Water and Wastes Digest Archive


March 2012
At one time America’s water infrastructure was the most advanced in the world, but this is far from the truth today. Talks of facilities and underground pipe and systems nearing the end of their useful life have lasted for more than a decade, but we are...
The road to recovery is paved with good inventions... and supportive attitudes— both of which need revamping from time to time if we are going to manage water and waste successfully in the coming years. One of my favorite resource recovery and beneficial...
Critical infrastructure components, including two flocculator buildings and flocculation equipment, were aging and in need of replacement at the East River Station Water Treatment Plant (WTP) in Davenport, Iowa. Originally constructed in 1956 and 1965,...
Continuous water and wastewater systems make uptime and throughput crucial. Preventing equipment failure, scheduling downtime and reducing energy consumption continually are top priorities. There are easy ways to protect systems, increase uptime and...
Along the banks of the Columbia River, northwest of Portland, the city of St. Helens, Ore., and the town’s major industry, Boise Paper, share a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) and even a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-required National Pollutant...
Nestled in the heart of the state along the Wisconsin River, the city of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., spans 14 sq miles and is home to about 18,000 people. The area prides itself on grandiose holiday celebrations and a growing business community, rooted...
In January 2001, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reduced the maximum allowable level of arsenic in drinking water from 50 ppb to 10 ppb. The deadline to comply fell in January 2006, causing many smaller communities and non-transient, non-...
The residents of Orlando, Fla., and nearby communities are more likely to see lightning strike than their toilets run dry. Extensive high-tech upgrades, including new automation and control systems, at Orlando’s three advanced wastewater treatment plants...
With expectations of continued growth in southern Douglas County, Ga., the Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority (WSA) installed a force main from its new St. Andrews Pump Station to its existing South Central Pump station. Due to major...
The Lake Huron Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is a major facility in the city of Detroit’s water distribution system under the management of the Water and Sewerage Department. The most recent addition to the distribution system, the plant began full-scale...

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