The Ecobot III digests biomass using microbial fuel cells and extracts energy in the form of hydrogen. It also excretes organic waste. Science fiction dream (or nightmare?!) come true?
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Does your organization serve a population of 2,500 or less? If so, the Design and Performance Provisions, System Evaluation and Capacity Assurance Plan, Monitoring and Program Modifications, Program Audits and Communication Program elements and the final SSMP will be due by August 2, 2010. If you are a publicly owned collection system with more than one mile of pipeline you must have developed a SSMP after August 2, 2010 deadline. In order to be compliant, this August 2nd deadline requires you to have a developed and implemented your SSMP regardless of the population you serve
The next phase of the SSMP for collection systems under the statewide program will be state conducted audits. Audits will occur at least every two years. Your organization must prepare and retain a SSMP report on file. All audits will concentrate on how adequate the SSMP and the enrollee’s compliance with the SSMP requirements including identification of any deficiencies in the SSMP and steps taken to correct them. The due date of an audit is every two years from the date your agency obtained approval from their governing body. May 2011 will be the first audit date for an agency serving a population of 100,000 or more. August 2011 will be the first due date for agencies serving populations between 10,000 and 99,999.
The University of Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is researching the market potential for hydrokinetics. To help gauge interest in the technology, they are asking wastewater professionals to complete an online survey. They hope to use the results to promote federal incentives to further the development of hydrokinetic technology, and all participants can sign-up for a copy of the white paper.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Water Companies launched the “Water is Your Business” series to educate public leaders, businesses, and citizens on the importance of water infrastructure to public and environmental health, and the economic vitality of their communities. The kickoff event in Miami, FL brought together more than 50 business leaders to examine drinking and wastewater infrastructure needs in the context of regional water management issues.
Poised to be held in additional cities across the country, the “Water is Your Business” series raises awareness of the significant economic and ecological impacts of water provision, use and disposal on communities everywhere. Each local dialogue will focus on providing business and community leaders with tools and resources needed to be constructive and influential participants in the discussion on water infrastructure needs. The series is co-hosted by local area chambers of commerce.
The Chamber recognizes that water infrastructure is a critical part of the physical platform of the U.S. economy,” said Janet Kavinoky, U.S. Chamber director of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Unfortunately, it is out of sight, out of mind, until a pipe breaks or supplies run low. We want to raise awareness of the needs and potential solutions, in particular, the role of the private sector in delivering sustainable water systems.”