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Funding Flint’s Infrastructure Repair

Funding Flint’s Infrastructure Repair

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The citizens of Flint, Michigan, have every right not to trust the government. After their town’s water supply was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River in April of 2014 without being treated for corrosion prevention, many of them voiced concern. But their complaints about the water’s color, odor,  … 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

Flint’s Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak: Who’s to Blame?

Flint’s Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak: Who’s to Blame?

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More than 100 people contracted Legionnaires’ disease from 2014 to 2015 in Genesee County, Michigan. Of those, 12 have died. As more evidence becomes available, officials at the Center for Disease Control are learning the full extent of this devastating outbreak—and are using genetic testing to pinpoint the source.

Michigan’s Department  … 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

A Cascading Failure

A Cascading Failure

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More than a decade ago, federal and state officials and some of California’s largest water agencies dismissed concerns that the spillway at Oroville Dam could erode during heavy winter rains. But on February 12, more than 185,000 people were evacuated from areas downstream of the dam, because of concern over its structural  … Read More

Why More Utilities Are Implementing AMR/AMI

Why More Utilities Are Implementing AMR/AMI

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The implementation of AMR/AMI has grown consistently by more than 20% annually among water utilities nationwide. However, no matter how outdated a metering system may be, changing to something new and different can be a difficult adjustment forutility companies and customers alike.  … Read More

Challenges of Urban Water Infrastructure

Challenges of Urban Water Infrastructure

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AT PRESENT, 80.7% OF the US population resides in urban areas (US Census Bureau 2012). Increased urbanization (paved areas and buildings) and urban population growth has exerted significant pressure on urban water demand and expansion of urban water infrastructure—i.e., potable water supplies, wastewater treatment and discharge, and urban stormwater runoff  … Read More

Efficiency Is En Vogue

Efficiency Is En Vogue

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It takes about three years’ worth of drinking water—about 713 gallons—to make your favorite cotton T-shirt according to Kirsten James of Ceres. James recently toured New Fashion Products, a Los Angeles textile supplier, and discovered just how essential water is to the apparel industry’s supply chain—from growing plant fibers like  … Read More

How Social is Your Utility?

How Social is Your Utility?

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An ever-increasing number of conversations and click-throughs, page-likes, and purchasing decisions are happening in the digital space today. 1.18 billion users log onto Facebook each day as active users, according to the platform’s analytics for November 2016. And according to Forbes magazine, 41% of US small businesses have chosen to  … Read More

The Art of Leak Detection and the Arithmetic of Audits

The Art of Leak Detection and the Arithmetic of Audits

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According to EPA, public systems face numerous challenges, including aging infrastructure, increasing regulatory requirements, water quantity and water concerns, and inadequate resources. These challenges are amplified through changes in population and climate. It is estimated that the US will need to spend upwards of $200 billion on water systems in  … Read More

Protecting Drinking Water from Saltwater Intrusion

Protecting Drinking Water from Saltwater Intrusion

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In Miami Beach, FL, people sometimes must navigate streets wearing boots because during weather events, the streets get flooded twice a day for a couple of hours, notes Jayantha Obeysekera, chief modeler for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).  … Read More

How an Oil Refinery Recycles 100% of Its Wastewater for Steam Production

How an Oil Refinery Recycles 100% of Its Wastewater for Steam Production

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“Save water, save money” is the mantra of the City of Regina, Saskatchewan. It calls on consumers and businesses alike to be mindful of water scarcity issues while protecting, preserving, and carefully managing a precious natural resource. As one of the single largest fresh water consumers in the city, Federated  … Read More



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