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Cloud Seeding for Snowfall

Cloud Seeding for Snowfall

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The western US has received relatively little snowfall this winter. Because reduced snowpack levels mean less water for drinking, irrigating crops, and powering hydroelectric plants, for decades many states have invested in cloud seeding to boost water supplies. But only recently has a scientific study proven that the process actually  … Read More

Record-Breaking Water Recycling

Record-Breaking Water Recycling

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Guinness World Records exist for a number of outrageous feats. There’s the largest gathering of Elvis impersonators, the farthest tightrope walk in high heels, and the biggest gum bubble ever blown. But this week, there may be a new record set for a highly practical accomplishment: the most wastewater recycled  … 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

Acoustic Leak Detection

Acoustic Leak Detection

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Leaks are money, states Eric Stacey, product manager for advanced leak detection solutions at Echologics. Money not just down the drain, but right out the drain! Lost water involves costs for treatment and conveyance that never result in revenue, and further expense is incurred in leak detection and pipeline repair.  … Read More

How Utilities Can Communicate the Benefits of AMI to Customers

How Utilities Can Communicate the Benefits of AMI to Customers

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Smart meters enable demand-response and time-of-use pricing schedules, as well as improved distribution system performance. Proponents say they promote increased efficiency, but skeptics raise concerns about privacy, health, and cost. Some customers choose to pay a premium to opt out of updates, preferring their traditional analog meters.  … Read More

State of Scarcity

State of Scarcity

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“I feel quite on edge about it—anxious in fact—with the constant worry as to whether I’m truly doing enough,” Cape Town resident Andrea Petersen told me this week. Living with the uncertainty of water availability presents significant challenges.

A three-year drought, coupled with population increase and insufficient planning, has brought the  … Read More

Cybersecurity Strategies for Water Utilities

Cybersecurity Strategies for Water Utilities

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Until recently, water utilities regarded resiliency as a matter of defense against severe weather events. Now cybersecurity threats—including cyber terrorism—have taken a place on the list of water utilities’ top concerns.  … Read More

Fortified by Fungus

Fortified by Fungus

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Concrete, one of the building world’s most versatile, durable, and economical structural materials, is not infallible. It cracks. And even the smallest fractures can cause significant damage.

Concrete shrinks as it dries. It can crack during this physio-chemical process or due to other factors such as weather fluctuations, seismic activity,  … Read More

Pipe Rehabilitation and Trenchless Pipe Repairs for Urban Environments

Pipe Rehabilitation and Trenchless Pipe Repairs for Urban Environments

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The responsibility for repair and maintenance of pipelines is borne by the entity that installed it in the first place. Major pipelines such as interstate aqueducts may be the responsibility of the federal or state governments. Regional storm sewers, sanitary sewers, and water supply mains are managed by county and  … Read More

Aerosol Generation and Drift

Aerosol Generation and Drift

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As water becomes an increasingly scarce resource, more of it is being recycled and reused. Regulation and policies to protect human and environmental health are of ever-greater importance. Dr. Edo McGowan has 40 years of experience in the development of local, regional, and international programs relating to health aspects of water  … Read More

When Disaster Disrupts a Conveyance System

When Disaster Disrupts a Conveyance System

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The US experienced an historic number of weather and climate events in 2017—16 different disasters with damages over a billion dollars, according to NOAA. These events included one drought, two floods, one freeze, eight severe storms, three tropical cyclones, and one wildfire that together resulted in the deaths of 362  … Read More

The Cannabis Conundrum

The Cannabis Conundrum

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For weeks I thought I had a skunk problem. Every evening, the scent returned. But as it turns out, odiferous varmints were not to blame. My home, nestled in an agricultural region of California, has recently found itself at the epicenter of the cannabis industry. And it seems that this  … Read More



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