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Drought conditions largely persisted across multiple regions of the United States this week. Overall, the nationwide Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) decreased from 161 to 157, as the total percent coverage of abnormally dry (D0), moderate (D1), severe (D2), and extreme (D3) drought conditions slightly declined on U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) scale. Last week, Hurricane Zeta made landfall and brought moderate rainfall (2 to 4 inches) along its path, with locally...

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

The October 2020 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) update indicated that overall, the coupled ocean-atmosphere system indicates the continuation of La Niña. Over the next few months, La Niña is likely to continue through the winter 2020-2021 (~85%) and into spring 2021 (~60% chance during February through April) in the Northern Hemisphere. To read more, click here .

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) 2020...

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A wide-ranging radio forum provided another opportunity to answer questions ab out Corpus Christi ’s seawater desalination project designed to develop a crucial new water source for the City .

The radio discussion, which can be heard at the KEDT-FM website , is among multiple platforms the City is using to...

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Has the phrase “wash your hands” ever carried more significance than it has this year? Despite all the attention, we still need to remind people that water for handwashing, drinking, agriculture and industry doesn’t just show up. It requires an intricate system of pipes, pump stations, treatment plants, storage facilities and other infrastructure, along with people to keep it all operating.

An important new report makes the case that the U.S. isn’t...

Read More - Investment in Water Infrastructure is Essential for Economic Recovery, ASCE Report Says

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Tagswater infrastructure, ASCE, drinking water, Stormwater, Funding, Wastewater, capital investment, communities, Value of Water,

We continue our ongoing series spotlighting upcoming infrastructure funding opportunities, at both the state and federal levels. Read the previous posts: Coronavirus Exposes Long-Standing Infrastructure Funding Vulnerabilities and Avenues to Fund Your Infrastructure: FIF and CDBG .

Financing opportunities outside of traditional municipal bonds can be attractive, particularly for utilities in lower income, incorporated communities. Oftentimes these loans and grants go largely underutilized because of the perception that...

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Although the next few months of summer typically see some of the highest demands of the year, usage may be different or even diminished this year because of COVID-19.

Water utilities should continue to keep an eye on water quality, which could be an issue as some college campuses, business buildings, and sections of communities have closed down or seen large decreases in activity during normally busy months.

The Environmental Protection Agency...

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This article is a preview of a presentation recorded for the Collection Systems Digital Conference presented by the Water Environment Federation.

Treating large volumes of rainwater due to inflow and infiltration (I&I) in the wastewater collection system is a shared experience of many utilities across the US. The City of Conroe, Texas, is facing the same challenge...

Read More - How Much Rainwater Are You Treating? Solutions and Budgeting for I&I Reduction

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This article is a preview of a presentation recorded for the Collection Systems Digital Conference presented by the Water Environment Federation.

In downtown Dallas, approximately 40% of the City's sewer flow passes through a a single 90-inch interceptor structure, which was deteriorating. Because the site is inaccessible to large construction equipment, critical repairs had to take place from within the structure.

To solve this challenge, the City designed a 150-MGD...

Read More - Successful Procedure: Wastewater Bypass in the Heart of Dallas

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