A timeline of 120 days. Construction in the middle of winter, when temperatures were frigid and snow covered the ground. Despite these challenges, Elite Excavating Company of Ohio, Inc., was able to install 174 AMERICAN Flow Control American-Darling MK 73 fire hydrants and 280 resilient wedge gate valves in sizes 6 to 18 inches in three months.
In 2012 when Superstorm Sandy hit the New Jersey coastline, it devastated Route 35, a critical flood evacuation route, just north of Island Beach State Park. With this critical coastal evacuation route severely compromised, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) took immediate steps to restore safe travel.
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.
Once discovering its main pump station was at risk, a critical Canadian wastewater treatment plant quickly set up a large bypass pumping system to allow the replacement of pump motors.
Call it what you want, but a busted pipe spells nothing but T-R-O-U-B-L-E.
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, a division of the global conglomerate Suez Environement, operates regulated water systems in eight states, and provides contract services to over five million people.
More than 6,800 cubic yards of structural concrete are being used in the construction of a new Trickling Filter and Trickling Filter Pump Station in Bismarck, North Dakota. These structures are being built well below the area’s water table, and the more than 6,800 cubic yards of concrete will protect them against the effects of Mother Nature.
200-acre Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, NJ, is supported by a series of barns and other support facilities that house in excess of 500 horses during track operations. In the mid-1990s the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) constructed facilities to collect horse wash water and first flush stormwater runoff for conveyance to the Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority (TRWRA), a wastewater treatment facility located in Monmouth Beach.
A Bergen County, NJ, riverside town receives relief from torturous flooding after its stormwater pumping station is dramatically improved by the installation of new Flygt pumps.
The district manager for the Pinetop-Lakeside Sanitary District (AZ) reports that a special gas chlorination system, featuring unique components and controls, and manufacturer-supplied service, has effectively replaced a chlorine tablet system.
Water quality test strips have been around for decades. They are usually constructed from a porous media, including different types of paper, and undergo a color change when dipped into water containing the analyte of interest. These test strips have seen application in swimming pools, aquariums, hot tubs, remediation sites, and other commercial/environmental areas.
Steinbach is the third largest city in Manitoba and one of the fastest growing census agglomeration areas in Canada with a population of about 50,000 people. Though Steinbach is primarily an agricultural community, it is also the regional economic hub of southeastern Manitoba. Due to the age of the wastewater control system, the city decided it was time for some new technology. This profile will describe the process of that upgrade and why they chose VTScada.
Clay County, located in Northern Florida, has a population of almost 200,000. In April 2016, Clay County Utility Authority (CCUA) needed a new SCADA system to monitor seven reclaimed water sites that the Authority uses to determine water storage times, using this data to route water from site to site. VTScada was selected by CCUA and their engineer.
As interest in biogas grows, more attention is being paid to measuring biogas flow, which has long been a problem area in process measuring technology.
The clarity of water in a stream, river or ocean is a key determinant in fostering a healthy and balanced aquatic ecosystem. The clearer the water, the greater the ability of light to penetrate to aquatic plants which generate the oxygen needed for aquatic life.
Radar technology is often viewed as the “best” method of level measurement, but this isn’t necessarily true in the water industry.
Facility administrators will find the advanced ST100 Series Thermal Mass Air/Gas Flow Meter from Fluid Components International (FCI) helps them improve the accuracy of specialty gas point of use and sub-metering operations to achieve accurate billing in their labs for better cost tracking and control.
Though they all must support routing functionality, some devices do it better than others.
Routing consumes more energy, so the lifetime of the battery will be affected. Therefore, a device with a battery that is inexpensive, has a long lifetime, and is easy to change would be ideal. With all this considered, a WirelessHART temperature transmitter is a suitable option to operate as a repeater.
Rising energy prices have made accurate energy measurement a hot topic in recent decades. The need for accurate measurement technologies extends to many different application areas, including heating and cooling; compressed air; steam production and distribution; heavy fuel oil consumption; energy monitoring; and custody transfer. In response, new technology is being developed that integrates tasks previously requiring several measurement devices.
Process design in water treatment is historically confined to proprietary or user-defined spreadsheets on a unit operation basis, with users manually adding results from each unit process upstream into the next operation.
Getting systems online is tough enough without unnecessary alarms and shutdowns, but the safety and visibility of operations are also paramount. During the commissioning process, balance is critical.
If you feel like you have too much data but not enough understandable or usable information, fine-tuning data collection and funneling it into an integrated data management system may be the way to become more proactive and make better decisions.
To minimize losses and address mounting concerns, the water industry is now adopting advanced sensor and communications solutions designed specifically for “smart” Internet of Things (IoT) water management. In large part, the move toward implementing smart water solutions is being driven by stricter government compliance requirements, the evolution of smart cities, and the need for water conservation.
We need to make water infrastructure a clear priority in the new administration’s infrastructure investment plans. Let’s make sure there’s a “W” in any new infrastructure program.
Many industries use laboratory analyses to help with process control and regulatory compliance. However, process operators often need real-time results to make adjustments. Mobile testing methods are critical for troubleshooting problems and optimizing performance.
A new public-private project involving a major Maryland utility seeks to reduce nutrients at the source with a comprehensive construction project.