The average ratepayer has little idea what goes on after their toilet flushes or their water goes down the drain. While most treatment operators are OK with serving behind the scenes, a Vermont plant is pulling back the curtain, hoping that more transparency will lead to increased support for future funding initiatives.
A Chicago-area wastewater reclamation plant has found an innovative solution for their phosphorus problem. They’re going to turn it into fertilizer, stopping regulatory issues before they start, and eventually making a profit in the process.
Odor issues can hinder public opinion of wastewater services — even if the issue has zero impact on the actual quality of the wastewater remediation.
History has repeated itself in Topeka, KS.
Stormwater management is key at any wastewater treatment facility. But sometimes even the most prepared utility is overwhelmed by a massive weather event.
Although the headlines often highlight the slow pace of progress at water/wastewater utilities, numerous cities throughout the U.S. are investing in water projects.
The mining and energy industries have hit hard times in Minnesota, threatening the financial security of much of the state.
A Hawaiian wastewater treatment plant is undergoing a massive transformation — totaling an estimated $23 million.
An Alaska utility may receive a $1 million government grant — despite a recent environmental violation.
As demand grows larger and infrastructure grows older, utilities are often forced to expand, upgrade, and renovate to keep operations running smoothly.
Researchers at Virginia Tech have developed a bacterial “battery,” that may offer both energy generation and ammonia removal and recovery to wastewater treatment facilities.
In Fort Wayne, IN, the wastewater treatment plant cut its monthly energy consumption from about 1.6 million kilowatt-hours to just over 1 million kilowatt-hours, saving the utility $42,000.
President Obama has asked America’s commercial and industrial buildings to become more energy efficient, and water and wastewater treatment plants are stepping up to the challenge.
“Net-zero energy” may sound like nothing more than an idealist turn of phrase, but one city has a plan to make it a reality at its 14 wastewater treatment plants.