WATER INDUSTRY FEATURES, INSIGHTS, AND ANALYSIS

  • EPA Takes Major Step Toward Permanently Protecting Bristol Bay

    Thank you, EPA, for listening to tribes, communities, and supporters — and moving closer to forever stopping catastrophic projects like Pebble Mine.

  • EPA Researchers Investigate Impacts Of Wildfires On Water

    According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report, the world is getting warmer, and in the western United States, that translates into drought and significantly increased wildfire activity. In September 2020, western Oregon experienced unprecedented wildfires that dramatically affected people’s lives, infrastructure, and the environment, and impacted drinking water sources.

  • Lake Stratification And Nanobubble Generators

    If you’ve ever jumped in a lake during the summer and felt warmer water on the surface and as you sunk deeper, you felt the cooler water at the bottom, you experienced the effects of thermal stratification. Though this is natural, imagine you go to jump in the lake and it has a thick layer of algae growing and it smells. Would you still jump in?

  • Impact Of Congressional Ruling On PFAS

    The ability of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to contaminate everything in their wake and resist degradation in nature has propelled these “forever chemicals” into a serious public health concern over the past two decades, galvanizing calls for sweeping federal legislation.

  • Temporary Bypass Helps City Of Auburn, New York, Divert Stream Water Safely And Efficiently

    The Owasco Outlet in Auburn, New York, is a waterway that flows from the north end of Owasco Lake through five counties before connecting to the Seneca River. Over time, portions of the Owasco Outlet were contaminated with coal tar. A byproduct of burning coal, the coal tar had been buried throughout the grounds of a former manufactured gas plant located along the waterway during the 1800s, eventually leaching into the surrounding sediment.

  • The Ocean Is Full Of Tiny Plastic Particles — We Found A Way To Track Them With Satellites

    Plastic is the most common type of debris floating in the world’s oceans. Waves and sunlight break much of it down into smaller particles called microplastics — fragments less than 5 millimeters across, roughly the size of a sesame seed. To understand how microplastic pollution is affecting the ocean, scientists need to know how much is there and where it is accumulating. Most data on microplastic concentrations comes from commercial and research ships that tow plankton nets — long, cone-shaped nets with very fine mesh designed for collecting marine microorganisms.

  • Implementing Granular Activated Carbon Systems: Important Design And Start-Up Considerations

    As granular activated carbon (GAC) is increasingly employed to treat PFAS, new practitioners can improve their results by knowing what to expect — thanks to data and experience acquired from prior installations.

  • Treating Contaminated Groundwater: Advanced Iron Removal System

    The City of Belleville, Ontario was planning on re-developing downtown waterfront property into a public space containing a park and a green space. Unfortunately, the proposed site had a long history as an industrial site – initially for a coal gasification plant from 1854 to 1947 and then as a bulk oil storage facility from 1930 to 1990.

  • Wildfires Are Contaminating Drinking Water Systems, And It's More Widespread Than People Realize

    More than 58,000 fires scorched the United States last year, and 2021 is on track to be even drier. What many people don’t realize is that these wildfires can do lasting damage beyond the reach of the flames — they can contaminate entire drinking water systems with carcinogens that last for months after the blaze. That water flows to homes, contaminating the plumbing, too. Over the past four years, wildfires have contaminated drinking water distribution networks and building plumbing for more than 240,000 people.

  • PFAS In Our Water Supply: Treatment vs. Destruction

    As per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) demand increasing attention due to health, environmental, and regulatory concerns, the pros and cons of available treatment options should be thoroughly evaluated.

DRINKING WATER PRODUCTS

Ozone treatment for water and wastewater has been utilized successfully for several decades and continues to be a viable disinfection solution for both municipal and industrial plants, worldwide.

For remote sites with peak populations between 500 and 2,000 people, the newterra PWT-125 Mini Train System offers exceptional capacity and flexibility. The base system for up to 500 people consists of two 40' containerized elements – a discrete distribution/disinfection unit and a treatment unit. The Mini Train design allows up to four (4) treatment units to be added to a single distribution unit, providing potable water treatment for 2,000 people. The system is designed to integrate with containerized or free standing tanks for water storage. The treatment system is available for both groundwater and surface water sources.

The NeoTech D438™ is specially designed to disinfect water and is an essential component in advanced oxidation processes.

Anaerobic digestion processes that radically improve the quality of wastewater while delivering green energy extracted from biological waste streams are emerging as a profitable way for agricultural and food processing industries cope with the twin impact of drought and pollution challenges.

Veolia Water Technologies is a full service water management company dedicated to developing customer-specific solutions that reduce water consumption, effectively manage and treat wastewater, minimize water discharge and ensure environmental compliance.

Coal-fired power plants generate coal fines and coal ash from a number of sources, including coal combustion residuals (CCR), particularly fly and bottom ash from coal furnaces, and coal pile runoff during rain events. In support of an industry-wide effort to reduce, improve, and remove coal ash ponds, a variety of technologies have been tested and employed. Read the full application note to learn more.

VIEWS ON THE LATEST REGS

  • With more than 50,000 community water systems (CWS) in the U.S., it is amazing that only 285 individuals had logged public comments on the U.S. EPA’s proposed Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) Revisions by the February 12, 2020 deadline. Yet, what those respondents had to say could have a big impact on how we deal with lead in drinking water moving forward. Here is a cross-section of the industry’s response.

  • Are you completely ready to implement the scores of changes in the U.S. EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR), exactly as proposed? If not, act quickly, because time to register constructive feedback before the February 12th deadline is running out. Less than three weeks before the end of the comment period, the EPA’s webpage for feedback displayed only 131 public submissions regarding the proposed regulations.

  • For more than 16.5 million water-utility customers in 33 different states, contamination caused by per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is a source-water issue that will not go away for a long time. What are the practical options for community water systems currently confronting this challenge? Here is an overview of several treatments and their relative successes against a wide variety of PFAS compounds.

  • As a journalist serving the water industry — but not yet a seasoned technical veteran — I attended a recent Lead In Drinking Water Forum sponsored by AWWA NJ to learn about the challenges of complying with the proposed Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR). What I heard impressed upon me the technical, administrative, and logistical challenges of delivering safe, lead-free drinking water all the way to user taps. Here are my takeaways.

  • For water utilities facing various water contamination issues, there is no single catch-all treatment. That is why in this recent Water Talk interview Ronit Erlitzki and Doug Craver of AdEdge Water Technologies share treatment options that can be used alone or in combination to address diverse challenges. They introduce a new reverse osmosis (RO) treatment technique capable of raising recovery rates by 20 percent and reducing concentrate volume up to 70 percent vs. conventional RO (depending on water quality). They also explore biological processes for removing nitrate, VOC, ammonia, etc. and treating high brine concentrations in wastewater, plus techniques for resolving ammonia problems in water with high TOC concentrations.

MORE WATER INDUSTRY FEATURES

  • The City of Loveland’s Water Utility has served customers for decades, proudly bringing water “from snowy caps to Loveland taps.” When the Lead and Copper Rule went into effect in the early 1990s, it was labor-intensive to find a pool of people in the correct tier to complete the sampling.

  • 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.

  • The analysis of particle contaminants in cell therapy products is critical for ensuring drug purity and safety. However, the successful characterization of such particulates requires gaining morphological insights into each type of particle present. A technique called micro-flow imaging (MFI) enables the visualization of particulate matter by providing relevant morphological details for further study of each type of particle identified. In this study, MFI was used to distinguish between NK cells and its expansion component, Cloudz™ microspheres, in different environments.

  • As many of my followers know, I have been writing about the connection between women and water for a long time. Here is an excerpt from a post I wrote a number of years ago, A Valentine to Women Who Keep the Water Flowing

  • In my last post, Water Quotes from Movies and Films, and during our Water We Talking About? podcast with Paul O’Callaghan, I give a big thanks to actor Matt Damon for his efforts around water. In the hopeful documentary Brave Blue World, Matt expresses my sentiments and those of many of my fellow water professionals… "How lucky are we that we are the ones who get to solve this?"

  • For many utilities, properly treating the iron and manganese in source water is critical to maintaining good customer relationships. When iron and manganese are present, they are often accompanied by arsenic contamination. Here are several examples of utilities that successfully installed treatment systems to address the trio of contaminants.

  • Managers of industrial, municipal, and agricultural water quality or water use monitoring can attest to the challenges of balancing depth of detail against the costs of achieving it. Now, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) business model is rewriting the economic impacts of those challenges by repackaging water monitoring capabilities to meet evolving needs more efficiently.

  • ALTRA Proven Solutions experts believe that there are two key areas where they can have a positive impact in helping to eliminate PFAS from our environment: Advocacy and Innovation through ALTRA PFAS solutions.

  • A Phosphorus mine in Wyoming needed to treat high selenium concentrations leaching into the surface water. A 3-month pilot study of a UF/RO system was conducted to reduce selenium levels under the US EPA's maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 0.05 mg/L, and mitigate impact to the ecosystem, especially aquatic species. Read the full case study to learn how Toray's high-rejection energy-efficient RO (TMGD series) removed the selenium at reduced feed pressures, projected to save the plant energy costs for years.

  • Ensuring optimal and maximal T cell production is critical for adoptive immunotherapy and its continued success. The Xuri Cell Expansion System is an important component of the clinical manufacturing process so we sought to investigate the effect of the rocking rate and angle on the expansion of T cells.

  • Western blotting is notoriously challenging; it’s labor-intensive, suffers from poor reproducibility, and is only semi-quantitative. For this reason, the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (CGTC), an independent center of excellence at the forefront of technology and innovation for cell and gene therapy commercialization, is adopting next generation technologies to advance quality control (QC) of AAV-mediated gene therapy. In this application note, you’ll see how CGTC has used highly-specific antibodies exclusively manufactured by PROGEN with fully automated Simple Western™ assays on Wes™ to monitor and characterize AAV capsids during product purification.

  • Protein thermal shift assays enable quick and easy buffer optimization for increased protein stability. Learn more about the CFX Real-Time PCR Detection Systems which uses a simple protocol to measure protein thermal stability using SYPRO Orange Fluorescent Dye.

  • Helping water and wastewater utilities develop and effectively prioritize asset management plans.

  • One-step multiplex RT-qPCR is a technique used to rapidly quantify multiple targets directly from RNA in a single reaction. This blog explains the proper optimization and validation for successful one-step multiplex RT-qPCR as well as tips for choosing the right reagents for your needs.

  • The method described here allows you to intensify your fed-batch process through reduced production duration without affecting the growth or titer profile.

  • For developers seeking to obtain approval for previously approved drug products in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers two abbreviated approval pathways — an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) and a 505(b)(2) application. Read about these in the available blog.

  • We’re talking marketing this spring, and there’s a really good reason for that. Business as usual is now business unusual, and when we come out of the pandemic and all the economic and social fallout, you still want to be in business. In fact, now you can see the value of not just scraping by every month – you need to be built to last. The only way to make sure you’re built to last is to master marketing. Deep down you know this – no matter how good your service is, if nobody knows about it, you don’t make money. So let’s talk first about word of mouth, because for some MSPs, it’s the only tool in their marketing toolbox. But even for the best MSPs, it’s one of the most important.

  • Both direct and indirect potable reuse have massive potential to address growing water scarcity issues. However, the total cost of ownership can present a significant challenge to getting reuse projects off the ground. The good news is that another solution now provides a comparable option for reuse that is often superior to common reuse treatment trains currently in operation.