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Water System Operator aims to bring stories that help you and your plant perform better. Now we do more of the same on the WSO website. There you’ll find stories that appear only online — and that are current, because they’re not subject to the lead times involved in the print magazine. Here are a few online exclusives recommended by the WSO editorial team:

Southern California District Receives $1.7 Million in WaterSMART Grant

The Water Replenishment District of Southern California received one of five WaterSMART grants for expansion of its Leo J. Vander Lans Advanced Water Treatment Facility from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor announced the selection of five Title XVI water reuse projects in California and New Mexico to receive $15.6 million in funding.

Old Pipes Reveal Truth About 200-Year-Old Water Distribution System

New York City municipal workers were surprised when a 2006 street excavation in Lower Manhattan exposed wooden pipes that conveyed water to the city two centuries ago. The pipes, dating to the 1820s, included the wrought iron connectors that held sections of the pipe together. Once pulled from the ground, the pipes sat in the headquarters of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection. Last month they were taken to the New York Historical Society for display.

How Would You Spend $100 Billion on Water Infrastructure?

What would you do with $100 billion to spend on water infrastructure? That’s the question the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread posed to key water infrastructure experts. The U.S. EPA recently announced that assuring safe drinking water for Americans in 20 years will require $384 billion more in infrastructure investment. Meanwhile, scientists and engineers are identifying new technologies, many of which look to replicate and harness nature’s tricks of the trade to bring us a more resilient and adaptable way to use, and reuse, water and other natural resources.

$16,000 Water Bill Causes Uproar in California

When a woman in Escondido, Calif., received a $16,000 water bill for roughly 30 days of service last January 2013, she knew something wasn’t right. According to a report on the San Diego NBC affiliate website, Margaret Kreusser said her bills are normally around $115 for about 150 gallons of water used per day. The local utility claimed Kreusser’s property must have had a leak that averaged more than 87,000 gallons of water a day. Local water experts with the consumer group found no logical reason the bill would be so high. Kreusser is taking matters into her own hands and suing the city.


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