WE&T Magazine

WET_cover1_December13_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.


December 2013, Vol. 25, No.12

WEFTEC® 2013 set new records of all types. The 86th annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference boasted a record number of 22,589 registrants and 971 companies exhibiting. In addition to sheer size, WEFTEC also included messages from such high-profile speakers as Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Advocate for Water Stewardship Robert Kennedy Jr.        Read more

Featured Articles

Echo Park Lake revival

Echo Park art Fans of Echo Park Lake have cause to celebrate. The Los Angeles landmark reopened in June following a multiyear rehabilitation focused on improving water quality. The renovation also preserves the lake’s heritage as a venue for recreational activities and community events, such as the Lotus Festival at Echo Park. And it ensures that the site remains a thriving refuge for wildlife in an urban setting.


Operations Challenge 2013

operations challenge art Spectators gathered five rows deep to watch Operations Challenge 2013 teams compete. The crowd seemed to hold its collective breath as each Division 1 team took its mark. Team members sprang into action, moving from one task to the next with seamless transitions that seemed second-nature. 



Finding balance

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Wastewater utilities weigh revenue generation versus the technology costs that come with accepting waste from niche industries 

According to an Aug. 20 press release by the Fulton County (N.Y.) Center for Regional Growth, dairy manufacturing has become a “Tier 1” industry for upstate New York. “It all began in centrally-located Fulton County, where international yogurt maker FAGE and nearby Chobani together have created more than 1650 jobs and helped to make New York the number one yogurt manufacturing state in the country,” according to the release.  

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Coming in the next issue:

No black boxes

At first flush, water resource recovery seems quite concrete — sometimes literally when it comes to collection systems — but much of sanitation and protecting water quality requires translating the abstract and fluid into straightforward concepts and practices that can be applied. 

Understanding how a treatment process or piece of equipment accomplishes its intended purpose is essential information. This knowledge enables refinement and advancement. 

Various types of assessments and inspections can lend insight to water professionals. For example, collecting and centralizing energy-use and asset-management data can help facility managers and operators understand each process as well as their interconnectedness. Practical gains by applying this knowledge include simplified energy management, lower energy consumption, and even greater energy production. 

On a watershed basis, understanding how technological and green answers interact can create more economical and effective solutions. In Oregon, for example, Clean Water Services (Hillsboro, Ore.), investigated the value of an integrated permitting system to meet a thermal total maximum daily load for the Tualatin River basin. The trading program not only saved money but also provided many ancillary benefits.  

In all cases, choosing the best tools and information paves the path to efficiency.  


State of the Industry report  

The January issue also features WE&T’s annual examination of what’s new and emerging. While not as applied as inspections and instrumentation, foresight of what’s next can help utilities be on-guard. Topics include the following: 


  • Public–private partnerships as a growing method of infrastructure financing,   
  • Splitting wastewater flows at the source to optimize treatment,   
  • Exploring reasons why more reclaimed water isn’t reused, and     
  • Could salt be the next challenge looming on the horizon?