Streamline - Fall 2013 - (Page 14)
The Business of Water
WATER AND WASTEWATER operators have long known the value of their efforts to produce quality
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 (www.VirginiaBusiness.com) 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
it’s a driving
decisions in the
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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
Throwing My Loop
eLearning Benefi ts
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefi ts Are
Welcome New Members
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Fall 2013