New Jersey’s top environmental regulator says alleged failures at Trenton’s water utility could pose a threat to public health.
One of the first communities to raise a red flag around perfluorinated compound (PFC) contamination took another step in its fight for clean water this month.
Officials in the state of Michigan have voiced concern over the City of Flint’s ability to manage its water system, more than two years since it startled struggling with lead contamination.
Though the current U.S. EPA administration is boasting about its action to clean up the nation’s Superfund sites, it appears that it has not done as much as implied.
Texas has a problem with radium contamination in its drinking water, according to a new study from researchers at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's administration came under fire for keeping a veterans' home open after a Legionnaires’ outbreak through water contamination on the site resulted in 13 deaths.
Despite evidence that often points to the contrary, many bodies of water around the country stand as prime examples of how environmental quality can be improved with the proper will and effort.
The collaboration and communication tech markets are inextricably linked—at least in terms of how business users expect them to operate. It’s the vendors that tend to be miles apart, which can cause pain for users. I covered the distinction between communication and collaboration in a previous blog with this key takeaway; you can collaborate all day long but unless you communicate in real-time, productivity takes a hit and things can very quickly start to break down. That’s why it’s so important for these two functions to be connected through technologies like integrated communication apps.
A Request for Startups post on January 3rd on the Y Combinator Blog caught my eye. The blogger talked about the need to prepare for things to get worse with regard to climate change, and called for applications for funding from those working on new technologies that could inexpensively produce clean water.
Make sure you’ve read the Ultimate DAF System Design Buyer’s Guide Parts 1 & 2 before starting here.
Bowling Green Municipal Utilities (BGMU) provides commercial water and wastewater treatment and electrical power services to a population of more than 60,000 in the community of Bowling Green, KY. In 2010, the BGMU wastewater treatment plant was approaching the end of its useful life, just as the utility’s operating permit was up for renewal.
Genesee County, located in the middle of Michigan, offers families plenty of outdoor activities and a good way of life. The county’s water and wastewater utilities keep this way of life flowing. When Pump Station #8 kept clogging with debris and required countless maintenance calls to repair, the plant operator began to look for a solution.
By installing the new Flygt Concertor Intelligent Pumping System with clog detection and pump cleaning functions, Genesee County’s Pump Station #8 is now a clog free operation. The Concertor, a smart wastewater pumping system that senses the operating conditions of its environment, adapts its performance in real time, and provides feedback to pumping station operators.
It’s no secret that the level of digital connectivity has exploded. For your service customers, the pervasiveness of that connectivity is accelerating and heightening expectations when it comes to service quality.
Finance and accounting aren’t everyone’s favorite topics, but they matter tremendously in the food industry. In order for an organization to have success, it’s imperative they understand how to stay organized, minimize costs, and steer clear of financial issues. This article offers five tips and tricks leading organizations in the food industry rely on to maximize their resources.
Salvator Mundi sold for nearly half a billion dollars. Walter Isaacson’s latest biography is a breakaway hit. Management guru Michael Gelb’s book accessing the thought techniques of history’s most accomplished Renaissance Man — in every literal and figurative sense of the word — is still a bestseller. Almost 500 years after his death, Leonardo da Vinci is still a superstar.
Salisbury-Rowan Utilities in Salisbury, N.C. prides itself on providing excellent customer service. While its commercial and industrial customers comprise just 15 percent of total customer accounts, they generate 65 percent of the utility’s monthly billed volume. That’s why, when it came time to select a new meter reading solution, the ability to receive data-driven analytics to better understand, monitor and manage its operations was a top priority for the utility’s leadership team.
PFC contamination is the number one drinking water issue today. So how are local and federal leaders working to put an end to it?
Last year was full of twists and turns for the drinking water and wastewater treatment industries. What can 2017’s biggest stories tell us about what’s to come this year?
With water treatment plant operators around the country relying on paper and pen to record critical quality data, there is an opportunity to make life easier online.
New analysis has found that perfluorinated compounds could be more than 20 times as prevalent in drinking water as previously thought. Will this revelation spur new regulatory action? And if so, what should that look like?
The legislative body responsible for ensuring that the federal government remains accountable has recently issued a report on the nation’s lead contamination problem. Its recommendations may be what finally save the country’s drinking water.
OEMs can ease their burden of ensuring CMO regulatory compliance by selecting a CMO with a fully integrated system for DHR creation. Not only can such a system eliminate the inaccuracies of paper records, but it enforces documentation and automates error prevention.
Loudoun Water in Northern Virginia has a history of embracing change and seizing opportunities to create a more robust and sustainable water system. Situated in the fast-growing suburbs of Washington DC, Loudoun Water provides chloraminated drinking water to over 65,000 households through a network of over 1,200 miles of pipes and 7 tanks. A key element of Loudoun Water’s mission to sustainably manage water resources has been their efforts to improve the operational efficiency of their drinking water system. For a chloraminated water system, that means getting control of nitrification.
Water utility managers have a lot of responsibilities, not the least of which is to keep up with the latest in the industry—contaminants, regulations, technology, and trends. And perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are on the horizon as contaminants that may affect the public health. Water Online spoke with Calgon Carbon about these important emerging contaminants and how best to remove them.
Pharmaceutical water is key to the production of pharmaceutical drug products, and there have been a number of technological advancements in high-purity pharmaceutical-grade water.
Maintaining the water distribution system is critical to ensure customers receive the best water quality. An important maintenance task is to ensure water movement through the system. Dead-end mains, typically in cul-de-sacs, at the end of rural streets, or even in a looped line, are known problem areas for water stagnation, resulting in quality complaints. Residential neighborhoods under construction and large underpopulated developments often have slow-moving or stagnant drinking water.
The Al Hosn Shah Gas Processing Plant in Abu Dhabi is a natural gas processing plant that purifies gases by removing certain contaminants in a sweetening process. The gas pipelines and other infrastructures that process sour gases need to be continuously monitored for leaks as the contaminant gases are often dangerous for human exposure. This case study explores the innovative combination of UAV and FLIR optical gas imaging technologies as an efficient way of monitoring vast gas fields from the air.
Gulfport Energy is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company, headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. To best serve its shareholders, the company is using technology to reduce costs while the market is tight and to prepare for the inevitable rebound. Gulfport puts geographic information system (GIS) technology at the core of many critical activities and operations conducted in the office and the field.
On his way out of office, Barack Obama made a final effort to bolster the Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS), which has drawn controversy since it was issued in 2015.
Since chlorine technology was first used to disinfect drinking water in Jersey City, NJ, in 1908, most waterborne diseases have been eliminated in the U.S. Chlorine is still the most common disinfectant for drinking water and wastewater. Chlorine is also used for disinfection and as a biocide in numerous industries.
In 2013 the Drinking Water Inspectorate for England & Wales announced that water samples collected in England and Wales must be tested in a laboratory that meets specific standards for drinking water sampling and analysis. At the time of the new instruction, the chlorine method employed at the Welsh Water Bretton laboratory was unable to meet these requirements, notably for the prescribed limit of detection. This prompted the laboratory to investigate new analytical options for monitoring residual chlorine.
Cloud-based monitoring and reporting was all the rage at WEFTEC 2017. Water Talk sat down with Tom Perry, National Product Manager with Veolia to discuss Aquavista, one of the more established technologies for capturing critical data, storing it in the cloud and allowing it to be accessed real time, 24/7 from any smart, web-enabled device.
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.
If production equipment fails, manufacturers face unplanned downtime, reduced output, and lost revenues. This article explains how preventive maintenance reduces the risk of unplanned downtime.
Norfolk Southern has a history of nearly two centuries of service that has linked communities and customers to the marketplace of the world. The railway company operates approximately 20,000 miles of rails and serves every major container port in the eastern United States while providing connections to other rail carriers.
Prime-assisted wastewater pump stations that house all mechanical and electrical components above-grade are a safe and cost-saving alternative to traditional or chopper submersibles, addressing confined space restrictions and improving operating efficiency and reliability.
Cities all over the country have been prioritizing clean water through a variety of different programs and the City of Brotherly Love is among the ranks.
When it comes to water treatment improvements at power plants, the last thing an operation wants is long construction and installation times disrupting its work. Ideally, a solution should be installed, tested, and operational in as little time as possible.
Back in the late 1980s when market drivers created the cost-effective option of using above-ground circular tanks for industrial activated sludge processes, there were some early valuable lessons for both aeration equipment manufacturers and plant operators.