WATER TALK

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Process Intensification And Innovation
Two VPs from Brown and Caldwell stopped by Water Talk to share leading-edge insight on topics important to just about every American utility — doing more with less and innovating for the future. Jose Jimenez, VP of Water Technology and Innovation, notes how "process intensification" can be achieved through gains in energy efficiency, among other ways, and illustrates the impact by sharing real-world results from a Pueblo, CO,...  Continue Reading..
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A New Leader And Era For WEF
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has long led the way for water and wastewater professionals, but now the 35,000-member organization has a new leader of its own — Water Talk guest Walt Marlowe. Fresh off his initiation as executive director on Sept. 9, the executive director sat down to discuss his varied background, his views on the state of the water industry, and his plans for WEF moving forward. He also shares lessons learned...  Continue Reading..
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A Modular, Energy-Saving Approach To Wastewater Gaining Traction
A combination of urban sprawl, more stringent environmental regulations, and aging facilities is putting a huge strain on the wastewater operations at many municipalities. The good news is that membrane aerated biofilm reactor technology, also known as MABR, offers a compact and energy-efficient solution.  Continue Reading..
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External Solutions To Water/Wastewater Flow Measurement
Installing flow meters in new piping is one thing. Replacing a 20-year-old meter or adding new metering to piping where it never existed before is quite another. In this Water Talk interview, Cheryl Ades Anspach, marketing manager with Badger Meter, offers a non-invasive alternative using easily retrofittable clamp-on ultrasonic meters offering accuracy to + 0.5 percent and flow rates to 33,000 gpm in pipes up to 48” diameter. Two...  Continue Reading..
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Advanced Flow Metering Incorporates More Features
As water operations emphasize tighter controls for greater efficiency, the demand for accurate flow metering is becoming more critical than ever. To answer this call, GF Piping Systems has introduced the FlowtraMag, a PVC-bodied, full bore mag meter.  Continue Reading..
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An Improved Approach To Water Quality
Fine bubble diffusers in water treatment operations can be problematic. In addition to their tendency for fouling and gasket failure, they can foster less-than-ideal bromate conditions. Using sidestream injection technology for delivering ozone, by comparison, offers a significant reduction in bromate formation while allowing easy access to key process components for maintenance and eliminating the need for contactor shutdowns.  Continue Reading..
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A Holistic Approach To Water Treatment
Not all water is the same, so don't be sold on a "one-size-fits-all" solution. Many treatment providers will attempt to fit a square peg in a round hole, while others — a select few, in fact — can provide a fit-for-purpose solution based on broad, customized capabilities. That's the pitch from U.S. Water Services, which recently became part of Japan-based Kurita Water Industries, a resource- and technology-rich...  Continue Reading..
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Using Fingerprints To ID Ideal Instrument Performance
Everyone wants peak accuracy from their instrumentation, but nobody wants to disrupt their field process to verify it. Purvang Upadhyay, the global water industry manager for measurement and analytics with ABB, shared an attractive alternative to such disruption with the Water Talk moderators at WEFTEC 2019 — in-situ verification. This classic example of digitalization in the water industry enables users to check the health and accuracy of...  Continue Reading..
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Improved Intelligence For Better Control
The water and wastewater industry has been dominated by automation based on programmable logic controllers working in tandem with SCADA. However, newer systems that better blend those aspects provide improved intelligence. As a result, plant operators aren’t required to maintain a separate engineering station to control strategy as well as the HMI.  Continue Reading..
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Forward-Looking Technology Anticipates Compliance Needs
When a company stakes its reputation on delivering innovative technologies, products, and services, the specter of a changing regulatory landscape is considered more an opportunity than an obstacle. In this Water Talk interview, Mirka Wilderer, CEO of De Nora Water Technologies, discusses varying topics such as pharmaceuticals and nutrients in wastewater, the synergy of the company’s new MIOX and Neptune acquisitions, and how to address...  Continue Reading..