As an advocate for the air, water, and economic benefits that clean energy provides, I find some of my most challenging — and maybe most rewarding — work is trying to engage climate-skeptic lawmakers at the Texas Capitol in Austin.
The line that a wastewater utility in Nampa, ID, is attempting to straddle this month is emblematic of the nation’s struggle to address the costs of desperately needed treatment plant upgrades.
New Jersey environmental regulators are putting pressure on officials in the state capital to fix the city’s struggling water utility.
As a bizarre result of the environmental affects that pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) can have when they defy treatment operations, researchers have found antidepressants in source water may make fish less wary of predators.
The cost of water in Lake Wylie, SC, is so high that some residents may move out of town.
The U.S. is currently facing a water crisis. Potable water is scarce and considered valuable everywhere in the world. However, with the infrastructure that is currently in place, the U.S. has been squandering this precious resource. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, about 6 billion gallons of treated water are lost every day due to broken and leaky pipes alone.
A successful pilot program for the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) is expanding to encompass the nation’s widest deployment of smart infrastructure in sewer collection systems. Such technology is lowering operating costs by millions of dollars, reducing pressure on rates, and dramatically decreasing the risk of sewer overflows. The decision reflects a growing trend of using collection system technologies to reduce maintenance and help limit rate increases.
In the midst of a global water crisis, industries today too often overlook a river of revenue opportunity: their own wastewater.
The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and the National Water Research Institute recognize two pioneering researchers.
Residents living near General Motor’s Michigan testing facility have come together to file a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer, claiming it has knowingly contaminated the local water supply since at least the 1980s.
Research shows that Latinos are more likely to distrust tap water compared to other groups.
Texas cities with booming populations are teaming up on a major water pipeline project.
Wolverine Worldwide, a shoe manufacturer, is among the latest companies to receive scrutiny for its practice of dumping perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) into source water, thus imperiling drinking water.
This wet well is a critical piece of a system designed to intercept wet weather overflows, and it demands powerful, high-quality pumps to handle the load. Designed to reduce environmental impacts resulting from Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) in Columbus, Ohio, the Olentangy-Scioto- Interceptor-Sewer Augmentation Relief Sewer (OARS) is the key component in meeting this goal. This sewer tunnel will intercept wet weather overflows that currently empty into the Scioto River and instead carry the flows to the city’s Jackson Pike and Southerly wastewater treatment plants.
Perhaps the most common question that we’re asked is how our ATP tests correlate with traditional microbiological methods. Unsurprisingly, when people are used to getting their information in a certain way, they naturally want to know how a new method will stack up against it. However, the mechanisms of culture-based techniques and ATP analyses are completely different, and in many ways, so are the results they produce.
Over the course of a 1.5-month field experiment at a Canadian starch mill biological wastewater treatment process, LuminUltra Technologies demonstrated the benefits of using 2nd Generation ATP® monitoring technology. ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) monitoring technology is an accurate biomass measurement that can rapidly monitor all types of biological wastewater treatment processes, aerobic and anaerobic alike.
Here’s something important to watch: Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are considering a bipartisan bill to increase the funding available for water infrastructure projects in the future. They are monitoring debate on the reauthorization of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA).
A long-gestating lawsuit between Minnesota and the conglomerate 3M over perfluorinated compound (PFC) contamination now appears ready to move forward.
Environmental advocacy groups filed a lawsuit last month to halt a massive water project in the Mojave Desert.
When the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County received odor complaints from a residential subdivision, Evoqua provided a rapid, cost-effective solution.
White House Utility District (WHUD), Tennessee’s largest geographic water utility serving approximately 90,000 consumers and businesses, is using data to stem water loss and create savings for its customers.
While people enjoy seasonal change and wait for the first snowfall of the season, public works professionals are gearing up for the upcoming winter. Provisions made ahead of time help to deliver quicker responses to potential inclement weather.
An employee was killed during a remarkable explosion at a wastewater treatment chemicals plant in North Carolina late last month.
Scientists want to see more coordination across communities when it comes to policymaking and research into perfluorinated compounds (PFCs).
Santa Margarita Water District (SMWD) is the second largest water district in Orange County, California, providing water and wastewater services to more than 155,000 residents and commercial enterprises. When a new housing development was planned adjacent to SMWD’s 9.0 MGD Chiquita Water Reclamation Plant, the District initiated plans for enhanced odor control solutions. District staff identified the primary process area (grit removal and primary clarifiers) as a significant contributor to odor emissions.
Like many cities within the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, the City of Coppell experienced water quality challenges at different periods throughout the year. In particular, the City had difficulty maintaining adequate chloramine residuals at the 1.5 MG Southwestern elevated storage tank during the warmer summer months when outdoor watering was restricted to conserve water.
Using a technology called SmartCover Systems, the Prince William County Service Authority is able to remotely monitor wastewater flows in strategic areas across Prince William County. A SmartCover is comprised of a small device that electronically monitors the level of flow in sewer mains from the underside of a manhole cover.
In a unique twist on an oil contamination event, workers on a BP sea platform were forced to evacuate due to continued problems with diesel entering the platform’s water supply.
A worker died on the job at a wastewater treatment plant in Watertown, NY, on November 20.
Staying on top of new regulations is a never-ending responsibility for water professionals. Each new rule may require huge dollars in capital and operating costs. Operators and technicians may need training on new technologies, sampling, and testing methods.
At a time when many water systems around the country need all the help they can get with protecting source water, maintaining infrastructure, and eliminating contaminants, the state of Iowa has secured a critical boost.
A wastewater treatment plant in Oregon came under fire last month for negligent practices that have been harmful to the environment.
Total Customer Engagement is an amorphous concept that is difficult to define or quantify. Depending on the nature of a given business, engagement may be described using language such as touches, opens, responses, clicks, registrations, reach, shares, influence, views, or other nebulous terms. This language leaves organizations ill-equipped to define and measure the impact and benefits of communicating with customers in a wide-range of situations.
For a quarter of a century, the EPA has worked to address the environmental and public health concerns of minority, low-income and indigenous communities. I have been blessed to be a part of this effort since its first steps. The Agency’s decision to establish the Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ), initially called the Office of Environmental
As excess nutrients continue to pollute source water, bringing dead zones and toxic chemicals, it’s time for the disparate agencies that can make a difference to band together.
No wastewater-related topic draws passion from two opposed sides quite like the process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and whether or not it poses a danger to drinking water quality.
As the lead troubleshooter and innovator for water systems serving communities across the U.S., American Water’s Dr. Benjamin Stanford is in position to effect more change than most in the water industry. What issues draw his attention, and how might they be fixed? This edition of our “Water Champions” series looks at the biggest of water challenges.
Few rules governing the nation’s water quality have been politicized to the extent of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, seen by one side as necessary for protecting the environment and by another as government overreach that hurts the economy.
Each industrial odor problem is as unique as the processes and materials that combine to cause it. While various methods are employed to control industrial odors, biological treatment solutions hold a great deal of promise. This article examines what goes on inside a biotrickling filter and aims to equip facility managers with the information they need to make better industrial odor control decisions.
New analysis has found that perfluorinated compounds could be more than 20 times as prevalent in drinking water as previously thought. Will this revelation spur new regulatory action? And if so, what should that look like?
Ken’s Foods is a privately held food manufacturing company located in Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA. For 60 years, Ken’s Foods has been making an extensive line of salad dressings, sauces, and marinades.
HP Hood LLC is one of the largest dairy operators in the United States with 13 plants across the country. It has been producing high-quality, delicious dairy products for more than 160 years.
Mr Robert Friedland and Mr Jiang Zhaobai, Co-Chairmen of Clean TeQ Holdings Limited (Clean TeQ or Company), and Mr Sam Riggall, Chief Executive Officer, recently announced that Clean TeQ, through its wholly owned subsidiary Clean TeQ Water Pty Ltd, has entered into a landmark agreement with Fosterville Gold Mine Pty Ltd (Fosterville) to design, supply and commission a two million litre-per-day Clean TeQ DeSALxmine water treatment plant.
OriginClear Inc. (OTC/QB: OCLN), a leading provider of water treatment solutions, today announced a preliminary agreement with the National Superior Engineering School (ENSIL-ENSCI) of France'sUniversity of Limoges, to validate OriginClear's breakthrough process, Electro Water Separation with Advanced Oxidation™ (EWS:AOx™), for extremely challenging water treatment problems, such as landfill runoff and flooding from major storms and hurricanes.
The 1,000 mega-watt combined-cycle natural gas facility, located in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, is currently in the construction phase with a commercial operation date of April 2020. When completed, Hickory Run will provide efficient, clean and reliable power to the PJM Electric Market.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) with $100,000 to give it the tools and flexibility to support communities of the U.S. Virgin Islands that depend on clean water resources.
The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) is proud to announce the dates and location for the 2019 IUVA World Congress, taking place February 3-6, 2019 at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia.
An ACWA Power led consortium with Veolia and DIDIC has been awarded the Salalah Independent Water Project by the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company SAOC (OPWP) on 7 December 2017.
As they lay the first stone of the treated water tank on Monday 11 December 2017, Hérault Mediterranée Urban Community, SUEZ and Rhône Méditerranée Corse (RMC) Water Agency begin a 1,000-day countdown.
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