Stormwater Collection & Treatment

  • Padre Dam awards design contract for Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Project

    At a recent meeting, Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors approved a $160,464 contract to Brown and Caldwell to design a new Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Project in East San Diego County, California.

     
  • Combined sewer overflow project wins engineering award

    A steep hill in Covington, Ky. down which 6 million gallons of rain poured onto a highway turns from liability into a highly effective stormwater pollution prevention solution.

     
  • DBO water contracts increasingly popular

    At least three West Coast cities are using design-build-operate (DBO) to deliver critical water and sewer upgrades. The methodology is also popular with engineering awards judges.

     
  • Water systems plagued by age, supply shortages

    The American Water Works Association's FREE state-of-the-industry analysis shows the water and wastewater sectors have shifted focus from economic recovery back to the same old problem: financing improvements to aging systems.

     
  • Report: PVC fails less than any other pipeline material

    A second Utah State University study of PVC pipe performance in water and wastewater systems affirms the material’s 100-year lifespan. Previous research by the university’s Buried Structures Laboratory showed the pipe fails less often than ductile iron, cast iron, steel, concrete, and asbestos...

     
  • High & dry: water supply in an era of drought

    Organized by the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association, the Whole Water Conference is open to anyone interested in resource planning, integrating recycled water, storm water, desalination, and groundwater management. Speakers include Marsi Steirer of San Diego Public...

     
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff awarded Everglades stormwater management contract

    The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has awarded a contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff for construction management services in connection with a water quality restoration project in the Everglades.

     
  • DOT uses pervious concrete for parking lot expansion

    Supporting mobility and minimizing environmental impacts, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is installing pervious pavement systems at two park and ride lots in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties.

     
  • Mobile Apps (& iPads)

    Over the summer, Jim McLaughlin, operations manager for the City of Eugene (Ore.) Public Works Department, showed me several mobile applications he has integrated into his operations to assist with inspections and management of assets. All of their applications have been developed in-house by an IT...

     
  • Severn Trent signs first CT wastewater contract

    The Water Pollution Control Authority’s 10-year public-private contract includes two subsequent five-year options.

     
  • Florida water agency selects CH2M HILL for Everglades rehabilitation project

    The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) recently awarded CH2M HILL a contract to provide professional engineering services as part of an $880 million plan to restore the Everglades.

     
  • Want to host the PW editor?

    Editor Stephanie Johnston wants to spend more time with readers as they work.

     
  • Congratulations, U.S. Water Prize winners!

    Two of the four recipients of the U.S. Water Alliance's fourth annual program have received coverage in PUBLIC WORKS for their innovative programs: the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati and the water and sewer districts of Orange County, Calif.

     
  • EMCOR Group, Inc. subsidiary awarded contract to help sewer system for downtown Miami by Miami Dade County

    EMCOR Group, Inc., has announced that its subsidiary, Poole & Kent Company of Florida, has been awarded a contract by Miami Dade County for construction of Master Pump Station No. 3, which will help expand sewer system capacity in the Brickell area of Downtown Miami, Florida.

     
  • Flood grouting reduces private side sewer lateral infiltration

    A wastewater utility's business case evaluation for flood grouting. The project earned a Water Environment Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Innovation.

     
  • Vehicle washing strategies

    Is recycling vehicle washwater worth an extra $30,000?

     
  • Bratislava has seen its share of war and conflict; this manhole cover dates back just 20 years, after it became the capital of the newly formed Slovak Republic.

    Manhole masterpieces

    Manhole covers serve a very important function in protecting and allowing access to underground infrastructure. Cities and agencies around the globe often elevate these humble hunks of metal into works of art.

     
  • Five million feet of Fusible PVC has been installed in North America, signaling tremendous market acceptance.

    The merits of Fusible PVC

    Fusible PVC is highly compatible with ductile iron, which facilitates connections and extensions. Here are two cases where it was used.

     
  • Public works department proves to be hometown heroes

    The City of Vergennes, Vt., Public Works Department braced to protect the 2,700 citizens of the state’s oldest city when Hurricane Irene made landfall in North Carolina with wind gusts up to 115 mph along the East Coast.

     
  • Though roughly twice as much as self-leveling steel covers, Monctons Sewer Systems Department estimates the frames will pay for themselves over time by reducing systemwide inflow and infiltration by one- to two-thirds.

    Cost-effective off-road I&I reduction

    Two ways to minimize extraneous flows in rural areas. The Canadian city of Moncton in New Brunswixk serves as an example.

     
 
 
 

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