Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr 30

Water Technology – Water to Energy, Literally!

PowerTrekk

In a few of our previous blogs posts, we covered the development of geothermal energy and the use of dams and rivers to create hydroelectricity. On the American Water College Facebook page, we shared a link demonstrating how Texas is actively pursuing both fresh water and energy production at the same time by building a natural gas-fired power …

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Apr 29

Wastewater Treatment – Then and Now

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In 1909, the city of Santa Monica was featured in the Municipal Journal and Engineer for their nine-month operation of a magneto-electrolytic sewage purification plant. The theory at the time was that charging sewage with electricity was sufficient to render the sewage safe and free of disease. According to the article, the cost for the city …

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Apr 26

Friday Fun: Water Sayings

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How often have we heard a water cliche or idiom that made us stop and wonder “what does that mean?” Though there are dozens of different water sayings and hundreds of ways to use them, today we’ll look at five sayings and their most common meanings.   When someone says “a drop in the ocean” …

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Apr 25

Algal Bloom: A Source Water Threat

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One of the more colorful and complicated threats to our water supply is algal bloom. When phosphates are introduced into water systems, higher concentrations cause increased growth of algae and plants. Algae tend to grow very quickly under high nutrient availability, but each alga is short-lived, and the result is a high concentration of dead organic …

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Apr 24

Surface Water-Lakes: Part 1

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The lakes are something which you are unprepared for; they lie up so high, exposed to the light, and the forest is diminished to a fine fringe on their edges, with here and there a blue mountain, like amethyst jewels set around some jewel of the first water, – so anterior, so superior, to all …

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Apr 23

Water Treatment – Desalination

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The history of water treatment in the US has covered a lot of ground. From the use of large-scale filtration to the introduction of chlorine as a viable treatment and disinfection option over one hundred years ago, water treatment has evolved into a diverse field, employing different geographical or treatment techniques. Even now, water treatment …

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Apr 22

Earth Day 2013

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For the last 43 years, April 22nd has been a reminder of the intricacies of the planet we live on, and the delicate balancing of our ecosystem. Water is the most common, the most fundamental and the most necessary resource for life. There are over 326 million cubic miles of water on the earth, which includes …

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Apr 19

Water Fact Friday

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Continuing the theme from last week, here are a few more facts about water and water history. Enjoy!   The New England Water Works Association held it’s first meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 19th, 1882. For the last 131 years, the NEWWA has worked to advance the knowledge, science, government awareness, public trust, and environmental …

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Apr 18

Central Arizona Project – Part 3

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For our final post in this series, let’s take a look at Lake Havasu. Lake Havasu is a reservoir behind Parker Dam on the Colorado River on the border between California and Arizona, and has a capacity of 648,000 acre-ft (211 billion gallons of water). Parker Dam was constructed by the US Bureau of Reclamation …

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Apr 17

Surface Water-US Rivers

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Rivers are roads which move, and which carry us whither we desire to go. ~Blaise Pascal   In last week’s post on rivers and canals, we primarily focused on the commercially navigable rivers and canals in the US, and a few commercial or industrial uses for unnavigable waters.   Fortunately for the United States, rivers …

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