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November 2013
There are many things that make natural gas attractive in comparison to other energy sources. Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) delivers affordable domestically produced energy and helps create millions of jobs at a time when high unemployment rates are...
It is no shock to anyone that energy and water are connected. We all know linkages and tradeoffs exist throughout stages of exploration, production, distribution, restoration and reinvention. What is surprising and encouraging though, is the increasing...
The Ak-Chin Indian Community’s surface water treatment plant is located in Arizona’s Santa Cruz Valley about 50 miles south of Phoenix. The plant, which was commissioned in 2012 and provides drinking water to approximately 1,000 Ak-Chin community members...
Aging infrastructure, restricted capacity and limited funding—it is a familiar story in the world of municipal wastewater treatment plants. Many cities today are facing the same challenges and looking for ways around the need for increased services in...
Tomhannock Reservoir, located in the state of New York, is more than 5 miles long and holds 12.3 billion gal when full. Parts of the reservoir’s earth-filled dam date back to 1900, which means that repairs often are needed. Because the reservoir is the...
Water and wastewater utilities have a number of remote locations. Among these are pump stations, towers, valve boxes, sampling stations and septage systems. When automating these remote locations, three terms that may be confusing, but have direct...
Deteriorating infrastructure continues to plague municipalities across the U.S., compromising local budgets and natural resources. Utility officials nationwide are actively searching for innovative strategies to circumvent these problems. When the...
Arsenic is a semi-metal element. It is a tasteless and odorless mineral. It enters drinking water supplies from agricultural and industrial practices or from natural deposits in the earth, and enters natural waters through electronics production wastes,...
Treating wastewater—especially for a large, rapidly growing community—is an energy-intensive and costly undertaking. Faced with the challenge to operate economically and maintain high quality, the Encina Wastewater Authority (EWA) determined that energy...
Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 research institutes in the U.S., Texas A&M University has hundreds of laboratory facilities on its campus where a variety of proven water treatment technologies are used to control the...

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