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April 2013
“Here comes the sun, and I say It’s all right ...” —The Beatles The dawn of the renewable energy revolution is here. In addition to wind turbine and solar panel installations, green power is being produced from various other renewable resources, such as...
Earlier this year, on a business trip to Japan, I stayed in a nice hotel in the Akasaka section of Tokyo. As in many hotels these days, there were the usual cards in the bathroom and signs on the wall asking guests to consider the environment during...
According to CNN, an average of 700 water main breaks occur nationwide every day. Often the result of aging and decaying systems, these breaks never occur at a convenient time. Depending on the severity of the breaks, they can cause significant damage to...
The city of Merrill, Wis., is located in Lincoln County and has a population of approximately 10,000 residents. Nicknamed the City of Parks, Merrill is known for its scenic views and attractions along the Wisconsin and Prairie Rivers. Located along the...
The city of Cape Girardeau, located approximately 100 miles south of St. Louis with a population of about 38,000 and treating more than 7 million gal of wastewater per day (mgd), had a problem. In fact, it had several problems.  The city’s original...
The Salinas Valley of California, southeast of San Francisco, is referred to as the “salad bowl of the world” due to its abundance of crops such as lettuce, broccoli and peppers. Like many agricultural areas in California, Salinas’ water supply is under...
Diaphragm-operated automatic control valves (ACVs) require reasonably clean water to function effectively and reliably. Having a strainer upstream of the actual ACV is important, as is having a smaller strainer located at the inlet of the pilot system on...
In 2003, the city of Lonsdale, Minn., began the process of upgrading its lagoon-based wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) into a new mechanical treatment facility. Nine years and two construction phases later, the city now has a fully operational...
The city of Hamilton, Ohio, decided to pursue an active leak detection program as part of an effort to reduce water loss. It also would serve to help stem the loss of overall revenue generated by the water utility. The utility did not have a regular...
The desire for an idyllic environmental space had been expressed by the people of Meadows Place, Texas, for years. This formed the basis of turning a flat, hard-packed 4-acre piece of land into an inviting area that contained a water feature.  After...

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