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Archive for the ‘Wastewater’ Category

The Scoop on Stormwater

Friday, July 21st, 2017
The Scoop on Stormwater

Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. When rain falls on our roofs, streets, and parking lots in cities and their suburbs, the water cannot soak into the ground as it should. Stormwater drains through gutters, storm sewers, and other engineered collection systems and is discharged into nearby water bodies. The stormwater runoff carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants from the urban landscape. Higher flows resulting from heavy rains also can cause erosion and flooding in urban streams, damaging habitat, property, and infrastructure.

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Good Question: Why Are My Water Rates Going Up?

Thursday, July 6th, 2017
Good Question: Why Are My Water Rates Going Up?

Ever wonder why your water rates are going up, even though you’re using less? Good question! And one we’d love to answer.

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ACEC Engineering Excellence 2017: Newtown Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrade in Brooklyn, NY

Monday, July 3rd, 2017
Michael Baker Int’l; CB&I; Gannett Fleming (Joint Venture), Newtown Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrade

Innovative upgrades helped double this waste water plant’s wet-weather processing capacity to 720 million gallons per day, while increasing sediment and grit removal to 92 percent and reducing odor. To reduce discharges into the East River, the project team utilized advanced 4D modeling technology to deliver four new treatment components— totaling $1.3 billion—and inspected the interiors of eight, 140-foot-high egg-shaped anaerobic digesters that sit atop the plant. They also implemented a biogas program that is expected to heat nearly 5,200 homes and reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 90,000 metric tons by the end of this year.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Adam Krantz, CEO, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

Thursday, June 29th, 2017
Adam Krantz on The Infra Blog

“We just held a rally here in DC with all of the organizations within the water sector to get that point to legislators, to bring it to senators and members of the House…They heard that message, it resonated, it resounded, but until it really does start to come from the people, and it becomes a citizen-based question and a ratepayer-based issue, we’re not going to see that traction develop…The question becomes: how many Sandys, Katrinas, Flints, Toledos does it take for the federal government to ultimately realize this isn’t a local issue and it’s not a one-off issue? Preserving these water and wastewater systems is a vital, national need.”

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An Equitable Water Future: A National Briefing Paper

Friday, June 9th, 2017
AN EQUITABLE WATER FUTURE

This national briefing paper examines the interconnections between water management and vulnerable communities in the United States. Too often, when we think of vulnerable communities that struggle with water-related challenges, we think of places like sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and other developing regions. The overall high quality of water systems in America—one of our most monumental achievements as a nation—obscures the fact that water challenges are a daily reality for some communities.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Anthony B. Bouchard, PE, North America Unit President, CDM Smith

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

“We’re seeing, over the course of my career, the last 30-plus years, a significant improvement in the public’s understanding of the state of our infrastructure. Does it accelerate that understanding when we have some significant, real and perceived, failures of systems? I think it does. It’s unfortunate that that has to occur to help educate, but when that does happen we’re offered a unique opportunity to expand on the work that’s done…My opinion is continued education and communication on the importance and value of infrastructure is critically important, and we can do that by engaging more people in the infrastructure discussion.”

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First Recipients of the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program

Friday, May 19th, 2017
First Recipients of the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program

DC Water and the Water Environment Federation congratulate the recipients of the first certifications under the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP). The certification is designed to meet international best practice standards while supporting community-based job creation and establishing national standards for work on green infrastructure projects. For more information, please visit www.ngicp.org.

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Harvesting the Value of Water: Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Real Estate

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
The courtyard of ECO Modern Flats in Fayetteville, Arkansas, prominently features green infrastructure, including a bioswale that filters runoff from parking areas. (Timothy Hursley)

Water abundance and scarcity are topics of increasing importance in cities across America. With growing concern about flooding, weather-induced overflows from sewer systems, and extreme storms, communities are seeking strategies to better manage stormwater runoff, improve local water quality, and decrease pressure on overloaded sewer systems. At the same time, water is increasingly recognized as a community resource, one that can be harnessed to make cities more sustainable and livable.

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Threats on Tap: Widespread Violations Highlight Need for Investment in Water Infrastructure and Protections

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
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This report expands our analysis beyond lead to examine all drinking water contaminants regulated under the SDWA. Much as Flint is not the only water system with lead problems, we have found that Lead and Copper Rule problems are far from the only widespread violations of drinking water rules. Our research shows that in 2015 alone, nearly 77 million people were served by more than 18,000 community water systems that violated at least one SDWA rule, and there were more than 80,000 violations of SDWA rules that year. These violations included exceeding health-based standards, failing to properly test water for contaminants, and failing to report contamination to state authorities or the public.

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Will the nation’s water infrastructure needs be overlooked again?

Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Gross Reservoir in Boulder County, Colorado. The reservoir is owned by Denver Water. Photo by Jeffrey Beall

Industry experts and government officials fear that when President Donald Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure plan is finally “laid out,” water infrastructure projects could largely be “left out.”…The president has already given preliminary indications that water projects are not likely to be ranked at the top of his priority list. That is more than unfortunate. Water resources are critical aspects of sustainability for the nation.

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