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Unprecedented Charges in Flint

Unprecedented Charges in Flint

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While I feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to do my job well and report information accurately in my role as editor, when I mess up or fail to act, a comma is misplaced or a person’s name misspelled. It’s unfortunate, but nobody dies.

The charges recently brought against five Michigan  … 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

A Rate Structure Rubik’s Cube

A Rate Structure Rubik’s Cube

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Water agency rate structures typically recover costs by charging consumers per gallon, which means that when usage drops, rates have to go up. In many cases, that means that it costs rate payers more to conserve water.

The financial logic is simple. If a company sells less of something, it has  … Read More

Say “No” to Non-Revenue Water

Say “No” to Non-Revenue Water

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If water utilities were charities, they would be expected to give their water away for free, and if water wasn’t so difficult and expensive to process in the first place to make sure it is safe for human consumption, then it wouldn’t matter if millions of gallons “disappeared” from the  … Read More

Groundwater for Google

Groundwater for Google

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Data centers use water for cooling hot servers and electrical equipment—an Olympic-sized swimming pool every two days, in fact, according to Data Center Dynamics.  

Air exiting electrical equipment is cooled by passing though an air/liquid heat exchanger. The liquid coolant picks up heat from the exchanger on its way to  … Read More

Stopping a Sinkhole to Save an Alabama Highway

Stopping a Sinkhole to Save an Alabama Highway

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With flooding, sinkholes, danger, and suspense, this story may resemble the latest Hollywood adventure film. However, it is the real-life saga of a stormwater pipe collapse on Birmingham, AL’s Highway 280 and a race against time along one of the state’s busiest roadways. Its dramatic narrative rivals any blockbuster action  … Read More

Global Awareness and Grace

Global Awareness and Grace

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In an effort to better understand women’s participation in the water industry and the water supply network, last May Water Efficiency magazine explored the topic by way of an interview with Kirsten deVette of the International Water Association.

We learned that in many parts of the world women bear the primary responsibility for  … Read More

Embracing Water Audits

Embracing Water Audits

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Water remains a scarce resource throughout the country. But it’s important, even for utilities that aren’t serving drought-stricken areas, to make sure that they are getting paid the right amount for the water they are delivering. It’s important, too, that they quickly identify and repair costly leaks throughout their systems.  … Read More

“A Rich Set of Data Points Is the First Step”

“A Rich Set of Data Points Is the First Step”

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In May, more than 150 affiliate organizations are coming together to create discussion about infrastructural renewal. These efforts support Infrastructure Week (May 15 to May 19), a national advocacy and education campaign aimed at highlighting infrastructure as a critical issue in America. Water Efficiency magazine is an Infrastructure Week media  … Read More

Ripple Effect

Ripple Effect

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A few weeks ago we discussed the repeal of the Waters of the US rule, a policy that in 2015 expanded the types of waterways protected by the federal government to include smaller streams that drain into major rivers, bays, and drinking water sources.

On February 28, President Trump signed an executive  … Read More

All About the Cycle Stop Valve (CSV)

All About the Cycle Stop Valve (CSV)

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The cycle stop valve opens and closes like a ball valve—it uses a spring to push it open and then a diaphragm will push it closed. The beauty of this is that the customer sets the valve at the required outgoing pressure, and that’s where it stays. So, let’s say  … Read More

Straight to the Source

Straight to the Source

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It has been estimated that California wastes about 350,000 acre-feet of treated drinking water each year—a significant amount for an already water-challenged state. Proponents of Senate Bill 555, however, hope that legislative action helps address non-revenue water issues state-wide by providing data and valuable insight.

In last week’s blog we discussed  … Read More



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