water women #bloodsisters

Today, May 28, is menstrual hygiene day. I bet you weren’t expecting me to say that, huh? #bloodsisters In celebration of the day, let’s trend a hashtag and make some waves in the world. Who are the water women? Well, that’s us. You and me. #waterwomen Y’all who know me know that I LOVE Water For People. […]

drinking recycled poopwater

You say EW, I say YUM Let’s talk about drinking poopwater! One of the biggest hurdles with implementing a recycled water system isn’t the high-end technology or the stringent regulations… Judging by your face as you read the words “drinking poopwater”, you know exactly what the hurdle is. It’s the public reaction. The super official term we […]

Real Pumps Have Curves

These are pumps. This is a pump. No, we’re not talking shoes (though those are great too). Pumps move water (or other liquids). They provide flow like this. Each curve is a different pump or impeller size. We’ve all been in the shower and said “there’s not enough pressure!”. So we’re all in agreement, that […]

All’s Well That Ends…Properly Cemented

How did it all go so wrong? It’s the day before. We’re out in the Texan countryside, enjoying the 100+ heat index and watching roadrunners dance by the drill rig (such cute little guys!). I’ve expertly navigated the field truck around the mesquite thorn trees…well truthfully, we didn’t get a flat tire so I’d call that […]

chocolate cake generation

Treated wastewater from one of the two wastewater plants in my city, the 1% poopwater slurry (sludge) heads down to an award-winning biosolids recycling facility. Today, I got to tour the plant and see how they make chocolate cake. I mean, compost. The coolest part that we got to see was the gravity belt thickener used […]

caturday nostalgia & PE prep

It’s been a loooooong long long longlonglonglong 6 months. It didn’t really hit me until last night–how much of the last 6 months I’ve spent stressing and worrying about the PE exam.  My instagram has been a montage of Zanzamittens kindly requesting more attention by inserting herself on top of anything I am studying. I’ve […]

staying home with computational fluid dynamics

One of the many perks of my job is that I don’t absolutely have to go into the office every day. I’m sure I *should* especially being the Engineer-In-Training (EIT) on projects, coordinating with project managers, and working on interdisciplinary teams… But…. If I can swing not putting on pants and working with a disgruntled […]

corduroys & GIS stats

I’ve always wanted the fat corduroys that they sell in the men’s section but not in women’s sizes for whatever reason. In high school, my bestie G and I had a green pair that we found at goodwill, LOVED, and shared à la sisterhood of the traveling pants. I’m pretty sure they were a men’s […]

bugs & wastewater bugs

Today I’ve calculated both the weir loading rates and surface overflow loading rates for the secondary clarifiers. Since I’ve never really explained what these clarifier things are: basically the plant speeds up a process that would happen naturally overtime in the environment. It breaks down organics (aka poop). By the time the large particles are […]