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?
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.
Everyone must answer to someone — even the rule-makers themselves. While it may seem to water and wastewater utilities that the U.S. EPA is the end of the line, there is yet another government agency that holds the EPA's feet to the fire.
When it comes to the history and DNA of a city, new buildings have nothing on century-old ones. Yet the reverse can be said in regard to water and energy efficiency. Older buildings reflect the culture and history of a community, but typically are highly inefficient.
Over the summer, a drinking water treatment plant at a military base in California was found to be dealing with some particularly unsettling contaminants: dead rodents and amphibians. Now, it has entered a consent decree to solve the problem.
Two employees of the water utility in New Brunswick, NJ, were indicted last month after they allegedly took bribes to lower customers’ bills.
In a recent Water Online editorial, Kevin Westerling shared a Q&A with Water Environment Federation (WEF) President Rick Warner. Central to the conversation were the topics of innovation, collaboration, and leadership within the context of the challenges faced by the U.S. water industry. Among these issues: rebuilding and replacing aging infrastructure, advancing clean water initiatives, and making progress with water reuse.
Northwest Arkansas has been one of the faster growing regions of the United States in the early 2000s. Driven by the growth of the poultry industry as well as education and health professions, the city of Springdale has seen significant economic and population growth. There is also a thriving leisure and hospitality industry as recreation in the Ozarks continues to grow. The population is now estimated to be approximately 80,000 people compared to 46,000 in the 2000 census.
Toray UF membrane modules were piloted over a fifteen-week period to help service the growing demand for clean water in southwest North Dakota. The outcome, as part of the Southwest Pipeline Project (SWPP), would be construction of the Oliver-Mercer-North Dunn (OMND) Water Treatment Plant.
To better comply with the Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (LT2) the City of Delaware (Ohio) piloted Torayfil hollow-fiber PVDF membrane modules to treat surface water for their 7.2 mgd full-scale facility. After significant review of the data, cost, and other factors, the City and URS selected Toray to utilize in the full scale design. Read the full case study to learn more.
After a fantastic career and 32 years with American Water, October 6 will be my last day at work. So, this blog will serve as my last (regular) Dr. Water entry. I couldn’t be retiring on a better note! Through the years this company, the water industry, and the communities we serve have afforded me tremendous opportunities to advance my own career pursuits in the science of water as well as to apply my skills to help impact the future of water and the environment.
It has now been over two years since the city of Toledo, OH, had to ban water for 400,000 people due to contamination from toxic algae. But concerns still persist.
The U.S. EPA is expected to police pollution in the nation’s waterways, but in an infamous instance two years ago, the agency itself became the polluter.
The president’s proposed $1 trillion national infrastructure plan has become something of an anomaly. Once a highly touted campaign promise, the long-awaited plan has been void of any specifics and last spring was reduced to a set of ambiguous “principles.” However, both pre-campaign and post-inauguration, Trump’s proposal relied heavily on capital investment by the private sector.
High up in the Tehachapi Mountains of California’s Central Valley lies the largest consumer of the state’s electricity, driving 14 centrifugal pumps, each rated at 80,000 hp.
San Francisco’s water and wastewater utility has developed a holistic approach to resource management, sustainable infrastructure, and reuse. What can other utilities learn from its program?
Microza™ hollow-fiber membrane for water treatment from Asahi Kasei was selected as pretreatment membrane for the Doha Phase 1 reverse osmosis (RO)1 seawater desalination plant to be built near Kuwait City by Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction, a major Korean plant construction company.
PHI Group, Inc., (www.phiglobal.com) (OTCQB:PHIL), a company focused on acquisitions and investments in natural resources, energy, agriculture and special situations, announced today that the Company’s majority owned subsidiary PHI EZ Water Tech, Inc. has completed the design of new breakthrough proprietary watering systems that can save water and substantially increase yields for the cannabis industry.
The International Desalination Association (IDA) announces that Miguel Angel Sanz, Director of Strategic Development for Treatment Infrastructure Division of SUEZ, has been elected President of IDA for the 2017-2019 term.
The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) is pleased to announce Katherine (Katie) Jamriska of Indiana American Water has been selected as the grand prize winner of the 2017 NAWC Living Water Awards. The announcement was made today during the 2017 NAWC Water Summit being held in Seattle, Washington.
OriginClear Inc., a leading provider of water treatment solutions, recently announced that its Asian subsidiary has manufactured the company's first standalone commercial system, and is preparing to ship it to a Chinese industrial customer.
AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced recently that it has named Sergio Bazarevitsch senior vice president, water design-build and Quirien Muylwyk, MASc., P.Eng. vice president, water quality, both within the Americas Design and Consulting Services group.
American Water, the largest publicly-traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, received two awards from the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) at the 2017 NAWC Water Summit honoring their commitment to innovation and passion to serving their customers and communities.
Listen to Water Talk host Todd Schnick discuss the biggest challenges facing the world of water and wastewater with leading industry experts live from the exhibition floor.
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.
Seeking Hurricane Harvey recovery interventions, especially small-footprint, non-grid-dependent conversion-to-potable, reuse/recycling equipment and services, as well as management support for backflow, overflow basins, clogged pipes, etc. If you can help, visit our response-coordinating partner splashlink and fill out their survey so that agencies can reach you with needs.
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