Water Treatment & Testing

  • To screen or not to screen?

  • California is not Alone

    Many other coastal states, such as Florida, Texas, Hawaii, Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Louisiana face unprecedented drought and shortages of traditional water resources such as lakes, fresh water aquifers, and rivers.

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    Sea of Life

    The California desalination initiative is expected to yield more than 20 new projects statewide that would supply 400 to 500 mgd of new drinking water by 2020 and provide up to 10% of the state's total water demand by 2030.

  • Water Treatment goes Green

    Gone are the days when “green building” meant modest structures made with recycled products. The term now applies to modern marvels of construction in all areas of public infrastructure.

  • Virginia WTP breaks new ground

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    Plant gets double dose of excellence

    Although it's still under construction, Scottsdale, Ariz.'s Chaparral Water Treatment Plant has already garnered two awards: for design and for public art.

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    Water treatment plant lauded

    Water treatment company Severn Trent Services has honored the Ralph Brennan Water Treatment Plant in Daytona Beach, Fla., for switching from gaseous chlorine disinfection to using onsite sodium hypochlorite-generating technology to disinfect water for the city's 100,000 residents.

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    Limited space, unlimited potential

    Renovating and expanding a 75-year-old facility into a modern, state-of-the-art purification facility while maintaining the flavor of the existing architecture isn't as easy as it sounds, but it can be done.

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    Getting the lead out

    Elevated levels of lead in Washington, D.C.'s drinking water became national news in 2004, reviving interest in a public health issue that had largely faded from the media spotlight since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in 1991. Although most...

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    Is there a chemist in the house?

    When you visit a water plant, what image are you left with? Depending on your experience, you may envision a building pulsating with the noise of pumps and motors; a vast array of tanks filled with water; or a large room of pipes and computer screens with red, green, or yellow lights. When I enter...

  • No limits on many contaminants

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    Finding funding for a water project

    In 2000. Mason City, Iowa, began planning an upgrade of its water treatment system in order to meet the regulations established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Final Radionuclide Rule. Until the new standard became effective on Dec. 8, 2003, the city's treatment for drinking water had...

  • Desalination development pushed

    Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., has introduced legislation to increase the federal government's role in developing desalination plants.

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    Replenishing ground water

    Despite the recent dramatic rains in California. Orange County remains in the midst of a prolonged drought affecting the entire Western United States. And with projections for large population increases of up to 500,000 people by 2020, combined with other environmental and political factors, Orange...

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    Company launches desalination research

    Black & Veatch, Overland Park, Kan., is leading a research project—sponsored jointly by the Awwa Research Foundation and the California Energy Commission—to develop a treatment process that reduces the cost and energy consumption for inland desalination with zero liquid discharge (ZLD). The team...

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    Largest North American drinking water plant opens

  • EPA unveils new lead testing program

  • MTBE analyses predict high cleanup costs

    Two new studies predict the costs to remove methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) contamination from public drinking water systems across the United States. Costs are likely to be in the range of $25 billion to $33.2 billion and could be as high as $85 billion. The studies are commissioned by the...

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    Wet weather tools

    A downpour can elicit many emotions, but only those in public works think of rain in terms of overloaded sewers and surcharged manholes. Sometimes even the forecast of rain can bring about visions of backed-up basements, overflowing inlets, and angry citizens.

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    Reaching to the Pacific

    Seawater desalination is riding a rising tide of interest as many municipalities and utilities in drought-stricken southern California are turning to the ocean as a source of more reliable and drought-proof water. Less than a dozen small seawater desalination plants are operating in California.


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