WE&T Magazine

Nov 09 Cover 90 pixWater 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.


November 2009, Vol. 21, No.11

Featured Articles

The Right Pipe at the Right Time

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Before the decision is made to rehabilitate any pipe in a buried water distribution or wastewater collection system, it is necessary to determine the current condition of the pipe. Rehabilitation includes repair, relining, replacement, and other methods to restore and extend the service life of the pipe. The key to successful rehabilitation is proper evaluation of the data from the condition assessment performed on the pipeline.


Thinking Inside the Box

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When cold winters led to problems with chemical lines freezing, a New England wastewater treatment plant knew the answer was to bring the feed systems inside. The challenge was how to do that on a tight budget.

An “in-the-box” solution making use of a used shipping container proved to be the answer.



Researchers Study Wastewater To Map Drug Use in Oregon


Influent samples reveal levels of three illicit drugs and their distribution throughout the state

Using influent samples from nearly 100 municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), a team of researchers recently mapped the usage of three illegal drugs throughout Oregon. Although it requires further refinement, the process one day could be used to collect data on drug use cost-effectively, data that could help local communities improve efforts to treat drug addiction.

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Dec. 09 Cover

December 2009

TRA CReWSers Maintain Operations Challenge Title

The Trinity River Authority CReWSers from the Water Environment Association of Texas earned their fourth Division 1 win in 5 years at Operations Challenge.09 in Orlando, Fla. In addition to taking home the title, the CReWSers also earned trophies in the four of the five events.

The Windy City Wizards from the Illinois Water Environment Association took home the Division 2 title. This year marked only the third time the Wizards have competed at the national event.






Also in the December issue...

  • Do Your Homework: There are many factors to consider when establishing a successful heat-dried biosolids program
  • Good for a Rainy Day: Changes in primary clarifier design and chemical dosing strategy optimize performance
  • Fueling the Future: California utility reaps success with fuel cells
  • Biosolids by the Book: The advantages of a land application certification program
  • Future Strides: Developing a roadmap to the wastewater treatment plant of tomorrow