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February 2012
How often do you find yourself in a situation in which someone asks: “So, you are in the water business … is it true that water is going to be the blue gold?” If you are like me, you probably find yourself in this situation on a regular basis. Questions...
Welcome to my first column for Water & Wastes Digest (WWD). I hope to use it to explore current and thought-provoking issues around water and water treatment. I hope to engage you and elicit your thoughts, comments and debate. I would like to thank...
There is a general consensus in the water industry that an unfortunate discrepancy exists between society’s perceived value of water and the resource’s true worth. As population numbers climb, urbanization and business activity accelerate, climate...
The city of Buffalo, Wyo., is among the many smaller U.S. water systems for which reliance on surface water means treatment changes are needed to comply with the Stage 2 Disinfectant and Disinfection Byproduct Rule (Stage 2 DBPR). The U.S. Environmental...
In the past decade, the John M. Asplund Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) in Anchorage, Alaska, has undergone a number of improvements. These include new scum concentrators, a new standby generator and a SCADA system to increase operational efficiency...
With a population of less than 14,000, Warsaw, Ind.—the “Lake City”—is not an especially big town, but it is snuggled in the midst of four lakes and generates seasonally high quantities of storm water runoff to the Tippecanoe River. Inflow and...
Veolia Water’s Super-Rimiez Plant opened in 1972 to provide drinking water for residents in and around the French principality of Nice, where it is located. The system has been upgraded several times in terms of capacity and technology, including a...
Located on the southwestern edge of the Mojave Desert about 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles lies the city of Victorville, Calif. Summer temperatures in Victorville often reach triple digits, and its annual precipitation is scantly more than 6 in. It is...
As many wastewater treatment plants approach their maximum capacities or face stricter effluent limits, communities are weighing different options. Space limitations often constrain the available choices for expansion, and many activated sludge plants...
Metro Vancouver, located in the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada, is home to almost 2.3 million people, making it the country’s third largest city. It draws water from three sources: the Seymour, Capilano and Coquitlam reservoirs. The Greater...

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