 27,000 jobs, and the trade/transportation/utilities sector adding 14,000 positions.

According to Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, at this pace unemployment will soon be “in the threes,” which he explained is “rarified and risky territory, as the economy threatens to overheat.”

AGA Announces Winners of 2018 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards

More than 110 projects were judged online by a panel of architects and engineers, and now are featured in the American Galvanizers Association (AGA) Project Gallery. The 2018 winners showcase the durability, longevity and sustainability of the hot-dip galvanized coating.  

See details of all the winners at galvanizeit.org/2018-winners.

J.D. Power: Water Utility Customers Cite Many More Quality Issues than EPA Reports Indicate

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Consumer Confidence Reports, which are produced by all community water utilities in the United States to measure the quality of their drinking water, may not be giving a complete picture of end-consumer water quality. According to the J.D. Power 2018 Water Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study, 30 percent of residential water utility customers indicate they have water-quality issues, a rate far higher than what has typically been reported in the Consumer Confidence Reports.

“While the mandated water-quality reports produced by regional water authorities do a great job of measuring specific water-quality issues, they are not telling the whole story when it comes to perceptions of the water that is coming out of customers’ faucets,” said Andrew Heath, senior director of the utility practice at J.D. Power.

For more information, see the full reports at www.epa.gov/ccr and www.jdpower.com/resource/us-water-utility-residential-customer-satisfaction-study.

The following are the top stories from the last few months (in terms of traffic) on the Informed Infrastructure website. This also reflects key coverage areas that are regularly refreshed online and via our weekly e-newsletter. Simply search key words on Informed Infrastructure online to find the full story.




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