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Green Water Infrastructure

by IWA Publishing  (Feb. 18, 2015)

Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. When rain falls on roofs, streets, and parking lots, the water cannot soak into the ground. In most urban areas, stormwater is drained through engineered collection systems and discharged into nearby waterbodies. The stormwater carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other ...

Renewing Belgrade’s Water Infrastructure

by Innovyze  (Jan. 1, 2003)

After the trauma of the 1990s, new foreign and national investments in Belgrade’s water infrastructure is enabling the city to benefit from the latest advances in water supply technology… Introduction Situated on the banks of the rivers Sava and Danube, the citizens of Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia and Montenegro in the Balkans, have ...

Water Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities

by IWA Publishing  (Apr. 6, 2012)

A new model for water management is emerging worldwide in response to water shortages, polluted waterways, climate change, and loss of biodiversity. Cities and towns are questioning the ecological and financial sustainability of big-pipe water, stormwater, and sewer systems and are searching for “lighter footprint” ...

Microalgae as a sustainable alternative for wastewater treatment

by IWA Publishing  (Aug. 10, 2016)

Thanks to the threats posed to human health and the environment, and the economic costs of its treatment, wastewater from domestic, industrial and agricultural processes has been considered a serious problem for a long time. However, a paradigm shift in the past few years has led to a new concept of wastewater, not as a problem but as a source of ...

Biogas desulphurisation in the WWTP do Norte (Portugal) - Case Study

by Bioconservacion SA  (Aug. 16, 2016)

The Northern Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is one of the biggest in the central region of Portugal, servicing various municipalities. The infrastructure is located in the area of Coimbra, Leiria, taking up 6 hectares of land; it receives effluents from some 250,000 inhabitants across multiple municipalities. It has the capacity to treat ...

The Ubiquitous Plastic Bag — And What To Do

by BioCycle Magazine  (Aug. 1, 2016)

Each year, Americans consume over 100 billion single use plastic bags, the most ubiquitous of all throwaway items. Their usefulness can be measured in minutes; unfortunately, the waste lingers longer, and can clog sewer lines, create problems in recycling plants, and pollute waterways. However, single use plastic bags are also cost-effective and ...

Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure Management

by IWA Publishing  (Mar. 27, 2012)

Explains how to optimize the operation of water supply systems and the related advances in SCADA – Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition – systems Examines the advances in design and construction methods such as BIM – Building Information Modeling Explains municipal budgeting, chain of planning, programming, and ...

The future evolution of IT in water infrastructure management

by Innovyze  (Apr. 16, 2007)

The water industry has been slow to take advantage of information technology (IT), but it is catching up quickly. In many parts of the world, water managers now depend entirely on IT to manage their water supply and wastewater services. IT has become a core part of the business. Computing environments have evolved from individual mainframe ...

Strategic security measures for water infrastructure

by IWA Publishing  (Sep. 10, 2011)

As the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 (9/11) attacks is fast approaching, the United States (U.S.) has no definite information of terror threat.  According to the systematic approaches of risk assessment and concise intelligence analysis presented in the book entitled, "Risk Assessment for Water Infrastructure Safety and Security" ...

Infrastructure Maintenance - An Economic Opportunity

by ASTM International  (Jan. 15, 2015)

Public safety and the cost of doing business are deeply impacted when infrastructure is neglected. Here’s a look at the high cost of low maintenance and what can be done about it. A Bridge Too Far There are over 607,000 bridges in the United States. According to the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure,1 published by the ...

Alternative Approaches to Sustainable Infrastructure

by Water Environment Federation (WEF)  (Oct. 22, 2006)

ABSTRACTThe ability of a small community water infrastructure system to provide safe drinking water and protect the environment is heavily influenced by the utility’s financial sustainability. Particularly in this era of declining grant dollars, coupled with higher costs for construction, operation and maintenance, the economic viability of the ...

A Path To Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions

by BioCycle Magazine  (Mar. 1, 2015)

Today, for the most part, our communities’ infrastructure systems are developed and managed separately, by separate utilities and agencies. Sustainable infrastructure, on the other hand, blurs boundaries between our energy, transportation, water and waste systems to implement complementary strategies that benefit more than one system. Among ...

Infrastructure, innovation and development

by Inderscience Publishers  (Jan. 2, 2007)

The absence of adequate infrastructure services is one of the main problems that hinder efforts to develop Africa. Technology and innovation are the engines of economic growth. With the globalisation of trade and investment, technological capabilities are a source of competitive advantage. While infrastructure development and technological ...

Create 400,000 jobs in 2010 – invest in water infrastructure

by NACWA - National Association of Clean Water Agencies  (Dec. 4, 2009)

Investment in Water Infrastructure The Water Infrastructure Network (WIN) a coalition of the nation’s leading construction, engineering, conservation, labor, municipal and manufacturing organizations, firmly believes that a federal investment of $20 B in our nation’s critical water infrastructure is the single most effective means for creating ...

Investing in Water Infrastructure: Capital, Operations and Maintenance

by IWA Publishing  (Mar. 14, 2013)

This paper outlines the major challenges related to financing the gap in global water infrastructure, including those systems that provide urban and rural water supply, and sanitation and irrigation services. The paper synthesizes the extensive body of literature on this subject, providing some examples of historical ...

Inverse infrastructures: self-organization in the water services

by IWA Publishing  (Apr. 8, 2015)

In urban communities, infrastructures that support living are indispensable. There is increased interest in alternative ways of providing such support systems, including semi-autonomous infrastructures resulting from the self-organization of local actors. In this study, we analyze the emergence and management of such infrastructures in light of ...

Cascade vulnerability for risk analysis of water infrastructure

by IWA Publishing  (Jan. 1, 2011)

One of the major tasks in urban water management is failure-free operation for at least most of the time. Accordingly, the reliability of the network systems in urban water management has a crucial role. The failure of a component in these systems impacts potable water distribution and urban drainage. Therefore, water distribution and urban ...

Development of performance assessment method for drinking water infrastructure

by IWA Publishing  (Mar. 25, 2014)

In Japan, many drinking water systems were developed during the 1960s and 1970s, and a considerable proportion of them is now showing various signs of aging or seismic vulnerability. The major issue for many drinking water utilities is how to update those facilities in the best way to improve their deteriorating/insufficient performance. The ...

Mali infrastructure : a continental perspective

by IWA Publishing  (Jan. 9, 2013)

In recent years Mali's economy has grown steadily at a rate of more than 5 percent per year, driven by developments in gold mining, cereal harvests, and telecommunications. Mali's landlocked condition, together with its very uneven distribution of both population and economic activities between the arid north and the much richer south, challenge ...

Rethinking Big Water - Is It Time For A New Approach To Municipal Water Infrastructure?

by Ceres  (Oct. 21, 2013)

Las Vegas has long served as a stereotype of human excess: gambling, drinking, sex, all-you-can-eat buffets. But the latest chapter is playing out away from the Strip, in the part of the valley where two decades of booming development have swelled the population to 2 million residents who rely on a dwindling water supply. Ninety percent of the ...

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