Monthly Archives: May 2010

100 Blogs!

We made it to 100 blogs. The only image I could come up with for “100” was the $100 bill, with its image of our great founding father, Benjamin Franklin. Franklin is famous for many things, including his bits of …
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Chloride in the Santa Clara River — Part II

Yesterday, we addressed the first two of three critical questions regarding chloride discharges into the Santa Clara River. As to the first question, we found that two-thirds of the chloride came from the drinking water supply, which often has a …
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Chloride in the Santa Clara River — Part I

In Santa Clarita, California, we are considering a sewer rate hike. If passed, sewer fees will more than double over the next few years. The reason for the hike is the reduction in chloride levels in the discharge. Three key …
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LADWP — Evil, Corrupt, or Public Servants?

At the LA Daily News, it’s open season on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. But that’s really business as usual; they have waged a long-standing attack against LADWP. I’d like to share my experiences with LADWP with …
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Personal Water Supply Update

Here is a great photo of Vernal Fall — I wish I had taken it! It is a file photo from BayTurtle photo galleries, but I hope to show you some from my trip to Yosemite this past weekend. The …
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The Silence of the Media

I’m back after a brief working vacation. The “work” was a personal inspection of the water supply conditions — in Yosemite National Park. Okay, so maybe there was more “vacation” than “working” involved. I hope to share a few photos …
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Water Storage Update

I got an opportunity to put out another blog this evening, so I thought I would examine the storage at Oroville again. Remember that this is the main storage component of the California State Water Project, so this provides the …
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Chlorine Questions on the Certification Exam

Besides math, no topic presents us with more certification exam questions than chlorine. Why? Because chlorine is still — by far — the most widely used disinfecting chemical for drinking water in the USA. And because disinfection is still — …
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The KISS Principle Applies to Math, Too!

You have all heard of the KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid! We generally do an incredibly poor job of this when it comes to water system math. I’ve seen people with three-ring binders filled with notes, multiple math text …
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The Density Equation

Everything that we have ever seen — and even things we can’t see — in the entire universe is made of “matter.” Science defines Matter as “anything that has mass and occupies space.”On the surface of our planet, we can …
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The Velocity Equation

This is your last chance to join me tomorrow in Rancho Cucamonga for the Math Review sessions. Contact the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association at (909)481-7200. It’s a great way to get ready for the math portion …
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Water Storage Update and Drinking Water Week

Happy Tuesday! And it’s Tuesday of National Drinking Water Week. I forgot too! May is also Water Awareness Month in California. I expect we will be hearing a lot about the importance of conservation in the days ahead. Actually, you …
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What’s in Our Energy Future?

Did you know that the largest single consumer of electricity in California is the water industry? Today, water and energy are inextricably linked. But what does the future hold for us? It promises to pose an even greater linkage between …
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