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The facts behind Environmental
Science & Engineering
Never before has so much
concern been expressed about environmental
degradation. Both the public and politicians are demand ing strong remedial action and this concern has translated into a $2.4
billion market annually in Canada. And never before has such absolute
nonsense been spouted by non technical people on many impor tant issues.
The scientists and engineers, who have given Canada an environ mental system the world might envy - albeit with many imperfec tions - are ignored in favour of selfproclaimed 'researchers' more skilled in garnering headlines than in the basic environmental sciences.
Yes, we know that our environ
problems; but these must be tackled by innovative engineering, based on a solid grasp of engineering fun
We don't inherit the land, we borrow it from our children. Engineersand scien tists share a heavy responsibility to preserve our environment for future generations.
GWWA. Reflecting CWWA's char acter, his board comprises represen tatives from across Ganada. Robert
Ferguson, Metro-Toronto's Deputy Commissioner of Works and A1
the clamour of the mob. We should
Schwinghamer, City Engineer, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, are Vice Presidents with Gerard LePage, City Manager,Pierrefonds, Quebec, serving as Secretary-Treasurer. We intend to follow closely and report on the progress of this new national body.
not be too surprised at this. As a
It is also vital that scientists have
damentals. And yes, public input into environmental decision mak
ing is vital. But the fact remains that the voices of the real experts in the field are too often drowned out by
writer once observed,
'when there is a shortage of bread, the first thing the mob burns down is the bakery'. There is a need for strong editor ial leadership in Canada. Canada's technical fraternity, by nature unsuited to political activism, has gradually yielded the moral high ground to citizens' groups. ESifE intends to provide both a forum for technical information, as well as
leadership in the public arena. But there are other reasons for
starting a new environmental mag azine. While the industry has grown to a $2.4 billion market, traditional
media serving the field appear to have reduced editorial pages and conference coverage in recent years. The industry itself has respond ed by the creation of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association.
William Gates, General Manager, Halifax Public Service Gommis-
sion, is the first President of the
a place to share their research find ings with others; just as it is vital that engineers may cross fertilize their experiences with their peer groups. More than ever, it is essen tial that manufacturers of pollution abatement and drinking water treatment equipment should have a powerful forum, where new devel opments can be displayed in arti cles, where appropriate and, of course, through advertising. Adver tising is vital to the success of ES6'E. There must also be a place for coverage of industry's growing responsibility to adopt stringent abatement measures. Tough new legislation promises heavy fines and jail sentences for industrial polluters. In short, ES&E will cover the
total interdisciplinary spectrum of environmental subjects, including hazardous waste disposal, energy recovery and occupational health and safety in the workplace.
Environmental Science & Engineering, Jan/Feb 1988
While the magazine is new to the field, the editor Tom Davey brings unrivalled experience and industry knowledge to the publication. Tom has been twice honoured by the
Business Press in
New York, as well as by the US based Water Pollution Control Fed
eration, for his editorials and arti cles. He has also won six national awards in Canada and served as Publications and Science Editor at the
Studies at the University of Toronto. To date he has won thirty writing awards, the most recent being from the Association of Pro fessional Engineers of Ontario for 'eloquently' defending the role of the engineer in environmental matters.
He has given many papers on environmental matters for the American Water Works Association and the Pollution Control Associa
tion of Ontario. He is a regular lec turer at the University of Toronto and has made a presentation at the World Health Organization confer ence on toxic spills in Rome, Italy. But a mere reiteration of such facts tends to obscure the fact that
Tom is a highly entertaining writer who employs satire to drive his points home. His past award win ning articles have included: Renl-amob, Let them eat sludge cake, and Nader's raiders in Scare Wars.
Steve Davey, Sales Director
Editor and Publisher TOM DAVEY Sales Director STEVE DAVEY
Editorial Assistant VIRGINIA MEYER
Contributing Editor JOHN M. MACGREGOR
Production Manager SAM ISGRO
Editorial Advisory Board George B. Crawford, P.Eng.
Jan/Feb 1988, Vol 1 No. 1
Why low bid systems are bad for Canada's
environment. Editorial comment by Tom Davey
Rod Holme, P.Eng.
Peter Laughton, P.Eng.
J.V. Morris, M.Sc., P.Eng. Mike Provart, M.Sc., P.Eng.
Water: Canada's most neglected resource
Pamela Stokes, Ph.D.
An exclusive article by Federal Environment Minister,
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treatment and disposal and occupa tional health and safety.
ES&E's readers Include consulting engineers, industrial plant managers and engineers, municipal engineers and officials, key provincial and federal environmental officials, water and wastewater treatment plant operators, contractors, equipment manufacturers, representatives and distributors and academics.
ES&E welcomes editorial contributions
from consulting engineers, research institutions, environmental associa tions, equipment suppliers and government agencies. ES&E does not accept any respon sibility whatsoever for the safekeeping of contributed material.
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Why water meters are vital for environmental management By David Hanes, Neptune Meters Canada The magnitude of infrastructure rehabiiitation
By James MacLaren, P.Eng.
Canada's environmental regulations - where are we going? By Colin Issacs, Pollution Probe
Rehabiiitation of abandoned industrial areas
By Andrea Tang, Proctor & Redfern Ltd.
How the east was won - AQTE's remarkable triumph By Tom Davey
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Cover photo - Environmental treatment projects and infrastructure renewal have developed Into a booming $2.4 billion industry epitomized in this cover photograph, courtesy the Proctor & Redfern Group. Environmental Science & Engineering, Jan/Eeb 1988
Editorial comment by Tom Davey
Why low bid systems are bad for Canada's environment Nowadays, people know the price of everything, and the value of nothing - Oscar Wilde
The low bid system is
dedication. Environmental treat
rooted deeply in government buying practices. Any vari ance from the tendering system is viewed with great suspicion by the news media. Seldom is it seriously considered that value of certain goods and services simply cannot be determined by purchase price alone.
ment plants are often large and extremely complex operations. Year in, year out, they have to work unceasingly for decades. As public health is at stake, clearly after-sales service is a vital ingredient in treatment systems. Yet equipment suppli ers who provide exemplary service; who support seminars
Yet the services of television commentators and editorial
and conferences which do so much to advance the state-of-
writers are obtained by the very
the-art; who do R&D to improve and upgrade their products: -
opposite of the low bid system. Publishers, quite sensibly, pay what is necessary to getthe best or most appropriate - talent for their
commonplace for television net works to boast ofspending astro nomical sums of money for 'anchors', some of whom simply read lines written by other
people. I have yet to hear any network put out tenders for their talking heads, or newspapers seek low bids for their columnists.
incidently, so many environ mental articles and TV commen
taries do look as if they were writ ten by scribes hired under the low bidding system; but that is a sub ject for later discussion. While news media salaries are
based on talent, experience or 'ratings', many of these same commentators will hint darkly of ill-doing if any government agency buys its goods and ser vices the same way the media moguls do; by seeking out the best available product or talents for their various projects. And not just environmental spending is involved. Even advertising agencies are suspect if they are awarded any contract not put open to tender; yet such subjective factors as creativity, graphics, art direction, or any other of the diverse talents â€” the
very essence of the advertising world â€” defy computation by normal buying practices. Likewise, many factors go
into value engineering. In consulting engineering, for example, there are some firms which, because they have heavy investments in both R&D and
staff upgrading, have developed great expertise in certain disci plines. Indeed, because some foreign governments insist on the best available technology, Canadian engineers are
frequently sent thousands of miles to remedy serious environ mental problems. Scientific and technological expertise cannot be measured using the same marketplace tools as those used for the purchase of sand and
gravel. Similarly, many govern ment buying practices actually stifle innovation in the develop ment of new, improved or more durable treatment equipment and processes. Service too is a vital compo nent of environmental purchas ing - yet is too often ignored by the tendering system. Canada Valve's
legendary figure in waterworks
these are the very firms who are at a disadvantage when bidding on price alone.
Although private sector com panies are very cost-conscious, they know the real value of product reputation and service. While private firms exist in an extremely competitive universe,
many are quite willing to pay for quality, without erecting weari some layers of bureaucracy. The private sector values product in novation, reliability and service, so the reputation of their sup pliers is highly regarded. They know only too well that the true value of reliability and service is not always reflected on purchase price alone. Sad to relate but many fine equipment suppliers have left, or reduced their involvement in the municipal markets. Their withdrawal is a blow to both the Canadian
environment and economy.
Mediocre equipment and proces ses will exact their own price both economic and environ mental - in the not too distant future.
ance that he would show up with the vital component which would solve the emergency. Many other manufacturers'
We have made some dazzling progress in the research and development of many environ mental products and processes. Perhaps its now time to develop an awareness of value engineering among municipal and provincial purchasing staffs and elected officials, in physics, as well as in purchasing, there simply are no
representatives display similar
free lunches to be had.
Whatever the time, no
weather, city engineers could phone Jack at home during crises â€” with the full reassur
Environmental Science & Engineering, Jan/Feb 1988
INDUSTRY UPDATE turer, a steel pickling plant and a detergent manufacturer. All
three identified substantial ben efits from waste reduction mea
Clifford Lincoln, Quebec Environment Minister, presided at the opening ceremony of the Montreal Urban Community's new sewage treatment plant. Located on the eastern tip of Montreal Island, the plant is the focal point of a $1.42-billion
sures. The steel pickling plant, for example, installed an acid recovery system which saved the company $379,000 in operat ing costs, eliminated waste and improved pickling efficiency. The 88-page manual also lists
project, begun in 1973, to end the discharging of raw sewage into
sources of information and financial assistance for
waters in the Montreal region.
companies interested in waste
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EVENTS Whistler is venue for 1988 BCWWA Conference The 1988 BCWWA annual con
ference will be held at Whistler,
B.C. April 24-27.
theme is "Meeting at the Moun tain". Contact: Ken R. Kerr,
P.Eng., Conference Chairman,
awarded Rupke & Associates Ltd. has
c/o Kerr Wood Leidal Associates
Ltd., 139 West 16th St., North Vancouver, B.C. V7M l'r3,(604)
facturing companies reduce
been awarded a contract in the
their wastes. The Industrial Waste Audit and Reduction
amount of $520,260.00 for lime stabilization and disposal of
Manual is a step-by-step guide to carrying out a systematic audit of plant processes, including a cost-benefit analysis.
sewage sludge from the City of
Annual Conference: Theme Environmental Reform -
Windsor Little River Water Pol lution Control Plant.
Rupke has established a 10
Case studies in the manual
acre site in Windsor where lime
explain how audits were carried
stabilization is carried out using
out in three different operations: a printed circuit board manufac
quick lime to increase the pH to 12+ for a period of at least 2
Annual Conference in Kingston, Ont. April 17-19 at the Ambassador Hotel.
ment Association at the Valhalla Hotel in Toronto.
OPCEA Directory of Members
President Larry Madden, Secre
and Products came in for some
tary Treasurer Ross Humphry
warm praise as Ross explained how tangible benefits were already evident from the Directory. A second one was planned for 1988, he said. A slide presentation of
Plaskon delivered some great one liners along with their reports.
Responses from the podium to questions from the floor were hoth swift and Swiftian in their
delivery. Clearly OPCEA is both in good hands and in good shape. Equipment suppliers who did not attend missed a
in brief news releases of their
cussed was the exhibition at the
products along with suggestions for scientific articles.
membership may be obtained from Ross Humphry, c/o Enmet Canada Limited, Suite 100, 2600
Edenhurst Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5A 3Z8. (418)276-2202
LETTERS Dear Tom:
It's always good to see an old friend again and to hear of his progress.
Let me wish you and the family luck on the new publica tion. James W. MacLaren
Congratulations and best wishes for every success in the launching of your new magazine Environmental
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New OPCEA directory praised by manufacturers
April 17-19: APCA/PCAO Joint
Engineering. I have no doubt that this publication will develop to become one ofthe best in North America. Steve Bonk
President-Eiect, American Water Works Association
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Gartner Lee hosts environmental contamination course Gartner Lee Limited organized a two day course on the Funda mentals of Environmental Con tamination mid November in Toronto. The course attracted
representatives from municipal, provincial and federal govern ments,industry, and legal insur ance professions. The course illustrated a holis
tic approach to investigations, evaluations
contaminant problems, while providing guidance in planning responses in the event of environmental
Cantox, Ontario Research Foundation, and Oster Hoskin & Harcourt
Solicitors provided an overview of techniques currently being used in the environmental field.
Quebec begins sludge study An R&D project to enhance the agricultural value of sewage
APEO Medal presented to George Crawford George Crawford, seen with his wife Ruth, won an APEO Medai for Engineering Exceilence at the Association's Awards Dinner in
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WATER: Canada's most
neglected resource ES&E Staff met with Federal Environmental Minister Tom McMiiian in both Ottawa and Philadelphia last year where his vigorous presentations were well received by some of North America's top environmental professionals. In Philadelphia, we requested an exclusive review of his outspoken thesis which we are proud to publish in our inaugural issue. Mr. McMiiian's portrait is by world renowned photographer Karsh of Ottawa.
water from Georgian Bay to the city? If water is truly cheap,why do Canadians spend $100 million a year on bottled drink ing water? If Canadians view water as
cheap, and they do,it is because, as users, they have never had to pay anything close to what it costs to deliver it pure to the tap. It is arguably the single most heavily subsidized commodity in the marketplace today. Canadians are willing to pay $18,000 for a cubic metre of whiskey and $800 for the same amount of cola. And yet they have never been asked to pay more than 50 cents for a cubic
metre of pure water delivered not merely to the door, but to every floor of the house. If not to every room. Canadian water Is at once
Our country is the
(C) 1987, Karsh, Ottawa
world's worst waster
tries, our consumer price for the product is the lowest. We must start viewing water not only as a key to environmental health but also as a scarce commodity that has real value.
should begin managing it - and
the world's best bargain and the worst delusion; for we pay dearly In the long run for such short sightedness. By underprlclngour water, we undervalue It. And by undervaluing water, we encour age Its waste. What Is more, municipalities are foregoing a source of revenue badly needed to ensure that water Is, In fact, delivered pure to the country's homes
places of recreation.
pricing it! - aocordingiy. In no part of Canada is fresh water so plentiful that we Canadians can
Water pollution has become so bad in this country that vast
continue to over-use and abuse it
take water quality for granted in their communities. Indeed, east of Ontario, only 10 per cent of waste water is treated; in all, a third of the Canadian population (8 million people) live in munici palities that do not treat their sewage. Elsewhere, sewage
in the way we have done in recent decades.
If water is so cheap, why are water treatment and delivery systems across Canada currently valued at $100 billion? If water is both cheap and abundant, why are some Torontonians proposing a $200 million pipeline to transport
numbers of Canadians cannot
to repair aging underground pipes alone. Faced with those bills, munic ipalities in every part of Canada are seeking a quick fix. Having ignored the problem for so long, without planning for the day of reckoning or budgeting for it, they now expect the federal government to help hail them out. The federal government has neither the cash nor the jurisdic tion to do so. At a time when the
federal government is too broke to pay its own hills without mas sive borrowings, it is certainly not in a position to pay the hills of other governments. Indeed, 33 per cent of all federal revenues are now requir ed to service the Government of
Canada's accumulated debt. By contrast, only 10 per cent of revenues are required to service provincial debts. For municipal ities, the figure is only 9 per cent. The federal government is, in fact, the most severely strapped jurisdiction in the country. It is therefore, the least able to incur more debt for any purpose, let alone for municipal infrastruc ture problems. Lest there be any doubt, let me stress the point: the federal government does not Intend to re launch multl-bllllon dollar pro grams to support municipal waterworks projects. Least of all are we Inclined to do so In a way that will perpetuate provincial and municipal management policies that undervalue water, underprlce It, reward over-use and foster waste at the federal
government's expense. The Federation of Canadian
Municipalities argues that infra
treatment systems are in such
deplorable shape that it will cost $3 billion over the nextfive years
beyond the fiscal capacity of local governments. But gross
Environmental Science & Engineering, Jan/Eeb 1988
revenues of Canadian munici
palities are now well over $40 billion a year. On average they spend only about 6 per cent of that revenue on water and waste water services. It's not a
question offiscal capacity -it's a question of priority. Some parts of the country are, of course, wealthier than others. The different provinces are not on an equal footing when it comes to paying for capitalintensive water projects. Butthe federal government already helps redress the imbalance in a massive way through transfer payments to the provinces and through regional development programs. In turn, each of the provinces has arrangements to
Faced with the need to invest
heavily in water projects over the next decade, Canada should now revolutionize its approach to the problem in line with what other countries are doing. The country should begin with a realistic pricing policy for consumers ~ residential and industrial alike - that achieves
Ontario's Durham region, per capita water use dropped 20 per cent between 1975 and 1983, when a realistic pricing policy was introduced.
meters were first introduced in
Kingston in 1954, per capita pumpage plumetted by more than
a third (36 per cent). My message to everyone connected with delivering fresh water is: end the
Canadians are willing to pay $18,000 for a cubic metre of whiskey and yet they have never been asked to pay more than 50 cents for a cubic metre of pure water - delivered to every floor of the house.
ensure a minimum standard of
â€˘ encourages conservation; services within its borders,from â€˘ raises the cash necessary to one community to another. deliver pure water at the tap; Some of that money is ultimately â€˘ stimulates the kind of research drawn from the federal treasury, needed to bring costs down and especially in the so-called have- make our water systems more not provinces. effective. So, the question is not When water is given away or whether the federal government greatly undervalued, as it now is, is or is not going to assist the water will be wasted, it is no dif municipalities with the cost of ferent in that respect from oil or municipal infrastructure. It any other commodity: price already does! Rather, the ques drives consumption. tion is whether the federai In Europe, where water government is going to be hit charges are four times higher twice. And the answer to that than in Canada,per capita use is question is a resounding no. lessthanhalf that of Canada. In There is a better way for the country to deal with the problem than merely passing the buck from the municipalities to the federal government.
Not only are Canadian water rates the lowest of any in the industrialized world, they also seem to have been pulled out of the Mad Hatter's hat, with nothing but happenstance to explain why people in the same
province,in the same city, some times living even within the same block, pay markedly differ ent rates for their water. And it is not a coincidence that the cries for federal subsidies are loudest
from those areas of the country where the prices are lowest. Continued next page
The better way i have in mind is to introduce a water pricing system that bears some relation to the real value of the commodity and
delivering it to the consumer. Other industrial countries
have embraced the principle that the capital and operating costs of water supply and waste water treatment systems should be borne by consumers, Canada has yet to do so. Although state subsidies and tax advantages are used around the world, few countries rely as heavily as Canada does on those instru
ments to manage water. Such a heavy reliance on hiding the true cost of water has encour
Canadians both to
consume and to. waste a scarce resource.
Canada's freshwater resources represent a multi-billion dollar asset for tour ism, recreation, power generation and of course as the source of our drinking water. The f^Mnister argues that price drives consumption;that when water is undervalued it will be wasted leading to environmental neglect and pollution. Photo by Tom Davey.
Environmental Science & Engineering, Jan/Feb 1988
In industry and agriculture, the story is the same. Canadian industry pays about a quarter of what European industry pays,
As low as they are, municipal and other water rates are per haps the most common contact many people have with the
something that any one govern ment or any one politician can do alone. I myself have not
water resource management
American industry pays, for water. Our irrigation and indus trial pricing policies often reward consumption through lower rates for higher use. Unless we put in place a more realistic pricing policy, the country will have neither the funds to deliver pure water to
issue. Most persons or families in urban Canada pay, either directly or indirectly, for water supplied by a public utility.
istic approach to the subject, however unpopular I may now be in some municipal chambers
Canadians nor the incentive to ensure it remains available for
Water rates,in fact, are so taken for granted that the obvious has escaped most water managers: rates could he a tremendously effective management tool. Convincing Canadians of the need to provide and conserve and, yes, pay for water is not
hesitated to call for a more real
for having done so. But mine is only one voice. I invite all Canadians to do their
part to help safeguard this price less resource. The obstacles should not be minimized. But neither should we underestimate
our capacity to exercise wise stewardship.
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The Lake Huron Water
Supply System was one of the first provinciallyowned and operated potable water supply systems in Ontario, serving the City of London and surrounding municipalities for more than 20 years. The original system, designed by MacLaren Engineers Inc. in 1965, included intake, low-lift pumping, water treatment by coagulation, flocculation and direct filtration, and high-lift pumping facilities. The treatment plant is located on the shore of Lake Huron, north of the Village of Grand Bend. Follow ing a series of pre-planned expansions of pumping capacities, including the 1977 construction of a booster pumping station at the mid point of the 50 km pipeline, the entire system approached its design hydraulic capacity of 340,000 cubic metres per day. However,treatment capacity and effectiveness was limited by adverse raw water conditions. Lake turbidity of over 100 units during storms, and twice yearly plankton blooms, resulted in short filter runs. Some
times, even low turbidity was diffi cult to treat. These experiences,
coupled with the desire to achieve increasingly higher standards of potable water, indicated a need to upgrade water treatment processes. In 1983, MacLaren Engineers became involved in the expansion and upgrading of the treatment
plant for the next 20-year period.
By Brian Wheeler, P.Eng. MacLaren Engineers Inc. London, Ontario
The project culminated in October 1986, with the start-up of a highly cost-effective plate settling process, the first application of this technol ogy at a large water treatment plant in Canada.
Pre-design studies completed by MacLaren indicated that supple
Lake Huron treatment plant, for example, amounted to about $4 million.
Turbidity in lake water is reduced by settling from more than 100 units to less than five units, while plank ton removal is in excess of 90 per cent. Following this high level of pre-treatment, the filters can now be designed and operated in a way which emphasizes treated water quality. Integral solids thickening units were also added to effectively concentrate settled solids for both
mentary treatment of the raw water
recycling and dewatering. Recycled
before it flowed through the existing
solids can now be used to stabilize
filters would be the best method of
the process, maintain the effective
treatment process upgrading. These studies, confirmed by pilot plant testing, also indicated that parallel plate settlers would be less costly and offer more potential advantages
ness of treatment when hard-tosettle solids are encountered in the
than other treatment alternatives.
Parallel plate settling incorpor ates the use of closely spaced paral lel plates and the control of flow between the individual plates by means of orifices.
This creates a
"laminar" flow regime. Laminar flow, and the related short settling pathways prior to particle removal,
raw water, reduce chemical coagu lant usage, and provide higher retention
contact times for
powdered activated carbon. Solids dewatering by centrifuge was adopted for the off-site disposal of excess water treatment residues.
Other complementary facilities designed by MacLaren for the treat ment plant included an upgraded chemical preparation storage and dosing system. Sodium hydroxide is
help to ensure a highly efficient and
used for corrosion control and the
uniform clarification process. Compared to conventional processes, parallel plate settling requires five to ten times less tank surface area. Thus, the overall facility can he enclosed and climatecontrolled more economically. The construction cost savings at the
control of post-filter precipitation of aluminum. Polymer feed systems were added to provide primary and secondary coagulants, and to aid solids dewatering. As well, more clear well storage and a new mainttenance building were provided as part of the overall expansion and upgrading program. The role of Axel Johnson Inc. in
first promoting consideration of plate settlers should be recognized. Ontario Ministry of Environment staff evaluated and approved the plate settling concept which led to the on-site pilot plant trials of the equipment. MacLaren Engineers developed a pre-selection tender document which allowed equipment suppliers to quote the inclined plate settlers and integral thickening units as one package. The success ful supplier was Ecodyne Ltd. Since system start-up, the process has achieved or exceeded the specified level of performance. 4 tanks each contain 38 plate units.
Each plate unit consists of 75 plates and 225 orifices.
Settling and Thickening Tank
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Editor's note: This project won an Award of Merit in the 1987 Canadian Consulting Engineer ing Awards Program. 11
MISA's revolutionary approach to pollution abatement The environment folio has often been a political minefield yet Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley proved a major asset in the Liberal Government's landslide victory of 1987. Environmental Science & Engineering asked the Minister to write an article on his government's MiSA program which will revolution ize the way industries and municipalities deal with pollution abatement processes.
discharge directly to rivers and lakes and for those with effluent
treated at municipal sewage works. It also presents important opportunities for the scientists, engineers, technicians and managers involved in industrial pollution abatement. Best Avail able Technology calls for the best that is available in scientific
MISA, the Municipal-Industrial Strategy for Abatement, is the dynamic regulatory tool the Ontario government adopted to clean up Provincial waterways. MISA's ultimate objective is the virtual elimination of persistent toxic substances from municipal and industrial discharges into our waterways.
For each of nine major indus trial sectors and the municipal sewage treatment plants, MISA imposes first a monitoring regu lation which requires dischargers to test for the presence and report the quantities oftoxic substances in their effluent. This monitoring information will form the basis
of abatement regulations requir ing pollution reductions to the levels attainable by the Best Available Technology economically achievable. The limits, based on available technology, will get stricter as periodic reviews assess new and evolving technologies in each sector. The result will be a stepby-step tightening of pollution controls until toxic contaminant
discharges are virtually eliminated. This sets a challenging pollu
tion control agenda for Ontario industry - both for those which 12
and engineering expertise. Applying this technology to meet rising environmental standards in a cost-effective way is equally challenging to company managers who have to keep pace with the rest of their industry. There is, however, a way to score a bull's-eye on this moving target. The best shot at success for any company is changes in industrial processes which eliminate the creation of toxic wastes. Such moves would also
eliminate the capital costs of installing end-of-pipe controls as well as the operating costs of safe disposal of captured contaminants.
I am pleased that some of Ontario's dischargers have already applied the 4R principles with some success. Steico and Texaco in
Nanticoke have segregated their waste streams so that treatment
can be pollutant-specific and thus highly efficient. At Steico, this allows for recovery of ammonia from the coking process. It is mixed with sulphuric acid and sold as fertil izer. These efforts have resulted
in a drastic reduction in pollu tion loadings. Some municipalities are practising source control to keep certain pollutants, notably heavy metals, out of their sewer systems. The sludge can then be used as fertilizer.
Certain industries have gone even further hy changing the manufacturing process. AbitibiPrice, in Thunder Bay, has con verted from sulphite pulping to a semi-chemical, mechanical process which resulted in a dramatic increase in pulp yield -
When an industry is under economic pressure, corporate
from 65% to 90% - with a corres
survival instincts call for trim-
loadings. Companies which develop
ing fat and working lean. The environmental pressure of MISA, and the fact that this is a com
petitive world, are strong arguments for a fresh look at the basic processes, to trim material and energy waste, and eliminate unwanted toxic by-products. This benefits both private profit ability and the environment we all share.
A complete process review also provides an opportunity to identify wastes which, with some operational modifications, may become marketable to other companies for other uses. In fact, all of the 4R solutions should be explored - waste Reduction, Reuse,Recycling and Recovery.
ponding decrease in pollution
cost-effective and low-or no-
waste processes have an added advantage. Their competitors comprise a potential market for selling the process, thereby recovering development costs and profiting from those who are slow off the mark.
With MISA's progressive tight ening of allowable limits, i believe the biggest dividends -- both economic and environmental ~
wiil go to the companies which make early investments in research and development in these directions. Some compan ies will find closed-loop proces ses which discharge virtually no pollution. This is the MISA goal each discharger should strive for.
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Here is a brief report on each sector's progress since the MISA program began in July 1986. Petroleum Refining Sector Regulation development for the petroleum refining sector is the most advanced. The draft
monitoring regulation has been produced and public review is complete. Public comment is now under review, and appropri ate fine-tuning of the draft regu lation is being done. The final monitoring regulation should be in place in March. Puip and Paper A draft monitoring regulation
is being prepared for public review next summer. This sector
is one of the greatest sources of toxic contaminants discharged to the environment. New analy tical techniques and laboratory
procedures are being developed to analyze various compounds in pulp and paper effluent,so the monitoring list can be completed.
electric plants. While there are outstanding issues, I expect to release a draft regulation by the end of the year. Iron and Steel
Three monitoring schedules have been agreed on for large integrated operations, specialty mills and mini-plants producing alloys. A pre-regulation pro gram has been agreed on and work will start shortly on draft ing a monitoring regulation. Target date for public review is October.
This sector represents about 200 industries. A pre-regulation monitoring program has been drafted and is expected to be finalized in November. Public
release of a draft monitoring regulation is expected in the fall. Municipal Sector There are two key areas under
development in the municipal sector. Development of a sewer
use control program is underway for indirect dischargers. Exist ing control mechanisms around the world have heen reviewed
and assessed, and the report published. Preferred options for Ontario will be made public in March. A monitoring regulation for sewage treatment plants is also being developed for public review in December.
In all sectors, I expect to see abatement regulations within two years after completion of final monitoring regulations. While I appreciate the need for study and the lead-time required
to make process changes or purchase abatement equipment. Ministry staff and I will be looking for prompt and effective compliance. I believe that our objective, the virtual elimination of toxic con taminants from effluent dis
charges, is an achievable goal, and one that the people of Ontario are impatient to meet.
Organic Chemical Manufacturing A monitoring regulation for this sector is being developed. A draft regulation should be ready for release for public review in March.
Some 20 companies have been identified in the inorganic sector.
Ministry staff are gathering information on the plant proces ses and treatment systems now in use.
Mining and Refining Mining operations, with remote locations and an average lifespan of five to seven years,
present a major challenge for MISA regulation. Pre-regulation monitoring has been completed and we hope to publish a draft regulation for public review in June. Electrical Generation
The Ministry has asked for two additional sample runs in pre-regulation monitoring in this sector. Discussions are still
under way on the range of facili ties to be defined in the sector -
nuclear plants owned by Atomic Energy Canada, independent generators selling to Hydro, inoperative plants and hydro
Much of the past economic growth was achieved through invisibie environ mental 'mortgages' which burdened later generations. By restoring our price less waterways, MISA can help preserve our ecology for future generations.
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Why water meters are vital for environmental management
A study performed by
the City of Vancouver in 1986, when that city was considering implementation of a metering program, predicted that longterm water consumption would he reduced hy approximately 20%.
Benefits of universal water
metering fall into two main cate gories and have far reaching effects on the system as a whole. These primary benefits are,first, a decrease in consumption, and secondly, a better management of the water distribution and treatment systems.
When examining the actual usage patterns, we find that the price elasticity of water demand is much higher for water used outdoors,than indoors. Outdoor use will subside greatly with metering as consumers see a direct correlation between costs
and the amount of water wasted
in the over-watering of lawns, etc.
Indoor usage on the other hand is less sensitive to price. Here behavioral changes are short-lived. The main long-term benefits come from the repair of leaks which would previously
have gone unattended and through the installation of more efficient water-saving fixtures. Overall, short-term consump tion is reduced hy up to 40% while the long-term consumption decreases hy about 20%. This
long-term decrease is where many of the benefits are realized. With a 20% drop in water con
sumed, the distribution and storage capacities increase, rela tive to the population served. Systems previously nearing capacity, and in need of renova tion or expansion, will now he able to more adequately meet consumers' needs. Capacity
expansion may he postponed or eliminated.
Some monies set
aside for increased capacity may now he used to overhaul existing
infrastructures, thereby reduc
ing system leaks and possible water contamination. 14
By David Hanes,
Neptune Meters Canada
a Central Meter Reading(CMR) system which allows the meters to he read through telephone or cable television lines. This state-
of-the-art technology allows a
By reducing system loads,
reading to he taken instantly
more water will he available for
without the need to even visit the
more productive purposes at higher residual pressures. Fire
protection and major industries
basis for water billing, tfie amount
Wfiere flat rates are used as a
are the main beneficiaries of the
paid by the consumer does not
increased water pressure. Resi dential users may also benefit as water pressure will not decrease drastically during peak con sumption times.
reflect the amount of water used. Thus the consumer has no Incen tive to reduce Inefficient use of water. Those who do make an
As consumption falls the load on the water and sewage treatment systems will similarly be reduced. Not only will vari able costs of these two systems be reduced, but captlal expendi tures Involving system upgrades
subsidizing their neighbours who do not. Metering provides the only system which equitably allo
may no longer be required. Through the use of a universal metering program, water utilities gain a great deal of information regarding usage
patterns, long-term trends and potential systemic inadequacies. This base of information will
help to ensure that meters are sized correctly to fill projected needs. Demand cycles and trends can he monitored, and
changes required to efficiently meet the consumption needs can he made. Essentially the water utility becomes more proactive
effort to limit waste are merely
cates the cost of the water to the consumer.
A complete metering system gives utilities a thorough know ledge ofthe water volumes distri buted hy metering the outgoing feed lines. Utilities will also know how much water
customers have received during particular periods. The differ ence between the volume distri buted and the volume hilled
represents unaccounted-for water. This variable represents loss due to leaks in the system
between the pumping station and the consumer's meter. By
efficiency of the meter reader hy allowing a reading to he taken
analyzing the unaccounted-for water, a utility can focus on problem areas within its distri bution system and take action to reduce systemic waste. Our company has been a sup plier of liquid flow meters to the
without the need to enter the
Canadian market for over 70
and less reactive.
Currently, there are systems available which enhance the
customer's premises. By reduc ing "call-hacks" the efficiency of the meter reading and hilling
system is greatly improved. The Neptune ARB (Automatic Reading and Billing) receptacle allows the water utility to take this benefit even farther. ARB
meters may he read using a hand-held reading unit called Unigun which will then store the information in its memory to he downloaded to a computer for hilling. The ARB receptacle is also the essential component to
years. We believe that only through universal water meter ing will municipalities he able to hill customers equitably and fully for the cost to provide good quality water. By reducing wastage, metering also reduces the quite unnecessary additional burdens
treatment systems. Meters, in
fact, give both economic and environmental
societies which adopt their use. References available request. Contact ES&E.
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The magnitude of Infrastructure rehabilitation One of Canada's best known consulting engineers presents a comprehensive review of Infrastructure problems. Jim MacLaren touches on experiences In the United Kingdom, the United States and Ontario. He notes that Gas, Electri
city and Telephone systems would not be accepted without metering. Awarded the Ontario Section AWWA's Fuller award In 1987, he was appointed Chairman ofthe Ontario Government's MISA Advisory Committee towards the end of'87 any built-up parts of
By James W. l\/lacLaren
from the preparation of a detailed inventory of its municipal water supply systems. The focus of several major studies in recent years
mains before 1950 and
has been "needs assessments";
these systems are now in an advanced
these typically identify infrastruc
stage of their working life. Repair and replacement of existing systems
ture investment needs, assess amounts and sources of financing
could now be expected to be taking up an increasing portion of municipal capital construction expenditures. The Ministry should therefore be keeping aware of these expenditure
available under current policies and calculate any gap between the two. These
community water systems which are defined as those serving 25 or
trends and needs for renewal and
more persons and having at least 15
replacement involving watermains and distribution systems. Policy and Planning Branch of the Ministry of the Environment in Its 1982 report entitled "Repair and Replacement of Existing Municipal Water and Sewerage Systems". This statement obviously res
ponded to a growing concern throughout the western world over the aging of municipal infrastruc ture. Water supply systems for the past 40 years have been geared to an expansion program to service increasing demands and expanding service areas. However by the midSeventies, the water industry began to enter an era where an increasing length of its buried pipelines and services was reaching the end of its theoretical structural life, some portions being more than 100 years of age. Probably the first nation to become seriously concerned with this issue was the United Kingdom where
commenced to formally address the problem early as 1974 and completed its initial report in 1977 (1).
The key conclusions and recom mendations of that report were: •A serious lack of information on
lengths, diameters, age, materials and condition existed.
populations in excess of 10,000 •It was widely believed that current expenditures were Inadequate but more Information was required.
Each of the major studies under taken since 1980 faced several signi
ficant problems in developing a comprehensive and reliable
realistic costs and
estimate of the needs of these com
Improved renovation methods. Emphasis was placed on renovation rather than replacement and on Improved maintenance. •The physical life of cast Iron and A/G pipe of 8-Inch diameter or less was assumed at 80 years and for larger diameters 120 years at least. No similar figures were provided for PVC pipe.
Since then the British program has entered into high gear with most agencies, having completed their inventories and planning, commenced on their rehabilitation
and implementation programs. Considerable research has develop ed new methods of renovation as
well as defining the need for replace ment. More up-to-date estimates now value the distribution systems at $950 per capita but with annual
•Estimated costs of replacing all watermains were calculated at $720 per capita (Can. 1987 dollars) and
percent of renewal value.(2)Current expenditures are running only at $2.00 per capita per annum as yet. (U.K. values exclude the cost of
the annual cost of rehabilitation,
services and are based on 150 mm
assuming a combination of replace
avg. dia. and one metre of bury).
trated In obtaining adequate data,
renewal costs estimated at 14 to 1
capita or slightly less than one per cent per year In perpetuity.
less than 500 while only 5.3% serve
ment and renovations, $6.10 per
approximately 58,530 community systems in the U.S. serving 219 million persons(1984). About64% of these systems serve populations of
Unlike the United Kingdom, the United States has never benefitted
munity systems. One of the more significant was that developing accurate estimates of rehabilitation
costs is especially difficult since distribution systems are not readily visible, and therefore assessments are not easily performed. Since so
many variables can cause distribu tion system failures, standards for renovation or replacement have not been developed for the industry.The American Water Works Association
recommends planning for a replace ment cycle of 67 years, or a replace ment of one and one half percent of the system annually. Some major utilities argue that this is much too conservative; that a cycle of 120 years or more is justified, provided sound maintenance and rehabilita
tion programs are conducted on a planned annual basis. One of the first U.S. national needs
studies of the eighties was conducted for the Department of the Army in 1980 (3). It related to only the 756 largest urban supplies and estimated
that $47-$74 billion (1987 Canadian dollars) was needed to replace and renovate distribution systems for the period 1980-2000.
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Since it stated that these systems served 123 million Americans the annual rehabilitation costs over the
forecast period equated to $19-$30 per capita per year. It was also indicated that, since a number of utilities had not established water
rates at a level sufficient to fully recover all operating and rehabilita tion costs, there would be a shortfall of at least 12 percent in providing
mined to proceed with its own study of the issue. In March of 1983, it authorized a study and report to be prepared by the writer with the assistance of Ministry personnel over a three-month period. (5). Its primary purpose was to "determine current and projected costs for rehabilitation of municipal water distribution systems (and sewerage systems) and provide
the needed rehabilitation funds.
sufficient detail in the cost estimates to serve as a reliable basis
Subsequent to that study the American Water Works Association
upon which to budget provincial
(4)reported in 1983 that the national
infrastructure needs for all water
works was only $37 billion (Can. 1987 dollars) for restoring existing facilities over a 10 year period. It concluded that this amount was
manageable through a 25 percent increase in water rates. Indeed it
indicated that, given the ability of all urban systems to support reha bilitation charges and their relative ly low rate structures, a federal grants program was "neither neces sary or desirable". Incidentally, a 1985 study by the AWWA generally confirmed
suggested a 35 percent rate increase. Since the Ontario Ministry of the Environment could find no equiva lent estimates for Canada, it deter
Major conclusions and recom mendations were: • There is a need to determine an
adequate inventory of municipal water distribution systems and to develop a meaningful rehabilitation program due to the significant number of systems in disrepair. • Based on 200 persons served per kilometer of main there are about
37,600 kilometers of watermains in
Ontario municipal systems having a current value of $21.2 billion or
$2,725.00 per capita served. • The useful life of a watermain can
not be characterized by age alone but depends on the original design, the materials employed, the manner of
construction, the level of its super vision in construction, the ground conditions, foundation disturbance
over the years, vibration, corrosion (both internal and external) and the level of its maintenance.
• Considering that some mains are more than 125 years old and the aver age age of mains in Ontario is probably 45 years (weighted) it should be possible to hold main breaks to no more than ten per 100 kilometers rather than a currently estimated 25. Also there is some indi cation that unaccounted-for water
exceeds the normal 15 percent of supply due primarily to excessive main leakage. • Larger Ontario municipalities have indicated that the life of watermains
can be extended well beyond 100 years with adequate rehabilitation programs involving the planned expenditure of $25.00 per capita but that actual expenditures on the aver age system are only about a third of this figure.
Following the Ontario report,the Federation of Canadian Municipal ities authorized a survey of Canada's urban infrastructure to be
prepared by Dr. G.W. Helnke and his
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Infrastructure, cont'd. associates at the University of Toronto(6) vi'hich included a section on water distribution systems. This
survey was subsequently sum marized in a report prepared by the Federation entitled, Canada's Urban Infrastructure (7).
The summary was based on 60 responses to a survey of 215 Canadian municipalities having populations in excess of 10,000 persons and representing in all about 50 percent of the nation's population in centres over 1,000 people. It disclosed that • water distribution systems were 31 years oid (not weighted). • 53 percent of systems were alright or better, the remainder requiring some level of repair. • only 19 percent responding indicat ed water distribution as the first prior ity of municipal rehabi l itation spending, 22 percent as second priority and 21 percent as third priority. • user fees provided most of the fund ing for operation, replacement and rehabilitation
of water distribution
systems (86%) - excluded capital for new works.
• the survey indicated that $90. per capita (1987 dollars) would
required to bring the water distribu tion facilities up to an acceptable level of service and that it was neces
sary to spend $7.81 per capita per year on main replacement out of a total of $30.66 per capita per year on water distribution operation.
It then recommended that the
three levels of government meet to determine the most appropriate means of improving and financing construction and rehabilitation of
municipal water infrastructure. It also recommended that a program
• generally the survey found Cana dian systems equal or better than
of appropriate pricing for municipal
American systems but that funding for system operations and capital has deteriorated over the past ten years due to inflation, cost of money and lack of senior government support.
equitable billing among metered users and appropriate pricing to ensure a revenue dependent utility. In January 1987, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment issued a second report on "The Need for a Rehabilitation Program for Water Distribution Systems in Ontario". (9). This study tended to ignore the
In September, 1985, the report of the Inquiry on Federal Water Policy "Current of Change" (8) was released. As a result of a program of extensive consultation, public hearings, research and publication undertaken by the Inquiry it found that there were currently more than 2,500 community water supply systems in Canada serving 20 million persons. It indicated that each of the utilities had a value in
excess of $3,300 per capita but that the ability of local governments to adequately respond to current water works system needs had been impeded by high interest rates, economic recession, the withdrawal of federal capital assistance pro grams and inadequate revenues.
waterworks be undertaken to ensure
1983 study and approach the issue from a new angle. It concentrated on acquiring data through question naires and computerizing the data for information development. It also focused on developing improved data from municipalities smaller than 7,500 persons through actual visitations. Its major findings were as follows: • it chose a worse case scenario that
assumed it might be necessary to replace all watermains in the province over the next 50 years that are currently more than 50 years old. It estimated that this would cost $77
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million per year but that since not all would be replaced but some rehabil itated, the annual cost would reduce
to $50 million. (This is substantially less than the $180 million figure esti mated in the original 1983 report). • It confirmed that watermain breaks
were occurring at the average rate of 25 per 100 km per year as originally estimated and that if they were reduced to a practicable level of 10
breaks the saving could be $15 million annually. •the survey of unaccounted-for water Indicated that the average water loss from systems reporting was 12.5 percent. (This is at complete variance with the original report and with normal experience. The American Water Works Association considers a
system that can maintain an unac counted for water rate of 15 percent or less of supply as adequate). • In respect of small systems, the
report indicated that Inventory and service records are generally poor but that system needs are usually well known. Interesting figures for 1984 interpreted as 1987 dollars were pro vided on the cost per capita per year for water distribution operation as
repairs and maintenance renovation costs
adequate funds for
• a poor economy: economic factors including inflation in the late seventies and early eighties; the recession of the early eighties and high interest rates plus the withdrawal of senior government support had repre sented major deterrents to an adequate program. • it wil l cost almost $140 million
annually($86 mi l l ion for replacement and $54 million for renovation
rehabi litate and maintain Ontario's water mains and
services for the next 60 years and beyond - about 120 percent in excess of what is currently
being spent. ($140 million compares with $180 million set out In the 1983 MOE report and $50 million set out in the 1987 MOE report).
The final report in this seven year period was prepared for the U.S.
planned and underway in small to medium systems. The
major findings by the
National Council on Public Works
Improvement were • a national water supply infrastruc ture gap of the magnitude requiring a substantial federal subsidy does not exist. Water util ities experienc ing revenue shortfalls generally do not charge rates which cover full costs of the utility. • while
problem of considerable magnitude In some cities, urban water supplies do not constitute a national problem. • a national problem does exist for small water systems. The majority of smal l water systems are poorly managed due to 1) a lack of under standing of the water supply func tion 2) lack of technical training 3) inappropriate rate structures 4) lack of access to capital and 5) no econ omics of scale.
National Council on Public Works
Improvement. Entitled "Infrastruc ture Policy Issues in Water Supply" it was released in May, 1987 and serves as part of the information needed by the Council to report to
• The major recommendation of the report was that a national mandate to require water utilities to be finan cially self sufficient through water rates should be established.
Early In 1987, the Ontario Sewer
Water utilities experiencing revenue shortfaiis generally do not charge rates which cover full costs of the utility.
and Watermain Contractors Associ
its findings with
respect to the state of Ontario's water distribution system. This report (10) was based on previous Ontario studies, work carried out by the writer for the Association and the experi ence of the Association's member
ship in undertaking work on behalf of Ontario municipalities.
water infrastructure (11).
Based on reviews of past studies, it was the belief of this study that the best estimate for deferred main
tenance and replacement of U.S. water distribution systems was $0.9 to $2.7 billion per year (Canadian dollars) over the next 20 years or
This report concluded that in Ontario;
•Over the next 60 years about 25% of water distribution systems must be replaced and another 50% renovated.
•The required program would reduce water loss, improve system life expectancy, reduce ultimate costs to customers, create employ ment and better protect public health and safety. •The report indicated that the decline in the province's water dis tribution systems had occurred through • inadequate
the U.S. Congress on the state of
about $7.40 to $22. per capita per year. But it was pointed out that these studies were no substitute for local needs studies for there are
large variations between the aver ages for rehabilitation of distribu tion systems indicated by a national needs assessment as distinct from a
local needs study. Although the latter is similar to national studies in that it typically
identifies projects which need financing and estimates the short fall in available capital to undertake them, it does create a capital improvement program to outline requirements lying beyond recurrent or operational programs.
frequently designated for expansion rather than rehabili
Most larger communities were found to have such programs in place and to have included in them
distribution rehabilitation. There
available funds have been too
fore the national needs figure tends
revenue: far too often water is
to emphasize funds required to
sold at a price too low to
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Although there are some contra dictions in these various studies, there is some fundamental agree ment in their findings which describe the magnitude of the problem as:
1. There is a genuine present need in most systems to establish an adequate inventory of the distribu tion system and to determine its physical state. 2. Current distribution systems with
adequate rehabilitation programs should he capable of a life of 100 years or more, some claim infinite. 3. The probable annual cost of an adequate, main rehabilitation pro gram embodying a combination of main renovation and replacement including customer service replace ment would cost $25 to $30 per
capita per year in perpetuity or about one percent of a current system replacement value of $3,000 per capita. Current expenditures according to actual surveys indicate a spending of only $8 to $10 per capita per year.
Assuming the average cost of water in Canadian municipalities at 31 Continued 19
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In moist soil, the zinc portion of the Sac-Nut releases electrons, making the iron parts nega tively charged. This forms a thin, protective layer of positive ions. The resulting ionicshield, or cathodic protection, neutralizes the damaging corrosive action of aggressive environments.
The release of electrons by zinc is inherently a self-regulating process, providing just the right amount of current to provide protection over a wide range of soils.
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funding of this order that would he divided equally between the three levels of governments was estimated to sustain the equivalent of almost 7,700 direct and indirect new jobs. In launching this program the OSWCA/TRIP Committee has the
co-operation and support of many Ontario associations including Municipal Engineers Association of Ontario
Consulting Engineers of Ontario Association of Municipalities of Ontario
Ontario Section, American Water Works Association
In response to initiatives such as the foregoing, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment announced on
June 24 of last year that the
Infrastructure, cont'd. cents per 1,000 litres and an overall consumption of 500 litres per capita per day the average annual munici pal charge on per capita basis is $57.25. To accommodate an increase
in spending of $15 per capita for adequate main rehabilitation would increase rates by 26 percent over those currently obtained. 4. The general feeling was that
many major urban water works systems had reasonable rehabilita tion schemes underway with respect to their distribution systems but that the smaller systems (serving less than 10,000 persons) represent
ed the major issue and had the major impact on national estimates. 5. All studies indicated the need for water utilities to set rates so as to be
ledge any liability in the support of the catch-up program. The CWWA program was originally initiated by the Federation of Canadian Munic
ipalities in response to its 1984 report on Canada's Urban Infra structure (7). The Federation contin ues to mount a strong lobby at the Federal level that supports the CWWA's
rehabilitation programs for roads, bridges, sewers, etc. The FCM was able to demonstrate that its $14
billion dollar municipal spending program, if financed by a one-third contribution
federal, provincial and municipal governments over five years, would create more than 220,000 to 285,000
person-years of additional employ ment (12). The resulting larger economy would increase all govern
self-sufficient financially. Only by a user pay program can adequate system conditions be maintained and the water resource properly
expenditures permitting govern
conserved. 6. Most studies confirmed the need
spending. In the province of Ontario, the
for senior government capital assis tance to initiate the catch up program over the short term and to
Ontario Sewer and Watermain Con tractors Association launched a
set the wheels in motion for enforc
ing the ultimate revenue dependency of water utilities.
In support of these general findings the newly-created Canadian
Association has adopted a policy at the national level to promote the
ments' revenues and reduce some ments to recover much of the initial
similar program in support of their report on the "Evaluation of the Water Distribution Systems in Ontario"(10) previously outlined. The Association's program was designed to create an awareness amongst the general public throughout the province, members of the provincial legislature and
province under a "Lifelines" program (13) would pay at least 33 percent of the costs of rehabilitating deteriorating portions of municipal (sewer and) water pipes. Depending on a municipality's needs, these grants will cover no less than onethird of the rehabilitation costs involved and no less than half ofthe
study costs. New provincial spending is expected to rise from $11 million in the first year to $45 to $50 million by fiscal 1991-92. Already more than 130 municipalities have taken advantage of the program to launch or soon to commence needs
and planning studies representing a provincial commitment of more than $8 million by the end of October, 1987.
So much for the magnitude of the problem. In solving it there are certain issues that should be addressed. These issues were raised
in the previously mentioned studies. 1. REVENUE DEPENDENCY WATER UTILITIES
Revenue dependency or full cost pricing requires a program of appro priate accounting and legal proce dures to be undertaken to establish
the full cost of providing water works service. It is necessary to follow guidelines such as those set out by the AWWA (14) or by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs in the Municipal Financial Reporting Handbook to separate the utility's costs from the government's general account and to enter into enterprise fund accounting. This term has been defined by the U.S.
support of a catch-up program of $2
National Council of Government
billion for municipal water distri bution systems in which the federal
immediacy and need for undertak ing corrective action involving an annual program of $141 million of new spending (about 2.5 times current levels) on distribution system rehabilitation. Allocating
Accounting (15) as: to account for
share should be 33%.
So far despite its avowed interest in water conservation the Federal
government has refused to acknow 22
operations that are financed and operated in a manner similar to private business enterprises - where the intent of the governing body is that the costs (expenses, including
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depreciation) of providing goods and services to the general public on a continuous basis be financed or
recovered primarily through user charges.
By disclosing the total cost of water as an example, an enterprise accounting system Identifies the necessary financial Information to
there cannot be fair and equitable pricing among customers and It Is virtually Impossible to construct an appropriate system of water rates
ing is non-achievable nor is it effec
unless It can be based on water con
of a water utility is dependent on metered systems including new pro
sumption. Our electrical, gas or tele phone systems could not function, nor would we accept them, without metering.
tive in the reduction in waste water
and pollution. Today the account ing, billing and fiscal management grams for automated meter data retrieval and management. 3. SYSTEM TERMINOLOGY
the extent to which revenue generat
reduced water use to economize on
In undertaking a major program of rehabilitation it is important to
ed from rates covers this cost.
system capacity or to conserve on
fully comprehend the terminology
determine the full cost of service and
It is then possible to establish a fair and equitable set of water rates directed to raising the needed revenues for the total cost of provid ing water and sewage service including system rehabilitation and expansion. Revenues can be set aside for rehabilitation,through the provision of a rate stabilization reserve; or, where there is a legiti mate concern that a municipal council may move to use water works surpluses for other purposes, by establishing a reserve fund for the specific purpose of water works under section 165 of the Ontario
Municipal water utilities experi encing growth and redevelopment should be encouraged to consider levying impact fees on development to gain monies for system expansion without placing undue pressure on existing water utility customers. The foregoing procedures, when supported by universal customer metering, permit utility operation to be established on a full beneficiary pay basis so that the operation Is revenue dependent, fair and equit able among users and oriented to the conservation of the utility's plant and to
Revenue dependency and institu tion building are paramount objec tives of the World Bank in estab
lishing adequate water supply systems in developing countries. Bank policy mandates as a loan prerequisite that a specific utility be established on a sound fiscal and
revenue dependent policy to manage the intended systems with appropriate administrative proced ures. Similar policy should be mandatory in Canada.
None of the objectives for
water use are attainable without
customer metering. Seasonal pric
the standards of service
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Less than one-half of Canadian
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Yet without universal metering.
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Infrastructure, cont'd. Terminology as established by the Ontario Section of the Ameri can Water Works Association with
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The work described under all of
Environment and others is defined
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Maintenance as the systematic survey, inspection and cleaning of a watermain with valves and hydrants including minor repairs but not Involving reconstruction of the main structural fabric or altering of the original dimensions, li/laintenance Includes joint repair and repair of cracks, leaks or bursts. It also Includes similar repairs to services. Repair as the repair of the main structural fabric of the pipe Including valve and hydrant parts replacement
restoration or, if necessary, the replacement of a watermain together with its auxiliary struc tures so that it can continue to per form the purpose originally intend ed for a reasonable period of time.
4. STANDARDS, MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION METHODS
lengths (10 meters or less) but not
It is important in embarking on a major rehabilitation program that a utility re-evaluate its stand ards and determine from experience the revisions that might be appro priate to accommodate in a new
the reconstruction of the whole of
the pipeline. Renovation - the operation of effective ly Improving the condition of an existing watermain by in-situ techni ques such as will provide substanti ally Increased life or efficiency. Replacement as the construction of a new watermain with all appurten
Indeed the Ontario Ministry of the Environment should seriously consider forming with the Ontario Section AWWA, the Municipal Engineers Association, the Consult ing Engineers of Ontario and the
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specifications governing the design and manufacture of water pipes, valves, hydrants and
service materials Including meters, there is nothing to pro vide guidance as to the relative life expectancy or durability of the various materials.
behind sales literature and in stall materials that have life
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employed to reduce eventual loss of pavement through post construction settlement.
The foregoing issues are raised to highlight conditions that should be
we assess the
magnitude of the problem of water distribution rehabilitation.
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Gore Si Storrie Limited
George G. Powell, B.A.Sc,, P.Eng.
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John 0. Anderson, B.A.Sc., P.Eng.
The President of Gore & Storrie Limited, Robert A. Goodings, P.Eng., has announced the
formation of eight new divisions in the firm. The move follows significant growth in both the volume and diversity of the firm's environmental projects in recent years. G&S has earned an enviable reputation for engineering excellence, winning national awards for its water and wastewater treatment projects - the most recent being the 1986 Schreyer Award, the top honour of the Canadian Consulting Engineering competition.
But today, as never before, environmental treatment projects require innovative scientific, engineering and architectural talents to be focussed on a complex array of problems. The firm's human resources must be harnessed to their full potential on clients' behalf. To this end, the new G&S corporate structure is designed to develop and encourage individual responsibil ity and accountabi l ity, while taking ful l advantage of the collective resources in the various new Divisions. OFFICERS
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Where are we going?
Canada's environmental regulations Colin Isaacs, Executive Director, Pollution Probe Foundation, Is one of Canada's most outspoken critics of Industrial pollution. He also enjoys the respect and confidence of many environmental scientists and engineers. In this article commissioned by ES&E, he stresses that governments must protect those environmentally enlightened firms from those companies who would seek competitive advantage at the expense of the environment.
Pollution Probe's eighteen
years as a Canadian environmental group have seen major change in the field of pollution control.
Eighteen years ago
there were no ministries of the
environment nor departments of the environment anywhere in Canada. In the last few years, by contrast, we have seen rapid growth in the numbers and diversity of regulatory and legislative initiatives and we have heard a cacophony of promises, threats and excuses from ministers, bureaucrats, boards, panels, and agencies of every kind. I expect the next decade to be one of even greater change. Huge bureaucratic regulatory initiatives from government are on the way out: Transportation
of Dangerous Goods Acts are too hig, too cumbersome, and too expensive for any govern ment today. We are heading into a time when governments will pass laws that say, in effect, "thou shall not pollute, and woe betide anyone who does pollute, for they shall be thrown in jail". Ontario is pro viding an example of that in its MISA process, where the rules say: you must cut back your toxic waste discharges to the lowest level that the best tech
nology anywhere has been able to achieve. We, the government, don't care how you do that, just do it, and don't get caught with any higher level of discharge. Enforcement of rules like this
can be cheap and effective, in much the same way that drinking and driving laws are
proving successful in that field. Meanwhile, don't look for any weakening of existing laws - politically, that just won't happen. Our political system still demands crisis response. Just as federal PCB regulations
Somewhat reminiscent of Fellini's famed
movie "8 1/2" this historic
photograph was the first of Pollution Probe's attempts to dramatize the environmental dangers in 1969. To the mournful strains of Chopin's Funeral March, the procession culminated In a service, attended by the Chaplain of Flart Flouse, to mark 'The death of Don River'. While many dismissed the event as an undergraduate stunt. Probe quickly became a force to be reckoned with in political circles.
followed the Kenora, Ont. spill, so politicians today must be seen to be doing something in response to any environmental incident. If an industry sector wants to avoid crisis response regulations, it must ensure that its entire population of companies stays free of inci dents: a mistake by one can cause much grief for anyone in a remotely similar business. Last spring the World Com mission on Environment and
Development, a United Nations Commission chaired by the Prime Minister of Norway, Mrs. Cro Harlem Brundtland, and comprised of leaders from around the world, published its
report under the title
Common Future. The report said that avoiding environ mental catastrophe is our great est priority today, that the prob lems are becoming so serious that they threaten our economic security, that we can no longer afford to mess up now and clean up later (react and cure), and that (the good news) we shouldn't even think of solving our environmental problems by
Environmental Science & Engineering, Jan/Eeb 1988
Brundtland Commission said not
only that a healthy economy and a clean environment are compat ible objectives, not only that we can have jobs and environmental protection, the report said we MUST, because If we do not adopt a strategy of sustainable development, the polluted environment will destroy our economy.
Within the last few weeks the National Task Force on
Environment and Economy,set up by Canada's environment ministers, has echoed the Brundtland report. The Canadian Task Force, including such notable environmentalists
as David Buzzelll, President of Dow Canada, Ian Smyth, Presi dent of the Canadian Petroleum
Association, an d
merce, has said that environ mental and economic planning cannot proceed in separate spheres, and that long-term economic growth depends on a healthy environment. To Continued overleaf 27
Remediation of abandoned industriai areas
Soaring land prices in
downtown sections of older cities have made some abandoned fac
tory sites attractive options to developers. In many urban
areas developers are redevelop ing old industrial sites for bigb density residential use or restor ing industrial buildings for new commercial and office space. But many old sites contain unwanted industrial residuals
such as process by-products, cleaning agents or waste oils and off-specification products. Some sites require extensive remediation before construction
can begin. Landowners have recently begun to turn to consult ants specializing in remediation investigations and cleanup pro grams for assistance. In today's litigious society, residuals would pose liability problems if not audited by qualified profession als and site remediation work
undertaken. Qualified consult ants are skilled in identifying potential hot spots, developing sampling protocol, sampling, analysing and coordinating laboratory work,and developing a cleanup plan. Site investigations may
approved for such use by the By Andrea Tang, B.Sc. Special Waste Management Section The Proctor & Redfern Group reveal hazardous wastes associ
ated with manufacturing such as mercury vapour tubes, powdered dyes, carbon black dust, and containers of silicone polymer as well as contained and uncontained polycblorinated bipbenyls (PCBs). PCBs can be found in light ballasts, capaci tors from switching cabinets, and transformers of all sizes.
PCB plumes may turn up on con crete transformer pads, soil adjacent to transformer pads or wooden flooring supporting old transformers.
Consultants must work very closely with the property owner and the contractor retained to
clean up the hazardous material. After approval of a site remedia tion program to contain and remove hazardous waste, the contractor brings in equipment and begins the physical cleanup activity. Barrels containing PCB oil, contaminated flooring, contaminated soil, and contam inated concrete can be stored in
Environmental regulations, cont'd. protection. Such government industry, the National Task action rests upon a foundation Force has said such things as: at times, environmental bene
fits entail substantial expendi tures, and
of support by industry, non government organizations and, ultimately, the people.
recognized as a cost of doing Just as Pollution Probe business. Corporations provided leadership in 1982 should show leadership by ful- with its book Profit from Pollu fiiiing their responsibility to tion Prevention, so the National conserve
protect the environment. All and Economy is providing for corporations should adopt Canadians today a vision of a less polluted Canada and a codes of practice which en shrine this responsibility.... planet where success is measured by bow much we can leave for What is best for the environ ment may represent an expen our grandchildren. Growing sive policy for individual cor our way out of our environment porations if their competitors al problems is not a new are achieving lower costs by concept, but it is one whose time ignoring environmental stand has clearly come. Pollution Probe invites industry, labour, ards. in such cases govern ments have a role to play in community groups, and all promoting fair competition readers of this journal to join and ensuring environmental the action. 28
Ontario Ministry ofthe Environ ment. Carbon black is washed
from interior walls with a bigb pressure water spray and collect ed as sludge. Modified seaway containers contain spill trays and allow barrels containing PCBs and PCB equipment to be secured to the interior. The consultant pro vides on-site supervision as well as confirmational sampling during all of the site decontam ination work.
In addition to
complex technical assignments the consultant provides ongoing liaison with government agen cies and often an active neigh bourhood
PCB wastes are registered with the Ministry ofthe Environment and the site itself is registered as
a temporary PCB storage location. Public input to the remediation plan is elicited through public meetings. Since most developers wish to begin construction on the site as early as possible, part of the work program may include locating a suitable site to temp orarily store the contained and registered hazardous waste material. Once a site is located, it must be duly registered and approved as a temporary PCB storage site. Movement ofPCBs is coordinated with the Ministry of the Environment and a licen sed hazardous waste hauler.
The consultant is often assigned the responsibility for regularly scheduled inspections of the waste to ensure that there is no
risk to the environment or public health and safety. Too many cities bear the scars of abandoned factories
industrial sites. Well planned and carried out remediation pro grams can result in the release of valuable land for redevelopment or existing buildings for reuse. Remediation work on old indus
trial sites will ultimately en hance downtown areas. "These
sites can change from abandon ed and useless urban relics while
ceasing to be a threat to the environment, public health and safety.
Environmental Science & Engineering, Jan/Feb 1988
How the east was won -
AQTE's remarkable triumph wemy
years ago, on
By Tom Davey
bleak winter's day, I made my first journalistic foray
into la Belle Province.
was a waterworks
opening at Jacques-Cartier, a city later destined to dissolve into the
Montreal Urban Community, as
on a roll. But while all of these spec tacular events entailed massive pub lic funding, the environment remained a poor relation. While well over $1 billion was
Queb ec's political boundaries
allocated for the 1976 Olympic Sta
evolved. At that time, AQTE, the Association Quebecoise des Tech
dium, Montreal still lacked even a
niques de I'Eau was a struggling infant whose raison d'etre was to
combat the environmental apathy, which prevailed in Quebec. The odds were fearsome. Envir
onmental indifference reigned
supreme as political figures poured funds into
diverse lavish enter
prises, while environmental priori ties were either ignored or given meagre handouts. The prevailing scenario was beautifully summed up in a cartoon by John Harper, who drew a gladitorial giant towering over a tiny infant. The caption read AQTE David versus Goliath? Indeed the
cartoon seemed even more approp riate as the years went by, with little change in the environmental lethargy. Montreal, fresh from its tour de
primary sewage plant. Commu niques warning residents to boil water in many communities were a frequent occurrence - even as politi cians postured for arenas and other projects which were more elegant than mere water and sewage treat ment plants. Funding for what few treatment plants there were was meagre, compared to the largesse poured out on more grandoise schemes.
But AQTE persisted; indeed speakers at an AQTE congress in the early eighties described the quality of drinking water as 'scan dalous'. The then AQTE president, Jean Paul Lanctot summed up the situation with commendable blunt-
ness. From now on, he said,'There should be no choice between the
construction of arenas or the purifi cation of drinking water'.
force of Expo '67, had gone on to reshape Expo into Man and His World. Then, against all odds. Mayor Jean Drapeau secured a
It was during my trips to the pro vince, that I became acquainted with Jacques-Cartier waterworks superintendent, Dominique
National Baseball franchise for the
Montreal Expos, years before Toronto got its Blue Jays. Then in a brilliant coup des grace, the Mayor climaxed his spectacular run when he clinched the 1976 Olympic Games for his city. The Mayor was
friends and he gradually introduced me to a network of Quebec environ mental figures, including the late Pat Bourgeois,an AQTE founder. I was treated with great courtesy whenever I visited Quebec and was continually astonished at the cour age and bluntness AQTE men and women displayed in public. I was to meet Pat Bourgeois at meetings across Canada, including "Van couver, Edmonton, Quebec City,
Montreal and in Atlantic Canada.
Eloquent in iroth French and Eng lish, Pat irecame a giant in Canada's environmental field.
Cabinet ministers were bluntly taken to task at AQTE conventions. Environmental Science & Engineering, Jan/Feb 1988
with a force unheard of in English Canada. But the barbs too often seemed ineffective. Indeed it was
said that Quebec had the environ
mental politics, but Ontario had the treatment plants. Undaunted, AQTE members continued their Herculean task of trying to cleanse the Augean stables. Tenacity was combined with forthrightness over many years, then, almost imperceptably, tangiirle results were observed. Montreal,
which for years had lacked a sewage treatment plant, now has Canada's largest treatment facility. Moreover, rehabilitation on the city's long neglected crumbling infrastructure was undertaken.
The scenario is
being repeated in many municipal ities across Quebec. AQTE, which spearheaded these treatment programs against all odds, also took the initiative in
hosting scientific and engineering seminars and conferences, provid ing further opportunities to advance
the state-of-the-art, not
only in Quebec, but in Canada as a whole.
The Goliath of indifference has
not yet disappeared from the Queirec scene, but the beast has been seriously wounded since AQTE first engaged it more than a quarter of a century ago. Those who doubt it need only look around them. They will see many modern treat ment plants or other projects either in place or under construction throughout the province - all work ing monuments to AQTE's victory against great odds. ES&E 29
New association speaks for Canada's water and wastewater industry
Water and waste-
executive members have met with Federal Environment
water treatment is a
huge industry in
Minister Tom McMillan,and his staff, to discuss critical issues in pricing structures and costs of municipal systems. CWWA set a precedent by meeting with Health and
Canada with some
$2.4 billion spent annually on treatment facilities across the
country. Expenditures on water supply systems have been esti mated at $1.3 billion, with $1.1
Welfare Canada's committee
billion for wastewater treatment.
The estimated replacement value of water systems is $62 billion, while wastewater systems would cost some $47.5 billion. No one could deny this industry has been well served by various regional bodies such as AQTE,the AWWA Sections and affiliates of the WPCF. With the
demise ofFACE,Canada clearly lacked a strong national association to bind the various
disciplines and interest groups of the environmental profes sionals.
To provide a much needed national presence, a new associ ation was launched late in 1986.
Its stated purpose was to provide a national voice for the owners
of Canada's municipal water and wastewater systems. As these are currently valued in excess of $100 billion, it is clear that such an important industry warrants a strong and vibrant national body to provide a forum linking environmental profes sionals in a common purpose. In 1984,the former Federation of Associations on the Canadian
Environment (FACE), was forced by mounting economic and public pressures on the nation's municipal water and wastewater industry to review its structure and goals. In the fall of 1986,the FACE executive, with the support of its sustaining members and the Federation of Canadian Munici
palities, decided that a new national association, supported by municipalities, was needed to meet the growing needs and concerns of municipal water and wastewater system owners and
charged with reviewing and up dating the 1978 Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality and voicing the concerns of munici pal water suppliers. CWWA executives are also taking an active role in reviewing the
By W.H. Gates, P.Eng. President, Canadian Water & Wastewater Association
sive set of priorities, including: • communicating the interests and concerns of municipal water and wastewater system owners to the federal government • together with, or through, pro vincial or regional water and wastewater associations, repre sent the national interests of
municipal water and wastewater system owners to provin cial, territorial and interprovincial governments and/or agencies • as appropriate, carry out all such activities in conjunction with, or following consultation with provincial, territorial and national
municipalities • encourage the exchange of information among industry professionals, both nationally and internationally through conferences, seminars, public education, publications, training programs and other information activities, without duplicating the activities of regional associations • encourage dialogue between
Future projects are being planned with other water and wastewater associations. In the
Fall of 1988, an intensive work
shop on infrastructure renewal, co-sponsored by the American Water
being planned. The CWWA,in cooperation with the Rawson Academy of Aquatic Science, has
seminars organized on behalf of the Science Council of Canada.
CWWA, on contract with the Canadian International Devel
opment Agency, is also cohosting and organizing a series of five one-day seminars on new
approaches in water supply and sanitation techniques for devel oping countries. Additionally, a list of municipal water and wastewater professionals, inter ested in working on such CIDA projects, is being established. Following a request by pro vincial operator certification, education and training officials, CWWA
try and the general public
Committee, (Certification, Education & Training) which is responsible for reciprocity with in Canada for those working in
• initiate research and other activities that are needed to further the interests of the
try and the exchange of research, training and other
the water and wastewater indus
industry and the general public. CWWA has been working with municipalities, to deter mine Canada's infrastructure
operators. CWWA's founding executive
rehabilitation requirements, and to develop remedial
have already outlined an exten-
Environmental Protection Act.
the water and wastewater indus
In these and other areas, the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association has a vital
role to play in the protection of the nation's environment and the health of all Canadians.
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Silicallte molecular sieves - a new
option for treatment plant designers THE PEROXSIV PROCESS OXIDATION STEP
RESIDUAL H2O2 R L
G E N
The silicalite sieves are also
A new molecular sieve process
transferred from water to air
application, under development by Union Carbide,could prove to be a major breakthrough for drinking water, wastewater and
• rapid system turnaround (2-8
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processes, which require a high degree of purity.
• no molecular sieve product losses during regeneration
Peroxsiv, a proprietary novel water treatment technology, uses a new class ofsynthetically manufactured, hydrophohic/or-
Silicalite has been used in
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silica and has a pH of 6-6.5. In the mixing block,reactants pass through a zone of extremely high shear where the reaction actually takes place. The result is ready-to-use activated silica fed directly to the treatment plant's flocculation zone.
effluent produced • organic contaminants are not
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relocated from their Edmonton office
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the area of water and wastewater
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Roland Walker, P.Eng., a Senior 38
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ANNOUNCING THE BIGGEST SAVINGS IN STANDARD WATER OUALFTY TESTING A new unique service for determining Standard Water Quality Parameters is now available from Mann Aqua, a division of Mann Testing Laboratories Ltd.. The procedure was developed after 18 months of research by Dr. Ross McCurdy, Chief of the Pathology Department's Environmental Chemistry Unit and his team at Dalhousie University. Each of the developed procedures is being published in chemical analytical literature. We are excited to include this work as an integral part of our
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