Public works managers often strive to improve their performance and optimize resources. One way to achieve this is to follow the process of becoming a high-performance organization (HPO).
Look back with me a full decade (and a year) to 2005.
Treatment plant control systems are more vulnerable to computer hacks than ever before. What should utilities be doing to prepare themselves?
There was growing concern in the months leading up to the Rio Olympics around Brazil’s water quality. Now that the games are over, the world will see if the country is serious about improving things.
City leaders in Fresno, CA, voted last week to join a growing number of California cities banning the use of galvanized pipe for plumbing in new constructions over concerns about lead in drinking water.
If Colorado water utilities don’t crack down on water loss, the state is unlikely to reach its goal of conserving 130 billion gallons of water a year by 2050.
Stop by booth #2307 at WEFTEC 2016 to see Kaeser’s energy-saving aeration solutions with blower packages and system controls for wastewater treatment plants.
Tragically, two fetuses were found earlier this month at a wastewater treatment plant on James Island in South Carolina.
California has a water-data scarcity problem and experts say utilities have a role in fixing that.
Following revelations from coast to coast about high lead levels in school drinking water, another city has identified the problem: Beaverton, OR.
Using efficient irrigation for outdoor lawns is an effective way to save water and to delay the need for water utilities to develop new water sources. In 2005, Orange County Utilities (FL) began an effort to plan for alternate water sources in Orange County because its primary water source, the Floridan Aquifer, was predicted to meet its capacity to provide water.
Inconsistent water availability, reduced capital and operational budgets and tightening regulations are posing real challenges for our water conveyance and treatment infrastructure today.
Protecting wastewater treatment facilities requires operators to think strategically about their unique challenges and identify the best solution for their specific requirements. Specifying the appropriate headworks system for the plant’s needs is arguably one of the most important design decisions a public works engineer will make.
The doors of opportunity are opening for private investors in the municipal water market in the U.S. With the country facing a water infrastructure funding gap of $532 billion over the next 10 years, private-sector investments and public-private partnerships (P3s/PPPs) are expected to play a growing role in ownership, management, and operation of municipal water and wastewater system projects.
A recent project by the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation in Tucson, AZ, sought to vet more affordable and environmentally-friendly technologies to achieve potable reuse, with promising results.
Researchers at Virginia Tech, who were among the first to call out the lead crisis in Flint, say the water is improving but remains unsafe to drink without a filter.
The wastewater treatment plant in Montague, MA, is getting rid of its waste in a way that’s usually reserved for much larger operations.
Iowa leaders need to reach a deal on water quality, according to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
When it comes to disinfection at treatment plants, chlorine has quite the reputation. To some, it’s known as a reliable and trusted solution. To many others, especially among the public at large, it’s looked at with skepticism and concern – but that may be simply a matter of not knowing the facts. Either way, it’s one of the ubiquitous aspects of water and wastewater disinfection… and for good reason.
It’s one of the most frequently used “buzzwords” when it comes to one water: P3. But public-private partnerships that unite public infrastructure projects with private capital are not a new concept. And it is more than just a buzzword. From water system upgrades to green infrastructure installations, there have been increasing examples of how partnerships between public agencies and private companies have come together to advance water and wastewater management across the U.S.
I recently returned from a work trip to Alaska, where I met with colleagues from EPA’s Alaska Operations Office and Alaska’s Department of Conservation to discuss a variety of water-related issues and tour a few facilities, communities, and projects.
Those who call Sellersburg, IN, home are tired of finding their only source of drinking water brown and floating with particles.
An internal report conducted by the United Nations indicates that the organization may be worsening the public health crisis in Haiti through unhealthy sewage practices.
A chlorine emergency at a water treatment plant resulted in a “shelter in place” order for the immediate area last week.
Survey data on U.S. consumers’ attitudes toward public drinking water confirms tough times now, but hints at better days ahead.
Late last month, a panel of regulators appointed by Governor Rick Scott narrowly approved the first changes to Florida’s surface-water quality standards since 1992. Marked with adamant support on one side and passionate protest on the other, the sweeping amendment has left questions about how clean Florida’s water will be.
The School District of Philadelphia is reevaluating drinking water outlets for lead concentration levels in 40 schools throughout the city.
A top public health official in North Carolina resigned this week claiming that the state is deliberately misleading residents amid an escalating fight about drinking water oversight.
The Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities (BOPU) operates the water and wastewater systems for the capital of Wyoming which has a population of more than 63,000. Located in the fast growing Front Range Urban Corridor, BOPU is challenged by growth, periodic water scarcity and aging infrastructure.
Critics are pushing back against a $16 billion proposal for water security in California, and state lawmakers targeted the plan, supported by Governor Jerry Brown, for a new audit this month.
Located in northern California, the Coastside County Water District (CCWD) provides treated water to the scenic town of Half Moon Bay and several unincorporated communities in the area. The system is served by two treatment plants, the Nunes Water Treatment Plant (4.5 MGD) and Denniston Creek Water Treatment Plant (1.0 MGD) and water is distributed through about 100 miles of transmission and distribution pipe.
Located in Northern Missouri, the city of Trenton and its more than 6,000 residents pride themselves on self‐sufficiency and pragmatic decision making. During the spring of 2012, the utility embarked on the design and construction of chemical feed system upgrades at the existing water plant that would help the city manage the need for new capacity, better control of trihalomethanes (THM’s) and improve operator safety by removing gaseous chlorine as a disinfectant.
Cucamonga Valley Water District (CVWD) serves a 47‐square‐mile area with about 45,000 water connections and 35,000 sewer connections and an average daily demand of approximately 50 million gallons.
The City of Baxter, located in central Minnesota, has always endeavored to deliver superior and reliable service to their customer base with a strong dose of selfreliance.
In 2000, Indiana American Water, a subsidiary of American Water Company, purchased the Warsaw Indiana system which serves a population of over 16,000. Indiana American then completed a Comprehensive Planning Study that included a number of upgrades and improvements to enhance the reliability, safety and water quality of the system.
Located on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) treats and distributes water to over 1.3 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Across the U.S., cities are at risk of water insecurity — the inability of a population to safeguard sustainable access to adequate supplies of good quality water — as a result of climate change, population growth, and the various impacts of urbanization.
The Model 4100 is a patented technology that will feed numerous aqueous chemicals commonly used in municipal and industrial water treatment systems for operations that require high efficiency, control, and safety. President Brian Whitmore offers a tutorial on how it works in this video.
Last year, three million gallons of acid mine water from the Gold King Mine spill near Silverton, CO, entered the Animas and San Juan rivers.
A former water operator in Fresno, CA, is under the microscope for how he handled complaints from customers about discolored water.
A top official at the water utility in Flint, MI, says the city lacks a clear strategy for water treatment.
A town in Oregon is still reeling from a train derailment two months ago, discovering the crash leaked oil into the groundwater supply.
EPCOR Water (USA) Inc. (EPCOR USA), a wholly owned subsidiary of EPCOR Utilities Inc. (EPCOR), recently announced that it has acquired the 130 Pipeline Project (130 Pipeline), a 53-mile wholesale water supply pipeline that delivers groundwater from Burleson County to eastern Travis County in the northeastern Austin, Texas metropolitan area.
Sun Chemical Advanced Materials is pleased to announce that the Official SEPAREL® Website is now live. This new, immersive website details how SEPAREL assists the degasification and aeration of water by utilizing a proprietary non-porous membrane from the DIC Corporation.
Singer Valve, a leading manufacturer of control valves has added two surge anticipating valves to MetroH2O, a free online education tool for control valves.
The Orange Water and Sewer Authority’s (OWASA) Jones Ferry Water Treatment Plant recently received the prestigious Phase IV 5-Year Excellence in Water Treatment Award from the Partnership for Safe Water. OWASA is one of only nine utilities to date to achieve this highly significant longevity award, honoring superior water treatment plant optimization and performance.
There is opportunity to make systemic changes in agricultural water management that could significantly impact food security challenges around the world, according to Peter G. McCornick, PhD, PE, D.WRE, an internationally known authority who will deliver a joint keynote address at the co-located annual meetings of the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) and the Irrigation Association (IA) Dec. 5-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A high school rowing team is making the most of a Chicago waterway created and maintained by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) and turning its hard work and talents into champion caliber rowing.
Over a decade on from an installation at a major wastewater treatment plant in Kansas, leading pump and mixer manufacturer Landia has once again demonstrated the longevity of its equipment by helping its customer get the original kit back into optimum operation.
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