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  • Water-Sharing Experiment Suggests People Put Their Own Survival First
    Water-Sharing Experiment Suggests People Put Their Own Survival First

    There’s been talk lately about empathy, its components and its general decline. A decline in empathy concerns me as an assistant professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustainability: I study how people cope with water problems or learn to share scarce resources, like water, gas, oil, and energy.

  • 8 Ways To Make Utility-Customer Communication Seamless Across Digital Channels
    8 Ways To Make Utility-Customer Communication Seamless Across Digital Channels

    If a water utility is going to use digital communication to enhance the customer experience, it needs to ensure that it does so as seamlessly as possible.

  • New AMI Capabilities Help Satisfy Utility Aims
    New AMI Capabilities Help Satisfy Utility Aims

    Finding new ways to capture and utilize data is important for utilities looking to improve operating efficiency and customer service. This interview with Frank Brooks and Dave Rubin from Aclara — a smart-infrastructure solutions partner for water, gas, and/or electric utilities — outlines ways to do both within a common infrastructure.

  • Fact-Checking The Smart Meter Naysayers

    Smart meters offer a wealth of benefits for water utilities and their customers, but anyone performing an online search will quickly feel there is a sense of uproar over their use. The truth, however, is that public health officials around the world have deemed smart meters safe. Understanding what’s behind the objections and knowing how to respond is a key to winning support for the implementation of smart meter technology.

  • EPA Researchers Share Lessons Learned From Citizen Science Research Projects
    EPA Researchers Share Lessons Learned From Citizen Science Research Projects

    Environmental Health Assessments (EHAs) are used to better understand the range of possible effects of environmental factors on a community’s health and wellbeing. These assessments are defined by EPA researchers as “methodical evaluations of air, water, and soil pollution impacts on human health and the environment.”

  • And I Quote: "To Know Water Is To Love Water"

    It all started with Mark Twain. Or someone who actually wasn't Mark Twain after all.

  • The Journey Of Water — Lego Style
    The Journey Of Water — Lego Style

    Remember when Legos were introduced as simple rectangular and square plastic bricks you used to build walls and towers?

  • How The Low Price Of Water 'Causes' Water Scarcity

    “How can a coastal city that is flanked by an almost endless bank of water have water scarcity problems?”

  • Winter. Water. What Are The Issues?
    Winter. Water. What Are The Issues?

    Rosy-cheeked children and romantic-eyed couples bundled up and laughing as they enjoy a skate around the frozen pond. It’s an iconic and idyllic vision every winter. But this fairytale-like scene “frosts over” significant issues faced by water companies and conservationists, not to mention homeowners and other types of service providers.

  • Wastewater Service Charges Continue To Rise

    Wastewater service charges vary considerably across EPA regions and States. That’s one of the key findings from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ (NACWA) Cost of Clean Water Index. If you live in Montana, Wyoming or the Dakotas (EPA Region 8), your average service charge of $261 a year is considerably less than the $884 your fellow Americans up in New England (EPA Region 1) are paying.  As you can imagine, much of the difference is to do with population size and geography.

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DRINKING WATER PRODUCTS

Pentek Talon® High-Speed Recording Systems Pentek Talon® High-Speed Recording Systems

Pentek offers Talon® High-Speed Recording Systems designed to eliminate the time and risk associated with new technology system development. With increasing pressure in both the defense and commercial arenas to get to the market first, today’s system engineers are looking for more complete off-the-shelf system offerings. Out of the box, these systems arrive complete with a full-featured virtual operator control panel ready for immediate data recording and/or playback operation.

Natoli AIM™ Data Acquisition & Analytical Software for the NP-RD10A Tablet Press Natoli AIM™ Data Acquisition & Analytical Software for the NP-RD10A Tablet Press

Natoli Engineering now offers AIM™ Data Acquisition & Analytical Software for the Natoli NP-RD10A research and development tablet press. The combination of AIM™ Software and this R&D tablet press enables the researcher to evaluate formulation properties and identify potential tableting issues—including capping, lamination, sticking/picking, and tablet robustness—during the tablet development process. Plus, the software can optimize tablet tensile strength and lubrication for successful large-scale manufacturing production.

AseptiSafe Split Butterly Valve 10-6 Sterility Assurance AseptiSafe Split Butterly Valve 10-6 Sterility Assurance

ChargePoint technology’s aseptic powder transfer valves offer increased sterility assurance when handling sensitive ingredients and small components in fill/finish aseptic processing and biotech sterile API production.

The AseptiSafe® Bio valve performs aseptic transfers that maintain critical area integrity with an SAL of up to 10-6.

ABB Ability™ For Water Transmission ABB Ability™ For Water Transmission

Improved water reliability and lifecycle costs through total control of a one hundred mile transfer system.

NuAire In-VitroCell™ ES Model NU-5720 CO<sub>2</sub> Incubator NuAire In-VitroCell™ ES Model NU-5720 CO2 Incubator

The In-VitroCell™ ES Model NU-5720 is a direct heat 6.65ft3 (160 L) capacity CO2 Incubator featuring humidity monitoring and control using a sensor and 3-liter reservoir to inject water vapor to meet setpoint. Model NU-5720 provides optimal growth conditions for mammalian cells sensitive to humidity fluctuations.

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

The DMA systems from Anton Paar perform dynamic mechanical analysis in torsion, tension, bending and compression at unprecedented precision. Whatever your DMA requirements are, the DMA systems from Anton Paar are efficiently and comfortably adapted to meet your needs. Use the systems for the dynamic mechanical analysis of solutions, melts, solid bars, films, foils, or reactive resins.

TrialScope Engage TrialScope Engage

In order to demonstrate a deeper commitment to clinical trial transparency than the law requires, some sponsors are choosing to provide additional information about their portfolio of clinical trials on a dedicated website. TrialScope Engage can help sponsors manage clinical trial content that is being prepared for disclosure on their own sites.

Kits For LAL Testing Using The Kinetic-Chromogenic Method Kits For LAL Testing Using The Kinetic-Chromogenic Method

The LAL Test (Limulus amebocyte lysate) is a method of great importance for the determination of endotoxins of bacterial origin.

At Fujifilm Wako, we manufacture kits to perform the kinetic-chromogenic LAL assay, which include all of the reagents necessary for bacterial endotoxins detection through a change in color development, and allow the customer to obtain accurate results in a short amount of time. To learn more about the principles of chromogenic detection in LAL testing we invite you to visit our blog.

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LATEST INSIGHTS ON CONSUMER OUTREACH

  • New AMI Capabilities Help Satisfy Utility Aims

    Finding new ways to capture and utilize data is important for utilities looking to improve operating efficiency and customer service. This interview with Frank Brooks and Dave Rubin from Aclara — a smart-infrastructure solutions partner for water, gas, and/or electric utilities — outlines ways to do both within a common infrastructure.

  • Don’t Let A Water Crisis Boil Over

    No utility wants to issue a Boil Water Notice, but if it does happen, it’s important to get it right. Even if your utility has had a long, unblemished record of delivering high-quality water, a mishandled contamination event will leave a bad taste in your customers’ mouths (so to speak).

  • Wastewater Service Charges Continue To Rise

    Wastewater service charges vary considerably across EPA regions and States. That’s one of the key findings from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ (NACWA) Cost of Clean Water Index. If you live in Montana, Wyoming or the Dakotas (EPA Region 8), your average service charge of $261 a year is considerably less than the $884 your fellow Americans up in New England (EPA Region 1) are paying.  As you can imagine, much of the difference is to do with population size and geography.

  • Getting Serious About Lead Service Line Replacement

    It has been 32 years since the amended Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) banned the installation of lead pipes in water systems nationwide. Unfortunately, that decision has not yet translated into action for every lead service line (LSL) installed before that point. Fortunately, someone has done a lot of legwork toward getting a handle on that process. Here is a preview of the help they have to offer.

  • WEF Confronts Water Industry Challenges

    Eileen O’Neill, Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), joined Water Talk from WEFTEC — the world's largest annual water quality event — to discuss WEF initiatives, the state of the water/wastewater industry, and challenges and opportunities for the future.

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WATER INDUSTRY FEATURES

  • Using Optical Gas Imaging To Comply With OOOOa Regulations: A Case Study
    Using Optical Gas Imaging To Comply With OOOOa Regulations: A Case Study

    Natural gas compressor stations have to comply with new EPA regulations on inspection, known as Quad OA. Optical gas imaging provides an efficient, cost-effective means to meet the requirements.

  • The Minimalist Guide to Water Quality Analysis For Biological Nutrient Removal

    Nitrogen and phosphorus are two wastewater constituents that, together, pose one of the most high-profile threats for consumers and the environment. An abundance of these elements is what ultimately leads to the formation of toxic algae in surface waters, an environmental issue that regularly gains mainstream headlines and, in some cases, poses an acute health risk to consumers.

  • 5 Golden Rules For Effective (And Inspection Ready) OOS Investigations
    5 Golden Rules For Effective (And Inspection Ready) OOS Investigations

    Following these five rules will ensure that OOE investigations are conducted in a scientific and meaningful manner, with each instance providing a genuine opportunity for improvement. 

  • Orchestrating Corrosion Control With Phosphate Analyzers
    Orchestrating Corrosion Control With Phosphate Analyzers

    As with so many other drinking water treatment processes, corrosion control demands a delicate balance among multiple factors. From the water-purifying chlorine that increases corrosion risk, to alternative strategies that reduce corrosion — using either elevated pH or phosphates — keeping corrosion under control requires sound strategy and reliable execution. Here are several approaches to addressing those conditions, along with options for better, more effective corrosion control.

  • Ozone Resolves Hydrogen Sulfide And Color Issues In Well Water
    Ozone Resolves Hydrogen Sulfide And Color Issues In Well Water

    A potable water plant in Eastern Angelina County, Texas,  serves over 2,000 rural customers.

  • The Hidden Dangers Of Manganese In Drinking Water
    The Hidden Dangers Of Manganese In Drinking Water

    Evidence indicates that manganese (Mn) is more than a nuisance: it's a threat to health. It's time to get serious about removing it from drinking water.

  • Harmful Algal Bloom Threats To Potable Water: Establishing Resilience
    Harmful Algal Bloom Threats To Potable Water: Establishing Resilience

    Changing climate and other environmental conditions are intensifying the frequency and severity of harmful algal blooms (HABs). Here are important guidelines to understanding HAB causes and impacts to potable water treatment plants — including dealing with the algal biomass, remnants of decaying algal cells, and especially the secondary metabolites that the algae produce, such as taste and odor compounds and toxins.

  • X-Ray Inspection Of Walnuts
    X-Ray Inspection Of Walnuts

    Walnut processing inherently runs the risk of including undesirable foreign objects. An effective x-ray inspection system to find and remove those contaminants is critical to brand protection and food safety.

  • Leveraging Water Data: The Future Is Here!
    Leveraging Water Data: The Future Is Here!

    Technology is on pace to reach a milestone of 26 billion devices connected through the Internet of Things (IoT) by the end of 2019. In the water industry, IoT capabilities are enabling utilities to leverage meter reading data collected via secure private cellular networks to satisfy multiple purposes — increasing its value exponentially. In this Water Talk interview, Kristie Anderson from Badger Meter discusses how advances in smart solutions, smart water, and smart city technology are delivering real-world benefits that seemed like futuristic promises just a few short years ago.

  • Clearing Up Misconceptions About Turbidimeter Performance And Calibration

    There is little doubt about the importance of taking turbidity readings as part of drinking water treatment. However, there are certain misperceptions about the associated requirements and procedures needed to confirm the validity of those readings. The major points of confusion seem to revolve around perception of the terms “approved,” “calibration,” and “validation.” Here is a quick synopsis on what you really need to know about meeting U.S. EPA Method 180.1: Determination of Turbidity by Nephelometry for accurate turbidity readings.

  • Oxidation And AOP: The Last Lines Of Defense Against Harmful Algal Blooms

    Secondary metabolites of algae — including algal toxins and taste and odor compounds triggered by a harmful algal bloom — can find their way into source water, creating the risk that they will ultimately reach the water treatment plant to cause water-quality problems. Here is a checklist of considerations for mitigating those effects through cost-effective oxidation, or combined oxidization processes, across a variety of source water conditions.

  • Coriolis Installation At Brewery Indicates Bright Future For SITRANS FC330
    Coriolis Installation At Brewery Indicates Bright Future For SITRANS FC330

    A global beverage company produces, markets, sells and distributes a variety of beverages including beer, malt, soft drinks, fruit juices and mineral water. The brewery has utilized several types of SITRANS F flowmeters from Siemens to regulate all aspects of the brewing process for more than a decade, including SITRANS F C Coriolis meters to monitor the sugar concentration in wort prior to fermentation.

  • X3725 Series X-Ray Inspection System Datasheet

    The X3735 x-ray system is a high detection sensitivity solution, with an integrated conveyor designed to inspect tall, rigid packaged products in a wide range of applications.

  • Making TCP Removal Almost As Easy As 1, 2, 3

    Our environment is rife with testimonials to the law of unintended consequences. When it comes to water treatment, the compound 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP) is the latest surprise making its way through the remediation lifecycle.

  • A Holistic Approach To Bioburden Control In Downstream Processing
    A Holistic Approach To Bioburden Control In Downstream Processing

    Understanding the different considerations for bioburden control in various operations and production steps can help define a strategy for successful production.

  • Yesware Gives Fundbox Back 1 Hour / Rep / Day
    Yesware Gives Fundbox Back 1 Hour / Rep / Day

    Fundbox is dedicated to helping small businesses grow by giving them access to credit that doesn’t require a personal credit score to get started. It uses cutting-edge technology, data science, and common sense to give small businesses access to previously unattainable financial options.

  • Manipulating Dissolved Gasses With SEPAREL®: Beverages
    Manipulating Dissolved Gasses With SEPAREL®: Beverages

    In the beverage industry, there are many opportunities for degassing with a SEPAREL® hollow fiber membrane due to the fact that water treatment is not as elaborate as other industries. The main focuses of water treatment in the beverage industry are the removal of harmful bacteria and dissolved chemicals for health reasons as well as the conservation of water’s natural flavor by eliminating dissolved ions, particles, and chlorine.

  • What Happens To The Chesapeake Bay Now?

    One of the great turnaround stories in the history of our nation’s water bodies is that of the Chesapeake Bay. Since 1976 when the Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) first undertook a comprehensive study of the Bay, efforts to address excessive nitrogen and phosphorous degradation of water quality have steadily improved the Bay’s complex ecosystem.

  • Mapping Assets For Resilience And Response In Emergencies
    Mapping Assets For Resilience And Response In Emergencies

    Among utilities concerned about resilience and response in natural disasters or other emergencies, precise asset inventory and mapping are high priorities. In truth, there is value in having the same information for everyday purposes as well. For anyone who has ever had a problem locating or tracking key water or wastewater system assets, here are several good reasons and ways to avoid a last-minute scramble.

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