Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 21

Great Lakes-Lake Erie

Today we begin a six-part series on the Great Lakes of North America, starting with Lake Erie. Lake Erie’s name comes from the Erie tribe, a shortened form of the Iroquoian word erielhonan, which means “long tail.”   Lake Erie is the fourth largest lake (by surface area) of the five Great Lakes.  It is the southernmost, shallowest, and smallest by volume of the Great Lakes and therefore …

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May 20

Filtration: Then and Now

Last week we posted about the history of filtration in Water Treatment. The first recognized instance of filtering water was credited to Hippocrates roughly 2,500 years ago, with the introduction of more and more filtering options added as civilization moved on to bigger and better scientific discoveries.   Today marks the 98th anniversary of a Rapid Sand …

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May 16

Summary of the Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the cornerstone of surface water quality protection in the United States. The basis of the CWA was enacted in 1948, and was called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. This Act was expanded, restructured and reorganized in 1972 with the “Clean Water Act” we have today. The CWA as we know …

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May 15

Workforce Development – Plugging the Brain Drain

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. ~Martin Luther King Jr.   At American Water College, we are committed to developing training and services for utilities that will ensure this important work is done “with painstaking excellence.” Our dedication to providing high-quality, cost-effective training options to …

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May 14

Wastewater Treatment-Secondary and Tertiary Treatment


In our last post on Wastewater Treatment, we covered Pretreatment and Primary Treatment. Today we’ll finish off the treatment process with Secondary and Tertiary Treatment.   Secondary treatment is designed to substantially degrade the biological content of the sewage which are derived from human waste, food waste, soaps and detergent. The majority of municipal plants treat …

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May 13

Filters-A Short History


Water filtration is an important part of the treatment process. A water filter removes impurities from water by means of a fine physical barrier, a chemical process or a biological process. Filters use sieving, adsorption, ion exchanges, and other processes to remove impurities. Unlike a sieve or screen, a filter can remove particles much smaller than the holes through which the water passes. Modern-day treatment plants use …

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May 10

Friday Water Fun


It’s Friday! Here are a few more random and interesting water quotes, cliches and facts for your weekend.   “It’s a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water.” ~Franklin P. Jones   Mr. Jones makes an interesting observation. “On thin ice” and “In hot water” do …

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May 09

Workforce Development Program


  “Development of an integrated knowledge retention strategy will be key to reducing the effect of the changing workforce, assisting a utility in retaining knowledge pertinent to its operations and expertise, and, ultimately, to ensuring a successful future.”  ~Mark Fargo, Management Consultant   American Water College is excited to launch our Workforce Development Program for …

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May 08

Utility Knowledge Management


Knowledge is power. ~Sir Francis Bacon The words knowledge and management are two very broad concepts when separated. When the two words come together, it describes a method of organizing information in a way that produces an advantage for an organization. In our previous post on Succession Planning, we addressed the need for knowledge management …

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May 07

Utility Succession Planning


Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. ~John F. Kennedy   In our Thursday post, The Next Big Thing, we highlighted a few of the impending changes in the Water and Wastewater industries. With the increasing demand for clean drinking …

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