Water Industry Features, Insights, & Analysis

  1. Virtual Reference Technology Saves Costs And Simplifies Flow Meter Installation At Desalination Plants
    5/30/2017

    As fresh water supplies dwindle, whether due to drought, contamination, or overuse, desalination becomes more attractive. Desalination plants must ensure proper flow measurement to monitor the resource — so proper installation and operation of these meters is extremely important.

  2. Small Cities Are Big Smart Water Proponents
    4/12/2017

    A rising number of small cities are adopting smart water meter technology as a way to cut costs.

  3. Major Global Project
    5/9/2017

    Braskem Idesa is a 75-25 joint venture between Brazil’s Braskem, the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas, and Grupo Idesa, a traditional petrochemical company in Mexico. As one of the project’s top suppliers of skills, technology and equipment, Siemens itself marshaled resources and employees from 11 different countries to collaborate on a truly multinational and multicultural level with Braskem Idesa and its global partners.

  4. Automated Residual Boosting System Improves Chloramine Levels, Eliminates Nitrification In 400,000-gal Tank
    7/31/2017

    Like many municipalities in urban and suburban areas, San Bruno’s source water comes both from its own groundwater supply and through a purchase agreement with a major water utility — in this case, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). And, like many municipalities in California, SFPUC, along with San Bruno, switched from free chlorine to chloramines in 2003 largely to reduce disinfection by-products.

  5. New Smart Water Network Provides Perfect Harmony At Nashville Metro Water Services
    4/19/2017

    Providing clean drinking water to its citizens since the early 1800s, Nashville’s city government has a deep-rooted history in the water industry. Today, Nashville Metro Water Services (MWS) serves more than 191,000 customers in Nashville and surrounding counties.

  6. Molasses in Study Startup Efficiencies
    3/9/2018

    Overview of a recent study conducted to try to determine why there is so much variation and why there are so many inefficiencies and delays in study startup.

  7. Three More South Dakota Cities With 'The Need For Speed' Choose ALPHA Joint
    11/16/2017

    Three more cities in South Dakota – Rapid City, Sisseton and Watertown – are now using the AMERICAN Flow Control resilient wedge gate valves and fire hydrants with ALPHA restrained joint ends. The ALPHA joint restraint can quickly be installed by one person and uses only one single stainless steel bolt, saving time, labor and money.

  8. Affordable Sewer For Small Communities
    1/12/2018

    Affordability and maintainability are two of the greatest challenges small municipalities face when constructing and managing sewer infrastructure. With these challenges in mind, it’s important for small cities to choose wisely when investing in a wastewater system that needs to last for 30-60 years.

  9. Water Vs. Climate Change
    1/10/2017

    Recently, the United Nations held a conference in Morocco related to climate change issues. The location of the conference had significant meaning because Africa has become a bellwether for the rest of the world when it comes to climate change. Desertification and rising sea levels both impact countries all over that continent.

  10. A More Efficient Approach To EPA Stage 2 DBP Compliance
    4/20/2018

    Everyone wants pathogen-free drinking water, and adding chlorine is a great way to get it. Unfortunately, the dirtier a water treatment plant (WTP)’s raw water inflow — in terms of natural organic matter (NOM) or microbial organisms — the more disinfection byproducts (DBPs) the chlorination process will generate in the form of trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs). Those DBPs increase the risk of non-compliance with the U.S. EPA’s Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rules. Choosing the right instrumentation to measure NOM through spectral absorption coefficients (SACs) can have a big impact on treatment strategies — in terms of both costs and compliance performance.