November 2010, Vol. 22, No.11


The oil-spill cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico is receiving a boost from Thompson Pump Co. (Port Orange, Fla.). The company has mobilized its emergency response team to provide pumping equipment, supplies, manpower, and tactical knowledge to areas devastated by the oil spill.

Once the extent and location of the potential damages were ascertained, the company began supplying pumps and equipment throughout areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida currently or imminently affected by the oil spill. The company’s emergency response team is skimming in both deep and shallow waters throughout the gulf, as well as in rivers and streams in the bayous and marshes, in order to help minimize the devastation. As many as 100 pumps, along with hoses and specialized skimming devices, were slated to be deployed to facilitate oil containment, recovery, and transfer.


The newly constructed $120 million Bluetongue Brewery in New South Wales (Australia) features a state-of-the-art water recovery plant, which targets best-practice water reuse standards. The water recovery plant also provides renewable energy for the brewery, reducing its dependence on fossil fuels.

The system — which was designed as a model for food and beverage plants globally — was installed by a partnership of CST Wastewater Solutions (Lane Cove, New South Wales) and Global Water Engineering (GWE; Bruges, Belgium).

Several pretreatment steps prepare the brewery’s wastewater for anaerobic digestion. Then, the wastewater enters a GWE ANUBIX-B anaerobic methane reactor in which its organic content is digested and converted into biogas. The biogas is collected and reused as renewable energy to power the brewery’s boiler. The effluent continues on to an aerobic post-treatment stage, where organic content is further reduced by GWE’s proprietary MEMBROX membrane biological reactor system. After reverse-osmosis polishing and disinfection, the effluent is stored for reuse.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $768,000 grant to Iola, Kan., to fund improvements to the city’s sewer system.

The purpose of the project is to repair and replace approximately 1200 m (40,000 ft) of existing sewer that is deteriorating due to age. This will reduce wastewater overflows to local streams, blockages that can cause wastewater backups into buildings, and pavement failures above collapsing pipes. The grant will partially fund the construction project, which is estimated to cost $2.6 million.


The City of Ashville, N.C., has begun a program to improve operational efficiency and customer service by using automated meter reading for 52,000 connections. The city chose to install Hot Rod automated meter-reading modules and water meters. The modules, manufactured by Mueller Systems (Atlanta), contain transmitters that enable the utility to capture drive-by meter readings, and the open architecture of the system makes it compatible with other brands of encoded meters that utilities may already have installed. The system also is compatible with a separate communications network that automates the meter-reading-to-billing process.


The national water agency of Singapore, PUB, during the summer officially opened its first Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) project at Pandan Reservoir. PUB launched the ABC Waters program in April 2006 to transform Singapore into a city of gardens and water by turning a vast network of drains, canals, and reservoirs into beautiful streams, rivers, and lakes. Under the program, nine projects are currently under way, with seven scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

The Pandan Reservoir ABC Waters project was one of three projects being implemented by Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.) following the company’s development of the ABC Waters master plan.

A key feature of the project was the new Amenities Centre for water sports, which will be home to three national sport associations in Singapore: Singapore Canoe Federation, Singapore Sailing Federation (in conjunction with the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club), and Singapore Rowing Association.


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