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WET_cover1_Aug16_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 2016, Vol. 28, No.8

Featured Articles

Going with the flow

feature 1 art In a city as large as San Diego, with high demand for wastewater services and quickly-aging infrastructure, taking preventive measures to ensure its large pipes and facilities remain operational is critical. After inspectors set out to identify focus points for rehabilitation across San Diego’s 4989 km (3100 mi) of sewer lines, outside-the-box thinking and extensive coordination with community residents and businesses allowed repairs to move forward without ever needing to take the wastewater treatment system out of service.


Urgent response

feature 2 art In August 2013, an aging sanitary sewer pipeline collapsed below a busy roadway in Revere, Mass., necessitating emergency repairs. Following the collapse, the City of Revere rapidly developed and implemented a plan for rehabilitating and restoring service to the century-old sewer. Because of the complicating presence of multiple water mains just above the damaged pipeline, the city essentially had to conduct a major water project literally on top of the emergency sewer repairs.



NASA helps monitor wastewater plumes

Satellite imagery and shipboard measurements merge for assessments of a wastewater diversion 

Last year, the City of Los Angeles Sanitation Bureau Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant (Playa del Rey, Calif.) temporarily discharged wastewater effluent much closer to shore than normal into the Pacific Ocean for 6 weeks while an outfall pipe was repaired. Normally, the facility discharges effluent 8 km (5 mi) offshore into Santa Monica Bay at a depth of 57 m (187 ft), where effluent can disperse in deeper seawater.

Moving the discharge to a depth of only 15 m (49 ft) elevated the bureau’s public health concerns. Scientists from the bureau’s Environmental Monitoring Division contacted several institutions involved in the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS; La Jolla, Calif.) for help in monitoring ocean conditions during the 6-week period.

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New bag of tricks


Faced with finite resources and seemingly infinite challenges, water sector professionals need every advantage they can gather. This is especially true when it comes to maintaining infrastructure. Leaping over the huge funding canyon between what needs to be done and what should be done requires special tools — a vaulting pole would be good; a jetpack even better. 

But even with a jetpack, the pilot needs to know what to take and what to leave behind. In the case of water infrastructure, this means separating the things that should be done from the things that must be done. Luckily, the water sector continually develops tools and ideas that make this possible. The September issue will present several examples of how the water sector is developing these tools.

Ongoing advances in gathering, managing, and analyzing data — often dubbed smart water and big data — are providing new tools. Implementing every aspect of smart water and big data may not be practical for all, but every utility can benefit from taking small steps toward becoming a digital utility, driven by data.

Likewise, effective pilot-testing and demonstration programs at utilities reveal complexities and identify unknowns of emerging technology. This sort of targeted research and development can help point out which new processes hold promise and which need more work. Knowing how to get the most from pilot-testing, becomes a new skill necessary to be a water sector innovator.


Also in this issue  

  • WEFTEC® 2016 preview. See what’s new in the exhibition.
  • Surviving the paper avalanche. Creating systems to manage the business of capital improvement projects.
  • Asset management journey to the center of success. Tulsa’s route to implementation of successful asset management program serves as a roadmap for other travelers.

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