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The Business of Water WATER AND WASTEWATER operators have long known the value of their efforts to produce quality INTRODUCTION BY DONNA LAWSON, WASTEWATER TECH II water even if it was largely unnoticed. However, as Virginia’s population grows the extreme variations of climate can produce water shortages or widespread flooding, the cost at the tap for the average customer will continue to rise. Water supply and remediation have become big business and affect economic growth not only in Virginia, but around the world. The following article appeared in the May 2013 edition of Virginia Business ( and is reprinted with permission. Drought or Flood? Buffeted by weather extremes, Virginia tries to balance its water supply BY NICOLE ANDERSON ELLIS REPRINTED FROM VIRGINIA BUSINESS, MAY 2013, WITH PERMISSION. Water use may not be a major concern for most Virginia families, but increasingly it’s a driving force behind decisions in the board room. 14 S T R E A M L I N E • F a l l 2 0 1 3 ON NEW YEAR’S Day, according to the U.S. Drought Mitigation Center, nearly two-thirds of the commonwealth was labeled “drought” or “abnormally dry.” But what’s normal anymore? Last year, 60 percent of the U.S. experienced drought conditions, and the dire consequences filled national news: desiccated farmland across the Midwest; raging firestorms; fears that the increasing shallow Mississippi River might close to shipping. Virginia’s water woes are less TV-ready. In the last two months of 2012, the commonwealth got 56 percent of its expected rainfall, yet the average Virginian took little note of the crisis at home. “We can still turn on the tap and

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Fall 2013

From the President
From the Executive Director
Acronyms – Today’s Language
Drought or Flood?
Can Changing Your Plant Lighting Save You Money?
Source Water Protection Notes
Aging and Failing Infrastructure
Time for Some R&R
EXPO Coverage and Recap
Ergs, Joules and Other Stuff
Wastewater Math
Throwing My Loop
eLearning Benefi ts
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefi ts Are
Welcome New Members
VRWA Mailbag
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Fall 2013