• Coming Around To Big Data
    Coming Around To Big Data

    Big Data is on the minds and lips of many water system managers, but how many utilities are actually utilizing it? Jason Carter, the Water Utility Innovation Leader at Arcadis, lamentedly states that the water industry is behind, but he also sees a clear path forward — one where Big Data plays a central role in operations and, consequently, newfound efficiencies. In this Water Talk interview, Carter provides examples of how utilities can leverage data for improved operations, pinpoints the cost savings associated with Big Data, and forecasts the future in terms of adoption and implementation.

  • Ways To Reduce Costs And Recover Resources
    Ways To Reduce Costs And Recover Resources

    Jeff Garner, Senior Vice President with MWH Constructors, covers a lot of area in this Water Talk interview, which focuses on alternative project delivery models (particularly the construction manager at-risk (CMAR) approach), the water-energy-food nexus, and the thermal hydrolysis process (THP) for on-site energy generation. Garner summarizes the essential questions for both utilities and industry: "How can I get the quality job, delivered on time, safely ... and at the budget I can afford?" Click on the player below to hear Garner's thoughts on available solutions.

  • A Fresh Look At Membrane Bioreactors
    A Fresh Look At Membrane Bioreactors

    Membrane bioreactors (MBRs) are not new, but they are the subject of renewed interest among utilities, and for Carollo Engineers Vice President Andrew Gilmore. He sat down with Water Talk's Todd Schnick and Kevin Westerling to discuss the MBR renaissance and the reason for their rise in popularity. Gilmore also shares insight on the cost of MBR as compared to other options and highlights real-word examples of installations that are raising the bar for MBR capabilities.

  • Pennsylvania Lawmakers Fail To Pass PFAS Bill
    Pennsylvania Lawmakers Fail To Pass PFAS Bill

    State lawmakers in Pennsylvania failed to pass legislation to address drinking water contamination last week in a sign of the difficulty of locating funding to clean up PFAS pollution.

  • Calculating The Cost Of Water Reuse
    Calculating The Cost Of Water Reuse

    The adoption of water reuse can be unavoidable due to water scarcity, but it may also be a choice. And when it comes to choices, cost is usually a deciding factor. Gary Hunter, Senior Wastewater Process Engineer with Black & Veatch, helps make sense of the dollars required for recycled water schemes in this Water Talk interview. In it, he shares three keys affecting the cost for reuse, as well as concepts and technologies that can be used to improve reuse economics.

  • Young Water Professionals Set To Make Waves
    Young Water Professionals Set To Make Waves

    In this Water Talk interview, Steve Drangsholt, Northwest Infrastructure Sales Leader with Brown and Caldwell, discusses the value of organizations for a young professional (YP) in the water/wastewater industry. Drangsholt speaks on the skills that YPs need to develop to advance in their careers, and how organizations such as the Water Environment Federation (WEF) — where he serves in the House of Delegates and as Vice Chair of the Awards Committee — can provide the means and opportunity to do so.

  • The Sound Of Water Reuse
    The Sound Of Water Reuse

    Want to hear some good news on water reuse? Listen to this Water Talk interview with Christina Brown, Director of Program Management at Brown and Caldwell, to learn about the EchoWater project, which will allow the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District — the largest inland discharger west of the Mississippi — to reuse half of their discharge while also reducing nitrogen loading into the Sacramento River.

  • Flexible Financing Through Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships
    Flexible Financing Through Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships

    James Schlaman, Director of Water Resources at Black & Veatch, explains what community-based public-private partnerships (CBP3s) are (and what they aren't), how they work, and what makes them attractive — particularly for stormwater management improvements.

  • 15 Steps To Identifying Your Best WTP & WWTP Flow Metering Options
    15 Steps To Identifying Your Best WTP & WWTP Flow Metering Options

    There’s a lot to be said for the old adage, “Use the right tool for the job.” When it comes to flow meters for municipal or industrial water treatment plant (WTP) and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) operations, however, the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming. That is where using a process of elimination to winnow out styles that don’t fit the performance criteria of an application can make it easier to compare the few remaining options. Here is a checklist of considerations to accelerate that process.

  • SiC Strength: Silicon Carbide Membranes
    SiC Strength: Silicon Carbide Membranes

    Silicon carbide, or SiC, membranes are made from one of the earth's hardest natural materials, making them extremely strong and resilient. They are also hydrophilic, lending to a high flux rate (4 to 6 times that of other membranes) and making them particularly suitable for stormwater/CSO applications.

  • A Multi Process Approach With One Single Solution

    A joint effort between the city of Hollister, the San Benito County Water District and the Sunny slope County Water District, the group proposed the West Hills Water Treatment Plant (WHWTP) project to improve drinking water quality, water supply reliability, and to balance regional water resources in the Hollister Urban Area (HUA). Historically, HUA relied primarily on local groundwater basins for meeting their drinking water demands. While groundwater met all drinking water regulations, it is high in minerals and hardness that often resulted in scaling and the need for further conditioning. Along with other initiatives, the WHWTP project enables the District to meet these goals through increased surface water capacity from the San Luis and San Justo Reservoirs.

  • Japan To Flush Radioactive Fukushima Water Into Ocean

    Japan plans to release radioactive water tainted by the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean.

  • How To Provide Effective Disinfection With No Hazardous Chemicals

    Reliable and effective disinfection is a cornerstone of water and wastewater treatment, needed to protect public health. Most drinking water utilities are required to maintain a minimum disinfectant residual in the distribution system. This ensures adequate chemical was applied and remains in the system to kill pathogens. The most commonly used disinfectants — chlorine gas and bulk sodium hypochlorite — require operators to regularly handle these hazardous chemicals. Operators must be extensively trained in specialized procedures to ensure their safety and that of the community. 

  • Manufacturer’s Representatives Attend In Force At WEFTEC 2018

    Most of the manufacturer’s representatives have just returned from attending WEFTEC 2018, held in New Orleans from September 30th through October 3rd.  This year’s Annual Technical Exhibition & Conference was a showcase of the latest technologies, developments, and services for the water sector and continues to be the largest water quality event in the world. 

  • A Magmeter Built For "Ultra" Dependability And Performance

    The Ultra Mag electromagnetic flow meter (or "magmeter") sets itself apart from the start, with a stainless steel body, steel flanges, and a consistent 3M fusion-bonded epoxy liner, inside and out, to eliminate wear, abrasions, and corrosion. 

  • Fluoride Bans On The Rise

    An increasing number of towns are banning the addition of fluoride to water, a common practice across the country.

  • When Water Scarcity Leads To Violent Crime

    As pressure on water resources grows, there is at least one “water cop” trying to maintain order.

  • Cybersecurity Importance On The Rise In Water Utility Operations

    As water utilities migrate toward remote system monitoring and real-time control, the risks associated with cybersecurity tick upward as well. While the rewards of digitalization offer real promise, the associated complexity and security concerns pose corresponding risks. That is why it is important to have an overall risk-management process for the organizational level, the business process level, and for the information system and data levels as well. 

  • Critically Needed Funding For Water Projects Is Ever So Near

    An infusion of $6 billion in federal funding for critical water infrastructure projects appears to be on the way to some very happy state and local officials. What a great gift!

  • Water Intelligence System Combines Process, Data and Instrumentation Analysis

    In the world of water and wastewater, it's not enough to simply get a measurement back on how your system is performing. The non-linear process of water treatment and distribution requires ongoing adjustment and diagnostics based on process and regular instrument analysis. In this Water Online video, Tom Siller, Senior Director for Hach's Software Business Unit, discusses Claros, a new water intelligence system that not only analyzes but looks to fill the knowledge void as we face a generational change in our treatment operator ranks.

  • Suspended EPA Official: Trump Admin Stalling On Child Lead Rules

    A suspended U.S. EPA official is calling out the Trump administration for what she sees as negligence on rules protecting children from lead.

  • How Alarmed Should You Be About Operator Effectiveness?

    As water and wastewater treatment plant (WTP/WWTP) processes and control systems become more sophisticated, maximizing operator effectiveness becomes more complex as well. A well-planned alarm and control strategy can make a significant difference between valuable decision-making information and confusing, disjointed, data points. This article highlights key strategies for foreseeing problems in advance, fixing them faster, and having a higher success rate by maximizing operator effectiveness.

  • The Role Of IoT And Control Technologies In Water Filtration Systems

    ​Water and wastewater treatment applications encompass a wide range of processes, technologies, and physical/chemical methods. Among them, filtration and separation technologies are the core of treatment processes, and in many cases, they can be critical process bottlenecks. Engineering firms, engineering procurement and construction contractors, and end users have high expectations regarding a plant's operation, process design, efficiency, and performance.

  • What Are The Hidden Costs Of Water?

    There are a variety of costs that are easy to overlook in water treatment. But as Herman Coello, Products Manager for SIEMENS Process Instrumentation, explains in this Water Online video, accurately measuring your flow and treatment parameters can reduce them all. Much-overlooked expenses such as pumping inefficiencies and chemical overdosing can all be reduced to save operating expense.

  • Innovative Project In Virginia Changes Lens On Wastewater

    In September of 2016, Ted Henifin took the first sip of water purified at a pilot treatment plant developed by HRSD (Hampton Roads Sanitation District). Now, the innovative water treatment program known as SWIFT — Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow — is changing the lens through which communities and government officials view wastewater, drinking water, aquifer replenishment, and even fighting sea level rise.

  • Indiana Water Privatization Needs Court Approval

    The fate of a water utility in Indiana lies in the hands of a court.

  • Lifecycle Management — Enhancing The ROI Of Control System Investments

    In water plant operations, there’s no such thing as simply maintaining the status quo. Any utility that is not moving forward is falling behind. Whether a water treatment or wastewater treatment plant (WTP/WWTP) chooses to rely on in-house resources or outside specialists, here are some lifecycle management approaches they can use to upgrade control capabilities without compromising performance or return on investment. 

  • Boiler Feedwater — Making The Case For Reverse Osmosis

    Boiler feedwater is comprised of two very important, and increasingly expensive resources: steam condensate return and city (or well) makeup water. The condensate is valuable due to low electrical conductance, purity, and high temperature. The makeup water is valuable because it is being overused and under conserved in many parts of the country, making the cost of water rise in almost all parts of the U.S.

  • How Drought And Other Extremes Impact Water Pollution

    A Q&A with Berkeley Lab hydrological science expert Bhavna Arora, who explains how unseasonably warm weather and drought can affect water quality

  • After Cyberattack, Utility Urges Customers To Replace Credit Cards

    The water utility in San Angelo, TX, is urging customers who paid their water bill online during the summer months to immediately get a new card.

  • Prioritizing Alarm Responses For Better Workforce Management

    While the laws of physics and chemistry have not changed, the ways that water and wastewater treatment plants (WTPs/WWTPs) are being forced to deal with them certainly have — e.g., disinfection byproducts (DBPs), tighter turbidity standards, harmful algal blooms, and PFAS challenges. Even when plant throughput stays the same, the demands on plant personnel continue to increase. Here’s how evolving toward better workforce management processes can help. 

  • California Dreamin’? Pilot Study Makes Treating Arsenic, Manganese And Iron A Reality

    The City of Paramount conducted a pilot study for arsenic, manganese and iron treatment system at their Well 15 site. The onsite pilot test was designed to demonstrate the performance of the Loprest Water Treatment Company treatment process proposed for the new treatment plant.

  • Coping With Mixed-Source Water Quality And Corrosion Challenges

    When it becomes necessary to expand or blend water supply sources, variety is not necessarily the spice of life. Whether new water sources are surface water or groundwater, fresh, brackish, seawater, or water recovered from aquifer storage, they can ultimately impact water treatment plant (WTP) operations and finished water quality — including compliance with the U.S. EPA Lead and Copper Rule.

  • How To Become More Successful At Funding Water Infrastructure

    Prioritizing and funding pressing infrastructure needs can be challenging for water treatment and wastewater treatment plants (WTPs/WWTPs) of any size. The problems are particularly stressful for smaller utilities where a thin layer of upper management staff wears an inordinate number of hats. The good news is that funding assistance does exist — if you know where to look for it and take the right steps to apply for it.

  • An Underdrain Like No Other

    Matt Shoemaker, North American Sales Manager for Leopold -- A Xylem Brand, talks through the features of the Type 360 Underdrain, a bolt-down system with a design that allows for longer filter runs, higher efficiency, less backwash water, and extended media life. With a flow concept that avoids dead zones and patented self-cleaning capabilities, the Type 360 is easy to own and operate. Get a close look and hear more about its unique properties in this video.

  • Pilot Test For Manganese Removal Using Manganese Greensand

    Loprest has been designing and fabricating manganese removal systems using manganese greensand for over forty years. Drawing on that experience; filtration rates, run times, backwash procedures, chemical dosage rates, etc. are all established by theoretical calculations and history. Therefore, Loprest’s goal in this pilot study was to conduct uninterrupted operation per bid testing procedures and document the results.

  • Robertson Water Treatment Plant Celebrates 75 Years

    In 75 years, El Paso Water has come full circle. More than seven decades ago, El Paso’s population growth was stretching the border city’s water supply and requiring new approaches that would enable the city to continue to thrive.

  • New Water Infrastructure Bill: A Positive Step

    The U.S. Senate has just approved “America’s Water Infrastructure Act,” which was also passed by the House of Representatives in September, clearing the way for Presidential signature. While much of the bill focuses on traditional water projects to be carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers, it includes several provisions directly addressing drinking water infrastructure.

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