Insights by Shannon Saramaa, PE

Are general permits the right way to reduce nutrient discharge?
Are general permits the right way to reduce nutrient discharge?

The Washington Department of Ecology is moving toward implementing nutrient limits in wastewater plant permits.

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Why is corrosion control so important in our water systems?
Why is corrosion control so important in our water systems?

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) is going through more substantive changes due to a compelling need to clarify its implementation requirements.

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Hydraulic model of water-wastewater system covers more than capital upgrades
Hydraulic model of water-wastewater system covers more than capital upgrades

Being able to run water or wastewater through virtual pipe systems is beneficial to infrastructure planning and identifying potential problem areas.

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Utility privatization: A snapshot of “The Deal”
Utility privatization: A snapshot of “The Deal”

Defense Logistics Agency’s Utility Privatization Program involves bidding on a 50-year contract to own, operate and maintain the utility system(s) you win.

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Utility privatization benefits, substantial for utilities
Utility privatization benefits, substantial for utilities

Consider the benefits of adopting a public-private arrangement with a local military base to “share” your utility infrastructure.

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Funds to get water-wastewater projects rolling
Funds to get water-wastewater projects rolling

If you oversee a small community, you may have challenges obtaining funding for your water and sewer projects.

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Water storage tank: Tear it down or upgrade?
Water storage tank: Tear it down or upgrade?

Should you try to extend the life of an existing water tank or start over with a new one?

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Where did all our water go? Minimize lost water
Where did all our water go? Minimize lost water

Why don’t all of your town’s individual water service meters add up to your master meter? Municipalities ask this question all the time.

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A realistic application of the One Water approach
A realistic application of the One Water approach

“One Water” is a holistic approach to integrate planning for water supply, wastewater and stormwater systems.

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Show me the money: Municipal water and wastewater
Show me the money: Municipal water and wastewater

No matter the size of municipal water or wastewater project, you always need money. Fortunately, there are many funding sources

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