WE&T Magazine

Oct08CoverWater 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 2008, Vol. 20, No.10

Sewer Sociology Contest Oct 2008

Do you think you know the answer to our mystery land use example? Click below to enter our contest, and you could win a WE&T prize pack!

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Featured Articles

Chicago’s Underground Unveiled

Chicagos Underground Unveiled

For the first time since Al Capone’s legacy ended, Chicago’s underground has been unveiled. The city’s combined-sewer overflow (CSO) conveyance and storage system is now in its final stretch of design and construction. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) continues to set precedents on how to manage CSOs effectively and improve the quality of life and the environment in large metropolitan areas.
Through TARP, the district collects the CSO and floodwaters across the city of Chicago and Cook County and serves a combined domestic and equivalent industrial user population of nearly 10.1 million. Read more 


Sewer Corrosion Vs. Plant Permit Violation?

Sewer Corrosion Vs Plant Permit Violation

Odor and corrosion control in the collection system can rob a wastewater treatment plant’s biological nutrient removal system of the volatile fatty acids it needs to operate. At first blush, the situation seems to require a choice between
treating odors and corrosion and meeting permit-enforced nutrient removal requirements, but by knowing which questions to ask, plant personnel can find solutions that balance both needs. Read more



Flood Descriptions Mislead Public

What are the odds of having two 500-year storms in 15 years?

After weathering the floods created by a 500-year storm, one might believe that he or she would be off the hook for the next 499 years. Unfortunately that’s not the case. During the summer, the Midwest suffered is second 500-year flood in 15 years.

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Coming in the next issue:
Coming in the November Issue

  • Fad or Future? An expert evaluates whether digester-gas-fed fuel cells and microturbines are cost-effective sources of power.
  • Hidden Potential. Recycled water and the water–energy–carbon nexus.
  • Vulnerable No More. The City of Henderson, Nev., evaluated its sewers and reclaimed-water lines to assess their risk for damage from erosion.
  • Our Greatest Asset. How do people fare when implementing an asset management program?
  • Who’s in Charge? Empowering operators helped a utility minimize dewatering costs.
  • Maximizing MBR Performance. Operator input can lead to stronger membrane bioreactor design.