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War of the Waters

A street sign welcoming visitors to Montpelier, Ohio, identifies the quaint village as the birthplace of polar explorer Paul Siple and home to the world’s best-tasting municipal drinking water. Best-tasting water? Huh? We’re not talking fine wine here, but run-of-the-mill treated municipal water.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Nutrient Discharge Rules Make Reuse Attractive

Two cities that have been reusing water for more than five years are expanding their programs to serve additional customers and meet new nutrient discharge restrictions, exemplifying a national trend toward water reclamation.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Communal Enterprise

Situated in one of the world’s most arid regions, Israel has been overcoming water shortages and desertification since its inception in 1948. Its diverse topography, which includes plains, mountains, deserts, and coastlines, makes for many water challenges. A small country at 8,019 square miles (about the size of New Jersey), Israel sustains a population of 6.35 million people.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Private Funding Is Finding Its Way to Water

While some finance and investment companies are trying to let municipalities know they have options outside of the government to fund water and wastewater projects, at least one governing body is hoping to get information on private financing.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

The Science of Smell

Olfaction, the science of smell, is one of the least understood of the five senses, which makes odor management a major challenge. Odor perception is subjective and varies widely among individuals. However, odor complaints are routinely received by regulators and government bodies around the United States and internationally.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Detection, Metering, and Audits

“A lot of people think non-revenue water reduction is all about the leakage, but it isn’t,” says Leanne Scott, senior project engineer at Metro Water Services (MWS) in Nashville, Tenn. “Meter accuracy at large plants also plays a very important role in the recovery of non-revenue water, as does testing of other large meters in the system."

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Patently Good Business

The first patent was issued in 1421, to an Italian architect for invention of a specialized boat to transport construction materials to building sites. In issuing it, the city-state of Florence recognized that inventors needed protection from those who would use their inventions without paying fair compensation. The document even spelled out consequences for illegal duplication: the copycat boat was to be publicly burned!

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Don't Waste Your Waste

Now that you know the benefits of recycling industrial solid waste after reading the cover story “Renewable Refuse” in our magazine’s May 2007 issue, where do you start? Who should be involved? How do you implement recycling? So many questions… here are a few suggestions on how to effectively implement pollution prevention (P2) in your operations. Start now, make a plan, and make a difference.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.



Time to Chill Out

I am a child of the ‘70s, and just like the folks who came of age in the ‘60s, who were warned of global disaster from "too many people," I was told that the next ice age was just around the corner. This climate disaster would bring worldwide famine and, with it, the collapse of social order, or at least deconstruction of the status quo.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

EPA holds the thin green line to protect the public

What Does Enforcement Mean to You?

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Simplicity is in the Eye of the User

While the demand for automation is on the rise, facility managers interested in simplifying their operations should ensure that such a system actually will make work easier.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Thompson Pump Makes History by Helping

A major supplier to the water and wastewater industry does not often get a chance to become a part of history. But that is what occurred when Thompson Pump & Manufacturing Co. helped retrieve a sunken Confederate submarine off the coast of South Carolina in 2000.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Know Your Enemy

Regenerativer thermal oxidizers (RTOs) that control volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by a wide variety of industrial processes are widely accepted. As a general rule, RTO technology has been very successful with most installations, operating trouble-free for extended periods. In some cases, however, operation has been troublesome, and a good proportion of these problem applications have been on biomass dryers.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

ABCs of CWT

As a part of the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to provide effluent guidelines to particular industries, whether they discharge wastewater to surface water or publicly owned treatment works (POTW).

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

History and Hot Buttons

If anything has lasting interest or value that would be water. Perhaps that realization is why more cities are putting water on display at museums and making the most of the opportunity to educate young minds about the future.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Germ Warfare

The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, in one of its most ambitious programs to date, proposes to set up rules that will reduce bacteria in stormwater runoff that flows to the coastline.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Keeping Watch : Effectively

Municipalities across the country are realizing that protection of water resources deserves an increased priority and focus. The cost and consequences of contamination as a result of a mischievous child, a vagrant wandering onto the property, or a terrorist looking to inflict maximum harm can be catastrophic.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

The Right MAP Will Get You There

Utility performance has been the subject of many benchmarking tools over the last decade. Professional water and wastewater associations have offered programs to their members to fill this need, focusing on various indicators. Typically, the measures are broad and all-encompassing at higher levels of management and more specific and narrow at the lower levels of an organization.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Cleanup Cost-cutter

Unfortunately, many of the advances in our industrialized world have come at great expense to our environment. Currently, one of the biggest environmental problems in the United States and other developed nations is the contamination of soil and groundwater caused by accidental releases of hazardous chemicals and petroleum hydrocarbons.

This article originally appeared in the 06/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Economic Survival in a Warming Market

Economic prosperity is in the best interest of every United States citizen. Climate change due to human-caused greenhouse gases in the atmosphere may threaten the economic survival of this nation.

This article originally appeared in the 06/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

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