• Existing level monitoring, usually for combined sewer overflow (CSO) or event duration monitoring (EDM) purposes has been in regular use in the U.K. for over a decade, but the equipment hasn’t changed much in that time. With the current technology comes limitations. So, the question Dave Walker, co-founder and commercial director at wastewater monitoring specialists Detectronic, has been asking is: How can we do level monitoring better for the benefit of water companies, their customers, and the environment?

  • Infrastructure rarely makes headlines, but the severe devastation in Texas requires a blunt conversation about aging infrastructure in the U.S. In a strange coincidence, shortly after news and images from Texas shocked the world, ASCE published its 2021 Infrastructure Report Card highlighting the decrepit state of the nation’s infrastructure, and, for the first time, including a report card for stormwater management.

  • Green roofs aren’t just for the most progressive, environmentally focused organizations, though early practitioners should be lauded for leading the charge. The stormwater solution also saves money, protects assets, and improves workplaces — all reasons to be broadly implemented.

  • It was the evening of October 1, 2012 at the Rick McDevitt Community Center in Four Corners Park. The cinder block walled room was filled with community members interested in learning about the city’s plans for stopping the flooding and combined sewer spills in their neighborhood. Just three months prior, a 25-year storm delivering 3.5 inches of rain in just four hours flooded streets and filled basements and backyards with toilet paper and sewage. It was then the Mayor promised a plan within 30 days for addressing the problem.

  • As the climate changes, floods and extreme rainfall events will become more intense. In many cases, the most disadvantaged people are at highest risk from floods and least able to bounce back when their homes and businesses are inundated. I saw that dynamic first-hand when I lived through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Much of my work in its aftermath focused on finding new ways to allow the city to better absorb water, reducing flood risk and easing pressure on drainage systems.

  • Flooding can be an essential part of the economy — so much agriculture depends on the nutrients that flood brings. However, most of us know flooding for the damage, disruption, and of course loss of life, that it brings.

  • The City of Columbus, GA knew firsthand the pollution problems that combined sewer systems caused. In dry conditions, the city’s combined sewer overflows (CSOs) were not a problem, but during heavy rain events the rapid influx of stormwater caused the system to overload — resulting in untreated water to flow directly into the Chattahoochee River. The river provides drinking water for over half of all Georgians and recreational opportunities for more than 25 million people each year. Not only did the overflows cause exceptionally high fecal coliform levels in the hundreds of thousands of colony forming units (CFU), they also discharged aesthetic pollutants directly into the river.

  • The status quo of modeling is ready for change. For years, engineer and planning teams have used hydraulic and hydrologic (H&H) models to adjust and plan for long term changes to the system. Many times, when the core project of the model is completed the model is left without updates for long periods of time.

  • An uncommon financing model is proving effective at resolving an all-too-common issue throughout the U.S. — underfunded water infrastructure needs.

  • Partnering with StormwateRx, Forrest Technical Coatings sought a cost-effective treatment strategy that aligned with their corporate #environmental stewardship initiatives.



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