12 Key Steps to Planning a Severe Weather Response at Treatment Facilities

12 Key Steps to Planning a Severe Weather Response at Treatment Facilities

Before, during, and after a natural disaster strikes, facilities should have a plan in place to execute a comprehensive and flexible response to protect staff and critical assets. The need for such a plan may be increasing. The recently published National Climate Assessment noted that the growing consensus in the scientific community points to an [...]

Deadline Alert: Major Source Boiler MACT Energy Assessments

Deadline Alert: Major Source Boiler MACT Energy Assessments

If you are (or could be) a major source of Hazardous Air Pollutant emissions and have one or more boilers that can burn natural gas, oil, or solid fuel, and have a rated input of greater than 10 MMBtu, you may need to conduct a one-time energy assessment. Boilers subject to EPA’s Major Source Boiler [...]

Posted in: Energy
July 7, 2014
A Water Shortage Solution: Reclaimed Wastewater

A Water Shortage Solution: Reclaimed Wastewater

Recent fires in Southern California are a vivid reminder that half of the United States is experiencing some level of drought, and 15 percent of the country is currently dealing with extreme to exceptional drought—“a pattern that has been persistent for much of the past several years,” according to NASA. As a result, many communities [...]

Posted in: Water
June 30, 2014
Managing Energy Costs: Have a Procurement Plan in Place

Managing Energy Costs: Have a Procurement Plan in Place

As an engineering firm, we look at energy consuming systems for costs savings, but often significant savings can be realized by developing a basic energy procurement strategy. In many areas, energy prices are rising, driven largely by a sharp spike in the demand for natural gas. And as the price for natural gas rises, so [...]

Posted in: Energy
June 23, 2014
Smart Meters for Water Utilities: Greater Accuracy Yields Savings and Benefits

Smart Meters for Water Utilities: Greater Accuracy Yields Savings and Benefits

Imagine a scenario where a homeowner’s heating system is leaking water. If the problem goes unnoticed in the basement, the homeowner is on the hook for thousands of gallons of wasted water. Now imagine the water utility has the ability to detect that the water has been running at this home for twenty-four hours. The [...]

Posted in: Energy, Water
June 19, 2014
Is a Microgrid Your Organization’s Energy Resiliency Solution?

Is a Microgrid Your Organization’s Energy Resiliency Solution?

Microgrids are a hot topic in the energy industry. Governments and organizations are interested as well. The Department of energy is offering grants to back microgrid deployment, and several states are offering funding to support microgrid pilot projects, including California, Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. What exactly is a microgrid? Is it a good way [...]

Posted in: Energy
June 4, 2014
Flushed Items that Stop the Flow

Flushed Items that Stop the Flow

There are a number of things, some well-known and others not so obvious, that one should never flush down a toilet. There are three fundamental reasons why items make this list: it’s bad for your home’s plumbing and/or septic system, it has the potential to create negative environmental impacts, or it creates challenges for a [...]

Posted in: Water
May 19, 2014
Aeration Upgrades: A Smart Approach to Saving Energy & Money

Aeration Upgrades: A Smart Approach to Saving Energy & Money

Aeration, a vital step in the wastewater treatment process, can also be an expensive one. Aeration blowers are typically the main consumer of electricity at a wastewater treatment plant, and since many aeration systems are oversized and outdated, they create inefficiencies that greatly influence overall treatment costs. Making upgrades to an outdated aeration system can [...]

Posted in: Water
May 13, 2014
Leading a Public-Private Partnership to Remove Urban Blight

Leading a Public-Private Partnership to Remove Urban Blight

Urban blight is a pervasive problem in many cities. Planners, developers, and municipal governments have launched many successful efforts to revitalize vacant or brownfield properties through tax incentives and new construction developments. However, some cities can’t afford to upgrade or attract interest from business or residents to revitalize every distressed property. In that case, it’s [...]

April 24, 2014
Designing a High-Performing Solar System

Designing a High-Performing Solar System

A solar photovoltaic (PV) system that performs up to or beyond its predicted output can make the difference between a successful project and a lackluster one. Determining a PV system’s capacity begins early in the design process, so careful choices need to be made from the outset. Energy production at the time of design is [...]

Posted in: Energy
April 16, 2014