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In October, I mentioned that sometimes it is difficult to find time to reflect on my work. This year is the first full calendar year I have spent on Water & Wastes Digest as managing editor and it was an absolute whirlwind. I’ve learned a lot about…
The 2018 WWD Top Projects projects highlighted some of the most exceptional work conducted this year. The investments for these projects range from $625,000 in Hot Springs, Ark., to $126 million in Mesa, Ariz., but all showcased an attention to detail…
On Oct. 1 in New Orleans, WWD presented Top Project awards for 2018 to recipients for both the WWD and iWWD brands. Pictured above are the winners for the Ellwood Water Treatment plant, the #1 WWD Top Project. Below is the winner for the #1 iWWD Top…
The Punta Gorda (Fla.) Water Treatment Plant is a 10-mgd surface drinking water facility. The process includes flocculation tanks and four solids contact units (SCUs), which are a form of upflow clarifier. The tanks feed two greenleaf filters with four…
All pH sensors require cleaning. They should be cleaned with a non-ionic detergent and rinsed with clean water. A soft-bristle brush can help remove stubborn buildup. A weak or dilute acid can help remove scale and buildup. Proper sensor cleaning is…
American Canyon is a city of 20,000 located in Napa County, Calif. Its water reclamation facility (WRF) was commissioned in 2001 as one of the first membrane bioreactor plants (MBR) in the U.S. MBR filtration combined with disinfection produces a…
With an estimated 10% of Florida’s 2 to 3 million septic tank systems not working properly, there is an understandable concern about pollution to bodies of water such as the Indian River Lagoon on the east coast near Vero Beach, Fla. With some tanks…
Historically, most supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems have relied on a single centralized computer and end-to-end telemetry to communicate between all connected sites. For a time, relying on this setup and the dedicated pair of…
Last year, President Donald J. Trump’s infrastructure plan was yet to be realized. This year, there was movement. In October, Trump signed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA), which calls upon the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop five-…
The City of Farmington Hills is the second-largest city in Oakland County, Mich., with a population of more than 80,000. Most of the city has excellent water pressure and adequate fire protection, but as the name suggests, hilly terrain presents pressure…
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