municipal sewer law Articles

  • Valuing information for sewer replacement decisions

    Decision-making for sewer asset management is partially based on intuition and often lacks explicit argumentation, hampering decision transparency and reproducibility. This is not to be preferred in light of public accountability and cost-effectiveness. It is unknown to what extent each decision criterion is appreciated by decision-makers. Further insight into this relative importance improves ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The 7 Tips for Highly Effective Stormwater Management By-Laws

    ABSTRACT The Stormwater Phase II Final Rule, which applies to small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) in “urbanized areas”, requires communities across the country to adopt local legislation that will control the harmful effects of stormwater runoff and prohibit non-stormwater pollution from entering the drainage system. Adopting a thoughtful and comprehensive stormwater by-law ...

  • Wastewater Treatment: Overview and Background

    SummaryWaste discharges from municipal sewage treatment plants are a significant source of water quality problems throughout the country. States report that municipal discharges are the main source of impairment to estuaries and coastal waters, the second leading source of impaired rivers and streams, and also are a major source of pollution in lakes. Pollutants associated with municipal ...


  • The Region of Durham`s Asset Management Strategy: Meeting the Challenge of a New Regulatory Enviroment in Ontrario

    ABSTRACTThe Province of Ontario, Canada has introduced significant new legislation in its continuing effort to ensure residents access to safe, secure and sustainable water and wastewater services. Bill 175, the Sustainable Water and Sewage Systems Act, which became law in 2002, now requires Ontario municipalities to assess the full cost of providing water and wastewater services and to develop a ...

  • Stormwater: Questions and Answers

    The whole subject of Stormwater is complicated. Here's a chance for you to check out some of the most frequently asked questions about stormwater . . . and their answers. What is an NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit? The Clean Water Act prohibits anybody from discharging 'pollutants' through a 'point source' into a 'water of the United States' unless they ...


    By Ben Meadows

  • Responding to audit surprises

    An audit is a systematic and documented investigation to determine if prescribed processes are functioning as intended. We audit to find out whether processes are working properly, where they are not working properly, and how to address identified gaps. No matter how diligent the staff is in following procedures, there are nearly always revelations indicating needed corrections and opportunities ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • The Power to Separate

    Gravity separators are effective and economical tools used to process wastewater and stormwater by removing pollutants such as sediment, hydrocarbons and debris through the process of sedimentation or flotation. Most separators have few or no moving parts, are easy to maintain and have a successful history of use in many different industrial, commercial and residential applications. Specifying ...


    By BaySaver Technologies, Inc.

  • Green Roof Media Selection for the Minimization of Pollutant Loadings in Roof Runoff

    ABSTRACTStormwater is a leading cause of water quality impairment in estuaries like the Chesapeake Bay. Green roofs are a potential best management practice for urban areas where land for traditional stormwater practices is unavailable. They are aesthetically pleasing, with excellent water retention ability. However, it is unknown how effective they are at treating stormwater. Typical media ...

  • Integrating Rural Wastewater Management: Crow Wing County Sanitary Management District

    ABSTRACTDouble-digit population growths and skyrocketing development has resulted in a dramatic increase in unsewered development in Minnesota’s popular lakes county. To help assure protection of human health and the quality of the waters, a county wide decentralized sanitary district with pilot subordinate districts is being established in Crow Wing County. The objective of the district is to ...

  • Hey, America: It’s time to talk about the price of water

    Recent woes have drawn unprecedented attention to the worth of fresh, clean water. Can it change the way we pay for the world’s most undervalued resource? This summer, a 90-year-old water pipe burst under Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, sending a geyser 30 feet into the air and a flood of troubles over the UCLA campus. Raging water and mud trapped five people, swamped 1,000 cars ...


    By Ensia

  • The city of salem, va’s transfer station: building a cost-effective facility

    Founded in 1802, the City of Salem, VA is situated in the Shenandoah Valley between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains on the Roanoke River. The City owns and operates its water system, electric distribution system and sewer system.1 Opened in Summer 2006, the City of Salem’s 18,000 square foot transfer station is directly across the street from its previous location. The old transfer ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Environmental Situation in Africa

    Abstract Africa The economic and social needs of Africa depends more on its environmental resources but these natural resources are seriously declining and that is really effecting the entire region. Sustainable development in this rapidly changing region has become an imperative, and must take place in the complex context of a diverse and changing ecosystem, political transition and evolution ...

  • Are incineration and landfills the answer to save us from the recycling crisis?

    For plastic recycling, this year hasn’t exactly been one of the best – what is to blame? Oil. Shockingly, it actually costs more to recycle old plastic than it does to make new in many ways. Petroleum prices have fallen so low, as low as 70% below the level in June 2014. This may be great for some – however with it has fallen the cost of Virgin Plastic which is made from ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

  • ASTM Standards Help Meet Need for Clean Water

    The new ASTM Water Portal provides a single access point to standards and related information about ASTM International’s diverse committees working to protect and monitor this vital global resource. Clean and safe water is the underpinning of the quality of life for people around the world. Global economies depend on water, whether it’s to support the manufacturing of goods ...


    By ASTM International

  • The whey to renewable energy

    When Tom Wilson with the Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension set out to study the feasibility of a community-based anaerobic digester in Mercer County, he initially analyzed processing manure collected from area dairies and food wastes gathered from the local college, nearby prisons and industrial food processors. But the economics of transporting the materials just did not make ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Conducting The Phase I Assessment - Records Review

     This is the second in a series of five articles relating to conducting Phase I Environmental Site assessments. Each article attempts to give the reader a thorough understanding of a specific aspect of the Phase I process and Clayton’s commitment to meeting or exceeding the requirements of ASTM Standard E 1527 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site ...


  • Erosion and Sediment Control: Navigating NPDES Regulations, the SWPPP, and Techniques for Compliance

    Erosion and Sedimentation: Why Are They a Problem? The US Environmental Protection Agency lists sediment as the single most common pollutant in rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs. With all the potentially harmful chemicals and substances in the world, it seems odd to many people that sediment—dirt, essentially—is singled out as the major culprit. Yet these particles of ...


    By FINN Corporation

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