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2012 in review

By Michael J. McGuire The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: In 2012, there were 42 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 71 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 10 … Continue reading

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Nascent Oxygen?–What is Really Killing Bacteria in Water?

by Michael J. McGuire Before we understood that oxidation-reduction reactions involved electron transfers, chemists theorized that oxygen existed in a “nascent state.” This state made it possible for oxidation reactions to take place. Such an outmoded chemistry concept is relevant … Continue reading

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Drinking Water Regulatory Update—December 3, 2012

 By Michael J. McGuire Alan Roberson is the Director of Federal Relations for the American Water Works Association. He has released the latest in a series of drinking water regulatory updates. The regulatory update covers these important topics: Consumer Confidence … Continue reading

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The Invisible Water Corporation

By Peter Prevos Managers of tap water systems around the world struggle with the same important question: how do you measure the level of service provided to customers? Most existing benchmarking systems are defined from an internal technical perspective and … Continue reading

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George Warren Fuller: The Greatest Sanitary Engineer of His Time

by Michael J. McGuire George Warren Fuller was, quite simply, the greatest sanitary engineer of his time, and his time was long—lasting from 1895 to 1934.  In truth, we have not seen his like since.  How did he reach the … Continue reading

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The United Kingdom’s Water Through Time

By Barbara Drummond In 1847 Captain John Paty, future admiral of the Hawaiian navy and one of the most successful captains in history, became ill after a night drinking in his local hostelry in what was to become San Francisco. … Continue reading

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Water History Can Strengthen AWWA Sections

Publisher’s Note: This article in slightly different form appeared in a recent electronic newsletter (“Section Direction”) produced by the American Water Works Association for the officers and top volunteers of its Sections. by Michael J. McGuire What is the biggest … Continue reading

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The Structure of Water Resources Development in Nigeria

Publisher’s Note:  After meeting Michael Oluwabunmi on the Linkedin networking site, I invited him to share his knowledge of water resources development in his country. Michael (MNIWASA) is a member of Nigeria Water and Sanitation Association (NIWASA). He is also … Continue reading

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A Look Back at Water Works Ownership from a Wisconsin Perspective

Publisher’s Note:  Ed and I bumped into each other (electronically) on Linkedin. He posted a comment to a discussion that I started and noted that he had just completed a manuscript for a book entitled Water Rich:  The History of … Continue reading

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100 Years of Outlawing the Common Cup

By Michael J. McGuire At the turn of the 20th century, public health professionals were still struggling to incorporate the precepts of the germ theory into all of their protocols. The general population was even further behind and, in many … Continue reading

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