WATER TALK

Turning Pumps Into Smart Drives
Turning Pumps Into Smart Drives Nicole George, Product Manager - Pumping Variable Frequency Drives with Eaton, starts this Water Talk discussion with a description of the Internet of Things (IoT) before going deep on capabilities, particularly with pumping systems and variable frequency drives (VFDs). Learn how IoT-enabled pumps can help manage operation more efficiently and save on labor costs with cloud-connected, VFD-powered data analytics and health monitoring.  Continue Reading...
The Electrical Side Of Water
The Electrical Side Of Water The cost of operations is a rising concern for many water utilities, in addition to the chief concern of treating to regulations and protecting the environment. What may be overlooked, however, is the importance of power management to help achieve these objectives. In this Water Talk interview, Eaton Corporation's Joel Benzing explains how intelligent electrical infrastructure can help enhance plant productivity and efficiency by aiding,...  Continue Reading...
Less And More: Biological Nutrient Removal With Granular Sludge
Less And More: Biological Nutrient Removal With Granular Sludge Many wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are facing stricter limits on nutrient discharges, yet each plant and situation is different and solutions are not one-size-fits-all. Bryce Figdore, Wastewater Process Engineer with HDR and Water Talk podcast guest, talks about another tool at utilities' disposal — nitrification bioaugmentation using granular sludge.  Continue Reading...
Laying The Blueprint For 'One Water' Management
Laying The Blueprint For 'One Water' Management Partnering with the Water Research Foundation, Brown and Caldwell has developed the Blueprint for One Water — a user-friendly document for the practical application of 'One Water' planning. According to Lisa Skutecki, Brown and Caldwell's Southern California Water Resources Group Manager, 'One Water' is the concept of breaking down barriers across the water sector.  Continue Reading...
Stemming The Tide Of Rising Utility Costs
Stemming The Tide Of Rising Utility Costs Of the issues facing utilities, financing — or lack thereof — ranks at or near the top of most lists. During this Water Talk, Reese Tisdale, President of Bluefield Research, discusses the rise in operating expenses (OPEX) over the past 10 years, explains the reasons and repercussions, and forecasts where costs will go from here.  Continue Reading...
The Expanding Role Of Ozone
The Expanding Role Of Ozone As water reuse becomes increasingly common, more utilities will get to know ozone. To explain its role in water treatment schemes, Water Talk welcomed Jim Lauria, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mazzei Injector Company, and Ben Kuhnel, Senior Project Manager for Arcadis. Learn how ozone works in concert with other processes to safely recycle water and treat contaminants of emerging concern — even in mobile/on-site applications.  Continue Reading...
What's Next For Water Reuse?
What's Next For Water Reuse? Steve Katz, Market Development Manager at SUEZ, explains how water reuse is being looked at differently today than it was even five years ago. Meanwhile, the stresses on water supply — increasing demand from industry and population growth, often in the face of drought — become more pressing with each passing year. Fortunately, water reuse is on the rise as public perception shifts and treatment technology advances.  Continue Reading...
Presidential Priorities At The Water Environment Federation
Presidential Priorities At The Water Environment Federation As the new president of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), Tom Kunetz has assumed a large responsibility at a critical time in the water industry. In this Water Talk interview, Kunetz discusses his priorities as president and reveals exciting developments for the organization and the industry at large.  Continue Reading...
WEF Confronts Water Industry Challenges
WEF Confronts Water Industry Challenges Eileen O’Neill, Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), joined Water Talk from WEFTEC — the world's largest annual water quality event — to discuss WEF initiatives, the state of the water/wastewater industry, and challenges and opportunities for the future.  Continue Reading...
Stormwater Management In The Digital Age
Stormwater Management In The Digital Age On the heels of an important paper on utilizing Big Data to more effectively manage stormwater assets, Mark VanAuken, Stormwater Practice Leader, and Fernando Pasquel, National Director of Stormwater and Watershed Management, both of Arcadis, joined Water Talk to discuss the findings.  Continue Reading...