Streamline - Spring 2013 - (Page 25)
BOB GAY, CIRCUIT
and Drought Management
SUPPLIES OF TREATABLE
When full, the
and mile after
mile of pipe
of gallons of
are out of the
cycle, if even for
a short time.
water are showing drastic signs of depletion.
Science has always said that matter is neither
created nor destroyed. That has proven to be true
over and over. So the question is, “What form is
our water taking now?”
If we look back at the creeks, ponds and rivers
that we played in as children, some are gone while
most are suffering from a serious lack of volume.
One potential explanation is the belief that much
more water resides in the atmosphere in the form
of vapor. Some theorize that this may be caused
by global warming.
A second theory to explain this phenomenon
is the idea that the oceans contain more of the
water. Fewer and fewer storms gather water from
the ocean to be distributed as rainfall. Due to
human development of the land (houses, pavement,
clear cut timber), this rainfall fails to soak into the
ground and runs off more quickly into streams,
rivers and, finally, back into the ocean.
This disrupted cycle of a less frequent pickup
from, and a faster return to, the ocean results in
less replenishment of the underground aquifers.
Due to less ground absorption, the volume of
water for most any given storm results in a large
volume of water returning rapidly to the ocean.
Storm water runoff has become a major issue with
the regulatory agencies.
This storm water may have to be captured for
later use for drinking water and irrigation.
There are about 450,000 water systems in this
country and almost every one of them has a certain amount of water storage. This water is from a
groundwater or surface water source, which has been
treated and stored until used. When full, the storage
facilities represent billions and billions of gallons
of water that are out of the replenishment cycle.
Much of this water will have a delayed replenishment return cycle due to distribution and
treatment methods, residences with septic fields,
agriculture, industrial contamination and evaporation. These approximate 450,000 water systems
play a major part in how efficiently our water
sources are utilized. This includes your system.
Failing water and wastewater infrastructures
can result in larger amounts of treatable water
being drawn from these ground and surface water
sources. Therefore, if less water is wasted a smaller
amount of water needs to be extracted from our
The treatment, storage and distribution infrastructures need to be maintained. This can be
accomplished by an asset management program that
dictates good routine maintenance, efficient utilization, as well as timely replacement of equipment.
Begin with a thorough survey of your systems
liabilities. Next, determine the costs of repairing/
replacing the most urgent needs. The next and largest challenge is to find the money. This should be
followed by a plan to address all needs and have
them placed into reasonable time frames.
When each asset is repaired and/or replaced a
projection of its approximate new lifespan along
with projected expense of repair/replacement
should be recorded and funded accordingly.
A massive customer water usage awareness
program (in order to educate the consumers in the
many ways in which this valuable resource can be
conserved) should be conducted.
A big plus in customer conservation practices
is that there is less impact on the system during
a drought or other disruption. This program not
only lessens the daily stress on the overall system,
it can also save the customer money each month.
Each locality must do its part to better utilize
this most valuable asset. The driving force may
be the water/wastewater operators along with
the distribution and collection personnel.
In many cases, you are also the customer.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Spring 2013
From the President
From the Executive Director
Water and Wastewater Certifi cation Exam Test Taking Tips
Past 25 Years of VRWA
Proactive vs. Reactive
Asset Management and Drought Management
Is the Tank Contaminating the Water?
Committed to the Future of Rural Communities
Standard Operating Procedure For Leak Detection Using the Pressure Hold Method
The Virginia RATES Program is at Your Service
Ergs, Joules and Other Stuff
VRWA 25th Annual Exposition Agenda
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefi ts Are?
Throwing My Loop
Welcoming New Members
Board Of Directors
Index To Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Spring 2013