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  • Water-Sharing Experiment Suggests People Put Their Own Survival First
    Water-Sharing Experiment Suggests People Put Their Own Survival First

    There’s been talk lately about empathy, its components and its general decline. A decline in empathy concerns me as an assistant professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustainability: I study how people cope with water problems or learn to share scarce resources, like water, gas, oil, and energy.

  • 8 Ways To Make Utility-Customer Communication Seamless Across Digital Channels
    8 Ways To Make Utility-Customer Communication Seamless Across Digital Channels

    If a water utility is going to use digital communication to enhance the customer experience, it needs to ensure that it does so as seamlessly as possible.

  • New AMI Capabilities Help Satisfy Utility Aims
    New AMI Capabilities Help Satisfy Utility Aims

    Finding new ways to capture and utilize data is important for utilities looking to improve operating efficiency and customer service. This interview with Frank Brooks and Dave Rubin from Aclara — a smart-infrastructure solutions partner for water, gas, and/or electric utilities — outlines ways to do both within a common infrastructure.

  • Fact-Checking The Smart Meter Naysayers

    Smart meters offer a wealth of benefits for water utilities and their customers, but anyone performing an online search will quickly feel there is a sense of uproar over their use. The truth, however, is that public health officials around the world have deemed smart meters safe. Understanding what’s behind the objections and knowing how to respond is a key to winning support for the implementation of smart meter technology.

  • EPA Researchers Share Lessons Learned From Citizen Science Research Projects
    EPA Researchers Share Lessons Learned From Citizen Science Research Projects

    Environmental Health Assessments (EHAs) are used to better understand the range of possible effects of environmental factors on a community’s health and wellbeing. These assessments are defined by EPA researchers as “methodical evaluations of air, water, and soil pollution impacts on human health and the environment.”

  • And I Quote: "To Know Water Is To Love Water"

    It all started with Mark Twain. Or someone who actually wasn't Mark Twain after all.

  • The Journey Of Water — Lego Style
    The Journey Of Water — Lego Style

    Remember when Legos were introduced as simple rectangular and square plastic bricks you used to build walls and towers?

  • How The Low Price Of Water 'Causes' Water Scarcity

    “How can a coastal city that is flanked by an almost endless bank of water have water scarcity problems?”

  • Winter. Water. What Are The Issues?
    Winter. Water. What Are The Issues?

    Rosy-cheeked children and romantic-eyed couples bundled up and laughing as they enjoy a skate around the frozen pond. It’s an iconic and idyllic vision every winter. But this fairytale-like scene “frosts over” significant issues faced by water companies and conservationists, not to mention homeowners and other types of service providers.

  • Wastewater Service Charges Continue To Rise

    Wastewater service charges vary considerably across EPA regions and States. That’s one of the key findings from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ (NACWA) Cost of Clean Water Index. If you live in Montana, Wyoming or the Dakotas (EPA Region 8), your average service charge of $261 a year is considerably less than the $884 your fellow Americans up in New England (EPA Region 1) are paying.  As you can imagine, much of the difference is to do with population size and geography.

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DRINKING WATER PRODUCTS

Peripheral Drive Clarifiers Peripheral Drive Clarifiers

Schreiber’s Peripheral Drive Clarifiers are favored because of their ability to accomplish rapid sludge removal and continuous collection and removal of floatables. Instead of the typical center-drive high torque arrangement, Schreiber Clarifiers utilize the mechanical leverage and mechanical simplicity of a peripherally driven system. A low horsepower single drive unit is all that is needed to rotate both the scraper and the skimming assemblies. The assemblies are suspended from a rotating access bridge or, in the case of smaller units, a lightweight rotating beam arm. The rotating skimming equipment removes floatables regardless of wind direction, and the helical scrapers convey settled solids to the center of the basin for removal in one revolution or less.

TrialScope Engage TrialScope Engage

In order to demonstrate a deeper commitment to clinical trial transparency than the law requires, some sponsors are choosing to provide additional information about their portfolio of clinical trials on a dedicated website. TrialScope Engage can help sponsors manage clinical trial content that is being prepared for disclosure on their own sites.

Ultra Pure Water Systems Ultra Pure Water Systems

Komal manufactures complete system to meet very special application for the Research lab and electronic industries. Water produced will meet the standards like CAP, ASTM, USP, NSST etc. Standard units having flowrate of 5/10/30 lit/hr. is readily available. Units are microprocessor based controlled with replaceable cartridges.

NuAire In-VitroCell™ ES Model NU-5820 CO<sub>2</sub> Incubator NuAire In-VitroCell™ ES Model NU-5820 CO2 Incubator

The In-VitroCell ES NU-5820 Microbiological CO2 Incubator features relative humidity (RH) control for cell lines prone to desiccation by utilizing a sensor that measures humidity in the chamber and injects 99.99% HEPA filtered vapor into the growth chamber to maintain setpoint.

ThickTech™ Rotary Drum Thickener ThickTech™ Rotary Drum Thickener

The ThickTech™ Rotary Drum Thickener (RDT) is the industry leading sludge thickener. Its performance is unmatched, with sludge volume reduction of 90% and a 98% capture rate. In addition, this superior performance is achieved with very low amounts of polymer. The ThickTech™ system is quite compact and requires less floor space than other thickeners. It has low requirements for horsepower, water consumption and polymer usage, resulting in valuable operational efficiencies.

NuAire In-VitroCell™ ES Model NU-5841 CO2 Incubator NuAire In-VitroCell™ ES Model NU-5841 CO2 Incubator

The In-VitroCell ES NU-5841 provides an easy method to monitor and control humidity and oxygen levels in the chamber for hypoxic stress studies, stem cell culture, carcinogenic tumors, toxicity, and more.

Aclara RF Network Sewer Monitoring Solution Aclara RF Network Sewer Monitoring Solution

The Aclara sewer monitoring solution leverages our industry-leading RF network to provide near real-time monitoring of manholes and other key sewer locations. Whether used for early warning of overflows, informing maintenance schedules, compliance reporting, or deeper analytics (such as capacity modeling and performance reporting) the sewer monitoring solution is easy to install, reliable, low-maintenance, and integrated into your AMI environment.

Capacitors For Medical Implantable Devices Capacitors For Medical Implantable Devices

As the global life expectancy continues to get longer, the demand for electronic medical implantable devices is growing. Knowles offers a variety of capacitor solutions for the medical implant industry.

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LATEST INSIGHTS ON CONSUMER OUTREACH

  • New AMI Capabilities Help Satisfy Utility Aims

    Finding new ways to capture and utilize data is important for utilities looking to improve operating efficiency and customer service. This interview with Frank Brooks and Dave Rubin from Aclara — a smart-infrastructure solutions partner for water, gas, and/or electric utilities — outlines ways to do both within a common infrastructure.

  • Don’t Let A Water Crisis Boil Over

    No utility wants to issue a Boil Water Notice, but if it does happen, it’s important to get it right. Even if your utility has had a long, unblemished record of delivering high-quality water, a mishandled contamination event will leave a bad taste in your customers’ mouths (so to speak).

  • Wastewater Service Charges Continue To Rise

    Wastewater service charges vary considerably across EPA regions and States. That’s one of the key findings from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies’ (NACWA) Cost of Clean Water Index. If you live in Montana, Wyoming or the Dakotas (EPA Region 8), your average service charge of $261 a year is considerably less than the $884 your fellow Americans up in New England (EPA Region 1) are paying.  As you can imagine, much of the difference is to do with population size and geography.

  • Getting Serious About Lead Service Line Replacement

    It has been 32 years since the amended Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) banned the installation of lead pipes in water systems nationwide. Unfortunately, that decision has not yet translated into action for every lead service line (LSL) installed before that point. Fortunately, someone has done a lot of legwork toward getting a handle on that process. Here is a preview of the help they have to offer.

  • WEF Confronts Water Industry Challenges

    Eileen O’Neill, Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), joined Water Talk from WEFTEC — the world's largest annual water quality event — to discuss WEF initiatives, the state of the water/wastewater industry, and challenges and opportunities for the future.

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WATER INDUSTRY FEATURES

  • Chlorine vs. Chloramine: A Tale Of Two Chemistries

    In drinking water treatment’s ongoing battle between disinfection and disinfection byproducts (DBPs), most water utility customers are oblivious to the process. One thing they do notice, however, is when their water smells or tastes bad. Here are some insights that can help water treatment plant (WTP) operators deal with their internal concerns about DBPs and residual chlorine or ammonia levels, as well as their external concerns about customer perceptions of water quality.

  • TOC Analysis: The Best Tool In A Drinking Water Facility’s Toolbox
    TOC Analysis: The Best Tool In A Drinking Water Facility’s Toolbox

    SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions designs and manufactures Sievers Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analyzers that enable near real-time reporting of organic carbon levels for treatment optimization, quality control & regulatory compliance. TOC has a wide range of applicability at a drinking water plant, and therefore any drinking water utility — large or small — can measure TOC in their laboratory or online in their treatment process.

  • Improving Quality Standards For Elastomer Stoppers In Parenteral Drug Manufacturing
    Improving Quality Standards For Elastomer Stoppers In Parenteral Drug Manufacturing

    This article is intended to highlight inconsistencies in testing elastomer vial stoppers — and to drive the collaborative development of a more sensitive, harmonized particle count method.

  • Smartphone App Delivers Reproducible And Precise pH Analysis
    Smartphone App Delivers Reproducible And Precise pH Analysis

    Traditionally when it comes to analysis, there have been two ways to measure pH. The first is the inexpensive method of using test strips, which requires little time or training. The second requires the use of a pH electrode or probe and because it requires more training, time, and equipment, is far more expensive. However, a hybrid application is now available that brings together the ease of use of test strips with technology to ensure preciseness.

  • Source Water Monitoring
    Source Water Monitoring

    The purpose of source water monitoring is to enable drinking water treatment facilities to identify changes in water quality, implement treatment strategies based on the characteristics of the water, optimize the treatment processes, and take preventative actions to protect the source water from intentional and accidental contamination.

  • On-Site Sodium Hypochlorite Generation Replaces Hazardous Cyanide In Precious Metal Extraction
    On-Site Sodium Hypochlorite Generation Replaces Hazardous Cyanide In Precious Metal Extraction

    The Baia Mare Aurul gold mine in North Western Romania suffered a historic catastrophe in January 2000, when its dam burst, streaming out 100,000 cubic meters of waste water, largely contaminated with cyanide, commonly used in the process of mining gold, into tributaries of the Tisza River, a major waterway in Hungary.

  • Tackling PFAS And Other Emerging Contaminants
    Tackling PFAS And Other Emerging Contaminants

    Manmade chemicals — most notably PFAS and 1,2,3-trichloropropane, or TCP — are emerging as a serious threat to water sources that municipalities at some point will need to address to meet regulations and provide quality water. PFAS has been rearing its head across the U.S.; and while TCP is mainly a California issue, it could prove to be more expansive. In this Water Talk interview, Jim Knepper, vice president and general manager of the Resinex division of Jacobi Carbons, and Mike Bickel, a municipal sales manager with Jacobi, discuss how activated carbon technology is helping water plant operators tackle looming problems such as PFAS and TCP.

  • Sounding The Alarm On Silent Noncompliance
    Sounding The Alarm On Silent Noncompliance

    Water and wastewater utility operators work diligently to operate within strict guidelines, ensuring their facilities are producing the best drinking water and highest quality effluent possible. Despite all their efforts, however, it can be easy to fall outside of regulatory compliance without even being aware. The key to avoiding problems like these is to understand how silent noncompliance can happen and knowing when to raise a red flag.

  • Treating Emerging Contaminants With UV Advanced Oxidation
    Treating Emerging Contaminants With UV Advanced Oxidation

    As technology improves, contaminants can be measured in ever-smaller quantities. Pollutants formerly undetected are now becoming emerging contaminants of concern. Water utility managers must stay abreast of potential new regulations and plan for ways to address these contaminants.

  • Water Quality Testing: Solutions From Catchment To Waste
    Water Quality Testing: Solutions From Catchment To Waste

    Globally, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the environment without being treated or reused. Clean water is an essential part of daily life, from catchment all the way through to wastewater treatment, therefore analysis throughout the whole cycle is crucial. Whether in lakes, pipes, or bottles, we can accompany you with our range of instruments, test kits and applications for your water and wastewater needs.

  • New Trends In Outsourcing Water And Wastewater Services
    New Trends In Outsourcing Water And Wastewater Services

    The business of water and wastewater is critical, but expertise in this area is finite — thus the trend towards outsourcing water operations, particularly in the industrial market. Whether it's securing and optimizing water use, running treatment equipment, sustainably releasing or reusing the water, capturing energy from it, or all of the above, it's often a wise business move to turn to experts. In this Water Talk interview, Miles Sherman, Regional Vice President of Services with Suez Water Technologies and Solutions, discusses the capabilities and benefits offered through this type of outsourcing, the various service models that exist, and the drivers that will continue to broaden the trend.

  • What Abbott And Costello Can Teach Us About Water

    World Water Day (Thursday, March 22nd this year) does a great job of focusing our attention on water issues. And especially with storms on the East Coast and drought in the West, not to mention the looming possibility that officials will have to shut off the taps in Cape Town sometime this summer, a lot of the messaging around water is pretty much like being smothered in a wet blanket.

  • Sensitive Determination Of Iron In Drinking Water, Mineral Water, Groundwater, And Spring Water Using Rapid Photometric Tests
    Sensitive Determination Of Iron In Drinking Water, Mineral Water, Groundwater, And Spring Water Using Rapid Photometric Tests

    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.

  • The Hidden Dangers Of Manganese In Drinking Water
    The Hidden Dangers Of Manganese In Drinking Water

    Evidence indicates that manganese (Mn) is more than a nuisance: it's a threat to health. It's time to get serious about removing it from drinking water.

  • Fine Tune Your Lab Testing Accuracy With Compliant Proficiency Testing (PT)
    Fine Tune Your Lab Testing Accuracy With Compliant Proficiency Testing (PT)

    Proficiency Testing (PT) is the name used by the International Standards Organization for a procedure also known as “inter-laboratory study” or “external quality assessment” or “ring test”. Proficiency testing, in simple terms, comprises a sample sent to a group of laboratories for measurement. The labs know what might be in the sample, but they don’t know exactly what is there or the concentration. Their results are compared with the known or true value and the lab is assigned a “Z” score to show how closely their result came to the target.

  • Promising Solar Technology Would Expand Drinking Water Access
    Promising Solar Technology Would Expand Drinking Water Access

    Several advancements in solar technology may provide the answer to drinking water production in distressed regions of the world.

  • Relieving The Pressure Of Monitoring Peak Boiler Water Efficiency
    Relieving The Pressure Of Monitoring Peak Boiler Water Efficiency

    Industrial operations across the gamut leverage boiler water, the liquid that passes through a boiler and is converted into steam, thus powering operations around the world. But not all of them do as much as they could to ensure peak boiler water efficiency. Through the proper treatment considerations and quality measurement knowledge, every industrial player can make the most of this central process.

  • Meeting Food Retailers’ Requirements Through X-Ray Inspection
    Meeting Food Retailers’ Requirements Through X-Ray Inspection

    Food regulations are deepening and so is the authority regulators have in the marketplace. However, the right X-ray inspection system can help you achieve compliance and exceed retailer requirements.

  • Water Industry World Records

    You may have read recently that Orange County Water District (OCWD) and Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) set a Guinness World Record for the most wastewater recycled to drinking water in 24 hours. The record attempt kicked off on February 15th 2018 to mark the 10th anniversary since the districts’ Groundwater Replenishment System was launched and culminated with more than 100 million gallons per day (MGD) being produced.

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