The North American Great Lakes contain about one-fifth of the world’s surface fresh water. In May, new high water level records were set on Lakes Erie and Superior, and there has been widespread flooding across Lake Ontario for the second time in three years. These events coincide with persistent precipitation and severe flooding across much of central North America.
Slurries of mud increasingly threaten the water we drink. This rush of sediment, known as “debris flow”, is a type of erosion where mud and boulders in steep catchments suddenly tumble down the stream channel, often traveling at speeds of several meters per second. And they don’t just damage water supplies — they can cut roads, damage infrastructure, and even kill people.
The biggest obstacle to investing in natural infrastructure, such as wetlands and reefs, often is that experts have not figured out how to value the protection that these habitats provide in economic terms. But a new report, published by the U.S. Geological Survey’s Coastal Hazards Program, solves that problem for one of our planet’s most biodiverse ecosystems: coral reefs.
Though the elephant in the room (Texas v. New Mexico court case) loomed large, hundreds of water researchers and experts who converged for the second annual Two Nations One Water summit in Las Cruces, NM, quickly went to work to explore water strategies for managing shared water resources amidst drought, climate uncertainties, and population growth.
Combined and sanitary sewer overflows are natural hazards for wastewater collection systems. Without a comprehensive solution to monitor troublesome conditions, overflows can be triggered with little warning and lead to expensive and embarrassing situations. Fortunately, versatile analytical systems that capitalize on existing wastewater collection infrastructure hold promise for avoiding such negative impacts.
With aging infrastructure averaging more than 240,000 water main breaks per year across the U.S., viewing repair fittings as commodity products can backfire if the performance of those fittings cannot outlast the remaining life expectancy of the pipeline. Choosing repair fittings on price alone without regard for performance characteristics can lead to premature failure. Here are some tips to avoid such a calamity.
It’s every water distribution manager’s worst nightmare — the dreaded boil-water advisory. Even when faced with aging infrastructure, there are ways to alleviate timing and complexity concerns about emergency pipeline repairs in advance. Use this seven-step checklist to become better prepared to deal with water main break emergencies and to forestall the need to issue a boil-water advisory.
The good news about extending water service connections is that they represent new revenue opportunities. The bad news is that they can be costly and disruptive in terms of having to shut down the system and open it up. Before planning new service connections or extensions, compare how the following characteristics of hot-tapping with fabricated tapping sleeves can save both time and money in the long run.
Water industry managers are caught in a squeeze. On one hand, they need to capture institutional knowledge from long-term baby boomer employees before they retire. At the same time, they need to manage current operations optimally and attract and train next-generation replacements. Here is how advanced analytics solutions are making it easier to achieve all those goals while improving business outcomes.
Efficiently managing potable water treatment and distribution or wastewater collection and treatment involves many moving components, not the least of which are cost implications. If only there was a way to quantify and analyze those factors to leverage them for better decision-making. There are, and they reach far beyond tactical treatment plant adjustments, all the way up to strategic decisions as well.
A recent NOAA-led study found the speed of movement of tropical cyclones, including hurricanes, has been slowing in recent decades, with more storms lumbering slowly over land and potentially causing more flooding.
Many businesses may be confused where to start when it comes to looking at the carbon they are producing. With recent YouGov research revealing that 61% of C-suite executives have not set out a target to reduce their carbon emissions, Veolia, the UK’s leading environmental solutions provider, has launched a new web based platform for the UK that can evaluate the complete carbon and water use of business activities.
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will receive $9.25M toward funding for research into atmospheric rivers in the California Legislature’s 2019-2020 budget.
Even as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues dedicated efforts to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover from 2017 Hurricanes Irma and Maria, EPA is keenly aware of and sensitive to community needs.
Last year Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach in the panhandle of Florida. In the aftermath of the hurricane's shocking impact, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared the city "wiped out." In the months following the disaster, city officials wrestled with passing new land regulations to prepare the city for future hurricane strikes.
Following a tragic accident in a Baltimore wastewater treatment facility, a local Department of Public Works (DPW) employee has been found dead.
The International Water Association (IWA) and global water technology company, Xylem recently released a comprehensive white paper titled: “Digital Water: Industry Leaders Chart the Transformation Journey.”
PennFuture applauds Governor Tom Wolf and legislators in the General Assembly for introducing the ambitious “Restore Pennsylvania” plan.
In a sign of just how critical the digital grid has become, the City of Baltimore is currently being held hostage by cybercriminals following a data breach. Baltimore has been combating the cyberattack for weeks and, among the trove of disruptions it has caused, there has been a direct impact on residents’ water bills and related data.
FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Oklahoma to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding beginning on May 7, 2019, and continuing.