May 2013, Vol. 5, No.25


Product Focus: Potable water

Purification systems 

The arium® pro ultrapure water
system, arium advance pure water system, and arium comfort combination systems
generate Type 1 to Type 3 ultrapure and pure water, delivering the right water
quality for any laboratory application. Integrated ultraviolet lamps prevent
microbiological growth, reducing total organic carbon to a minimum. Water is
free of microorganisms if a Sartopore® 2 sterilizing-grade filter is
used. All functions can be controlled by touch-activated display. The systems
are available as bench-top, wall-mounted, or built-in units that provide
various dispensing options and offer flexibility for integration into any
laboratory environment. Sartorius AG (Goettingen, Germany).

Onsite reactor 

The Ferrator® is the first patented
onsite ferrate reactor for municipal and industrial water and wastewater
cleanup applications. The chemical can be delivered continuously in significant
quantities for treatment processes to remove or inactivate toxic metals,
pesticides, drugs, hormones, and other industrial toxins found in drinking
water and wastewater. The reactor reduces the cost of producing ferrate by more
than 90%, can be scaled for any application, and easily retrofits into existing
infrastructure by piping to and from a self-contained unit. Ferrate Treatment Technologies LLC (Orlando, Fla.).

Turbidity meter 

The Compact Turbimeter enables field testing
for turbidity and total suspended solids in drinking water, wastewater, and
surface water. The device includes the QuadoptiX™ optical bench, which uses two
independent turbidity measurement systems for dual validation, providing accurate
readings of samples with settling matter. The system also features several
operating modes, including continuous measurement, averaging, and suspended
solids. It has a high resolution of 0.01 NTU in the zero-to-1 NTU range, and a
wide range of zero-to-1050 NTU, with results available in other units. The
meter is waterproof to IP 67 and conforms to ISO 7027 standards. Palintest
(Erlanger, Ky.).

Ultrafiltration system 

AltaPac™ ultrafiltration package system is designed as an economical ultrafiltration
membrane treatment system that is both easy-to-use and simple-to-install. This
versatile system can process flows up to 100 gal/min on surface waters and 180
gal/min on ground waters. The system can be upgraded by simply installing an
additional module and changing the flow set point. The fully functional,
self-contained skids have all of the features and benefits of the full-scale
AltaFilter™, including automated operation and daily integrity tests. The
AltaPac™ contains all the components necessary for a complete and operable
potable water treatment system. WesTech (Salt Lake

Membrane adhesives 

UR3577 and UR3577LV polyurethane adhesives for spiral-wound membrane
bonding have been certified by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to
NSF/American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard 61 — Drinking Water
System Components — Health Effects. These adhesives also have been tested and
certified by NSF to NSF/ANSI 61, Annex G, and comply with California Health and
Safety Code Sec. 116875 (commonly known as AB 1953) and Vermont Act 193. The
UR3577 products are designed to reduce leak-test failures in spiral-wound
membrane bonding. The LV version is a low-viscosity version that gravity-feeds
well for equipment that requires this setup. Both versions have a 1:1 mix ratio
and can be used for most water-filtration spiral-wound membrane applications,
including reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, and ultrafiltration. H.B.
Fuller Co.
(St. Paul, Minn.).

pH meter 

The PH-1 accessory (patent filed) plugs into a
standard Apple dock connector and uses a Sensorex pH electrode to measure pH
with accuracy to 0.01 pH. The free app displays pH, millivolts, ambient
temperature, and solution temperature in real time. The CE-marked device
supports one, two, three, or more calibration points and sends readings via
e-mail for later analysis. When used with a GPS-enabled device, the pH meter
app will record measurements with time stamp and geographic coordinates,
eliminating transcription errors and improving efficiency. Powered from the
Apple device, the meter requires no supplemental energy source. Its pH
measurement range is zero to 14, and it operates in ambient temperatures of 0°C
to 40°C, in solutions of 0°C to 100°C. Data history can be grouped by date or location
and exported individually or in comma-separated value format via e-mail. Sensorex
(Garden Grove, Calif.).

Microcystin analysis 

Application Note details the development for analysis of microcystins in
drinking water by direct injection on EVOQ EliteTM
liquid-chromatography mass-spectrometer triple quadrupole. Microcystins are
cyclic heptapeptides produced by cyanobacteria in lakes and reservoirs that
undergo seasonal algal bloom. Microcystin is considered toxic to animals and
humans, with widespread adoption of World Health Organization guidelines of 1
µg/L in drinking water. The application detects parts per billion
concentrations of microcystins. Bruker Chemical and Applied
(Fremont, Calif.).


The Microtox®
M500 analyzer is a laboratory-based, temperature-controlled, self-calibrating
photometer that measures acute toxicity. The analyzer is a biosensor-based
measurement system that uses bioluminescence technology to monitor for either
accidental or deliberate contamination of both water supplies and wastewater.
The system is the industry standard for rapid toxicity screening and analysis.
The DeltaTox® II is the portable toxicity analyzer used with the
Microtox® technology. Modern Water
(Guildford, England).

Disinfection system 

The Director™
III Clearwell Bafflesupgrade the performance of new or existing
clearwell disinfection systems to meet the contact time requirements contained
in the Safe Drinking Water Act. The system is manufactured from high-quality
thermoplastic for use with potable water and meets the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and NSF Standard 61 for use in public drinking water systems.
It is custom-built for problem-free installation and dependable service. Environetics Inc. (Lockport, Ill.).


The Series DTFW Variable-Area Flowmeter for
liquids measures water flow rates with ±2% full-scale accuracy. The durable
metal construction ensures great compatibility and strength to withstand
pressures up to 3000 lb/in.2. It is available in 0.25-, 0.5-, and
1-in. connections, with construction choices of high-quality brass or stainless
steel. It comes precalibrated for horizontal in-line mounting. Dwyer
(Michigan City, Ind.).

Gas monitor 

The Dräger X-am 5100 is designed to detect hydrogen fluoride,
hydrogen chloride, hydrogen peroxide, and hydrazine reactive gases. The monitor
is suited for monitoring alkylation units in the petrochemical industry,
checking hydrogen fluoride during the injection process for the extraction of
crude oil, testing hydrogen peroxide during the bleaching process in
pulp-and-paper production, monitoring sterilization units used in the medical
field, and monitoring hydrazine used for propulsion. The special design
prevents reactive gases from depositing on the housing (gas adsorption). Direct
gas entry to the sensor, fast sensor response times, and precise measurement
results are ensured. Audible, visual, and vibration alarms alert users. The
monitor is protected against dust and water ingress, and has an IP 54 rating. Dräger


Water Information Management Solution (WIMS™) data management
software enables access over the Internet from any Windows mobile device,
tablet, or personal computer. The software is suited for managing and reporting
data to regulatory agencies. Other features include a central, secured
database; built-in equations management for complex calculations;
troubleshooting tools to ensure that data are verified; regulatory and internal
reporting templates; and customizable dashboards and features. The software has
simple setup requirements, remote access, and the ability to share information.
(Loveland, Colo.).

LCD encoder           

The high-resolution
electronic LCD encoder is fully electronic, solid-state, and
field-programmable. The system features an easy-to-read high-resolution
nine-digit LCD display. The display toggles between nine digits, six digits,
rate of flow, and meter model. Status indicators and alarms are sent as part of
the high-resolution encoded output for endpoints capable of receiving extended
messages. All encoders come factory-programmed to customer order
specifications. Utilities also may program the unit of measure, meter type,
meter model, billing units, and rate-of-flow parameters. A tamper-resistant
seal screw prohibits unauthorized removal of the encoder, and the internal
sensors can detect and report attempted encoder removal, as well as magnetic
interference. Badger Meter (Milwaukee).

High-flow resin 

Kynar® 705 resin is designed to meet the
low-viscosity requirements of multifilament extrusion while providing high
tenacity, low overall gel content, and resistance to abrasion and aggressive
chemical environments, even at high temperature. The resin fibers can be woven
into cloth products used for filtration media in water and chemical
applications, as well as fabrics for mesh screens and common PVDF components.
Other potential applications for the resin’s woven and nonwoven textiles
include air and gas filtration, battery separators, and chemical cleanup. It is
easy to clean and provides up to 10 times longer life than conventional
nonfluorinated filter media. Arkema Inc. (King of
Prussia, Pa.).

Universal transmitter 

The Model T80Universal Transmitter
is a single-channel transmitter designed for continuous measurement of multiple
parameters in a general purpose industrial environment. It provides a
versatile, easy-to-use solution for all liquid analytical measurements, and the
plug-and-play capabilities simplify daily operations and maintenance. The
transmitter digitally communicates with any ECD Model S80 Intelligent Sensor
and automatically configures the transmitter’s menus and display screens to the
measured parameter. Electro-Chemical Devices Inc. (Irvine,

Recycling system 

The In-House TRU TEMP® black-oxide system is
designed to operate while utilizing almost no rinsewater by using the Near-ZeroTM
Water Recycling System. Not only can users benefit from the low operating
temperature, but the system also saves as much as 99.5%, compared with a
conventional flowing-rinse system. The system enables users to recycle and
reuse the water in the rinse tanks for a month. The system is useful where
normal water and city sewer services are not easily accessed. It can be
installed on a new process line or added to an existing line as a retrofit. Birchwood
(Eden Prairie, Minn.).

Fracking kit 

The fracking kit measures increased concentrations of barium,
chloride, nickel, sulfate, bromide, and potassium ions, as well as turbidity and
changes in acidity. There are no messy, complicated procedures to follow and no
toxic chemicals to dispose of. The kit consists of a LabNavigator (required for
all measurements), a full-range heavy-duty pH sensor, a turbidity sensor, a
conductivity sensor, and a user’s guide for the nonchemist. It works by simply
connecting one or more of the sensors to the LabNavigator, ensuring accuracy by
using one of the included nontoxic standards, dipping the sensor into a sample
of well water, and pressing a button. The system stores the test results for
future use. The digital readout on the LabNavigator shows results in an
instant. Forston Labs (Fort Collins, Colo.).


Sitrans LUT400 series
ultrasonic controllers are designed with 1-mm (0.04-in.) measuring accuracy.
The compact, single-point controllers continuously monitor and control levels
in liquid, solid, or slurry applications for a wide range of industries. The
controllers are available in three models: the Sitrans LUT420 Level Controller;
the Sitrans LUT430 Level, Pump, and Flow Controller; and the Sitrans LUT440
High Accuracy Open Channel Monitor, which also provides a full suite of
advanced level, volume, and pump controls. The series is suitable for an array
of applications, including those used in water and wastewater treatment
facilities, manufacturing processes, and industrial storage. Siemens Industry Automation Division (Atlanta).

Replacement tank 

The Z8106 Pressure-Assist
Replacement Tank is designed to retrofit Sloan 1.6-gal-per-flush Flushmate® III
tanks. The tank is safe and dependable, with a reinforced-fiber composite tank
and a dual-pressure protection system that prevents pressure buildup of more
than 50 lb/in.2. The tank eliminates leaking between flushes and
operates with less than 2 lb of force, allowing for maximum efficiency. Powered
by EcoFlush and backed by a 10-year warranty, the tank is guaranteed to provide
years of trouble-free performance. Zurn Industries
(Erie, Pa.).

Package plant 

The prefabricated package
plant is compact, easily installed above or below ground, skid-mounted or
trailer-configured, with easy delivery and installation. Some key benefits
of the systems are low maintenance and factory preassembly and testing. The
plant can be configured with any biofilm processes at flows up to 100,000
gal/d. Processes include but are not limited to complete fixed-film activated
sludge, complete-mix fixed film, and continuous flow–intermittent cleaning. The
processes treat industrial and municipal wastewaters and remove organics, as
well as nitrify and denitrify. Biowater
Technology USA LLC

Pulseless pumps 

Model M6 and M50
liquid-handling pumps are designed to handle liquids and/or gases, producing a
bidirectional pulseless flow with a range of more than 6 orders of magnitude (5
nL/min to 5 mL/min for the M6 pump; 1 µL/min to 25 mL/min for the M50 pump).
The pumps offer better performance and eliminate the need for refill cycles and
syringe changes. They are self-priming and tolerant of any gas that may find
its way into the fluid lines. There is no separate fill cycle, and the capacity
is unlimited. The RS-232 and RS-485 communication protocols are incorporated
into the microprocessor-driven controller. Valco Instruments Co. Inc.


Sodium hypochlorite pump 

The 620 hypochlorite pump
features off-gassing to prevent vapor lock while maintaining ±0.1% accuracy in hypochlorite metering. The
pump delivers flow rates at pump-head speeds that don’t compromise tube life.
With its extended performance, it can reliably deliver 50% more flow. The pump
provides a control ratio of 1 million:1. The pump handles harsh chemicals in
the water and wastewater treatment industry, including sodium hypochlorite,
ferric chloride, sodium bisulfate, aluminum, fluoride, carbon and lime
slurries, polymers, aqueous ammonia, potassium permanganate, and caustic
slurries. With no valves or seals to clog, it requires minimal maintenance. Watson–Marlow (Wilmington, Mass.).

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