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“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

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

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

VIDEO: 2017 Infrastructure Report Card

VIDEO: 2017 Infrastructure Report Card

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Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Report Card for America’s Infrastructure depicts the condition and performance of American infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card—assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement.
This year’s overall grade is a D+.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TdPpjevNSE  … Read More

Maintaining Storage Tanks

Maintaining Storage Tanks

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An integral ingredient in maintaining the health of a water supply tank is a good inspection according to tank manufacturers and consultants. In the words of George Mead, municipal sales director with Tank Connection in Parsons, KS, “Nothing fabricated and installed will continue to operate without inspections.”

Some states have created regulations  … Read More

Addressing Water Infrastructure with Pipe Innovation

Addressing Water Infrastructure with Pipe Innovation

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Recent American Water Works Association (AWWA) studies conclude that America is currently in an era of pipe replacement, points out Lawyer Jolley, general manager of Performance Pipe, a division of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company.  … Read More

Insights on the 2017 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card

Insights on the 2017 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card

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The American Society of Civil Engineers released its evaluation of America’s infrastructure on March 9th and across 16 different categories, the average was a D+. Its highest mark, a B, was awarded to the country’s railway systems, and its lowest rating, a D- went to transit. In other words, our  … Read More

Cost-Saving Strategies for Water Utilities

Cost-Saving Strategies for Water Utilities

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Water utility operators face many financial hardships these days. Today, cash-strapped utilities are challenged to deliver optimal levels of service while saving money on water treatment costs.  … Read More

Trump Navigates Ambiguous Waters

Trump Navigates Ambiguous Waters

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What exactly does “navigable” mean? Vague definitions of which bodies of water are protected by federal agencies have confounded policy makers for decades. In 1972, the Clean Water Act gave federal authorities the power to regulate pollution in “navigable waters.” The job of determining which of those waters the policy  … Read More

Smart Irrigation Reduces Nitrogen Leaching

Smart Irrigation Reduces Nitrogen Leaching

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While nitrogen is critical for agricultural production, too much nitrogen can negatively affect health and the environment. Ironically, excess nitrogen can even produce a harmful effect on crop yield, as well as native species and biodiversity.

A report from the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at the University of California, Davis, published by  … Read More

Foretelling a Post-Water Future

Foretelling a Post-Water Future

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It seems like a passage from Latin American fiction—a surreal scenario in which citizens awaken to find their country dry, and a mustached general rationing their water. But for citizens of La Paz, Bolivia, this is not a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel—it is their reality.

For eleven years, scientists like Edson  … Read More

Green Infrastructure Investments Provide Long-Term Returns

Green Infrastructure Investments Provide Long-Term Returns

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The benefits of green infrastructure are documented. However, despite the trendiness of the issue, green projects are still not always easy to fund. One of the early backers of these projects was the government. Federal tax incentive programs are the government’s way of encouraging green infrastructure by attracting financing for  … 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



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