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Endocrine Disrupters and Intersex Fish

Endocrine Disrupters and Intersex Fish

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Fish gender is far from straightforward. There are male fish, there are female fish, there are hermaphroditic fish, and then there are intersex fish—whose gender is altered by environmental influences.

In 2003 scientists first observed a concerning condition in which male fish had developed female eggs within their testes—a type of  … Read More

Water Efficiency—Reader Favorites

Water Efficiency—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Water Efficiency magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

Consumer Mistrust Is the Message in the Bottle

Consumer Mistrust Is the Message in the Bottle

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For the first time ever, sales of bottled water exceeded soda in 2016, with a total of 49.4 billion bottles sold in the US. According to the New York Times, that means that Americans drank almost 12 billion gallons of bottled water last year, or more than 36 gallons per  … Read More

How to Build Climate-Ready Water Utilities

How to Build Climate-Ready Water Utilities

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After preparing a climate change plan for her community’s wastewater treatment plant, Carol Murray, interim director for the Manchester Department of Public Works in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, says if she would have done anything differently, she would have started working on the plan seven years ago.
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Helpful or Harmful? Private Investment in Public Works

Helpful or Harmful? Private Investment in Public Works

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“Across our country, we need solutions for infrastructure deficiencies,” James Maloney, a spokesman for the American Investment Council recently told the New York Times. “Private equity serves as one of these solutions.”

US infrastructure is in a state of crisis. Water infrastructure alone will require about $600 billion over the next  … Read More

Revisiting “A Fracking Fiasco”

Revisiting “A Fracking Fiasco”

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As we look back on 2016, we’ve certainly had an interesting year.  Before we close the books on 2016, let’s revisit Water Efficiency’s top posts for the year.

This blog post received more comments than any other Water Efficiency post published in 2016.
A Fracking Fiasco
Frackwater can contain a myriad of chemicals including benzene  … Read More

An Inconclusive Conclusion: EPA’s Fracking Study

An Inconclusive Conclusion: EPA’s Fracking Study

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EPA recently released the final version of its report on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on water sources. The new version, the culmination of six years of research, reveals gaps in substantive data and excludes a statement printed in the earlier draft report that it found “no evidence that  … Read More

Fluid Dynamics:  A Visual Record of the World’s Surface Water

Fluid Dynamics: A Visual Record of the World’s Surface Water

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Blue rivulets pulse and migrate. Reservoirs expand and shrink as snowmelt feeds them and flows away. Farmland becomes indigo as waters are diverted to flood them and then drained. A new series of maps published last week in the journal Nature and displayed in the New York Times are a  … Read More

How to Educate the Public About the Benefits of AMI

How to Educate the Public About the Benefits of AMI

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In recent years, municipalities and utility companies have endeavored to learn how to capture, access, and manage data provided by Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). Now, they have another challenge: Teach the public about the benefits of AMI.

“There’s confusion about what AMI is,” postulates Robb Barnitt, CEO of Dropcountr.com, a software  … Read More

Pipe Rehabilitation and Trenchless Pipe Repairs for Urban Environments

Pipe Rehabilitation and Trenchless Pipe Repairs for Urban Environments

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The responsibility for repair and maintenance of pipelines is borne by the entity that installed it in the first place. Major pipelines such as interstate aqueducts may be the responsibility of the federal or state governments. Regional storm sewers, sanitary sewers, and water supply mains are managed by county and  … Read More

Nut Island Effect: Lessons in Treatment Plant Management

Nut Island Effect: Lessons in Treatment Plant Management

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The Nut Island Effect is a management dynamic first outlined by Paul Levy, former executive director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority in a Harvard Business Review article titled, “When Good Teams Go Wrong.” In the article, Levy relates the systematic breakdown in communication within a wastewater treatment plant team—an  … Read More

Deep Hydrology: Discovering H2O in the Earth’s Mantle

Deep Hydrology: Discovering H2O in the Earth’s Mantle

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Ultra-deep diamonds aren’t the type of glittering gems that jewelers covet. Instead, they are rough, oftentimes milky-looking minerals that travel up from the transition zone, a region hundreds of miles deep in the earth’s mantle. These precious stones are not only historical artifacts, formed some 90 million years ago, they  … Read More



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