Water Industry Features, Insights, & Analysis

  1. Value-Based Procurement: Steps In The Right Direction
    5/10/2017

    As a means of encouraging the growth of new technologies and improving operating costs, water and wastewater equipment manufacturers have long advocated for changing the mindset of equipment procurement from low-bid to lowest life-cycle cost evaluation.This have proven to be a very daunting task. 

  2. Engineered Solution For Bromate Production During Ozonation
    5/24/2017

    The design of a utility’s ozone disinfection system often includes a method to minimize the production of regulated oxidation by-products that may form when ozone contacts the water. In regions where water contains a significant concentration of bromide ion (Br¯ ), ozone disinfection systems often minimize bromate (BrO3¯ ) formation by modifying the water chemistry through the addition of chloramines, acid, or other chemical additives.

  3. Travel Stop’s New Fiberglass Utility Buildings Come Loaded With Features
    7/15/2017

    In June, 2016, a new Love’s Travel Stop opened in Boardman, Oregon, offering professional truck drivers and other travelers 24-hour access to clean, safe places to buy gas, diesel fuel, travel items, meals, and snacks. An essential part of this particular Travel Stop is the private well that provides water for all of the 11,000-square-ft facility’s needs, including food preparation, showers, bathrooms, outside irrigation, and fire hydrants.

  4. Enhancing Water System Reliability And Capacity For Boston Residents
    4/28/2017

    Enhancing process reliability and increasing capacity are common issues facing water municipalities. On the one hand, community demographics are constantly evolving and water municipalities need to accommodate the impact to capacity requirements. At the same time, older systems that support pumping operations are not getting any younger and as control systems age, for example, it can become more time consuming to maintain equipment and more difficult to find replacement parts after systems have been in place for many years.

  5. As Waters Warm, Questions Swirl Around Health Of The Great Barrier Reef
    7/15/2017

    The Great Barrier Reef — a chain of 2,900 individual, underwater corals comprising the world’s biggest structure made by living organisms — is one of the most visible victims of climate change.

  6. Clearly Intelligent Software To Manage Operations
    10/23/2017

    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.

  7. BEACON AMA Increases Efficiency And Reduces Water And Energy Consumption
    8/1/2017

    Located in the San Joaquin Valley of Northern California, an area hit hard by recent droughts, the City of Merced’s Water System Division appreciates the value of water and successful water management. Strict water mandates, put into effect across California after the historic droughts of 2014 and 2015, along with continuing population growth, made the city’s need for flexible and efficient water management solutions more critical than ever.

  8. Municipal Wastewater Provides A Solution For A Major Chemical Processing Plant
    7/6/2017

    Water scarcity is requiring large industrial plants to investigate conservation options, including reuse of municipal wastewater effluent, in order to grow sustainably while meeting increased demands for fresh water make-up.

  9. Utility Turns Over A New Leaf And Embraces Technology To Solve A Problem
    9/27/2017

    Genesee County, located in the middle of Michigan, offers families plenty of outdoor activities and a good way of life. The county’s water and wastewater utilities keep this way of life flowing. When Pump Station #8 kept clogging with debris and required countless maintenance calls to repair, the plant operator began to look for a solution.

    By installing the new Flygt Concertor Intelligent Pumping System with clog detection and pump cleaning functions, Genesee County’s Pump Station #8 is now a clog free operation. The Concertor, a smart wastewater pumping system that senses the operating conditions of its environment, adapts its performance in real time, and provides feedback to pumping station operators.

  10. 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.