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140 Tons of Fat

140 Tons of Fat

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A colossal beast has overtaken the City of London, threatening its infrastructure and horrifying inhabitants. It’s a sinister, smelly beast of a sewer blockage lurking beneath city streets.

The Whitechapel fatburg, as the clog is called, is a concrete-like formation of fat, intermingled with disposable wipes, diapers, condoms, and feminine  … Read More

What’s in the water?

What’s in the water?

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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Houston residents are concerned about contaminants in the lingering floodwaters, and rightly so—the composition of the aqueous mélange is largely unknown.

Both government officials and academics are currently working to determine the specific contaminants and concentrations that the storm’s extreme winds and rains stirred up.  … 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

Energy Efficiency for Wastewater Treatment Plants

Energy Efficiency for Wastewater Treatment Plants

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Much has changed in recent years in the water and wastewater industries: evolving environmental regulations, increasing oper­ating costs, technology advancements, and improved opportunities for load management, according to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).  … Read More

The Future of Water Treatment

The Future of Water Treatment

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Increasing regulation will correspondingly increase the demand for reliability, performance, and new features in water treatment and testing, envisions Mark Mullet, senior product manager at GE Water. It’s not going to be easy to deliver. “Corrosive applications will pose special challenges.”

He mentions alkali, chlorine gas, and products like caustic soda  … Read More

Pump System Longevity and Extreme Operating Regimes

Pump System Longevity and Extreme Operating Regimes

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A pump is a mechanism that utilizes mechanical force to overcome distance, elevation, and friction to move water or another liquid through a conduit to a point where it can be discharged, stored, or utilized. Like all mechanical devices, pumps can wear out or break over time. A pump’s operational  … Read More

The Mysteries of Sea Mist

The Mysteries of Sea Mist

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If you’ve ever walked along the shore and inhaled deeply, you’ve probably sensed it. Sea spray contains far more than water. As the briny, earthy aroma indicates, the tiny aerosol droplets also carry salts as well as organic compounds. And, as it turns out, these additional molecules have a profound  … Read More

Solutions for Aging Water Infrastructure

Solutions for Aging Water Infrastructure

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The pipelines that municipalities use to deliver drinking water to their residents take a beating. Large cities pump tens of millions of gallons of water to their customers every day. And many of the pipes that municipalities rely on to transport drinking water and treat wastewater are coated with decadesworth  … Read More

Fukushima’s Decontamination Dilemma

Fukushima’s Decontamination Dilemma

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When a tsunami inundated Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant on March 11, 2011, it damaged the cooling systems of three reactors, causing a catastrophic nuclear disaster. Ever since the meltdown, authorities have wrestled with a monumental decision: what to do with more than 750,000 tons of water contaminated with a  … Read More

Maintaining an Underground Potable Water Tank

Maintaining an Underground Potable Water Tank

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Underground potable water tanks can be a cost-effective way to store healthy drinking water, but only if they are maintained properly. To reduce operating costs and conserve water, tanks must be inspected, cleaned, and maintained regularly. Documentation must be accurate, consistent, easy to analyze, current, and accessible to be a  … Read More

Water Security Challenges

Water Security Challenges

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ANDEAN RIVER BASIN HEADWATERS store and release large volumes of water, and are of paramount importance for Peru’s water sustainability. Nearly 40% of the country is drylands (areas where rain or snow amounts are exceeded by evapotranspiration), and only 2% of Peru’s water resources drain to the arid coast, a  … Read More

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: 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



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