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Poisoned Plumbing

Poisoned Plumbing

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Recently, US cities with aging infrastructure have experienced contamination events within their water delivery systems. This is unfortunately not a new occurrence as Danish archaeological chemist, Kaare Lund Rasmussen, recently confirmed when he analyzed the residues on ancient water pipes from Pompeii, Italy. And his in-depth study has revealed an  … 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

Water: A Weapon and a Victim

Water: A Weapon and a Victim

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Throughout the recent conflicts in Iraq and Syria, water has been used as armament by competing powers as they scramble to control a quickly diminishing resource.

When ISIS seized the Fallujah Barrage, a dam on the Euphrates River, in 2014, they used it as leverage by depriving downstream cities of water.  … Read More

Algae Wars

Algae Wars

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Each summer, algae blooms take over lakes and bays as waters saturated with nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus warm. These blooms are the product of a quick-growing algae that can be toxic to aquatic life and humans.

During a bloom, as algae settles to the bottom and decays, it depletes  … Read More

Techniques for Successful Sediment Control

Techniques for Successful Sediment Control

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Siltation in water containment structures is problematic, resulting in the loss of space in tanks and other structures such as reservoirs, ponds, and catch basins. It also increases the cost of treating drinking water, with high loads interfering with coagulation, filtration, and disinfection.  … Read More

Collaboration on the Columbia River

Collaboration on the Columbia River

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We generally consider public-private partnerships (P3s) a logical way for the US to repair and replace its aging infrastructure. On occasion, we may even reference Lincoln’s railroads, Eisenhower’s highways, or Kennedy’s space program while extolling the virtues of the private investment for infrastructure renewal. But are these deals always the  … Read More

Simplifying Plant Management with Single Source Solutions

Simplifying Plant Management with Single Source Solutions

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APPLICATIONS FOR MATERIAL HANDLING and pumping technology in the wastewater industry tend to be complex, with a number of different people and organizations involved in installation and operation. The need to coordinate among officials from one or several municipalities, contractors, and engineers means that designing, installing, and operating material handling  … Read More

Struggling to Serve a Thirsty Public

Struggling to Serve a Thirsty Public

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As utilities across America struggle to afford the repair of aging water infrastructure and climate change impacts water scarcity, the nation’s poor are simultaneously challenged to pay rising water bills. And this ever-expanding economic gap promises to present grave problems within the next decade.

Water rates across the nation are increasing.  … Read More

Potable Reuse Project Case Studies

Potable Reuse Project Case Studies

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Potable Reuse Project Case Studies: Cloudcroft, NM, is a 110-year old mountain resort community in the southeast corner of New Mexico. Planning for direct potable reuse began immediately, says Powell, and initial construction began in 2005, but issues with contracting stalled the project by 2007. Now back on track, construction bids  … Read More

Fueled by Flowers

Fueled by Flowers

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A field of golden sunflowers stretches along the Neuse River Greenway in Raleigh, North Carolina. Their faces shift, following the sun’s path overhead.  

“Right now it looks like a sea of gold,” Tim Woody, superintendent of the Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility, told North Carolina Public Radio.

The flowers—one of several  … Read More

How Utilities Can Communicate the Benefits of AMI to Customers

How Utilities Can Communicate the Benefits of AMI to Customers

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Smart meters enable demand-response and time-of-use pricing schedules, as well as improved distribution system performance. Proponents say they promote increased efficiency, but skeptics raise concerns about privacy, health, and cost. Some customers choose to pay a premium to opt out of updates, preferring their traditional analog meters.  … Read More



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