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Another WEFTEC is in the books. It was my seventh WEFTEC and fourth time in New Orleans, which just about qualifies me as a NOLA expert—or so I thought. Upon our return, our staff read an amusing and eye-opening blog from a  Milwaukee startup...
This past month, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed versions of the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, which now heads to conference to hammer out the differences. With all the gridlock in Washington, this bipartisan bill was...
It’s not just Hobbits who are flocking to the Auckland, New Zealand, area—the city’s population is estimated to increase by at least 500,000 to 2 million inhabitants in the next two decades. The population boom presents challenges for treating wastewater...
An electrical malfunction in an office building causes a fire. The fire department rolls up to the building, sirens blaring. They rush to the fire hydrant, connect their hose—and no water comes out. Whoops. Fire hydrant maintenance is—quite literally—a...
The Springfield Metro Sanitary District (SMSD) serves more than 150,000 people in the Springfield, Ill., metropolitan area, including the communities of Chatham, Grandview, Jerome, Leland Grove, Rochester, Sherman and Southern View. The district...
It seems like every facet of our lives continues to become more challenging as we advance into the 21st century, but this also means we are consistently and actively working to solve these challenges by using technological progress to our advantage. One...
As automation and computer control gained a foothold in the operation and control of reservoirs and elevated water tanks, the industry moved valve control from mechanical automatic control valves (ACVs) to actuated butterfly and ball valves.  The...
Whether recognized or not, control Valves are everywhere in water and wastewater systems. From small applications, such as the quarter-inch valve in a faucet, to large applications, like the 30-in. valve controlling the water level in the local reservoir...
Originally constructed in 1917,  then renovated in 1933, the Brandywine Water Treatment Plant in Wilmington, Del., required a retrofit into its mixed-media filter basins’ footprint in order to meet stringent drinking water standards and produce...
The Fond du Lac, Wis., Regional Waste­water Treatment Facility treats the city of Fond du Lac’s wastewater along with that of 18 neighboring entities. The water is then discharged to nearby Lake Winnebago. The city’s population is 45,000, but with...

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