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Featuring a variety of Val-Matic informational posts, as well as industry information.

How did they flush the toilet on the Death Star?

It’s May 4, also known in some circles as Star Wars Day. (“May the Fourth Be With You.” Get it?)

And as "Star Wars" geeks ourselves, we hope that fans of the iconic films will appreciate our tribute, which comes, as you would expect, with a water twist. Read on for a fun article from Denver Water.

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How the Environment Has Changed since the First Earth Day 50 Years Ago

On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans took part in demonstrations, cleanups and other activities to make the first Earth Day. The event was the brainchild of then Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, and it was a watershed moment for the growing U.S. environmental movement: Americans had become increasingly aware that the same industrialization that had made the country wealthy was having an impact on the environment and their own health. 

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Biden unveils $2 trillion infrastructure plan; water sector reacts

On March 31, the White House released The American Jobs Plan, a $2 trillion infrastructure plan aimed at creating jobs and rebuilding the country’s infrastructure. The Biden Administration is proposing a total of $111 billion dollars in clean water and drinking water investments. Click to read more and see some industry reactions. 

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St. Paddy’s feast? You’ll need more than a pot of gold.

Hundreds of gallons of water go into growing and producing your favorite Irish staples, like corned beef and cabbage. Denver Water put together an infographic about the amounts of water needed for the St. Paddy's feast.

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Vulnerability for Water Utilities

Just days before Super Bowl LV kicked off in Tampa Bay, a water system in nearby Oldsmar, Florida, was the target of a cyber attack, renewing concerns around a major vulnerability for water utilities.

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Duke Waters works on a Plugged Plug

Samantha and I were rounding the curve on I-285 doing about 75 when I heard the faint beep of the cell phone. It was about 9 pm and we were on our way to ...

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Theory, Application and Sizing of Air Valves

One of the most misunderstood aspects of the water and wastewater industry is the presence of air in a pipeline and its impact on operations. Properly de‐aerating the pipeline with the use of automatic air valves will safeguard it from air‐related problems.

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Remote/Virtual Auditing During COVID-19

While some industries still mandate on-site assessments, the execution of remote audits, using information and communication technologies (ICT) has gained extensive popularity in today’s COVID-times.

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The Greatest Water Transfer in History

Our country is currently in the midst of the greatest transfer of wealth in the history of mankind – not in 10 or 20 years – but today. Much has been written about the Silver Tsunami, roughly defined as the wave of water and wastewater operator retirements across the country.

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Holiday Tunes with a Message

The Thames Water Singing Sewerman are wrapping up the blog for the year with a message to the tune of Good King Wenceslas. Val-Matic would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and we will see you back on the blog in January.

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