Year after year, Water Online prides itself on improving the reader experience by adding features, commentary, and technologies that are both helpful and convenient. To that end, I am happy to introduce the Best of the Month newsletter — a rolling review of your favorite content, delivered in an easily digestible, bite-sized format. Moving forward, this space will be dedicated to the top-performing item from the editor’s desk — this month, ‘EPA Goes Too Far On Stormwater’ — followed by the three feature articles and five news stories that you found most interesting. We hope you enjoy this entrée to the series, the Best of January, and that you keep coming back. It's your continued involvement that makes it all possible.
The American water treatment industry is facing dramatic operational challenges, maintenance challenges, and funding challenges. Our task is to seek out learning opportunities — from the world of water as well as from other industries — to find new models that will help us meet those challenges. It’s time for "just-in-time learning." That’s learning that is fast, flexible, and delivered in the right dose, at the right time, to the right people.
The disinfection of pathogenic microbes in drinking water has been successful over the past century, largely due to the use of chlorination. However, research conducted in the 1970s revealed that disinfection byproducts (DBPs) formed during the chlorination process are potentially carcinogenic. A void was created for water treatment technologies that inactivate protozoa and viruses, don't create DBPs, and are economically feasible.
A small Vermont town is registering significant cost savings and improved efficiency after replacing original wastewater treatment membranes with high-performing Layne POREFLON Membrane Bioreactors (MBRs).