WE&T Magazine

WET_Cover_Feb13_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.


February 2013, Vol. 25, No.2

Featured Articles

Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center

LA ELC art Recognizing the need to educate children and adults about sustainable water and solid resources management as a catalyst to change behavior, the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works’ bureaus of Sanitation and Engineering developed the Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center (ELC). It is ELC’s vision to become the leading center for environmental learning, inspiring future generations to protect public health and the environment through sustainable practices.


What to do when the bubble has burst


In 2010, the Cobb County (Ga.) Water System (CCWS) lost 8% of its work force, representing 38% of total employee tenure. Responding to both local and national impacts, CCWS developed several countermeasures that were varied but interconnected.  



The rebirth of water technology R&D



Push for collaboration, knowledge-sharing gives U.S. water industry innovation a kick-start 

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Coming in the next issue:

How fine of a filter?

Different activities and effluent uses require different degrees of filtration. For example, reusing wastewater at a paper mill requires special considerations because of the high quality of water needed for paper production. Read about a pilot-study on using membrane bioreactor and reverse osmosis technologies to increase the mill’s production capacity and reduce its discharge fees. 

Treating brackish wastewater from coalbed methane extraction for discharge requires careful attention. Find out how one coalbed methane facility is treating 35,000 barrels of water per day, using an efficient combination of advanced treatment technologies that consist of filtration, ion exchange, and reverse osmosis. These processes remove coal fines, iron, and dissolved salts from wastewater, with an overall water recovery of more than 99%. 

And when it comes to municipal wastewater treatment, meeting effluent requirements sometimes requires filtration. After 20 years of operating dual media filters with increasing operations and maintenance needs, a San Francisco utility sought the best configuration for the media to decrease the backwash reject water ratio, attain reliable compliance with discharge requirements, and increase filtration time.   

Also in this issue  

  • Proactive sewer planning in Colombia. Collection system managers plan and prioritize cleaning and inspection of the sewers in the South American country’s second-largest city.  
  • One solution fits all. The City of Los Angeles steers toward a community-based approach in designing an operations data management system.  
  • Shovel ready? If you don’t sell your tunneling project to the public during planning, there’s no need to dig deeper.