Water and Wastewater Utility Engineering

News from the Field

Our field is always changing. Read about the latest developments and innovations here.

December 29, 2020

anchor

USDA awards nearly $900 million for rural water and wastewater projects

Categories: Sustainability,

In late October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it had awarded $891 million in loans and grants for rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects in 43 states. Awarded through the USDA’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program, the funding will help pay for 220 projects benefiting an estimated 787,000 residents. …

December 17, 2020

anchor

Engineering innovation solves the problem by eliminating the problem

Categories: Workplace,

Sorin Dinu and Mihai Dinu have 15 years of experience on sewerage project work sites in their native Romania and beyond. So, they know what it’s like to work in a 3-meter-deep trench. And what they learned is that the best way to improve working in a 3-meter-wide trench is to not work in a …

December 15, 2020

anchor

Review: On food infrastructure and urban growth

Categories: Sustainability,

The Problem with Feeding Cities: The Social Transformation of Infrastructure, Abundance, and Inequality in America, by Andrew Deener. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020; 328 pages, $32.50. The restaurant industry is one of the more visible economic sectors being devastated by the pandemic. Many well-known establishments — often locally owned institutions — are closing their …

November 15, 2020

anchor

Leading in a multi-generational workplace

Categories: Workplace,

Today, more Americans than ever are working past the traditional age of retirement. According to a 2019 report from the U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 10.6 million people in the workforce…Read More >>

October 15, 2020

anchor

5 Lessons Learned From the COVID-19 Community Calls Series

Categories: Workplace,

April 2020 is not a month anyone will forget anytime soon, as the coronavirus pandemic emptied city streets and shuttered many businesses. The ASCE Plot Points podcast’s COVID-19 Community Calls series featured 33 phone calls…Read More >>

October 14, 2020

anchor

Don’t Fear the Next Big Energy Transition

Categories: Sustainability,

Michael E. Webber’s 2019 book, “Power Trip: The Story of Energy,” considers world history as the history of energy. All of which is very interesting. And what’s perhaps even more interesting is the way that…Read More >>