May 15, 2014

May 2014

I often wonder how our world today would seem to someone from the 1800s. In reality, the past two decades alone have made a huge impact on technology development.  We went from the dial-up Internet sound to hard-to-put-down smartphones and even advanced…
Recent events remind me how water connects us, technology informs us, and innovation delivers us from stagnation.  First: World Water Day, March 22, underscores the resource’s life-and-death linkages to health, sanitation and security. The U.S. Water…
The city of Benicia, Calif., must address high levels of dissolved organics in its source water while servicing the water treatment needs of approximately 28,000 residents through a nominally rated 12-million-gal-per-day (mgd) conventional treatment…
Nestled in the Mojave Desert, the city of Henderson, Nev., is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which spans the entire Las Vegas Valley. It has a population of more than 257,000 and occupies the southeastern end of the valley. It is known as an…
Each year, an estimated 240,000 water main breaks occur in the U.S., according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. America’s aging water infrastructure is in need of repair as precious water resources are lost. Aging, leaking pipe contributes…
All water tanks eventually will require maintenance and some repairs. Some of these fixes may be minor and require very little preparation and downtime, but others may be major and require extensive preparation. A great deal of time and money can be…
During the planning process, managers and engineers will use the ratio of cost in dollars per gallon of wastewater treated to compare the cost of various treatment plant size options. This article refers to this ratio as the Treated Construction Cost…
The Marshall Islands, a scattered group of atolls in the northwestern Pacific, have been plagued with a yearlong, region-wide drought.  On most of the islands, rain catchments supply all the drinking water, while well water is primarily used for washing…
Canaan Valley Public Service District (PSD) is located in the mountains of West Virginia. The PSD provides sewer service for a ski resort and the surrounding community. The local attractions drawing visitors meant that existing wastewater treatment…
Continuous water analysis of pH, conductivity and turbidity is vital to municipal and industrial plants. Given this, the use of a reliable and capable liquid analyzer is essential. With the drive toward lower budgets, instrumentation and electrical (I…
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