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WET cover 90Water Environment & Technology (WE&T) is the premier magazine for the water quality field. WE&T provides information on what professionals demand: cutting-edge technologies, innovative solutions, operations and maintenance, regulatory and legislative impacts, and professional development.


October 2015, Vol. 27, No.10

Featured Articles

The road to net-zero

Feature 2 art Wastewater treatment is energy-intensive. Energy typically accounts for one of the highest costs for water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs). When you factor in that U.S. domestic wastewater contains five times more energy than currently is required for treatment, equipping utilities with a road map to net-zero energy makes good sense.


Thermal hydrolysis tips from the trenches

Feature 1 art After becoming established in Northern Europe, thermal hydrolysis process technology is gaining momentum in the United States. U.S. water resource recovery facilities now considering the benefits associated with thermal hydrolysis can take advantage of the experience gained by European water companies with established THP operations. 



Drought's silver lining

News art Despite its many drawbacks, drought can spur water reuse and conservation acceptance Read more

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Financial resilience

Keeping water services flowing requires making sure utilities have a sufficient supply of another type of liquid asset: funding. Aging infrastructure, tightening regulations, growing populations, and changing climate all put more pressure on the financial side of utility management. Luckily, new programs, products, and strategies exist to help smooth things out. But like all new endeavors they require taking the time to understand fully.

Public–private partnerships (P3s) have gained traction during the past 18 years as public entities have pursued private funding, construction, or operation of infrastructure. A P3 is a contractual relationship between the private and public sectors with each side bringing certain skills and assets to bear and each side sharing the risks and rewards. Several states have enacted P3 legislation to establish parameters and facilitate such delivery approaches.

However, P3s do not always succeed. Common challenges include less-than-optimum planning, procurement, and contracting. But when fully considered and implemented, P3s can lead to successful outcomes regardless of the type of infrastructure.

Also during the past few decades, data have shown that weather is becoming more intense and frequent. To prepare for this, utilities must forecast what’s coming, create plans to cope, and then find a means to pay for those changes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has created guides to help with forecasting and planning. Utilities are collaborating to find means to cope. And the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency can provide some federal dollars to fund it.

Also in the this issue 

  • Good riddance. A New Jersey facility controls its foaming problems with simple, yet effective, techniques.
  • More efficient, enhanced biological phosphorus removal. Balancing design and operations makes the process more reliable.
  • It’s better in 3-D. University researchers create a nitrate detection kit using 3-D printer, open-source hardware and software, and leafy greens.
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