Drinking Water Features

  1. It’s What America Is Built On
    6/7/2018

    This week, thousands of water professionals will meet for the industry’s annual flagship conference.  This is an important event at an important time as we give attention to our nation’s infrastructure.  While roads and bridges are visible reminders of the importance of infrastructure, equally important components are out of sight, but they need to always be in our mind.  These critical components are underground pipelines that provide water and wastewater service.

  2. Mapping A New Future For Water Main Break Prediction
    6/7/2018

    Every water distribution utility has a strategy for infrastructure asset management and repair — from simply reacting to breaks, to scheduling main replacements based on system-specific history, to prioritizing infrastructure repairs based on mathematical calculations of risks and consequences.

  3. An Open Letter To Jeff Bezos: Use Your Resources To Protect Our Most Precious Resource
    6/5/2018

    Economist Harold Pollack's New York Times article suggesting priorities for your philanthropic work was a fun read for those of us who would love to imagine what we would do with $131 billion. Unlike Pollack, I'm not going to tell you how to give away your money — you earned it, it's yours, and you can do what you want with it.

  4. The Best Solution For Decentralized Water Treatment
    6/4/2018

    For years, centralized water and wastewater treatment facilities have been the norm. Large treatment plants typically provided the most cost-effective solution, due to economies of scale. However, new technology is tipping the scales, as decentralized treatment solutions are providing improved treatment at reduced costs.

  5. Bay Mussels In Puget Sound Show Traces Of Oxycodone
    5/24/2018

    The opioid epidemic has now hit the waters of Puget Sound. State agencies tracking pollution levels in Puget Sound have discovered traces of oxycodone in the tissues of native bay mussels (Mytilus trossulus) from Seattle and Bremerton area harbors.

  6. Legionella Conference 2018: Controlling This Deadly Bacteria Will Take A Village
    5/22/2018

    Controlling Legionnaires’ disease will require a universal, preventive-based approach by a bevy of stakeholders ranging from building owners to hospital administrators, from public health officials to policymakers, and from scientists to water system engineers.

  7. California Legislature Moves Toward More Efficient Water Use
    5/17/2018

    California is one step closer to a more resilient and secure water future for our communities, environment, and economy thanks to the passage of two bills in Sacramento this week.  

  8. West Coast WTPs: Beware Of Intruders On Your Doorstep
    5/16/2018

    As if they don’t already face enough challenges, water treatment plants (WTPs) in the western U.S. have yet another potential problem lurking in their source water waiting to blossom when they least expect it. This specific problem comes in the form of two invasive species: quagga mussels and zebra mussels.

  9. Could Bats Guide Humans To Clean Drinking Water In Places Where It’s Scarce?
    5/14/2018

    Desert life depends on reliable access to water. In Namibia’s stark Namib Desert, where I spent 18 months doing research for my Ph.D., wildlife concentrates around natural springs. Increasingly, animals there also rely on man-made ponds intended for livestock.

  10. Point Level vs. Continuous Level Measuring Technologies
    5/14/2018

    While point level measuring approaches are regarded as simple and user-friendly, they lack the capabilities of more sophisticated continuous measuring instruments.