As Pittsburgh faces high lead levels in city drinking water, Pennsylvania is considering a proposal to increase state oversight of the struggling water system.
Residents in North Carolina recently marked their 1,000th day without access to clean drinking water in their homes.
In laying out the U.S. EPA’s agenda for 2018, Administrator Scott Pruitt indicated that the agency would focus on scaling back Obama-era clean water regulations while ramping up the fight against lead contamination in public drinking water.
New Jersey’s top environmental regulator says alleged failures at Trenton’s water utility could pose a threat to public health.
One of the first communities to raise a red flag around perfluorinated compound (PFC) contamination took another step in its fight for clean water this month.
Officials in the state of Michigan have voiced concern over the City of Flint’s ability to manage its water system, more than two years since it startled struggling with lead contamination.
A rising number of small cities are adopting smart water meter technology as a way to cut costs.
Total Retail surveyed its retail executive audience to understand current and future retail technology trends and buying behaviors. The results show that while innovative retail technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, chatbots (i.e., artificial intelligence), and drones get a lot of media attention for how they’re going to disrupt the industry — it’s more basic solutions like marketing automation software, video and mobile websites that currently have retailers’ attention.
Located on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) treats and distributes water to over 1.3 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
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.
If you don’t need the performance of an ultrafiltration membrane but also want to avoid the large footprint of a conventional media filter, you might want to consider FiltraFast extreme rate compressible media filters. As Ryan Hess, Director of Advanced Separation with SUEZ Water Technologies suggests in this Water Talk interview, “They provide roughly ten times the hydraulic loading rate of conventional media filters.”
Over the past 10 years, both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have issued new and revised regulations and guidances in an attempt to define, clarify, and modernize their requirements.
Throughout my time in the industry, the one question that always gets brought up is, “With all of the options and technologies available, what is the best way to measure water and wastewater flow?”
This regulation from the FDA outlined serialization and traceability requirements spread over the course of 10 years with preparation for each phase accumulating into a potentially high overall price tag.
Running a safe, reliable and profitable operation is crucial for refining – especially since a failure in one part of the operation can wreak havoc on the entire refinery. Unplanned downtime and lost production is something refineries cannot afford, especially in today’s competitive market. SUEZ has proudly served the refining industry for more than 50 years, and we’re leading the way in the research and development of chemical solutions to tackle the most complex water and process challenges, as well as tools to help refiners monitor, predict, control and optimize their operation.
Nick Burns, director of water treatment technology for (the Americas region of) Black & Veatch, discusses the health concerns, current regulatory status, and documented presence of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), also sometimes called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), in drinking water supplies — as determined by sampling under the U.S. EPA's Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule 3 (UCMR3).
By now, just about everyone in the U.S. has heard about Flint, Michigan’s water woes. Despite the many issues raised by that incident, urban water systems are not the sole reason the 2017 Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers gives the U.S. drinking water infrastructure an overall “D” grade. Hidden within that disheartening rating are the harsh realities faced by rural water systems.
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?
PFC contamination is the number one drinking water issue today. So how are local and federal leaders working to put an end to it?
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?
Potable reuse of wastewater has gone by many different names, some of them unflattering, like “toilet to tap.” Despite the clear benefits of water reuse, this so-called “ick factor” has slowed the adoption of technology that can transform wastewater into drinking water.
Water utilities must protect the public health by producing a final product that meets all regulatory requirements. In addition, the water must be pleasing to the customer, with no taste or odor issues. And finally, utilities must stay abreast of emerging contaminants, health advisories, and new regulations. It’s a constant challenge to shoulder these responsibilities while staying within tight budgets. Utilities need a technology that helps them achieve multiple goals cost-effectively.
Activated carbon has proven to be a reliable, cost effective technology for the control of various contaminants found in drinking water supplies. Jacobi Carbons manufactures a full range of activated carbons for municipal drinking water treatment, covering both powdered and granular carbons made from coal, coconut, and proprietary blands of raw materials. These products are manufactured in strict accordance with ANSI/NSF 61 and AWWA B604 standards for drinking water treatment.
A lot has changed over the past 15 years. Back in the early 2000s, many utilities weren’t interested in understanding what was in their water beyond the contaminant and disinfection byproduct levels they were regulated to comply with. But as Pat Whalen, President and CEO of LuminUltra, explains in this ACE 2018 Water Talk interview, a steady stream of ongoing education and the modern data storage and analytics that cloud computing provides, has developed some rabid fans eager to explore the microbiology of their water systems.
In the oil and gas industry, regulations and requirements to measure, monitor and report flared gases continue to expand and extend. The U.S. EPA continues to focus on enhancing regulations aimed at reducing emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the environment.
AdEdge Water Technologies specializes in inorganic contaminant removal, relying on a variety of treatment technologies such as adsorption, coagulation, oxidation, filtration, RO and ion exchange. Rich Cavagnaro, CEO of AdEdge Water Technologies and Ronit Erlitzki, Director of Business and Product Development for the Company, recently joined Water Talk to discuss a biological treatment technology for groundwater wells.
The Ecomuseum Zoo is home to the most impressive ambassadors of Quebec’s wildlife. All residents of the Ecomuseum Zoo are there for a special reason: orphaned, injured or born under professional human care, each of them could not return to the wild. Hence, they have found a forever home at the zoo.
Now that you have returned to the role of private citizen — though, admittedly you are a private citizen with millions of eyes focused on you — I want to encourage you to continue your great work promoting the health of our nation’s children. Your emphasis on exercise and nutrition, jobs and support for veterans, and education have touched millions of Americans of all ages and all backgrounds. Now it’s time to bring in the most common denominator and the first step toward good health — access to clean water.
Water quality is getting a lot more scrutiny these days. And that’s a good thing says Russ Swerdfeger, Global Director of Memcor Product Management with Evoqua. Alongside his colleague Daryl Weatherup, Director of Marketing with Evoqua, Swerdfeger recently discussed the future of drinking water and the key issues and concerns facing the water industry right now with Water Talk.
Staying on top of new regulations is a never-ending responsibility for water professionals. Each new rule may require huge dollars in capital and operating costs. Operators and technicians may need training on new technologies, sampling, and testing methods.
The U.S. EPA's promulgation of the Stage 2 Disinfection By-Products Rule required the Public Works Department of Danvers, MA, to establish a Two-Phase upgrade of the plant’s treatment process in order to comply.
District Sales Engineer Andy Singer has spent enough time troubleshooting problems in the field that not much surprises him anymore. When it comes to dry barrel fire hydrants, though, he still gets a chuckle out of some of his more outrageous experiences. Here is his educational and entertaining take on the care and maintenance of fire hydrants, and ways to maximize a utility’s return on what potentially can be a 50+-year infrastructure investment.
Driven by tight budgets and competing needs for limited CAPEX funds, wastewater treatment plants are increasingly looking to reduce their operating expenses. Many are now referring to themselves as water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs), reflecting a heightened focus on recovering nutrients, methane, and a host of other properties from their waste flows. The largest boon to date has come from thermal energy, but producing biogas comes with its own set of challenges, including accurate gas flow measurement.
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.
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.
Providing clean drinking water to its citizens since the early 1800s, Nashville’s city government has a deep-rooted history in the water industry. Today, Nashville Metro Water Services (MWS) serves more than 191,000 customers in Nashville and surrounding counties.
Chemicals are among the greatest allies that drinking water and wastewater treatment operations have in the fight against contaminants. But these operations are dependent on the proper technology to administer just the right amount of chemicals at just the right time, ensuring that effluent is neither under- nor overdosed.