January 2006

As the world’s population continues to expand into areas of limited water supply, planners and politicians will have few options but to turn to the ocean as a supplemental source of freshwater. Although there are still many barriers to large scale...
An open body of water is vulnerable to all types of contamination. Surface water runoff, bird and animal wastes, human activity, algal growth and airborne debris can be hazardous to all bodies of water, but uncovered reservoirs used to store finished...
Water reclamation and nonpotable reuse is a practice that continues to spread throughout the U.S. Nationally, the U.S. EPA estimates that an average of more than 1.7 billion gal of wastewater is reused per day. The states of Florida and California are...
Wastewater systems are the key to providing sensible and sustainable land development in urban and rural areas alike. Respect for the land, maintaining natural features and creating livable communities is challenging regulators and developers as the...
With a population of more than 1.4 million, Phoenix, Ariz., is currently one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. When the city decided to construct a new water treatment plant in the early 1990s, government officials needed to plan accordingly. An...
As part of our follow-up coverage of the hurricanes that ravaged the southeastern U.S. last fall, Water & Wastes Digest interviewed Jeff Taylor, deputy director of Houston’s Public Utilities Division, about Houston’s preparation and response to...
This past December, I was fortunate to be on hand for the grand opening ceremonies of the Municipality of Port Hope (Ont.) Water Treatment Plant. The $17 million (CAN) state-of-the-art water treatment plant played host to a number of governmental...
Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD), a large utility composed of 27 municipalities in southern California, contains more than 400 miles of interceptor sewers. With an annual chemical budget for odor prevention of $6.5 million, Orange County is...
Downtime and disruption are two problems that can wreck business profitability and production. Few things create more downtime and disruption than infrastructure repair. Gaz Metro, the private gas utility in the province of Quebec, is like any other...

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