Monthly Archives: September 2010

Happy New Year!

Surprised by today’s title? Has Steve finally gone ’round the bend? Actually, the official Water Year begins on October 1. It’s much like the fiscal years used by many companies and government agencies — including the State of California — …
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The Trash Folks Get No Respect

I often complain about the lack of respect that wastewater Operators get. What would you do if that miraculous device, the toilet, didn’t carry all that stuff away from your house? That facility is so ingrained in modern life that …
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An Examination of Environmentalists

I just came across a series of articles being published by the Washington Examiner this week, all dealing with the Environmentalist movement in the United States. See: loans with low interest rates http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/Examiner-Special-Report—Big-Green-Environmentalists-arent-really-about-clean-air-and-water-103848559.html I have yet to read all of …
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Hydraulic Short Circuiting

Hydraulic short circuiting has come up in a couple of my recent classes, so I decided to discuss it today. This is an issue that impacts treatment process performance, so it’s important for us to have a handle on what …
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Bark Beetles Are Bad — Or Good

My thanks again to Los Angeles Times writer Bettina Boxall for another article on the complexities of biology. See: http://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=8960849095184073652 As we noted at the beginning of last week, it’s fire season in southern California. Dead trees make much better …
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Hail the Autumnal Equinox!

It’s official: Summer is over. Oh, I know. Lots of folks thought it was already over, once the kids went back to school, or once Labor Day passed. But officially, Summer ends and Fall begins today, September 21. This date …
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"High" Tech Treatment of Storm Drain Wastes

For a look at the “State of the Art” in storm water waste treatment, see this article in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-river-trash-20100919,0,5621100.story I’m reminded of an expression used by a friend of my father, who was a journeyman plumber. …
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Another Opinion on Bottled Water

If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you know that I give “The Regulators” a hard time. But I do know several extremely competent and conscientious folks that work for the California Department of Public Health and the United …
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Canned Air Isn’t Air!

Thanks to all of you who follow my blog. I do appreciate it, and I especially appreciate the occasional click on an advertiser’s link — that’s my only source of revenue for this undertaking. Incidentally, I don’t expect to be …
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How Should We Put Out Fires?

One of my favorite quotes is from the noted champion of the wilderness, John Muir (in today’s photo): “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” Spoken about 100 …
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Density — The Fundamental Equation

As we look deep into space, far from our Earth home, using the best tools science has developed — including the Hubbell telescope, which gives us today’s photo — we still see only two things: Matter and Energy. As far …
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"Lucy, You Got Some ‘Splainin’ To Do!"

Well, it’s Friday morning, one week before the State Distribution exam, and … HOLD THE PRESSES! Here is the official announcement from the State of California, Department of Public Health, Division of Drinking Water and Environmental Management, Operator Certification Program: …
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Food and Microorganisms in the Gulf Oil Spill

Last month we had a post on the microorganisms that are cleaning up our mess in the Gulf of Mexico. Today, Associated Press has another chapter in this story. See: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_GULF_SPILL_WHERES_THE_OIL?SITE=VTBUR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT A recent report shows that oxygen levels have decreased …
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The Total Dissolved Solids Analysis

Determining if water is safe to drink is a monumental challenge, and one that is quite obviously vital to public health. Recently, we have explored the analyses directed at evaluating the biological risks to the safety of the water supply: …
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Are You Enjoying Labor Day?

I’ve got a day off, and I hope you do too. However, somebody has to keep the water flowing, so I know many of you are on the job today. Thank you for your “Labor”! Just in case you absolutely …
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