Tag: reservoir

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

Reconnecting Floodplains

Reconnecting Floodplains

It’s getting harder to predict the weather. As this New York Times article points out, “Researchers say it is unclear whether climate change will make California drier or wetter on average. What is more certain is that the state will increasingly whipsaw between extremes, with drier dry years, wetter wet

A Wave of Innovation

A Wave of Innovation

Wastewater treatment plants are impacted by the same infrastructure issues as highways, bridges, and municipal water systems. As population increases and permitting requirements are strengthened, there is little room to upgrade and expand. Costs are also prohibitive. New technologies like membrane bioreactors (MBR), however, can fit in the footprint of

Conserving Water & Preserving Life

Conserving Water & Preserving Life

The world’s first major city is about to run out of water. The Theewaterskloof Dam reservoir—which normally supplies water to a city of four million people—is almost empty of water and is being filled with sand dunes. Since 2014, the drought has also affected the millions of inhabitants of Western

The Many Faces of Permeable Pavers

The Many Faces of Permeable Pavers

The world of permeable pavers is multifaceted. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be placed in a wide range of configurations to match tastes, function, or budgets. They can play a central role in meeting a wide variety of water-quality improvement goals. Projects employing permeable

How to Evaluate and Manage Pipeline Infrastructure

How to Evaluate and Manage Pipeline Infrastructure

Asset management has emerged as a methodology that water agencies have adopted to evaluate and manage their pipeline infrastructure. The profiles of public works and water utility departments discussed in this article reflect how, over the course of 25 years, water agencies have transitioned from replacing a pipe simply because

Truth to Power

Truth to Power

Adhering to a blueprint of key factors will help contractors choose the best compressor or generator for a job site.

When it comes to compressors, consider rated capacities, fuel consumption, emissions requirements, operating costs, and service costs.

Data, Data, and More Data

Data, Data, and More Data

From 2012–2016, the state of California was under the spell of one of the worst droughts in history. During this four-year time frame, we witnessed expensive media campaigns urging residents to reduce their use, and some cities in the Central Valley actually started rationing water supply for residents. With the

Backflow Prevention Methods

Backflow Prevention Methods

Without a source of clean, safe water, neither individuals nor communities can survive. So perhaps the greatest invention of any civilization is a way to ensure clean, safe water. Supplying clean, potable water is both complicated and straightforward. The actual process is a relatively simple series of steps (extraction from

Storage in the City

Storage in the City

Wooden water tanks were once ubiquitous on the urban skyline—cylinders standing guard like sentries above the rooftops. Today, however, it seems that water containment devices are increasingly tucked away behind walls and integrated into building design.

Most contemporary buildings pump water to large reservoirs in the top floors to make use

Form and Function

Form and Function

“Form follows function” is a basic rule of architecture, engineering, and industrial design. Transfer trailers serve a specific function. Their large hauling capacities make it financially feasible to transport large quantities of waste over long distances. This allows for the construction and operation of larger, regional landfills replacing dozens of

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