When Texas, among other places, was hit with Hurricane Harvey this summer, it faced numerous stormwater management and water quality issues.
As the death toll continues to rise due to San Diego County’s hepatitis A virus outbreak, reports say water officials had warned about the risk for years.
Robert Olofsson, Business Unit Manager of Software for Hach, provides an overview — and brief demo — of the new Claros software platform, billed as "The Water Intelligence System". Olofsson describes how instrument management and data management integrate with process management to optimize operator control and plant performance. Though it works with drinking water, wastewater, or industrial water operations, this discussion from WEFTEC spotlights wastewater capabilities.
University researchers in North Carolina have pointed to an unlikely culprit for water contamination: the treatment filters themselves.
Tap water service interruption is only part of the water crisis in Puerto Rico. Another major, related problem is the sewage crisis unfolding at the same time.
As an area of Montana struggles with dangerous water contamination, it has taken action against a polluter across the border.
A water utility in Tennessee is seeking a rate hike to offset the cost of making repairs after wildfires ravaged homes and infrastructure in the region.
In a move that has already draw controversy from either side of the hydraulic fracturing debate, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has voted to ban the practice from its purview.
Financial difficulties at public water utilities create an opportunity for for-profit water companies, according to Bloomberg BNA.
Interested in sidestream treatment or curious about the innovation known as "shortcut nitrogen removal"? Mudit Gangal, product manager for Ovivo, explains both from the tradeshow floor at WEFTEC17. Specifically, Gangal talks about the advantages of the AnammoPAQ system, which is evidenced by a number of successful installations referenced in the video.
A $15 million federal, solar desalination funding program seeks to foster a world where utilities and industrial operations have easier access to fresh water.
After decades in service, the wet well at the Laguna Southwest Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA) lift station became dilapidated. The project included a hybrid manhole/junction structure that would also serve as the bypass wet well during the rehabilitation work. Upon completion of the wet well rehabilitation, the temporary sewage bypass pumping system was removed and normal lift station operation was restored.
You can’t control what you don’t know and when it comes to gas mixtures, control is of vital importance. But how can you get a handle on all of the elements you’re processing at a given time?
Water Online had the pleasure of chatting with Eileen O'Neill, executive director of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), in the midst of the organization's premier event, WEFTEC — the world's largest annual water quality exhibition. O'Neill talks about the mission of WEF in the face of numerous industry challenges, and how WEFTEC helps to advance that mission. Among the issues discussed were how to replace a retiring workforce and how to maintain — and sometimes restore — public confidence in municipal water operations.
Most would agree that the traditional method of project delivery, design-bid-build, is fraught with issues. More and more, alternative delivery methods are cropping up, including progressive design-build. In this Water Talk discussion, Pete Thomson of Black & Veatch explains how progressive design-build works, its pros and cons, and how it compares to other delivery methods.
When hurricanes hit, water infrastructure, treatment plant operations, and water quality are all at risk. In extreme situations such as Hurricane Harvey in Houston, the need for water and wastewater experts — namely operators and engineers — far exceeds that which is available from local municipal staff. Peter Brooks, vice president of waterTALENT, tells Water Talk host Todd Schnick about a service that places licensed and insured water experts wherever they are needed, for however long they are needed.
Andrew Gilmore, Vice President at Carollo Engineers, gives his perspective on water issues out West, where water scarcity has posed both challenge and opportunity. A licensed PE in Arizona, New Mexico, and California, Gilmore discusses the evolution of water reuse from both a technological and societal standpoint.
Most companies and agencies today operate with the concept of business sustainability. This is a holistic way of managing a business that includes environmental, social, and financial responsibilities. To meet this triple bottom line, companies must find ways to be cost-efficient, socially responsible, and eco-friendly at the same time.
Even though 70 percent of our planet is made up of water bodies, yet the world is facing a dire scarcity of water, a basic necessity of life. More than 97 percent of the water resources available are in the form of saline water in the seas and oceans. Water is always at a high risk of getting contaminated/polluted. With rapid urbanization and demographic growth across the globe, the world has seen a staggering rise in the number of industries.
Maintaining the water distribution system is critical to ensure customers receive the best water quality. An important maintenance task is to ensure water movement through the system. Dead-end mains, typically in cul-de-sacs, at the end of rural streets, or even in a looped line, are known problem areas for water stagnation, resulting in quality complaints. Residential neighborhoods under construction and large underpopulated developments often have slow-moving or stagnant drinking water.
Hydraulic fracturing is a hot-button issue, but no matter where you land you should agree that more efficient produced water filters will go a long way in improving the practice.
Jen Muller, VP of Marketing for Trojan Technologies, provides an update on two key TrojanUV technologies, the TrojanUVFlex and TrojanUVSigna. The former is designed for potable water reuse applications, including direct potable reuse (DPR), while the latter is ideal for wastewater disinfection as a replacement for chemical disinfectants. Muller shares the features and benefits of both products, and also discusses the TrojanUVSigna's installation at two of North America's largest wastewater treatment plants.
Jack Roushey, product manager for instrumentation at Siemens, gives his take on trends in the water industry, including the three most important factors for ensuring a quality end product — safety, performance, and reliability within your process measurement and control regime. Talking to Water Online's Kevin Westerling, Roushey illuminates the impact of these important parameters with a discussion on lead in drinking water, which has recently caused contamination events, regulatory scrutiny, and a mandate for improved process control.
Aerzen USA has long preached — and excelled in delivering — "right-sized" blower solutions, offering energy efficiency by producing the proper amount of air for the application. Until recently, however, the company did not have an option for the largest of wastewater treatment plants. That has changed with the introduction of the Multicore series turbo blower, which is described in the following video by Tom McCurdy, National Sales Manager for Aerzen's Environmental Group.
Many wastewater utilities are under regulatory mandates to reduce effluent nitrogen and phosphorus. When trying to determine the best method for biological nutrient removal (BNR), lifecycle costs are an important factor.
Many Puerto Ricans remain without tap water service in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
It’s not uncommon to hear wastewater efficiency advocates refer to influent as a “resource” rather than “waste.” But it’s unlikely that any of them imagined just how valuable the material flushed through Swiss sewage systems really is.
Niagara Falls may be best known for its majestic, natural beauty, but this precious resource is having a hard time lately as the area’s wastewater treatment swims upstream against fundamental infrastructure issues.
XPDRAINAGE is the new Stormwater Design and Review software from Innovyze that can make design time more efficient and accurate. Watch this 2 minute video to learn how and let us know if you'd like more information.
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New research shows that lead contamination of tap water in Flint, MI, likely had a major impact on fetal deaths.
Very large contracting opportunities are being announced weekly in regions with U.S. seaports. Literally billions of dollars will be spent in the near future on all types of public projects related to ports. The American Association of Port Authorities estimates ports and private-sector partners will spend $154.8 billion over the next five years on seaport infrastructure repair, expansion, and upgrades.
InfoWater is the #1 GIS-centric water distribution modeling software. Build and update models with easy to use tools, manage countless what if scenarios, and get the answers you need from your model. If you happen to get stuck, reach out to our amazing support staff or join us for a training.
InfoMaster is a complete ArcGIS-based asset integrity management and capital planning software for water and wastewater networks. It leverages existing GIS and IT investments with advanced modeling and sophisticated predictive analytics to give utilities a cost effective business intelligence and data collection platform for more informed, action-oriented decision making. With versions designed for the desktop, Web, and iOS mobile devices, InfoMaster enables day-to-day operational management and long-term network planning for users throughout the organization.
The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation (LASAN) is responsible for operating and maintaining one of the world’s largest wastewater collection and treatment systems. It has been conducting advance planning for its 6,700-mile sewer system for decades using very conservative and technically sound engineering principles and tools. The sewer assets are rapidly deteriorating and so it is paramount for LASAN to continually upgrade the sewer system to ensure that the health of the public and the environment are protected.
In the migration of wastewater treatment plants to resource recovery facilities, Camden County in New Jersey has recently taken a leading role.
After a former employee allegedly stole thousands of dollars from a New Mexico water utility, the company has decided to fight back.
Learn how the Yorba Linda Water District maximized the use and effectiveness of its GIS-based hydraulic model by linking it to their SCADA System.
Rapid industrialization and tightened water quality standards are leading to an increase in global spending on water quality monitoring instrumentation. Spending in this area is projected to grow from $2.5 billion in 2014 to $3.6 billion by 2020, with some 25 percent spent on new, less expensive water quality monitoring sensors that deliver on-the-spot measurements.
When authorities arrived at a drinking water treatment plant in West Virginia earlier this year, they thought they were responding to an attack on a utility employee. As it turns out, they now believe that employee injured himself.
Lack of universal access to water has been one of the most stunning and difficult consequences Puerto Rico has faced after Hurricane Maria devastated the island’s infrastructure.
A popular weed killer appears to be threatening consumer health through drinking water supplies. As knowledge around this threat grows, treatment operations should consider their technology options.
Noting it will require all hands on deck, the America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF) recently called for private sector investment in "transitional projects" necessary to shore up the coast as large scale public projects come on line in the future.
The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) announced the organization’s 2017-2018 board of directors at its annual Water Summit this week in Seattle, Washington.
Fluence Corporation Limited (“Fluence” or the “Company”), recently announced that it was awarded a €1.5M contract by VINCI Construction Grands Projets (France) to supply 3 NIROBOX™ smart packaged seawater desalination units, for the island of Mayotte.
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is urging the White House and Congress to provide robust funding and prioritize resilience in rebuilding the water infrastructure in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that was damaged by the recent hurricanes.
One of the largely unanticipated impacts of a changing climate may be a decline in sunlight's ability to disinfect lakes, rivers, and coastal waters, possibly leading to an increase in waterborne pathogens and the diseases they can cause in humans and wildlife.
The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) has named both EPCOR USA and California Water Service as first place winners of the 2017 NAWC Management Innovation Awards.
This week, private water industry leaders from across the country gathered in Seattle, Washington, for the 2017 NAWC Water Summit. This year’s Summit programming included addressing water infrastructure needs, rate regulation, use of drone technology, and economic and geopolitical trends.
TrojanUVSigna™ incorporates innovations, including TrojanUV Solo Lamp™ Technology, to reduce the total cost of ownership and drastically simplify operation and maintenance. It is the ideal solution for treatment plants in need of revolutionary UV disinfection technology. See the reasons why trojanuv.com/signa.
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