Recent advancements are making it more appealing than ever for the dairy industry to replace heat pasteurization in favor of ultraviolet disinfection to sterilize water for its production needs.
Failure to capture meter readings at the low end of the production scale is a missed opportunity for steam system operators. Here’s why that is happening and what you can do to attack the problem.
Even though a local water treatment facility was closed more than two decades ago, a city in Indiana is paying more than $500,000 to maintain it due to a dangerous leak.
To sustain the environment and smart community growth while protecting public health, engineers, municipal health officials, and regulators need innovative wastewater treatment solutions. The latest evolution of decentralized systems can efficiently handle residential and commercial daily flows and are a cost-effective alternative to the large, centralized wastewater treatment plants of the past.
Municipal wastewater operations require significant energy to operate, but the biogas produced solely through anerobic digestion of sludge isn’t typically enough to offset the electricity and heat load demand at plants. Advanced anaerobic digestion technology, however, can change the equation so wastewater treatment plants can get closer to energy neutrality and in some cases even generate an excess.
Colleges and universities are working harder than ever to account for their resources, but getting a handle on steam production can be tricky. A growing number of schools are banking on one solution for better insight.
The technological innovation that powers water and wastewater treatment processes — like new membranes for produced water cleanup or desalination technology for stressed water systems — is largely what drives the industrial and municipal treatment industries forward.
As South Africa commemorates National Water Week from March 17 to 23 to highlight the scarcity of this vital resource, municipalities and utilities around the country are increasingly turning to technology to help them with both conservation and expanding accessibility to more communities.
Potable reuse offers a massive opportunity to recover water from the wastewater process, but projects face a variety of barriers to getting off the ground. Most successful early adopters engaged early with their constituents and implemented smaller-scale demonstration projects that were accessible to the public to prove the technology and process.
CU engineering students tackle real-world design challenges at new Denver Water treatment plant.
Residents of an Iowa town were told not to drink their tap water this month when dangerous levels of manganese were found in the supply. And most concerning may be the fact that nobody seems sure how long the contamination has been affecting residents.
The membrane bioreactor industry has matured past the point of being an experiment or a niche technology. Advancements, as well as more recent adoptions by high-profile users, are providing wastewater treatment plant operators with more incentive and a better business case to retrofit their systems.
While some water quality parameters may get more attention in industrial settings, few are more critical than conductivity. Understanding conductivity monitoring for industrial applications — where it is needed, how it works, and how to leverage the appropriate instruments and standards in order to pinpoint it — will unlock huge gains in efficiency, effectiveness, and regulatory compliance.
The City of Santa Fe has achieved a wastewater first, establishing a financing model that may offer a new revenue approach for other cities throughout the country.
A growing number of wastewater treatment plant leaders are banking on newer technology to tap into previously unclaimed resources at their sites while addressing pressing issues. By looking at the process through a different lens and raising the bar when it comes to overall objectives, it is possible to shift facilities from being a cost center toward a revenue generator.
Precise water quality is critical for municipal water treatment operations, but many industrial applications have even more rigorous requirements, regulations, and guidelines to follow. The energy, pharmaceutical, food processing, and other industrial fields require exact water quality in order to function efficiently.
When it comes to providing wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) solutions for isolated, low-volume applications, it is true that good things can indeed come in small packages. The execution of membrane aerated biofilm reactor (MABR) technology in compact self-sufficient arrays — including transportable containerized units — now offers wastewater treatment with enhanced nutrient removal for stand-alone applications and remote points of use.
‘Resilience’ — in terms of delivering resilient water and wastewater services focused on preventing floods and pollution — is one of the key words when it comes to preparing for AMP7. As an industry, we can do this by implementing monitoring systems that provide robust and accurate data that then enables the water company to effectively manage and measure the health of their network and its assets.
After a long period of totally inadequate funding for critical water projects, the tide appears to be turning and funding is becoming more readily available.
A wide range of industrial operations rely on cooling systems to function. And, in turn, these systems require cooling water to function. So, it stands to reason that a wide range of water treatment issues need to be considered and addressed so that cooling water system upsets are avoided and everything continues to run as it should. Oftentimes, an efficient industrial operation depends on efficient monitoring and treatment of cooling water.
For those who appreciate the old maxim about catching more flies with honey, the logic of creating a more favorable biological environment for better biological nutrient removal (BNR) makes perfect sense. Worldwide implementations of flat-sheet membrane aerated biofilm reactor (MABR) technology are doing exactly that — in less space, with less energy, and with lower operating expenditure (OPEX) for aeration and chemical treatment. Here’s how:
Industrial operations across the gamut leverage boiler water, the liquid that passes through a boiler and is converted into steam, thus powering operations around the world. But not all of them do as much as they could to ensure peak boiler water efficiency. Through the proper treatment considerations and quality measurement knowledge, every industrial player can make the most of this central process.
Large-scale water-reuse treatment plants have had sustainable impact in populated areas where the volume of water to be treated and reused in a concentrated area makes them practical. Today, the flat-sheet membrane aerated biofilm reactor (MABR) technology that is delivering high-quality wastewater treatment to remote locations is poised to realize the promise of sustainable water reuse in those same locations.
Wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) designers and decision-makers tasked with finding more cost-effective performance for challenging applications want new options. Here is how flat-sheet membrane aerated biofilm reactor (MABR) technology tweaks the chemical and biological functions of conventional activated sludge (CAS) processes to reduce energy consumption and operating expenses (OPEX) in demanding applications.
While pervasive drought in the American Southwest continues to present myriad problems for local water systems, it is also a dynamic opportunity — at least for private companies looking to capitalize on the scarcity.
In a nod to just how important water quality has become for Lake Erie — a source body that has been plagued by toxic algal blooms for years — locals have decided to grant it the type of legal rights usually reserved for human beings.
An aquifer recharge plan in Virginia will now move forward under stricter legislative and scientific oversight.
After more than a year of community meetings and deliberations, the U.S. EPA announced in February 2019 that it would begin the process of regulating two drinking water contaminants, seeking to stem a growing national public health crisis. If EPA follows through, this would be the first time in nearly 20 years that it has set an enforceable standard for a new chemical contaminant under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Remember when Legos were introduced as simple rectangular and square plastic bricks you used to build walls and towers?
An unusual culprit has been identified as the source behind rotten smelling water in Austin, Texas. Though the source of the smell was surprising, at least it wasn’t too difficult to deal with.
A rare incident at an Alabama drinking water treatment plant had scary results for workers last week.
Secondary metabolites of algae — including algal toxins and taste and odor compounds triggered by a harmful algal bloom — can find their way into source water, creating the risk that they will ultimately reach the water treatment plant to cause water-quality problems. Here is a checklist of considerations for mitigating those effects through cost-effective oxidation, or combined oxidization processes, across a variety of source water conditions.
Understanding the nature of harmful algal bloom causes, effects, and remediation strategies is key to choosing optimal water treatment plant technologies for improved resilience against this emerging threat to water quality. Whole-cell removal of algae via dissolved air flotation technology helps in maximizing physical removal of intact algal cells and biomass and reducing disinfection byproduct potential.
Headlines in 2018 were dominated by the red tide along Florida’s Gulf Coast, which persisted for months, causing human respiratory illnesses, the deaths of dozens of Florida’s beloved dolphins and manatees, and hundreds of millions of dollars in lost tourism revenue and cleanup costs. Here are insights on how to forestall becoming the next city to make national headlines related to harmful algal blooms.
Changing climate and other environmental conditions are intensifying the frequency and severity of harmful algal blooms (HABs). Here are important guidelines to understanding HAB causes and impacts to potable water treatment plants — including dealing with the algal biomass, remnants of decaying algal cells, and especially the secondary metabolites that the algae produce, such as taste and odor compounds and toxins.
Over the last several years the wastewater reuse segment of the water industry has experienced both rapid growth and tremendous change. Global demand for increased water supplies fuels the development of alternative water sources, including reclaimed wastewater.
In this video, Parkson discusses the process of biologically treating wastewater in a batch mode and what differentiates Parkson's SBR from others.
With U.S. municipalities in major need of water and wastewater infrastructure investment, public-private partnerships offer a pathway to project initiation and success.
The City of San Diego recently contracted the San Diego based remote-sensing data company, Utilis, to conduct a pilot study survey of the city’s drinking water distribution system as part of their innovation exploration program.
Pretreatment processes in water treatment systems are often crucial to maintaining efficiency and longevity of the downstream equipment, such as membrane filtration.
The global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, recently launched the Ecolab Smart Water Navigator, a free online tool to help businesses throughout the world improve water management at their facilities in the face of growing global water scarcity.
Enviro Tech Chemical Services (ETCS) is pleased to announce its Peragreen products, formulated for the control and reduction of slime, algae, bacterial and fungal diseases in various agricultural water systems, is now listed on Agrian’s comprehensive online Label Lookup directory.
Better protection against rust and corrosion is a step closer thanks to a breakthrough by a Swansea University research team, who have discovered a safer, smarter way of tackling the problem.
International water experts will meet at the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 1st to 5th December 2019, to progress solutions and the uptake of innovation needed to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the dedicated water goal SDG 6 by 2030.
A conference organized by SUEZ in San Francisco on February 27th gathered senior stakeholders from business, government, and NGOs to discuss the risks of water scarcity and the promise of a sustainable water future.
Performance monitoring of Hydro International Up-Flo® Filter has been reviewed and certified by the Washington State Technology Assessment Protocol - Ecology (TAPE) for General Use Level Designation (GULD) to remove Total Suspended Solids and phosphorus from stormwater.
H2O Innovation Inc. (“H2O Innovation” or the “Corporation”) is proud to announce it was awarded four (4) new projects including three (3) municipal projects and one (1) industrial project.
Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.,an industry leader in mission-critical water treatment solutions, recently announced that Neptune-Benson will become the Official Water Quality Sponsor of USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming in the U.S., through 2020.
Promega Corporation’s new Water-Glo System offers water plant operators a rapid, highly sensitive and flexible measurement tool for monitoring microbial contamination in freshwater, process water, seawater or wastewater samples.
Dynamic Water Technologies saved thousands of gallons of water and cut operating costs at a federal building in Georgia as part of a government study to find alternative technologies to conserve energy and water.
Water Online invites you to attend the upcoming SWAN 9th Annual Conference, May 15-16, at the Hyatt Regency Miami. This smart water event will feature over 30 global utility speakers covering operational resilience, cybersecurity, AI for wastewater, digital transformation, workforce changes, and more. View the agenda and register at https://www.swan-2019.com/
Mueller Water Products has a long history of trust and leadership in the American flow control industry spanning more than a Century. Today, more than 150 years after its founding, it remains the only full-line supplier of flow control products used in distribution systems for municipal potable water and natural gas.
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