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Kentucky Sewage Project Enhances Community

Louisville’s Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) was not meeting standards set in the Clean Water Act, as storms would frequently lead to sewage discharging in local inland waterways. To mitigate the problem, the Louisville/Jefferson Country Metropolitan Sewer District embarked on the $78 million Southwestern Parkway Combined Sewer Overflow Basin project, which uses “capture and release” technology......

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Fighting Phosphorus with a Watershed Approach

Yahara Watershed Improvement Network (Yahara WINS) is a groundbreaking initiative to clean up the local watershed in Madison, Wisconsin. A collaborative strategy called watershed adaptive management, led by Madison Metropolitan Sewage District, brings together various stakeholders in the community and government to reduce phosphorus pollution in the watershed. While an essential nutrient in soil, excess......

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From Wastewater to Wetlands

Down in New Orleans officials are experimenting with how to restore decades of wetlands that have been lost due to rising salinity levels in the surrounding bayous. The Central Wetlands CIAP Wastewater Assimilation Project will provide fresh water and nutrient to reduce salinity and encourage plant growth by redirecting and reusing some treated wastewater and......

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More Cooperation, Less Runoff

In an effort to clean up U.S. water sources, federal standards mandate upgrades to stormwater infrastructure that prevents runoff pollution. To meet compliance standards, the highly-developed Washington, D.C. suburb of Prince George’s County, Maryland county must convert close to 5 percent of the county’s total area, or 15,000 acres in total, of watertight surfaces into......

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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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Build a Customer Base for Recycled Water

Los Angeles is no stranger to water shortages and has been using recycled water since the 1960s for irrigation, industrial processes, cooling, and habitat restoration. However, it was only recently that L.A. and surrounding municipalities have banded together with a “one water” policy to become a coordinated, water-wise region. The Los Angeles Department of Water......

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Reuse Your City’s Waste

The Philadelphia Water Department has its share of old water pipes to contend with – in fact, they have increased investment in water pipes by 25 percent in their latest capital improvement program. However the Department’s Strategic Energy Plan also looks to better manage future expenses – it includes a facility that will extract energy......

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Energize Your Wastewater

Energy is one of the most expensive costs for wastewater treatment, but DC Water’s Combined-Heat-and-Power (CHP) facility is setting out to change that. DC Water’s largest recycling project will “pressure cook” the leftover organic matter, introduce bacteria to spur the anaerobic digestion of the solids, then the resulting methane will be captured to create electricity......

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Alleys that Drink Stormwater Runoff

The city of Boston recently completed a new 508-square-foot “porous alley” that absorbs stormwater and filters it into the ground, rather than allowing it to make its way into the sewer system where it has to be treated. Construction of the alley is part of a larger effort to boost the quality of water in......

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