Toilets are not trash cans. That’s the message the Fargo, ND, wastewater system is trying to send to ratepayers.
New evidence suggests that “drought shaming” may actually be an effective tool for changing behaviors and promoting water conservation.
In a stark reminder of the algae crisis in Toledo, OH, two years ago, toxic algae contamination shut down tap water service for residents of Ingleside, TX.
The prospect of introducing direct potable reuse in California is gaining momentum, fueled by the relentlessness of the state’s record drought.
Utility officials in California apologized last month after publicly accusing customers of using more water than they actually had consumed.
Residents of a small town in Louisiana are horrified by what’s coming out of their faucets.
As a country, we’ve come a long way toward providing clean air, water, and land — essential resources that support healthy, productive lives. But we have more work to do to make sure that every American has access to safe drinking water.
Water utilities are responsible for one thing above all: supplying safe drinking water to their populations on a daily basis. In light of the recent public health crisis in Flint, MI, utilities have never been under more pressure from the public to perform this service.
Infrastructure matters. It matters — in big ways and in small — to our country, our economy, our quality of life, our safety, and our communities.
With increasing and urbanizing population, extreme weather events happening with greater frequency, aging infrastructure and work forces, more demanding customers, and significant revenue constraints, it is becoming increasingly difficult for water utilities to ensure that supply consistently meets demand.
A champion of water investment shares four strategies for winning over customers to support both short-term and lasting utility initiatives.
In 2015, California entered the fourth year of a severe drought, the driest it has been since record keeping began in the late 1800s. This historic long-term drought is a problem for every American, regardless of where they live, because it has implications for the economy, society and environment.
The rising marginal cost of producing clean water together with increasing demand and higher expectations of reliability and quality of service leaves utilities facing an uphill challenge — managing aging systems and infrastructure with limited resources.
If there is one lesson to be learned from the Flint crisis, it is this: Our communities will be safer in the long run with no lead pipes in the ground.
Earlier today, a bipartisan group of Representatives, led by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), introduced legislation to clarify that rebates provided by water utilities for water conservation and green infrastructure improvements on private property are not taxable.
Choosing the company that will fill your water service needs is like making any other long-term commitment. It’s important to do your homework, identify the areas that are most important, and take the time necessary to find a good match.
The U.S. EPA and multiple water groups recently gathered during Water Week 2016 in Washington, D.C. to announce updates to an essential guide for effective utility management (EUM). If utilities aren't already familiar with this document, they need to be.
I sympathize with water and wastewater utilities. Tasked with more responsibility than ever, too often they aren’t supported with the necessary financial resources. To draw a baseball analogy, apropos for this time of year, it's like trying to win the World Series with minimal payroll (capital improvement funds) and old, broken-down players (infrastructure).
You may have seen the recent poll results announced by the Value of Water Coalition indicating near universal agreement (95 percent) on the need for reliable water systems, along with the somewhat surprising fact that a majority (60 percent) would agree to higher water bills to support them. The real surprise, however, is who is willing to pay the most.
While there is evidence to indicate that the public is coming around on recycled water, the “toilet-to-tap” moniker has persisted. To bring this call to action to water agencies along with actionable steps for them to pursue, the WateReuse Association, a nonprofit trade group, hosted a potable reuse communications webcast.
How much pipeline repair will competing priorities, resource limitations, and public tolerance allow? Try 1 percent annually — if you're as good as DC Water. CEO and General Manager George Hawkins shares advice that has helped his utility double the national average for pipeline replacement.
When facing source water problems, downtime from equipment malfunctions or emergencies, seasonal surges in consumption, or increased demand that exceeds system capacity, municipal and industrial water providers need a solution to rapidly increase production.
Savannah Mitchell felt her heels sink into the moist, mushy ground and was glad she’d changed into her serviceable, waterproof wellies.
In the summer of 2014, the threat of algal blooms made national headlines courtesy of an outbreak in Toledo, OH. Although it has been a wastewater treatment concern for years, the public reaction to the news has put nutrient removal at the top of mind for utilities across the country.
Containerized water treatment solutions eliminate many challenges associated with developing a large-scale wastewater or desalination facility.
The LuminUltra Water (QGA) test kit is based on the measurement of ATP, and is designed for low-solids, low-biomass concentration applications.
Potable water with very low or no metals and no scale or corrosion inhibitor is used.
The City of Somersworth has a historical background dating back to the early 1900s when it became the first community to start using chlorine to disinfect it’s drinking water.
A contractor for San Jose Water Company in San Jose, California, has taken delivery of more than 3,000 feet of zinc-coated iron pipe from AMERICAN Ductile Iron Pipe, making it among the nation’s first utilities to install zinc-coated pipe.
Every VTScada software application includes two SCADA reporting components that allow users to create ad-hoc or recurring reports in seconds, the VTScada Reports Page and the VTScada Report Tag.
In wastewater collection systems, raw sewage flows through gravity sewers to lift stations, which transfer the waste from lower elevation to higher elevations and eventually to a treatment plant. By Endress+Hauser, Inc.
Operations management for a municipal water treatment plant (WTP) reports reliable replacement of a problematic, pump-driven polymer dosing unit in its solids contact clarification system with a special, vacuum-driven dosing unit. By Cliff Lebowitz
When a Mid-Atlantic water authority received complaints about odor, corrosion, and safety issues, Evoqua replaced a liquid bleach system with a nonhazardous, comprehensive solution for effective odor and corrosion control.
Neptune Benson ETS-UV is used in Municipal, Industrial, and Recreational water markets. Many of our systems have been validated per rigorous industry specific standards.
Mueller Company, a 158-year-old manufacturer of valves, hydrants and service brass, recently unveiled an app to assist distributors, engineers and contractors navigate its extensive catalog more efficiently.
Living near water requires that we plan for situations when we have too much of it. Throughout history we have dealt with flooding when weather events exceed “normal” parameters.
Maury Gaston of American Cast Iron Pipe Company (AMERICAN) talks to Todd and Kelly of Water Online Radio about new pipe joint that brings unshakeable reliability to vulnerable infrastructure.
Water distribution might sound as easy as passing water through pipes, but good municipal managers know better. With failing infrastructure rampant and an increased focus on operational efficiency, water quality, and conservation, distribution systems demand oversight and optimization.
Rising energy prices have made accurate energy measurement a hot topic in recent decades. The need for accurate measurement technologies extends to many different application areas, including heating and cooling; compressed air; steam production and distribution; heavy fuel oil consumption; energy monitoring; and custody transfer. In response, new technology is being developed that integrates tasks previously requiring several measurement devices.
In August of 2007, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality issued seasonal ammonia discharge limits for the Coldwater Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), which included a daily maximum ammonia concentration of 2.0 mg/L between the months of May and November.