WE&T Magazine

WET_cover1_Dec10 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 2010, Vol. 22, No.12

WEFTEC® wrap-up

Host city New Orleans exemplifies issues faced by water professionals worldwide

New Orleans was a fitting backdrop for WEFTEC® 2010, which drew more than 17,500 water professionals to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Oct. 2–6. WEFTEC 2010 featured a high-caliber technical program including 112 sessions and 33 workshops, and a record-breaking 295,295-ft2 exhibition reflecting the full spectrum of water quality technologies. More than a just conference venue, New Orleans served as a microcosm of the far-reaching issues facing the water quality field — illustrating not only the vulnerability of water infrastructure and supply, but also the innovative solutions that can facilitate disaster recovery and restoration efforts.

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Featured Articles

Virginia teams dominate Operations Challenge 2010

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Terminal Velocity earned the top spot in Division 1. The team finished the competition more than 100 points ahead of its nearest competitor.
In Division 2, Team HRSD secured the win. The team placed in all five events of the competition.


Tapping into waste heat

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The False Creek Energy Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, was responsible for generating the heat and hot water for the Olympic Village at the 2010 Winter Games, as well as for the rest of the new Southeast False Creek community. What’s unique is that most of this energy was extracted from the wastewater flowing underneath the neighborhood’s streets.



Are 'green' farming practices driving algal blooms?

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Hazardous blue-green algae blooms and dead zones with no oxygen have returned to Lake Erie since the late 1990s. They were especially severe this summer, along with surging loads of dissolved phosphorus. New research hints that the main culprit could be an environmentally beneficial agricultural practice known as “no-till” farming, which was instituted to improve lake water quality.

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January 2011

Running a cost-efficient utility
With ever-tight budgets, utilities are looking for low- or no-cost improvements they can make within their plants. This issue highlights some examples of how utilities can get the most from their investment in emergency preparedness tools, electronic logbooks, and hydraulic modeling.

Maximizing membrane performance
As membrane bioreactors (MBRs) have become more widespread, equipment costs have dropped to become competitive with conventional systems. But the energy requirements of MBRs still typically exceed conventional treatment by a factor of 1.5 to 3.
Find out the operational and design measures to include when creating an energy-conscious MBR system as well as how careful planning and operation can help utilities avoid a less-studied fouling phenomenon called localized dewatering.

State of the industry
WE&T’s annual state of the industry includes perspectives on the economy, pending legislative and regulatory matters, sustainability, and technology related to the water quality industry.

  • Read how utilities are managing dwindling federal dollars and slow development and growth while still maintaining operational and sustainable treatment systems.
  • Find out what the legislative and regulatory landscape looks like for stormwater, nutrients, and biosolids management.
  • Learn how wastewater treatment plants are saving money by taking steps toward sustainability.
  • Stay up-to-date on new and emerging technologies that are helping utilities run more efficient operations.

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