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  • Advanced Metering Analytics: The Logical Evolution Of AMI
    Advanced Metering Analytics: The Logical Evolution Of AMI

    Just as different water utilities use different processes for turning raw source water into potable drinking water, so too do they take different routes to account for, and bill for, their output. Here is an overview of a cellular-based approach to collecting and leveraging data from water distribution operations that can achieve the greatest business advantage.

  • Down-To-Earth Non-Revenue Water Strategies
    Down-To-Earth Non-Revenue Water Strategies

    Non-revenue water (NRW) and, in particular, water loss through leakage has become an increasing priority focus for water utilities around the world.  With failure rates of aging infrastructure increasing and growing water stress due to population growth and climate change, reducing the loss of essential water resources is paramount.  Leak monitoring and detection systems from Trimble Water help water utilities proactively identify and reduce NRW and water loss, prevent service outages, and prioritize infrastructure repairs. Easy-to-use wireless and mobile leak detection solutions provide clear, accurate, real-time insights into the condition of the water network beyond the treatment plant.  Paired with Trimble’s intuitive cloud-based GIS software, Trimble’s solutions make it simple for water professionals to visualize, manage, and analyze data from the field and use that knowledge to improve productivity and network performance.

  • Cybersecurity Importance On The Rise In Water Utility Operations
    Cybersecurity Importance On The Rise In Water Utility Operations

    As water utilities migrate toward remote system monitoring and real-time control, the risks associated with cybersecurity tick upward as well. While the rewards of digitalization offer real promise, the associated complexity and security concerns pose corresponding risks. That is why it is important to have an overall risk-management process for the organizational level, the business process level, and for the information system and data levels as well. 

  • Water Recycling Efficiency In Ethylene Spent Caustic Treatment, Part I: Cost
    Water Recycling Efficiency In Ethylene Spent Caustic Treatment, Part I: Cost

    Handling process byproducts has always been a concern for ethylene producers. When it comes to wastewater treatment, spent caustic has always been the most challenging waste. In water-stressed locations, treating toxic components is not the only factor in achieving wastewater treatment and water recycling goals affordably.

  • Molasses in Study Startup Efficiencies
    Molasses in Study Startup Efficiencies

    Overview of a recent study conducted to try to determine why there is so much variation and why there are so many inefficiencies and delays in study startup.

  • West Yost Associates Empowers Clearer Determination Of Risk
    West Yost Associates Empowers 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.

  • Seeing Green: Eye Scans And The Evolution Of The Payment Industry
    Seeing Green: Eye Scans And The Evolution Of The Payment Industry

    The evolution of the payment industry dates back thousands of years. Whether it was the early days of bartering goods and livestock, or the introduction of precious metal coins and leather money, we’ve come a long way. As time marches on, we see a shift from paper currency such as checks and dollar bills to credit card payments. No longer is cash the true king.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities Streamlines Operations With Centralized PI System Data
    Colorado Springs Utilities Streamlines Operations With Centralized PI System Data

    One of the nation’s largest four-service utility providers, Colorado Springs Utilities supplies energy and water to over 450,000 people. The state-certified laboratory of the Water Quality Assurance section processes over 14,000 samples and 80,000 analytes per year from eight watersheds, seven finished water treatment facilities, 38 finished water reservoirs, four post-chlorination stations, two wastewater treatment facilities, and over 2700 miles of pipeline.

  • Are Today’s Processes Efficient Enough For The Future Of Vaccine And Viral Vector Production?
    Are Today’s Processes Efficient Enough For The Future Of Vaccine And Viral Vector Production?

    By recognizing the limitations of today’s production processes, the industry may be able to overcome the challenges, complexity, and high cost of manufacturing vaccines and viral vector-based therapies.

  • White House Utility District Reduces Costs By Over $1 Million
    White House Utility District Reduces Costs By Over $1 Million

    In 2007, White House Utility District (WHUD), a water utility serving approximately 90,000 consumers and businesses in Tennessee, faced a dilemma: how to meet a projected growing demand for water within the budget and capital constraints faced by municipal and mid-sized utilities everywhere.

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Price Management & Optimization Price Management & Optimization

Retalon’s Price Management & Optimization solution enables retailers to maintain optimal prices throughout the product lifecycle, starting with initial prices and automatically adjusting product families to price changes. The system intelligently accounts for many factors such as competitive data, product cannibalization, promotions & events as well as any policies, business rules, or constraints set by the user.

NGC Fraction Collector NGC Fraction Collector

Pharma and biotech need to easily pivot from analytical to process-scale purification of new biological drugs. When used with the NGC Chromatography System, Bio-Rad’s new NGC Fraction Collector offers researchers increased versatility and capacity needed for any application, from discovery to scale up.

EU Qualified Person EU Qualified Person

It is a requirement within the EU that all investigational and medicinal products manufactured or imported by organisations holding a MA IMP, have a Qualified Person (QP) to approve and release each batch of IMP for usage in clinical trials.

At Sharp we offer well-established QP services, helping to streamline your product’s journey to trial and market in the EU, as well as giving you and your customers the confidence that your products have been manufactured to the very highest standards.

RADOX® Cable Technology RADOX® Cable Technology

HUBER+SUHNER’s RADOX®, or “radiation X-linked” technology, describes the process of crosslinking thermoplastic polymers by means of electron beams. This technology is used to improve the thermal, mechanical, and chemical properties of cable insulation materials. RADOX® cables do not melt, possess better abrasion resistance and greater cut resistance than conventional cables and, even with thinner insulation, are much more resistant to various environmental factors.

Autoclavable Eternaloc® Connectors And Sensor Housings For Medical Applications Autoclavable Eternaloc® Connectors And Sensor Housings For Medical Applications

SCHOTT Electronic Packaging manufactures custom-made, hermetically-sealed, autoclavable Eternaloc® connectors and feedthroughs made with Glass-to-Metal Sealing (GTMS) or Ceramic-to-Metal Sealing technology (CerTMS®). SCHOTT also produces provide sensor housings offering complete protection with a hermetic seal that helps prevent moisture from seeping into the the housing and causing damage and corrosion to internally-housed electronics components. A wide selection of Transistor Outline (TO) housings are also available.

Roadmap To Profitability Financial Dashboard Roadmap To Profitability Financial Dashboard

Taylor Business Group is pleased to offer the Roadmap to Profitability Financial Dashboard, a revolutionary way of looking at your financials.

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  • In It Together: Water Pros Share Problems And Solutions
    In It Together: Water Pros Share Problems And Solutions

    You might say that there’s a lot wrong with the water industry — problems including infrastructure, financing, and scarcity — but there’s also a lot going right. In this Q&A, Water Environment Federation (WEF) President Rick Warner is a source of insight and optimism.

  • Water Reuse Within Reach: Guidance For Potential Practitioners
    Water Reuse Within Reach: Guidance For Potential Practitioners

    “Water Champion” Paula Kehoe looks to do for the nation what she did for San Francisco — to greatly expand water reuse opportunities and implementation. In this Q&A, she discusses her new role as chair of a national commission for onsite non-potable reuse, the San Francisco model, and the best practices and obstacles for sustainable water operations.

  • 9 Water Technologies Ready For Liftoff
    9 Water Technologies Ready For Liftoff

    The Global Cleantech 100 identifies nine innovative water/wastewater technologies set to make significant market impact in the next decade.

  • 7 Keys To 'One Water'
    7 Keys To 'One Water'

    It’s a buzzword for the industry, but what does it really entail?

  • 5 Principles For Improved Water Security
    5 Principles For Improved Water Security

    Are environmental interests and business interests mutually exclusive? Our divisive sociopolitical climate might make you think so — you’re either labeled ‘tree-hugging’ or ‘greedy’ — but it is not an either/or proposition, especially when it comes to water conservation.

  • U.S. vs. The World In Water Sustainability
    U.S. vs. The World In Water Sustainability

    Yes, America cleaned up at the Olympics this summer, but how does the U.S. fare on the world stage when it comes to water resiliency, efficiency, and quality?

  • 5 Municipal-Industrial Water Issues Analyzed
    5 Municipal-Industrial Water Issues Analyzed

    A water technology expert tackles high-profile and important topics currently affecting municipalities, industry, and the community at large.

  • A Treatment Technology For All Occasions
    A Treatment Technology For All Occasions

    There are a lot of technology startups in the water space vying for attention, including a good bit in the New England area alone, but one Massachusetts company and its potentially "disruptive innovation" stands apart.

  • What Do Americans Think About Their Drinking Water?
    What Do Americans Think About Their Drinking Water?

    Survey data on U.S. consumers’ attitudes toward public drinking water confirms tough times now, but hints at better days ahead.

  • 10 Technologies And Breakthroughs From ACE16
    10 Technologies And Breakthroughs From ACE16

    This year's Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE16), held by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) from June 19 to 22, was the first following the tragedy of Flint — a time when the drinking water industry is under intense scrutiny.

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WATER INDUSTRY FEATURES

  • Wastewater Service Charges Continue To Rise
    Wastewater Service Charges Continue To Rise

    Wastewater service charges vary considerably across EPA regions and States. That’s one of the key findings from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ (NACWA) Cost of Clean Water Index. If you live in Montana, Wyoming or the Dakotas (EPA Region 8), your average service charge of $261 a year is considerably less than the $884 your fellow Americans up in New England (EPA Region 1) are paying.  As you can imagine, much of the difference is to do with population size and geography.

  • Groundwater Treatment Pilot Test Program Proves Successful In California
    Groundwater Treatment Pilot Test Program Proves Successful In California

    Iron, manganese, arsenic and hydrogen sulfide are indigenous to numerous groundwater aquifers. With the exception of arsenic, these constituents are more prevalent in deeper aquifers that are devoid of dissolved oxygen. This report summarizes the results and conclusions of a groundwater treatment pilot test program. This pilot test program was undertaken to determine the removal performance for arsenic, manganese and iron at the City of Merced’s Well 20 site. Chemical treatment processes required were also studied.

  • Magnetic Separators: What Are The Proper Steps To Test Magnetic Strength?
    Magnetic Separators: What Are The Proper Steps To Test Magnetic Strength?

    Food manufacturers rely on magnetic separation equipment to reduce foreign object contamination. This article offers guidelines when field testing magnetic strength for the most accurate results.

  • How To Utilize pH Neutralization Systems And Adhere To Discharge Regulations
    How To Utilize pH Neutralization Systems And Adhere To Discharge Regulations

    For any drinking water or wastewater treatment operation, pH neutralization is never far from top-of-mind. The regulatory standards for pH to which effluent must adhere, also known as “pH neutralization,” are central to ensuring that treatment is performed accurately and that the water or wastewater leaving a plant is safe.

  • Challenging The Traditional Municipal Procurement Process — Getting Beyond The 'Or Equal' Bind
    Challenging The Traditional Municipal Procurement Process — Getting Beyond The 'Or Equal' Bind

    Purchasing low-priced equipment is easy. Purchasing equipment with good lifetime value is much more difficult — especially for managers of public utilities, who are required by their procurement procedures to entertain "or equal" bids.

  • X3735 Series X-Ray Inspection System Datasheet

    The X3735 x-ray system is a high detection sensitivity solution, with an integrated conveyor designed to inspect tall, rigid packaged products in a wide range of applications.

  • The Role Of pH Measurement During Coagulation
    The Role Of pH Measurement During Coagulation

    In the wastewater treatment industry, coagulation has become one of the most widespread processes for effectively separating contaminants and effluent. But coagulation is a complicated and sensitive process, one that alters the chemical balance of the wastewater in order to strip it of unwanted constituents. As in many such processes, pH plays a critical role, and treatment professionals must analyze it closely if they want to properly coagulate their product.

  • The Role Of Ultraviolet Disinfection In Protecting India’s Water (Article)
    The Role Of Ultraviolet Disinfection In Protecting India’s Water (Article)

    Protecting public health and the environment by treating and disinfecting water and wastewater is a global endeavor. India is no exception, and with a rise in population and industrialization, protection of water resources is critical.

  • A Holistic Approach To Bioburden Control In Downstream Processing
    A Holistic Approach To Bioburden Control In Downstream Processing

    Understanding the different considerations for bioburden control in various operations and production steps can help define a strategy for successful production.

  • Manipulating Dissolved Gasses With SEPAREL®: Beverages
    Manipulating Dissolved Gasses With SEPAREL®: Beverages

    In the beverage industry, there are many opportunities for degassing with a SEPAREL® hollow fiber membrane due to the fact that water treatment is not as elaborate as other industries. The main focuses of water treatment in the beverage industry are the removal of harmful bacteria and dissolved chemicals for health reasons as well as the conservation of water’s natural flavor by eliminating dissolved ions, particles, and chlorine.

  • Clearing Up Misconceptions About Turbidimeter Performance And Calibration
    Clearing Up Misconceptions About Turbidimeter Performance And Calibration

    There is little doubt about the importance of taking turbidity readings as part of drinking water treatment. However, there are certain misperceptions about the associated requirements and procedures needed to confirm the validity of those readings. The major points of confusion seem to revolve around perception of the terms “approved,” “calibration,” and “validation.” Here is a quick synopsis on what you really need to know about meeting U.S. EPA Method 180.1: Determination of Turbidity by Nephelometry for accurate turbidity readings.

  • If A Pipe Leaks In A Forest, Does It Make A Sound? (Part II)
    If A Pipe Leaks In A Forest, Does It Make A Sound? (Part II)

    If A Pipe Leaks In A Forest, Does It Make A Sound? (Part I) addressed condition assessment and leak detection from the perspective of surprises that can arise when “hidden” problems are revealed by acoustic technology. This article introduces several more eye-opening experiences with permanent and mobile acoustic leak detection equipment, plus examples of just how expensive undetected leaks can become when they turn into full-blown water main breaks.

  • Smartphone App Delivers Reproducible And Precise pH Analysis
    Smartphone App Delivers Reproducible And Precise pH Analysis

    Traditionally when it comes to analysis, there have been two ways to measure pH. The first is the inexpensive method of using test strips, which requires little time or training. The second requires the use of a pH electrode or probe and because it requires more training, time, and equipment, is far more expensive. However, a hybrid application is now available that brings together the ease of use of test strips with technology to ensure preciseness.

  • Making TCP Removal Almost As Easy As 1, 2, 3
    Making TCP Removal Almost As Easy As 1, 2, 3

    Our environment is rife with testimonials to the law of unintended consequences. When it comes to water treatment, the compound 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP) is the latest surprise making its way through the remediation lifecycle.

  • If A Pipe Leaks In A Forest, Does It Make A Sound? (Part I)
    If A Pipe Leaks In A Forest, Does It Make A Sound? (Part I)

    Beyond the existential philosophy implications, the consequences of a pipeline leaking in a forest when no one is around highlight the desirability of leak detection systems in water distribution utilities as a whole. As the following experiences show, leak detection can have its entertaining side. On the other side of the coin, however, the consequences of not monitoring leaks can also trigger a tsunami of costs far beyond the expense of pipeline repair alone.

  • Unpacking The Latest Brexit Developments And Their Impact On Pharma
    Unpacking The Latest Brexit Developments And Their Impact On Pharma

    As the divorce date approaches for the U.K. and the EU, one would be forgiven for thinking there would be a plan in place to deal with an event that will have such a profound global impact on the pharma industry. However, manufacturers have to prepare for any possibly scenario, while continuing to wait for clarity.

  • Lifecycle Management — Enhancing The ROI Of Control System Investments
    Lifecycle Management — Enhancing The ROI Of Control System Investments

    In water plant operations, there’s no such thing as simply maintaining the status quo. Any utility that is not moving forward is falling behind. Whether a water treatment or wastewater treatment plant (WTP/WWTP) chooses to rely on in-house resources or outside specialists, here are some lifecycle management approaches they can use to upgrade control capabilities without compromising performance or return on investment. 

  • Sensitive Determination Of Iron In Drinking Water, Mineral Water, Groundwater, And Spring Water Using Rapid Photometric Tests
    Sensitive Determination Of Iron In Drinking Water, Mineral Water, Groundwater, And Spring Water Using Rapid Photometric Tests

    The quality of drinking water is regulated by a variety of guidelines, such as the EU Council Directive 98/831,2 and WHO guideline. The key principles used to define these limits consider both health hazards and sensory and technical reasons. Iron, for example, does not exhibit a risk for health in concentrations usually found in drinking water.

  • Solving Problems More Effectively Than Sherlock Holmes: The Contradiction Matrix
    Solving Problems More Effectively Than Sherlock Holmes: The Contradiction Matrix

    This is the fourth article in a five-part series on better investigation and problem-solving methods and principles in the life sciences. In writing this one, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about Sherlock Holmes. Not only his exquisite methods, but also flaws in the metacognition and metaphilosophy about how the fictitious detective underwent his work.

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