WATER TALK

Trailblazing Efforts In Utility-Community Relations
Trailblazing Efforts In Utility-Community Relations Traditionally (and unfortunately), contact between water providers and their customers has been mostly negative. Utilities might only share news on rate hikes, health advisories, service or traffic disruptions, etc., and typically only hear from customers who have a complaint. However, there are utilities with great reputations and relationships in the communities they serve; and the key to their success, besides providing excellent service, is...  Continue Reading...
Virtual and Augmented Realities For The Water Industry
Virtual and Augmented Realities For The Water Industry No technology innovations have received as much coverage over the past year as virtual (VR) and augmented realities (AR). Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant have us all talking to our devices and interacting with non-humans on a regular basis.   Continue Reading...
Permanent Monitoring Turns Snapshots Into A Movie
Permanent Monitoring Turns Snapshots Into A Movie Fifteen years ago, the water industry was deeply beholden to mechanical meter reading. But as Barry Hales, President of Matchpoint Inc., points out in this Water Talk interview, the evolution of electrical systems has created a new wave of data for utilities to become far better informed about their infrastructure and assets.  Continue Reading...
Building A Plan For Utility Resiliency
Building A Plan For Utility Resiliency Earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, rolling blackouts — they can all cripple a water utility and put the public at risk. In emergency situations, clean water is abundantly important, though it may not be abundantly available. When it comes to serving the public in times of greatest need, will your utility be prepared?   Continue Reading...
The Onset Of Water's Digital Transformation
The Onset Of Water's Digital Transformation The future of water looks daunting with the ever-looming challenges of population growth, climate change, and failing infrastructure, but the future also includes technological advances that can help overcome these hard-to-solve issues. The key, explains Water Talk guest and digital technology consultant Gigi Karmous-Edwards, is to embrace our digital capabilities as they continue to develop. We are already in the age of smart water, but the...  Continue Reading...
Making Sense Of PFOA And PFOS
Making Sense Of PFOA And PFOS In addition to the bewildering alphabet soup of acronyms associated with perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), together known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) or perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), there is confusion as to how dangerous and prevalent these chemicals are, and thus how they should be treated or regulated. To help bring clarity to the issue, Pete D’Adamo, Director of Water Treatment for ...  Continue Reading...
How The GE Water Acquisition Bolsters SUEZ’s Resource Recovery Revolution
How The GE Water Acquisition Bolsters SUEZ’s Resource Recovery Revolution One of the more eye-catching events in the water and wastewater industry in 2017 was the acquisition of the GE Water business by SUEZ.  Water Talk caught up to Heiner Markhoff, the new CEO of  SUEZ  Water Technologies and Solutions, to discuss the merger.  Continue Reading...
Ozonia M and FiltraFast Provide New Options For Treatment Facilities
Ozonia M and FiltraFast Provide New Options For Treatment Facilities If you don’t need the performance of an ultrafiltration membrane but also want to avoid the large footprint of a conventional media filter, you might want to consider FiltraFast extreme rate compressible media filters. As Ryan Hess, Director of Advanced Separation with SUEZ Water Technologies suggests in this Water Talk interview, “They provide roughly ten times the hydraulic loading rate of conventional media filters.”  Continue Reading...
Chemical Attraction: Full-Service Solutions For Wastewater Treatment, Odor Control
Chemical Attraction: Full-Service Solutions For Wastewater Treatment, Odor Control Wastewater treatment plants need chemicals for various reasons, but they also need equipment and expertise to apply the chemicals appropriately and cost-effectively. As Water Talk guest John Walton explains, USP Technologies offers a complete range of chemical services to wastewater utilities, from soup to nuts, including packaged solutions that can be up and running within weeks.  Continue Reading...
Getting Chlorine Disinfection Right
Getting Chlorine Disinfection Right Of all the process considerations facing wastewater treatment operators, disinfection is one of the most important. In this exclusive Water Talk interview, Gary Lohse, Technical Sales Manager, Disinfection with De Nora Water Technologies, discusses how disinfection has become increasingly complex over time. Lohse reviews a host of selection criteria including target microorganisms, control strategies, disinfection by-products, capex and safety. ...  Continue Reading...