SAGD Produced Water Treatment System Case Study
Water treatment and steam generation are critical to in situ oil production. An oil sands producer in Northern Alberta, developing a new central process facility, required that the water treatment system use water efficiently to meet operational and sustainability objectives. The system supplied would need to maximize reuse of the treated produced water and minimize waste generated while providing quality water to the boilers for steaming.
Instrumentation: Dos And Don’ts For The Water Industry
To say that instrumentation, automation, and control are key to the modern wastewater industry is somewhat of an understatement. With growing populations, tighter consent parameters, and the need to do more for less, operational efficiency is more and more important. The need to give the operators in the field all the necessary information in order to actually operate the wastewater treatment works is also becoming increasingly important. Some see this as a threat to staff numbers and for the less enlightened operating companies it is. For those who actually want to achieve operation efficiency it isn’t— it is merely a change in the day-to-day job. By Oliver Grievson, Flow Compliance & Regulatory Efficiency Manager, Anglian Water
Not All Stainless Steel Resists Corrosion
For Municipalities and Municipal Utilities Authorities struggling to deal with corrosion issues, knowing where to turn when faced with these challenges can be daunting. Logan Township Municipal Utilities Authority, of NJ was faced with such problems when it was discovered that a five year old stainless steel headworks tank at their wastewater treatment facility was experiencing extreme Microbiological Induced Corrosion (MIC) at the waterline with corrosion severe enough to open holes through the tank wall. By Jon C. Lattin, CSI, CCPR, Corrosion Technology Systems and John E. Davis, Marketing Specialist, Sauereisen, Inc.
Iowa Utilities To Merge For Cost Savings?
Iowa water utilities are examining whether teamwork could help them lower their costs.
D.C. Installs Two New Sewage Vats
Washington D.C. recently installed two new vats at the Blue Plains Treatment Plant.
No Fracking Sites in Connecticut But Toxic Wastewater Still A Concern
Fracking wastewater may get regulated in Connecticut.
Sustainable Desalination Plant First Of Its Kind
An energy-efficient desalination plant has opened in the Republic of the Maldives.
Versatility Of Thermal Mass Flow Meters
There are many well documented flow meter technologies that are essentially trying to accomplish the same thing: measure fluid flow rate. Some of the technologies that are entrenched in the market, such as flow meters that utilize differential pressure as the measurement principle, are well understood by customers. Thermal mass flow meters however, such as the Magnetrol® Thermatel® TA2, are a rapidly growing technology that is continuously evolving.
Eliminate Filter Maintenance Costs Once And For All
Polly Stenberg, Director of Sales with Forsta Filters, explains how self-cleaning filters significantly cut costs and reduce maintenance for industrial, municipal, and irrigation applications.
Wingo Water & Sewer Upgrades To ORION® Fixed Network (SE) System From Badger Meter
Located in rural Kentucky, the small town of Wingo may seem like an unlikely candidate to become the first city in the state to employ a complete Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system. However, when it came time to upgrade its meter reading system, the city wanted a comprehensive water utility solution and chose the ORION Fixed Network (SE) system from Badger Meter.
In California, Come Rain Or Shine, Upfront Efficiency Is Always In Style
Caught between a withering drought and floods from winter storms, California faces the worst of both worlds—dealing with scarcity as well as stormwater. America, and much of the world, is watching to see how this trendsetting state handles those challenges. After generations of setting America’s style, from cowboys to Beatniks to Beach Boys to Silicon Valley billionaires, California can set perhaps its most important trend yet—it can lead the way to a more water-efficient America. It has to. The good news is that it can. By Jim Lauria, Senior Vice Director-Water Treatment, Bilfinger Water Technologies
How To Win Friends And Influence Water And Wastewater Customers
Many utilities have either waded or jumped headlong into customer communications and social media. But is any of it useful?
Pipe Repair On A Budget
A new pipe-repair solution promises to save time and money, while also being sustainable, long-lasting, fully scalable, and safe for workers.
Myths And Realities: Ammonium Based Aeration Control In Wastewater
The introduction of simple, reliable, and affordable in situ sensors based on ion selective electrode (ISE) technology provides the opportunity for more advanced activated sludge control strategies. For example, aeration control using ammonium as a response variable in addition to or in place of dissolved oxygen (DO) using continuous monitoring and control instruments.
Extreme Water Filtering – Consider High-Flow Systems To Save Costs And Reduce Waste
In an era when everything is done to the extreme – from sports, to home makeovers, to weather predictions – it should come as no surprise that the world of water filtering has joined the crowd. “Extreme” filtering, so to speak, is achieved through the use of high-flow cartridge systems – smaller designs that are able to handle much higher water volumes and pressures at lower costs and with less maintenance. By Robert LeConche, President, Shelco Filters
Idaho Next State To Question EPA Authority
Unhappy with how the EPA is enforcing the Clean Water Act, some Idaho residents want to nullify the agency's authority.
New Indirect Potable Reuse Regulations — What To Expect
In the upcoming months, the California Department of Public Health is expected to release regulations for groundwater replenishment of drinking water aquifers using recycled wastewater. These regulations are the first of their kind in California and unique in the U.S.
The Future Of Water Supply In Florida
A majority of water utilities in Florida have historically relied on groundwater for their drinking water supply. In 2010, Florida water utilities used 2.2 billion gallons per day (BGD) of freshwater for public water supply compared to a total of 6.3 BGD used. Groundwater represented 89% of the 2.2 BGD freshwater used for public water supply (USGS, 2013). Fresh groundwater sources at shallow depths have historically been available in abundance By Gerardus Schers, Philip Waller, and Michael Condran, MWH Global
Hundreds Of Barrels Of Fracking Wastewater Spilled In North Dakota
An energy company in North Dakota leaked fracking wastewater and oil from a well this month, raising concerns about groundwater contamination and other environmental hazards.
Oldest Town In West Virginia Adopts Modern Wastewater Treatment System
Along the banks of the Potomac River and nested in the lower Shenandoah Valley, sits the quaint and historical Shepherdstown, the oldest town in West Virginia with nearly 1,200 residents and home to Shepherd University which serves about 4,000 students. The town attracts visitors year-round who come to take in the shops and bistros along German Street and visit the town’s many historical landmarks including the Mecklenburg Tobacco Warehouse. This 1920’s landmark housed the town’s waterworks that supplied water to Shepherdstown residents until the mid ‘70s.
Whole Foods Bans Sludge Fertilizer
Whole Foods is taking a stand against sludge.
Obama Pledges $183 Million To Fight California Drought
President Obama headed to California recently to announce new financial aid for the drought-plagued state.
EPA Raids Texas Company On Clean Water Act Violations
Government agents raided a Texas company last month to investigate potential Clean Water Act (CWA) violations.
Superstorm Sandy's ‘Untold Filthy Legacy’
Is it possible to prevent the kind of sewage spills that resulted from Hurricane Sandy?
Australian Utility Loses 43 Billion Liters Of Water
Water Corporation, the principal water provider in Western Australia, has misplaced something pretty important: 43 billion liters of drinking water.
North Carolina Coal Ash Spill Still Messy
Regulators and researchers are assessing the damages of the North Carolina coal ash spill—and they appear to be significant.
Water Treatment Back To Normal After Brain-Eating Amoeba Attack
A Louisiana community went on the defensive against brain-eating amoebae last year, but water treatment has now returned to normal.
Biological Treatment 101: Suspended Growth Vs. Attached Growth
Optimal biological behavior is the linchpin of successful secondary wastewater treatment. Here’s an overview of two popular methods for gaining “bug control.”
Northern Water Utilities Fight The Cold
How cold is it? It's so cold that water utilities across the county have asked customers to keep their water running to prevent pipes from freezing this winter.
Odor, Unanswered Questions Linger After West Virginia Spill
Weeks after the chemical spill in West Virginia that tainted the water supply, residents have a complaint: The water still smells bad.
Can Tap Water Curb Drunk Driving?
Free tap water may be a weapon in the fight against drunk driving.
EPA Issued Violation To Utility For Spilling 446,350 Gallons Of Sewage
Federal and state regulators have notified a privately-owned utility in South Carolina that it is spilling too much sewage into Lake Wylie, a major reservoir.
Iced! Polar Vortex Lessons From An Ohio Water Utility
In early January 2014, the polar vortex enveloped the Great Lakes region. When the vortex passed over Lake Erie, a phenomenon called frazil ice sent an untold number of slender shards of ice directly into Avon Lake Regional Water’s intake crib.
Kansas City Boasts $5 Billion Overflow Prevention Program
Sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and combined sewer overflows (CSOs) are an increasing public health, environmental, and regulatory concern for U.S. municipalities. The city of Kansas City, MO, is taking action now to prevent the problem from getting worse.
Developments In Heat Transfer Technology Can Improve Exchanger Efficiency And Reduce Water Demand
Water’s high heat capacity, high thermal conductivity, and historically low cost make it popular for process heat exchange. Power plants, especially those for liquid cooling applications, withdraw a large fraction of the total demand for water necessary for agriculture, industry, recreation, hygiene, drinking, and wildlife. By Kevin J. Farrell and Vijay Sathyamurthi, Heat Transfer Research, Inc., College Station, Texas USA
Reliable M2M Communication And Networking Technology Connects Wastewater Facilities
As the world becomes increasingly connected, the integration of smart devices and tools, such as sensors, process control devices, security cameras, for example, have increased the need for well-established, secure machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and networking solutions. Many companies depend on effective communication technologies to reduce overhead costs and improve their bottom lines. By Paul Mercier, Regional Manager for OEM, Utility and Energy Markets, FreeWave Technologies, Inc.
After Coal Ash Debacle, Water Safety A Point Of Confusion
Duke Energy's coal ash spill in North Carolina has raised major concerns about drinking water in-state and beyond.
Fracking Water Pipelines Garner Legal Scrutiny
A practice oil and gas companies use to transport water for fracking is attracting legal scrutiny.
Lawsuit Lands Utility In Federal Court
Environmentalists are going after a top Maryland water utility with a lawsuit in federal court.
Hope For Brazil's Huge Water Project?
A major water infrastructure project in Brazil has been stalled for years and remains only half finished, but there may be hope for it yet.
Sauereisen Welcomes Pittsburgh Native To Research Team
Sauereisen, a third-generation manufacturer of corrosion-resistant materials, is pleased to welcome Brian Wagner to its research team. Wagner will take on the position of technical service specialist.
Fresh Ideas For Re-Using Water In Permian, Central Regions
Apache is leading the industry in developing ways to reduce the volume of drinking water used in areas where it is in short supply.
USTDA To Sponsor A Business Roundtable For Environmental Sanitation & Wastewater Treatment Project Opportunities In Vietnam
Did You Know…Vietnam’s development plans for wastewater collection and treatment indicate that an estimated capital investment of around $10.8 Billion ($700 Million annually) will be required over the next 12 years. This work presents significant opportunities for U.S. businesses.
Dow And Haier Reach New Agreement On FILMTEC RO Components
Dow Water & Process Solutions (DW&PS), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, celebrated the first anniversary of its water purification business cooperation with Haier
NeoTech Aqua Solutions, Inc. Welcomes Randy Truby To Its Board Of Directors
NeoTech Aqua Solutions, Inc., the industry leader in High-Efficiency Ultra-Violet (UV) water treatment systems proudly announces the addition of Randy Truby to its Board of Directors.
Lawsuit Alleges Federal-Mogul Plant In Kentucky Released Toxic Chemicals Into Groundwater In Allen County
Attorneys in Kentucky filed a lawsuit against Federal-Mogul Products Incorporated for damages allegedly caused by toxic chemical discharges from the company’s plant in Scottsville, Kentucky.
New Research Shows Elevated Mercury From In-Ground Wastewater Disposal
As towns across Cape Cod struggle with problems stemming from septic systems, a recent study by a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientist focuses on one specific toxic by-product: mercury.
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