Latest Insights on Wastewater Measurement

  1. The Drive Towards Digital Transformation
    11/25/2019

    It seems that everywhere that you go in the water industry at the current time, somebody is talking about digital transformation…or if we go back five minutes, it was Water 4.0…and 10 minutes ago (it seems), it was “smart water.” These are all very well used buzzwords that the industry is destined to think about for a short-term and then promptly forget about. In reality, though, we as an industry have been hit by a number of different concepts for a number of different technological aspects for a good number of years now. For almost as long we have had a term for all of this — “widgets.”

  2. A Practical Approach To Using IoT Devices To Support Legacy SCADA Field Systems In The Transition To Internet-Based Industrial Automation Systems
    11/20/2019

    In the world of industrial automation, the talk is centered around “industrial internet of things” (IIoT). With buzzwords like “Industry 4.0”, “IoT”, “digital twin”, “cloud computing”, “artificial intelligence”, “machine learning”, and “deep learning”, it is difficult for automation engineers and business managers to determine how to implement these new technologies.

  3. Computational Fluid Dynamics Hits Its Stride For Water, Wastewater, And Stormwater Treatment
    11/1/2019

    It took some time for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to find its way to the water industry, but now that it has, a primer is warranted to understand its application.

  4. Moneyball For Water And Wastewater Treatment
    11/1/2019

    The movie and sports term has infiltrated the business world and has important implications for the water/wastewater industry.

  5. Seizing The Digital Opportunity For Water
    8/30/2019

    The journey toward intelligent water can be expedited with eight key steps — a guideline for gliding through the Digital Water Adoption Curve.

  6. How To Use ATP And DNA In A Wastewater Nitrification Monitoring Plan
    8/21/2019

    Ammonia removal is a key metric for assessing wastewater treatment facility performance. This is because ammonia contributes to aquatic life toxicity. Furthermore, nitrogen, along with phosphorus, is a driver of receiving water eutrophication. Eutrophication, which simply is an over-enrichment of nutrients, can be detrimental to environmental and public health. It can result in harmful algae blooms, dissolved oxygen depletion, fish kills, and other damaging impacts.

  7. Calibrating Success: Improved Tools To Maintain Flowmeter Accuracy
    7/10/2019

    Water utilities with highly successful monitoring programs tend to share a common trait: they have a well-defined plan for calibration that emphasizes frequency and tracking. However, when done properly, this process is time-consuming and often leads to unnecessary labor and downtime. The good news is that advanced metering technology is available for plants to get a better handle on the instrument’s performance with significantly less effort.

  8. Water Monitoring's Triple Threat: Bad Habits, Bad Readings, Bad Results
    7/8/2019

    When water and wastewater plant operators can’t get accurate flow measurements or analytical readings — or lack confidence in their instruments’ readings — it creates challenges with the process. When substandard water goes to homes and causes a boil order, or discharge pollutes a lake or reservoir, the resulting bad press, fines, and potential lawsuits erode public confidence. Avoiding these kinds of problems is rooted in good preventive maintenance habits.

  9. Sounding The Alarm On Silent Noncompliance
    7/5/2019

    Water and wastewater utility operators work diligently to operate within strict guidelines, ensuring their facilities are producing the best drinking water and highest quality effluent possible. Despite all their efforts, however, it can be easy to fall outside of regulatory compliance without even being aware. The key to avoiding problems like these is to understand how silent noncompliance can happen and knowing when to raise a red flag.

  10. How To Approach Cybersecurity With Confidence
    7/1/2019

    As digitalization continues to grow in the water and wastewater industry, cybersecurity becomes an increasingly important responsibility.