Water Environment & Technology (WE&T) is the premier magazine for the water quality field. WE&T provides information on what professionals demand: cutting-edge technologies, innovative solutions, operations and maintenance, regulatory and legislative impacts, and professional development.
WEFTEC 2012 picks up the pace
Everyone at WEFTEC® 2012 in New Orleans had to move quickly to see it all. Between Sept. 29 and Oct. 3, more than 17,400 water professionals visited 980 exhibits and chose among more than 1000 presentations in 148 technical sessions, 24 workshops, and seven local facility tours.
In addition, several special offerings targeted specific audiences.
Transforming wastewater solids into ‘gold’ through incineration
Alchemists of the Middle Ages sought the magic of converting ordinary materials to gold. The alchemists of the 21st century seek something similar, but the new “gold” is energy — particularly green energy. Effective use of incineration to reduce the volume of wastewater solids updates the zero-energy aspirations of the modern alchemist, while sound science and engineering negate the need for magic. Energy production is feasible today with wastewater solids incineration.
Operations Challenge 2012
At the 25th annual competition, Virginia’s Terminal Velocity wins third Division 1 title and South Carolina’s ReWa Blackwater Bruisers debut as Division 2 champs; and teams talk about the perfect recipe for a winning team.
Brewers getting crafty about reducing water, energy use
When a major brewer wants to cut water or energy consumption, it might invest in next-generation anaerobic digestion systems or study ways to wring new savings from its supply chain.
A craft brewer, on the other hand, might simply change the nozzles on its bottle-cleaning equipment.
Coming in the next issue:
Tried and true
Along with the holidays come the TV commercials for all of the newest, fastest, greatest, and most perfect gifts. It’s not until January rolls around that some use and trial and error reveal which of those gadgets are truly useful.
The same goes for technology and equipment related to water treatment. The January issue examines several cases where different types of automation and controls have proven themselves.
For example, read about how a California utility put into place real-time control of solids retention time to help provide a more consistent food to microorganism ratio as well as to control Nocardia blooms. The plant tested four types of self-cleaning total suspended solids analyzers to find the one that would work best and then coupled that to solids retention time control software. The results are promising.
Technology also can help manage data beyond treatment processes. In Michigan, a utility implemented a condition-based maintenance plan based on a computerized maintenance management system. The system incorporates real-time data into assessments about the health of equipment so that maintenance work can be done when it is actually necessary — not according to a rigid schedule.
A Florida estuary program used technology to take a wider view. The program turned to a collaborative data management system that uses geographic information systems to collate extensive collaboration among stakeholders, including state and federal regulators, local municipalities, scientists, and local industry. In addition to collecting the data, the tool enables users and the public to see progress on local water quality.
Also in January
- WE&T’s annual State of the Industry report
- Nutrient management challenges in Canada
- Better coatings standards protect welded steel tanks
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