April 2017

A few months ago, I wrote about the Pokemon Go craze and its parallels to the future of augmented reality (AR) in the water and wastewater industry. While that game may have come and gone as a fad, the idea of AR certainly isn’t going anywhere. Software...
Happy spring! I want to thank you for reading this column and for the responses I received for my last column about the new Trump Administration (“Assessing a New Administration,” February 2017). I received more positive messages about that column than...
In Fairbanks, Alaska, the matter of water main replacement is not to be taken lightly. The city—the second-largest in the state—is located just south of the Arctic Circle and is commonly called the coldest city in the U.S., according to AccuWeather, with...
A new partnership between The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) and the Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) will accelerate the smart water solutions that are gaining traction with municipal water utilities. Driving Data Many utilities...
Name: John M. Asplund Wastewater Treatment FacilityLocation: Anchorage, AlaskaSize: 58 mgdInfrastructure: Headworks, grit removal, primary clarification, scum concentration, solids handling, incineration, disinfection, plant effluent system  The...
Lake City, in Clayton County, Ga., is part of the Atlanta metro core. In recent years, new construction has overgrown some existing underground assets, complicating rehabilitation of existing infrastructure. In one case, a 66-in., 20-ft deep, 220-ft long...
With the ongoing recovery of the American economy, construction projects are rebounding in the new residential and non-residential sectors. A major hurdle that will quickly, and sometimes permanently, derail new construction is the presence of shallow...
Founded in 1887, the town of Culbertson, Mont., is located in the northeastern part of the state, just 60 miles south of the Canadian border. Culbertson is home to approximately 716 residents and 50 businesses that require an effective wastewater...
Water utilities are under continuing pressure that stems from growing demand, water stress, fluctuating energy prices and aging water systems. Smart water technologies offer utilities the ability to improve cost and gain revenue advantages by enhancing...
Rags, wipes and other non-flushable products are causing massive clogs in pumps around the country.  Clogged pumps in wastewater systems are every operator’s worry, holding up operations and requiring a messy and disruptive maintenance call to clear...

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