VALPARAISO | The future of water and, indeed, the future of life in Valparaiso and the rest of the planet is a combination of finding an adequate supply, conserving water to make the supply last and restoring the infrastructure needed to bring the water to homes and businesses.
Fluoride in the water, introduced in the 1940s, continues to be a controversial topic. No one is calling it a Communist plot anymore, but the two sides still can be heated about it.
Water fights used to be a fun thing to do on hot summer days. These days, they are deadly serious and can go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
VALPARAISO | The seemingly incessant rain last week provided the first test of Valparaiso's combined sewer overflow disinfection facility.
VALPARAISO | One of the scariest things on TV recently wasn't on cable or satellite. It was in Valparaiso's sewers.
VALPARAISO | The city's Utilities Board has hired MWH Global, of Chicago, to study whether the pumping stations at Sturdy Road and Horseprairie Avenue are adequate to handle a new industry.
VALPARAISO | The city is ready to get started on the last big project from the first strategic plan prepared when Mayor Jon Costas first took office nine years ago.
VALPARAISO | The city's Utilities Board should be ready by July to make a recommendation whether the water supply should continue to come from the ground or from Lake Michigan via another supplier.
VALPARAISO | It's now up to DLZ to design a culvert replacement under the Rail America tracks behind the Franklin House, but Valparaiso's Utilities Board wanted to know why the original consultant did not do the job.
VALPARAISO | It was a first in the 18 years Steve Poulos has worked for the city's wastewater treatment plant, and it might have been a first in the almost 60-year history of the facility.
VALPARAISO | The city's Utilities Board tabled a proposal Tuesday to hire consultants Black & Veatch to do a feasibility study and project design for a facility to compost treated sewage sludge.
VALPARAISO | Applying the city's annual 4 million gallons of treated sewage on area farm fields has been a good thing for the farmers and the city, but turning the sludge into compost could prove to be an even bigger boon for the city.
VALPARAISO | There's nothing like a major roundabout project to help the city replace an aging water line.
VALPARAISO | With the loss of a major revenue source and an estimated $600,000 in added employee health insurance costs, the city's Utilities Board is expected to seek rate increases for both sewer and water in 2013.
VALPARAISO | Steve Poulos has officially been named utilities director for the city, replacing John Hardwick, who retired in September.
VALPARAISO | A decision is expected by early 2013 on if the city will need to connect to Indiana American Water to bolster its supply needs and if it's time to treat city water to make it softer.
VALPARAISO | Delaying the start of the Sager Run culvert replacement project as a favor to Zao Island could end up costing the city more money to repave Horseprairie Avenue at the site of the repair.
VALPARAISO | The president and CEO of a local energy conservation company was named Monday to replace Brad Dolezal on Valparaiso's Utilities Board.
VALPARAISO | Bids were opened at Tuesday's utilities board meeting for replacing 1,300 feet of clay sewer pipe on Wood Street that was installed in 1921.
VALPARAISO | The succession plan developed for replacing the top supervisors in the utilities department as they reach retirement age is working so well Utilities Director John Hardwick decided to leave nine months earlier than originally planned.
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