WE&T Magazine

Nov08CoverWater 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.

 


November 2008, Vol. 20, No.11

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Can you pinpoint the reasons for the flow variations in this month’s column? Let us know your thoughts, and we’ll share reader responses in a future issue.
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Featured Articles

Hidden Potential

Hidden Potential

There is an undeniable nexus among water, energy, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, or carbon. A substantial amount of energy is used to divert, convey, treat, deliver, and dispose of water in California. The water sector uses 19% of California’s electricity and 32% of its natural gas. Recent concerns about such emissions and their contribution to climate change have created new opportunities to promote water recycling as a means to conserve energy.

 

The Tools and the Talent

The Tools and the Talent

Soaring prices have prompted many wastewater treatment plants to reduce dewatering polymer use. There are many ways to do this. Some options, such as installing newer equipment, are capital-intensive. Others, such as putting operators in charge of dewatering performance, cost very little but provide excellent results.

 

News

A Hole New Problem

A Hole New Problem

Aug. 13 and 14 are days that will live in infamy in Cleveland — or at least for the city’s Water Pollution Control department. During that single 2-day period, thieves stole an astonishing 106 catch-basin covers — that’s 5.4 Mg (6 ton) of cast iron — from the city’s streets, according to Tom Marsales, the department’s deputy commissioner.

Cleveland isn’t the only U.S. city rocked by this latest form of crime spree. Utilities in cities nationwide are reporting a rise in theft. Manhole covers, sewer grates, water meters — anything made of metal that’s not nailed down — are now a target. Philadelphia has lost about 2000 inlet covers so far this year. More than 80 sewer lids and eight fire hydrants went missing in Long Beach, Calif., in 2008; none was stolen the year before. Flint, Mich., has had to replace 400 manhole covers and grates this year.

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Coming in the next issue:
Coming in the Dec Issue

Coming in the December Issue
  • Operations Challenge Report. The TRA CReWSers from the Water Environment Association of Texas secured their third Division I win in the 2008 Operations Challenge.
  • Construction Management in 2018. Will you be ready?
  • Dual-Purpose Project. This South Carolina treatment plant has a discharge system designed to handle effluent now and raw wastewater later.
  • Geographical Information Systems. A structured approach to modeling helped a Georgia utility make the most of its existing data.
  • Cash Cow. Army Corps program benefits both dairy farmers and the environment.
  • Operator Ingenuity. Check out how three operators got creative with duct tape and a shop vacuum to end their foaming problems.
  • Burning With Biogas. Teamwork paves the way to unique incinerator burner modifications.
  • WEFTEC Wrapup. Highlights from the Water Environment Federation’s record-setting event.