WE&T Magazine

WET_cover1_Dec11_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 2011, Vol. 23, No.12

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Every year, WEFTEC® brings together operators, utility managers, consultants, academics, manufacturers, and everyone else associated with water quality from all over the world. A total of 16,961 attendees participated in this year’s conference, which was held Oct. 15–19 in Los Angeles and featured 114 technical sessions and 27 workshops, 923 companies showcasing technical solutions in 284,150 ft2 of exhibit space, and the 24th annual Operations Challenge competition. Read more

Featured Articles

Are you burning nonhazardous waste?

MACT art Owners of wastewater solids incineration facilities face stricter air emissions limits and may have to upgrade or reconsider incineration as they feel the impact of the new MACT emission limits.


2011 Operations Challenge

OpsChall Art2.jpg Virginia’s Terminal Velocity repeats as Division 1 champs and New England’s Seacoast Sewer Snakes take first in Division 2.



Worth the headache?

News art Many POTWs interested in treating natural-gas drilling wastewater are stuck in limbo because of evolving regulations and the tangled politics of hydraulic fracturing  Read more

Coming in the next issue:

January 2012

Disaster recovery 

Most utilities have standard operating procedures in place to handle day-to-day activities as well as emergency procedures to provide instructions during crises. But unfortunately, sometimes unforeseeable disasters strike and require utilities to move swiftly and implement improvised fixes until more complete service can be restored.

In Nashville, a major regional flood hit a biosolids processing facility that was built 0.6 m (2 ft) above the 100-year flood plain. The facility was left beneath more than 1 m (3 ft) of water, without power, and severely damaged. Read about how the utility and its partners developed a triage plan to initiate recovery, salvage equipment, and get the facility back in operation.

The January issue also includes a report about how an entire region’s wastewater utilities rebounded from a frightfully large disaster: the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan. These disasters caused an estimated $28.3 billion in damages to wastewater treatment facilities, and the damage to sewer pipelines has not been fully assessed yet because of the huge area affected.


Also in this issue: 

  • 2012 State of the Industry. This annual special section provides an outlook on the year to come for the water and wastewater sector.
  • Membrane innovations. Extending the life of microfiltration and reverse-osmosis membranes; plus, testing submerged membrane electro-bioreactors.
  • Succession planning. “Onboarding” programs can dramatically improve employee morale, performance, and retention.


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