WATER TALK

Calculating The Cost Of Water Reuse
Calculating The Cost Of Water Reuse The adoption of water reuse can be unavoidable due to water scarcity, but it may also be a choice. And when it comes to choices, cost is usually a deciding factor. Gary Hunter, Senior Wastewater Process Engineer with Black & Veatch, helps make sense of the dollars required for recycled water schemes in this Water Talk interview. In it, he shares three keys affecting the cost for reuse, as well as concepts and technologies that can be used to ...  Continue Reading...
Young Water Professionals Set To Make Waves
Young Water Professionals Set To Make Waves In this Water Talk interview, Steve Drangsholt, Northwest Infrastructure Sales Leader with Brown and Caldwell, discusses the value of organizations for a young professional (YP) in the water/wastewater industry. Drangsholt speaks on the skills that YPs need to develop to advance in their careers, and how organizations such as the Water Environment Federation (WEF) — where he serves in the House of Delegates and as Vice Chair of the Awards...  Continue Reading...
The Sound Of Water Reuse
The Sound Of Water Reuse Want to hear some good news on water reuse? Listen to this Water Talk interview with Christina Brown, Director of Program Management at Brown and Caldwell, to learn about the EchoWater project, which will allow the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District — the largest inland discharger west of the Mississippi — to reuse half of their discharge while also reducing nitrogen loading into the Sacramento River. Brown discusses the...  Continue Reading...
Flexible Financing Through Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships
Flexible Financing Through Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships James Schlaman, Director of Water Resources at Black & Veatch, explains what community-based public-private partnerships (CBP3s) are (and what they aren't), how they work, and what makes them attractive — particularly for stormwater management improvements. Schlaman also shares some examples of communities that have used CBP3s and the results that were garnered. Listen to the Water Talk podcast to see if this financing option is...  Continue Reading...
How Physical Modeling Can Help Achieve Optimal Performance And Maximize Existing Infrastructure
How Physical Modeling Can Help Achieve Optimal Performance And Maximize Existing Infrastructure When it comes to infrastructure design or redesign, understanding hydraulic conditions — for all foreseeable scenarios — is paramount. You might call it "test driving" your facility.  Continue Reading...
The Microbes Have Us Outnumbered 20 To 1: Should We Be Worried?
The Microbes Have Us Outnumbered 20 To 1: Should We Be Worried? A lot has changed over the past 15 years. Back in the early 2000s, many utilities weren’t interested in understanding what was in their water beyond the contaminant and disinfection byproduct levels they were regulated to comply with. But as Pat Whalen, President and CEO of LuminUltra, explains in this ACE 2018 Water Talk interview, a steady stream of ongoing education and the modern data storage and analytics that cloud computing...  Continue Reading...
Intelligent Fire Hydrants Provide Utilities With System Performance Data
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.  Continue Reading...
The ABCs Of PFCs
The ABCs Of PFCs Nick Burns, director of water treatment technology for (the Americas region of) Black & Veatch, discusses the health concerns, current regulatory status, and documented presence of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), also sometimes called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), in drinking water supplies — as determined by sampling under the U.S. EPA's Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule 3 (UCMR3).  Continue Reading...
Ease Of Installation And Maintenance Fuels Innovation At AMERICAN
Ease Of Installation And Maintenance Fuels Innovation At AMERICAN At AWWA’s ACE 2018 event, Maury Gaston, Manager of Marketing Services for AMERICAN’s Ductile Iron and AMERICAN SpiralWeld Pipe product lines, presented on reducing energy through pipe selection, evaluating the City of Huntsville and its 1,297-mile long network. Gaston presented his findings and explained the energy savings in terms of dollars but also kilowatt hours, carbon equivalents and bond values.  Continue Reading...
Even Flow Secret To Clarification Success
Even Flow Secret To Clarification Success The key to high rate clarifiers such as inclined plate settlers is flow distribution says Tom Grubb, Regional Manager with Meurer Research. “Each inclined plate is like a miniature little sedimentation basin,” Grubb told Water Online in a recent Water Talk interview at AWWA’s ACE 2018. “To get good effluent quality, it’s critical that you have the same flow to each plate.”  Continue Reading...