Monthly Archives: March 2011

World Water Quality

I usually begin a discussion of world water quality with a photo of the World Trade Center that was destroyed by terrorists on September 11, 2001. The reason for this is that about 4,000 people died in that horrific tragedy. …
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Thank You! We Reached 10,000 Visits!

Google began tracking visits to this blog last July 1. Two days ago, we passed the 10,000 visit mark since that date. Thank you to all of you who have visited, commented, suggested, encouraged, or otherwise helped to make this …
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CA-NV AWWA Conference

This week is conference week for the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association. It will be held in Long Beach, permanent home of the Queen Mary, shown in today’s photo. Even instructors need continuing education (also known as …
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Water Supply Update

Just in case you haven’t noticed, we are getting a little rain and snow here in California. Excellent news for water folks, right? Well, yes and no. See this very good article on the situation from the Sacramento Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/22/3493907/late-rains-put-states-water-managers.html …
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All Hail The Vernal Equinox!

Wow, lots to address today. First, how did you do on the exam on Saturday? The State of California requests that you do not share the actual questions with anyone. However, I don’t think they would mind if you shared …
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Tomorrow is Exam Day!

It’s finally here: Exam Day — at least for those of you taking the California Water Distribution Operator certification exam. I hope you have followed my advice over the past few weeks, and did a little studying each day. Whether …
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Yes, I know St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow. I am Irish after all. But I will be conducting a class all day tomorrow, so no blog post. I bet you can guess what the topic for the class tomorrow is. …
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Should We Abandon Nuclear Energy?

What a truly unbelievable tragedy has befallen Japan. An earthquake of inconceivable magnitude, followed by even more devastating tsunamis. And now they face nuclear holocaust. Or do they? It is amazing how well the Japanese people are coping with this …
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Science vs. Emotions or Politics

I found a very thoughtful opinion piece in my local paper this morning. It is based on science and facts related to a contaminant found in Santa Clarita, as well as many other places around the country. See: http://www.the-signal.com/section/33/article/41779/ Ask …
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State Exam Next Week: Learn From History

Only one week left until the next California Water Distribution Operator exam. How best to use your time remaining? History is a great teacher, for those of us willing to listen. (With “history” as the theme for the blog today, …
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What Killed The Fish In Redondo Beach?

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0309-dead-fish-20110309,0,2606300.story Did you catch this news story yesterday? An amazing mass demise of small fish in Redondo Beach harbor. What caused this to occur? I immediately concluded mass suicide. I mean, it has got to be pretty depressing to be …
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And The Results Are In!

I’m starting to hear back from several of you who took the State Distribution exam last January. So far, every one reports passing — and with some impressive scores. Nice going, guys! I’m guessing those nice scores came from lots …
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Water Supply Update

As I reported to you a couple of weeks ago, I was pretty worried about our water supply in California this year. Things were good on the storage side, but we had very little precipitation over what are usually our …
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Dimensional Analysis — Your Best Math Friend

As we approach another State exam date, the sense of dread is heavy on many of you. And what you dread most — based on what you and others like you have told me in the water classes I have …
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