Tag: reservoir

A large natural or artificial lake used as a source of water supply

Nobody Wants to Swim in This

Nobody Wants to Swim in This

Just over a year ago, I wrote about the algae blooms that were driving residents away from some sections of Florida’s Atlantic coast. They’re back. And what was once considered an unusual situation could become a permanent summer ritual. “Could the situation that occurred last summer be the new normal?

In it for the Long Haul

In it for the Long Haul

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

“The Base Could Liquefy”

“The Base Could Liquefy”

Of all the problems we hear about related to American infrastructure, the state of the nation’s dams is perhaps the scariest; a failure upstream of an urban area could cause more damage all at once than just about any other infrastructure-related event. The failure of the spillways at the Oroville

Protecting Drinking Water from Saltwater Intrusion

Protecting Drinking Water from Saltwater Intrusion

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).

Keeping Dirt Onsite

Keeping Dirt Onsite

The scope of work for BMP Contractors in ­Riverside, CA, has greatly expanded with new construction permit requirements, notes ­company president Doug Sadler.

Reader Profile: Chuck Clarke

Reader Profile: Chuck Clarke

Water challenges can lead to water wars in some US communities. Yet when communities band together to address water supply, infrastructure, and other concerns, the collaborative effort generates cost-effective, environmentally responsible, and water-efficient solutions. Such is the case in the Bellevue, Washington area, where communities that at one time were divided over water

Preventing Water Loss in Storage Tanks

Preventing Water Loss in Storage Tanks

A 49-year-old water storage tank leaking water eventually led the town of Chapmanville, WV, to replace its 75-year old water distribution system in 2015. Eventually, it learned that the town’s distribution lines were also leaking like sieves. Together, the distribution lines and leaking storage tank were losing more than half

Stormwater Irrigation

During recent decades there has been a growing national recognition that shrubs and trees in urban landscapes have both environmental and socioeconomic value. Research has shown that vegetation along streets and parking lots can lower urban temperatures and energy consumption (Halverson and Heisler 1981, Scott et al. 1999); filter, degrade,

Preventing Loss

Preventing Loss

A 49-year-old water storage tank leaking water eventually led the town of Chapmanville, WV, to replace its 75-year old water distribution system in 2015. Eventually, it learned that the town’s distribution lines were also leaking like sieves. Together, the distribution lines and leaking storage tank were losing more than half

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