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The power of disruptive thinking
2014 Keynote Speaker Luke Williams will help the water sector thrive in a
year, WEFTEC® offers up innovative speakers at its Opening General
Session (OGS) to help attendees consider not only their roles in the water
industry, but also their roles in the world at large. This year, Luke Williams,
a bestselling author and professor at the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship
& Innovation at New York University (New York), will deliver the OGS
keynote address at WEFTEC 2014 in New Orleans on Monday, Sept. 29. During his
presentation, Williams will “help water professionals learn how to thrive in an
era of constant change by encouraging a new approach to innovation leadership
that rejects conventional wisdom in favor of counterintuitive ideas and
solutions that can more efficiently and sustainably address evolving, and often
unpredictable, water management challenges.”
Before, during, and after a natural disaster strikes,
operations sites should have a plan in place to execute a comprehensive and
flexible response to protect staff and critical assets. The growing consensus
in the scientific community points to an escalation in the frequency and
intensity of severe weather events due to climate change. News reports provide
an almost daily reminder about the wide range of natural disasters that have
the potential to affect communities.
Six lessons in public outreach
Have you ever felt like local citizens don’t
understand your treatment facility? Have you ever thought that if the public
knew how hard you and your crew worked, they would be a lot more appreciative
of the advanced wastewater and water treatment processes in place that keep
their lives flowing?
WRRDA bill and WIFIA program signed into law by president
New funding option to provide dollars for water and
Water sector advocates who pushed for a new federal funding
mechanism for water and wastewater infrastructure saw their goal come to
fruition in June when President Barack Obama signed the Water Resources Reform
and Development Act (WRRDA) or H.R. 3080. The bill includes authorization for
the creation of a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA).
Coming in the next issue:
Whether the goal is reducing nutrient concentrations or
energy use or whether it’s some other process goal, accurate measurement
coupled with operational knowhow makes all the difference. The October issue
dives into these matters of precision, accuracy, reliability, and results.
For example, in the article, “Turning BNR lemons into
lemonade,” Great Lakes and Midwest communities further develop and adapt
nutrient-control strategies, leveraging fundamental mechanisms of biological
nutrient removal to turn traditional cold- and wet-weather process constraints
into operator-friendly and cost-effective designs.
Likewise, “Traditional techniques, exceptional results”
examines reducing effluent total nitrogen (TN) to low levels using conventional
strategies, such as enhanced nutrient removal and denitrification filters.
These processes often can reliably remove TN to 3 mg/L on an annual average
basis. Water resource recovery facilities should understand and recognize the
conditions that facilitate meeting of low nutrient limits.
The article, “Once I was blind, but now I can see,”
describes the advantages of a reliable and accurate solids meter for optimizing
solids treatment. With the continuous measurements from this new tool, the
facility’s centrifuges thicken solids to optimal percent solids, thereby
reducing operating costs and minimizing operator involvement.
If measuring this type of process data is good, transmitting
it to the people and places where the decisions are made is even better. The
authors of the article on automated processes and monitoring, “Reliable remote
control,” discuss how new developments in telemetry mean better service and
data. Telemetry is a necessary part of wastewater facility operation. With the
push to become more energy efficient, cut costs, and gather data for regulatory
compliance and process control, many upgrades to treatment processes also
require an upgrade in instrumentation, controls, and telemetry.
Obtaining, understanding, acting on good data makes the
difference between a good water resource recovery facility and an exemplary
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