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Archive for the ‘Wastewater’ Category

Promoting Innovation for a Sustainable Water Future

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
EPA: Innovations in the Water Sector

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Over the past year, EPA has collaborated with a wide spectrum of partners, all of whom play a critical role in advancing water technology and innovation. Progress toward sustainable water resources is accelerating. This Progress Report provides additional examples of the growing momentum across the country to address traditional and emerging threats to the nation’s water resources.

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U.S. EPA: New England is Using Green Infrastructure to “Soak Up The Rain”

Friday, June 19th, 2015
U.S. EPA: New England is Using Green Infrastructure to “Soak Up The Rain”

Polluted stormwater runoff is one of the greatest threats to clean water in the nation. EPA-New England launched its “Soak up the Rain” outreach program to raise public awareness about these threats, and help communities understand how green infrastructure (GI) strategies can help mitigate runoff damage. GI uses natural processes (vegetation and soil infiltration) to absorb and treat runoff at its source while offering additional benefits that can include flood mitigation, economic protection, habitat preservation and quality of life improvements. This video shows citizens from several communities using GI to mitigate their stormwater problems; people including school principals, municipal DPW officials, residential property owners and landscape professionals. The video also illustrates how Soak up the Rain actively promotes community efforts to reduce runoff and showcases specific GI projects.

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2015 Strategic Directions: U.S. Water Industry Report

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
Figure 1 Ratings of water industry issues-trends over time

BLACK & VEATCH INSIGHTS GROUP
U.S. water service providers are uniquely accustomed to changing conditions. But rarely have so many competing pressures tested the industry as they do in 2015. Strained capital budgets, aging equipment and distribution systems, social pressures around sustainability and water scarcity are further impacting a sector that is already in the midst of a decade-long business model transformation. These pressures are also rewriting the rules for utilities that have been forced to prioritize “need to have” infrastructure investments at the expense of investments in their future.

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The New Wave of Water Innovation

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Westerly Wastewater Treatment Plant cleans water before it’s returned to Lake Erie. Photo Credit: John Quinn

VALUE OF WATER COALITION
This briefing paper, issued by the Value of Water Coalition, spotlights innovative solutions to the nation’s growing water challenges. Through capital investments, technological innovations, creative financing tools, and cross-sector partnerships, water leaders are building stronger communities and a stronger America.

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San Francisco Sewers: You Can’t Live a Day Without Me

Monday, April 13th, 2015
San Francisco Sewers: You Can’t Live a Day Without Me

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the City agency that brought national attention to your sewers using slogans like “No one deals with more crap than I do” and “Your #2 is my #1,” is now debuting a rap song!

“You Can’t Live a Day Without Me” is a rap video about the San Francisco sewers with cameos by ex-49ers great Ronnie Lott and former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr.

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Boston, MA: Tidal Flows and Waste Systems

Monday, December 29th, 2014
Boston, MA: Tidal Flows and Waste Systems

With the separation of Boston’s antiquated Combined Sewage system, the city has paved the way for direct recreation and experience of its greatest asset, Boston harbor. This video proposes a series of elevated and sunken land forms to register the tidal current through the stratified ecologies of the intertidal zone. Within the center of a sloped approach, bowl-like landforms trap the retreating water to create artificial tide pools.

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Rising Waters, Rising Threat: How Climate Change Endangers America’s Neglected Wastewater Infrastructure

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
The frequency of extreme precipitation events in the United States is increasing

CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS
As climate change strains aging sewer systems around the country through increasingly severe weather and sea-level rise, the resilience of wastewater infrastructure is becoming a critical public and environmental health issue for communities and municipal and state governments.

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Reno, NV: Stenciling Storm Drains to Reduce Pollution

Monday, October 13th, 2014
Reno, NV: Stenciling Storm Drains to Reduce Pollution

This video is about Stormwater awareness and management.

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Video: Flood Resilience Guide

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Video: Flood Resilience Guide

Drinking water and wastewater utilities are vulnerable to damage and service disruptions from flooding. This overview video helps small and medium utilities to become more resilient to flooding. Told from the perspective of a small drinking water utility, the video introduces a 4 step approach with easy-to-use worksheets with corresponding videos. The utility is provided with the tools to examine the threat of flooding, determine impacts to utility assets, identify cost-effective mitigation options, and plan to implement such options.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Jenny Hoffner, Senior Director and Co-Lead, Clean Water Supply Program, American Rivers

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
Jenny Hoffner, American Rivers

Jenny Hoffner is Senior Director and Co-Lead of American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program leading a national program to advance climate resilient, predictable, reliable clean water supply policies for communities and their rivers.

“Water is life. We take it for granted in our country but it’s absolutely essential that we pay attention to this most precious and finite of resources…And we have increased demands across the board on our finite water supplies.”

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