Experts say the so-called “big data revolution” is providing a lesson for California during the drought.
As Los Angeles County preps for another year of drought, authorities are looking to developers for opportunities to save water.
A company from Saudi Arabia is buying up water rights and setting up farming operations in the drought-stricken Southwest, ushering in a new round of controversy about the merit of American water laws that take pains to accommodate farmers.
Two western cities with major water scarcity challenges have cut a deal to help them secure their supplies. Utilities are hailing the agreement as a sign of the kind of cooperation needed to help arid regions survive unrelenting drought conditions.
Can harvesting fog help solve water scarcity?
As California water managers reckon with drought, they have another, somewhat counterintuitive, worry this year: flooding.
New evidence suggests that “drought shaming” may actually be an effective tool for changing behaviors and promoting water conservation.
California regulators extended mandatory water usage cuts in February as the five-year drought continues to afflict more than 60 percent of the state.
Australia, the driest inhabited continent, may boost its use of desalination as some of its states muddle through a dry spell.
Water and sewer utilities in drought-afflicted regions are facing special financial challenges this year, experts say.
California is entering its fifth year of drought, but one city recently dumped a half-billion gallons of expensive, treated drinking water.
Utility officials in California apologized last month after publicly accusing customers of using more water than they actually had consumed.
California restricted water use in urban areas last year as a way to address the effects of the drought. Now, as the drought enters its fifth year, officials say they may ease up on the restrictions.
Jordan, Yemen, and Djibouti lead the world in water vulnerability, according to a recent study.
A global scarcity of resources is a compelling reason for businesses and people to use raw materials more responsibly. Modern municipal water supply concepts must therefore not only consider such aspects as the structural development of the region and the population’s quality of life, but must also integrate the sustainable use of water in their policy planning.
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.
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.
The Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority (RVSA), which operates a large wastewater treatment plant in New Jersey, embarked on a green co-generation waste-to-energy project to power a portion of its operations. The plant’s management team became interested in pursuing the gas-to-energy power co-generation system for both environmental and cost reasons.
Collectively in the municipal wastewater treatment industry there exists a tremendous knowledge base. Among those who are actively engaging in the trade, a resource of innovative skill sets is potentially accessible through many of the individuals’ experiences and discoveries. The challenge is: How can these people work together effectively to benefit from this state-of-the-art resource?
As municipalities look to make their water and wastewater treatment equipment run longer with fewer operational staff on payroll to maintain the equipment, having a reliable aftermarket parts and service provider becomes essential.
pH measurement plays an important role in virtually every industrial process and an equally essential part in environmental regulatory compliance. Many of the below questions pop up every day whether in chemical processing plants, power plants, water and wastewater plants or biopharmaceutical processing.
For over 40 years, the Clean Water Act (CWA) has been a primary force protecting our waters and dictating the work of treatment professionals. And, for just as long, samplers have been the tools that allow this work to be carried out. Many plants, however, have yet to embrace the advances in technology that are transforming one of their most fundamental tools. To help usher those plants into the modern age, Water Online spoke with Endress+Hauser about how samplers have evolved to meet changing needs,
The city of El Paso, TX, lies on the tip of the Chihuahuan desert, and it is not uncommon for a year’s worth of rain to occur in a matter of days during the summer.
For 30 years, the DEP diverted water from the abandoned Barnes and Tucker mines from the Susquehanna River basin for treatment in a system that discharged into the Ohio River watershed. BAMR sought a solution that would restore flow to the Susquehanna River at the request of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.
You probably have some sort of insurance – for your healthcare, car, house, or apartment. Acting on climate change is also like insurance. It is all about managing the risks.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling data-driven smart agriculture. The IoT is a network of technologies which can monitor the status of physical and other objects, capture meaningful data, and communicate that data over a wireless network to a computer in the cloud for software to analyze and help determine action steps.
Massive droughts and water demands from a world population projected to grow to nine billion by 2050, translate to food insecurity and lack of water for agriculture.
The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (Water Utility Authority) provides water and wastewater services to the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area. Located at the crossroads of the southwest, Albuquerque has been a desert city for more than 300 years, and its lifeblood is water.
We live in challenging times, with the shocks and stresses of global warming affecting every community in one form or another. To survive and thrive, we need to build the capacity to work together within our communities and across watersheds. And we need to work with nature and natural processes, rather than fruitlessly trying to control nature and bend it to our will.
San Antonio and Austin just called a cease-fire on a taco war over which city invented the breakfast taco. Both make excellent tacos: from the traditional chorizo and egg taco in San Antonio to a free-range egg and organic spinach taco in Austin. But this debate was about more than just tacos — it was about the history and culture of these two neighboring cities.
The Twitterverse is as big as you want it to be. You can follow 10,000 people or just 10. If you prefer economy yet want to stay informed on water issues, you need to separate the wheat from the chaff, or the substantive from the frivolous.
Floating solar panels atop bodies of water, or the cleverly nicknamed “floatovoltaics,” are a possible solution for both energy and water challenges. The panels help to reduce evaporation of water — critical in hot, dry places like Texas and California — and the water helps to keep the panels cool, increasing their efficiency.
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.
Water utilities around the globe face the same challenges: increasing population, urbanization, and more frequent extreme weather events. New supply to meet increasing demand is very expensive. Changing customer behavior to reduce demand is very difficult. The question is how to get more from existing infrastructure.
Flare gas is the name given to the surplus waste gas produced during the extraction of crude oil and the subsequent refining process. By Simon Harwood, Managing Director, Allison Engineering, Ltd. And Jack Koeken, Sr.Member Technical Staff, Fluid Components International
At a water treatment plant that provides drinking water for distribution to a large area of customers, a contractor decided to switch to SITRANS FM MAG 5100W flowmeters. A local representative saved a the contractor time and money by recognizing the need for the magmeter to be isolated from the piping protection before startup, which also saved the customer from added downtime.
The BEACON® Advanced Metering Analytics (AMA) managed solution from Badger Meter combines the intuitive BEACON AMA software suite with proven ORION® communication technology, giving water utilities greater visibility and control over utility management. Badger Meter’s managed solution approach utilizes two-way communications – leveraging cellular and fixed networks – to deliver a simple yet powerful end-to-end solution. Built-in infrastructure management services and flexible system design eliminate maintenance and technology concerns.
A refinery needed to upgrade the wastewater treatment system to prepare for expected changes brought about by the use of a new crude feedstock with elevated concentrations of TDS and conductivity. Veolia Water Technologies supplied an AnoxKaldnes Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) treatment system to reduce the BOD and ammonia in the effluent.
Each year, in an effort to better understand and serve its members, the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) asks them, “What keeps you up at night?” For the past several years, the top answer has been the same: funding.
The City of Wilmington, Delaware is situated where the Christina River and the Brandywine Creek flow into the Delaware River.
Water and wastewater utilities looking for ways to further extend the life of their pipe have a new tool – AMERICAN Zinc, an advancement in corrosion control for iron pipe. Zinc has proven to extend the life of iron pipe and protects millions of feet of cast and ductile iron pipe in corrosive environments around the world.
Normally, when people hear the word ‘drought’ it’s thought of with a negative connotation. In the water business, however, that’s not always the case.
The removal of nitrate via biological processes is well documented within the mining industry with numerous installations throughout the world.
Evoqua Water Technologies offers a range of Environmental Services to remove organic and inorganic contaminants from groundwater, surface and process water, wastewater and air/vapor streams. Combining the strengths of trusted, industry-leading businesses and proven technologies, Environmental Services is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of municipal, industrial and government customers.
In oil/gas production, refining and storage operations around the globe, flare gas systems are used to burn-off and dispose of waste, excess or off-gases, and as a safety system. The accurate, responsive and reliable measurement of flare gas is essential in order to assure proper operation of the flare gas system, which protects people and equipment from potentially hazardous combustible gas to maintain a safe working environment and to avoid environmental contamination.
The world has watched this summer as countless customers in Detroit have had their water shut off due to nonpayment.
Henrico County, Virginia (The County) utilizes multiple chemical technologies in the sewage collection system in order to control hydrogen sulfide concentrations at key points within the system. The county has strict compliance limits for hydrogen sulfide and was facing growing costs, spending in excess of $1.8 million dollars in 2010.
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.
If your plant is using anaerobic digestion to create biogas as an energy source, you may want to consider the blower being used to move the biogas from the digester to its point of use.
This article will discuss the operation of a 4 MGD pressurized two-stage Ultrafiltration (UF) plant over a 14 month period at a drinking water treatment facility in North Dakota, and explain how performance of these UF membranes over a fourteen month period demonstrated stable operation with minimal fouling.
This is the first of a three-part series examining wipes in the waste stream. This first installment looks specifically at the growth of disposable wipes usage within the last decade.
Finding the right flow measurement solution for your operation is of critical importance as most everything in the plant relates to flow.
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.