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Archive for the ‘Wastewater’ Category

Wasted: How to Fix America’s Sewers

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
Figure 1: U.S. Combined-Sewer Systems Serving Populations of 50,000 or More

MANHATTAN INSTITUTE
The biggest capital project, by far, in many American cities is one that few of their citizens even know about and that almost none has ever seen: the legally mandated retrofitting of “combined sewers,” sewers in which storm-water runoff and sanitary waste from buildings are channeled into the same pipes to reduce or eliminate overflows of untreated wastewater into local waterways.

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Philadelphia, PA: The Economic Impact of “Green City, Clean Waters”

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
TABLE ES.1 – GREEN CITY, CLEAN WATERS’ TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE BENEFITS

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS NETWORK
OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA
The purpose of this report is to articulate the local economic impact of Green City, Clean Waters (GCCW), an ambitious initiative of the Philadelphia Water Department that seeks to invest in green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) projects throughout the City of Philadelphia. GCCW fulfills federally established water quality requirements in ways that are simultaneously environmentally sustainable, positive for the local economy, and beneficial to neighborhoods throughout the City (see Table ES.1).

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Cleveland, OH: Clean Water & Green Infrastructure

Thursday, January 28th, 2016
Cleveland, OH: Clean Water & Green Infrastructure

In 2015, Sustainable Cleveland celebrated clean water to better connect people to their water resources to help restore, conserve and protect this valuable asset. This video is part of a larger video series that highlights different organizations, community leaders, and projects that are taking action to help clean our water. This video illustrates how NEORSD, Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga River Restoration, Holden Arboretum and Western Reserve Land Conservancy are all leading the way in green infrastructure. These examples show how green infrastructure can build community, beautify our neighborhoods, and clean our water.

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Report Card for Alabama’s Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
Report Card for Alabama

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE)
ALABAMA SECTION
The bad news is that Alabama’s infrastructure has some challenges that you should know about before it’s too late to keep these systems from breaking down. Infrastructure deteriorates every single day as it ages, just as our bodies do, and many of these critical systems are reaching the end of their useful life…The good news is there are solutions to all these challenges , and we can raise Alabama’s infrastructure grades. By learning more today about the conditions of the infrastructure you use every day, you too can help raise the grade.

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U.S. EPA: What is Water Worth to You?

Friday, December 11th, 2015
U.S. EPA: What is Water Worth to You?

Drinking water and wastewater utilities ensure that millions of Americans have clean and safe water.

The cost for these services compared to other household bills is significantly lower.

However, utilities face several threats from aging infrastructure, natural disasters and manmade events.

You can help your water utilities by becoming aware of the threats they face, being prepared in the event of
emergencies and supporting water system upgrades.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Radhika Fox, CEO, U.S. Water Alliance

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance

Radhika Fox is the CEO of the U.S. Water Alliance, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting people and policy for water sustainability. Radhika also serves as Director of the Value of Water Coalition, a collaboration of water agencies, business leaders, and national organizations dedicated to educating and inspiring people about how water is essential, invaluable, and needs investment.

“It takes, for example, 2900 gallons of water to make a single pair of blue jeans, or 880 gallons to make one gallon of milk. And so water is in everything that we eat, it’s in everything we wear, it’s in all of our devices. We need clean water in order to have all the goods and services that we have in our lives. So what we’re really doing through the Value of Water Coalition is making that argument to people that water is essential…”

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Nevada DOT: Introducing the Stormwater Division

Monday, November 16th, 2015
Nevada DOT: Introducing the Stormwater Division

The Nevada Department of Transportation has always had an Environmental Division, and with our continued commitment to keeping our waters clean, we now have a dedicated stormwater division.

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Washington, DC: Water Priorites

Thursday, October 29th, 2015
Washington, DC: Water Priorites

The Northeast is a water-rich region, and doesn’t face scarcity issues like other parts of the USA. Listen to Saul Kinter, Innovation Program Manager at DC Water, explain what is top of mind for DC Water – driving water quality, nutrient removal from local water ways, and reducing cost of service. And while many communities see infrastructure needs as a challenge, DC Water looks at it as an opportunity to replace aging structures with more efficient and better technology to last the next 100 years.

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Infra & the Humanities: The Aesthetics of Water Infrastructure

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
Infra & the Humanities: The Aesthetics of Water Infrastructure

Infrastructure is not just about connections between technological aspects of civilization, it is also about the lack of connections. For every link between buildings and cities via power lines, fiber optics, and water pipe, there is another fence, a wall, or a vault buried underneath the earth. Environmental art seeks to engage connections between people and landscapes, but it does not have a monopoly on these aesthetic relationships. And in fact, entities such as large public infrastructure authorities often have way more power to engage these connections, or to shut them off.

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San Francisco, CA: Green & Gray

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
San Francisco, CA: Green & Gray

Directed by by Mauricio Romero and Walden Smith. The wastewater division of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission prepares to change a decade old sewage system in San Francisco that will better prepare the city for the future and present climate changes. Part of the Summer 2015 Community Filmmaking Partnership.

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