WASTEWATER INSTRUMENTATION WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

Ultrasonic vs. Radar In The Water Industry
Ultrasonic vs. Radar In The Water Industry

In recent years, the debate about which technology is best suited for level monitoring and open channel monitoring (OCM) applications has taken some traction. There are those who argue that ultrasonic level technology has been uncontested as the standard for level and OCM applications in the water industry. The counter-argument is that radar technology is more effective because it is more robust and accurate than ultrasonic technology. 

  • Sheboygan Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility Prevents Energy Waste With Eaton’s Motor Insight
    Sheboygan Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility Prevents Energy Waste With Eaton’s Motor Insight

    To ensure real-time monitoring of pump motor status at its five lift pumping stations, Sheboygan Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, Sheboygan, WI, replaced its bi-metallic overload relays with Eaton’s Motor Insight™ overload and monitoring relays.

  • Biological Water Treatment: Only The Best Instruments Are Good Enough
    Biological Water Treatment: Only The Best Instruments Are Good Enough

    Vallviks Bruk AB, located about 200 km (125 miles) north of Stockholm, produces softwood kraft pulp and chemical pulp for export. Some years ago, increased environmental requirements led to a major investment in a biological treatment plant. Read the full case study to learn why ABB instrumentation was an obvious choice when the Swedish pulp producer Vallviks Bruk AB built a new plant for biological water treatment.

  • ORP And pH — What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
    ORP And pH — What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

    When I look back at 2016 one of the most significant trends I observed was the growing acceptance of ORP measurements, especially for monitoring disinfection. With one caveat, the ORP value measured in a solution provides an unambiguous measure of the disinfection efficacy.

  • United Water Solves Big Data Problem With Siemens Magnetic Flow Meter Technology
    United Water Solves Big Data Problem With Siemens Magnetic Flow Meter Technology

    United Water, a division of the global conglomerate Suez Environement, operates regulated water systems in eight states, and provides contract services to over five million people.

  • Ozone Vent Gas For Aeration At Wastewater Plant Expansion In China
    Ozone Vent Gas For Aeration At Wastewater Plant Expansion In China

    The Jimo, China, municipal wastewater plant was originally designed to treat a combination of municipal and textile wastewater (120,000 m3/d) with Class IB effluent limits for BOD, COD, ESS, TN, NH3-N and TP.

  • Carbon Dioxide For pH Control Of Landfill Leachate
    Carbon Dioxide For pH Control Of Landfill Leachate

    A landfill operator’s leachate treatment plant in Missouri required pH reduction following lime-softening and prior to the biological wastewater treatment process. Carbon dioxide (CO2) was chosen as a substitute for sulfuric acid due to improved process control and a reduced tendency to form scale.

  • In-Situ Oxygenation System Enables Increase In Capacity For Municipal Wastewater Treatment Facility
    In-Situ Oxygenation System Enables Increase In Capacity For Municipal Wastewater Treatment Facility

    To increase capacity within the existing footprint of a wastewater treatment facility in Michigan, two existing tanks were converted to aeration tanks with pure-oxygen aeration provided by Praxair’s In-Situ Oxygenation (I-SOTM) System.

  • In-Situ Calibration: Methods And Pitfalls Of Thermal Mass Flow Meter Sensor Field Validation
    In-Situ Calibration: Methods And Pitfalls Of Thermal Mass Flow Meter Sensor Field Validation

    Mid-to-large size facilities and campuses inevitably have hundreds of flow instruments to monitor, maintain, and repair. For a reliability engineer, ensuring that all instrumentation meets ISO 9000 or similar standards is a time-consuming responsibility. By Matthew J. Olin, President & CEO, Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Precise Biogas Flow Measurement
    Precise Biogas Flow Measurement

    As oil prices remain high, we are in the midst of a nation-wide initiative to seek renewable sources of energy to increase energy efficiency and energy security. Renewable energy accounted for 13.2% of the domestically produced electricity in 2012. Among the sources of renewable energy is the production of biogas from landfill gas (LFG) or digester gas. By Scott Rouse, VP Product Management, Sierra Instruments

  • Flow Meter Ensures A Smooth Running Recovery Process At Bakery Production Plant
    Flow Meter Ensures A Smooth Running Recovery Process At Bakery Production Plant

    Employing roughly 5,000 workers in 12 countries, Vandemoortele bakery and production plant owes its success to high standards of quality, innovative production technologies, and a flair for finding economic alternatives. The latest example is the SITRANS FC430 Coriolis flow meter.

  • Improving Sludge Dewatering Process Control<br>With RTC-SD
    Improving Sludge Dewatering Process Control
    With RTC-SD

    A WWTP sought solutions to improve process control, as high centrate solids caused plant inefficiencies such as high wasting rates, inefficient capacity and loading, and stress on centrifuges. Read the full case study to learn how the RTC-SD solution controlled polymer dosing in real time, allowing the WWTP to improve solids capture and increase throughput.

  • Local Support Saves Time And Money
    Local Support Saves Time And Money

    At a water treatment plant that provides drinking water for distribution to a large area of customers, a contractor decided to switch to SITRANS FM MAG 5100W flowmeters. A local representative saved a the contractor time and money by recognizing the need for the magmeter to be isolated from the piping protection before startup, which also saved the customer from added downtime.

  • Weighing And Remote Monitoring For Reliable Wastewater Treatment
    Weighing And Remote Monitoring For Reliable Wastewater Treatment

    Wastewater treatment can be a dirty job — but someone has to do it. At a Canadian wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) serving around 75,000 citizens, between 240 and 300 cubic meters of digested sludge are treated each and every day!

  • Wastewater Plant Relies On Thermal Flow Meter For Co-Gen Power Gas Blending Process
    Wastewater Plant Relies On Thermal Flow Meter For Co-Gen Power Gas Blending Process

    The Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority (RVSA), which operates a large wastewater treatment plant in New Jersey, embarked on a green co-generation waste-to-energy project to power a portion of its operations. The plant’s management team became interested in pursuing the gas-to-energy power co-generation system for both environmental and cost reasons.

Louisiana Wastewater Treatment Facility Benefits From Siemens Product Support
Louisiana Wastewater Treatment Facility Benefits From Siemens Product Support

A municipal wastewater treatment facility located in Louisiana was having problems with a clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeter that was supplied by a Siemens competitor.

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WASTEWATER INSTRUMENTATION PRODUCTS

Introducing Capital Controls&reg; MicroChem&reg;3 Introducing Capital Controls® MicroChem®3

From the experts in chlorine management comes a multi-parameter water analysis system offering both chlorine measurement and control in one versatile instrument. Tailor the modular MicroChem®3 to your individual application with up to three measurement parameters. Designed with extensive customer input, the easy and innovative system includes an intuitive touchscreen display, menu-driven software to easily guide users through set-up and operation, and a USB interface for software updates and data log downloads.

Degas Separators And Degas Relief Valves Degas Separators And Degas Relief Valves

The GDT™ Degas Separator is a patented centrifugal vortex unit that separates entrained and stripped gases from liquid (water) based on the density difference between the gas and liquid. Its unique compact design quickly and effectively separates unwanted entrained gases — such as ozone, chlorine, or methane — and requires far less space than traditional gas separators. It enables gas separation with pressure differentials of 5% or lower and at varible flows. The self-cleaning design significantly reduces maintenance and downtime, and it includes no moving parts that can wear out, break down, or require service.

Multiple Parameters; One Simple Panel Multiple Parameters; One Simple Panel

The Swan AMI DIST series offers three options for measuring chlorine, pH, conductivity and Turbidity on one easy to install, easy to maintain panel.

PowerXL&reg; Enclosed VFDs – The Next Generation In Energy Efficiency PowerXL® Enclosed VFDs – The Next Generation In Energy Efficiency

PowerXL enclosed drives is a Next Generation enclosed drives platform that packages Eaton’s PowerXL DG1 drive into a new and innovative solution. A common assembly design used across 9 million pre-engineered standard configurations delivers an easy-to-use product with industry best lead times. Add in the flexibility of custom engineered configurations and the reliability of a UL 508C design and an ISO 9001 manufacturing process, you get the most versatile, fast and reliable product on the market.

Enclosed Industrial Clean Power VFDs – Controlling Water Everywhere It Goes Enclosed Industrial Clean Power VFDs – Controlling Water Everywhere It Goes

Moving water and controlling water systems is no easy task. There are many variables involved with fluid dynamics, the addition of environmental, harmonics and energy cost concerns make system control even more difficult. Eaton understands these problems and provides enclosed drives solutions for water/wastewater. From NEMA 4X enclosures to our Active Energy Control algorithm and five-year warranty, Eaton provides a complete solution for water/wastewater applications.

Power Xpert&trade; C445 Motor Management Relay – Motor Control Intelligence Made Easy Power Xpert™ C445 Motor Management Relay – Motor Control Intelligence Made Easy

Power Xpert C445 is the most intelligent option in the C400 motor protection family. C445 offers industry leading protection, diagnostics and energy usage analytics. Multiple network options and easy integration tools make leveraging C445 intelligence easy.

<I>XT</i> IEC Power Control – Protect And Improve Your Pumping System XT IEC Power Control – Protect And Improve Your Pumping System

Eaton’s line of XT IEC contactors, motor protectors, overload relays and starters are engineered with your pumping application in mind. With a robust design, high reliability and product efficiency, XT can give you the high-end performance that your customers expect in a quality pumping system.

XV300 HMI & HMI-PLC – Enhance Operator Performance & Improve Remote Access Security XV300 HMI & HMI-PLC – Enhance Operator Performance & Improve Remote Access Security

Eaton’s XV-303 HMI revolutionizes facility control by offering an intuitive and ultra-modern user interface but in a rugged and secure form factor fit for water facilities. Multi-touch controls provide gesture support for a more modern intuitive interface. The XV-303 can provide both simple remote pump station HMI control and advanced water facility level SCADA.

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WASTEWATER INSTRUMENTATION PODCASTS

Real-Time Monitoring Aids Adoption Of New Water Treatment Technologies Real-Time Monitoring Aids Adoption Of New Water Treatment Technologies

With the ability to store mass amounts of data, real-time monitoring and the timely analysis of that data is spurring significant change in the water industry. As Rick Bacon, CEO of Aqua Metrology Systems, explains in this Water Talk interview, high frequency data is not only aiding in the battle to identify contamination but also in summarizing performance once a solution has been installed to fix it.

Flow Measurement Meets Advanced Metering Infrastructure Flow Measurement Meets Advanced Metering Infrastructure

As utilities update their metering to automatic meter reading (AMR) or advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems, integration with measurement devices in the distribution system has many benefits. McCrometer’s Dan Hardin recently sat down with Water Online Radio to discuss the flow measurement company’s Smart Output protocol that allows mag meters to connect to a water district’s AMI/AMR system.

Smart Sensors Have Finally Arrived Smart Sensors Have Finally Arrived

The heavy-duty, industrial strength of Aquametrix probes have made them ideal for wastewater applications. But as Mark Spencer, President of Water Analytics and the manufacturer for Aquametrix, points out in this Water Online Radio interview, they are also being accepted by a growing industrial audience.

Water Regulations Change As Data Accuracy Intensifies Water Regulations Change As Data Accuracy Intensifies

It makes sense that water regulations are written in line with the available means to detect contaminants. The same logic would suggest that as newer, more accurate diagnostic technologies become available, the list of MCLs and the depth of water regulations will continue to evolve.

Understanding Big Data In The Water Industry Understanding Big Data In The Water Industry

There’s a lot of data floating around the water industry these days. SCADA, flow statistics, online monitoring, DO measurements, air flows, LIMS system data in the Lab, and CMMS data from maintenance software to name but a few.

Mobile Sensor Management Provides Greater Clarity For Operators Mobile Sensor Management Provides Greater Clarity For Operators

Beyond measurement, Hach is on a mission to provide its customers with the information to make better decisions. Sam Utley, Vertical Market Manager for Wastewater with Hach, recently sat down with Water Online Radio to discuss the movement towards greater clarity in data collection and evaluation.  

Measuring Flow In A Partially-Filled Pipe Measuring Flow In A Partially-Filled Pipe

Accurate partially-filled pipe measurement is essential when dealing with variable stormwater flows or over-sized community systems built for future growth. In Europe, new stormwater regulations requiring treatment before release are driving a change in measurement that will likely be seen in the U.S. in the not-too-distant future. 

Helping Customers Make Informed Decisions Helping Customers Make Informed Decisions

Badger Meter has 10 metering technologies that exist in the marketplace, so there is a lot of variety in what they do. Brian Kettner, Marketing Manager with Badger Meter, sat down with Water Online Radio to talk about the company, and what they are currently focusing on.

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WASTEWATER INSTRUMENTATION

 

 

Process instruments are used widely in water and wastewater treatment plants to monitor the effluent quality. However, their applications are not limited to monitoring effluent quality. These water and wastewater quality monitoring devices can be applied throughout the network of collection, treatment, and disposal

Instrumentation can give guarantee of proficient treatment processes of water quality parameters such as turbidity, pH, ORP, conductivity and dissolved oxygen.  Instrumentation is done in the following aspects.

  • Flow measurement
  • Stage /Level measurement
  • Physical and chemical water quality measurement
  • Biological water quality measurement
  • Water sediment and biota samplers
  • Data storage and management

 

Measurement Techniques include, Gravimetric analysis or, simply, weighing, Colorimetry or spectrophotometry, Titration, and Mass Spectrometry:

 

Platforms on which instrumentation can be carried out include

  • Stationary vertical profilers – Used for in situ sampling.
  • Flow-through systems -Most research ships have built-in flow-through systems that constantly circulate water collected a few meters from the surface.
  • Towed vehicles- towed vehicle such a system is able to provide a continuous series of data points for remote sensing applications where transect lines can follow the flight paths of a remote sensor.
  • Moored platforms - These stationary, or Eulerian, platforms offer data streams synoptically that match with satellite-based imagers.
  • Automated underwater vehicles - Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) afford their own propulsion there by allowing high-resolution sampling of the ocean’s interior in multiple directions.

Some of the instruments used in water management are:

  • Pressure Transmitters
  • General Service Gauges
  • Pressure Regulators
  • Digital Panel Meters
  • Process Calibrators
  • Thermometers
  • Differential Pressure Gauge and Switches
  • Multi-Point Thermocouple Displays
  • HART Calibrator/Communicator

WASTEWATER INSTRUMENTATION VIDEOS

Capital Controls&reg; MicroChem&reg;3 Multi-Parameter Analyzer And Controller Capital Controls® MicroChem®3 Multi-Parameter Analyzer And Controller

From the experts in chlorine management comes a multi-parameter water analysis system offering both chlorine measurement and control in one versatile instrument. Tailor the modular MicroChem®3 to your individual application with up to three measurement parameters. Watch the video to learn more.

Harmonics Mitigation Techniques &mdash; What You Need To Know Harmonics Mitigation Techniques — What You Need To Know

The Power Systems Experience Center (PSEC) is a safe, controlled environment where you can participate in training and observe testing and product demonstrations first hand.

How To Prevent Pump Dead Head How To Prevent Pump Dead Head

In this video we explore the best way to protect your pump from the damaging effects of a dead head or other under loaded conditions like a starved or dry pump. Watch this video to learn how to prevent your pump from dead head with the C445.

Mazzei Degas Separators Selected For Wichita Aquifer Project Mazzei Degas Separators Selected For Wichita Aquifer Project

A key component of the water supply plan for the City of Wichita, Kansas, was recharging the large aquifer that lies under the region with water from the Little Arkansas River. The river basin contains substantial farming operations which, during rain events, spike the river water with the commonly used herbicide Atrazine. Atrazine concentrations in the river frequently rose forcing the city to shutdown the bank filtration system. Advanced oxidation process (AOP) was selected to remove the herbicide. The AOP reactor’s design limited the amount of hydraulic backpressure it could tolerate. Consequently, Mazzei was challenged by the project’s design team to remove the entrained gas bubbles that remained from the prior oxidation treatment at a “not to exceed” hydrostatic backpressure of 19 feet.

SITRANS FS230 Video Installation Guide SITRANS FS230 Video Installation Guide

The FS230 simplifies and optimizes your day-to-day operation with an unparalleled data update rate, superior user-friendliness and a leading variety of options for customization, securing the highest measurement quality at the lowest cost. Watch the video demonstration for an explanation of the three simple steps of installation.

SITRANS F S: Digitize Your Productivity SITRANS F S: Digitize Your Productivity

Digital innovation. Unmatched noise immunity. The Siemens ultrasonic flowmeter solution, best-in-class performance and day-to-day operation for all liquids and pipe sizes. Watch the video for an overview of the SITRANS F S ultrasonic flowmeter product family.

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WATER INSTRUMENTATION SUPPLIERS

  • ABB Measurement & Analytics
    ABB Measurement & Analytics

    ABB is the best partner throughout the entire water cycle. From extraction and treatment, to distribution and the management of the wastewater process, ABB supplies an extensive range of reliable measurement products and solutions. With the most expertise in water and wastewater applications worldwide, ABB is the partner to help customers choose the optimal measurement solution precisely meeting their requirements.

  • Emerson
    Emerson

    Rosemount Analytical, one of Emerson’s leading process management companies, is the world’s premier supplier of technologies for liquid and combustion analysis, process analysis, gas measurement, and emissions monitoring. With an 80-year legacy of manufacturing liquid and gas analytical products that have revolutionized the process industries, we continue to provide real, quantifiable analytical solutions.

  • Endress+Hauser, Inc.
    Endress+Hauser, Inc.

    Endress+Hauser has more than 50 years of experience in the areas of Municipal Wastewater, Industrial Wastewater, and Portable Water.

  • FLEXIM Americas Corp.
    FLEXIM Americas Corp.

    FLEXIM offers the most reliable measurement system for water production, treatment and distribution.

  • GF Piping Systems
    GF Piping Systems

    George Fischer Piping Systems is the sales, marketing and logistics organization for Engineered Piping Systems, Valves and Actuation, and Signet Instrumentation in the Americas. In addition, GFI provides our customers with a wide range of value add capabilities through the Custom Products group

  • Hach Company
    Hach Company

    For more than 60 years, Hach has been at the crest of the industry - finding solutions that help you best manage your water. Our analytical instruments and reagents are used to test the quality of water in a variety of industries and markets - from around the corner, to around the globe.

  • JCS Industries Inc.
    JCS Industries Inc.

    JCS Industries, Inc. was founded in 2002 as a product development company charged with developing an alternative to the current vacuum feed liquid doser technology for a worldwide manufacturer of water and waste treatment equipment. After one year of design and two years of beta testing, JCS developed the Model 4100 Automatic Vacuum Liquid Feeder.

  • KROHNE, Inc.
    KROHNE, Inc.

    We are committed to providing you with KROHNE's 83+ years of flow and level measurement expertise at your facility.

  • Myron L Company
    Myron L Company

    The Myron L Company, originally founded in 1957 as a Research and Development company, is a privately owned and operated California Corporation

  • Real Tech Inc.
    Real Tech Inc.

    Real Tech Inc. Is dedicated to providing high quality UV photometric and spectroscopic analytical instrumentation for the water and wastewater industry.

  • De Nora
    De Nora

    De Nora Water Technologies is a leading supplier of water and wastewater treatment solutions. We provide our clients with some of the industry’s brightest minds, advanced technologies, and quality products to provide you with truly efficient, cost-effective solutions to your water and wastewater challenges

  • Evoqua Water Technologies
    Evoqua Water Technologies

    Evoqua Water Technologies, formerly Siemens Water Technologies, is a leader in water and wastewater treatment products, systems and services for industrial and municipal customers. We offer a wide range of proven product brands and advanced water and wastewater treatment technologies, mobile and emergency water supply solutions and service contract options.

  • Swan Analytical USA
    Swan Analytical USA

    Swan Analytical Instruments is a leading manufacturer of high quality on-line analytical instruments for water analysis in applications such as high purity water, steam, condensate, cooling water, potable water, and effluent.

  • Thermo Scientific
    Thermo Scientific

     

    Thermo Fisher Scientific offers a full range of water analysis instruments from pH, ISE, conductivity and dissolved oxygen meters, electrodes and solutions, to colorimetry, titration and on-line process monitors.

     

  • Trihedral Engineering Limited
    Trihedral Engineering Limited

    Trihedral is recognized as a leading manufacturer of computer software for SCADA and HMI applications, particularly in the water & wastewater industry. The worldwide appeal of our software is demonstrated by a large and satisfied customer base spanning six continents.

  • WRT - Water Remediation Technology, LLC
    WRT - Water Remediation Technology, LLC

    WRT provides effective processes for removing radium, uranium and other contaminants from water. Our complete package of services includes process equipment, proprietary treatment media, safe exchange of media, and proper handling and disposal of used media

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