WE&T Magazine

WET_cover1_May13_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.


May 2013, Vol. 5, No.25

Featured Articles

Fast track to quench thirst in Midland, Texas

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 On Jan. 22, 2013, a front-page story in the Dallas Morning News led with the sentence, “The state is running out of water.” Such terms as “drought” and “dust bowl” have peppered the news in Texas for some time now, and water-wise communities in the state already have sprung into action. 

If all goes as expected, work to alleviate critical water shortages in Midland, Texas, caused by severe drought will be wrapping up as you read this article — only 12 months after the launch of a special-delivery groundwater-well-field and conveyance system project to deliver water quickly to a relatively dry city plagued by unusually severe drought. 


Sacramento, Calif.’s ‘pipe dream’ = data accuracy and big savings

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During the past 10 years, the Sacramento (Calif.) Area Sewer District (SASD) continually has fine-tuned its comprehensive in-house flow-monitoring program and procedures while striving to enhance its knowledge of the wastewater collection system. The flow-monitoring program provides SASD’s Hydraulic Modeling group with the data needed to calibrate its dynamic sewer model. 




Vying for water security


Approaches for securing sustainable supply  

Amid intensifying regional droughts, higher population forecasts, and rising concerns associated with climate change and dry future conditions, governments and municipalities are hurrying to establish long-term water security for growing communities and populations. They are locking in water rights, initiating sustainable water-saving solutions, and building alternative water supply projects that make use of available sources. Additionally, market-based strategies and incentive mechanisms for protecting water resources offer additional tools for preserving water quality and managing water supplies. 

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Coming in the next issue:

Shouting at the rain

Shouting at the rain  

In his poem “The Rainy Day,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow writes, “Into each life some rain must fall.” The poem describes a bleak and dreary wind-whipped, rain-lashed day. And, at the time, Longfellow didn’t even have to consider who has responsibility for that water. 

Even though the rain might fall freely from the skies, the municipalities, utilities, and organizations looking to harvest this resource as a water source, need to know the facts. It’s essential to understand the water rights precedents and allocation practices that establish legal constraints and may limit the ability of property owners to harvest the rainwater that falls on their property. 

Because responsibility and measurement go hand in hand, after establishing who, the next question becomes how much. Accurately measuring rainfall is critical for the successful design, evaluation, and operation of sewer systems. Learn what kinds of equipment are available, where to site them for the best results, and how to maintain them to ensure proper data. 


Also in this issue:  

  • Up a creek with a paddle. A utility develops waterbody assessment protocols for non-wadeable creeks and streams for total maximum daily load purposes.   
  • One-way data. Detroit investigates replacing software-based firewalls with a hardware-based data protection solution.   
  • Measuring TMDLs from orbit. Researchers test an out-of-this-world tool to measure the effectiveness of phosphorus reduction efforts.