Environmental Protection

Wastewater


"Poo-Gloos" Eat Sewage

Inexpensive igloo-shaped, pollution-eating devices nicknamed "Poo-Gloos" can clean up sewage just as effectively as multimillion-dollar treatment facilities for towns outgrowing their waste-treatment lagoons, according to a new study.

Household Sewage, a Viable New Energy Resource

Scientists are reporting that household sewage has far more potential as an alternative energy source than previously thought.

Electricity Removes Pollutants from Wastewater

University of Utah researchers developed a new concept in water treatment: an electrobiochemical reactor in which a low electrical voltage is applied to microbes to help them quickly and efficiently remove pollutants from mining, industrial and agricultural wastewater.

Iowa City Agrees to Address Sewage Discharge into Miss. River

As part of the plan, the city will improve its combined sewer system over the next 20 years, reducing discharges of hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage to the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

Filtering Kitchen Wastewater for Plants

Water is a precious commodity, so finding ways to re-use waste water, especially in arid regions is essential to sustainability.

Water laboratory worker

Agency Releases Water Laboratory Alliance Response Plan

The guidance offers an approach for coordinated water lab response in the case of a natural disaster, accident, or intentional event.

Wastewater Treatment Lowers Pathogen Levels

Research indicates pathogens levels have dropped since the implementation of federal regulations on treating sewage in 1993.

University Constructing 2.8-Megawatt Fuel Cell that Runs on Waste Methane

Construction of a fuel cell with enough capacity to power 2,800 homes has begun on the University of California’s San Diego campus as part of a renewable-energy project to turn waste methane gas from the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant directly into electricity without combustion.



Dekalb County, Ga., to Stem Overflows with Sewer Upgrade

The county will pay more than $1 million in civil penalties and supplemental environmental project costs.

Baltimore Hires Fru-Con Construction to Expand its Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant

Fru-Con Construction has been awarded two contracts totaling $138.7 million to improve and expand the Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant for the city of Baltimore.

United Water, 2 Employees Indicted for CWA Violations in Gary, Indiana

The Justice Department says the employees allegedly turned up disinfectant treatment for daily wastewater sampling; United Water refutes the charges.

Pipe project in Poland.

Case Study: Project in Poland Sets Fiberglass Pipe Jacking Record

Warsaw is updating its sewers at a quick pace with the help of 118-inch centrifugally cast fiberglass reinforced polymer mortar pipe.

Solar-Powered Sludge Dryer Expands into Water Treatment Facilities

The commissioning expands the technology from its application in wastewater treatment plants.

Agency Encourages Users to Take NPDES Tool for a Spin

The web-based tool that helps identify details on wastewater discharges is now available in a beta version.

Tetra Tech Earns USAID Contracts in Indonesia, Afghanistan

The contracts, valued up to $40 million and $119 million, respectively, are designed to help Indonesia reduce threats to deforestation and to assist Kabul in improving delivery of public services such as sanitation and solid waste

AWWA Offers 2010 Water Utility Compensation Survey

The American Water Works Association's survey covers water and wastewater utilities of all sizes.

Cornell Study Follows Nitrogen Runoff Clues to Tile Drainage on Farms

Possible solutions include installing wetlands to filter tile drainage, fertilizing fields in the spring, and planting winter crops.

NSF flushability testing

New NSF Program to Verify 'Flushable' Product Claims

The Flushable Consumer Products Certification program provides a solution to clogging issues associated with wastewater treatment systems.

Slum image courtesy of GTZ Sustainable Sanitation Program

Sewage Cycle Could Clean up Slum Life, Pit Latrines in Tanzania

People-powered pump could help prevent spread of dysentery, cholera, and typhoid.

EPA Offers Holiday Water Efficiency Tips

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, preparing for and cleaning up after a holiday meals and parties can use much more water than ordinary, everyday use.

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