Water Industry Features, Insights, & Analysis

  1. Virtual and Augmented Realities For The Water Industry

    No technology innovations have received as much coverage over the past year as virtual (VR) and augmented realities (AR). Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant have us all talking to our devices and interacting with non-humans on a regular basis. 

  2. Intelligent Fire Hydrants Provide Utilities With System Performance Data

    Historically, most fire hydrants sit idle after they are installed. They were there for that one day that hopefully never shows up. But in today’s connected world, fire hydrants are becoming an important asset in understanding the water distribution system, allowing utilities to monitor their water system operation and predict leaks.

  3. Pushing Water Reuse To The Extremes

    Large-scale water-reuse treatment plants have had sustainable impact in populated areas where the volume of water to be treated and reused in a concentrated area makes them practical. Today, the flat-sheet membrane aerated biofilm reactor (MABR) technology that is delivering high-quality wastewater treatment to remote locations is poised to realize the promise of sustainable water reuse in those same locations.

  4. How To Boost Water System Efficiency With Smart Output Technology

    Water utilities are installing automated meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems more frequently. These systems often help utilities improve customer relations and provide valuable real-time data to improve operations. The ability for various meters to communicate with AMR and AMI technology has become more important as these systems become commonplace.

  5. WWTP Air Handling Control Philosophies: Do’s And Don’ts

    Without an appropriate control strategy, even the best wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) equipment can struggle to deliver maximum efficiency. Because energy costs represent up to 60 percent of WWTP plant operating expense, air distribution designs and changing loading (biochemical/biological oxygen demand [BOD]/chemical oxygen demand [COD], ammonia) demands require control strategies designed to adapt to all eventualities efficiently. The following checklists, plus important Do’s and Don’ts, can help in identifying an underperforming control strategy and developing a better one.

  6. Hydrant Humor: Tales From The Field

    District Sales Engineer Andy Singer has spent enough time troubleshooting problems in the field that not much surprises him anymore. When it comes to dry barrel fire hydrants, though, he still gets a chuckle out of some of his more outrageous experiences. Here is his educational and entertaining take on the care and maintenance of fire hydrants, and ways to maximize a utility’s return on what potentially can be a 50+-year infrastructure investment.

  7. CFD: Computational Fluid Dynamics Or Colorful Fluid Dynamics?

    Queen’s immortal Bohemian Rhapsody asks a question that can directly apply to mathematical models: How do we know that numerical models are true? How do we know that they are defensible? More importantly, how can a modeler convey to customers the care he or she put into the model itself? Those questions are important to the water industry, where leading companies are making better use of sophisticated models every day.

  8. Water Acquisition Challenges For Industrial Plants

    Water is becoming more complex for industry. Its cost as a component of production is on the rise, and greater regulatory scrutiny continues to expand post-process wastewater treatment. Against a backdrop of growing water scarcity, industrial leaders are focusing more time and energy into leveraging water acquisition and usage to their competitive advantage. The days when access to water was taken for granted are over. In fact, by 2030 global water demand is projected to exceed available water by 40 percent.

  9. Spotlight: 510(k) – What FDA Changes Could Mean For Medical Device Research And Beyond

    The medical device industry is undergoing seismic regulatory shifts. These shifts have major implications for clinical trials and eClinical technology, and are largely aimed toward modernizing some of the industry’s biggest institutions – namely, the 510(k) program. At Medrio, we’ve been keeping close watch on how the story develops.

  10. How To Avoid System Downtime When Installing Flow Meters

    Water and wastewater utilities rely on accurate flow measurement for important process controls. These may include recycle streams, chemical dosing systems, and other operational functions. In addition, regulators require utilities to measure certain flows, such as treatment plant influent and effluent and potable water pumping. Accurate flow measurement is also important for monitoring and reducing unaccounted-for water.