WATER TALK

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A New Solution To Attack Non-Revenue Water And Other Challenges
Aside from the current pandemic, water utilities face many challenges, including aging water infrastructure, non-revenue water, leaks, and main breaks. To help combat these issues, AMERICAN Flow Control and Trimble recently teamed up to release the AFC SEMPER Remote Pressure Monitor (RPM).  Continue Reading..
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Pipe Resiliency In Harsh Environments
A combination of metallized arc-sprayed zinc coating — with a finishing layer topcoat and V-Bio enhanced polyethylene encasement with an anti-microbial compound and a volatile corrosion inhibitor — uniquely protects pipes in the most aggressive soils.  Continue Reading..
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Water Talk: AWWA Addresses A Collection Of Crises
Before COVID-19, there was PFAS. Before that, there was the lead crisis. And prior to that, the water/wastewater industry was already contending with outdated, insufficient, and underfunded infrastructure. All of these issues, and more, have converged at this moment, with the pandemic making each existing problem that much harder to solve.  Continue Reading..
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Robust Systems Keep Wastewater Flowing Smoothly
When dealing with all the surprises that can come through wastewater systems, robust and simple processes can go a long way toward keeping things flowing smoothly. In this recent Water Talk session, Gerald Seidl, senior vice president of Headworks International, describes several such solutions ranging from upgraded mechanical to new biological technologies. New multi-rake bar screens with finer-screen openings than ever before now provide a...  Continue Reading..
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A Better Path To Ammonia Removal
Ammonia removal is a key metric for assessing wastewater treatment facility performance. However, traditional methods to monitor the process — based on measuring process parameters or nitrogen species — tend to be lagging indicators.  Continue Reading..
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New RO And Other Techniques Lead To Improved Performance
For water utilities facing various water contamination issues, there is no single catch-all treatment. That is why in this recent Water Talk interview Ronit Erlitzki and Doug Craver of AdEdge Water Technologies share treatment options that can be used alone or in combination to address diverse challenges. They introduce a new reverse osmosis (RO) treatment technique capable of raising recovery rates by 20 percent and reducing concentrate volume...  Continue Reading..
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The Rising Need For Resiliency
For water utilities, it can be hard enough to keep up with day-to-day demands — given the poor state of infrastructure, lack of funding, a retiring workforce, et al. — let alone prepare for events that have yet to happen. But building resiliency for "what if" scenarios is extremely important, says Dr. Zeynep Erdal, Integrated Solutions Leader for Black & Veatch’s water business. In this Water Talk interview, Dr.  Continue Reading..
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Bringing Light To Dark Data
If you're not benefiting from the analytics readily available to your utility operation, you're missing out on efficiency and cost savings. For  the curious and for skeptics, or if you want to advance your smart water journey, this Water Talk interview with Kevin Stively, Vice President and Smart Utility Services Leader at Brown and Caldwell, is a must-listen. Stively notes how the investment in smart technologies can be small...  Continue Reading..
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The Future Of Water Reuse
Water reuse has long been trending up, but where do we stand in 2019 and beyond, particularly with respect to potable reuse, which has been more difficult to implement? Andrew Salveson, Water Reuse Practice Director at Carollo Engineers, talked about adoption rates, national and regional activity, and what's on tap for water reuse in this Water Talk interview. While the West and Southwest parts of the U.S. have been faster to embrace the...  Continue Reading..
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Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal Evolves With S2EBPR
Leon Downing, Principal Process Engineer and Innovation Leader at Black & Veatch, sat down with Water Talk's Todd Schnick and Kevin Westerling to discuss the exciting developments taking place with sidestream enhanced biological phosphorous removal, or S2EBPR. Black & Veatch is co-leading a Water Research Foundation (WRF) study conducted to establish a standard research approach for S2EBPR, which Downing calls "the evolution of...  Continue Reading..