Women in the Water and Wastewater Industry

As a woman working in the water industry, I have been wondering what draws other women to this exciting field. How many are we? How do we impact the industry? For me, the spark occurred after graduating from Engineering School some time ago and embarking on a solo 3-month backpacking trip across South America and […]

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SANTA CLAUS’ WASTEWATER LIST: NAUGHTY AND NICE

At this time of year as we celebrate with family and friends the holiday season we need to remember our friends in the sewer systems and wastewater treatment facilities. As we sleep at night and throughout the day’s activities our sewers are flowing to a wastewater treatment facility near you. We celebrate the holidays and […]

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DRYING SLUDGE WITH CONCENTRATED SOLAR POWER

Sludge management, a complex challenge Sludge management originating from wastewater treatment plants has always been a highly complex, costly activity and quite dangerous. If poorly executed, the environmental and sanitary advantages may be jeopardized. (von Sperling, M and Andreoli, C.V., 2007, in Sludge Treatment and Disposal, IWA publishing, London UK.) A new approach using concentrated […]

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How Captain FOG has become a renowned advocate in the wastewater business?

In the city of London, Ontario, Canada, Fat, oils and greases (FOG) represent 40% of sewer blockages and can lead to what is known as fatbergs. Can you imagine how much FOG accounts for in your city? Barry Orr, also known as Captain FOG, is an experienced wastewater operator, who dedicated his life to protecting […]

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Membrane Training Taking It Into Our Own Hands

Bud Ervin Water Treatment Plant in Mansfield, TX   Imagine you’re 16 years old, mom and dad buy you a brand new Lamborghini, throw you the keys and say “good luck.” That feeling of terror mixed with excitement is how my operators and I felt when we were given our new multi-million dollar Pall low-pressure […]

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MANGANESE DIOXIDE MEDIA FOR IRON, MANGANESE, AND HYDROGEN SULFIDE REMOVAL

Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), and Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) can present a very complex challenge to drinking water treatment. The combination of these contaminants is sometimes referred to as the “troublesome trio.” In Canada and the United States the maximum permitted concentration in drinking water is 0.3 ppm for iron, 0.05 ppm for manganese and hydrogen […]

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LEAK DETECTION: THE BENEFITS OF DISTRICT METERING

This article compares two common operating practices used to track network flows and volumes and demonstrates why district metering is more effective in detecting network leaks. At first glance, it might seem cheaper and easier to monitor your network using data obtained solely from meters—usually this means minimum flows and volumes. Let’s take the example […]

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APPRECIATING THE VALUE OF WATER

APPRECIATING THE VALUE OF WATER Turning on a faucet and getting clean, treated water seems like a mundane activity. Most people take for granted how much effort and skill is required to produce drinking water. But without treated water, there is no coffee, no beer, showers, laundry or toilets. On October 12, the Value of […]

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WHAT MAKES A GOOD OPERATOR? – ONE MAN’S OPINION

  I’m often asked, “What makes a good operator?”, which is very difficult to pin down as there are so many good operators out there, and no two are the same. At this point, no doubt, an operator is going to send me a photograph of him and his twin brother. The most important thing […]

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WELL-TRAVELLED WATER ENGINEER FINDS UNIQUE CHALLENGES AT EVERY SYSTEM

Hayat Raza brings experience from half-way around the world to his water career. He grew up in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia which has the world’s largest Independent Water and Power Project (IWPP) that produces 800,000 m3 of water daily. His early exposure to the largest desalination processing plants using Multi Flash Distillation (MFD) and reverse osmosis […]

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WHO UPDATES DRINKING WATER QUALITY GUIDELINES

  The World Health Organization (WHO) issued an addendum to its fourth edition of the 2011 Drinking-water Quality (GDWQ) in February 2017. GDWQ, which includes guideline levels for chemical contaminants in drinking water, is meant to serve as a health based framework for the water quality standards around the world and is recognized as the […]

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FLUKSAQUA COMMUNITY HELP FOR HURRICANE HARVEY WATER AND WASTEWATER UTILITIES IN TEXAS

The images from Hurricane Harvey can hardly convey the devastating impact this storm has had in Southcentral and Southeast Texas communities. In addition, Louisiana is facing torrential rains. The damage unleashed by this storm will be felt for years but as the rain subsides, communities are already starting to try and rebuild. Everyone has the […]

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