WATER INDUSTRY FEATURES, INSIGHTS, AND ANALYSIS

  • Are Wildfires Worsening The Water Contamination At Military Bases?

    Sixty-two. This is the number of California military facilities with a known or suspected per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) release, according to the California State Water Resources Control Board.

  • Wastewater Nitrogen Is Causing Ecological Havoc, But The Necessary Innovative Solutions Exist

    The water quality damages associated with excessive nitrogen discharges to our surface and groundwaters that result in life-threatening harmful algae blooms (HAB), the loss of shellfish and finfish, and the degradation of our groundwater drinking water aquifers are now ubiquitous in the U.S. and worldwide. Wastewater nitrogen discharges are typically the elephant in the room when the sources of nitrogen are quantified. Septic nitrogen discharges, in particular, are the primary cause of water-quality/ecological degradation in many, especially coastal, areas.

  • Plastic Pipes Pollute Drinking Water Systems After Wildfires; It's A Risk In Urban Fires, Too

    When wildfires swept through the hills near Santa Cruz, California, in 2020, they released toxic chemicals into the water supplies of at least two communities. One sample found benzene, a carcinogen, at 40 times the state’s drinking water standard. Our testing has now confirmed a source of these chemicals, and it’s clear that wildfires aren’t the only blazes that put drinking water systems at risk. In a new study, we heated plastic water pipes commonly used in buildings and water systems to test how they would respond to nearby fires.

  • 50 Years Of Drinking Water Research

    For nearly 50 years, EPA scientists have done research to support drinking water standards and protect America’s drinking water. However, drinking water systems are increasingly facing new challenges, such as emerging contaminants in source waters that can adversely impact health, including algal toxins from harmful algal blooms (HABs) and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

  • Filtration Of Invasive Zebra Mussels From Lake Michigan

    Zebra mussel protection of intake structure for chiller water line and new heat exchanger system.

  • Filtration Of Invasive Zebra Mussels For Flood Relief

    Amiad supplies filters to Texas Township, Michigan, USA, to block invasive zebra mussels species and provide flood relief to residents of properties near lakes.

  • EPA Develops National Picture Of Underground Storage Tank Facilities And Leaking Underground Storage Tank Sites

    More than 500,000 underground storage tanks (USTs) can be found in communities across the country, storing petroleum and other hazardous substances. Leaks or spills of these substances can contaminate the surrounding soil and groundwater, which can compromise public and private drinking water supplies. These toxic chemical releases can pose serious health, economic, and environmental risks to nearby residents.

  • PFAS Destruction Through Supercritical Water Oxidation

    Despite several states taking action against PFAS, satisfying solutions to destroy the forever chemicals have been out of sight. However, a Danish company has taken up the fight, and the proven full-scale solution based on supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) presents promising results.

  • A Few Heavy Storms Cause A Big Chunk Of Nitrogen Pollution From Midwest Farms

    Some effects of extreme weather are visible. Other effects are harder to measure, but can be just as harmful. One example is agricultural nitrogen runoff from farmlands in the Mississippi River Basin. It mainly comes from fertilizer that farmers apply to millions of acres of crops.

  • Summer Road Trip Finds Small Streams Have Big Impacts On Great Lakes

    In the summer of 2018, Rob Mooney, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Center for Limnology, set out on an epic road trip around Lake Michigan. Mooney was no stranger to the drive. In fact, he had already completed eight circuits of the lake over the previous two years as he monitored seasonal changes in dozens of rivers and streams flowing into the lake.

DRINKING WATER PRODUCTS

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Small-footprint, containerized solutions to treat water from any source- at any scale.

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.

WATERTRAK Sea Water Reverse Osmosis system uses spiral wound polyamide membrane technology to treat sea water up to 46,000 ppm TDS. The SWRO features state of the art energy recovery and can easily be integrated into a two pass or larger system.

Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) are two of the most common solvents that contaminate groundwater supplies in the United States. Both solvents see frequent use in the extraction of fat, in the textile industry, in the production of various pharmaceutical and chemical products. TCE is also used as a degreaser from fabricated metal parts, and PCE serves as a component of aerosol dry-cleaning solvents.

VIEWS ON THE LATEST REGS

  • LCR Revisions: Speak Now, Or Forever Hold Your Peace

    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.

  • Understanding PFAS’ Impact On Remediation Strategies

    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.

  • Preparing To Tackle The Hydra Of LCR Revisions

    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.

  • New RO And Other Techniques Lead To Improved Performance

    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.

  • Forward-Looking Technology Anticipates Compliance Needs

    When a company stakes its reputation on delivering innovative technologies, products, and services, the specter of a changing regulatory landscape is considered more an opportunity than an obstacle. In this Water Talk interview, Mirka Wilderer, CEO of De Nora Water Technologies, discusses varying topics such as pharmaceuticals and nutrients in wastewater, the synergy of the company’s new MIOX and Neptune acquisitions, and how to address the growing concern over chlorate disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in drinking water. For example, De Nora’s new ClorTec Gen III onsite hypochlorite generators generate up to 3,000 lbs./day of chlorine-based disinfectants while reducing chlorate formation and cutting operating costs by 15 percent as compared to previously available models.

MORE WATER INDUSTRY FEATURES

  • The Effect Of Rocking Rate And Angle On T Cell Cultures Grown In Expansion Systems

    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.

  • Simpler Maintenance For Free-Chlorine Measurement

    Safe drinking water is often taken for granted, but the reality is that it requires an extensive network of equipment and qualified personnel to keep it flowing. One major issue is that traditional chlorine sensor technology can be laborious and expensive to maintain. However, an alternative is available for water treatment plant operators who already have plenty of responsibilities and want to keep their disinfection duties and costs to a minimum.

  • How Buffer pH And NaCl Affect Size Exclusion Chromatography

    Using a design of experiments approach, this study describes the effect of buffer pH and NaCl concentration on proteins purified by size exclusion chromatography.

  • Measuring Cell Density In The HyPerforma S.U.B.s With Aber Futura Neo Single-Use Sensors

    This application note summarizes the sensor’s function, integration into the S.U.B. BPC, and showcases functional cell culture data obtained both internally and with a primary customer.

  • A New International Standard To Measure DNA?

    The breadth of digital PCR (dPCR) applications continues to grow and fulfill critical scientific needs. One of the major advantages the technology confers is the ability to count nucleic acid molecules directly, rather than extrapolating quantity based on standard curves as with many other methods. By harmonizing diagnostic procedures on dPCR platforms, the scientific and medical communities can become more coordinated and efficient than ever before.

  • How Community Growth And Other Changes Are Driving The Need For Expert Ongoing Field Support

    The process of launching a municipal drinking water treatment operation can take years. In the end, a community is left with a complex system, an operations and maintenance manual, and a well-trained staff. Many communities are extremely well versed in the functions and operation of their treatment for the specific parameters for which it was built. However, as time goes on, plant managers and operators increasingly have a need for outside assistance.

  • Preparing For Lead-Service-Line Inventory And Replacement Requirements

    With all the new facets of proposed Lead and Copper Rule revisions (LCRR) announced by the U.S. EPA in October of 2019, any water utility that has not yet started making preparations is at risk of being non-compliant by the time the new rules are put into effect. Use the accompanying links to improve understanding of those requirements and the process of conducting lead-service-line (LSL) inventories and replacements.

  • Customer Success And The Added Value Of Payments

    Payment processing offers value beyond recurring revenue, it also can help ISVs build stickier relationships with their customers. Dan Viscount — SVP and Co-General Manager, IPOS Division at EVO — recently spoke with The Business Solutions Network this and more.

  • How AI Helps Clean Water And Sanitation

    A recent UN report on global clean water and sanitation suggests that over 40% of the world population still doesn’t have access to safely managed drinking water. The report also reveals that more than half of the world population (4.5 billion) doesn’t have access to a safe sanitation system. It also indicates that almost 2 billion people are using water sources contaminated with sewage.

  • Developing A Continuous Large-Scale Perfusion Cell Culture Process

    The key benefits of perfusion processes are compact process design, flexibility, increased productivity, increased yield, and consistent product quality. 

  • Protein Thermal Shift Assays Made Easy

    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.

  • Beyond The Quote: Total Cost Of Ownership With Supply Chain Partnerships

    Critical components cannot be sourced like simple parts; they demand greater vendor/customer collaboration, profound depth of knowledge, and a supplier committed more to the relationship than the sale.

  • Avoiding Crisis: Meeting LCR Revision Communication Requirements

    Complying with communication requirements is as much a part of the proposed Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) as the actual water testing and identification of lead service line (LSL) inventories. Given the magnitude of the proposed changes, it is critical for water distribution utilities to start preparing for its implementation well in advance. Here are some key factors to consider.

  • Optimization, Validation And Implementation Of Retroviral Retentive Filters For Production of Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV)

    Viral contamination is a risk for all biotechnology products. Establishing robust viral removal/inactivation steps mitigates the risk of adventitious and endogenous viral contamination and is essential for ensuring the safety of gene therapy products. Recent studies have shown that viral retentive filtration is one of the most robust steps in removing all types of viruses. In this study, we focused on the initial development process of the retroviral-retentive Viresolve® NFR filter.

  • Building An Enterprise GIS To Support Efficiency Across The Organization

    Padre Dam Municipal Water District provides water, wastewater, recycled water, and park and recreation services to over 102,000 residents in East San Diego County in California. Padre Dam's infrastructure is worth over $700 million, and it has an annual budget of $76.3 million. Padre Dam imports 100 percent of its drinking water supply and treats two million gallons per day (MGD) of wastewater at the Ray Stoyer Water Recycling Facility.

  • Validation Study In Adults With Lifestyle-Related Chronic Disease

    The Philips Health Band (PHB) is a wrist-worn activity and heart rate monitoring device. This study assessed the measurement performance of the PHB in adults at risk for lifestyle-related chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes type 2 as well as adults with existing lifestyle-related chronic disease.

  • The Role Of Ozone In Cost-Effective Reuse Treatment

    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.

  • What’s Missing From Your Water-Monitoring Strategy?

    When it comes to water quality monitoring, professionals in municipal, industrial, and agricultural applications might have distinctly different concerns about what they measure, but they all share a common concern about the cost and ease of obtaining that data. Fortunately, a new alternative for achieving water quality data and analytics with a high degree of autonomy, accuracy, and affordability is now available to all of them.