WATER INDUSTRY FEATURES, INSIGHTS, AND ANALYSIS

  • A Tiny Bit Of PFAS

    In the most recent edition of Water Innovations, there is not a single article focused on PFAS. That wouldn’t be exceptional if not for the fact that discussion around per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances has so thoroughly dominated the water space lately. And yet, I penned this as an intro to the edition — just “a tiny bit of PFAS” content — because a small portion of PFAS is of the utmost importance in terms of treatment, policy, and cost.

  • Sargassum Is Choking The Caribbean's White Sand Beaches, Fueling An Economic And Public Health Crisis

    Sargassum events have been occurring more frequently and are lasting longer, and the amount of algae is increasing. The situation has gotten so bad that NOAA created a weekly sargassum inundation risk index in collaboration with the University of South Florida. They have predicted that 2024 will be another terrible year for the Caribbean.

  • Funding The Fight Against PFAS And Lead In Drinking Water

    An overview of funding opportunities for water utilities to meet new and upcoming compliance objectives, as well as technology considerations to reduce further contamination.

  • PFAS Technology Options Provide Water Treatment Solutions Per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) continue to dominate the conversation as an emerging contaminant of concern due to their potential for adverse human health effects and continued regulation. This group of chemicals can be found in a wide variety of consumer products and drinking water.
  • New Water Quality Standards Will Result In Billions Being Spent To Remediate PFAS Contamination Recently, the U.S. EPA announced long-awaited water quality standards outlining the maximum contaminant levels for PFAS contaminants in drinking water. This marks the first time national standards for a new contaminant have been added to the Safe Drinking Water Act since 1996. It represents, without doubt, an ominous alert that should be noted.
  • Removing PFAS From Public Water Systems Will Cost Billions And Take Time — Here Are Ways You Can Filter Out Harmful 'Forever Chemicals' At Home

    My team at the University of Notre Dame works on solving problems involving contaminants in water systems, including PFAS. We explore new technologies to remove PFAS from drinking water and to handle the PFAS waste. Here’s a glimpse of the magnitude of the challenge and ways you can reduce PFAS in your own drinking water.

  • 6 Steps To Complying With New PFAS Drinking Water Regulations

    In April 2024, the U.S. EPA released regulations for PFAS limits in municipal drinking water, greatly impacting municipalities and the water industry as a whole. There are several steps that can be taken to successfully navigate the upcoming regulations.

  • Solutions In Bloom: How Flowers Are Being Used To Clean Up Polluted Waterways

    Pollution and microplastics float down waterways that treatment plants have to manage. Alongside these contaminants are drifting flowers that clear aquatic habitats. Recent research shows they could be an organic method for removing phosphorus and nitrogen.

  • Lead From Old Paint And Pipes Is Still A Harmful And Deadly Hazard In Millions Of U.S. Homes The WHO estimates that more than 1 million deaths each year are attributable to lead poisoning. In more recent years, this number has risen at an incredible pace, with some research showing that nearly 5.5 million adults die from lead-related health complications. Understanding and addressing this persistent problem will require improved monitoring, targeted remediation, and a great deal more awareness and dialogue.
  • River Pollution Is Causing Harmful Outbreaks Of Sewage Fungus In The UK

    The pollution of the UK’s waterways and coastlines with sewage is throwing its ecosystems out of balance. One well documented example is the spread of microscopic bacteria that can multiply rapidly into algal blooms, causing extensive dead zones once oxygen in the water has been used up. But there’s another pollution problem that has been largely overlooked, until now.

DRINKING WATER PRODUCTS

Many are turning to UV as an effective barrier to enable the reuse of wastewater, for indirect reuse, and aquifer recharge.

Veolia has developed ShaleFlow™, a cost-effective transportable solution for reuse of produced water and flowback water from hydraulic fracturing operations. This compact, modular system utilizes proven technologies designed to enable reuse with the flexibility to be moved as the field is developed.

Highly effective against bacteria and viruses, the Advanced Oxidation System (AOS) is also well-suited for the decontamination of hard-to-treat organic contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and other micropollutants The AOS can be configured to deliver optimized performance for most water or wastewater treatment applications.

NeoTech Aqua Solutions provides the most efficient and cost-effective UV systems for destroying Total Organic Carbons (TOC’s) in water.  Whether your destroying NDMA, 1,4-dioxane, TCE, MTBE, urea, endocrine disruptors or other organics, only NeoTech Aqua provides ultraviolet TOC reduction with a treatment chamber optimized for low pressure mercury lamps.  As a result, NeoTech Aqua’s UV systems achieve a three times greater TOC reduction per kilowatt compared to standard UV systems, reducing our clients’ costs and energy consumption. In addition to efficiently generating ample 185 nm UV for TOC reduction, NeoTech Aqua’s TOC reduction systems also generate significant levels of 254 nm UV which serve as a powerful disinfectant, providing you both TOC-free and organism-free product water.

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.

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VIEWS ON THE LATEST REGS

  • As states and the federal government attempt to crack down on the proliferation of PFAS and their health consequences with a spate of new regulations, there is one significant upcoming ruling that will have tremendous impact for compliance and costs: the final rule on PFAS CERCLA designation.

  • With the U.S. EPA’s recent announcement proposing maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for certain PFAS, stakeholders throughout the water industry — representing utilities, industry, the environment, legal interests, and public health — were quick to offer their opinions.

  • A Q&A with human health toxicologist and environmental risk assessor Janet Anderson, Ph.D., DABT

  • The risk level linked to delivered drinking water from municipal utilities is very small, even if some high-profile examples of failure (see Flint, MI) have degraded public confidence to a degree. Our treatment professionals usually hit their targets, so the onus then shifts to the research and guidance that determines the safe level of various constituents through U.S. EPA protocols. But there is one contaminant that rulemaking hasn’t quite caught up to and which is downright deadly — Legionella pneumophila.

  • The Federal government plays a significant role in water project development, through both funding and regulating the industry. Water sector champion Mae Stevens shares how we as water professionals need to play an important role in influencing our congressional representatives and senators to win support of what we need to advance business opportunities.  

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