WASTEWATER FEATURES, INSIGHTS AND ANALYSIS

  • Water Utility OT vs. IT — It’s Not A Battle, It’s A Balance

    The chemistry of optimizing water/wastewater treatment extends far beyond chlorine and oxygen. It also involves synthesizing productive insights from the flood of IT data generated by operational technology (OT) sensors, instruments, and control systems. Here’s how better operational intelligence strategies are helping IT and OT personnel collaborate to make processes more cost-efficient.

  • How To Choose A UV System For Water Reuse In Your Facility

    Water reuse is, and will continue to be, one of the biggest considerations for companies all over the world in the battle against water scarcity. By reusing process water, grey water, and wastewater, buildings and facilities will reduce their demand for raw water from surface and groundwater sources and reduce the associated costs of supplying raw water and treating raw water before use. One of the treatment methods for accomplishing this is UV disinfection.

  • National Recognition For WISE Water Practices

    Denver Water and partners pull down big award for pioneering region-wide reuse project.

  • A Message From Blue-White President/CEO Rob Gledhill

    Rob Gledhill, President and CEO of Blue-White, speaks about the company’s various offerings from chemical metering pumps (diaphragm, peristaltic), to flowmeters (variable-area, paddlewheel, ultrasonic), and water treatment accessories.

  • Achieving Water Authority Compliance With Automated Wastewater Treatment

    Automated wastewater treatment systems help manufacturers remain in compliance with EPA and local standards, while significantly reducing the cost of treatment, labor, and disposal.

  • Why It’s Time To View Plastic Pipe In A Whole New Light

    Because recent advances in plastic materials and processing have led to a new generation of plastic piping systems to handle challenging water and chemical environments, it is important to understand why some older piping choices might no longer be the best bet. Here are some key reasons to consider new plastic-piping choices for municipal and industrial water/wastewater applications in a whole new light.

  • Thermal Flow Meter Improves Digester Gas System Fueling Boilers For Plant Steam And Hot Water

    Accurate, repeatable air/gas flow measurement under harsh outdoor conditions is essential to successful wastewater treatment operations when used in aeration or digester biogas applications. The challenge for plant engineers when it comes to measuring reactor air and digester gas flow is that a relatively small number of flow meter technologies are capable of reliable measurement under the variable climate and dirty operating environments encountered at wastewater treatment plants.  

  • When To Replace Your RO Membrane

    On the surface, it might seem that knowing when to replace the membrane elements in a reverse osmosis (RO) system would be simple. In attempting to keep it simple, many companies will use one or more of the following guidelines for replacing their membrane.

  • America’s Oldest Brewery Improves Bottom Line With A “Solids” Solution

    Yuengling brewery plant in Pottsville, PA, brews four major products – Ale, Lager, Pilsner and Porter – each with a different brewing process. Their wastewater contains mostly sugar and yeast and small quantities of spent grain, which is treated at their onsite wastewater treatment plant, built in 2000. Yuengling had operated the static screens for several years, tolerant of the screens’ performance and the resulting operational inefficiencies, however, decided it was time for change.

  • Self-Sufficient WRRF Completes In-House Grit Removal Upgrade

    Aging, inefficient aerated grit facilities at North Davis Sewer District’s (NDSD) treatment plant headworks not surprisingly caused the typical headaches of poorly performing headworks:  downstream process tanks filled with grit and process equipment wore much faster than it should. And not surprisingly, it became a costly hassle for plant staff with annual basin cleanouts.

WASTEWATER PRODUCTS

In addition to reducing carbon, modern wastewater treatment plants also reduce nitrogen and phosphate. For this purpose, the online measurement of ammonium, nitrate and phosphate parameters is required. Nitrite and total phosphate are also occasionally measured.

Doing hydraulic calculations in a spreadsheet is an error-prone process.

The Reliant Water Technologies SCOUT Hydro Profiling System is the answer to obtaining clear and concise shallow water survey data quickly and inexpensively. By not only providing a visual hydrographic ‘picture’ of everything underwater, in any shallow body of water, the SCOUT also provides the volume of sludge in the water body (as well as the volume of free water). The ‘picture’ provided is color enhanced in order to provide clear, definitive delineation of variable depths of sludge, or debris, and includes multi-point water depth over-lays.

Dual-stage carbon cartridges for taste, odor, chlorine and lead reduction.

Minimize potable water hauling costs with modular onsite storage units from newterra – the leader in advanced camp water solutions.

The "UniScreen" Stormwater Treatment System offers the performance and advantages of Environment 21 technology, by using a proprietary screen insert to filter Stormwater. The "UniScreen" is a single structure design available in manholes and vaults to adapt to various site conditions

To produce grit with less than 5 % organic content, we have developed our COANDA Grit Washer RoSF 4. This sophisticated grit washer, combines in a single unit, the conventional functions of grit classifying, conveying and dewatering with a highly effective grit washing process.

Praxair has had an extensive history of innovation in the wastewater treatment process. About 15% of all wastewater treatment in the United States occurs in UNOX™ type systems. Since their original construction, many facilities now require adherence to new regulations. Praxair can help you make the required changes to ensure that your facility is running in the most efficient way possible and in line with current standards. We provide a wide range of technologies for UNOX™ facilities. These include enhancements that can help you achieve reduced operating costs and improved reliability through the upgrade of oxygen generation and dissolution equipment.

VIEWS ON THE LATEST REGULATIONS

  • The Shifting State Of CWA Regulations

    While the Clean Water Act (CWA) is a federal regulation, the job of enforcing its standards has been kicked to the state level, where results can be mixed. Bluefield Research recently analyzed the trend and its impact, presenting its findings in a recent Water Online webinar. It was also a topic of discussion at WEFTEC 2019, where Bluefield's president, Reese Tisdale, sat down with Water Talk. In the interview, Tisdale addressed the evolution of the CWA, current treatment issues, and financial forecasts for the industry.

  • Guiding Water And Wastewater Treatment Under The New EPA

    It’s no secret that the U.S. EPA has changed course in the last year. But how have those changes affected local water and wastewater treatment operations? And how are those operations going to evolve along with the federal agency?

  • How Are We Solving PFC Contamination?

    PFC contamination is the number one drinking water issue today. So how are local and federal leaders working to put an end to it?

  • The Top 3 Treatment Stories Of 2017 And What They Mean For 2018

    Last year was full of twists and turns for the drinking water and wastewater treatment industries. What can 2017’s biggest stories tell us about what’s to come this year?

  • Why Microplastics Are Still A Macro Problem For Wastewater Treatment Plants

    Though some preliminary regulations have taken place to curb the presence of microplastics in the environment, more research is needed to determine what role wastewater treatment plants can and will play in solving the problem for good.

  • The App For Treatment Data And Reporting

    With water treatment plant operators around the country relying on paper and pen to record critical quality data, there is an opportunity to make life easier online.

MORE WASTEWATER INDUSTRY FEATURES

  • Foresight Reduces Risk, Boosts Resilience, Identifies Opportunity

    If forewarned is forearmed, then monitoring risk, resilience assessment, and emergency planning are essential to keeping water flowing in the face of surprise developments. At ACE19, Bentley Systems’ Senior Product Manager Tom Walski shared how the company’s modeling software running as a “digital twin” for water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure systems is helping utilities improve daily operation resilience, noting “a little bit of work has a lot of payback.” 

  • Grundfos’ Commitment To Sustainability Helps Team Win Prize For Water Innovation Challenge

    Once you know Grundfos, you realize the company’s commitment to promoting sustainability is genuine. The global leader in pumps spearheads programs worldwide to help promote the efficient and sustainable use of water and energy.

  • Using Advanced Tools To Stem The Lost Revenue Tide

    From the largest metropolitan utilities to the smallest water systems, leaks are a problem everywhere. Because it’s difficult to raise consumer prices to offset the losses, non-revenue water has a direct impact on the bottom line of municipal water systems. However, utility managers now have an opportunity to reverse the problem with advanced flow meter technology that combines multiple measurements.

  • FILTRASORB 400 Provides PFAS Solution For Air Force Base In Interior Alaska

    When Eielson Air Force Base, located in the interior of Alaska, found high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in their drinking water, they needed a solution that was effective, cost-efficient, and operable in extreme temperatures. Calgon Carbon’s Model 10 adsorption system, filled with FILTRASORB 400 granular activated carbon (GAC), was determined to be the best option.

  • Simplified Testing For BPA In Source Water

    It’s common to see “BPA Free” labels on water bottles and other containers, a response to consumers who have grown increasingly wary of the contaminant. However, testing for BPAs that may have found their way into drinking water sources has traditionally been cumbersome and expensive, so municipalities could be exposing their customers to unsafe levels. The good news is that newer advancements are making it easier to use existing technologies to monitor for the pollutant.

  • City Of Tacoma Improves Budgeting And Capital Projects

    On the banks of Puget Sound and in the shadow of Mount Rainier exists Tacoma, Washington. The city is home to approximately 211,000 residents, making it the third largest in the state of Washington. Tacoma’s vision is one focused on stewardship and resiliency, as outlined the Environmental Services Department strategic plan: “We believe everything we do supports healthy neighborhoods and a thriving Puget Sound, leaving a better Tacoma for all.”

  • Going Bold To Shine A Spotlight On Stormwater Pollution

    Too many dog owners think their pets’ waste easily breaks down in nature and is helpful to plants, so they leave it on the ground. The truth is that dog poo and other pet waste is loaded with germs such as e. coli and giardia that make people sick as well as nutrients that can fuel problematic algae blooms.

  • West Yost Associates Empower Clearer Determination Of Risk

    Lani Good, P.E., is an Asset Management Practice Leader. During her 5 years at West Yost Associates, she has specialized in Utility Asset Management. Her organization exclusively focuses on water, wastewater, and stormwater systems to ensure longevity for typical water infrastructure assets – pipes, pumps, storage and treatment plants.

  • Keys To Tackling Industrial PFAS Treatment

    While municipalities have been working for several years to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly known as PFAS, a growing number of industrial operations are being prompted to treat their wastewater and stormwater for the contaminants. While any steps taken to reduce PFAS are positive, performing a thorough investigation before selecting a solution is critical to getting the best results at the lowest cost.

  • The Secret Life Of Water At Evoqua Water Technologies

    Evoqua Water Technologies indirectly affects the water used by hundreds of millions of people around the world. It provides water purification and management solutions—filtrations, separation, disinfection, technologies, and service—used by 70 percent of US municipalities, 90 percent of the largest US chemical companies, 85 percent of pharmaceutical companies, the world’s largest food and beverage companies, and 60 percent of US Navy vessels.

  • How Harmful Algal Blooms Can Affect Your Water Treatment Plant

    Headlines in 2018 were dominated by the red tide along Florida’s Gulf Coast, which persisted for months, causing human respiratory illnesses, the deaths of dozens of Florida’s beloved dolphins and manatees, and hundreds of millions of dollars in lost tourism revenue and cleanup costs. Here are insights on how to forestall becoming the next city to make national headlines related to harmful algal blooms.

  • Better CAPEX, OPEX Options For PFAS Treatment

    The documented performance of ion exchange (IX) resins for treating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) offers new opportunities for more practical solutions in many applications. IX has demonstrated its ability to reduce both capital and operating costs compared to the conventional granular activated carbon (GAC) treatment approach.

  • Where’s The Fire? Industrial Uses For Fire Hydrant Meters

    There are many options for ensuring accurate billing of water used at established industrial customer locations. But how do municipalities or businesses keep track of water availability and use for intermittent applications or movable access points? We spoke with McCrometer, Inc.’s Marc Bennett for insight into how water utilities and industries can efficiently track and allocate water use for billing or internal accounting purposes in such ad hoc applications.

  • Ready Or Not? A Checklist For Building Natural Disaster Resilience

    You’ve seen the headlines, read the case studies, taken stock of your resilience plan (or lack thereof), and posed the question “What now?” Here are a dozen ways battery-powered wireless recorders and transmitters can support a new Resiliency Master Plan for your utility and your community — one that can provide cost-saving and even life-saving insights under extreme conditions.

  • How To Boost Wastewater Treatment Capacity Within An Existing Footprint

    Municipalities can find themselves in a real bind when wastewater treatment operations are strained by population growth. That’s because facilities are either landlocked and can’t expand at their current location, or the prospect of building an addition isn’t in the budget. When the bottleneck is at the digesters — the tanks where microorganisms break down waste — there are some common-sense strategies treatment plants can employ to address those growing pains.

  • Saint Paul Regional Water Services Upgrades To Corrosion-Resistant Zinc-Coated Ductile Iron Water Main

    It is no secret that a large portion of the drinking water infrastructure in the U.S. is near or past its intended design life. Our nation’s water infrastructure needs an overhaul, and the cost of doing so is climbing rapidly. ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card graded the nation’s drinking water infrastructure a D. According to AWWA, an estimated $1 trillion is necessary to maintain and expand drinking water service to meet demands over the next 25 years.

  • Climate Change And Nutrients: Forewarned Is Forearmed

    Rising temperatures and precipitation combined with increasing nutrient runoff from human activity are elevating challenges in water treatment efforts. In some cases, that means increased threats to drinking water quality. In others, it means increasingly stringent nutrient discharge levels. Either way, taking the nutrient monitoring battle out to the field can help in waging a better fight at the treatment plant.

  • How AMI Works To Underpin Resiliency

    With the rate of natural disasters on the upswing—and the possibility of terror attacks and source water issues always present—municipalities are under more pressure than ever to build resiliency into their water systems.