Tag: water wells

A water well is an excavation or structure created in the ground by digging, driving, boring, or drilling to access groundwater in underground aquifers. The well water is drawn by a pump, or using containers, such as buckets, that are raised mechanically or by hand.

“Mildly Radioactive”

“Mildly Radioactive”

Those of us concerned with surface water quality generally keep a wary eye on the amount of nutrients entering our lakes and rivers. Nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizers—much of it from agricultural lands, some from urban stormwater runoff—are a big contributor to algae blooms and dead zones, and in high

Technical Focus: Backflow Prevention

Technical Focus: Backflow Prevention

Water supply systems must ensure that they remain isolated from drainage systems, groundwater, storm sewers, and sanitary sewers. Should the flows from any of these places enter a water main via siphon or backflow, the drinking water supply could be contaminated. A backflow prevention device keeps this from happening by

A Fracking Fiasco

A Fracking Fiasco

Fracking, a fossil-fuel extraction technique in which drilling companies inject high-pressure liquids (frackwater) into the ground to break open rock formations containing oil or gas, is known to have detrimental effects on the environment. Frackwater can contain a myriad of chemicals including benzene and xylene as well as potentially dangerous

Water Reuse and Sustainability Attract Industries

Water Reuse and Sustainability Attract Industries

Writing in its 2012 “Guidelines for Water Reuse,” EPA acknowledges that “energy efficiency and sustainability are key drivers of water reuse which is why water reuse is so integral to sustainable water management.” Furthermore, “the water-energy nexus recognizes that water and energy are mutually dependent.”

You Can’t Tune a Fish

You Can’t Tune a Fish

I am a child of the ’70s, and the TV personalities of those years surely live in the webbing of my brain. And don’t these pop culture reference points interlace with all the other learning we accumulate throughout our days? While considering good-tasting tap water, Charlie Tuna swam right out

Saving on Water Treatment Costs

Saving on Water Treatment Costs

From distribution to waste­water, the costs associated with water treatment are rising. Budget-busting expenses include chemicals, maintenance, repairs, labor, and energy, and for wastewater plants, you can add the cost of getting rid of that sludge. However, there’s good news. We’ve got some products and technologies to help utilities reign

Saving on Water Treatment Costs

Saving on Water Treatment Costs

From distribution to wastewater, the costs associated with water treatment are rising. Budget-busting expenses include chemicals, maintenance, repairs, labor, and energy, and for wastewater plants, you can add the cost of getting rid of that sludge. However, there’s good news. We’ve got some products and technologies to help utilities reign

Greening the Urban Water Supply

Greening the Urban Water Supply

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), cities and suburbs are among the largest sources of water pollution in many parts of the US. As Lawrence Levine wrote in his NRDC Issue Brief, “Waste Less, Pollute Less: Using Urban Water Conservation to Advance Clean Water Act Compliance,” these cities

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