As part of our annual "outlook" report, readers from eight of the 10 EPA regions shared the details on how they plan to meet their community's unique needs this year.

Last week: regions 1 through 4.

This week: regions 5, 6, 8, and 10.

  • Click here to read how Waterford Township in Michigan is switching to automated meter reading, breaking a major component and procedure change down to a manageable, step-by-step process.
  • A New Mexico county implements a pavement-preservation program despite not having a dedicated funding source. (This article also links to a financial analysis of how utility cuts affect road rehabilitation costs.)
  • Ogden City, Utah, is updating conveyance-and-treatment systems to meet EPA surface-water requirements. One look at this photo and you'll be glad you didn't have to do the engineering for this terrain (although it's beautiful country).
  • Does your department incinerate sewage sludge? Learn how one city's preparing for new EPA Clean Air requirements.

Thanks once again to everyone who took the time to contribute to this special editorial package. Everyone else: e-mail your unique project to