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November 2012
At the end of October, millions of people in the northeastern U.S. were severely affected by Sandy—a superstorm that was downgraded from a hurricane after it smashed into southern New Jersey with forceful 85-mph winds.  As Sandy tore through, storm...
Climate change is water change.  That is a line I first heard many years ago, and it is proving true from coast to coast and ridge to reef. While politicians mud wrestle over whether and why, water managers must find practical ways to cope with...
Many large electric power consumers feel secure in owning and maintaining their own high- and medium-voltage transformers and power-switching equipment. Once installed, there generally is little maintenance required, and the system goes largely unnoticed...
Water and wastewater agencies are facing a common challenge of trying to hold the line on their operating budgets. There are a number of outside influences impacting these budgets, such as rising energy prices, which show no signs of falling in the...
Since the 1950s, South Alabama Utilities (SAU), a utility serving the rural areas of Mobile County, has been providing water service to 13,000 customers and gas service to 6,000 customers. By the late 1990s, new development and potential new customers...
With a population of more than 67,000 residents, Missoula, Mont., is home to the University of Montana and a number of impressive natural features. Known as the “Hub of Five Valleys,” the city is surrounded by five mountain ranges and divided by the...
Wireless communications have become a viable choice for monitoring and control needs in water and wastewater treatment. Despite the many radio communication frequencies available around the world, unlicensed frequency-hopping spread spectrum (FHSS)...
In 2013, Artesian of Pioneer Inc. (AOP) will reach 50 years in the water filtration business. Located in northwest Ohio in the rural town of Pioneer, the company has provided design-build municipal and countywide water treatment plants throughout the...
The Windsor Utilities Commission (WUC) was the first water utility in Ontario, Canada, to gain full-scope certification under rigorous new quality standards validated by the Canadian General Standards Board for both water distribution and water...
As more U.S. wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) attempt to reduce dependency on traditional fuels, the role of biogas produced on site is becoming an increasingly attractive alternative. In wastewater treatment, biogas is a byproduct of the fermentation...

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