Water Industry Features, Insights, & Analysis

  1. Quantifying The Benefits Of High-Volume Meter Testing
    1/24/2019

    “I know that (blank) is good for me; I just haven’t gotten around to doing it yet!” Most of us can fill in that blank with any number of tasks — modifying diets, exercising, or monitoring commercial and industrial (C&I) water meter accuracy at our largest utility accounts. If that last item is still on your “to-do” list, here are several good reasons why you should do it and how to make it happen soon.

  2. 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.

  3. Wastewater Service Charges Continue To Rise
    12/15/2018

    Wastewater service charges vary considerably across EPA regions and States. That’s one of the key findings from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ (NACWA) Cost of Clean Water Index. If you live in Montana, Wyoming or the Dakotas (EPA Region 8), your average service charge of $261 a year is considerably less than the $884 your fellow Americans up in New England (EPA Region 1) are paying.  As you can imagine, much of the difference is to do with population size and geography.

  4. Even Flow Secret To Clarification Success
    7/10/2018

    The key to high rate clarifiers such as inclined plate settlers is flow distribution says Tom Grubb, Regional Manager with Meurer Research. “Each inclined plate is like a miniature little sedimentation basin,” Grubb told Water Online in a recent Water Talk interview at AWWA’s ACE 2018. “To get good effluent quality, it’s critical that you have the same flow to each plate.”

  5. Are Your Pumps Running As Efficiently As Practical?
    5/16/2019

    In water and wastewater operations, optimizing energy use plays a huge role in cost efficiency, but how can you know if pumping equipment and other motors are running as efficiently as possible? Analytics systems that interpret performance from a variety of data points — pump curves, run time, flow rates, vibration, temperature, energy consumption, etc. — can quantify pump operation to keep performance efficiency on an upward track.

  6. NIROBOX™ Seawater Desalination For Coastal Resort
    5/4/2018

    Threatened by water scarcity due to severe drought, Reserva Conchal turned to Fluence’s Nirobox for a sustainable, reliable, and cost-effective seawater desalination solution.

  7. Effective Solutions For Removing Short-Chain PFAS, GenX, And PFAS Precursors
    6/6/2019

    Debate about regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances is heating up across the country as the extent of known contamination continues to grow at an alarming rate. Also known as PFAS, this large group of toxic fluorinated compounds was used widely in industrial and consumer applications. Progressive water utilities are trying to quickly get a handle on the problem to better protect their customers from even further exposure.

  8. 7 Strategies For Avoiding 'Boil-Water' Emergencies
    6/6/2019

    It’s every water distribution manager’s worst nightmare — the dreaded boil-water advisory. Even when faced with aging infrastructure, there are ways to alleviate timing and complexity concerns about emergency pipeline repairs in advance. Use this seven-step checklist to become better prepared to deal with water main break emergencies and to forestall the need to issue a boil-water advisory.

  9. Is Your Utility Prepared For A Natural Disaster?
    6/29/2019

    Recent natural disasters and emergency events that impact utility operations run the gamut from windy, rainy, and frigid weather to wildfires, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Fortunately, an often-underutilized aspect of “smart water” technology extending far beyond automated meter reading and billing holds promise for community-wide resilience in the face of such disruptive events.

  10. The Caribbean’s Wastewater Problem
    10/26/2018

    For decades, wastewater management has been a growing problem for the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR), a problem that regional governments have long understood as a threat to the economy, the environment, and to public health. In the Caribbean, most wastewater from cities, industry, and agriculture pours directly into surface water or into the sea completely untreated, degrading residents’ quality of life, as well as the region’s biodiversity, pristine blue waters, and reefs, which are the lifeblood of the vital tourism industry.