Water utility revenue was a factor in California’s decision to relax strict conservation rules.
Los Angeles county is considering a “controversial plan” to jumpstart housing development in rural areas by allowing property owners to bring in their own sources of drinking water if no others can be found.
California has plans to regulate the water used by marijuana growers since their notoriously thirsty crop has long fallen outside the scope of regulatory oversight.
Nestlé is opening a new water-bottling plant in Phoenix, the capital of a state the U.S. Drought Monitor says is almost universally plagued by drought conditions.
California is developing new regulations for wastewater that may permit direct potable reuse (DPR), expanding on the momentum of popular indirect reuse programs.
Critics say drought deniers are the latest kind of “truther,” rejecting science in favor of a theory that California’s water challenges have been exaggerated.
Arizona water regulators are divided on how much the government should help small water utilities threatened by a historic drought and other pressing challenges.
California lifted its blanket water conservation mandates last month, putting more power in the hands of local water regulators to decide on conservation goals.
The water utility in Madison, WI, is trying to help low-to-mid income homeowners save money by offering them technology that makes it easier to conserve water.
Water utilities in the recently drought-ravaged state of Texas need to do a lot more to save water, according to a new report on conservation in the Lone Star State from the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, and Galveston Bay Foundation.
In a major policy shift, California is ending its sweeping, historical water restrictions amid signs the drought is easing in what analysts are calling a positive development for water utilities.
It’s difficult to imagine California’s Hidden Valley Wildlife area deprived of the many birds that had once inhabited it. Sadly, the 70 acres of wetlands just south of the Santa Ana River dried up in 2010 after a severe storm wrecked the channel
Las Vegas is trying to become the Silicon Valley of water and that’s in large part thanks to the Southern Nevada Water Authority, one of the most forward-thinking water utilities out west.
Residents of Eldred Township in Pennsylvania came face to face with township supervisors last year over concerns about the major beverage company.
Our client is a processor of lemon, orange and grapefruit concentrates and single strength juices. Large portions of the State of California’s citrus crops are processed through the customer at three separate locations.
Water hammer is a very common term in the world of water. Not only can this phenomenon happen in water treatment plants but also just about any pumping system and even steam systems.
When Flint Michigan discontinued purchasing water from the Detroit Water Authority and began using the Flint River as their raw water source they unfortunately did not consider the potential impact on lead and copper corrosion and the impact on the public.
Loudoun Water, a water utility serving customers in Loudoun County, Virginia, recently undertook an innovative, green approach to supplying water in the face of game-changing growth and development.
The 37 million gallon per day William B. Cater Water Treatment plant serves City of Santa Barbara with the majority of its drinking water while also supplying treated water to the districts of Montecito Water, Carpinteria Valley Water, Goleta Water, and La Cumbre Water.
Drinking water systems must meet a myriad of regulatory requirements to ensure the public’s health and safety. Excess turbidity can be a first indication of degrading water quality, so accurate and timely turbidity measurement is critical. Hach has been a leader in providing analytical instruments to the water industry for many years. Water Online spoke with Hach about turbidity measurements and how to ensure test results reflect actual water quality conditions.
Visitors to the Japanese Gardens above the City of Los Angeles’ Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant (DCT Water Reclamation Plant) become more tranquil as they stroll along the walkways.
A landfill operator’s leachate treatment plant in Missouri required pH reduction following lime-softening and prior to the biological wastewater treatment process. Carbon dioxide (CO2) was chosen as a substitute for sulfuric acid due to improved process control and a reduced tendency to form scale.
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.
Endress is very well known for instrumentation in several different markets such as chemical, food and beverage, mining, life sciences, and oil and gas, but they are also in the water and wastewater market. Water is a resource that we all need, and it’s very important that we monitor this resource, especially with some of the drought conditions seen in the news today.
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.
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.
Survey data on U.S. consumers’ attitudes toward public drinking water confirms tough times now, but hints at better days ahead.
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.
Every week, as General Manager for People and Culture at Yarra Valley Water in Melbourne, Australia, I’m asked for advice about how we transformed the culture of our publicly-owned water corporation. The requests come from near and far — peer utilities, businesses in other sectors, and government agencies. They’d like the recipe for what we’ve accomplished — the steps from A-Z. But it’s not as simple as that. It’s been a true journey with twists and turns that weren’t always pretty, and we gave life to it as we grew. In this article I’d like to share insights that might make this kind of transformation accessible to other organizations.
A changing climate means less rain and lower water supplies in regions where many people live and much of the planet’s food is produced: the mid-latitudes of the Northern and Southern hemispheres, including the U.S. Southwest, southern Europe, and parts of the Middle East, southern Africa, Australia, and Chile.
How to accumulate and leverage social capital to achieve healthy freshwater ecosystems, green infrastructure improvements, and triple-bottom-line benefits
More than a decade before the U.S. West’s historic drought, Australia had to solve an even longer, drier spell. What can we learn from their experience?
This year's Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE16), held by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) from June 19 to 22, was the first following the tragedy of Flint — a time when the drinking water industry is under intense scrutiny.
Jacobi Carbons Inc., the largest worldwide manufacturer of coconut shell activated carbon, will be celebrating it’s 100th birthday in 2016.
Biottta is a relatively new biological filtration process for drinking water treatment, addressing nitrates, perchlorates, chromium-6 and a number of VOCs as well. In this Water Online Radio interview, AdEdge Water Technologies’ Chad Miller and Rich Cavagnaro discuss its emergence in the water treatment market and some of the specific contaminants it addresses.
The LuminUltra Water (QGA) test kit is based on the measurement of ATP, and is designed for low-solids, low-biomass concentration applications.
CENTAUR 12x40 is a unique catalytic activated carbon that can be utilized in the liquid phase for the promotion of oxidation, reduction, decomposition, substitution, and elimination reactions.
This year at WEFTEC in booth #3648, Smith & Loveless continues its legacy of wastewater pumping innovation with the announcement of the EVERLAST™ Wet Well Mounted Pump Station series.
XP Solutions in Brisbane recently presented a webinar on the design of detention basins. In response to the session, the support team were asked a number of questions on some of the other options that are available to engineers and designers of these systems as well as specific requirements that may need to be addressed. The following items apply within the Australian context but are applicable across the world.
For water treatment operators and utility officials, the summer months don’t just mean sunshine, pool parties, and barbecues. The season also brings the peak time for algal blooms, the toxic clouds formed in surface water thanks to increased nutrient contamination and rising temperatures. With rising instances of toxic algae around the country and increased regulations for eliminating it, utilities have had to keep pace.
The estimated $30-million West Side Loop 48-inch Replacement Project is one of three capital projects being conducted by the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority to provide additional water to western Cobb County and Paulding County in Georgia. For the project, a 48-year-old, 36-inch pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP) that recently failed is being replaced with 48-inch ductile iron pipe.
The Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility, located in Parker, CO, southeast of Denver, serves a community of approximately 50,000 residents. Faced with rapidly declining groundwater sources, the 10-MGD facility (expandable to 40-MGD) was opened in 2015 to process a renewable water supply for the Parker Water and Sanitation District (PWSD).
AktaKlor 25 solution is a USEPA registered 25% active sodium chlorite solution used in conjunction with additional precursor chemicals to generate chlorine dioxide. Chlorine dioxide is used in water treatment as an oxidant and a disinfectant.
Following the successful introduction of glass fiber-reinforced DIC.PPS Z-230 Black and impact modified GF30 for drinking water applications, the unreinforced and impact modified DIC.PPS Z-200-XY series has been commercially launched for fitting applications. As required by European water regulations, ISO 9080 testing of DIC.PPS Z-200-E5 Gray has been performed at an officially accredited laboratory. This grade exhibits impressive values for maximum hoop stress at various temperatures and is an ideal candidate for the replacement of metals and more costly plastic materials such as PPSU and PVDF utilized for fitting applications.
Blame our fast food diets or restaurants’ negligence for what’s going down the drain. Whatever the cause, fats, oil, and grease (FOG) accumulation has become a pervasive problem for wastewater treatment plant collection systems.
Sustainable approaches to stormwater management are taking hold around the world. One example is the European Union Horizon 2020 funding for Nature-based solutions for climate and water resilience in cities (urban re-naturing) – launched today.
Atlantic Richfield/Montana Resources are responsible for ensuring that the acidic water of the Berkley Pit, the largest landmark and legacy of the Butte, Montana mining days, does not spill over into the nearby Clark Fork River. Veolia Water Technologies worked together with Atlantic Richfield/Montana Resources and the U.S. EPA to develop the treatment system for the mining pit waters.
PFOS and PFOA are on the EPA’s Contaminant Candidate List 4 (CCL-4). Recently, to provide Americans with a margin of protection from exposure to PFOA and PFOS, the EPA established a health advisory with levels at 70 parts per trillion.
Brazos Electric Cooperative Power Plant in Cleburne, TX is a nominal 258 MW combined cycle gas fired power plant operating on AGC (Automatic Generation Control) load requirements. The plant uses approximately 54 million gallons of water per year for boiler feed water and NOx control of its combustion turbine.
The Siemens Channel Partner in Oregon, has a customer from an engineering firm who also volunteers for Engineers Without Borders (EWB). The Portland chapter of EWB took on a project in Les Anglais, Haiti, to restore their drinking water supply system that had been disrupted in the Fall of 2008.
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.
The Mountain Regional Water District is a Special Service District of the county that was established by the Summit County Commission in 2000 to regionalize water service by consolidating several public and private water companies.