This year has seen historic flooding across the South. In addition to the devastating rains that recently hit Louisiana, severe floods pummeled Texas earlier this year. In both cases, the states’ National Guards were first responders, rescuing families, delivering meals and supplies to survivors, and providing local agencies with high-water trucks, boats, and helicopters.
Treatment plant control systems are more vulnerable to computer hacks than ever before. What should utilities be doing to prepare themselves?
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.
As public and private sector leaders in the U.S. and elsewhere confront the increasingly harsh realities of water scarcity, some of the media coverage has understandably pointed to lessons learned in Australia. On the driest inhabited continent on Earth, Australian water sector leaders have gained hard-won insights about the fight against drought.
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When the pressure builds up in the underground systems that distribute water, it doesn’t take a creative mind to imagine what could happen next. The resulting bursts can mean extensive repairs to the pipes, significant restoration to damaged property, and the prospect of lost water revenue pouring out of the system.
If wastewater treatment plant operators have nightmares, it’s a good bet that many of them have to do with sewage overflows. Few events are as catastrophic for a wastewater facility as a surge of water it can’t process being churned out into the public sphere, in violation of environmental regulations, and to the detriment of public health.
Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems are the digital pulse of water and wastewater treatment plants. Serving as the information hub, SCADA makes the most of the day’s cutting-edge technology and in turn uses it to make the most of the plant’s operations. But how to keep up with a system that evolves as quickly as the greatest minds in the field will allow?
To help utility crews understand the complexities of service line installations, Water Online spoke with Larry Aulich, Director of Product Management for Mueller Co. He discussed the different service connections available and how to ensure that those connections are installed correctly.
Due to their critical role in protecting the health of customers, drinking water treatment systems require a high degree of care and oversight.
Water managers kept tap water flowing at many Louisiana homes despite disastrous flooding thanks to lessons from Hurricane Katrina over a decade ago and other storms in the area.
A chlorine emergency at a water treatment plant resulted in a “shelter in place” order for the immediate area last week.
NOAA and its partners have developed a new forecasting tool to simulate how water moves throughout the nation’s rivers and streams, paving the way for the biggest improvement in flood forecasting the country has ever seen.
Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of IP-based Dispatch and Interoperability solutions for Critical Communications, recently announced that it has a patent pending for its invention of a system to allow an Incident Commander to coordinate personnel from disparate units that are using incompatible and different communication devices.
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is honoring four South Carolina wastewater employees with the national Wastewater Heroes Award, after they prevented a massive sewage overflow during a historic flood and rainstorm.
The first Arcadis Sustainable Cities Water Index shows that North American cities, threatened by both water scarcity and natural disasters, are among the most at risk in the developed world. In fact, no U.S. cities placed in the top 10 of the global rankings of water sustainability.
Firefighters in Winston-Salem, NC, were able to rescue a missing autistic man from a water treatment facility drainage ditch. early this month.
In a rather unique situation, a New Zealand man mistook a rural water treatment plant for a methamphetamine production laboratory. He “detained two workers” for three hours while he searched around the facility for meth.
MWH Global, now part of Stantec, the premier solutions provider focused on water and natural resources, recently announced the award of a contract by the City of San Mateo Public Works Department to provide design and engineering services for their Basins 2 and 3 Collection System Improvements.
American Water, the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, recently announced Paul Gagliardo, M.P.H., P.E., manager of Innovation Development, will participate in the Israel-California Water Conference on June 29 in Los Angeles, Calif.