Lawmakers in New Hampshire took a stand this year against perfluorinated chemical (PFC) contamination, but the effort ultimately failed to cross the finish line.
It happens with every new presidential administration in modern times, the promise to “do more about the nation’s infrastructure problems.” But what happens after these words are spoken? Who becomes the voice of the people and makes sure that these promises are kept? The U.S. Conference of Mayors plays a major role in not just ensuring that administrations “make good” on the promises, but in helping to shape infrastructure plans and make the most efficient, effective use of federal funding.
Every day you hear things like “push your data into the cloud” or the newest functions of “cloud computing”. But what does this all mean? And what does it mean for utilities and facilities? Well, if you’re looking into Cloud SCADA, it can mean then difference between having to purchase and maintain software and hardware versus utilizing the internet and cloud computing platforms to serve as the framework for your SCADA system. That translates into time and money saved in the long run.
The City of Eden Prairie, Minnesota recently updated its data management processes at the water treatment plant, with a goal of increased efficiency for everyone from operators to management. The Eden Prairie Water Treatment Plant draws from a groundwater supply to serve a population of 63,000 people, with a total of 18,000 water user connections. The plant primarily uses lime softening for treatment.
The Villoresi Channel, located north of Milan, was designed with the main purpose of agricultural irrigation while providing water to the city of Milan. The paths running along the canal were also used for recreational purposes and cross through some of the most beautiful natural parks in Lombardy.
Aerators are a central component of wastewater treatment operations and can play a vital role in treating freshwater bodies as well. However, aeration equipment can be an energy consumption pain point for the bottom line of any operation.
A North Dakota man lost his life this month while saving a puppy from an uncovered sewage drain.
Recently I had the privilege of participating as a judge in the 2017 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), which brings the best and brightest of our high school men and women, grades 9 to 12, together to compete for the right to represent the U.S. globally at the International Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition later this year.
After years of drought in Costa Rica, the Reserva Conchal urgently needed a highly dependable supply of potable water. They chose NIROBOX, a compact treatment solution housed in one 40-foot container, saving space, conserving energy, and enabling easy installation, relocation, and storage. Each stand-alone unit can produce 1500 cubic meters of clean water per day. Watch this video to learn more.
A new wastewater recovery concept emerging in Massachusetts may represent the future of resource recovery.
Pinellas County, Florida is typical of many major metropolitan water systems, with over 700,000 customers, 2,000 miles of piping and several large water storage facilities.
Babies born in water births are at risk of Legionnaire’s disease, an illness that has become a major concern of the utility industry because of its connection to water systems.
Oostburg’s Black River Falls facility is a lean operation with limitations in space for screening technology and in the staff resources available to manage, maintain and report on the Village’s processes. Even though space was limited, Oostburg knew that putting a headworks screening solution in place would improve their operational efficiency. Oostburg found the perfect solution using the Huber Technology RoK4 confined space vertical screen.
The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation recently offered two workshops at the Florida Water Resources Conference 2017 showing the applicability of its research findings in Florida.
A new report from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) is shedding more light on what we know and don’t know about the potential health and environmental impacts caused by oil and gas development in Texas.
It’s no secret that municipalities across the country are facing budget constraints.
Following months of anticipation among water industry pros, the Trump administration has rolled out its proposal for how to rehabilitate the nation’s infrastructure.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced last week that he has charged five public officials with involuntary manslaughter related to their alleged failure to act in the Flint water crisis. The charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
There are different treatment processes used to remove iron and manganese from groundwater for potable water supplies. While there are various less commonly used treatment methods available (such as ion exchange), most treatment systems for iron and manganese oxidize the ferrous soluble state of iron to a ferric state so the solid particles can then be filtered out.
The Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority (YCUA) employs a total of 30 mixers in its aeration tanks as part of an anoxic nutrient removal process, and the mixers were failing. The mixers were old, inefficient, and starting to fail, so YCUA elected to replace them with Flygt 4320 mixers. Read the full case study to learn how the potential energy savings for YCUA could easily approach $1 million over a decade.
The 85th Texas Regular Legislative Session has drawn to a close. Now that we've had some time to digest what went down (and get some sleep), we can reflect. There is no doubt: This was a very hard Session. Emotions were high and lives were at stake.
Hydrogen sulfide can accelerate corrosion and lead to costly repairs and odor complaints. Eliminate sewer odor and extend the life of your collection system by partnering with Evoqua. Evoqua has the technical expertise, reliable service network, and comprehensive range of product and services to effectively prevent and remove hydrogen sulfide.
Lawmakers are putting heat on the Department of Defense (DoD) to address water contamination linked to military bases in their states and districts.
The threat of lead-contaminated drinking water is exacerbated by poor oversight from government agencies, according to an article assessing regulatory oversight in Georgia.
Aeration has been a primary method for treating municipal and industrial wastewater for over a century. It is a natural way to reduce biological oxygen demand (BOD) and control odors. In the SBR process, aeration helps foster nitrification by bubbling air through the mixture of wastewater and activated sludge, encouraging the multiplication of aerobic microbes which consume nutrients and convert ammonia into nitrites and nitrates.
No water contamination issue is grabbing more headlines these days than that of perfluorinated chemicals, commonly referred to as PFCs or PFAS. Concerns over the chemicals have sprung up all over the country, prompted by contamination from industrial wastewater and military firefighting foam. Regardless of where the issue has come up or what caused it, everyone who has been affected wants the same thing: an effective treatment solution. To discuss such a solution, Water Online spoke with Calgon Carbon Corporation.
The Mississippi Supreme Court recently reaffirmed the opinion that state regulators cannot force hundreds of rural water utilities to give domestic violence survivors extra time to pay their deposits when hooking up new water accounts.
A thief allegedly ripped off a 90-year-old woman in Green Bay, WI, late last month by posing as a water utility worker in what appears to represent a wider pattern of crime.
Around 18,000 Detroit households were vulnerable to water service shutoffs earlier this year, but in recent weeks that number has been cut in half, water officials say.
A new study highlights the scope of drinking water contamination by perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in the U.S.
Historic Punta Gorda, located on the shores of scenic Charlotte Harbor on the west coast of Florida prides itself in the proactive management of its water supply. With the responsibility of providing water to over 34,000 customers in the 38 square mile service area, Punta Gorda manages 237 miles of distribution pipe and two water storage facilities. The 1 million gallon (MG) Burnt Store elevated tank and the 2 MG Punta Gorda Isles ground storage tank provide distribution system balance as well as the ability to meet peak demands and fire protection capacity.
Even low levels of arsenic in drinking water may pose serious risks to pregnancy outcomes, according to a new study.
Military and industry officials appear to have known about the dangers of firefighting foams a decade before it came to light that perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in these foams had contaminated water supplies across the country.
When first moved from water reservoirs, water contains materials that need to be treated and or removed. All microorganisms, flora and fauna waste, assorted dirt and insects all need to be dealt with before, water is fit for human consumption. It is understood that, water needs to make many detours in its path from raw supplies to the tap. All these detours start at the treatment plant. At the plant water goes though applications that remove contaminants such as suspended solids, bacteria, algae, fungi, and minerals such as iron and manganese. The final objective is to turn contaminated debris choked water into safe, drinking water.
Water industry pros have to make better use of data, according to a new report by consultants at Black & Veatch.
Pump problems at a North Carolina facility this month led to water emergencies in several counties.
Evoqua experts give advice on warning signs and preventative maintenance.
Wastewater operators at a facility in Kansas recently found that the route to greater efficiency traveled through their disinfection system. Electricity costs at the plant have been cut in half following upgrades, officials say.
The city of Spokane, WA, recently agreed to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit with a former wastewater employee for nearly $1 million.
Federal officials have launched an effort to kill the Clean Water Rule, the top water-policy achievement of the Obama administration, but it could take a while before the rule is amended or entirely lifted from the books.
New research into anammox bacteria could cut costs at wastewater treatment plants.
Researchers at MIT have developed a system that uses visible light to treat produced water, a potential economic and environmental savior for the oil and gas industry.
Veolia Water Technologies, a global leader in water and wastewater treatment, hosted an educational event on June 7, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The purpose of the event was to support the food and beverage manufacturing community by increasing awareness related to water resource management and environmental compliance.
Texas Mineral Resources Corp. (TMRC), an exploration company targeting the heavy rare earths and a variety of other high-value elements and industrial minerals, is pleased to announce it has added a new strategic line of business with the recent establishment of a subsidiary named American Mineral Reclamation LLC.
The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), at their June 6, 2017 board meeting, approved a $4.5M grant for the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) to fund research that will to advance potable and non-potable reuse in California. Under this grant, WE&RF will identify, prioritize, solicit, and select for funding research studies related to potable reuse and non-potable reuse.
Fluid Components International (FCI) announces that registration is open for its next free customer training Product Knowledge Workshop, which will take place on October 4-5 in San Marcos, California, and October 17-19 in Beijing, China. These workshops are designed to provide customers comprehensive training on FCI thermal dispersion mass flow meters, flow switches, and level switches.
Metsä Group made the decision concerning the largest investment in the history of Finnish forest industry in April 2015, and the large-scale project at Äänekoski has progressed as planned – on schedule and according to the budget – towards the mill’s start-up.
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The International Society of Automation (ISA) is pleased to announce that the deadline for early-bird registration for the 2017 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium has been extended to 1 July 2017. The original deadline was 15 June 2017.
Listen as we discuss the biggest challenges facing the world of water with leading industry experts live from the exhibition floor at ACE17.
Communities are addressing water shortages and augmenting their clean water supplies by reusing treated, disinfected wastewater. We are here to help them do that with confidence. Over the past 20 years we've worked with hundreds of communities that are now collectively reusing over 1.5 billion gallons of wastewater every day.
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