Water Infrastructure Project Wins a top ASCE Civil Engineering Award #water

Photo taken from a helicopter of the Olivenhain Dam and reservoir near Escondido, CA. Photo by Phil Konstantin
San Diego county can rest a bit more easily should a major earthquake, or another disaster disrupt supply of water it imports. The 25 year project investing in San Diego's water infrastructure won the American Society of Civil Engineers' Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA) Award.

Visualization of water use in the United States

The U.S. Geological Survey has produced a visualization that shows how much freshwater is used by each state for a variety of purposes. The visualization resizes the states according to how much freshwater they use.

The visualization shows freshwater withdrawals for thermoelectric power generation, public supply, irrigation, industrial use, or total withdrawals, with data available in 5-year intervals from 1950 to the present.

Click here to access the visualization of state water use.

How is wastewater cleaned?

Most of the water that is used in homes and businesses is put into either municipal sewers or home septic systems. Most of that water is polluted to some extent, because it comes from clothes washing, bathing, and toilets. In earlier times, sewage was put directly into the ground, into rivers, or into the ocean, without any treatment. As population has grown, however, the need for wastewater treatment has increased as well.


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