Storm Water

Storm water is any water that originates from a storm or precipitation, whether it be rain, snow, sleet, hail, or ice. Storm water can also relate to snow or ice melt, or to flooding following torrential rain events. Storm water often percolates into the ground where it recharges groundwater aquifers. This water, prior to percolation or treatment, contains minerals, dirt, grit, grime, oil and other contaminants, so sewer systems aim to capture this water and through use of collections systems either treat it directly or distribute it to a local water way.

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Hurricane Ivan in part to blame for Pennsylvania residents sinking property
Hurricane Ivan in part to blame for Pennsylvania residents sinking property.
Oct 8 2018
Carnegie residents who live along a tributary of Chartiers Creek in Pittsburgh, Pa., said the stream’s tendency to swell with rainwater is taking a…
Oct 4 2018
As we continue to see the full impact of Hurricane Florence unfold, it is clear that the biggest threat to public safety associated with this storm…
Oct 4 2018
As more news comes out about the damage and turmoil caused by Hurricane Florence along the eastern U.S. coast, I am reminded of the devastation…
Decades of data have led officials to rainfall totals that define 100-year weather events.
Decades of data have led officials to rainfall totals that define 100-year weather events.
Oct 3 2018
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a study finding that in the Houston area, 100-year estimates increased from 13…
Contaminated runoff draining into coastal estuaries and the Atlantic Ocean.
Contaminated runoff draining into coastal estuaries and the Atlantic Ocean.
Sep 27 2018
A wastewater treatment plant is not working due to flooding from Hurricane Florence and untreated wastewater is now being discharged into a tributary…
Hurricane Florence causes more wastewater infrastructure.
Hurricane Florence causes more wastewater infrastructure.
Sep 21 2018
Across North Carolina, Hurricane Florence disposed approximately 8 trillion gal of rain, enough to fill more than 12 million Olympic swimming pools.…
Sep 10 2018
Greg Hall Jr. is used to riding out storms. He has done it many times in his 15 years as superintendent of the city of Conroe, Texas’ wastewater…
Sep 7 2018
Earlier this summer, I discovered and joined a handful of water and wastewater treatment operator groups on Facebook. I initially was skeptical that…
Hurricane Lane triggers wastewater discharges in Hawaii
Hurricane Lane triggers wastewater discharges in Hawaii
Aug 27 2018
Heavy rainfall caused by Hurricane Lane led to three wastewater discharges in Hilo, Hawaii, according to the Hawaii Tribune Herald. Discharges…
Wastewater spill in New York river
Wastewater spill in New York river
Aug 20 2018
The Binghamton, N.Y., wastewater treatment plant, joint-owned by the village of Johnson City, N.Y., discharged approximately 34,976,300 gal of…
California groups receive water projects funding
California groups receive water projects funding
Aug 13 2018
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. EPA announced grants to three California organizations, including Tejon Ranch…
Power outages cause wastewater to discharge into Connecticut River
Power outages cause wastewater to discharge into Connecticut River
Aug 6 2018
On Aug. 3, a power failure caused the Northampton Wastewater Treatment Plant in Northampton, Mass., to release discharge into the Connecticut River.…
Jul 31 2018
From July 21 to 25, 2018, Baltimore’s sewer system was inundated with record rainfall levels, causing a flow of approximately 45 million gal of…
Jun 20 2018
Following heavy rains this past week, residents of Southeast Texas, specifically the Houston area, now face the potential for further flash flooding…
World Oceans Day addresses plastic pollution
World Oceans Day addresses plastic pollution
Jun 8 2018
On June 8, World Oceans Day 2018 evoked a global response to the single-use plastic waste problem contaminating ocean waters. The annual day,…
May 1 2018
Managing sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) is an ongoing concern for many sewer utilities, and while most have established plans to deal with them when…
Jan 12 2018
First came wildfires, then torrential downpours, now rescue workers are scrambling to save those stranded amidst massive mudslides that have come as…
Jan 8 2018
Landfill leachate is a notoriously complex and highly contaminated effluent stream with a reputation for being one of the most challenging…
Jan 8 2018
Located in Tacoma, Wash., the Urban Accessories foundry was a small family-operated facility sitting on 1.7 acres. Despite its best efforts to reduce…
Nov 6 2017
The National Climate Assessment, mandated by the Global Change Research Act of 1990, was released Nov. 3. According to the assessment, the main cause…
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