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February 2013
Each day, an average of 700 water mains burst, while leaking pipes waste an estimated 7 billion gal of water, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Approximately 30% of pipes in systems delivering water to 100,000-plus people are...
This past August, in my column about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, I mentioned that Time magazine reported that Pakistani authorities arrested a doctor who was vaccinating children in the area of bin Laden’s compound.  This story has continued to...
As the state agency charged with managing west-central Florida’s water resources, the Southwest Florida Water Management District has long viewed conservation as one of the key components to developing sustainable water supplies.  While west-central...
Nestled among the cottages and barns between the towns of North Salem and Southeast, N.Y., just outside New York City, sits the Peach Lake Environmental Center. What appears to be just another horse stable on the land surrounding Peach Lake actually...
By now, the vast majority of us have updated our antiquated technology. Cassette tapes gave way to CDs, which gave way to digital music, thanks to iTunes and MP3s. The clunky cell phones of the 1980s have fallen, and smaller, sleeker models have risen in...
Water and wastewater infrastructure in the U.S. continues to deteriorate as repairs stay on the back burner due to economic uncertainty and lack of funds. To address costly repairs, engineers and end users must think beyond what was good enough in the...
The Frackville Area Municipal Authority (FAMA) Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) in Frackville, Pa., currently operates an Ovivo Airbeam cover aerobic digestion system that was commissioned in October 2010.   FAMA was seeking to upgrade and...
The Cedar Knox Rural Water Project serves approximately 3,500 people, with 820 hookups across four communities in northeast Nebraska. Its drinking water supply comes from the Lewis and Clark Lake, fed by the Missouri and Niobrara Rivers. Average flow is...
Chlorine has been the principal disinfectant used in the wastewater industry. The chlorine disinfection process, however, produces inorganic chloramines and chlorinated disinfection byproducts (DBPs), such as trihalomethanes, which are toxic to aquatic...
Smart water networks and smart meters are loaded with useful data, but utilities and municipalities worldwide must learn how to manage and best use this unprecedented amount of data in order to take advantage of its benefits. Benefits of correctly...

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