Water utilities, public officials, and consumer advocates all agree that there is a dire need for new funding to repair the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, but they sometimes disagree on where the money should come from.
Congressional Republicans have mounted numerous legislative efforts to stop a controversial federal clean water regulation, but in the end it was one man in North Dakota who managed to ground implementation to a halt.
Accurate partially-filled pipe measurement is essential when dealing with variable stormwater flows or over-sized community systems built for future growth. In Europe, new stormwater regulations requiring treatment before release are driving a change in measurement that will likely be seen in the US in the not-too-distant future.
One way to think about offsetting water rate increases is to reuse the water being consumed. For example, instead of paying $100 a quarter and using the water flowing out of faucets just once, what if you as a homeowner could treat that wastewater on site and reuse it to irrigate the lawn, wash the car or flush the toilets. This would effectively cut the water bill in half every time each drop of water was reused.
Where is your utility when it comes to water and sewer management? Leading municipalities are using GIS tools to provide direction.
With people flocking to the trendy Texas metropolis, Austin needed a new treatment plant to sustain its growth — but a “sensitive” touch was required to complete the project while protecting the environment.
After leaking millions of gallons of water per month for a decade, a pipe in the town of Cherokee, AL, is finally being repaired.
A woman is taking Atlanta to court claiming she was fired from a city position for blowing the whistle about practices that could potentially contaminate city drinking water.
Energy conservation continues to be a critical focus for wastewater treatment plants. And because of this, innovations aimed at conserving energy and reducing energy costs abound. Water Online Radio recently caught up with Brian Hayes, Business Development Manager for ABB, to understand some of the areas where wastewater treatment plants are having energy-saving success.
With over 1,000 manufacturing sites in more than 200 countries, Coca-Cola Company knows a thing or two about water. And much of that knowledge is housed in Paul Bowen’s organization.
In a paper titled “Real Asset Management At Work: Boots On The Ground Making A Difference In Baltimore, MD,” representatives of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works, describe the work of its Office of Asset Management which has been moving the city to a more proactive mode of operation and maintenance.
Regulators in California are looking for a way to crack down on wastewater ponds formed during oil production.
A water plant operator is facing disciplinary action after leaving residents without water during an entire weekend in October because he was too drunk to open the plant.
Last year, Governor John Hickenlooper unveiled the first draft of a sweeping plan for the future of water management in Colorado, where shortfalls are expected to hit by 2050.
The Nevada agency that oversees drinking water facilities has completed its investigation of a utility manager who poisoned children’s water, and it now appears the man will no longer oversee drinking water for the city.
Advanced primary treatment reduces or eliminates the solids load or organic carbon out of the waste stream. By doing so, a wastewater plant can decrease aeration power and avoid the need to expand its treatment basin size. The removed solids can also be moved to a digester to produce energy.
New Jersey environmental regulators are working to ease burdens on the wastewater sector by eliminating certain reporting requirements for localities.
The agriculture industry is responsible for putting nitrates in the water supply, but water utilities shoulder the burden of billing customers for the cleanup.
The federal Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) is destined for changes attributable to hard times in Flint, MI, and the agreement from an EPA advisory council that lessons must be learned from the latest crisis.
Any operator will tell you that a treatment plant is only as good as its equipment. That means employing the devices with the longest lifespans, the lowest operating costs, and the most intuitive designs is critical.
Handling the biogas coming out of an anaerobic digester should not be taken lightly. It’s not only highly corrosive but it also has the potential to be highly explosive.
Austin is trying to make treated wastewater reuse more widespread, but that means untangling policies that do not incentivize the practice.
Wastewater is a problem for breweries. They incur major costs sending it to city treatment facilities, since brewery waste is brimming with chemicals and nutrients.
Not cool enough in summer. Not warm enough in winter. Guests staying at a prestigious country club in New York state complained regularly about the air conditioning and heating of their luxury suites and apartments. By Martin Dingman, Product Manager, Siemens Industry Inc.
Earlier this month, American Water, the largest, most geographically diverse investor owned water and wastewater utility in the U.S., played an active role in the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) 127th Annual Meeting,* which was held in Austin, TX.
Citing a $380 million need for infrastructure improvements and treatment costs, the LADWP Commissioners approved a “pass-throsource-water-scarcityugh charge” of $1.80 more a month for the average consumer, to begin next year and last until 2017.
Filtra Systems Company developed the walnut shell filter about 40 years ago. One of the attractions of walnut shell is how well it can handle oil. When oil mixes together with sand, it essentially becomes asphalt. With walnut shell, the oil is coalesced and then, when it’s backwashed, the oil can be released from the shell.
Ontario has become a world leader in water and wastewater technology development. Learn what policies and practices have facilitated success and which innovations are primed for impact.
Chicago is giving its oldest wastewater treatment facility a disinfection facelift and using the world’s largest reservoir to curb combined sewer overflows.
There has been a growing need in the marine industry for accurate flow measurement of fuel aboard ships.
A U.S. company develops energy technologies that are environmentally sustainable and provides their customers with the ability to use their energy sources in a more practical and cost-effective manner.
An Oklahoma refinery required a flow meter for a finished product line leaving the refinery site.
United Water, a division of the global conglomerate Suez Environnement, operates regulated water systems in eight states, and provides contract services to over five million people.
A newly discovered oil patch in western North America uses Siemens level technology during oil and natural gas extraction. SITRANS LR250 continuous radar for liquid level measurement plus Pointek CLS200 capacitance point level offer a winning combination in this application.
When it comes to handling toxic chemicals, a US industrial coating manufacturer has always made the safety of its employees and the protection of the environment its top priorities.
Southern California is looking for ways to make better use of wastewater in what could become the largest recycled water supply program in the nation.
A chemical processing company in Beumont, Texas has been using differential pressure to monitor the level on various chemical tanks with very corrosive properties.
A midstream gathering and processing gas company in the Southern United States processes, treats, and compresses natural gas from a formation rich in hydrocarbons, liquids, hydrogen sulfide, nitrogen, and CO2.
It’s an important year for the future of nutrient policy on the Chesapeake Bay, since it’s the first time that states can report credits to the Bay Program.
A municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in the Western United States had to monitor how much wastewater was coming in to the plant and how much effluent was flowing out to the river after it had been cleaned and treated.
A food processing company in northern California has a small wastewater treatment plant to treat its wastewater before releasing it back to the local municipality.
XP Solutions in Brisbane recently presented a webinar on the design of detention basins. In response to the session, the support team were asked a number of questions on some of the other options that are available to engineers and designers of these systems as well as specific requirements that may need to be addressed. The following items apply within the Australian context but are applicable across the world.
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), a Massachusetts public authority established to provide wholesale water and sewer services to 2.5 million people and more than 5,500 large industrial users in 61 metropolitan Boston communities, conducted an in-house Pump System Optimization (PSO) Program in November as a precursor to a pump system assessment of all its facilities.
Often we don’t have the luxury of working within a spacious new build environment, existing plant structures need to be catered for, and that luxury will be further diminishing in the future.
Urban environments Down Under aren’t all that different than those in the United States. They also struggle with contaminated water running off and causing pollution. In response, cities often use natural landscapes of soil, grasses, and trees. These biofiltration systems capture and filter the runoff.
Industrial agitators serve the purpose of mixing two or more materials in various proportions and also of different viscosity to attain a desired level of uniformity in end products. Industrial agitators primarily serve various mixing application needs in manufacturing industries including chemical, oil, gas and petrochemical, pharmaceutical and food and beverages among others.
Ecosphere Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: ESPH), a technology development and intellectual property licensing company, today announced that it and its majority owned subsidiary, Sea of Green Systems, Inc., ("SOGS") have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Jim Fazio Golf Design, LLC. ("FAZIO"), a leading designer of premier golf courses, to develop and market an exclusive line of OZONIX® water treatment products for the golf course industry worldwide.
In future, operators of process plants will be able to more easily integrate their devices and components into their automation systems.
Dow Water & Process Solutions, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, celebrated the opening of The University of Arizona’s Water and Energy Sustainable Technology Center (WEST) on Friday, Nov. 20.
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