Water and Wastewater

Water and Wastewater

Wed, 2015-10-28 22:55 -- Jon DeKeles

Few people need to be reminded of water’s importance. Along with energy, it is essential for everyday life. Water provides sustenance, supports industry and irrigates fields. But city administrations are struggling to meet rising demand from growing populations while contending with issues such as water quality, flooding, drought and aging infrastructure.

System helps get meter readers’ feet off the streets of Laredo

In keeping with its importance as a center of international trade, Laredo is growing, with a current population of 235,000. Keeping up with the growing number of residents within the city limits and the additional 15,000 in the surrounding county had kept the city of Laredo Utilities Department on its toes. And that was the problem.

How Gresham uses Biogas and Solar Energy to fuel waste-water operations

Ten years ago, the wastewater treatment plant in Gresham, Oregon was the city’s biggest energy-consumer,. But a lot has changed since then. The plant is now making the same amount of electricity as it consumes in a year, using biosolids from wastewater treatment and fats, oils and grease as well as solar energy to produce power while also reducing energy costs. As a result, the plant now exports excess energy back to the local utility.

City of San Diego Adopts Online Water Conservation System

San Diego faced a major challenge: It wanted to promote and support water conservation through accurate consumption targeting, tracking and billing, while dealing with the daunting task of working with many local agencies, many different data formats and sources, as well as difficulties getting agency data into a system. There was also the challenge of reaching and educating customers.

Long Beach Water operators see the big picture in real time

The Long Beach, California water department is responsible for keeping the city’s 487,000 residents adequately supplied with clean, good-tasting water. It is also responsible for the safe delivery of wastewater to its nearby sewage treatment facilities. It’s a complex system consisting of nearly 30,000 different data points.

Water agency builds “borderless” infrastructure to improve collaboration

California Natural Resources Agency manages the state’s natural resources, including water. One of its largest departments is the Department of Water Resources (DWR), with about 3,500 employees. DWR supplies and manages the water delivery systems, provides flood protection through improvement of levees, inspects 1,200 dams and helps coordinate the state’s integrated water management.