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Noted as one of the largest public works projects of its era, this 31-mile pipeline included 10,000 sections of 46- inch concrete pressure pipe. In 1940 one of the most historic events in the water industry took place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when…
As I write this editorial letter, the drought in the U.S. West continues on a path toward extreme water scarcity. Wildfires continue to rage. Water resources are scarce, particularly for agricultural and industrial users. And for the first time ever, the…
The U.S. water infrastructure system is in a critical state of disrepair due to aging and deteriorating facilities. The American Society for Civil Engineers 2021 Infrastructure Report Card graded U.S. infrastructure a C- overall with drinking water…
With the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) giving the U.S. wastewater infrastructure a D+, the time is right for innovations to mitigate inherent challenges. According to the ASCE, the nation’s more than 16,000 wastewater treatment plants are…
Water is precious to the 8,000 residents of Salem in central Utah, as it is to so many similar places in the arid Intermountain West. Town history attributes Salem’s 19th century founding to its location as a suitable spot for damming up a local spring…
With most wastewater biological nutrient removal (BNR) processes, microbe identities and abundances are not directly measured or tracked because BNR microbes are very small, and not identifiable with standard industry tests. With modern molecular test…
Life would be a lot easier if every problem were as simple as 2+2=4. However, anyone who made it through high school math knows it is not always that straightforward. While basic addition and subtraction might not require much thought, problems in non-…
Like many municipalities in the U.S., Perryville, Missouri, faces challenges due to aging wastewater infrastructure. It is a problem brought to light by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which has given the nation’s more than 16,000…
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