Latest Insights on Wastewater Management

  1. Is Stormwater The Industry’s Red-Headed Stepchild?
    8/14/2018

    The National Municipal Stormwater Alliance recently released the 2018 State of Stormwater Report on municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits under the NPDES permitting program — the first-ever in a series that will publish annually. The Alliance also explained the somewhat distressing reason why the report is necessary: Stormwater is being largely ignored.

  2. Evaluating The Effectiveness Of Vacant Lots As Green Infrastructure In Buffalo, NY
    8/3/2018

    Rainfall replenishes water supplies and keeps our urban landscapes looking green, but even small storms can cause localized flooding and inundate sewer systems. It’s a problem that the City of Buffalo, New York, knows all too well. Buffalo has a combined sewer system that is designed to collect both wastewater and stormwater in a single pipe and send this combined flow to a treatment plant. As in many cities, stormwater reduces the capacity of the sewer system, and this often causes what’s called a combined sewer overflow (CSO).

  3. How Physical Modeling Can Help Achieve Optimal Performance And Maximize Existing Infrastructure
    8/1/2018

    When it comes to infrastructure design or redesign, understanding hydraulic conditions — for all foreseeable scenarios — is paramount. You might call it "test driving" your facility.

  4. EPA’s ENTACT Study Breaks New Ground With Non-Targeted Research
    8/1/2018

    EPA scientists are leading a multi-phase project to evaluate the ability of non-targeted analysis laboratory methods to consistently and correctly identify unknown chemicals in samples. EPA’s Non-Targeted Analysis Collaborative Trial (ENTACT) was formed in late 2015 and includes nearly 30 academic, government, and industry groups. Non-targeted analysis involves analyzing water, soil and other types of samples to identify unknown chemicals that may be present, without having a preconceived idea of what chemicals may be in the samples.

  5. Pride And Prejudice: A Philadelphia (Water Department) Story
    7/12/2018

    Recently, I had the opportunity to tour a unique and innovative facility, the Bureau of Lab Services (BLS), the “water quality heartbeat of the Philadelphia Water Department” (PWD), as described by BLS director Gary Burlingame.

  6. Benefits Of Remote Access To Primary Wastewater Treatment
    7/12/2018

    A real-world, industrial application of remote process monitoring proves that a little technology can go a long way in terms of cost savings and process improvement.

  7. Unleashing Smart SCADA
    7/10/2018

    When it comes to the future of utility management, every arrow points toward greater adoption of 'smart' systems. Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) is smart, in a sense, but the mere existence of a SCADA system at your facility won't maximize efficiency and optimization. The capabilities and opportunities available to utilities through data and analytics are going largely untapped, according to two experts who joined Water Online for Water Talk, but a new initiative could help unlock its ever-growing potential.

  8. Permanent Monitoring Turns Snapshots Into A Movie
    7/3/2018

    Fifteen years ago, the water industry was deeply beholden to mechanical meter reading. But as Barry Hales, President of Matchpoint Inc., points out in this Water Talk interview, the evolution of electrical systems has created a new wave of data for utilities to become far better informed about their infrastructure and assets.

  9. Smart People On Smart Water: 4 Perspectives From Europe
    6/27/2018

    The 7th Annual Smart Water Systems Conference, presented by SMi Group, brought smart water experts from around the world to London for two days in April. As an event partner, Water Online had interview access to event speakers — including those from some of Europe’s largest water providers — who were surveyed on trends and challenges in smart water. Read on to hear the thoughts of four smart water experts on four key questions.

  10. Networking 101
    6/20/2018

    For decades now, the ubiquity of the internet has been essential to modern life. Services like email, Google, and Amazon have connected us to the each other, the vast collective knowledge of humankind, and brought whatever we desire to our doorsteps with just a few motions of our fingers.