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Although an essential element for living cells, Phosphorus can have serious environmental effects when found in natural or engineering environments.

Major sources of Phosphorus pollution can come from wastewater effluent, commercial chemicals and agricultural waste.  Phosphorus minerals, such as struvite and vivianite, can precipitate and form scales in drinking water and wastewater systems.

Although these minerals are problems when left uncontrolled and unmonitored, their recovery is beneficial.

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TagsWater, Wastewater, treatment, effluent, phosphorus, pollution, Recycling, Sustainability,

(All Images Courtesy of the City of Lubbock)

In the same way a physician meticulously performs open-heart surgery, cities have to modify their water system while it’s still running. But with flexible design and careful attention during construction, the transition to a new “heart” can go seamlessly without disruption of service.

A condition assessment showed the City of...

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Scientists are predicting the Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxic zone to be the size of Massachusetts and close to the record from two years ago.

The hypoxic zone or “dead zone,” which is an area of low to no oxygen that can kill marine life, is forecast by National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration scientists to be approximately 7,829 square miles, close to 2017’s record size of 8,776 square miles...

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Drought conditions worsened overall. DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) increased from 15 to 18. The majority of the deterioration occurred across portions of the Southeast and lower Mid-Atlantic where persistent hot and dry weather continued. However, heavy rains are projected to impact the region in the coming days and is expected to provide relief. In the South, recent precipitation helped alleviate small areas of drought in the Trans Pecos region of Texas. According to NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information,...

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TagsCurrent Drought Conditions, Drought Index, Drought Maps, Drought Monitor, Drought Response, Drought Restrictions, Groundwater, Historical Data, reservoir levels, streamflow,

Today, Freese and Nichols joins the dam safety industry today to raise awareness about National Dam Safety Awareness Day. 

National Dam Safety Awareness Day commemorates the 1889 failure of South Fork Dam near Johnstown, Pennsylvania, that claimed more than 2,200 lives and led to the public awareness of the importance of dam safety.

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) calls May 31 a day for “remembering the...

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Overall, oceanic and atmospheric conditions remain consistent with El Niño. In the May 2019 Climate Prediction Center update, it was determined that El Niño is likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere summer 2019 (70 percent chance) and fall (55-60 percent chance). To read more, click here.

In the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook update covering May through August, existing drought conditions are expected to persist...

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TagsLa Nina, Forecasts, Drought Outlook, Drought Maps, Climate,

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The Bureau of Reclamation has announced $32 million in funding opportunities for desalination construction projects and water reclamation and reuse projects under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the...

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Are you being smart with how you're managing your water supply?

As the demand and limited availability for water in Texas increase, the need for responsible management and consideration of sustainable alternatives also increase.

Join Marisa Flores-Gonzalez (Austin Water) as she discusses the implementation of the 100-Year Austin...

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Tagswater planning, water resource planning, Planning, aquifer, aquifer storage, recovery,

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