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Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

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As many of you know, one of my favorite books is a collection of poems called Odes to Common Things. In it, Pablo Neruda writes about ordinary objects that we often take for granted. In “Ode to my Socks,” he outlines the fundamentals of comfort. He analyzes a universe of  … 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

Finding the Sweet Spot…in Wastewater

Finding the Sweet Spot…in Wastewater

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From yogurt to diet sodas and low-calorie desserts, grocery market shelves today are lined with an unfathomable array of products containing sucralose. And beyond trimming calories, the artificial sweetener is being used to help identify high concentrations of potential pollutants.

Sucralose is being used as what experts call a “tracer,” or  … Read More

New Sizing Metrics for Water Storage

New Sizing Metrics for Water Storage

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Fire flow needs and regulations have always dominated the metrics for sizing the water storage capacity of a municipality or business. But these days, climate change, drought, and population growth have entered the picture as additional factors requiring consideration.  … Read More

Perilous Waters

Perilous Waters

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“Peligro,” the sign reads—danger. Despite this warning, people have filed through gaps in fences and have waited patiently to fill buckets, jugs, and bottles with water from a spigot on an abandoned lot, the Washington Post reports. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, citizens of Puerto Rico are in desperate  … Read More

Soil Water Sensors

Soil Water Sensors

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SOIL MOISTURE MONITORING CAN be useful as an irrigation management tool for both landscapes and agriculture, sometimes replacing an evapotranspiration-based (ET) approach or as a useful check on ET-based approaches since the latter tend to drift off target over time. All moisture sensors, also known as soil water sensors, measure  … Read More

A Groundwater Glass Half-Full

A Groundwater Glass Half-Full

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Satellite radar measurements provided by interferometric synthetic aperture radar, or InSAR, can detect subtle, millimeter-scale changes in ground elevation as areas gain or lose groundwater. Researchers have recently utilized the technology to quantify the effects of California’s drought. And in an unexpected twist, they also detected shifts due to policy  … Read More

Arboreal Invasion

Arboreal Invasion

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Meadows are a pastoral paradise. Beyond their verdant beauty, however, they are essential to vital environmental systems. If you were to look under the surface—beneath the grasses, the clover, the primrose, and the yarrow—you would see that important hydrologic processes are taking place.  

Mountain meadows play a crucial role in  … Read More

Current Trends in Water Tank Maintenance

Current Trends in Water Tank Maintenance

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With an eye to maintaining water quality in its potable water tanks, Huntsville Utilities in Alabama keeps all of its in-service tanks on a maintenance program that includes annual inspections.  … Read More

Cementitious Coatings for Tanks In Special Applications

Cementitious Coatings for Tanks In Special Applications

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Non-potable hot water and cold water storage can present different challenges due to the temperature of the stored water itself. AmTech developed its HydraStone cement lining for use on steel hot water tanks after the tanks’ original cementitious or thin mil epoxy linings have failed. The manufacturer points out that  … Read More

Embracing Water Audits

Embracing Water Audits

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Water remains a scarce resource throughout the country. But it’s important, even for utilities that aren’t serving drought-stricken areas, to make sure that they are getting paid the right amount for the water they are delivering. It’s important, too, that they quickly identify and repair costly leaks throughout their systems.  … Read More



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