Restoring unused infrastructure is at the heart of a plan by Los Angeles officials to bring more drinkable water to the region and ensure water security for years to come.
It’s crunch time for water planning in Utah, where top officials are trying to devise a blueprint for maintaining water security into 2060.
Water woes at Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, could have a bigger impact on Arizona than on any of the other states that it serves.
Water recycling for agricultural use is about to get a major boost through a massive reuse project in California that marks some first-evers.
As Utah struggles with water scarcity, the state is having trouble with a key tool for managing this issue: water data.
California Governor Jerry Brown is lobbying the Trump administration on a massive water project he hopes to implement in his state.
Existing desalination systems may have a new competitor: the graphene-based sieve.
Are the Great Lakes the best hope for water security in the perennially parched Southwest?
Water utilities are advocating for the federal government to retain the U.S. EPA’s signature water conservation program despite proposed budget cuts from President Trump.
Is Senator Ted Cruz paving the way for invasive species to storm water sources in Texas?
One issue that that continually brings Mexican and U.S. officials to the deliberation table is water.
The Trump administration took action last week that could pave the way for a controversial water project in a California desert that had been halted under President Obama.
California water utilities will need to report water loss figures to the state under a new law that aims to reduce non-revenue water and conserve resources.
As the prospect of water shortages stares down various regions of the country, Oregon is considering a suite of water bills designed to address groundwater problems.
The Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer — a primary water source for small towns, rural water systems and farm irrigation in eastern Arkansas — is running dry. According to the Army Corps of Engineers’ website, a project study in the mid-1980s pointed out, and further studies have since shown, the region’s groundwater resources are rapidly shrinking.
Andy McClure and Jim Knepper of Jacobi Carbon recently sat down with Water Online Radio to discuss the differences between activated carbon and ion exchange resins as mediums for water purification. The interview covered recent developments such as the lowering of the EPA’s health advisory level for perflourinated compounds and cyanotoxins from algal blooms to the more traditional concerns of taste, odor, disinfection byproducts and TOC reduction.
Not all water treatment needs are the same. That’s why it’s imperative to work with those that understand the subtle differences that make each industry unique. For food and beverage companies, that means aligning with KLa Systems, a company focused on oxygen transfer with a track record of innovation in jet aeration and mixing.
With increasing pressure on water resources, efficient and reliable wastewater treatment systems are crucial. Plants are searching for solutions that offer a smaller footprint and higher quality effluent. Over the last 15 years, membrane bioreactors (MBRs) have become increasingly common in both municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants and help mitigate against effluent suspended solid issues. These systems combine a membrane filter with an activated sludge process where microorganisms are able to thrive and break down contaminants.
A contractor for San Jose Water Company in San Jose, California, has taken delivery of more than 3,000 feet of zinc-coated iron pipe from AMERICAN Ductile Iron Pipe, making it among the nation’s first utilities to install zinc-coated pipe.
In June, 2016, a new Love’s Travel Stop opened in Boardman, Oregon, offering professional truck drivers and other travelers 24-hour access to clean, safe places to buy gas, diesel fuel, travel items, meals, and snacks. An essential part of this particular Travel Stop is the private well that provides water for all of the 11,000-square-ft facility’s needs, including food preparation, showers, bathrooms, outside irrigation, and fire hydrants.
As some of you may have heard, LuminUltra has partnered with Microbe Detectives to offer DNA testing services to the drinking water and wastewater industries. So “Who’s on First?” (pun intended); simply put, the partnership’s combined technologies tell you who is in a given water or wastewater sample, and how much is in that sample.
The burden of the unavailability of replacement parts for the aging generators and the FBD basins' high maintenance motivated the Orlando Utilities Commission's Southwest Water Treatment Plant to update and upgrade the plant’s ozone system.
Last year the EPA implemented new regulations entitled “Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases.” The new regulations called for certain facilities emitting 25,000 metric tons or more per year of specified GHG’s to provide an annual report of their actual GHG emissions. By Allen Kugi, Member Technical Staff, Fluid Components International (FCI)
Loudoun Water, a water utility serving customers in Loudoun County, Virginia, recently undertook an innovative, green approach to supplying water in the face of game-changing growth and development.
We’re entering the home stretch of the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature.
“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.
The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation introduces a “bundle of research” to help direct potable reuse and its practitioners reach full potential.
When I speak to communities about water quality issues, people often think the problem only happens in the developing world. Although America’s drinking water remains among the safest in the world, we are facing a serious and growing problem at home in the U.S.
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.
In the Himalayan mountains, irrigation can be a challenge. There are few affordable pumping technologies accessible for poor farmers, and they come with high maintenance costs.
When snow arrives in the mountains, winter sports enthusiasts get excited. And, farmers “down country” get excited, too, but not for all the same reasons.
There’s roughly 32 billion gallons of municipal wastewater produced every day in the U.S., but according to a 2012 water reuse report by the U.S. EPA, less than 10 percent of that water is recycled.
The Global Cleantech 100 identifies nine innovative water/wastewater technologies set to make significant market impact in the next decade.
In a recent column, Water Online Associate Editor Peter Chawaga wrote about a new plan for drinking water safety in the Trump era. In part, he references a late-2016 U.S. EPA Call to Action to improve the safety and reliability of the nation's drinking water.
Water is the lifeblood of electrical power plants, whether they are water-cooled steam plants or turbine-spinning hydroelectric installations. Regardless of how the facility generates electricity, there is a growing awareness that each power plant is part of its own, unique industrial watershed — drawing water from the environment, altering its contents and temperature, releasing some to the atmosphere as steam, and returning the rest to receiving waters.
There have been many publications lately that claim universal appeal of the ORP sensors and their applicability across the board. This concerns me, because the authors sometimes forget to mention some well-known practical limitations of the method, let alone the realities of water treatment applications potentially influencing the sensor performance.
Chemical, petrochemical, and oil-reﬁning plants are process-intensive operations with regulatory requirements to protect the surrounding water and air from the effects of industrial pollution. These external demands are matched by equally compelling internal pressures to address product puriﬁcation needs, ﬁnd alternatives to utilizing costly fresh water in production processes, reduce the carbon footprint, and operate efficiently and proﬁtably.
We all hope that the Flint Water Crisis – where cost-cutting measures led to the drinking water supply to become severely tainted with lead – was an isolated incident. However, it is not impossible that a similar event could happen again, especially in a similarly desperate city with limited financial resources. Here are a few key points that should be considered to avoid repeating such a tragedy.
High levels of radionuclides (uranium/radium/etc.) in drinking water aren’t very common, but they are very dangerous. If you’ve long dealt with radionuclides, you’re familiar with the treatment requirements — but are you treating as cost effectively as possible?
For years, I’ve been standing on my deck in San Francisco, looking south to Silicon Valley for innovation in water efficiency. But I’m starting to realize that I might have been gazing in the wrong direction. Maybe I need to turn around and look north, over the spires of the Golden Gate Bridge, toward the Emerald Triangle in Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties, the hotbed of California’s newly legalized commercial cannabis production.
At the end of The Big Short, a postscript stated that one of the story's protagonists, Dr. Michael Burry (played by Christian Bale), was now focused on investing in only one commodity: water. That got my attention.
When Flint Michigan discontinued purchasing water from the Detroit Water Authority and began using the Flint River as their raw water source they unfortunately did not consider the potential impact on lead and copper corrosion and the impact on the public.