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Water and Wastes Digest Archive

February 2009
In the water/wastewater industry, much emphasis has been placed recently on energy efficiency, as energy costs are rising for plants around the country. Converting to renewable energy may be the last thing on plant managers’ minds right now, but Kevin...
Sewer maintenance group trades in wet well FOG cleanouts for a submersible mixerThe city of Reno recently introduced an initiative that promises to significantly reduce the annual line item for the upkeep of the lift stations leading to the treatment...
The South Coast Water District (SCWD) provides freshwater and sewer service to more than 40,000 residents and two million visitors per year in the California coastal communities of Dana Point, South Laguna Beach and San Clemente. The district delivers 7...
The college town of Ann Arbor, Mich., home to the University of Michigan and well known for Wolverine football, is also home to a state-of-the-art water system that offers its 114,000 residents cost-of-service rates that are supported by automated meter...
In recent years, water and gas utilities worldwide have been making significant investments in battery-powered wireless AMR networks to achieve long-term benefits, including reduced labor costs associated with visual meter reading, faster and more...
South Fayette Municipal Authority (SFMA) and three other contributing communities in western Pennsylvania have been metering their flow for 19 years in a unique agreement with Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN). This agreement evolved 10 years...
Great Salt Bay Sanitary District (GSBSD) is a joint water and wastewater utility located in Damariscotta, Maine, a mid-coast community of about 2,000 people. Originally a wastewater treatment facility, the GSBSD began supplying drinking water in 1994 to...
U.S. water infrastructure is in dire need of attention, and perhaps no type of system failure illustrates this point more conspicuously than water main breaks. From coast to coast, hundreds of pipes burst on a daily basis, often making headlines by...
The city of Greenfield, Ind., owns and operates a Class III, 3.2-million-gal-per day (mgd) activated sludge wastewater treatment facility (WWTF). In October 2002, proposed design improvements by Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., Indianapolis, were made to...
On Jan. 15, 2006, a power failure at a pump station in Manhattan Beach, Calif., resulted in massive flooding. Although a SCADA system was in place to monitor and manage the wastewater collection system, an extraordinary combination of equipment and...

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