Water 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.
If the Grid Goes Down
For years, the risk of power outages at wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and pumping stations was associated with tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms, or other natural disasters. Because such events generally are localized, most treatment facilities could rely on two separate independent power sources to ensure sufficient electrical reliability during an emergency. However, this may not be the case today.
Reducing the Risks
In the event of a terrorist attack involving chemical, biological, or radiological (CBR) substances, some amount of those substances could enter a nearby collection system and travel to a treatment facility. Therefore, wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) staff should plan for such a possibility and coordinate in advance with emergency personnel.
Living on the Edge
As coastal development continues to surge, how will we address water quality impacts?
Development in U.S. coastal areas is surging. Half of the population, approximately 110 million people, lives on the water-rimmed edge, which comprises 17% of total U.S. land area. Continued growth on coastal lands poses major challenges for protecting and managing the health of U.S. coastal water quality and important coastal resources.
Coming in the next issue:
Leading by Example. When a Kentucky sanitary district began planning an expansion, it decided to showcase its stormwater best management practices.
Weathering the Regulation Deluge. When regulations rain, they pour. Lesser-known software can help ease the rule burden for utilities.
Need More Input. Automating with wireless SCADA helped a Texas public works department better manage its 14 primary water and wastewater facilities.
Lost in the FOG? Know the questions to ask before agreeing to accept loads of hauled grease.
Delegating Degreasing. Lacking the staff and funding to force restaurants to comply with FOG regulation, a Florida utility developed a program to empower grease haulers to help them.
Cleaning House. An aggressive line cleaning, maintenance, and inspection program reduced sanitary sewer overflows 72% in 5 years.
Robots to the Rescue. Robots can be built to withstand hazardous conditions and go places no person ever could.