November 2017

According to a recent study of 64 wastewater plants in Switzerland from Eawag Aquatic Research, there are 3 million francs’ worth of gold and silver in Swiss sewer systems. The study found that a large portion of these precious metals found in the...
Remember the first time you came home with a bad grade? I mean a really bad grade. I recall that myself. It was chemistry in eighth grade. I remember opening up the envelope from school and seeing that mid-term grade showing a big, fat “D” staring back...
Name: Seneca Water Treatment Plant Location: Seneca, S.C. Size: 20 mgd Infrastructure: particulate destabilization, coagulation, sedimentation, dissolved air floatation, filtration, chlorination The city of Seneca, S.C., is located in the northwestern...
It is just past 10 p.m. on Friday, and the phones start ringing in the pockets of the on-call collection systems operators. It is an alarm for another pump clog at one of the sewage lift stations—the second one this week. Does this situation sound...
One of the biggest challenges the nation faces is its aging water and wastewater infrastructure, which needs to be repaired or replaced. The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) latest Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, which is issued...
Dozens of manufacturing industries rely on a steady flow of clean fresh water to keep their production lines humming. There simply is no alternative or replacement. Unfortunately, plant managers find themselves squeezed by high water costs and declining...
Fluorescence, originally developed within the laboratory for determining concentrations of fluorescent compounds of interest, is recognized as a technique that can combine selectivity with extremely high sensitivity. The technique moved from the...
The Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority (YCUA) was formed in 1974 when the Charter Township of Ypsilanti and the City of Ypsilanti combined their respective water departments. YCUA provides water and/or wastewater services to portions of eastern...
Located in the San Joaquin Valley of Northern California, an area hit hard by recent droughts, the city of Merced’s Water System Division needed flexible and efficient water management solutions. Strict California water mandates following the historic...
A growing utility in Arkansas managed to improve productivity by completing more projects with its software for human-machine interface (HMI) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA). City Corp.—which operates Russellville Water and Sewer...

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