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July 2013
Attendees of last month’s AWWA ACE13 in Denver (myself included) found it hard to resist reflecting on the recently released U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) survey, which indicated that a staggering $384 billion in improvements is needed for...
For carbon credits and climate change, “cap and trade” may be dead in the water for now in some jurisdictions and political theaters, but in the water quality arena, a version of it is gaining traction. That’s good news for water and communities. With...
Municipalities are continually challenged in their management of excess flow conveyed in the sanitary collection system and treatment of peak flows when they reach the wastewater treatment facility. This is particularly true for extreme precipitation...
The Chino Basin Municipal Water District (CBMWD) was formed in 1950 to provide supplemental water to portions of San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties. In 1973, CBMWD signed a contract with seven agencies in western San Bernardino County...
Querencia, Baja California Sur, Mexico, the tip of the Baja California peninsula, is a mesmerizing landscape where the sparse, rugged elegance of the mountainous Sonoran Desert tumbles lazily into the sparkling blue convergence of the Pacific Ocean and...
When it comes to paperless billing adoption rates, 12% and 27% are figures that take center stage. The latter percentage represents utility companies’ adoption rate versus that of other vertical industries. The disparity occurs because utilities are...
The Greater Ramsey Water District (GRWD) in Devils Lake, N.D., owns and operates the rural water and sewer systems once owned by Ramsey County and the Ramsey County Water Resource District. Covering approximately 7,000 sq miles, GRWD’s service area...
Disinfection of drinking water began in the U.S. in the early 1900s and often has been hailed as one of the most significant advances in public health. As water treatment technologies have developed and advanced in complexity over the past century,...
With uncertainty regarding requirements for future use of chlorine gas due to safety concerns and challenges associated with chlorinated disinfection byproducts (DBPs) for gaseous or liquid chlorine, wastewater facilities are proactively looking for...
A significant water main upgrade recently took place at the historic Omohundro Water Treatment Plant (WTP) in Nashville, Tenn.  Completed in late 2012, the upgrade required 5,760 ft of American (American Cast Iron Pipe Co.) ductile iron pipe—mostly...

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