• The Utility Of Location: How Spatial Analytics Saved A Water Company Thousands
    The Utility Of Location: How Spatial Analytics Saved A Water Company Thousands

    Today’s data driven utilities are paving the way for smart water systems through their use of location intelligence. Location influences all aspects of managing water — from protecting a sustainable supply to delivering safe drinking water. At Esri’s upcoming User Conference, which brings together more than 18,000 geographic information system (GIS) professionals from across the globe, utility companies will gather together to share successes and best practices regarding the myriad ways instituting spatial analytics technology has benefited their operations.

  • WWEMA Window: Growing A Network Of Information Resources
    WWEMA Window: Growing A Network Of Information Resources

    I had the pleasure of attending my 21st AWWA ACE last week in Las Vegas, NV. During this event, I had the opportunity to talk with many newcomers to the industry.  One theme they kept bringing up was the amount of technology that is available to the water and wastewater industries.  As someone who is now entering the ranks of the industry veterans, I feel obligated to share my insight on that singular observation: “Modern technology alone will not solve the problems of our current water and wastewater infrastructure.”

  • National Study Examines Drugs In Wastewater
    National Study Examines Drugs In Wastewater

    Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey have published a major study of how pharmaceutical companies pollute the environment by sending their wastewater to treatment plants.

  • Transitioning Social Media To A Key Component Of Your Public Relations Strategy
    Transitioning Social Media To A Key Component Of Your Public Relations Strategy

    As the utilities sector enters a new era, customer engagement is not just encouraged; it is expected. In 2018, social media has become a crucial part of digital communications strategies, making customers more informed and engaged than ever before. According to We Are Social, the number of social media users worldwide in 2018 is 3.196 billion.​

  • Wastewater Plants Linked To Microplastic Pollution
    Wastewater Plants Linked To Microplastic Pollution

    A new study has linked wastewater treatment plants to microplastic pollution in rivers in the United Kingdom.

  • How Denver’s Water Architects Predicted The Future
    How Denver’s Water Architects Predicted The Future

    The architects of Denver’s water infrastructure had a knack for predicting the future. They planned for the population of the city to grow.

  • It’s What America Is Built On
    It’s What America Is Built On

    Last week, thousands of water professionals met for the industry’s annual flagship conference.  This is an important event at an important time as we give attention to our nation’s infrastructure.  While roads and bridges are visible reminders of the importance of infrastructure, equally important components are out of sight, but they need to always be in our mind.  These critical components are underground pipelines that provide water and wastewater service.

  •  Repair Of Failed Fusion Joint On 36” High Density Polyethylene Pipe Force Main
    Repair Of Failed Fusion Joint On 36” High Density Polyethylene Pipe Force Main

    On July 26, 2013 Gainesville Regional Utilities discovered a pipeline failure at a butt-fused welded joint on a 36” HDPE Sewer Force Main. It was determined that the joint failed due to a combination of several incorrect construction methods used during the installation of the pipeline. Once discovered, GRU installed JCM 102-3600 x 18” wide Multi Band Universal Clamp Couplings (4-band clamp) to temporarily seal the leak while a permanent repair was considered.

  • After Hurricane, Puerto Rico Water Difficulties Remain
    After Hurricane, Puerto Rico Water Difficulties Remain

    Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico’s drinking water infrastructure last September.

  • Brain-Eating Amoeba Returns To Louisiana
    Brain-Eating Amoeba Returns To Louisiana

    The so-called brain-eating amoeba is back, once again creating challenges for water safety in Louisiana.

  • Water Resource Recovery Facility Replaces its Aging UV System - Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Case Study)
    Water Resource Recovery Facility Replaces its Aging UV System - Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Case Study)

    Significant innovation had occurred in the 17 years since the TrojanUV4000™ was installed at the Murfreesboro Water Resource Recovery Facility. Advancements associated with system efficacy, simplified maintenance, and energy efficiency had been introduced, all of which correlate to cost savings. Such advancements can all be found in the TrojanUVSigna™ – the UV system that was selected for the upgrade.

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    Communities around the world are facing a growing storm. Complex challenges including water scarcity, changing demographics, extreme weather patterns, and aging or overly stressed infrastructure are colliding to threaten critical water, energy, transport, enterprise and health networks. The water industry is in the eye of the storm.

  • Start-Up And Operating Tips For Jet Aeration Systems
    Start-Up And Operating Tips For Jet Aeration Systems

    Jet aeration systems are extremely efficient due to their high alpha factor and clean water oxygen transfer performance. Proper start-up, operation, and maintenance will ensure reliable service and a long life.

  • Permanent Water Restrictions Approved In California
    Permanent Water Restrictions Approved In California

    When California Governor Jerry Brown signaled lifted emergency conservation measures last year, many environmentalists worried that water savings achieved during the drought would dry up.

  • BIOSTYR® Improves Health Of The Long Island Sound
    BIOSTYR® Improves Health Of The Long Island Sound

    The New Rochelle Wastewater Treatment Plant is located in the Westchester County, New York, discharging to the Long Island Sound. It serves a population base of 65,000 people and is permitted to treat average flows of up to 20.6 MGD. Operating with primary clarification and pure oxygen-based activated sludge treatment since a 1979 upgrade, the plant only removed BOD and TSS from the wastewater.

  • In Pursuit Of The Perfect Glass Of Water
    In Pursuit Of The Perfect Glass Of Water

    Water, classified as one of the basic elements since ancient time, is so essential, so simple, yet can be so challenging to deliver at high quality in high volumes. Pursuing the “perfect” glass of water involves two major influences: 1) regulatory requirements and 2) aesthetics or organoleptic quality (i.e., taste, odor, appearance, etc.). To start, it helps to be blessed with the good fortune of good source water quality, but beyond that it comes down to how a water utility treats and “polishes” the final product. Even for utilities not totally obsessed with garnering national taste-test honors, here are several factors to be considered when searching for the perfect glass of water, and the role that turbidity measurement can play in them.

  • Turbidity 101: What It Is, And Why It Is So Important
    Turbidity 101: What It Is, And Why It Is So Important

    Turbidity, a measure of the cloudiness or haziness of a fluid, was originally intended as a qualitative measure of the aesthetics of drinking water. It is not a measure of actual particles in the water; it measures how much those particles affect light being transmitted through the water, or how that light reflects off particles in the water. Today’s turbidity designs and methods have been regimented in an attempt to bring quantitative consistency to the measurement for both aesthetic and pathogenic qualities of drinking water.

  • Energy Savings With Jet Aeration: The Devil Is In The Details
    Energy Savings With Jet Aeration: The Devil Is In The Details

    Conserving energy and saving costs are always on the minds of wastewater professionals. Aeration accounts for more than 50 percent of electrical usage at most treatment plants. Improved aeration efficiency will always work toward the goals of saving energy and reducing operating costs.

  • Desal Plant Up For Debate In Orange County
    Desal Plant Up For Debate In Orange County

    Ratepayers are debating the merits of a proposal for a new desalination plant in Orange County, CA.

  • Drinking Water Turbidity Monitoring: 7 Key Considerations
    Drinking Water Turbidity Monitoring: 7 Key Considerations

    Turbidity, as a measure of cloudiness or haze in water, has many useful applications for industrial processes, pharmaceutical manufacturing, environmental monitoring, and utility applications. Unlike general commercial applications, however, the use of turbidity readings in municipal drinking water treatment comes with unique demands and considerations related to regulatory compliance.

  • How To Boost Industrial Plant Capacity By Retrofitting Aeration Tanks
    How To Boost Industrial Plant Capacity By Retrofitting Aeration Tanks

    As industries expand, they typically need to increase the capacity of their wastewater treatment facilities. Increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, such as lower nitrogen limits, may also signal the need to boost treatment capacity. Installing additional tanks and larger equipment not only adds capital costs but increases operating costs as well.

  • Water Utility Lesson Of The Year: Resiliency
    Water Utility Lesson Of The Year: Resiliency

    September of 2017 was the busiest month of hurricane activity on record, according to the Weather Channel.

  • Turbidity’s Role In EPA Compliance
    Turbidity’s Role In EPA Compliance

    Turbidity measurement is both a nebulous, oft-misunderstood concept and the master link in a chain of events affecting U.S. EPA drinking water compliance. It can influence, or be influenced by, almost every other link in a water treatment process. Here is a quick overview of turbidity’s relationship to drinking water compliance standards and some tips for keeping a water treatment process in balance.

  • Bringing An END™ To RO Brine And Difficult Brackish Water Treatment
    Bringing An END™ To RO Brine And Difficult Brackish Water Treatment

    Access to clean, safe, fresh water is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. By some estimates over 1.5 billion people face water scarcity issues that directly threaten their health or economic welfare on a daily basis. More concerning, the impacts of climate change and global population growth are expected to exacerbate these issues to impact over 2.3 billion people by the year 2050. These sobering facts are why six of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are focused on providing access to clean, safe water. Part of solving this challenge is reducing industrial water consumption to conserve water resources.

  • Oregon Regulators Take Aim At Cyanotoxins
    Oregon Regulators Take Aim At Cyanotoxins

    Health regulators in Oregon are creating new regulations to protect drinking water from cyanotoxins.

  • The Great Permian Basin Produced-Water Ponzi Scheme?
    The Great Permian Basin Produced-Water Ponzi Scheme?

    I was having lunch with a former colleague a few months ago and the subject of produced water recycling came up. During the course of the conversation, he asked me: “Isn't this just a reverse Ponzi scheme with produced water? Ultimately, if they stop fracking, they [the operators] are going to have to deal with a lot of dirty water they don't need!”

  • Study Links Wastewater On Roads To Water Pollution
    Study Links Wastewater On Roads To Water Pollution

    A new research study links the use of oil and gas wastewater to the spread of air and water pollution.

  • Aqua Caiman Articulating Rake Screen
    Aqua Caiman Articulating Rake Screen

    The Aqua Caiman™ represents the next generation of multi-rake mechanical bar screens. In designing the screen, Parkson combined over 40 years of experience working on thousands of in-channel screen installations with in-depth market and engineering research. This allowed us to better understand the weaknesses of existing multi-rake and articulating rake screens.

  • Mapping A New Future For Water Main Break Prediction
    Mapping A New Future For Water Main Break Prediction

    Every water distribution utility has a strategy for infrastructure asset management and repair — from simply reacting to breaks, to scheduling main replacements based on system-specific history, to prioritizing infrastructure repairs based on mathematical calculations of risks and consequences.

  • An Introduction To Industrial Use Of Technology For Non-Techies
    An Introduction To Industrial Use Of Technology For Non-Techies

    It’s increasingly obvious to me that the gap in the general understanding of technology is continuously increasing with those that are not working in the space every day.  I am referring to industrial technology versus the general consumer technology market.  

  • Leverage Operator Training For More Efficient Water Analysis
    Leverage Operator Training For More Efficient Water Analysis

    Fine-tuning for best performance at water treatment plants (WTPs) and wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) requires versatile and accurate instrumentation to monitor and respond to changing conditions. Getting the most out of those meters, gauges, and analyzers requires knowledgeable operators. That is why instrumentation decisions should be made not only on feature-rich technologies and quality performance, but also on the documented support and training that will enable staff to maximize the value of the investment.

  • Utility Worker Dies Under Manhole
    Utility Worker Dies Under Manhole

    A utility worker died while working under a manhole in Florida on Friday.

  • An Open Letter To Jeff Bezos: Use Your Resources To Protect Our Most Precious Resource
    An Open Letter To Jeff Bezos: Use Your Resources To Protect Our Most Precious Resource

    Economist Harold Pollack's New York Times article suggesting priorities for your philanthropic work was a fun read for those of us who would love to imagine what we would do with $131 billion. Unlike Pollack, I'm not going to tell you how to give away your money — you earned it, it's yours, and you can do what you want with it.

  • Water Treatment Analytics: A Road Map To Greater Efficiency
    Water Treatment Analytics: A Road Map To Greater Efficiency

    From the largest metropolitan water treatment plant (WTP) or wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) operations to the smallest rural systems, the goals are essentially the same — achieve regulatory compliance and the most efficient results at the lowest practical cost. The most feasible (i.e., affordable) control solutions vary by process, plant size, and budgetary limitations. Here are several high-level guidelines to achieving a common strategy that works across virtually all applications: good data, properly analyzed, yields good results.

  • Raw Sewage A Major Problem In Appalachian Towns
    Raw Sewage A Major Problem In Appalachian Towns

    In small Appalachian towns, finding enough money to maintain wastewater infrastructure is a big challenge.

  • Peristaltic Pumps Reduce Operating Costs
    Peristaltic Pumps Reduce Operating Costs

    Many water treatment plant upgrades and purchasing decisions are entirely determined by price. However, long term costs such as energy and maintenance, are often not considered in the initial stages. This potentially leaves water treatment plants with ongoing and reoccurring expenses, which could result in higher energy bills, increased purchases of spare parts, and operator labor time.

  • The Best Solution For Decentralized Water Treatment
    The Best Solution For Decentralized Water Treatment

    For years, centralized water and wastewater treatment facilities have been the norm. Large treatment plants typically provided the most cost-effective solution, due to economies of scale. However, new technology is tipping the scales, as decentralized treatment solutions are providing improved treatment at reduced costs.

  • Choosing Contract Services For Proactive Instrumentation Maintenance
    Choosing Contract Services For Proactive Instrumentation Maintenance

    In an industry faced with around-the-clock operations and penalties for noncompliance with regulatory standards, it can be easy to lose track of periodic maintenance requirements whose impacts might not be noticeable until it’s too late. Ignoring the influence that measurement and analytic equipment maintenance can have on water treatment plants (WTPs) or wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) can be costly. Fortunately, equipment suppliers who bundle after-sale services tailored to WTP and WWTP needs offer new opportunities for instrumentation users to stay ahead of the curve in terms of timely response to changing performance.

  • Death Sparks Contamination Scare In Idaho Town
    Death Sparks Contamination Scare In Idaho Town

    A man’s death sparked a water contamination scare in the Idaho town of Dietrich in late May.

  • All-Natural Biofilm Media Derived From Plant Stock Enhances Clarifier Settling
    All-Natural Biofilm Media Derived From Plant Stock Enhances Clarifier Settling

    When clarifiers are not settling like they should, problems arise, including reduced capacities, high sludge volume indexes (SVI) and sludge blanket levels, and infiltration/inflow (I/I) washout issues.

  • NJ Scientists Recommend PFC Action
    NJ Scientists Recommend PFC Action

    New Jersey water experts want the state to crack down on PFOS in drinking water.

  • Developers Beware! Water Lines May Cost More Due To The Tax Cut And Jobs Act
    Developers Beware! Water Lines May Cost More Due To The Tax Cut And Jobs Act

    This is the first post in a two-post series discussing the practical effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on construction, dedication, and utilization of water lines in Pennsylvania. 

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