Other stories by Stephanie Johnston

  • 5 out of 10 public works departments chosen!

    That means we need five more candidates. For what, you ask? For a profile in our January issue.

  • Public (works) Enemy No. 1

    Surprisingly (at least to me), it’s not stormwater. According to preliminary Public Works survey results, readers expect pavement construction and maintenance (i.e., streets and roads) to be their department’s greatest challenge next year.

  • Water loans: a solid investment

    Bonds issued under clean water and drinking water state revolving fund (SRF) programs enjoy very strong and stable credit quality, says Standard & Poor's Ratings Services. There's nothing to indicate that's going to change.

  • Attack of the 'faux flushables'

    What happens to sewer systems when household wipes are flushed down the toilet.

  • WEFTEC 2013 wrap-up

    A look at the Operator Ingenuity Contest winners from teh 86th Annual WEFTEC conference.

  • Happy 40th birthday, World of Concrete!

    And (at least) five reasons to head for Las Vegas in January (in case you need any.)

  • 'Faux flushables' attack U.S. sewers

    Not everything labeled "flushable" should be. “Dispose of properly" is meaningless messaging for consumer goods delivered via non-woven material – otherwise known as wet wipes. "Sewer activists" are fighting back.

  • A sure-fire way to become a 21st-century water utility

    The author of our 2011 cover story shared how his water and wastewater utility protects assets against earthquake, fire, and other natural disasters at WEFTEC 2013’s “Water Thought Leaders: Lessons Learned From Great Water Communities.”

  • Time to slow down and take stock

    Lyons, Colo., in the aftermath of September 2013's flooding, provides perspective on how far we've come in cleaning up the nation's waters.

  • More proof that pavement recycling's on the rise

    A market research firm confirms that recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) and other cost-conscious street-and-roadway reconstruction practices are on the rise.