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January 2012
As we begin to look into 2012, we attempt to predict what challenges and opportunities await. Despite funding issues, economic concerns and political pressures, the water and wastewater industry continues to weather the storm. Only time will tell what...
Despite periodic gloom and doom, there’s reason for hope for Gulf of Mexico coastal ecosystems and communities in 2012: A promising new strategy is moving forward in response to immediate insults and incremental threats from pollution, development and...
A group of communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire recently became important parts of the “new energy” revolution. At the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District (GLSD), two different renewable energy solutions were implemented. These upgrades not only...
In the 2008 James Bond film “Quantum of Solace,” Bond takes on wealthy businessman Dominic Greene, whose environmentalism is only a facade for the real aim of his sinister ambitions: to dominate the economy of Bolivia by seizing control of its water...
Each year, enough untreated sewage is released into America’s waterways to cover the entire state of Pennsylvania 1 in. deep. We can and should fix this—and can create broad opportunities for diverse, high-quality employment in doing so.The Need to...
Rockets in the early part of the 20th century were found only in science fiction. It was not until the onset of World War II that a few pioneering scientists discovered they could make this fiction a reality.   In 1936, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory...
When buying a new storage tank, potential end-users likely will think about size, capacity, cost, turnaround time and ease of construction. They will select proper features and consider maintenance and expected life cycle. But the feature that should be...
A new year brings a renewed focus on the challenges facing our water supply. In 2011, many states across the country faced abnormally dry conditions, and 2012 promises to bring similar circumstances. Less than 1% of the Earth’s water is available for use...
Oconee County lies in the center of Georgia. Its lift station on Mars Hill Road, a heavily traveled low-speed limit area with a retirement community and church nearby, generated a number of odor complaints. The county hired an odor consultant who...
Regulatory drivers and technological improvements have spurred the innovative application of dissolved gas flotation (DGF) technology in the industrial wastewater market. The technology relies on contacting wastewater with a sidestream saturated with gas...

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