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August 2013
Whether we like it or not, there seem to be data on just about anything and anyone these days. From your local store keeping track of the items you purchase to determine your preferred brands and the best coupons to send you in the mail, to your cable...
Reduce, reuse and recycle is a phrase we are all familiar with. Decades ago, people began to realize that there is no inherent waste in a process—waste is only the result of the inefficient use of resources. If there is an opportunity to turn waste back...
The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA)—a major wholesale water provider in Southern California—started conducting routine condition assessments of its large-diameter pipeline in the early 1990s. While the agency lacked a formal asset management...
With just 10,000 residents, Pulaski is a small town located in Pulaski County, in southwestern Virginia. The town’s sole water treatment plant was constructed in 1951 as a conventional 4-million-gal-per-day plant with coagulation, sedimentation and...
The Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District’s (UBWPAD) wastewater treatment plant serves seven communities in the Worcester, Mass., area and portions of four others, and is located in nearby Millbury. It is the largest wastewater treatment...
Hillsboro Water, located approximately 15 miles west of Portland in the city of Hillsboro, Ore., serves nearly 80,000 customers. The service area includes customers residing in the city’s municipal territory, more than 600 rural connections in Washington...
For the past couple of decades, municipalities across the U.S. have been “closing the lid” on wastewater treatment plants. This process has resulted in sewage treatment facilities that both look and smell much better than their predecessors. Because of...
Upgrading to energy-efficient lighting has become one of the simplest and most cost-effective solutions for water and wastewater treatment facilities to reduce operational costs and enhance safety and security. As more organizations also look to reduce...
The Water Distribution Div. of the Environmental Services Department in Ponca City, Okla., is responsible for providing potable water to approximately 11,000 residential customers, six rural water districts, and many commercial and industrial customers,...
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the largest public water utility in North America, serving more than 800,000 customers and 9 million residents. Receiving more than $3 billion each year from water and sewer customers, the...

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