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WET_cover1_August12_90.jpgWater 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.


August 2012, Vol. 24, No.8

WEFTEC 2012 primed for interaction, collaboration, progress

WEFTEC®, the largest annual water conference and exhibition in the world, is known for offering a blend of useful technical sessions and a packed exhibition. This year’s event — to be held Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 in New Orleans — is designed not to disappoint. Attendees will have 141 technical session and 24 workshops from which to choose. In the exhibition, more than 900 exhibitors will cover more than 27,000 m2 (290,000 ft2).

In addition, this year attendees will find more opportunities to interact, participate, and make connections. The word “innovation” will buzz throughout WEFTEC 2012.

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Featured Articles

Has it been 100 years already?

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Many people wonder why their cities have experienced so many X-year (fill in the blank for X) recurrence-interval storms recently. The public has a hard time believing authorities when they report the third 10-year recurrence-interval storm in 7 years. In fact, sometimes, the authorities don’t understand it themselves.

Do the statistics experts who develop precipitation frequency estimates really know what they are talking about? It turns out that, yes, they do.


Getting more out of the same old pipes

Feature 3 art.jpg The City of South Bend, Ind., is implementing a real-time control system to better use the city’s existing conveyance and treatment capacities. The city has automated nine of its combined sewer overflow (CSO) regulators. This change will enable the collection system to self-adapt to the inherent variability of rainfall.



A happy medium

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U.S. EPA releases integrated stormwater and wastewater framework to help municipalities manage regulatory obligations and financial constraints

Many municipalities are facing not only increasingly limited capital budgets but also stricter regulations for their wastewater and stormwater systems, leaving some with the dilemma of which project to implement first and how to do it cost-effectively.

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September 2012

Bright ideas

Some innovations begin with exhaustive methodical research; others spring from a coincidence or happy accident. Regardless of the origins, creating entirely new processes and improvements on classics is essential to address such challenges as tightening nutrient limits, rising energy costs, and increasing flows.

Find out how a Pennsylvania utility discovered a design change that not only helps it handle high stormwater flows, but also enables nitrification even during extremely cold months.

Also, read about a New York City treatment plant that is testing anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox). In this pilot-scale study, researchers are testing the capabilities and limits of this process to treat the high-strength centrate that comes from dewatering anaerobically digested solids.


All benches need marks 

Improving performance begins with measuring performance. Whether the activity is process controls and budgeting, mentoring new staff, or a competition, knowing where you started is critical to determining how far you’ve come.

Discover how utility managers and operators can identify strengths and weaknesses at their wastewater treatment plants by understanding and using data and ratios. This feature explains how, by relying on facts and figures instead of the feeling that things are going well, plant personnel can rest assured — and prove — that their work is good today and getting better.

With the starting line marked, then comes a plan to reach the next level. See how a California utility created a staff-initiated mentoring program to pair senior engineers with new hires to ease such issues as a complex work environment, knowledge transfer, and professional development.

The final step is demonstrating progress. Get a preview of this year’s Operations Challenge competition and other WEFTEC happenings, including what’s new with Operations Challenge events and how teams prepared by competing at local, regional, and international events.


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