WE&T Magazine

WET_cover1_Sept14-90Water Environment & Technology (WE&T) is the premier magazine for the water quality field. WE&T provides information on what professionals demand: cutting-edge technologies, innovative solutions, operations and maintenance, regulatory and legislative impacts, and professional development.


September 2014, Vol. 26, No.9

The power of disruptive thinking

WEFTEC 2014 Keynote Speaker Luke Williams will help the water sector thrive in a disruptive age 


Each year, WEFTEC® offers up innovative speakers at its Opening General Session (OGS) to help attendees consider not only their roles in the water industry, but also their roles in the world at large. This year, Luke Williams, a bestselling author and professor at the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at New York University (New York), will deliver the OGS keynote address at WEFTEC 2014 in New Orleans on Monday, Sept. 29. During his presentation, Williams will “help water professionals learn how to thrive in an era of constant change by encouraging a new approach to innovation leadership that rejects conventional wisdom in favor of counterintuitive ideas and solutions that can more efficiently and sustainably address evolving, and often unpredictable, water management challenges.” 

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Featured Articles

Storm Prep

storm prep art Before, during, and after a natural disaster strikes, operations sites should have a plan in place to execute a comprehensive and flexible response to protect staff and critical assets. The growing consensus in the scientific community points to an escalation in the frequency and intensity of severe weather events due to climate change. News reports provide an almost daily reminder about the wide range of natural disasters that have the potential to affect communities. 


Six lessons in public outreach

social media art Have you ever felt like local citizens don’t understand your treatment facility? Have you ever thought that if the public knew how hard you and your crew worked, they would be a lot more appreciative of the advanced wastewater and water treatment processes in place that keep their lives flowing? 



WRRDA bill and WIFIA program signed into law by president


New funding option to provide dollars for water and wastewater infrastructure  

Water sector advocates who pushed for a new federal funding mechanism for water and wastewater infrastructure saw their goal come to fruition in June when President Barack Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) or H.R. 3080. The bill includes authorization for the creation of a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). 

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Controlling interest

Whether the goal is reducing nutrient concentrations or energy use or whether it’s some other process goal, accurate measurement coupled with operational knowhow makes all the difference. The October issue dives into these matters of precision, accuracy, reliability, and results.

For example, in the article, “Turning BNR lemons into lemonade,” Great Lakes and Midwest communities further develop and adapt nutrient-control strategies, leveraging fundamental mechanisms of biological nutrient removal to turn traditional cold- and wet-weather process constraints into operator-friendly and cost-effective designs.

Likewise, “Traditional techniques, exceptional results” examines reducing effluent total nitrogen (TN) to low levels using conventional strategies, such as enhanced nutrient removal and denitrification filters. These processes often can reliably remove TN to 3 mg/L on an annual average basis. Water resource recovery facilities should understand and recognize the conditions that facilitate meeting of low nutrient limits.

The article, “Once I was blind, but now I can see,” describes the advantages of a reliable and accurate solids meter for optimizing solids treatment. With the continuous measurements from this new tool, the facility’s centrifuges thicken solids to optimal percent solids, thereby reducing operating costs and minimizing operator involvement.

If measuring this type of process data is good, transmitting it to the people and places where the decisions are made is even better. The authors of the article on automated processes and monitoring, “Reliable remote control,” discuss how new developments in telemetry mean better service and data. Telemetry is a necessary part of wastewater facility operation. With the push to become more energy efficient, cut costs, and gather data for regulatory compliance and process control, many upgrades to treatment processes also require an upgrade in instrumentation, controls, and telemetry.

Obtaining, understanding, acting on good data makes the difference between a good water resource recovery facility and an exemplary one.


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