Sep 21, 2020

September 2020

When he was just a boy, David Drake did not have computers, video games or cellphones. He had to make his own fun. For him, fun was learning to understand his surroundings and the world around him. He was inquisitive and questioning. And his mother—…
Usually when I am writing the editorial letter for the September issue, our editorial team would be gearing up to attend WEFTEC in either Chicago or New Orleans. We would line up the products we want to see, the interviews we want to conduct and plan out…
Water and wastewater professionals face myriad challenges to ensure safe water for the communities in which they work. These issues intensified and increased with the onset of COVID-19. A recent American Water Works Association survey asked, “What…
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are a dirty and difficult challenge for the wastewater industry. Annually, FOG costs municipalities millions of dollars to manage. When not properly intercepted, FOG can adhere to sewer pipes, cause blockages and damage lift…
Ask Miguel De La Cruz the biggest challenge he faces as superintendent of the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Lovington, New Mexico, and he will jokingly say it is the park across the street. “The city built a park directly across the street from the plant…
Sometimes basic ingredients can appear unpromising, yet when mixed together the end result is satisfactory, just like a cake. However, not everything is greater than the sum of its parts and in some cases getting “back to basics” brings its own rewards…
The California Gold Rush may have ended over 150 years ago, but its effects can still be seen in rivers and surrounding land that it took place in in stretches of northern California. The Oroville area, about an hour’s drive north of the state’s capital…
The need to efficiently and effectively locate, treat and distribute clean water for human consumption is a growing one. Last year, a government-backed study explored how the combined forces of population growth and climate change will pose significant…
The Mesopotamians were the first to install clay pipes for sewage collection around 4,000 BCE. Since then, mankind has relied on gravity to take wastewater away from homes to be released or treated elsewhere. Within the past 50 years sewers have gotten…
Located in Bayview Hunters Point, California, the Southeast Treatment Plant (SEP) is in the midst of a mixed industrial, commercial and residential area. Some neighbors are only a street’s width away from the treatment plant. The SEP is San Francisco’s…
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