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Water and Wastes Digest Archive

May 2013
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2013 Report Card for America’s infrastructure is out, and the results are not much better than those four years ago. According to the report, the nation’s infrastructure’s average grade has improved slightly...
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) friends tell me that Abraham Lincoln is believed to have said, “Law without enforcement is just good advice.” In the environmental field, everyone agrees that fines and penalties, orders, and decrees can play...
Many years have passed since “wastewater” became a more acceptable term than “sewage,” even as any mention of the word “sludge” was avoided whenever possible. It is now time for another terminology transition for this oft overlooked resource pool, to a...
Integration, collaboration and innovative construction techniques were critical to the successful upgrade and expansion of the Yellow River Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) in Lilburn, Ga. Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources had a fairly...
Denver, located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and known as the “Mile-High City,” is served by three major water treatment plants (WTP): Marston, Foothills and Moffat. This triumvirate dates back to 1918, when Denver residents voted to buy the water...
Greater Lawrence Sanitary District (GLSD) serves the Massachusetts member communities of Lawrence, Methuen, Andover, North Andover and Dracut, as well as Salem, N.H. The GLSD was established by Chapter 750 of the Massachusetts Acts of 1968 for the...
West Basin Municipal Water District is implementing ozone pretreatment of non-nitrified secondary effluent as part of an expansion of the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Plant (ECLWRF) in El Segundo, Calif. This project is intended to improve water...
Removal of various pollutants in wastewater is a costly process that requires intensive energy input and the addition of chemicals. But a new process is proving to achieve the same results in a sustainable manner, saving more than 50% of energy and 100%...
The Roth Lane Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Mechanicsburg, Pa., is owned and operated by Hampden Township Sewer Authority. The 4.82-million-gal-per-day WWTP was constructed in 1982 and upgraded in 2010 to meet the more stringent nutrient limits...
Duckett Creek Sanitary District (DCSD), located in O’Fallon, Mo., was experiencing inflow and infiltration problems, causing backups and overflows. When annual bypass reports submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicated...

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