Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

Power move

D.C. Water harnessing electricity from every flush

The $470 million “Class A” Biosolids and Energy Facilities section at D.C. Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. KATHERINE FREY


Washington Post

The next time you flush in the nation’s capital, you might consider this: You — or, more precisely, whatever you have flushed — will help generate clean energy. D.C. Water, which also treats sewage from much of the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs, recently became the first utility in North America to use a Norwegian thermal hydrolysis system to convert the sludge left over from treated sewage into electricity.


Governor: S.C. moving into recovery

Associated Press

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says the state is moving away from an emergency mode and into a recovery mode to deal with massive flooding earlier this month. Assessment teams will determine exactly how much damage the floods caused; some have estimated it will top $1 billion.


N.Y. races to flood-proof its subways

National Public Radio

New York City may have dodged a major storm recently when Hurricane Joaquin headed out to sea, but it was an unwelcome reminder of what happened three years ago during Superstorm Sandy. Now, the New York subway system is racing to get new flood-proofing technologies ready in time for the next big storm.

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