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  • Toxic Algae Kills Three Dogs In North Carolina
    Toxic Algae Kills Three Dogs In North Carolina

    For years, harmful algal blooms (HABs) have posed a threat to drinking water across the country. And now, a tragic incident has illustrated that the problem can have an even more direct effect on our loved ones.

  • EPA Determines Newark’s Lead Filters Not Working; City Distributes Bottled Water
    EPA Determines Newark’s Lead Filters Not Working; City Distributes Bottled Water

    Late last week, the U.S. EPA sent a letter to officials in Newark, NJ, warning them that residents were exposed to dangerous levels of lead contamination in their drinking water and that the city’s efforts to mediate the crisis weren’t working.

  • Harness The Power Of The Sun For Off-The-Grid Desalination
    Harness The Power Of The Sun For Off-The-Grid Desalination

    Industrial and population growth continue to outpace the supply of freshwater resources in many regions of the world. The need for additional freshwater resources is driving the need for desalination. When combined with concerns regarding climate change and harmful impacts associated with fossil fuels, desalination powered by renewable energy should be considered as a necessary part of the solution.

  • San Fran’s Water Recycling Project Could Save 30 Million Gallons Per Year
    San Fran’s Water Recycling Project Could Save 30 Million Gallons Per Year

    San Francisco may be best known as a hotbed for the cultural changes of the 1960s and as a hub for some of today’s leading technologies. Now, it is bringing that cutting-edge reputation to bear in the water recycling space.

  • Kentucky Utility Spares Consumers From Bourbon Blast
    Kentucky Utility Spares Consumers From Bourbon Blast

    Following a fire at a major bourbon distillery in Kentucky this month, water treatment workers stepped up to keep a bad situation from becoming even worse.

  • Grading Pressure-Boosting Pump Efficiency — On A Curve
    Grading Pressure-Boosting Pump Efficiency — On A Curve

    Are your current pressure-boosting pumps the best design for your operating conditions? Are they maximizing value from your operating budget with peak efficiency? How can you know for sure, and what can you do if they are not? Here are some guidelines for evaluating performance efficiency in pressure-boosting applications and for choosing the best pump configurations for new or existing applications.

  • Factoring Temperature Into Water Chemistry Reading Accuracy
    Factoring Temperature Into Water Chemistry Reading Accuracy

    In water testing, readings that we believe to be reliable indicators are not always what they seem. Water that exhibits certain chemical or electrical characteristics at laboratory temperatures can provide entirely different readings in the field. Here is a quick review of what to look for in common water tests and why to consider automatic temperature compensation in the instruments used to collect them.

  • Climate Change And Nutrients: Forewarned Is Forearmed
    Climate Change And Nutrients: Forewarned Is Forearmed

    Rising temperatures and precipitation combined with increasing nutrient runoff from human activity are elevating challenges in water treatment efforts. In some cases, that means increased threats to drinking water quality. In others, it means increasingly stringent nutrient discharge levels. Either way, taking the nutrient monitoring battle out to the field can help in waging a better fight at the treatment plant.

  • Despite Potential Trump Veto, PFAS Amendment Passes House
    Despite Potential Trump Veto, PFAS Amendment Passes House

    The U.S. House has approved an amendment to the annual defense spending bill that would target per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

  • Defending Against Saltwater Intrusion
    Defending Against Saltwater Intrusion

    Are “ghost forests” a sign of things to come? Rising sea levels and superstorm tidal surges are already impacting coastal areas, with rising salinity levels affecting some drinking water sources. Coastal water utilities are not the only ones that have to worry about salinity, however, as high concentrations of winter storm road treatments, gas drilling, and mining can also generate elevated salinity levels in surface water sources.

  • Total Dissolved Solids: A Matter Of More Than Just Good Taste
    Total Dissolved Solids: A Matter Of More Than Just Good Taste

    Everyone wants good-tasting water, but most water treatment plants (WTPs) are hostages to the composition of their local source water supplies. One of the components involved in taste is total dissolved solids (TDS), which can affect both the acceptability of finished water taste and its likelihood to corrode or clog pipes and fixtures. Here’s how to quantify the problem and what to do about it if it is excessive.

  • 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.

  • History’s Largest-Ever Algal Bloom Approaches Florida Coast
    History’s Largest-Ever Algal Bloom Approaches Florida Coast

    For those in the drinking water and wastewater treatment space, the climbing temperatures in summer months can bring with them an obstacle that seems to get worse every year — harmful algal blooms.

  • Minimum Liquid Discharge – The Best Bang For Your Buck
    Minimum Liquid Discharge – The Best Bang For Your Buck

    Fresh water sources around the globe are becoming increasingly stressed due to population growth, industry use, and changing climate patterns.  These stresses drive the need to make the most out of every drop of water available.  Water treatment systems inherently produce a waste stream that contains contaminants removed during the treatment process.  This waste stream can often constitute 20-30% of the total water fed to the treatment system, representing a significant loss of a precious resource both in human and economic terms.  Minimizing this waste stream is a key part of the solution to solving the water crisis for both industry and people.

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  • Treatment Facilities Celebrate World Water Day

    Saturday, March 24th was a busy day at the Brightwater Clean-Water Treatment Facility in Woodinville, WA, just outside Seattle. The Utility’s Education and Community Center was full of family-oriented science experiments and art projects with organized tours of the wastewater treatment plant taking place throughout the day. All in recognition of International World Water Day which had occurred two days before.

  • Quantifying The Benefits Of High-Volume Meter Testing

    “I know that (blank) is good for me; I just haven’t gotten around to doing it yet!” Most of us can fill in that blank with any number of tasks — modifying diets, exercising, or monitoring commercial and industrial (C&I) water meter accuracy at our largest utility accounts. If that last item is still on your “to-do” list, here are several good reasons why you should do it and how to make it happen soon.

  • Outsourcing Water Management Versus Hiring At Industrial Plants
    Outsourcing Water Management Versus Hiring At Industrial Plants

    Water doesn’t directly drive profits at industrial plants, but it’s a crucial component of plant operations. Since properly treated water is required, plants must operate and maintain equipment to process their influent and effluent. There are a few options for handling water treatment onsite: hiring and delegating to employees, outsourcing to third-party vendors, or a combination of both. Here are some of the reasons why you might consider outsourcing your water management rather than hiring your own employees for it.

  • What's Next For Water Reuse?
    What's Next For Water Reuse?

    Steve Katz, Market Development Manager at SUEZ, explains how water reuse is being looked at differently today than it was even five years ago. Meanwhile, the stresses on water supply — increasing demand from industry and population growth, often in the face of drought — become more pressing with each passing year. Fortunately, water reuse is on the rise as public perception shifts and treatment technology advances.

  • Where’s The Fire? Industrial Uses For Fire Hydrant Meters
    Where’s The Fire? Industrial Uses For Fire Hydrant Meters

    There are many options for ensuring accurate billing of water used at established industrial customer locations. But how do municipalities or businesses keep track of water availability and use for intermittent applications or movable access points? We spoke with McCrometer, Inc.’s Marc Bennett for insight into how water utilities and industries can efficiently track and allocate water use for billing or internal accounting purposes in such ad hoc applications.

  • Enorsul Saneamento Optimizes Olinda’s Water Distribution System, Reducing Water Losses
    Enorsul Saneamento Optimizes Olinda’s Water Distribution System, Reducing Water Losses

    Olinda's water supply system comprised 8,205 pipes, as well as storage tanks, deep tubular wells, booster pumps, flow rate meters, and other components. Enorsul used WaterGEMS to create a hydraulic model of the system and run what-if scenarios to identify potential solutions and analyze the resulting hydraulic behavior. The project team compiled metering records, conducted field surveys, and collected documents, plans, and drawings to gain a better understanding of the system and network topology. Read the full case study to learn more.

  • Climate Change Report Identifies Myriad Needs For Water Industry

    The federal government recently released its fourth National Climate Assessment which focuses on the impact climate change will have on the U.S. economy over the next century. As mandated by the Global Change Research Act of 1990, the U.S. Global Change Research Program takes a comprehensive look at climate change and its effects on the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, human health and welfare, human social systems and biological diversity.

  • Smarter Spending: Using Data Analysis To Drive Infrastructure Investment Decisions
    Smarter Spending: Using Data Analysis To Drive Infrastructure Investment Decisions

    Data analysis around pipe condition, inflow & infiltration (I&I), and overflows can build a case for the approval of infrastructure funding in budget planning.

  • 5 Keys To Retail ISV Growth
    5 Keys To Retail ISV Growth

    Your success as an ISV is always related to how well the applications you develop meet the needs of your clients— but right now in retail, it’s absolutely crucial. Retail ISV growth depends on more than developing simple tools for merchants to use at the checkout or that allow them to accept payments made on a smartphone. Retailers need software solutions that meet the challenges of a rapidly changing, ultra-competitive industry. They need help in the fight to win customers and keep their loyalty. Retail ISV growth requires a deep understanding of the industry and the ability to develop applications that help retailers execute their business strategies.

  • Los Angeles Department Of Water And Power Uses GIS To Improve Water Incident Management
    Los Angeles Department Of Water And Power Uses GIS To Improve Water Incident Management

    While utilities use sophisticated systems to supply clean water as well as collect and treat wastewater, the effort to manage incidents and outages leaves room for improvement. Water utilities often rely on manual processes to handle customer reports of leaks, loss-of-service or quality issues. But in many cases, the manual approach can hamper the effort to correlate problem reports to specific assets and locations. The result can be slow response and subpar interaction with customers and other agencies. The solution has emerged from a parallel utility: electricity.

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High Potency Manufacturing High Potency Manufacturing

High potency manufacturing is an expanding field with a unique set of challenges. Safety remains a primary concern for those handling cytotoxic drug products, as well as the clinicians and patients down the line. Beyond safety, pharmaceutical companies need to plan ahead for how they will manufacture high potency drugs at scale, distributing the end-products worldwide with secure supply chains in place.

Overview Of ATC & Pfeiffer Vacuum CCIT Solutions Overview Of ATC & Pfeiffer Vacuum CCIT Solutions

ATC and Pfeiffer Vacuum offer a wide range of different leak testing methods to address the multitude of challenges within the pharmaceutical industry as there is no one solution that fits all different challenges connected to a specific product.

AeroTrak®+ Remote Particle Counters With Integrated Pump:  6000 Series AeroTrak®+ Remote Particle Counters With Integrated Pump: 6000 Series

TSI AeroTrak®+ Remote Particle Counters with Pump offer cleanroom professionals top-notch reliability and no-hassle operation in measuring a wide range of particle sizes, including a 6-channel model with upper size threshold of 25 µm. They are designed so that you have critical data at your fingertips—using second-by-second sampling—without worry of data interruption or potential data loss. The reliability of the laser technology inside cannot be challenged as TSI offers the industry’s best laser warranty coverage ever—5 years. All models comply with the stringent requirements set forth in the latest ISO 21501-4 calibration standard.

Versa Rx High-Accuracy, High-Rate Checkweigher Versa Rx High-Accuracy, High-Rate Checkweigher

The Thermo Scientific Versa Rx checkweigher provides superior quality to meet the most demanding performance standards.

FlexControl FlexControl

Behind all of Schreiber’s patented methods for biological wastewater treatment, our process controls provide users with the ability to run their operations. FlexControl monitors and controls the chemistry used by your biological reactor throughout all three phases of wastewater treatment: oxic, anoxic and anaerobic. Its flexible design allows you to adapt quickly to changing conditions like seasonal capacity demands, increases in municipal population, permit modifications and much more—without the expense of reprogramming your system or purchasing new equipment.

Water Distribution Modeling & Management Water Distribution Modeling & Management

Improve the performance and cost-effectiveness of your water distribution network.

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  • We Use Satellites To Measure Water Scarcity
    We Use Satellites To Measure Water Scarcity

    Determining whether a region has sufficient water to satisfy the needs of people who live there is a complicated and imperfect process. Our research team has developed a new approach to measure water scarcity by using satellites hundreds of miles in space.

  • 4 Benefits Of Utilizing Reverse Osmosis Wastewater Treatment For Reuse
    4 Benefits Of Utilizing Reverse Osmosis Wastewater Treatment For Reuse

    When a municipality or business wants to reuse their wastewater, some applications require more treatment than others due to the quality of the wastewater. Many standard wastewater treatment systems consist of pretreatment, primary treatment, and secondary treatment stages. By the end of the secondary stage, a majority of the pollutants, solids, organics, inorganics, and metals have been removed or reduced. This is where reverse osmosis wastewater treatment can be utilized in a third stage process.

  • Wildfires: How Do They Affect Our Water Supplies?
    Wildfires: How Do They Affect Our Water Supplies?

    Wildfire is a natural part of many ecosystems, but recently these fires have become more severe, burning more acres and causing destruction in the western parts of the United States. Recently, U.S. EPA researchers have begun to look at the impact of these fires on our water supply, the natural resource we depend on for drinking, irrigation, fishing, and recreation.

  • Drilling Deeper Wells Is A Band-Aid Solution To U.S. Groundwater Woes
    Drilling Deeper Wells Is A Band-Aid Solution To U.S. Groundwater Woes

    With memories of the wettest U.S. spring on record still fresh, it seems strange to hear that in many parts of the nation, groundwater supplies — the water stored underneath our feet, in rocks, and sediments — are lower than normal. This includes places with wet climates, such as southern Georgia, coastal Maryland, and Cleveland.

  • Moving Forward On Desalination
    Moving Forward On Desalination

    A Q&A with scientist Jeff Urban, who explains forward osmosis and how Berkeley Lab is pushing the frontiers of this emerging technology

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  • Patient Centric Monitoring: Preventing And Learning From Mistakes
    Patient Centric Monitoring: Preventing And Learning From Mistakes

    When validating the 1,000,000 data points that compose the typical Phase III trial, focusing on errors that don’t matter easily leads to wasted resources. Human Factor Analysis (HFA) uses uniquely structured datasets to reveal underlying behaviors and factors that are otherwise difficult for humans to sense or reconstruct, but ultimately are the root cause of an incident. Read how HFA can be incorporated into risk-based monitoring as a useful approach for protecting your clinical data.

  • Detecting Needles And Wire In Food Manufacturing
    Detecting Needles And Wire In Food Manufacturing

    This paper will examine foreign object detection in adulteration events, including the detection challenges of finding very small contaminants, in a complex and fast-moving, global supply chain.

  • How Harmful Algal Blooms Can Affect Your Water Treatment Plant
    How Harmful Algal Blooms Can Affect Your Water Treatment Plant

    Headlines in 2018 were dominated by the red tide along Florida’s Gulf Coast, which persisted for months, causing human respiratory illnesses, the deaths of dozens of Florida’s beloved dolphins and manatees, and hundreds of millions of dollars in lost tourism revenue and cleanup costs. Here are insights on how to forestall becoming the next city to make national headlines related to harmful algal blooms.

  • 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.

  • Harmful Algal Bloom Threats To Potable Water: Establishing Resilience
    Harmful Algal Bloom Threats To Potable Water: Establishing Resilience

    Changing climate and other environmental conditions are intensifying the frequency and severity of harmful algal blooms (HABs). Here are important guidelines to understanding HAB causes and impacts to potable water treatment plants — including dealing with the algal biomass, remnants of decaying algal cells, and especially the secondary metabolites that the algae produce, such as taste and odor compounds and toxins.

  • Hydrant Humor: Tales From The Field
    Hydrant Humor: Tales From The Field

    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.

  • How To Introduce New Products Into The Water Space: A Case Study
    How To Introduce New Products Into The Water Space: A Case Study

    Innovation is vital in the water industry and continually moving ahead is a must — even if the company you're trying to surpass is your own. By listening to a wide range of customers and distribution chain partners, Mazzei Injector Company upgraded its revolutionary Pipeline Flash Reactor (PFR) and introduced it to the marketplace with great impact.

  • Mapping Assets For Resilience And Response In Emergencies
    Mapping Assets For Resilience And Response In Emergencies

    Among utilities concerned about resilience and response in natural disasters or other emergencies, precise asset inventory and mapping are high priorities. In truth, there is value in having the same information for everyday purposes as well. For anyone who has ever had a problem locating or tracking key water or wastewater system assets, here are several good reasons and ways to avoid a last-minute scramble.

  • Balancing The Yin And Yang Of Water Pressure

    All the effort and expense required to produce high-quality water can be for naught if the distribution system cannot maintain appropriate pressure to deliver it efficiently, at a reliable flow rate. Simply pumping more pressure into the system is not the answer. Learn how new pressure monitoring options make it easier to track pressure in every zone to deliver customer satisfaction at peak energy efficiency.

  • On Site But Out Of Mind… Getting Extra Mileage Out Of Your Disinfection System
    On Site But Out Of Mind… Getting Extra Mileage Out Of Your Disinfection System

    Using on-site sodium hypochlorite generation technology to make oxidant for water and wastewater treatment is cost-effective, safe, and environmentally responsible. But, as with any piece of equipment, choosing the right one and caring for it properly impacts both life cycle costs and effectiveness. We talked with David McWalters, Field Service Manager-Americas, De Nora, to learn more.

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