Advancements targeting the challenges related to a flooded meter pit environment have occurred slowly over the years, with limited success.
With any technology, new capabilities are typically associated with new requirements and responsibilities. While the bottom line of customer billing based on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) essentially remains the same as it was with manual meter reading, the technology introduces some new “technical issues” regarding data security. For example, while more frequent RF data collection enables added layers of data insight, it also creates a new channel for potential data exposure.
When drinking water leaves a treatment plant through giant pipes, with the help of huge pumps, the pressure can exceed 200 psi. The high pressure is a necessity because water must travel a long distance in some cases. Water towers scattered throughout the distribution system aid in the process so it can reach all utility customers. The problem is that not all distribution points in a water system are created equal.
Jericho Water District (JWD) is one of the largest water districts in New York, serving 58,000 people through 18,604 residential and commercial service connections on Long Island.
As our society continues to embrace digital technology, it’s fair to say that the world of water utilities will be, a major beneficiary of this revolution.
In June of 2009, the Town of Selma, North Carolina commissioned a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system to monitor and control their lift stations, tanks, wells and water treatment plant. By John Grey, Devin Carroll and Christopher Little
How to harness technology and information to overcome modern municipal challenges
When we automate we invariably offer our clients and their operations staff the benefit of Hand/Off/Auto functionality for all the components on our systems. To those new to automation it allows an operator or maintenance worker to remove a piece of equipment, like a pump or blower for example, from the oversight and control automated controller (MCC, PLC, etc.) and operate it manually while it is still installed.
With electricity prices climbing each year and eating up a greater share of companies’ operating expenses, energy efficiency is rightly becoming a top priority for many municipalities and businesses. According to the U.S. EPA, drinking water and wastewater treatment plants account for about 30 to 40 percent of many municipal governments’ total energy consumption.
Siemens offers to our customers the ability to both make process measurements and to remotely monitor the activity and health of that instrumentation without the need for SCADA systems or other expensive process control room products. By utilizing Siemens’ ability to offer unparalleled flow, level, pressure, temperature, and weight measurement as well as valve control, we can provide a broad range of process measurements and offer unequaled monitoring of the health and performance of those products.
A recent survey digs into the treatment aspects of water in the power industry, revealing how electric utilities are responding to concerns over regulations and volumes of use.
Attempting to control water losses within their own infrastructure is only half the battle for water treatment and distribution organizations. To maximize water conservation, they need to involve their customers as well. Here are several ways public and private water utilities can spur internal and external changes in consumption monitoring to improve valuable water-asset management.
To make informed decisions about how to limit exposure to cyanotoxins, utilities need information to select and implement a comprehensive and technically sound management approach. The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has been actively involved in developing effective innovative solutions to help utilities address this challenge and protect public health.
August and September are peak months for harmful blooms of algae in western Lake Erie. This year’s outbreak covered more than 620 square miles by mid-August. These blooms, which can kill fish and pets and threaten public health, are driven mainly by agricultural pollution and increasingly warm waters due to climate change.
The lessons of Flint should be well heeded, and lead mitigation continued, but the big-picture story of lead exposures in the U.S. is a tale of tremendous progress.
Ammonia is a naturally occurring compound of nitrogen and hydrogen. As a key ingredient in many fertilizers, the most common way that it infiltrates source water and causes water treatment plant (WTP) problems is as agricultural runoff. Fortunately, new biological treatments can now handle ammonia and frequently co-occurring compounds such as iron and manganese all in one process.
Nature has long provided guidance to simple and sustainable ways to manage environmental challenges. Biological treatment of potable water is no exception. As more water is required to support human activity worldwide, sources once considered too contaminated or expensive to treat are quickly becoming necessary options. For groundwater contaminant removal, once again, the laws of nature point the way.
As we celebrate Smart Irrigation Month, it's a great time to highlight not only smart technologies, but the smart people and smart decisions behind them. One remarkably smart tool that ties all three of those elements together is the Irrigation Consumer Bill of Rights by Dr. Charles Burt of the Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC) at the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo.
Use a sewer network model to test variations in operational strategy, tactics, and emergency protocols in a risk-free way. Identify safe, inexpensive options to improve the resilience and daily management of sewer networks. For example, quickly determine the amount of bypass pumping required in the event of a sewer blockage.
Predict the location, time, duration, and volume of sewer overflows with live weather forecasts. Quickly include a 2D overland flow analysis to determine the extent of flooding.
Analyze the real-time performance of complex sewer networks containing any number of gravity or pressure pipe subnetworks. Accurately simulate pumps, pump controls (including variable speed drives), and the filling and draining of wet wells.
Hydraulic modelers, planners, and operators can use a network model to test variations in operational strategy, tactics, and emergency protocols in a risk-free way. Identify safe, effective options to address pipe bursts, power outages, fires, and other urgent events.
OpenFlows WaterOPS is a real-time operational and optioneering decision support solution for urban water supply and distribution. Integrating live SCADA data with a calibrated hydraulic model, OpenFlows WaterOPS computes real-time conditions throughout water networks, based on existing conditions and forecasted future conditions.
Frank Rittel knew there had to be a safer, more effective way for El Paso Water employees to communicate at work sites other than using hand signals and shouting. The solution came to the utility Heavy Equipment Trainer Supervisor when he watched an episode of the television show “Gold Rush.”
American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, held its companywide AmerICANs in Action! Month of Service employee volunteer event in September.
More than US$234B of capital expenditures (CAPEX) are forecasted over the next decade to address aging municipal water & wastewater pipe network infrastructure.
After reports seemed to indicate that the U.S. Senate would compel the U.S. EPA to take stronger action against the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, things may have changed.
NanoLock Security, the market leader of flash-to-cloud, powerful security solution for Internet of Things (IoT) and connected edge devices, is pleased to announce that it is joining forces with Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, to develop cybersecurity solutions for water and energy utilities in Israel and around the world.
Putting the National Development Plan into action means focusing on interventions that will have the greatest impact; building sustainable settlements with enough water is one such priority.
More than 60 percent of oil and gas leases offered by the Trump administration in the American West are in water-stressed areas, posing a potential threat to the water security of farmers and local communities, according to a new analysis from the Center for American Progress.
From February 17-20, 2020, the WWETT Show - Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show, will take over the Indiana Convention Center for the world’s largest annual trade show within the wastewater & environmental services industry.
A Kentucky-based sewer collection system improvement project has been heralded by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) during its 2019 National Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition.
Norwalk, Connecticut has awarded SUEZ a $78 million contract for the operation and maintenance of its wastewater system.
The Environmental Protection Agency today announced its plan to severely roll back protections that govern the storage and disposal of toxic coal ash and wastewater from coal-fired power plants
Clean TeQ Holdings Limited (Clean TeQ or Company) (ASX/TSX:CLQ; OTCQX:CTEQF) announces the successful customer acceptance of commissioning and handover of a ground-breaking Continuous Ionic Filtration (CIF®) plant in Oman.