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

  • The Utility Built For A Millennial
    The Utility Built For A Millennial

    According to population projections from the U.S. Census Bureau, millennials are expected to become the nation's largest living adult generation by 2019. 37 percent of millennials were homeowners in 2015 and this number continues to rise, making them a significant fraction of a utilities' customer base.

  • WEF Confronts Water Industry Challenges
    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.

  • AMI Cloud Solutions No Longer Considered Pie-In-The-Sky
    AMI Cloud Solutions No Longer Considered Pie-In-The-Sky

    By now, most of the utilities managing the 80 percent of U.S. water meters not yet capitalizing on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) have heard about the advantages offered by the 20 percent of utilities that are. Unfortunately, utilities large and small still cite a variety of reasons delaying their step up to AMI productivity — including smart meter installation costs, lack of in-house expertise, and capital budgets for IT support.

  • Smart Meters Educate Consumers On Water Usage
    Smart Meters Educate Consumers On Water Usage

    Can you imagine calling the electric company to demand a rebate because you had just received your bill and realized that over the past month, you inadvertently left all your lights on? As ludicrous as this scenario seems, it’s exactly the type of call water utilities receive from their customers.

  • California — A State Ready And Willing To Embrace Recycled Water
    California — A State Ready And Willing To Embrace Recycled Water

    Water has never been more in demand, and innovative approaches to improving water security have never been more imperative. As our global population grows exponentially, cities and towns expand to accommodate new inhabitants, providing the resources and services they need. Rapid agricultural and industrial development continues apace.

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DRINKING WATER PRODUCTS

IT Glue IT Glue

Save Time, Free Your Mind

Grow your business with the world’s leading IT documentation software. Serving the top-performing MSPs around the globe with over 60,000 users in 30 countries daily, and dozens of productivity and innovation awards to boot — we’ll put you on the forefront of documentation management.

Pharmaceutical Design Feeders Pharmaceutical Design Feeders

Coperion K-Tron can provide single source solutions for all feeding and conveying needs in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries. The complete Coperion K-Tron line of pharmaceutical equipment is engineered to meet the rigid requirements of the industry.

Portable Density Meter: DMA 35 Portable Density Meter: DMA 35

DMA 35 is a portable density and concentration meter you can take along for quick quality checks directly on-site. The portable density meter uses only two milliliters of sample. In addition, it saves you a lot of time as there is no need to transport the sample to the lab. DMA 35 is built to withstand the knocks and spills of outdoor use. To top it all off, DMA 35 can also be used as a mini benchtop instrument: Turn it upside down, put it on a table and fill the sample with a syringe.

DynaCanter™ Decanter DynaCanter™ Decanter

Parkson offers two options for liquid removal from water and wastewater basins: effluent and supernatant decanters.  The Parkson DynaCanter™ is a floating style decanter used to remove treated effluent or supernatant from the upper portion of the basin.  The decanter utilizes a flex joint to allow vertical articulation as water levels move between high and low water levels.  The decanter collects water from below the surface to preclude foam, scum, or other floatables from the effluent.  A standard open / close valve is used in the effluent piping to control flow rate through the decanter.  No electro-mechanical components are used inside the basin making operation and maintenance convenient for the operator. 

Hermetic Ceramic Packaged Silicon PIN Diode Devices: APD Series Hermetic Ceramic Packaged Silicon PIN Diode Devices: APD Series

Skywork’s Isolink APD Series is made up of silicon PIN diodes designed for use as switch and attenuator devices in high-performance RF and microwave circuits. Operating over the wide frequency range from 100 MHz to over 20 GHz with voltage ratings up to 200 V, these devices use a well-established silicon technology that results in PIN diodes with tightly controlled I-region characteristics.

Pharmaceutical Dense Phase Conveying Pharmaceutical Dense Phase Conveying

Dense phase systems convey materials at slower velocity than traditional dilute phase pneumatic systems. Unlike dilute phase conveying, in which all the material is suspended in a high speed gas stream, dense phase conveying moves material in a slower but more concentrated manner, especially along the bottom of the pipeline. The dense phase system will be designed to move material in a strand, plug, or fluidized mode depending on the nature of the material and the plant configuration.

X-Ray Inspection System for Food Manufacturers: X34 X-Ray Inspection System for Food Manufacturers: X34

Food manufacturers will be able to identify very small contaminants in a quicker and more reliable manner following the launch of a new X-Ray system from METTLER TOLEDO Product Inspection.

Model R OXIGEST® Field-Erected Treatment System Model R OXIGEST® Field-Erected Treatment System

Proven in hundreds of installations, the Model R OXIGEST® treatment system provides stable operation and flexible process options for sanitary and industrial/process wastewater applications. The OXIGEST® design encompasses complete aeration, clarification and advanced treatment in concentric tankage while allowing these unit processes to be individually separated and controlled. Its concentric tankage maximizes space efficiency in its footprint, thereby preserving precious facility land for other key plant operations.​

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  • 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.

  • The True Meaning Of 'Value Of Water' Awareness

    Observations from a conversation with Water Environment Federation (WEF) President Jenny Hartfelder

  • Trailblazing Efforts In Utility-Community Relations

    Traditionally (and unfortunately), contact between water providers and their customers has been mostly negative. Utilities might only share news on rate hikes, health advisories, service or traffic disruptions, etc., and typically only hear from customers who have a complaint. However, there are utilities with great reputations and relationships in the communities they serve; and the key to their success, besides providing excellent service, is a focus on positive communication.

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WATER INDUSTRY FEATURES

  • Looking For Consistent Aeration Performance Over Time? Consider Jet Aeration
    Looking For Consistent Aeration Performance Over Time? Consider Jet Aeration

    The VariOx jet aeration system is an aeration and mixing device used in numerous water and wastewater treatment applications. The jet aerator consists of an inner liquid nozzle and outer air nozzle. Liquid from the tank is recirculated through the inner nozzle at a high velocity. Concurrently, air is fed into the outer nozzle where it is combined with the high velocity liquid from the inner nozzle and discharged as a high energy plume.

  • A Proactive Approach To Ebola Vaccine Development
    A Proactive Approach To Ebola Vaccine Development

    Best practices for rapid test development and regulatory approvals.

  • How The EPA Reacts To A Government Shutdown
    How The EPA Reacts To A Government Shutdown

    Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had a published Contingency Plan in anticipation of the current government shutdown? I guess in hindsight, you would have expected it for an agency with 134 facilities dotted across the country. And in fact, it’s required by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under Circular A-11, Section 124 that all government agencies have plans for an orderly shutdown “in the event of an absence of appropriations.”

  • Chlorine vs. Chloramine: A Tale Of Two Chemistries
    Chlorine vs. Chloramine: A Tale Of Two Chemistries

    In drinking water treatment’s ongoing battle between disinfection and disinfection byproducts (DBPs), most water utility customers are oblivious to the process. One thing they do notice, however, is when their water smells or tastes bad. Here are some insights that can help water treatment plant (WTP) operators deal with their internal concerns about DBPs and residual chlorine or ammonia levels, as well as their external concerns about customer perceptions of water quality.

  • A Fresh Case For Investing In MBR To Improve Capacity And Effluent Quality
    A Fresh Case For Investing In MBR To Improve Capacity And Effluent Quality

    The membrane bioreactor industry has matured past the point of being an experiment or a niche technology. Advancements, as well as more recent adoptions by high-profile users, are providing wastewater treatment plant operators with more incentive and a better business case to retrofit their systems.

  • How Harmful Algal Blooms Can Affect Your Water Treatment Plant
    How Harmful Algal Blooms Can Affect Your Water Treatment Plant

    Headlines in 2018 were dominated by the red tide along Florida’s Gulf Coast, which persisted for months, causing human respiratory illnesses, the deaths of dozens of Florida’s beloved dolphins and manatees, and hundreds of millions of dollars in lost tourism revenue and cleanup costs. Here are insights on how to forestall becoming the next city to make national headlines related to harmful algal blooms.

  • California Dreamin’? Pilot Study Makes Treating Arsenic, Manganese And Iron A Reality
    California Dreamin’? Pilot Study Makes Treating Arsenic, Manganese And Iron A Reality

    The City of Paramount conducted a pilot study for arsenic, manganese and iron treatment system at their Well 15 site. The onsite pilot test was designed to demonstrate the performance of the Loprest Water Treatment Company treatment process proposed for the new treatment plant.

  • Water Supplier Ensures DBP Compliance With UV254
    Water Supplier Ensures DBP Compliance With UV254

    Mohawk Valley Water Authority (MVWA) in New York State is a progressive supplier of potable water. With source water from the Adirondack Mountains, MVWA works to improve on nature and provide superior water quality, always striving to meet or exceed drinking water standards.

  • 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.

  • How To Cannibalize Your Own Technology
    How To Cannibalize Your Own Technology

    Business people love to talk about "disruption." They pride themselves on eating their competitors' lunch. Where their markets used to be about raving fans, now it's about inspiring craving fans, fueled by "hunger marketing" and the fear of missing out. There's a lot of dog-eat-dog philosophy...which is why it's important for companies to be willing to cannibalize their own technologies.

  • Evaluating Field-Testing Options For Nutrients In Streams
    Evaluating Field-Testing Options For Nutrients In Streams

    Aside from having to deal with weather, mud, and the occasional slippery rock, there are key issues related to sample quality that can make testing water specimens from the field a bigger challenge than lab testing. That is why, when it comes to confidence and accuracy in onsite testing for nitrates, nitrites, phosphates, pH, and more, there’s nothing like using the right tools to do the job on the spot. Here is a quick checklist of trials, tribulations, and potential solutions for streamside sampling.

  • Smart Hydrants: A Proactive Approach To Main Breaks
    Smart Hydrants: A Proactive Approach To Main Breaks

    Fewer things are more aggravating to commuters than being told they’ll need to take a detour because of a water main break. Those breaks also leave water utilities with a hefty, unplanned bill. Smart fire hydrants, however, offer water managers the ability to get ahead of these problems by providing more insight than ever into their distribution systems.

  • Tips For Cleaning And Sanitizing Pneumatic Conveying Lines
    Tips For Cleaning And Sanitizing Pneumatic Conveying Lines

    Pneumatic conveying is an effective form of moving dry materials in food manufacturing. However, the long lengths of conveying pipe present challenges in terms of addressing cleanliness and sanitation.

  • What's Next For Water Reuse?
    What's Next For Water Reuse?

    Steve Katz, Market Development Manager at SUEZ, explains how water reuse is being looked at differently today than it was even five years ago. Meanwhile, the stresses on water supply — increasing demand from industry and population growth, often in the face of drought — become more pressing with each passing year. Fortunately, water reuse is on the rise as public perception shifts and treatment technology advances.

  • Quantifying The Benefits Of High-Volume Meter Testing
    Quantifying The Benefits Of High-Volume Meter Testing

    “I know that (blank) is good for me; I just haven’t gotten around to doing it yet!” Most of us can fill in that blank with any number of tasks — modifying diets, exercising, or monitoring commercial and industrial (C&I) water meter accuracy at our largest utility accounts. If that last item is still on your “to-do” list, here are several good reasons why you should do it and how to make it happen soon.

  • California Prepares For A Drought-Prone Future Under Stringent Title 22 Water Reuse Standards
    California Prepares For A Drought-Prone Future Under Stringent Title 22 Water Reuse Standards

    Fluence’s first MABR plant in mainland U.S. gives California new medium- and small-scale treatment options that comply with the state’s stringent standards for water reuse

  • How To Be More Industrious About Water-Quality Measurement
    How To Be More Industrious About Water-Quality Measurement

    Precise water quality is critical for municipal water treatment operations, but many industrial applications have even more rigorous requirements, regulations, and guidelines to follow. The energy, pharmaceutical, food processing, and other industrial fields require exact water quality in order to function efficiently.

  • Microbial Expectations For 503B Compounding Pharmacies
    Microbial Expectations For 503B Compounding Pharmacies

    According to section 503B of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, outsourcing facilities are required to comply with all cGMPs and regulations regarding insanitary conditions. Many regulatory observations are written for the failure to follow cGMPs and insanitary conditions. This article highlights some of the microbial expectations for 503B compounding pharmacies.

  • On-Site Disinfection Generation Enables City To Provide High Quality Water For Industrial Food Processing Customers
    On-Site Disinfection Generation Enables City To Provide High Quality Water For Industrial Food Processing Customers

    The city of Buhl, Idaho, obtains all of its drinking water from groundwater sources through multiple wells. Prior to 2009, the city did not treat the groundwater but only added chlorine in the form of bulk 12.5% sodium hypochlorite to provide a disinfectant residual. A combination of factors including: changes in EPA and state DEQ regulatory requirements, growth of the residential population and growth of the industrial food processing customers forced the City to build a new water treatment plant to provide filtration to address the naturally occurring arsenic present in the groundwater.

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