Wastewater: Tapping a Potential Source for Drinking Water

It’s a brave new world as water and wastewater industry experts explore the feasibility of “direct potable reuse,” a future in which highly treated wastewater can be plumbed directly into homes as a new drinking water supply. Believe it or not, recycling wastewater for irrigation …

Simple Typo Causes Trouble for North Carolina City

Have you ever made a typo? After all, nobody’s perfect. Most people make a mistake at some point in their careers without serious consequences. But errors at water and wastewater facilities can have particularly far-reaching effects. A simple typo in a North Carolina plant recently …

Looking Back on Water Safety Efforts in Flint

It’s been about a year now since a group of citizens took it upon themselves to help the residents of Flint, Michigan in the aftermath of a crisis. Flint started making headlines in 2014 when the city began using the Flint River as a water …

Pink Water Incident Renews Focus on Water Treatment

Residents of Lake Charles, Louisiana, were unhappy to discover pink tap water pouring into their sinks and showers last month. The cause of this rosy surprise? An excess of potassium permanganate mistakenly added to the raw water treatment. Though alarming, the pink water was safe …

Flint Residents Get Help From Omaha Ally: UNMC

The Flint lead crisis has somewhat receded from the public eye, but that doesn’t mean that developments have slowed. In fact, a vital healthcare partner in the Omaha community, where PeopleService is headquartered, recently stepped up to offer some much-needed relief to residents. The University …

Educating The Next Generation Of Water Professionals

The entire water and wastewater industry is on notice. We must deal with the fact that our entire industry will lose a significant portion of its current workforce to retirement in the next few years. Details from a 2010 Water Sector Workforce Sustainability Initiative report from …

Coffee Time? Ensuring Clean Water Through Coffee Grounds

Scientific breakthroughs and the pursuit of innovation are often the result of inspiration, testing, refining and many long, late hours of drinking coffee. Bold thinking and commitment have led a lab at the Italian Institute of Technology to a brilliant and cost-effective new concept for …

Bellevue Tackles Sewer Infrastructure Maintenance

The city of Bellevue, Nebraska, will increase sewer rates in 2017 and 2018 in order to address an issue of the utmost importance: maintaining sewer infrastructure. The Omaha World-Herald has the scoop. Obviously, nobody is ever thrilled to see their bills goes up each month. But …

Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas Reach Landmark Water Agreement

Since 1942 the Republican River, which runs through Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas, has been the subject of lawsuits and long-term disagreements between the three states. Back in 1942, the states signed a compact which divided 49% of the river’s water to Nebraska, 40% to Kansas …

Syracuse Main Break Reveals the Importance of Preparedness

Infrastructure can be problematic. There are some problems you cannot predict or safeguard against until they actually happen. One morning in September the citizens of Syracuse, Nebraska, had to contend with the harsh reality of boiling their water due to a water main break that …