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October 2012
From simple tasks, such as finding customers who are willing to serve on boards and assist with managing their systems, to more involved responsibilities, such as managing new legal and regulatory mandates, it’s no secret that small water systems face...
Each day there are new issues and technical challenges that present themselves in our effort to deliver clean water and solve difficult environmental problems, whether it is water scarcity, emerging contaminants, water conservation, energy costs and many...
Effective water and wastewater infrastructure management is increasingly important in a world where timely maintenance can save utilities valuable resources and money. The facts are as clear as the water we drink: U.S. water and wastewater infrastructure...
Oradell, N.J., located approximately 15 miles northwest of midtown Manhattan, is an affluent community with a population of approximately 8,000 residents. The employees of Oradell’s Department of Public Works (DPW) are responsible for the maintenance of...
Dubbed “The City of Roses,” Portland, Ore., is the state’s largest city and the second-largest city in the Pacific Northwest. Residents typically enjoy partaking in the outdoor activities of this beautiful, scenic region and are dedicated to keeping it...
In the summer of 2012, the U.S. experienced the worst drought in 50 years, rendering the issue of water conservation a hot topic.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated that Americans on average flush 4.8 billion gal per day (gpd) of...
In 2005, the city of Collinsville, Ill., was in the process of planning an expansion of its activated sludge wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) to meet increased flows. The plant was operating close to design capacity and expected to reach critical...
Wastewater management systems are essential to public health. Sanitary district managers increasingly are looking for ways to continue offering services despite shrinking budgets.  Renewable energy—solar in particular—helps reduce high operating...
The Algarve region of Portugal is internationally renowned for its natural beauty, fine beaches, slow pace of life and year-round temperate climate. These factors make it a popular holiday destination and provide advantageous conditions for agriculture....
Advances continue to be made in flowmeter sensors and software. Together, they open up new opportunities for collection system managers to extract even more performance information from their sewers. Most notably, the miniaturization of depth and...

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