WE&T Magazine

WET_cover1_Aug14_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.


August 2014, Vol. 26, No.8

With WEFTEC® 2014 just around the corner, find helpful information on creating a strategy to attend, crafting a schedule that appeals to your learning style, and navigating all the technical sessions, meetings, and events as well as the biggest exhibition in WEFTEC history. Read more Read more

Featured Articles

Put your energy inefficiency to work

Feature 1 - ESPC How do you keep rates low while responding to increasingly demanding regulations, escalating operating costs, and aging infrastructure? If you’re interested in the solution, you’re undoubtedly a water or wastewater utility manager. If you’ve already found a solution, you’ve probably discovered an energy savings performance contract (ESPC). 


Divide and conquer ammonia to save energy

Feature 2 - american canyon The City of American Canyon Wastewater Treatment Plant sits in Napa County, Calif., in the wine country of Northern California. In 2012, the membrane bioreactor WRRF completed a project to optimize its nitrogen removal as well as reduce its energy use.  



A lab in a pill


Inspired by breath-freshening strips, researchers encapsulate a water contaminant detection method in a capsule  


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Preparing for the worst

Before, during, and, after a natural disaster strikes, operations sites should have plans in place to execute comprehensive and flexible responses. The goals are obvious: protect staff and critical assets and maintain water quality. Easier said than done. 

In 2008, Hurricane Ike battered the Houston area and the Public Works and Engineering Department Wastewater Operations Branch had to handle 11,230 km (6950 mi) of sewers, 130,000 manholes, more than 380 lift stations, and 40 water resource recovery facilities. Read about the planning, recovery, and rebuilding that it took to make it through the storm. 

Then, in the article, “Storm prep,” learn how to create a comprehensive and flexible response to severe weather at operations sites. This article also examines the effect such factors as climate change and sea-level rise have on water resource recovery facilities.  


Likes, shares, and water    

As technology progresses, municipalities must update methods for reaching out to the public. Social media can be an effective tool for meeting customers wherever they are, and it can serve as a means to educate customers on important water issues at hand and foster citizen buy-in for projects. The article, “Six lessons in public outreach,” shares tools, tips, and stories of how water organizations turned social media into real results. From issue awareness to humor to construction updates to emergency communications, social media can work for water organizations.