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January 2013
It is evident that the economic road to recovery has been long and winding. As has been the case in other public sectors, the past couple of years have been tough for the water industry. Federal spending and state budgets have been reduced significantly...
When is the slope too slippery to give liability relief to “good guys” who clean up abandoned hard rock mines and prevent toxic runoff downstream?  For two decades, national legislators, policy makers and advocates have been trying to find the right...
In 2004, when the sustainability movement was still in its infancy, Pennichuck Water Works (PWW) engaged Fay, Spofford & Thorndike (FST) to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the company’s water treatment plant (WTP). Serving the city of...
The South Tahoe Public Utility District’s (STPUD) wastewater treatment plant in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., serves approximately 26,000 full-time residents, but Lake Tahoe’s status as a recreational area can raise that number well above 100,000.  The...
When people drive through the city of Wyoming, Mich., these days, they will likely be happy to notice some of the new parks. But they also will be happy not to notice the odor that can accompany a municipal wastewater treatment plant serving more than...
Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems can provide water utilities with numerous benefits, including increased operational efficiency, improved customer service and reduced water loss.  One AMI network approach that is gaining ground among...
Cost/benefit analysis has been the cornerstone upon which utility engineers base most retrofits of their infrastructure. In an era of rising maintenance costs and limited funding, it has become even more important for projected results to meet...
In the view of superintendent Michael Reichel, it is nice to no longer get complaints about odors from the Howell Avenue pumping station which serves the Town of Riverhead Sewer District on Long Island, N.Y. “Believe me, if there were odors, they...
The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) is among the top five combined sewer overflow (CSO) dischargers in the country, releasing approximately 14 billion gal of overflow during a typical year of rainfall. MSDGC is implementing an...
When a combined sewer overflow (CSO) detention system was needed for the city of Monticello, Ind., innovation was the only thing overflowing.  Nestled between Lake Shafer and Lake Freeman in north-central Indiana, the city of Monticello is a popular...

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