Judging by WEFTEC 2015, the water industry is on a roll.
Updates to a seminal document for running water and wastewater utilities as efficiently as possible call for review by those facing new obstacles.
Water and wastewater treatment facilities around the globe are turning to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to help automate and improve the security of their facilities through high performance M2M wireless communications. In fact, there is a suite of Class 1 and Div 2 spread spectrum unlicensed and licensed radios specifically for water/wastewater applications, including high-speed wireless Ethernet, serial, and IO radios. These radios can be easily networked to ensure that facility monitoring and performance data are accurate and delivered in a timely fashion. These solutions can help municipalities design and implement a world-class point to point wireless network for unique facility applications including water and wastewater treatment plant monitoring, pump house control, chemical monitoring and control, SCADA systems, remote video surveillance and security, water flow control, and cathodic protection applications.
A U.S. EPA “call to action” for improving drinking water seems to lay the groundwork for the new president to address public health.
Innovation is upon us in flow meter design, allowing for more technology options and better precision. Don’t let faulty installations or O&M set you back.
Mass market access to the internet through a combination of hardwired, Wi-Fi, or cellular communications channels has conditioned many people to think that “a network is a network is a network.” When it comes to water utilities, however, the nature of the application environments and requirements dictate a closer look at how to satisfy the specific requirements most efficiently. Here are 14 checkpoints to consider before selecting a new network option or revamping an old one.
In wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), repair vs. replace considerations are an ongoing dilemma. How much money is it sensible to spend repairing an older piece of equipment vs. upgrading to the best overall replacement option for current operating conditions? Even if the underlying hope is for a quick and easy repair, the answers are not always cut-and-dried. Before making the default decision to repair, evaluate key points that can pay dividends both immediately and over the long run.
“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.
In regulated wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) environments, which require 100 percent blower system redundancy to satisfy the most extreme operating conditions, it can be easier to meet demanding physical thresholds than it is to refine energy performance to the ideal minimum. Here are some guidelines for covering all the bases — estimating the potential payback of balancing blower type, size, and turndown capacity while making the evaluation exercise worth the effort.
Unmanned well sites in remote locations present operational challenges. Data must not only be collected, but it also must be monitored to uncover any discrepancies, and ideally predict any problems before they occur. Advanced analytics software, coupled with a sophisticated data collection system, can address these issues, and also provide additional benefits.
Businesses rely on process units meeting or exceeding their operational plans. To ensure that operational plans are achieved, it is important that equipment operates as designed (i.e., delivers the required performance) and continues to operate in an optimum manner (i.e., remains reliable, in a good condition). The most common causes of missing operational plan targets are equipment failure, which results in unplanned downtime, and low quality or yields from production processes.
The prime reason most industrial plants still have internal, on-site maintenance staffs is to reduce repair times and unplanned downtime, which negatively impact revenue, customer satisfaction, cost, and other key business metrics. In most plants today, contracting with the equipment manufacturer for maintenance usually results in unacceptably long periods of downtime for critical equipment while waiting for a technician to arrive – particularly with the typical two passes required for inspection and repair.
At ARC Advisory Group’s 20th Annual Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida, Shawn Anderson, Senior Research Specialist for Fisher Valves, a division of Emerson Process Management, gave a presentation on how the company is leveraging the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to help end users reduce valve-related unplanned downtime.
Above-and-beyond commitment from the personnel responsible for treating the nation’s wastewater might not be a surprise to those who work in the industry. But even by the highest standards, one man in Rhode Island has earned himself special accolade for his dedication to the craft.
The International Water Association (IWA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have launched jointly the digital AquaRating Community of Practice for water professionals at a water utilities workshop in Quito, Ecuador.
Oaxaca, a city in central Mexico, has more than enough wastewater treatment plants to serve its residents. But the problem is that most of them aren’t functioning.
American Water, the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company announced Kevin Kirwan has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Environmental and Operational Excellence Officer effective recently.
The next generation of leading water scientists and engineers are set to be trained at Cranfield University. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), recently announced the University’s participation in two Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT).
At the January board meeting, the West Basin Municipal Water District board of directors elected Scott Houston to serve as its board president and Gloria D. Gray to serve as its board vice president for 2019.