WATER TALK

How To Engage Consumers For Smart Water Wins
How To Engage Consumers For Smart Water Wins Smart water technology, which produces mountains of data, has the potential to improve water system operations and widely impact consumer habits. The latter, however, is only effective if the information is embraced by individuals. In this Water Talk interview, Ian McLeod, vice president of marketing for Master Meter, discusses how a newer method of connecting smart water solutions to a popular tech device will likely boost ratepayer engagement...  Continue Reading...
Tackling PFAS And Other Emerging Contaminants
Tackling PFAS And Other Emerging Contaminants Manmade chemicals — most notably PFAS and 1,2,3-trichloropropane, or TCP — are emerging as a serious threat to water sources that municipalities at some point will need to address to meet regulations and provide quality water. PFAS has been rearing its head across the U.S.; and while TCP is mainly a California issue, it could prove to be more expansive. In this Water Talk interview, Jim Knepper, vice president and general manager of...  Continue Reading...
Using Technology To Get An Edge On Water Loss
Using Technology To Get An Edge On Water Loss Water loss is a massive problem for municipalities as distribution system leaks, metering inaccuracies, and theft combine to waste an average of 30 percent, or more, of treated product. While progress is being made on the issue — also known as non-revenue water, or NRW — there is still plenty of room for improvement. In this Water Talk interview, Jeff McCracken, a director of operations and management solutions for Itron, discusses...  Continue Reading...
A Preemptive Approach To Algal Blooms In Source Water
A Preemptive Approach To Algal Blooms In Source Water The dramatic rise in algal blooms, and increases in other contaminants, has left many municipalities struggling to get a handle on their source water. However, there are effective ways to manage those problems ahead of intake to stabilize the process inside of water treatment plants. In this Water Talk interview, Justin Voty, a marketing and commercialization manager with Innovative Water Care, and Jackie Schramm, a sales manager with Innovative ...  Continue Reading...
How Continuous Monitoring Helps Systems Grappling With Quality Issues
How Continuous Monitoring Helps Systems Grappling With Quality Issues As regulations become more stringent and increased demand is putting pressure on sources, traditional sampling to maintain water quality just isn’t cutting it anymore. Relying on periodic samples analyzed in a laboratory means water managers aren’t in touch with potentially large swings in the organic load and other problems flowing into their treatment plants. In this Water Talk interview, Kerim Kollu, an applications research...  Continue Reading...
New Trends In Mixing Technology For Water And Wastewater
New Trends In Mixing Technology For Water And Wastewater Polymers used in wastewater treatment represent one of the most expensive operating costs for municipalities. By providing an optimal environment for the activation of these polymers, plants can improve efficiency by as much as 20 percent or more. At the same time, drinking water plant managers face enormous pressure to control the disinfection residual. In this Water Talk interview, Matt Boeh, director of sales for UGSI Chemical Feed, discusses ...  Continue Reading...
The Role Of Activated Carbon In Short-Chain PFAS Removal
The Role Of Activated Carbon In Short-Chain PFAS Removal Water utilities around the country are trying to get a handle on their PFAS problem. While the presence of legacy PFAS is well known, lesser understood replacements such as short-chain PFAS are emerging as a major issue. The short-chain compounds are particularly important because they can be more difficult to remove. In this Water Talk interview, Adam Redding, technical director for drinking water solutions for Calgon Carbon, discusses the...  Continue Reading...
New Trends In Insertion Valves
New Trends In Insertion Valves Aging infrastructure is major headache for municipalities across the country, and many will need to keep their systems working for years before funding is available for improvements. Insertion valves, which allow for tapping into a main without shutting it down, are helping water managers maintain these older systems without disrupting customers. In this Water Talk interview, Chris Vazzana, president of Hydra-Stop, discusses the newer expansion...  Continue Reading...
Optimizing Wastewater When Expansion Isn’t An Option
Optimizing Wastewater When Expansion Isn’t An Option Population growth, combined with a lack of land for new clarifiers, is putting a strain on wastewater plant operators in a number of places across the country. Smaller, more efficient clarifiers can provide the solution in a cost-effective manner. The key to their performance is rooted in flow control while optimizing detention times, energy inputs, and the use of coagulants. In this Water Talk interview, Tom Grubb, technical sales manager for...  Continue Reading...
A Better Approach To Removing Iron And Other Contaminants
A Better Approach To Removing Iron And Other Contaminants Most groundwater sources are plagued with iron, manganese, and other contaminants that require removal as part of drinking water treatment. However, older techniques for addressing this have proven to be labor-intensive and time-consuming. In this Water Talk interview, Frank Caligiuri, vice president of sales for Hungerford and Terry Inc., discusses the more current and much simpler treatment methods for potable water that have been successful...  Continue Reading...