Oct 03, 2016

October 2016

The need to attract, engage and develop the capacity of water professionals cannot be emphasized enough. This was a recent theme of a session that took place as part of UNESCO-IHE’s attendance at the World Water Week in Stockholm last summer. UNESCO-IHE…
In my August column, I wrote about the free pipe offer that JM Eagle made to the city of Flint, Mich., to help solve its infrastructure issues. As of this issue, the city continues to replace lead service lines, but still is debating the merits of free…
In November 2015, a new storm water drainage system was completed in Jackson, Miss., for the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN). The airport has two runways and encompasses some 3,300 acres. It services approximately 20 commercial…
The town of Elburn, Ill., (population: 5,700) is notable for being the last stop on the Union Pacific West line of northeast Illinois’ commuter rail system, Metra. Ask Wikipedia about Elburn and you will find little but a mention of a cornfield-dominated…
Picture this: Your brand new desalinization plant takes up to four hours to start, and that is if the one operator who has a piecemeal understanding of the controls is available. The following is a true story: Over the course of two weeks, a newly hired…
Sanitary sewer collection systems are expected to operate in perpetuity. The systems are in a constant state of renewal as various components reach their life expectancy at different times. In addition, some collection system components can decay faster…
In wastewater treatment, aeration is the process used to dissolve air into water. It enables growth of aerobic bacteria on key pollutants such as biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) and ammonia during treatment. Yet, there are limits to aeration. The air we…
Ada Township, Mich., can trace its roots back to 1821, when fur trader Rix Robinson built its first trading post. It is interesting to speculate what Robinson—undoubtedly a resourceful man—would have made of a problem Ada Township recently experienced…
Radar leveling, reagent-free liquid analysis, ultrasonic control, wireless measurement devices, advanced predictive diagnostics, SCADA control systems—why are technologies like these mentioned in the same breath as the cost-sensitive municipal water…
It was the height of the “Roaring 20s” in Chicago. Prohibition was in full swing. On his way to becoming the leader of an infamous criminal empire, gangster Al Capone purchased a home on the city’s South Side. Seven miles away, a firehouse was built at…
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