Monthly Archive: October 2013

Oct 25

Water: The Driving Force of Nature, Part 2

“We never know the worth of water til the well runs dry.” ~Thomas Fuller   From history to present times, water has always been the founding point of any society. Whether the nomads who traveled from oasis to oasis in the desert, or the Egyptians harnessing the power of the Nile, or the trade and …

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Oct 24

California’s Water-Part Two

Suisun Marsh

In our last post on the California Delta, we mentioned that it’s been called the heart of the California water system. It’s also a diverse ecosystem unto itself. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was once a vast tidal marshland and inland estuary.  The Suisun Marsh is the largest brackish water marsh on the West Coast at …

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Oct 16

Seasons and Water


  “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” John Ruskin   Seasons, whether the height of Summer or the dead of Winter, affect not only our water usage but the efficiency of our water …

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Oct 15

Great Lakes-Lake Ontario


This week we’re looking at Lake Ontario, the smallest of the Great Lakes by surface area. The lake’s primary source is the Niagara River, draining Lake Erie, with the St. Lawrence River serving as the outlet. Other major rivers draining into Lake Ontario include the Don River, the Humber River, the Trent River, the Cataraqui River, the Genesee River, the Oswego River, the Black River, and the Salmon River. …

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Oct 11

Water: The Driving Force of Nature

Leonardo da Vinci described water as “the driving force of nature.”  There are many ways in which water can be used as a force, or merely witnessed as a force of nature.   “The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their …

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Oct 10

California’s Water-Part One


The California delta is one of the largest sources of water for the world’s 8th largest economy. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has been called the heart of California’s water system. Today we’re looking at the delta as a water supply. The State Water Project is the nation’s largest state-built water delivery system, consisting of more …

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Oct 09

Corrosion Control and Rust

wc fields

“I never drink water. That is the stuff that rusts pipes.” ~WC Fields   A noted comedian, we can only hope that WC Fields was exaggerating. Aside from the personal health concerns raised by Mr. Fields’ declaration, he does raise an interesting point about the necessity for corrosion control in our water treatment and distribution …

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Oct 08

Membrane in Water and Wastewater Treatment

Water Treatment Cycle

Recent developments in technology have resulted in breakthroughs in wastewater treatment and reclamation for water reuse. This progress includes membrane technology, which has emerged as a significant innovation for treatment and reclamation, as well as a leading process in the upgrade and expansion of wastewater treatment plants. On the water treatment side, University of South Carolina …

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Oct 07

Great Lakes-Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan

This week we’re looking at Lake Michigan, the only one of the Great Lakes that is located entirely within the United States. The lake touches the U.S. states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. It has a surface area of 22,400 square miles making it the largest lake entirely within one country by surface area, and the fifth largest lake in the world. It …

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Oct 03

Introduction to Wastewater Microbiology

 On October 21st and 28th, students looking for an introduction to wastewater microbiology will have the opportunity to participate in a 2-hour, online class hosted by This in-depth 2-hour class is designed for beginning wastewater treatment operators, testing lab technicians in training, students, and those interested in microbiology in the environment.   Activated sludge …

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