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Archive for the ‘Water Treatment’ Category

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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Guest on The Infra Blog: Dan Pitera, Executive Director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Dan Pitera on The Infra Bog

Dan Pitera discusses his work with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center and the University of Detroit Mercy. Key topics include current projects underway in Detroit, strategies for effective citizen engagement, and the need to bring together disparate voices from the community for successful urban design.

“Digital engagement works, but it only works with a certain core group of people who have that technology access. Community meetings work, but they work with a certain group of people. It’s not about developing a tactic that is one-size-fits-all; it’s about developing tactics that connect.”

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Strategic Directions: Utility Automation and Integration

Friday, January 31st, 2014
FIGURE 4 THE STEPS TO SMART INTEGRATED INFRASTRUCTURE;  FIGURE 5 PLANS TO EXPAND SENSOR USAGE FOR FIELD DATA ANALYSIS DURING NEXT THREE YEARS

BLACK & VEATCH
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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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS: GEORGIA SECTION
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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Five Predictions for Federal Transportation Issues in 2014

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Transportation Issues Daily
As we, like Congress, begin our “recess,” we decided to offer some early predictions about 2014 federal transportation issues. It’s not an exhaustive list, and these may not be the most important five issues, but it’s a place to start.

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Fracking Explained: Opportunity or Danger

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Fracking is a controversial topic. On the one side the gas drilling companies, on the other citizen opposed to this drilling method. Politicians are also divided on the matter. We try to take a neutral look on fracking. It is relevant for all of us, because of high prices for energy and the danger for […]

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Water-Smart Power

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Water-Smart Power

UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS Executive Summary The heat waves and drought that hit the United States in 2011 and 2012 shined a harsh light on the vulnerability of the U.S. electricity sector to extreme weather. During the historic 2011 drought in Texas, power plant operators trucked in water from miles away to keep the plants […]

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Edwin Hill, International President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Friday, June 28th, 2013
 Guest on The Infra Blog: Edwin Hill, International President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Edwin D. Hill is President of the the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), an office he has held since 2001. As President of a union whose members work in all sectors of the economy, from utility companies to solar panel production plants, from building retrofitting to nuclear power facilities, Mr. Hill has a unique, […]

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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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Guest on The Infra Blog: Leo Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Leo Gerard

Leo W. Gerard is International President of the United Steelworkers, the dominant union in paper, forestry products, steel, aluminum, tire and rubber, glass, chemicals and petroleum. Under Gerard’s leadership, the 850,000-member USW has heightened its focus on reversing the alarming decline of U.S. manufacturing. He has worked to inject workers’ rights into trade agreements, investment […]

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