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Small Colorado Town Uses Innovative Water Filtration Design to Save Money

Branson, a small town in southern Colorado, only has 55 residents – with a population so small, infrastructure funding is hard to come by. Colorado tightened its water safety regulations, which proved to be just outside the performance standards Branson’s purification system was capable of. Local company Innovative Water Technologies introduced a filtration design that......

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Assisting Illinois Rural Communities with Water and Broadband Two-For-One

Rural communities often have difficulty accessing the same services as suburban and urban communities. Accessibility to broadband services and clean drinking water are among the greatest concerns for these areas. To combat the issue of access, Illinois nonprofit and water utility EJ Water Cooperative joined Illinois Fiber Connect for a first-of-its-kind initiative that runs fiber......

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Recharging Groundwater with SWIFT

In Eastern Virginia, along with much of the US, groundwater is being drained faster than it can recharge. The Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow, SWIFT, aims to re-balance this crucial natural resource. SWIFT is an innovative water treatment project changing the way water is recycled. The aim of this initiative is to take highly treated......

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Innovative Financing for Drinking Water Upgrades

Cities looking for new sources of revenue to assist with major drinking water upgrades are encouraged about a new federal program that just starting accepting applications for nearly $20 billion available as loan guarantees. In 2014, Congress authorized the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). In 2016, Congress appropriated $17 million in funds for......

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Atlanta Water Storage Project

After experiencing multi-year droughts, officials in Atlanta estimated that running out of water could cost the city $100 million a day. To avoid those costs, the city took a proactive approach, creating a $300 million, 2.4-billion-gallon raw water storage facility in an abandoned quarry funded by a municipal-option sales tax. Using dynamite and a deep......

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Use of Plastic Balls is Saving Los Angeles From Drought

The City of Los Angeles regularly experience extreme drought and water supply scarcity. To protect the city’s water supply, the city of Los Angeles unloaded 96,000,000 small black balls into its reservoirs to help maintain good water quality. These small black balls, known as shade balls, were created by a Los Angeles Department of Water......

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Drought-Proof, Alternative Water Supply Facility for Tampa Bay

Desalination is more common outside of the U.S. particularly in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions, but the Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination facility is changing that with the addition of a drought-proof, alternative water supply facility that provides up to 25 million gallons per day of drinking water. The facility treats the seawater and then......

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Long-Term Visionary Project to Change the Water Treatment Process

The Carlsbad Desalination Project has been a long-term visionary project to change the water treatment process in drought-plagued Southern California. Using reverse osmosis technology, the plant will use existing infrastructure from the neighboring Encina Power Station to push Pacific Ocean saltwater through membranes that filter out the salt and convert it into potable water. It......

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Reclaiming a Prized Asset

It’s no accident that the City of Chicago’s department responsible for treating wastewater has “reclamation” in the title. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is responsible for serving over 10 million people in a growing region, and they have turned to new approaches for managing essential water supplies, including capturing and reusing stormwater.......

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Crafting Wastewater into Beer

Portland, Oregon, is no stranger to pushing the envelope and pioneering new ideas. One of the latest innovations to surface is from Clean Water Services of Hillsboro, which found a way to turn wastewater into craft beer by partnering with local home brewers. The wastewater goes through an advanced treatment process and the home brewers......

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