Questions about if and how hydraulic fracturing activities (or “fracking” to some) can contaminate drinking water have been top-of-mind for many since the practice started getting widespread public attention about a decade ago. Recognizing the validity of those concerns, EPA undertook a study to see how the full ‘hydraulic fracturing water cycle’ – which includes water withdrawals, chemical use and mixing, well injection, waste water management and disposal — could potentially impact our drinking water resources.
Given the condition of our environment this year and beyond, it’s possible that no other issue will be as critical in 2016 as planning for and protecting against catastrophic events. These seven emerging trends forecast how the water industry will cope.
Choosing the company that will fill your water service needs is like making any other long-term commitment. It’s important to do your homework, identify the areas that are most important, and take the time necessary to find a good match.
A town in Massachusetts is hoping dilution via tidal discharge is a technique that could curb costs at its wastewater treatment facility.
Researchers are finding that even in some of the cleanest waters in the U.S., pollution appears to be altering the sex functions of fish and making them intersex, a condition that hinders reproduction.
The Water Champ® FX System improves open-channel disinfection process by replacing conventional mixing and diffusers with an easy, fast and effective chemical induction system. Constructed for the highest level of durability and performance, it is compatible with chlorine gas, sodium hypochlorite (bleach), ammonia, sulfur dioxide or bisulfite.
The MemPulse® MBR System from Evoqua Water Technologies employs a unique wastewater treatment process that combines activated sludge treatment with membrane filtration resulting in greater effluent quality at a reduced life-cycle cost.
Utility officials in California apologized last month after publicly accusing customers of using more water than they actually had consumed.
Residents of a small town in Louisiana are horrified by what’s coming out of their faucets.
The closer the NFL gets to its biggest game of the season, the more likely you are to hear about the infamous “Super Bowl Flush Rush.”
At the end of The Big Short, a postscript stated that one of the story's protagonists, Dr. Michael Burry (played by Christian Bale), was now focused on investing in only one commodity: water. That got my attention.
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Flint was thrust into the national news this year over a lead contamination crisis that is taking a toll on public health. But the Michigan city is not alone.
Oklahoma has become a destination spot for wastewater injection services.
Spec a pump enclosure once, live with it for years.
An Oklahoma refinery recently required a flow measurement solution for a finished gasoline and diesel fuel line leaving the refinery site. They were already using a Siemens clamp-on check meter and interface detector elsewhere and hoped to install the same product on the fuel line. However, the local Siemens representative determined that there would not be enough straight run of pipe to support a clamp-on meter, and the refinery decided that they would need to bring the pipe above ground.
Every weekday morning at about 9:00 a.m., hopeful water professionals get the latest job posting from Brown and Caldwell, the go-to website for water industry job openings. By around lunchtime that same day, one maintenance worker position gets roughly 100 to 200 views.
Avoiding pump failure is a top equipment goal for water utilities because even minor pump problems can create big messes. But experts see hope for improvement in pump management by means of data analytics.
Utilities are trying to give consumers more leak-detection options. Leaks can lead to exorbitant water bills, and some customers don’t catch them until they get charged.
Unlike Hollywood, big-budget projects are hard to come by in public works. So when it comes to stormwater, the community relies on the combined efforts from an ‘ensemble’ cast of characters to help prevent pollution — as seen on StormTV.
Researchers say private well testing in Cape Cod shows the presence of dozens of pharmaceuticals.
Congress passed a law phasing out microbeads last year over concerns that the plastic component in toothpaste and face scrubs is polluting rivers and streams.
The Lancaster Area Sewer Authority’s (LASA) recent $26.8 million upgrade to its lone wastewater treatment facility promises to reduce the plant’s environmental footprint and save costs by emphasizing energy efficiency and allowing for biosolids reuse.
At a water treatment plant that provides drinking water for distribution to a large area of customers, a contractor decided to switch to SITRANS FM MAG 5100W flowmeters. A local representative saved a the contractor time and money by recognizing the need for the magmeter to be isolated from the piping protection before startup, which also saved the customer from added downtime.
Three key events from 2015 could reshape the water/wastewater industry in 2016 and for years to come.
The Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System is vulnerable to both drought and earthquakes, but innovative resiliency efforts by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will keep the water flowing.
Thermal hydrolysis is an innovative wastewater solids conditioning process that boasts many advantages — financial, environmental, and otherwise. Is your plant a good candidate?
While chlorination has long dominated water disinfection, new approaches and technologies have emerged in the wake of disinfection byproduct (DBP) regulations. Could peracetic acid (PAA) be the option that dethrones the king?
Amid a crisis that critics see as a failure of government, corporate giants have swept into Flint, MI, to help alleviate the tap-water debacle.
A major survey of utility executives shows that smart water meter adoption rates are on the rise.
A rural water treatment plant in the Southwestern U.S. treats, stores, and distributes 325,00 gallons per day of water to the village it serves. The village consumes an average of 125,000 gallons a day and can store up to 1 million gallons. Unfortunately, the treatment plant was also losing 210,000 gallons a day due to an unknown leak.
An oil refinery in the Southwest United States needed to sample diesel flow during shipment to ensure that the product characteristics were uniform throughout the batch. A local hydrocarbon sampler company provided a pressurized sampler. However, a flowmeter would also be necessary to pace the taking of the diesel sample with the flow.
SITRANS FUG1010 portable ultrasonic clamp-on flowmeters used to check and verify the performance of existing metering equipment in a gas pipeline enables gas distribution company to increase operation efficiency by revealing measurement issues and discrepancies. Read the full case study to learn more.
By nature, I’m a curious person and always looking at innovations outside of the water industry for inspiration in my daily work. I recently came across an article talking about how AT&T was embracing the idea of the Internet of Things, and it was a real eye-opener on how technology is evolving in our unseen daily interactions aside from iPhones and tablets.
In an effort to uphold the AWWA’s mission of facilitating safe and reliable drinking water, the California-Nevada section announced a “validated system water audit” program as part of its Water Loss Control Collaborative.
Water experts in algae-prone areas are rallying behind ozone treatment as the top way to fend off algae toxins.
A report from British lawmakers says the private water industry in the country is charging unnecessarily high prices.
Government analysts say the U.S. EPA’s investigation into the effects of fracking on drinking water may lack scientific credibility.
California restricted water use in urban areas last year as a way to address the effects of the drought. Now, as the drought enters its fifth year, officials say they may ease up on the restrictions.
The “flushables” scourge has cost utilities all over the world millions of dollars and countless hours of maintenance. Some groups are attacking the problem at its source.
An important part of public safety is the application of sodium chloride — road salt, rock salt, ice melt, etc. — to reduce slippery conditions on roads, parking lots, and sidewalks. But there is a downside to the liberal application of road salt: it eventually ends up in waterways and groundwater, affecting ecosystems and water quality.
Wastewater workers in Illinois got heroic recently during a flood.
Mayor Greg Fischer joined members of the Louisville Water Co. and its Foundation, Louisville MSD and WaterStep to launch a community-wide effort to provide funding for children in Flint, Michigan, who have been impacted by high levels of lead in their drinking water.
The current crisis in Flint, Michigan is a stark reminder of the essential value of water and the role of water infrastructure in protecting the health and well-being of all people.
The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) installed Dr. Kati Bell, the MWH Water Reuse Global Practice Leader, as the group’s new President at the biennial IUVA World Congress, February 1-3 in Vancouver, Canada.
The TechnoForce e-HV by Bell & Gossett, a Xylem brand, is a pre-engineered pressure booster package, and the newest addition to B&G’s POWER OF e portfolio.
Ovivo Inc. (“Ovivo”) has been awarded a major contract in the U.S. Electronics market worth over $20M Canadian with a renowned global semiconductor manufacturer.
The American Membrane Technology Association and the American Water Works Association recently announced four awardees at this year’s Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition. Awardees were recognized at an awards luncheon during the conference in San Antonio.
Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, has acquired Tideland Signal Corporation, a privately owned company specializing in analytics solutions in the coastal and ocean management sectors. News of the acquisition was shared in the Company’s 4th quarter earnings announcement.
For remote, temporary or permanent water treatment challenges, the Pall Aria™ Fast mobile membrane systems are your first choice for a reliable solution. These complete, automated, packaged membrane systems require minimal labor and can be operational within hours. The system modularity offers flexible configuration and can be engineered to operate in tandem with other water treatment technologies. Learn more.
10 Fluid Measurement Plant Imperatives That Increase Process Efficiency And Reduce Costs
Accurately measuring the flow and level of the various liquids and gases that travel through a process industry plant is a critical function for effective and efficient plant operations. Read more to learn 10 important industrial process plant functions that can benefit from accurate, repeatable, and reliable electronic flow or level measurement.
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