What is the difference between wastewater and stormwater?
By Preston Vawdrey
As clean water enthusiasts, one of our biggest problems we face is increasing public knowledge about water pollution issues like wastewater, stormwater and proper water maintenance.
When trying to spread awareness about water issues, we get one particular question more often than others: What is the difference between wastewater and stormwater? There are only a couple differences between the definitions of wastewater and stormwater.
In water communities, we tend to define water by the way it travels from one place to another. The usual key factors in definition are: 1) Where the water came from. 2) How it traveled. 3) Where it ended up. 4) What happened to it along the way. Continue reading “Stormwater vs Wastewater – What’s the Difference?”
Is it one word? Two words? Hyphenated?
If your job involves any type of clean water regulation, you have probably come across this conundrum. What is the correct way to spell stormwater? Or is it storm water?
I am writing this article in Google Docs. When I write storm water as two words, it gives it a squiggly red underline and asks me if I mean stormwater. In complete contrast, when I send an email through Gmail, it tells me the word stormwater is misspelled and asks me if I mean storm water or storm-water. So if thought google would know which one was correct, you’d be wrong. It can’t even decide for itself which one to use.
Don’t worry about it, though, I have researched this life or death issue and finally come across the answer. From this day forth, you will know with certainty which of the two is correct. Is it stormwater or is it storm water? Continue reading “Stormwater vs Storm Water”
Imagine your day. You wake up, you go to the bathroom, you take a shower, you take your medications, you brush your teeth, you head to work, you eat lunch, you come home from work, you eat dinner, you watch tv, you go to the bathroom, you go to bed.
Now imagine your day with no water. You wake up. When you go to the bathroom you are greeted by the stench of leftover bathroom experiences, since you can’t flush the toilet. You can’t take a shower, so you probably smell awesome. You grab your pills and put them in your mouth, but you have to swallow without water. You could probably brush your teeth, but you wouldn’t be able to rinse out your mouth. Continue reading “A Day Without Water 2018”
Last night I attended the first in a series of meetings put on by the Utah Division of Natural Resources (DNR) on water conservation. The DNR has teamed up with Hansen Allen & Luce, Inc, and Bowen Collins & Associates to survey Utah citizens and help the state come up with some viable water conservation goals.
Continue reading “Utah Water Conservation Open Houses”
This weekend, our stormwater media team hit the streets of Salt Lake City to ask people what they knew about stormwater.
“What do you think of when I say stormwater?” When asked this question, we got a plethora of interesting answers. Ranging from educated guesses that turned out right to a stunned “Uhh… Star Wars…” It became pretty clear to our team that most people had never considered why there was a drain next to the sidewalk.
It seemed pretty clear after spending an afternoon in SLC that people were just as surprised to find out where stormwater goes as they were when they found out that Darth Vader is Luke’s father.
Continue reading “Stormwater, I am your father…”