rigging up some fun

I’m working on a geology&geochemistry post and getting ready for some hydrogeology field work! In the meantime, I wanted to show you this video. ūüėÄ Imagine the middle aged white dude is me in about a week! #riglife By the way… the featured picture is a wellhead I took at a site in Texas. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

on the surface (podcast & commentary)

Agriculture is one of the largest consumers of water in the world and in the US, about 70-80%. References¬†here and here. It’s no wonder that there’s been a lot of media surrounding the California drought and over-pumping of the groundwater. As you all might know, I LOVE podcasts. I love listening to them when I […]

Groundwater Wells 101

water well¬†(wńēl)¬† n. A water well is a hole, shaft, or excavation used for the purpose of extracting groundwater from the subsurface.¬† The general design of a well has two¬†objectives: Find adequate water supply that can be pumped at an adequate rate with adequate water quality. Protect the aquifer from surface contaminates. Here’s the general […]

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 […]