Warming weather can be a cause for concern at drinking water utilities around the country where summer temperatures mean the return of toxic algal blooms.
When developers of a condominium complex sourced wastewater treatment systems, it did so with two primary requirements: efficient land utilization and high effluent quality to meet stringent guidelines. State regulators advised the developers to discuss combining its wastewater system with the owner’s association of an adjacent housing development, whose existing wastewater treatment system was aging and required augmentation.
This month, Pennsylvania will begin sampling more than 350 public water systems in an effort mandated by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to curb per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination.
Water quite literally flows through every facet of life, being the key element for everyone and everything on Earth. The world’s population is increasing at 1.1 percent (roughly 83 million) every year, an incredible and alarming rate straining the world’s fresh water supply. The increasing pressures between what humanity demands and what is currently available emphasizes the importance of conservation.
The TrojanUVPhox™ installation at Tucson's Advanced Oxidation Process Water Treatment Facility treats 1,4-dioxane and produces water that is blended and then treated at the neighboring Tucson Airport Remediation Project facility. This purified water is supplied to nearly 50,000 end users.
Colorado has its fair share of water security issues, with population growth and climate change affecting its primary source.
Some of the American West’s most critical sources for drinking water have received new government protection.
It took decades to solve the mystery of Garfield phones that were polluting French beaches. Turns out a load of the novelty item, modeled after the popular orange cartoon character, was slowly being purged from a shipping container that had been lost at sea. That begs the question: Are shipping containers like these polluting global waterways at alarming rates?
With nearly one in five New Jersey residents receiving tap water contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), the local governor has ordered industrial polluters to help find a solution.
It has been said that the unseen and untreated can break down any system — this phrase could not be more accurate than in the world of wastewater treatment when considering the infiltration of grit into a system. Infiltration happens in the collection system, whether it’s from living on the coast, aging infrastructure or just plain old build up over time.
For many applications, water should be free — or nearly free — of organic compounds. In drinking water, the impact is optimal taste, appearance, and safety. While the problem of organics finding their way into source water continues to grow, newer monitoring technology is making it easier for water treatment plants to rapidly detect the substances and apply the appropriate fix.
Source water monitoring is commonly viewed as a sophisticated and expensive task requiring extensive labor and high-tech equipment. Budget-minded municipal water authorities therefore tend to see it as unnecessary unless there’s a significant, imminent threat to source water quality. However, there are low-cost — in many cases, no-cost — methods to monitor source water to determine if looming issues warrant extra attention.
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.
Traditional processes used to remove iron and manganese from groundwater have commonly included oxidation with chlorine followed by a filter with sand or other media.
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.
Among the current and emerging topics of interest to the biopharma industry, quality metrics, quality culture, and data integrity are of particular concern to both the companies and regulatory authorities. To understand how these three topics relate to each other, it is important to understand some of the history that led up to today’s environment.
According to trade groups, approximately 45 million packs of medicines leave the U.K. for Europe every month, and 37 million go in the opposite direction. In a year, that’s almost 1 billion packs of medicines. What those borders would look like after a Brexit deal would significantly impact major industries in the U.K. and EU economies.
I was having lunch with a former colleague a few months ago and the subject of produced water recycling came up. During the course of the conversation, he asked me: “Isn't this just a reverse Ponzi scheme with produced water? Ultimately, if they stop fracking, they [the operators] are going to have to deal with a lot of dirty water they don't need!”
This article is intended to highlight inconsistencies in testing elastomer vial stoppers — and to drive the collaborative development of a more sensitive, harmonized particle count method.
Modern-era communication networks and data storage capacities are rapidly transforming the relationship between water utilities and their customers. The technology and infrastructure that we have today can provide timely water usage data directly to customers’ cell phones, creating the most transparent relationship that we have ever seen between water provider and consumer.
Water industry managers are caught in a squeeze. On one hand, they need to capture institutional knowledge from long-term baby boomer employees before they retire. At the same time, they need to manage current operations optimally and attract and train next-generation replacements. Here is how advanced analytics solutions are making it easier to achieve all those goals while improving business outcomes.
Wastewater professionals are always under pressure to save costs while improving treatment. So, new technology that helps to accomplish these goals is always welcome. Wastewater equipment and treatment methodologies are becoming more effective and efficient, providing valuable solutions for utilities and industries.
Scaling up a bioprocess doesn’t need to be a headache – especially when there are firms out there that can lend a helping hand.
Unexplored and emerging markets are an attractive prospect for biopharma companies looking to expand. But when it comes to ensuring success, what’s the wisest way to invest?
Proficiency Testing (PT) is the name used by the International Standards Organization for a procedure also known as “inter-laboratory study” or “external quality assessment” or “ring test”. Proficiency testing, in simple terms, comprises a sample sent to a group of laboratories for measurement. The labs know what might be in the sample, but they don’t know exactly what is there or the concentration. Their results are compared with the known or true value and the lab is assigned a “Z” score to show how closely their result came to the target.
Fifty-one billion gallons. That’s the average amount of water flowing into Chesapeake Bay on a daily basis. And as all that water seeps, flows, and cascades across the watershed before it spills out into the Bay — the nation’s largest estuary — it picks up signature characteristics of where it has been.
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.”
Though the elephant in the room (Texas v. New Mexico court case) loomed large, hundreds of water researchers and experts who converged for the second annual Two Nations One Water summit in Las Cruces, NM, quickly went to work to explore water strategies for managing shared water resources amidst drought, climate uncertainties, and population growth.
Water is essential to life. And it is a very precious commodity in Israel, home to 9 million people living in a rocky desert that receives about 10 inches of rain a year. By comparison, Denver, considered semi-arid, gets about 15 inches of rain a year, which is about a fourth of the precipitation a tropical city such as Miami receives.
The Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities (BOPU) operates the water and wastewater systems for the capital of Wyoming which has a population of more than 63,000. Located in the fast growing Front Range Urban Corridor, BOPU is challenged by growth, periodic water scarcity and aging infrastructure.
Ozone disinfection has long been a critical process in the wastewater treatment industry. And, because ozone is relied on so heavily to oxidize a wide variety of potential wastewater contaminants, water quality analysis during the disinfection process is paramount. Once the ozone process itself is understood, its water quality ramifications and the quality parameters that offer insight into its efficacy can be analyzed and taken into account.
Cookie and biscuit manufacturers face many challenges to provide the highest quality products and it is vital that they implement effective food safety programs to overcome these issues, safeguard their brand reputation and prevent customer complaints.
Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) assays are used across the life cycle of a biopharmaceutical, from target identification, through CQA determination, development, and on-going quality control. This article focuses on concentration assays associated with late-stage development and biotherapeutic drug chemical manufacturing and control.
Advances in metal detection technology are enabling more accurate and reliable detection of hard-to-detect metal contaminants in foods. Continue reading to learn more about these advancements.
Microbiological contamination is at the top of the CDMO threat list. A CDMO needs to have clearly defined procedures and allow client access to data.
For all the talk about scarcity of source water, funding, and the next-generation labor pool in the water industry, there is one area that is not falling short — data collection. Here is how water and sewer districts inundated with data collected from a variety of central control systems, pressure loggers, and stand-alone sensors can streamline and manage that flood of data in ways that cut their major concerns down to size.
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.”
For many people, hot springs conjure up thoughts of cleansing and purity. For centuries, humans have visited hot springs to relax and recover. But as with any natural water body, hot springs can also exhibit biota that can infect and in severe cases kill.
X-ray inspection of beef jerky presents many, and often unforeseen, challenges. This application note provides guidance to overcome those challenges to produce high-quality beef jerky.