October 2005 Table of Contents

Demanding a better way

The benefits of water demand forecasting Read more

No big deal

When an event brings more people into a small town than the normal population, the public works department has to be ready. Water, wastewater, trash, roads, parks—all are impacted far beyond their originally intended capacity. Here's how two towns reacted. Read more

Small town, big leadership Small town, big leadership

Chad Garland hails from a town that few people can pronounce—and even fewer can find on a map. Zelienople (pronounced “zill-ee-in-opal”), a borough of just more than 4000 people, is in western Pennsylvania, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh. Read more

Water and wastewater pumps

The Dri-Prime line of pumps includes four models that offer elevated heads. They can handle solids without sacrificing high-volume pumping. The four units—the 4-inch CD103M, 6-inch CD160M, 8-inch CD225M, and 12-inch CD300M—handle flows from 300 to 6000 gallons per minute, and they are suitable for municipal lift station applications, thanks to the ability to achieve heads from 145 to 300 feet and handle solids from 3 to 3¾ inches in diameter. Read more

Getting tough on graffiti Getting tough on graffiti

More than two years after the completion of an important Los Angeles public works project, the contributions of a chemical manufacturer continue to contribute to the city's landscape. The manufacturer developed a solution that helped save the city $17.2 million and create a graffiti-free zone in the heart of one of its most defaced areas. Read more

Barrier provides a clear solution Barrier provides a clear solution

In a place known for pristine mountain views and limited sunlight, the Alaska DOT (ADOT) chose an alternative approach for the construction of a highway noise barrier that runs along 4000 feet of heavily traveled highway bordering Anchorage Airport: transparency. Read more

Vacuums save time, money

Albuquerque, N.M., evokes images of spectacular western panoramas, desert sunsets, and Native American culture. This natural beauty was put in jeopardy in the late 1980s. Population in the unincorporated areas of Bernalillo County had been growing steadily for years. Read more

Building buy-in Constituent Relations Building buy-in

Flood control is a hard sell in a desert, says Scott Vogel. As a civil engineer with the Flood Control District of Arizona's Maricopa County, he knows what he's talking about. Read more

Connecting with Wood Bridges & Culverts Connecting with Wood

Many bridge designers are turning back the clock to produce graceful reminders of the past, when timber bridges were often the main crossings over America's streams. City, county, and state officials are specifying more wood structures because of their aesthetic appeal, competitive cost, and the value of using a material that is in harmony with the environment. Read more

Considering ConOps? Privatization Considering ConOps?

In recent years, abrupt, contentious, and widely publicized terminations of contract operations (ConOps) agreements for water systems in Atlanta, New Orleans, and other municipalities have raised many questions regarding this form of facility management. Is ConOps a cost-efficient option to keep a community's water and wastewater treatment systems in regulatory compliance while providing a valuable resource to the communities served? Read more

Water Treatment Wet weather tools

A downpour can elicit many emotions, but only those in public works think of rain in terms of overloaded sewers and surcharged manholes. Sometimes even the forecast of rain can bring about visions of backed-up basements, overflowing inlets, and angry citizens. Read more

Facing the challenges of equipment replacement Ideas & Opinions / Fleets Facing the challenges of equipment replacement

If you're a fleet manager, correctly funding your equipment replacement needs is a task that presents a number of challenges. For one, you've got to peer into the future and estimate when you'll need new equipment. And if you “rent” equipment to user departments, then you want to charge them correctly for current equipment usage so that replacement funds will be available when the vehicles wear out. Read more

Ohio builds membrane bioreactor plant News & Views: Design & Constructions Ohio builds membrane bioreactor plant
Nevada plans improved water supply News & Views: Operations Nevada plans improved water supply
News & Views: Community Landfill-gas-to-energy project wins recognition

A landfill-gas-to-energy project in Florida has been designated Project of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Read more

Landfill leachate program garners award News & Views: Operations Landfill leachate program garners award

A North Carolina county's biological treatment of landfill leachate has received a National Association of Counties 2005 Achievement Award. Read more

Miami-Dade taps female PW director News & Views: People Miami-Dade taps female PW director

Miami-Dade County—one of the largest in the country—has appointed longtime employee Esther Calas as its new director of public works. Calas, who joined the department in 1976 as an engineering drafter, replaces Aristides Rivera, who is retiring after 32 years with the county. Read more

Recycling awareness campaign lands award News & Views: Community Recycling awareness campaign lands award

The Solid Waste Association of North America awarded the city of San Diego's Environmental Services Department (ESD) the 2005 Bronze Excellence Award in marketing for the department's "Recycle Or Else" education campaign. Read more

News & Views: Rules & Regulations Data sought for drinking water contaminants

Twenty-six unregulated contaminants will be monitored by U.S. drinking water suppliers under a new rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This second cycle of the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 2) also proposes the use of nine analytical methods to detect the contaminants. Read more

Pipe demand to top 16 billion feet in 2009 News & Views: Design & Construction Pipe demand to top 16 billion feet in 2009
A losing bet Editorial A losing bet

Life is a risky business. Every moment of every day brings some level of risk. When we design a building or a water treatment plant or a levee, we accept and try to define the risk. We know that there will be situations where the stresses on the system will exceed the design, so we build in safety factors that we hope will control the unknowns. This is a difficult concept for the public to accept: you mean to tell me you knew this could happen and did nothing to stop it? Read more

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