August 2017

Analytics. Big data. IoT. Perhaps you’ve heard those buzzwords before. Chances are you’ve heard them a lot lately. That’s because, as Global Water Intelligence said last year in a report titled, “Water’s Digital Future,” the water and wastewater industry...
It has been many weeks since President Donald J. Trump announced he would pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement. The reaction to the decision from all sides was swift and vocal. I fail to understand the depth of this controversy. The agreement was...
The decision tree flow chart asked questions about risk category, pipe attributes and other criteria not used in the risk calculation. The investment is massive and the stakes are huge: Over the next five years, water services company Suez North America...
Name: San Luis Rey Wastewater Treatment Plant Location: Oceanside, Calif. Size: 13.5 mgd Infrastructure: Headworks, centrifugal grit removal, rag washing and degritting, load equalization  While the San Luis Rey Wastewater Treatment...
Adding electronic instrumentation and automation to a water management system can provide a number of benefits, but it can seem daunting when users first move from a purely hydraulic system. While there are many instrumentation and automation options...
Preliminary and primary wastewater treatment steps are important for the entire wastewater treatment process. They set the stage for all subsequent treatment steps, ensuring a plant runs smoothly and equipment functions at maximum efficiency so the final...
For decades, wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) operators have dealt with clogging problems at their plants and pump stations, but the rise in the use of disposable wipes and other non-dispersible products has accelerated the problem to epidemic...
Oil booms can provide great benefits to the communities involved in them, but they also can put a great burden on the aging or inadequate infrastructures of nearby cities, towns and rural systems. The North Dakota oil boom that took off in the...
Municipal wastewater treatment facilities (WWTFs) are aging, and many have pumps and blowers near the end of their useful lives consuming more power than new equipment would. The increased power cost can be significant, as electricity can be a major...
To prevent sewer overflows, the Sanitary District of Hammond, Ind., installed new detention ponds in one of its wastewater treatment plants. It needed to build a new structure to serve those ponds. “We’re building 1,700 ft of 11-ft-6-in.-by-10-ft-6-in....

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