Water and Wastes Digest Archive


August 2012
If you visit the city of Cedar Park, Texas’, website, you will be warmly welcomed not only by an appealing design featuring earthy colors framed by cedar branch graphics, but also by a friendly mission statement that reads: “Our mission is to provide...
In the May 7 issue of Time magazine, there was an article about the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. The article, “How It Went Down,” described not only the actual mission by the Navy Seals to raid the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, but also...
The facts are as clear as the water we drink: U.S. water and wastewater infrastructure is in desperate need of repair. In its 2009 Report Card on Infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave both systems a grade of D-. A recent study by...
In anticipation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Stage 2 Disinfection Byproduct Rule (DBPR), responsible utilities across the U.S. have invested billions in capital improvements and millions more in ongoing operating expenses. Prudent...
The staff at the Rock Creek Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility seem well aware that innovation is the key to success, and they do not have plans to slow down anytime soon.  The facility, one of four treatment plants run by Clean Water Services (...
The Downers Grove Sanitary District is an 11-million-gal-per-day wastewater utility located in south central DuPage County, Ill. The district serves primarily residential and commercial customers, with a small mix of industrial customers. The district’s...
The Padre Dam Municipal Water District, located in Southern California, serves water to more than 103,000 residents in the San Diego suburbs of Alpine, Blossom Valley, Crest, Dehesa, El Cajon, Flinn Springs, Harbison Canyon, Lakeside and Santee. As part...
Each winter, water operators in northern climates face a range of challenges due to cold weather, including main breaks and equipment outages. While these emergencies come without warning, they are obvious and visible when they do occur. But in other...
With wastewater charges to residential customers increasing more than 14% over the past few years, the opportunity exists for wastewater facilities to come up with creative solutions to control costs and level fees for their customers. One idea with...
Donnacona, Quebec, Canada, is an industrial town just west of Quebec City. The town’s water treatment plant was built in 1969 and has since undergone three major retrofits: new high-pressure pumps and an electrical upgrade in 1995; a filter bottoms...

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