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May 2011
The city of Santa Paula, Calif., faced a challenge that is common to many municipalities: Its wastewater treatment facility was out of compliance and needed replacement, and the city did not have sufficient funds to pay for a new facility. Additionally,...
Sustainability, by definition, means ensuring that what we are doing can last. It asks: “Can what we are doing continue well into the future without putting undue burden on future generations and stakeholders?” To be sustainable, the answer has to be “...
In 1973, Howard Heil was named the first full-time public works employee for Burr Ridge, Ill. He took his responsibility very seriously. As the supervisor of sewer and water systems, Heil looked for innovative solutions to problems—solutions that would...
Once again, Congress has cut federal assistance for states and municipalities pressed to address water and wastewater infrastructure needs. In April, the budget revealed $1.6 billion in funding cuts for fiscal year 2011 to the U.S. Environmental...
Energy and water policy collisions are dominating headlines and court dockets these days, from offshore drilling and spilling (in the Gulf of Mexico) to the quake- and tsunami-driven nuclear emergencies along Japan’s Pacific coast. One of the most...

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