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Archive for the ‘Wastewater’ Category

Clean Water Strong Communities

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Clean Water Strong Communities

Water utilities are investing millions, even billions, to clean up our water. Yet our water infrastructure is essentially invisible and its value often goes unnoticed by consumers and ratepayers. Community benefit strategies and green infrastructure help water utilities translate the value of their work and in the process they make our communities stronger.

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Providence, RI: Storm Water Management Through Green Infrastructure

Friday, March 21st, 2014
Providence, RI: Storm Water Management Through Green Infrastructure

Currently the City of Providence is unable to manage all of the rain it receives. Every year, stormwater carries an unhealthy amount of pollution into our waterways and causes flooding in our streets and basements. Much of Providence’s system of storm drains, catch basins and underground pipes hails back to the 19th century, when the city had far fewer buildings and much less pavement. Today, Providence has developed into a thriving city with around 180,000 inhabitants. As the city continues to grow, we need to search for new solutions that allow us to manage our stormwater while protecting our communities and environment.

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East Hartford, CT: Brownfields Riverfront Revitalization

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
East Hartford, CT: Brownfields Riverfront Revitalization

Goodwin College used EPA Brownfields funding from several sources to address and clean up the contaminated Connecticut River sites. It is now a vibrant campus that also allows the entire community access to the Connecticut River.

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Perceptions of Water Use

Monday, March 10th, 2014
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Most Americans assume that water supply is both reliable and plentiful. However, research has shown that with climate change, water supply will become more variable due to salinization of ground water and increased variability in precipitation. Some have argued that rather than focusing on increasing freshwater supply alone, we need also to reduce water demand. Demand-side policy responses to future freshwater variability will benefit from a deeper understanding of public perceptions of water use, which is the focus of this study.

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Strategic Directions: Utility Automation and Integration

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Since the rollout of the first smart grid programs, there has been a realization that automation and “smart” programs benefit all types of utilities and infrastructure systems. Gas and water smart grids, for example, will result in more efficient storage, improved distribution, reductions in system losses and expanded customer engagement.

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2014 Georgia Infrastructure Report Card

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
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With new grades for the first time since 2009, Georgia’s infrastructure has shown very little improvement and once again received a cumulative grade of C. The Georgia Section of ASCE assessed the same 12 categories as 2009: aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, parks and recreation, ports, rail, roads, school facilities, solid waste, stormwater, transit and wastewater. Recognizing the importance of transportation to Georgians, we added two new categories in 2014: ports and rail. As indicated by the grade, much work remains to be done, though there are some bright spots.

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Repair Minnesota: Creating Good Jobs While Preparing Our Infrastructure for Climate Change

Friday, December 13th, 2013
Repair Minnesota

Minnesota’s infrastructure systems are in urgent need of significant repair. Our state’s roads and bridges, water, waste water, transit, energy, and communication systems need increased investment to become efficient, safe, and productive for Minnesotans. Repairing Minnesota will create good jobs, make our systems more efficient and less polluting, and safeguard communities from the impact of climate change, like severe weather such as floods and droughts.

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San Francisco: Wastewater Treatment Plant Tours

Monday, October 14th, 2013
San Francisco: Wastewater Treatment Plant Tours

Last month we celebrated with our first ever birthday group! Come find out why our tours have been so popular! It’s a great chance to come with a group of friends and learn exactly how the “City UNDER the City” works. Do you care about what happens to your waste water after you see it go down the drain? Does it matter to you, that we are finding the best ways to recycle water and recover renewable energy in the process? Taking poop, and turning it into power?! Come find out how we do it!
-SFPUCcommunications on YouTube

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Stormwater Harvesting

Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Stormwater Harvesting Using Retention and In-Line Pipes for Treatment

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT ACADEMY Introduction 1.1 Background Harvesting (reuse) of stormwater is a stormwater management option. In addition, it may be an economic alternative to providing a non-potable source of water. It is also used to meet stormwater discharge pollution limits because in a wet detention pond, stormwater may not achieve sufficient removal of some pollutants […]

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2013 Strategic Directions in the U.S. Water Industry

Friday, June 14th, 2013
2013 Strategic Directions in the U.S. Water Industry

BLACK & VEATCH Introduction Welcome to the 2013 Strategic Directions in the U.S. Water Industry Report. For the second consecutive year, Black & Veatch has worked to capture the industry’s viewpoint concerning ongoing issues through our industry-wide survey. In addition to graphical interpretation of survey results, our full report provides expert analysis, recommendations and actionable […]

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