Tag: sewer systems

140 Tons of Fat

140 Tons of Fat

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

Stormwater Goes to School

Not too long ago, there were only two colleges in the United States where one could learn about stormwater management, notes Brant Keller, public works director for Griffin, GA.

Solutions for Aging Water Infrastructure

Solutions for Aging Water Infrastructure

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

A Critical Role

A Critical Role

When it comes to moving water efficiently, pumps and valves play a critical role. Some efficiency concerns focus on the wastewater utility sector, where “the EPA state revolving funds are going to fixing failing existing sewers—not so much extending into new service areas as much as they have been, but

Inspection and Cleaning

Inspection and Cleaning

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

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Known for its involvement with banking and auto racing, Charlotte is one of the 10 fastest-growing cities in the US. The city’s 2014 estimated population is nearly 810,000.

One Small Step for Bugs

One Small Step for Bugs

Like the inhabitants of the tragically fated Roman city of Pompeii, which fell victim to fallout from the Vesuvius volcano, benthic macroinvertebrate organisms in long-established communities along the river bottom received no warning of the oncoming catastrophe. They, like their human counterparts separated by millennia (and phylum), may have seen

An Integrated Watershed Assessment Tool for Restoration

An Integrated Watershed Assessment Tool for Restoration

The importance of water and water quality has become a heightened global concern as human populations grow, industrial and agricultural activities expand, impervious surfaces increase, and climate change threatens. The adoption of the federal Clean Water Act and related state and regional environmental regulations imposed on municipal separate storm sewer

Protecting Storm Drain Inlets

Protecting Storm Drain Inlets

There’s an old advertising saying: “You never see a piano ad unless you’re in the market to buy a piano.” And this might also be true of stormwater inlets. The ubiquitous receptacles are such a routine feature of streets and parking lots that they’re virtually invisible. But, if you are

Soluble Solutions: Reinvestment in America’s Water Infrastructure

Soluble Solutions: Reinvestment in America’s Water Infrastructure

One of the most impactful shifts during the era of 1870–1920 was the transformation of the American home as it became connected by electricity and plumbing. Energy and water revolutionized the domestic landscape, improved the healthfulness of our society, and forever changed the world that we live in.

A recent New

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