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December 2013
The water industry pulled through another year of mixed economic signals, deep federal budget cuts and continued pressure from tightening regulatory requirements.  Meanwhile, the American Society of Civil Engineers released its 2013 Report Card for...
In his September column, Ben Grumbles presented what he called “Fracking’s Top 10,” a list of top questions we should be asking related to hydraulic fracturing. In October, I offered my view, “Fracking and the Future,” where I addressed the importance of...
Water & Wastes Digest (WWD) understands the importance of keeping up to date with current industry trends and information. We are pleased to present our sixth-annual State of the Industry Report, which includes invaluable information regarding...
Aging infrastructure, ever-changing regulations and tightening budgets present the water and wastewater treatment industry with a challenging road ahead. Still, innovation continues to propel tens of thousands of noteworthy efforts, and they are...
In 2006, engineers at HDR began planning efforts to increase capacity at the city of St. Charles, Mo.’s Missouri River Wastewater Treatment Plant. The landlocked plant had limited opportunities for physical expansion. HDR needed a solution that fit...
The Bluebonnet Water Supply Corp. Water Treatment Plant in Temple, Texas, generated a worst-case 106 million gal of spent backwash water and clarifier sludge annually, storing it in three concrete lagoons. Solids in the settling lagoon never dried...
Along the eastern side of the Cascade Mountain Range in central Oregon, the city of Redmond, Ore., is home to approximately 28,000 residents.  Redmond’s water utility previously relied on contracted meter readers to manually report water meter data...
Set in the agricultural fields of the San Joaquin Valley in Northern California, the family-owned Foster Poultry Farms Chicken Processing Complex is located in the city of Livingston. Established in 1939, it is the largest employer in both the city and...
Wastewater pump clogging issues caused by “flushables”—consumer products like wipes that are often marketed as safe for flushing—are well documented. But that does not mean they are going away anytime soon.  A September 2013 Associated Press article...
Nestled on the bluffs of California’s Monterey Peninsula, Pebble Beach is considered one of the nation’s premier residential communities and golf resorts. It is home to multi-million-dollar estates and meticulously maintained, internationally renowned...

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