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Fast track to quench thirst in Midland, Texas
Jan. 22, 2013, a front-page story in the Dallas
Morning News led with the sentence, “The state is running out of water.”
Such terms as “drought” and “dust bowl” have peppered the news in Texas for
some time now, and water-wise communities in the state already have sprung into
all goes as expected, work to alleviate critical water shortages in Midland,
Texas, caused by severe drought will be wrapping up as you read this article — only
12 months after the launch of a special-delivery groundwater-well-field and
conveyance system project to deliver water quickly to a relatively dry city
plagued by unusually severe drought.
Sacramento, Calif.’s ‘pipe dream’ = data accuracy and big savings
the past 10 years, the Sacramento (Calif.) Area Sewer District (SASD)
continually has fine-tuned its comprehensive in-house flow-monitoring program
and procedures while striving to enhance its knowledge of the wastewater
collection system. The flow-monitoring program provides SASD’s Hydraulic
Modeling group with the data needed to calibrate its dynamic sewer model.
Vying for water security
for securing sustainable supply
Amid intensifying regional droughts, higher population forecasts, and rising concerns associated with climate change and dry future conditions, governments and municipalities are hurrying to establish long-term water security for growing communities and populations. They are locking in water rights, initiating sustainable water-saving solutions, and building alternative water supply projects that make use of available sources. Additionally, market-based strategies and incentive mechanisms for protecting water resources offer additional tools for preserving water quality and managing water supplies.
Coming in the next issue:
Shouting at the rain
Shouting at the rain
his poem “The Rainy Day,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow writes, “Into each life
some rain must fall.” The poem describes a bleak and dreary wind-whipped,
rain-lashed day. And, at the time, Longfellow didn’t even have to consider who
has responsibility for that water.
though the rain might fall freely from the skies, the municipalities,
utilities, and organizations looking to harvest this resource as a water source,
need to know the facts. It’s essential to understand the water rights
precedents and allocation practices that establish legal constraints and may
limit the ability of property owners to harvest the rainwater that falls on
responsibility and measurement go hand in hand, after establishing who, the
next question becomes how much. Accurately measuring rainfall is critical for
the successful design, evaluation, and operation of sewer systems. Learn what
kinds of equipment are available, where to site them for the best results, and
how to maintain them to ensure proper data.
Also in this issue:
Up a creek with a paddle. A
utility develops waterbody assessment protocols for non-wadeable creeks
and streams for total maximum daily load purposes.
One-way data. Detroit
investigates replacing software-based firewalls with a hardware-based data
Measuring TMDLs from orbit.
Researchers test an out-of-this-world tool to measure the effectiveness of
phosphorus reduction efforts.