WATER TALK

Making Sense Of Big Data
Making Sense Of Big Data Andrew Chastain-Howley, the Director of Water Solutions for the Smart Integrated Infrastructure Group at Black & Veatch, is teaching water and wastewater operators how to juggle. Not literally,  but that's the metaphor he uses to describe the role of the plant manager — even the best can only juggle a few balls (i.e., tasks) at a time.  Continue Reading...
Versatile Piping Options To Optimize Flow and Control
Versatile Piping Options To Optimize Flow and Control When a seismic event is experienced, the first things to rupture are often a utility’s water lines feeding hydrants. And these are critical for fighting fire that often breaks out during earthquakes. So it was heartening to learn about the success of a recent Cornell University test of AMERICAN Flow Control’s Earthquake (EQ) Joint System. The EQ base allows the inlet pipe to the hydrant to deflect at an angle and move in and out of...  Continue Reading...
Selecting The Right Tapping Sleeve For The Job
Selecting The Right Tapping Sleeve For The Job When it comes to pipe line repair, soil acidity, pipeline material and availability of parts all come into play. Water Talk recently interviewed Larry Aulich, Senior Product Manager with Mueller Company, to discuss pipe repair and the different types of tapping sleeves that can be used.  Continue Reading...
Opportunity Knocks For Water Professionals, Understaffed Operations
Opportunity Knocks For Water Professionals, Understaffed Operations Peter Brooks, the VP of WaterTalent, sat down with Water Online to discuss how his company is forging a new paradigm in utility and industrial operations staffing in response to labor trends, economic realities, and still in-demand water/wastewater treatment expertise.  Continue Reading...
Experience Pays Off For Gas Injection
Experience Pays Off For Gas Injection When it comes to gas injection, it pays to work with an experienced manufacturer that has lived the ups and downs of moving from pilots to full-scale plants. A number of years ago, Mazzei Injector Company ran into an issue where the engineer had specified a system at 2 psi of water pressure.  Continue Reading...
Exploring The Concept Of Reliable Connections
Exploring The Concept Of Reliable Connections Launched last year, Mueller’s “Reliable Connections” slogan looks to unite the Company’s customers, engineers, and contractors with its business units, knowledge experts and service offerings in the water industry.  Continue Reading...
Chief Concerns: AWWA CEO Discusses Industry Priorities
Chief Concerns: AWWA CEO Discusses Industry Priorities AWWA's leader, CEO David LaFrance, talks about his organization's initiatives and how they respond to industry concerns that could ultimately pose a threat to water quality — AWWA's push for full lead service line replacement being a notable example.  Continue Reading...
Insertion Valve For Live Water Main Avoids Customer Interruption
Insertion Valve For Live Water Main Avoids Customer Interruption The aged nature of water pipe has received a lot of coverage in the water industry press over the past few years. But little has been said about the control points throughout the distribution system, often rusted in place and no longer operating. As Chris Vazzana, President of Hydra Stop, explains in this Water Online interview, operators end up shutting down large sections of cities when a main breaks because the immediate valves are no longer...  Continue Reading...
Best Practices For Sustainable Water Management
Best Practices For Sustainable Water Management In this interview with Water Talk, Jason Carter of Arcadis, Doug Owen of Owen Water Consulting, and Ed Means of Means Consulting share survey results and workshop ideas from water operations around the globe, boiling it all down into a framework and an implementation pathway for other utilities to build innovation programs and manage ideas as critical assets within their organization.  Continue Reading...
Microbial Contamination Monitoring For Water Distribution Systems
Microbial Contamination Monitoring For Water Distribution Systems Back in 2014, Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals wrote an executive order for municipalities to boost their chlorine residuals as high as possible to burn off all biofilm and stop the outbreak of brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri) that had been detected as the cause of death in a number of individuals.  Continue Reading...