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The incredible shrinking pie syndrome
Hydrant maintenance - can you really sleep soundly? Steve Bonk's triumph in Sudbury National Environmental Awards
Experts review pipe trends Focus on instrumentation
The Greenhouse Effect II
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ISSN-0835-605X Editor and Publisher TOM DAVEY
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Editorial Advisory Board George B. Cra\wford, P.Eng. Rod Holme, P.Eng. Peter Laughton, M.Eng., P.Eng. J.V. Morris, M.Sc., P.Eng. Mike Provart, M.Sc., P.Eng.
August 1989, Vol. 2 No. 4 issued August, 1989
The incredible shrinking pie syndrome
Editorial comment by Tom Davey
Dr. Howard Goodfellow
Hydrant maintenance - can you really sleep soundly?
Robert Ferguson, P.Eng.
Article by Stanley Mason
Steve Bonk triumphs at Sudbury AWWA/OMWA Conference Article by Tom Davey
The Global Greenhouse Effect â€” part II Second in a series - by Dr. Ken Hare
Developments In permeability testing Article by Gartner Lee
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^^Editorial Comment by Tom Davey
shrinking pie syndrome
Recently the government
ize today's environmental prob lems. But the engineers and scientists who specialize in environ mental engineering are not the voi ces sought hy contemporary society. Serious papers showing progress in
ran an ad campaign show ing a gleaming Canadian coin having a large pie shape chunk cut from it. While designed to illustrate service charges of our huge debt burden,the
mutilated coin was also an unwit
ting metaphor for a deep-seated sickness in Canadian politics - the shrinking pie syndrome. Until recently, Canada's diverse indus trial base and quality oflife were the envy of the world. Yet in a few short years, some rather shrill singleissue groups have deflected us unswervingly towards the have-not What Canada needs are economic
are victims of the malaise which
subjugates their expertise to that of
self-proclaimed experts and pres sure groups.
Entrepreneurs who risk capital, energy and talent, competing in highly competitive fields are only too aware of the shrinking pie syn drome. In a world where unemploy ment is an increasingly social evil, many jobs remain vacant while unemployment rises. Yet a newspaper columnist recently demanded jobs for eve ryone as a social right. He did not detail any specifics in ten column inches of drivel I read, hut I yearned to ask him if he would like to have a
vasectomy performed hy someone with a right to the task,regardless of qualifications or ability? Or per haps he would like to fly a plane which was built and crewed by staff who were there because of a right to
the positions? A shortage of apartments? Bring in the rent controls which drive
kestack to protest acid rain, or dem
onstrate in some eye-catctiing costume, and your message is virtu ally certain to appear that same day on the nation's televisions.
Yet daring climbs and cute cos tumes treat not a cubic centimeter of
pie makers. What the country is developing into is a nation of pie she ers; a veritable army of people who work unceasingly to carve their share out of a shrinking economy. The nation's energy and intellectual resources are increasingly being diverted away from economically sound enterprises into the narrow cul-de-sacs of single-issue group interests. Builders, businessmen and environmental engineers, all
often ignored by the media in favor of colorful gimmicks. Climb a smo
aary industry of rent control hureaucracies, replete with grants for tenants' groups. This way enormous energies are directed, not towards increasing rental housing stock, but toward ensuring that tenant's rights are protected. Looking after the less for tunate in society is a noble ideal, but the largest beneficiaries of rent con trols are those who were tenants
when controls were imposed. Mean while the truly needy remain home less while apartment building languishes. In the environmental field the
same thrust is evident. Engineers and scientists from both public and private sectors are often brusquely dismissed as tools of the establish
ment while the views of the vocal, but often unqualified, citizens' groups are eagerly picked up and amplified by the news media. Envi ronmental protest groups are often amongst the finest pie siicers.
There are some dedicated engi neers whose life's work has been
devoted towards environmental pro tection. I know several senior engi neers who fought for legislation and public funding at a time when it was not fashionable to do so. They then directed their efforts to procuring the design and construction of billion-dollar treatment schemes which were state-of-the-art when constructed.
The world, alas,is still imperfect. As in every other industrialized country, serious toxic problems are
away the very people who build
literally surfacing in Canada, pos
affordable housing. Abandon the mason's trowel in favor of the lawy er's brief; then create a huge secon-
ing threats to the environment and our drinking water sources.
No stunts are required to dramat
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acid rain, nor reduce the serious toxic problems we face, indeed some protesters have actually caused pro mising rehabilitation projects to be abandoned, not because they were impractical, but because the demon strators made the projects politically unacceptable. In employment creation, entre
preneurs rate less than department bureaucrats. Under rent controls, builders become inferior to rent
review officers; and with environ mental matters, protesters rank
higher than professional engineers. In short the vicarious experts have assumed dominance over the intrin
sic ones. Professional advice, based on training, education and expe rience in highly specialized fields,is ignored in favor ofthose groups who can manipulate the political pres sure points so that the pies are sliced their way. Economic viability, or even common sense, seldom plays a role in the pie-slicing syndrome. But with ecological problems, we must ultimately rely on scientists and engineers who work with the proven methodology of applied science which has served us so well
in the past. There is positively no other way to stop further environ mental deterioration. Regrettably, this fact of life seems lost on our
politicians. Increasingly they gov ern us through opinion polls, while reacting to protesters carrying pla cards as though they were armed revolutionaries.
Churchill once noted
that: In war, truth is so precious it must sometimes be accompanied by a body-guard oflies. These days out right lies are rare - it's the halftruths from the pie siicers which can be so very damaging. ES&E
Industry Updatez Saving the St. Lawrence River Federal
Lucien Bouchard and his Quebec counterpart, Lise Bacon, have released a list of fifty industrial plants along the St. Lawrence River which will be given priority by the two governments in the next few years.
The two governments have set as
their objective a 90 percent reduc tion in all liquid toxic waste by the most serious industrial polluters
along the St. Lawrence River by
all legislative and regulatory instru
The main sectors in question include the pulp and paper, metal lurgy, chemical, petroleum, mining and surface-finishing industries. In June 1988, the federal govern ment â– announced a $110-million plan under which $14 million would
The federal government wants to completely eliminate controlled
be allocated to evaluate the nature
CFCs within the next 10 years.
and quantity of toxic waste, and to develop priority action. The federal and Quebec governments have also agreed to negotiate pollutioncontrol protocols with the plants, or to pursue their negotiations, using
Environment Minister Lucien Bouchard also called on the rest of
WE MEASURE FLOW
Canada to phase out CFCs
the world community to set as its common target a reduction of no less than 85% by no later than 1999. The announcement was made on
the opening day of a three-day Inter national Meeting of Legal and Pol icy Experts on the Protection of the Atmosphere, hosted by Canada under the auspices of the United Nations.
Kraft Mills required to reduce discharges
AER-O-FLO MANUFACTURING HAS A COMPLETE LINE OF FLOW MEASURING DEVICES FOR OPEN CHANNEL AND FULL PIPE APPLICATION.
The Ministry of the Environment is requiring Ontario's nine kraft pulp and paper mills to reduce their toxic discharges. New
issued requiring each kraft mill to reduce its discharge of total chlori nated organic compounds, mea sured as adsorbent organic halides (AOX), to no more than 2.5 kilo grams per air-dried tonne of manu factured bleached pulp (kg/Adt) by
.COMPUTERIZED FLOW REPORTS/STUDIES
December 31, 1991. Preliminary tests suggest that
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present AOX levels at six ofthe nine mills exceed 2.5 kg/Adt, ranging as high as 7.1 kg/Adt. These nine mills discharge an
estimated 200 tonnes of chlorinated
organic chemicals into waterways daily.
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The Gorman-Rupp Company, a Mansfield, Ohio based pump manu facturer, is announcing it has signed a letter of intent to purchase the assets of the Patterson Pump Company from Banner Industries, Cleveland, Ohio.
Patterson Pump, located in Toccoa, Georgia, is a manufacturer of pumps and related pumping equip ment to the municipal, industrial and fire pump markets. William B. Horn, Vice-President & General Manager of Gorman-Rupp of Canada Limited, St. Thomas,
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Ontario says there would be no immediate affect on the St. Thomas
plant. Patterson will function as a separate division with their own marketing and manufacturing. Circle reply card No. 102
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ENVIRONMENT ONTA R10 ANNOUNCES
Implementation of Pollution Control
wins business award marr-o-rco
Measures for Urban Stormwater Runoff
The Third Seminar on Pollution Control Planning
September 21 -22,1989 Skyline Hotel,655 Dixon Road,Toronto Topics include ■ Best management practices and source contol ■ Stormwater quality control through pond design ■ Structural control and related implications for combined sewer overflows(CSOs) ■ Provincial stromwater quality and CSO control initiatives
■ Overview of USEPA CSO strategy & stormwater regulation Aer-O-Flo's Neil Carragher, left with Harry Marshall.
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banks, institutional investors for pension funds, investment dealers and venture capital investors. Dele gates voted by secret ballot with
results tabulated by Clarkson Gor
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WE S10CK PUMPS AND PARTS NOT EXCUSES An excuse instead of a shipment. That's no way to run a company. And it's certainly not the way Gorman-Rupp is run. We've already invested a substantial amount of cash In a complete inventory of pumps and parts, because we believe inventory is better than money in the bank to our customers. So, when you place an order for one of our over 500 different pump models, there's an excellent possibility that the pump or the parts to build It James C. Gorman President and are in stock, enabling us to ship it to you promptly. Chief Executive Officer The same holds true for our 12,000 parts. We ship 97% in 48 hours. We realize pumps are a small part of your business. But, when
one breaks down, they're a big part.
Action instead of excuses! This country wasn't built on excuses." | i Neither was this company.
We ship 97% of our ports in 48 hours. They keep you in business. TM Gorman-Rupp ipp of Canada Ltd. 70 Burwell Rd., St. Thomas, Ont. N5P 3R7 Phone: (519) 631-2870• Telex: 064-73530 Fax: (519) 631-4624
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Industry Update= Controls tightened on waste transport Transportation
Bouchard and Environment Minis ter Lucien Bouchard have announced that Canada is streng
thening the legal provisions that govern transportation of hazardous wastes.
include materials destined for recy cling;
tland, Ontario. HCFC-123 is a leading candidate
•establish a uniform manifest sys
to replace CFC-11 in industrial refrigeration equipment, insulation
tem; • introduce a new document to
improve the notification require ments for international shipments; and
•require 30 days advance notice of PCB shipments destined for interprovincial transportation.
and cushioning foam. It could also
be a component in blends being developed to replace CFC-113 as a cleaning agent for printed circuit boards.
The new plant is expected to be on-stream in 1990, to supply devel
The amendments to the Trans
opmental and initial market needs
portation of Dangerous Goods Regu
for Du Pont customers worldwide in
lations will broaden the application
of the existing regulations and establish a better tracking system for domestic and international
Du Pont Announces
First HCFC-123 Plant In Canada
movement of hazardous wastes.
The amended regulation will: • extend the existing provisions
governing hazardous wastes to
The ozone depletion potential of HCFC-123 is 98% lower than that of CFC-11.
Du Pont Canada will spend $24 mil lion to build global Du Pont's first large-scale HCFC-123 plant in Mai-
MISA becomes law for
organic chemical manufacturers
Ainley Graham and Associates Limited
Ontario's 17 organic chemical manufacturers must now monitor
the wastewaters they discharge to rivers and lakes for 152 contami
nants as the Effluent Monitoring
Regulation for the Organic Chemi cal Manufacturing Sector became law April 25, 1989. "This 12-month comprehensive monitoring program will let us know for the first time the full range of toxic pollutants and total amounts discharged to Ontario waterways by organic chemical manufacturers," said Environment Minister Jim Bradley. "With these detailed results in
P. William Ainiey
Mr. P. William Ainiey,Presidentof Ainiey and Associates Limited,is pleased to announce the acquisition of A.J. Graham Engineering Consultants Ltd. Under the new ownership, the company has been re-named Ainiey Graham and Associates Limited, Consulting Engineers and Planners.
The newly-formed management will comprise Mr. P. William Ainiey,
P.Eng., as President, Mr. Aivin Morrison,P.Eng.,as Vice President Transpor tation Engineering, and Mr. Terence Hardy, P.Eng., as Vice President Municipal Engineering. Mr. Morrison has been a Director of A.J. Graham Engineering Consul tants Ltd. since 1971. He is a Designated Consulting Engineer and has more than thirty years experience in land development and transportation
engineering for both the public and private sectors. Mr. Hardy recently joined the firm after several years as Manager of the Ottawa branch office for a major, international consulting engineering firm. Also a Designated Consulting Engineer, he has twenty-five years
hand, we will formulate an abate ment regulation requiring the chem ical plants to reduce their toxic discharges to the level attainable by the best available pollution control technology that is economically achievable," he added. Each plant must sample its own discharges and have them tested to standards specified in the regula tion. Random ministry audits will verify that results are accurate and representative. The regulation stip ulates quality control and quality assurance procedures for collecting, storing, analyzing and checking samples. Enforcement of the regulation is
provided under the Ontario Envir onmental Protection Act. Violators
face fines of up to $50,000 a day.
experience in municipal and environmental engineering, including storm and sanitary sewers, water supply, waste treatment and solid waste man agement.
A.J. Graham Engineering Consultants Ltd. was originally founded in 1962 and has its head office in the City of Gloucester. Ainiey and Associates Limited was established in 1961 and has its head office in Collingwood, with branch offices in Barrie and Belleville. The two companies have a com
bined staff of approximately 150, offering services in urban and regional planning,environmental studies, structural, municipal and transportation engineering.
Hare report quoted
by Ont. Energy Minister Ontario has a $30-billion investment
in nuclear-generated electricity. Today, more than half our electric
ity is generated in nuclear-powered stations. In the mid-1990s, when
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Industry Update= Darlington is fully on line, more than 60 per cent of our electricity will be nuclear-generated, Ontario Energy Minister Bob Wong told the Canadian Nuclear Society. That's
one of the reasons why Ontario sup ports continuing research on nuclear-generated electricity, he said.
"Over the years, there has been
MISA Monitoring Reguiation becomes Law for Iron and Steel producers
widespread public concern over nuclear safety, over the costs of nuclear-generated electricity, the relative cost of generating electric ity using other fuels, and over the disposal of radioactive waste. "In response to public concern about nuclear safety, the govern ment
Ontario's seven iron and steel pro ducers must now monitor the waste-
waters they discharge to rivers and lakes for 140 contaminants.
Effluent Monitoring Regulation for the Iron and Steel Sector has been
promulgated, following a public comment period. "This comprehensive monitoring will tell us,for the first time,the full range of toxic pollutants and total amounts discharged to waterways from iron and steel producers," Environment Minister Jim Bradley
says. "With these detailed results in hand, we will formulate an abate ment regulation requiring iron and steel producers to reduce their toxic discharges to the level attainable by the best available pollution control technology that is economically achievable," he said. Each plant must sample its own discharges and have them tested to standards specified in the regula tion, with random ministry audits to verify that results are accurate and representative. The regulation stip ulates quality control and quality assurance procedures for collecting, storing, analyzing and checking samples. Enforcement ofthe regula tion is provided under the Ontario Environmental Protection Act. Vio
lators face fines of up to $50,000 a day. Companies in this sector have five months to comply with the regu lation.
Costs incurred under the regula
Report, which concluded, and I tion will be borne by the industry. quote: No significant adverse The estimated costs for the large impact has been detected in either mills are; Stelco (Hamilton) $1.85 the work-force or the public. The million, Stelco (Nanticoke)$0.5 mil risk of accidents serious enough to lion, Algoma Steel(Sault Ste. Marie) affect the public adversely can
$2 million and Dofasco (Hamilton) never be zero, but it is very remote." $2.8 million. Estimated monitoring Mr. Wong said he told the Energy costs for the smaller operations are: Lake Ontario Steel (Whitby) Choices conference that a major $340,000, Atlas Specialty Steels new generating station is one of (Welland) $300,000 and Ivaco Ontario's energy options. He also specified that a new nuclear gener (L'Original) $28,000. ating station is clearly a possibility, Final discharges to waterways reminding people that our existing nuclear stations produce about half will be monitored daily for four sub stances, three times a week for 12 our electricity, efficiently and contaminants, weekly for eight to 12 safely. substances, monthly for 86 (small mills) or 117 contaminants (large mills), and quarterly for 140(small) or 149 pollutants (large). Other waste streams have different moni
toring schedules. As well, provision
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pling to be carried out for a period of up to six months following the com pletion of the initial one year regula tory monitoring period.
Monthly biological monitoring is also required. Toxicity tests will be run on mill effluents using Rainbow Trout and another sensitive orga nism, Daphnia magna(water fleas). Flow monitoring will be regulated to provide consistency in establishing the total loading of contaminants.
new Lab Acres International Limited
announced a joint venture with Mann Testing Laboratories which has led to the formation of Acres
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Hydrant maintenance - can you really sleep soundly? Fire hydrants are too often taken for granted â€” yet they save homeowners hundreds of dollars
annually In reduced Insurance premiums. Stan Mason* reviews the situation for ES&E.
Over the past 10 years many hours have been spent, many words have been spoken and many articles have been published on the topic of fire hydrant maintenance. Have they been effective? Manufacturers,the National Fire Code of Canada, and the American Water Works Association's publica tions may all have had some effect; but probably the National Fire Code of Canada, published by the National Research Council through its Association Committee on the
National Fire Code, has had the greatest impact. Subsection 6.6.4 of this Code is very clear with refer ence to maintenance and record
keeping. By and large this Code is used by the Provincial Authorities having jurisdiction. The American Water Works Association's 1980 revision of Man-
Fire trucks ready to respond to emergencies - but will all the fire hydrants be at the same level of readiness?
ual M17 - Installation, Field Testing and Maintenance of Fire Hydrants, brought up-to-date the recom mended practices in maintenance and recording of maintenance, along with proper flow testing procedures. In 1987 AWWA made available two software programs for fire hydrants. The computer age is now into "hydrantflow testing" and "hydrant maintenance".
have continued their efforts towards
proper hydrant maintenance by means of updating manuals and brochures on the topic. Some manu facturers provide in-plant mainte nance seminars.
These allow the
people responsible for the hands-on maintenance to become knowledge able about the products they deal with. More and more manufactur
ers are being asked to present fire
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ular maintenance program already
hydrant maintenance papers at the various Operator Schools held across Canada by the water and wastewater organizations.
From information available in
British Columbia,one would have to suspect that we still have a long way to go before we achieve the goal of all fire hydrants being under regu lar maintenance programs. There has been an increase in the demand
for spare parts of 15% to 20% over the past 10 years. Some of this increase is a result of additional hydrants
being installed in areas where a reg
Some of the increase is a
result of 10 years of additional hydrants being installed with some of these units being repaired only after it was discovered they were faulty. Some of the increase is a result of the "already converted" expanding an existing program, even though they have not installed any new hydrants in the past 10 years.
If one were an optimist, one might conclude that an additional 10%-15% existing owners of hydrants have instigated regular
A promise of water/ waste water treatment
drive performance that holds water.
\ 'Stanley J. Mason, P.Eng., is Presi dent, Terminal City Ironworks.
yearly maintenance programs than were doing so in 1980. There are approximately 400 owners of hydrants in B.C. Assuming that 100 of them were maintaining their hydrants in 1980 (a high assump tion) then there are now approxi mately 145 out of 400 (or 36% of the owners)doing regular maintenance. There is still a long way to go before all owners of fire hydrants, both public and private, establish a program of regular service and maintenance. "Underground" sto
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AWWA/OMWA Sudbury conference report
Steve Bonk triumphs at Sudbury Annual Conference water quality standards of tomor row but just to meet the standards of today. He also said the industry could build more reliability into sys
By Tom Davey
Theconference was a person
al triumph for Steve Bonk as he wound up his year as AWWA
When he presented Paul Emery with the coveted AWWA Honorary Membership, he acknowledged that Paul had paved the way for his suc
Sudhury meeting was his first offi cial visit to the Ontario Section as
President, and he explained how the city was special to him in many ways. Not only did he and wife Norma begin their married life there
cessful campaign earlier. The Fuller
pin went to John Pawley, who later got his plaque in Los Angeles; the
Howard Award to James Roughiey,
hut two of their children were born
the Gold Water Drop Award to H.N.
in the city. Now,as the sixth Cana dian to achieve the Presidency since 1881, he stood before a packed audit orium to deliver his first presiden
Potter and the Presidential Recruit
ing Silver Award to Doris Windsor.
Fort Erie won the coveted Pipe tap ping contest.
tial address to the Ontario Section.
With his commanding height and resonant voice, Steve quickly captured the rapt attention of dele gates as he adroitly used self depre cating humour to trace the rocky path which ultimately led to his elec tion as President - and his subse
• not recognizing the public demand for water which tastes good all the
Winners in the water category of Environmental Science & Engineer ing's National Award Program were presented with their plaques.
• not,in some cases,keeping the pub lic properly informed on the state of
accepted the Award of Excellence for relocating a huge 144 year old pumping station on the site of the new SkyDome; Dillon's Mike Provart accepted the Award of Merit for the Atikokan Water Treatment Plant,
quent travels during his term of their water systems; office. But he laced his eloquence • not realizing that it was in a com with some tough home truths. As in petitive market with the bottled his inaugural speech in Orlando, water and home treatment device Florida, he urged the waterworks industries; industry to constantly strive for bet • being complacent while some ter water quality, not to just defend water systems fell apart? itself against critics. Steve said current public and pol Steve asked if the waterworks itical support could enable the industry was not taking the public industry to overhaul aging under for granted by: ground systems; develop new sour • Keeping water prices artificially ces of supply; upgrade treatment low; facilities, not necessarily to meet the
and Rod Holme of Proctor & Redfern
accepted the Award of Merit in the Equipment Category for developing the Proportional Sampler. Full details are reported elsewhere in this issue.
Sudhury proved to be a gracious host city for this most successful conference.
The Ontario Waterworks Equipment Association not only played hosts at the clubrooms but also sponsored Casino Nite with proceeds going to the Sick Kids Hospital. Left to right: Ken Hicks, Denso; Hank St. Onge, Duratron; Cal Hannah, Scepter; and Fuller winner John Pawley. Environmental Science & Engineering, August 1989
The Global Greenhouse effect rience a lesser but still formidable
F. Kenneth Hare*
In the June Issue of ES&E, Dr. Hare
traced the origins of the Greenhouse Effect. In part II of his article he examines some of the possible climatic changes from a warming trend.
How Big a Change in Cli
warming. Effects on Water
(Iv) Less can be said about rainfall and the hydrologic cycle, but It appears l ikely that available soil moisture may be less abundant In Northern Hemisphere mid-latltudes— which Include the world's chief wheat
mate can we expect from the greenhouse effect? Here I am guided by the
and corn growing areas. Water demand will Increase generally.
conclusions of Vlllach 1985, which I
(v) Sea-level may rise between 20 and 140 centimetres during a warming of the sort foreseen In (II) above, chiefly because of expansion of the ocean water column (and only secondarily of glacial melting). A rise In the upper part of this range would seriously affect low-lying coastal areas, espe cially In theworld'sgreatdeltas. More catastrophic rises due to major dis ruptions of the Antarctic and Green land glaciers are unlikely In the next
paraphrase briefly below: Time-Scale
(I) The augmented greenhouse effect is currently due about half to rising carbon dioxide levels, and half to the
other greenhouse gases—chiefly the chlorofluorocarbons, nitrous oxide, methane and ozone. All are known to
be Increasing (ozone In the lower lay ers ony) as the result of human activi ties. The combined future effect may
be the equivalent of a carbon dioxide doubling by the 2030's~l.e., In less than a half-century.
(II) Such a doubling may Induce a
global surface temperature Increase of between 1.5°C and 4.5°C, accord
ing to existing atmosphere-ocean models. The slowness of the oceans
to warm up may, however, delay the effect by some decades. Values out side the cited
range cannot be
(I II) The Impact of this warming Is likely to be geographically nonuniform. High latitudes will warm the most, especially In autumn and win ter. Equatorial regions will expe-
These five predictions are parts ofthe near-consensus that I spoke of earlier. They are accepted, with dif ferences of detail, by most students of climate. They rest on direct mea surement, on predictions of future energy use and technological change, and on elaborate modelling of both the economic and ocean-
and calm conditions are interspers ed. Some of these variations may last for years, and become economi cally-damaging epochs. In any
given decade the effect of such anomalies
changes of the greenhouse effect. The latter has been likened to a faint
signal behind the noise that afflicts AM radio reception. In all probabil ity, the warming in mid-latitudes will show itself mainly by increas ing numbers of dry, hot summers and mild winters-ofthe sort already common in the 1980's. The entire
year 1982/83, for example, was of this sort in many parts of the world, because of a huge anomaly-the socalled el Nino/Southern Oscillation
effect-in the Pacific Ocean. Here in Canada the Great Lakes barely froze. In fact we already get entire
years that resemble what will be
house effect has become the central
normal five decades from now-over
research problem of the field. It has attracted large resources of time,
limited parts of the earth. We are in effect allowed to rehearse the green house warming, and to examine its potential economic impact by direct inspection. We get glimpses of the probable future from such events.
money and talent. Even so, a large measure of uncertainty attaches to all five predictions. Politicians and economic decision-makers are used
to uncertainties. This set of predic tions is no exception. may mislead a listener unaccus tomed to geophysical magnitudes. In fact, the five predictions, if reaiised, wiil amount to a revoiutionary change in worid ciimate, of a sort not rivaiied in the history of civilization. Not since the abrupt end of glacial climates a little over 10,000 years
Has the Greenhouse Warming Yet Shown itself?
The past two decades have seen many climatic anomalies. The worst has been the vast African
desiccation, a much broader process than the so-called Sahelian drought. Analyses by many climatologists, notably Nicholson and Lamb, have demonstrated that this devastating
process began in the 1960's, and con
ago have temperatures changed as much, or as rapidly. The next cen tury may therefore see large impacts on the human economy, with the first signs already upon us. It will
tinues to this day with consequences
also see, if these changes are real
recorded history, on a world scale. It
ized, a potentially dangerous dis
is hence reasonable to ask: is this
equilibrium between soil, vegetation and climate. The world's ecosys tems will be destabilized, in a fashion that cannot yet be predicted
the greenhouse effect at work? Because ofthe large variability of climate just referred to, this has been a difficult question to answer. Extensive reviews, for example by Evans, Forester and Wardie (1987),
in detail. I have no doubt that we are
Climate is naturally variable: droughts follow floods, heat waves follow cold waves, winds, storms
The calm recital of these ideas
Dr. Ken Hare
In practice the greenhouse warm ing will reveal itself in subtle ways.
discussing the central environmental problem of our times.
well-known to us all.
been many other major anomalies of other sorts. Several years of the 1980's have been the warmest in
Continued on page 17
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The Global Greenhouse Effect (cont'd.) that the answer must be "yes". They have mounted large world research efforts to specify the problem,and to identify potential socioeconomic impacts, Since before the 1972 Stockholm
Human Environment in fact, they have been driven by the sense that the biological and physical sciences of the environment have growing predictive powers, and that these should be used to influence the future course of human action. But the world-views of states
men, politicians and business peo ple have been hard to change. For the most part large-scale policies on the national and world scales ignore the possibility that major environ mental change may be ushered in by climatic change, and specifically by the greenhouse effect. With great respect to Mrs. Brundtland, Our
This Conference is the latest in a
series of assaults on this perceptual gap. It has brought together people in the midst of the political struggle into sharp focus. In preparation for it, and for the forthcoming second World Climate Conference(in 1990), the Beijer Institute conducted the two workshops referred to above as Villach-Bellagio 1987. The report of these two workshops neatly identi fies the gaps we have to bridge here in Toronto. I shall not repeat the list. Instead I shall close with com
ments and questions that I believe demand an answer;
Common Future makes little of the
Brian Mulroney where Dr. Harespoke.
climatic factor. Beyond admitting
(i) The question of scale is para mount, when action is being sought. The greenhouse effect is world-wide, both as to causes and as to impacts. Any conceivable action to control, mitigate or adapt to the effect must be taken on the world scale, by the world community. The same applies to the questions of ecological impacts. Do
that weather-related variations in
the political means exist, or can they
Madam Gro Brundtland is a key fig ure in the move for sustainable devel
opment on a global scale.
was taken at the Toronto conference
on The Changing Atmosphere which she
and by McCracken and Luther (1985), are available. The problem is to identify the measurable proper ties most likely to point unmistaka bly to the greenhouse effect. What, for example, should we look for in the outgoing radiative characteris tics of the planet, as detected by satellites? How should we expect stratospheric temperatures to respond? Can sea-level measure
food supply may continue, the report rarely touches on climate. In so not doing it is moving parallel to the great bulk of social, economic and political comment. Yet there is abundant evidence
of the sensitivity of various aspects of the human economy to climatic
existing climatic records?
None of these approaches has yet given an unequivocal answer. But painstaking examination of the glo bal surface air and sea temperature records over the past century and a quarter has begun to yield good results. Analysis by Jones et al. (1986), for example, shows a global rise of temperature between 1860 and 1980 of approximately 0.5 to 0.6C. Villach 1985 estimates that the
greenhouse effect over the past cen tury should have raised tempera tures between 0.3 and 0.7C.
observed signal is thus compatible with the predicted greenhouse warming.
Firmer answers to this question will have to wait a few years. But I should like to express the personal view, based on long experience rather than personal research, that we are indeed witnessing the begin nings of the process, and that the delegates did not come to this Con ference to chase a will-o'-the-wisp. What is the Significance of the Greenhouse Effect?
Do these predictions have a major significance for the future of humankind? Here we encounter a
real divergence of view. Most of my scientific colleagues feel certain
in Our Common Future-and poses the same difficulties.
(ii) A second class of global, climate-
induced issues arise from such things as desertification, energy policy and the condition of the seas and fisher
If not global, al l are widely
dispersedâ€”and defy intranational
ments offer firm evidence? And can
we detect the greenhouse signal in
be devised, to tackle so broad a prob lem? This isan issue likethose raised
Any conceivable action must be taken on
the world scale.
(ill) Questions of acid deposition, and more generally of toxic air pollution, tend to be more limited in area (inter national or regional), to involve a more limited number of states, and to be amenable to specific technical solutions. Yet Europe and North
impact-and to the reverse pheno menon, the impact of human activi ties on climate via the greenhouse
effect and other mechanisms. The
move beyond stalemate?
World Climate Impacts Programme has produced a long literature on the climate-economy links. Here I refer, for example, to the excellent series emerging from HASA (Interna tional Institute for Applied Systems Analysis), under the leadership of Martin Parry (HASA, 1987), and to the series of impact studies com pleted here in Canada (Climate Change Digest, 87, 1-4; 88 1-2) on such diverse fields as agricultural yields. Great Lakes water levels and
Beyond these questions the scien tific community sees grounds for
the effects of sea-level rise. I can
testify that these interdisciplinary studies all had one common aspect; that they were conceived,sponsored and to some extent conducted by atmospheric and ocean scientists (with the help, it must at once be added,of engineers, economists and agricultural scientists). The stimu lus did not come from senior govern
America have found them hard to
handle, in spite of a large degree of How can we
deep concern about the conditions of
the world's eco-system, fresh water, food supply and human health-all on our later agenda. The green house effect touches deeply on these concerns.
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Instrumentation Testing - its importance to wastewater treatment plant control
Since the early 1970's, the
By S.G. Nutt*
puhlic sector, which has the responsihility of regulating wastewater
plant operation, and the private sec tor, who have the responsibility of designing, and in many cases oper ating, wastewater treatment plants, have been actively pursuing the
goal of treatment plant instrumen tation and automation (I&A). The driving force behind I&A has been
the potential for reducing operating labour costs, reducing energy and chemical costs, and improving plant performance through auto matic process control. These goals have been achieved in many process industries, notably the chemical and petrochemical industries. How ever, successful implementation of I&A in the wastewater treatment
industry has been fraught with diffi culties.
In 1976, a U.S. EPA-sponsored survey of 50 American wastewater treatment plants showed that 31 percent of the process control instru mentation in place at these facilities had a performance record that was less than satisfactory. Attendees at an EPA-sponsored seminar on the application of I&A systems in was tewater treatment facilities identi
fied problems with measurement instrumentation and servomecha-
nisms as one of three major I&A
problem areas and recommended improved instrumentation testing. As a direct result of these unfavou
rable experiences with I&A sys tems, the industry has developed a lack of confidence in the reliability of available instrumentation. The
advantages demonstrated by such on-line control strategies as dis solved oxygen control,step-feed con trol and solids retention time (SRT) control seemed to be outweighed by maintenance problems associated with the sensing devices required for their implementation.
tions and marketing information prior to release of products. The tra ditional approach for users has been to acquire a range of "equivalent" equipment from suppliers and to conduct their own testing prior to purchase. Examples of this approach to instrumentation selec tion are common. For instance, the Metropolitan Wastewater Treat ment Plant of Minneapolis-St. Paul
recently completed a costly test pro gram involving sludge cake mois ture analyzers, dissolved oxygen analyzers, flow meters (wastewater and sludge), sludge blanket level detectors and sludge density analyz ers.
water treatment industry
improved I&A equipment is needed and that testing and certification would assist in meeting this need. That is not to say that considerable amounts of money are not already being spent for instrumentation testing and evaluation. Manufacturers rely on their own in-house testing and sponsor field tests to develop equipment specifica20
ITA are threefold:
i) to establish a clearinghouse on information concerning water and wastewater instrumentation; ii) to assist members in developing improved test procedures for instru mentation
agency wishes to evaluate; and ill) to conduct laboratory and field evaluations of various instruments
of general interest to the member ship. The three objectives are aimed at the overall goal of enhancing the ability of the members to obtain the most suitable water and wastewater instrumentation available. All ITA
sponsored testing is done according to a formal test protocol developed specifically for the type of instru
manufacturer and the user. Manu
ment under test.
facturers must supply test instru mentation to a large number of
and users, as well as acknowledged experts in the field of instrumenta tion and control, contribute to the development of the test protocol. The testing is conducted by an inde pendent test laboratory under the close supervision of the ITA Techni cal Committee. Test reports are
potential buyers. Users mustsupply the resources to conduct tests. There
is considerable duplication of effort as each major buyer may conduct tests on the same instrumentation
in his own facility. Test results are not readily available to the general user community.
Perhaps the major shortcoming of the traditional testing approach
available to the ITA membership and to the general public for a fee. All ITA tests incorporate two components, a bench test and a field
is that no formal test standard or
protocol is used. The testing is done to fulfill the specific, limited aims of the testing agency. Inadequate staff and equipment are often avail able to properly evaluate the instru
ITA presently has a total of 38 members, representing municipali ties, regulatory agencies,industries and consultants throughout North
generated are seldom thorough and are not transferable to other agen cies to support purchasing deci sions. The end result is that neither the manufacturer nor the user are
by this testing
approach. The ITA approach
The traditional testing approach There is a consensus in the waste-
directly-sponsored field testing of their own equipment and the users' pre-purchase testing are expensive and time-consuming for both the
tion evaluations began in 1956 and, in 1961, a user group was formed to pool resources for the purpose of instrumentation testing. Similar groups now exist in several Euro pean countries. The objectives of
Instrumentation Testing Associa tion of North America (ITA) is a non-profit association of water and wastewater instrumentation users
who have joined together to improve the reliability of available instru
mentation through a scientific, con trolled approach to instrument testing. The concept ofa formal test ing institute is not unique to North
America. In England,instrumenta
Status of ITA
To-date tests have been
completed on total residual chlorine analyzers, dissolved oxygen analyz ers, and flowmeters for wastewater collection system applications. An updated test of total and free resid ual chlorine analyzers is nearing completion and a test of large-scale wastewater flowmeters is on-going. Future plans include testing of a range of suspended solids, turbidity and sludge density meters. The ITA clearing house is in full operation, offering members a Cen tral Data Bank of costs and specifi cations for a variety of instruments, a Reference Centre for supply and repair data, and a Research Service. *Canvlro Consultants
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SGS Canada expands XRAL Environmental's laboratory capacity toxicology, safety related issues, and laboratory management. Assisting Morton are John Novog, Business Development Manager, and Karen Lopez, Laboratory Man ager, both having over 10 years environmental laboratory expe rience.
Founded in 1878, SGS is the
Some of XRAL Environmental's staff with iab manager, Karen Lopez(far right).
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Experts review past and future trend in pipes Pipes are the veins and arteries of environmentai infrastructures - out of sight and usualiy ignored by the communities they serve so weli. It's an important yet neglected subject - so ES&E commissioned some expert viewpoints on past and future pipe trends. Many municipalities will find valuable insights in these reviews.
James F. Leppard, P.Eng. Macviro
Over the past 25-30 years there have heen some exciting changes in the type of watermain pipe materials available to the municipal water works industry. During this period, some traditional
faded from common use, some have
undergone changes and improve ments while some new products have gained wide acceptance. Until the
cement (AC) pipe was commonly used in the municipal field in areas
with very aggressive soils. This was especially true in Western Canada where the life expectancy of iron pipe was relatively short because of corrosive soils. Available in sizes up to 400 mm,it was an ideal pipe mate
rial for municipal distribution sys tems.
In 1984, the use of AC pipe con taining a particular fibre was banned throughout Canada. This
fibre was suspected of being a car cinogen when ingested as fine dust. This put workers at risk especially during the cutting and grinding of AC pipe. As a result, Johns Manville ceased production of AC pipe in Canada leaving Atlas as the only Canadian producer. This, plus the
growing acceptance of PVC pipe, has led to a decline in the general acceptance and use of AC pipe. Ductile iron pipe was first intro duced to the Canadian waterworks
industry in the early 1960's. Because of its strength, ductility and tough ness it has been widely accepted as a material that is well suited to with
PVC pipe has been widely used in
both used. The final decision usu
this area since the late 70's. At this
ally is based upon the comparative
stand high stresses and pressures. Available in sizes up to 600 mm,it became popular for use in many water distribution systems. This material, however, is sus ceptible to both external corrosion
time, probably every municipality has used it to a certain degree and most use it exclusively. This of course applies to smaller diameters,
cost of the two materials in those
and internal tuberculation. To com
areas. Again, there is virtually no use of AC pipe for watermains in Ductile iron, PVC and,to a lesser
bat these problems, a number of measures have been developed including polyethylene sleeves, yellow-jacket, epoxy and cementi-
extent, Polyethelene pipe, are com monly used for sewage forcemain
tious external coatings and cementitious internal linings. Canron's
Dale A. Knox, P.Eng. [nterprovlncial Engineering Ltd. N.S.
300 mm and below. Concrete pipe is used for most large sanitary and
storm sewers, but there has been limited use recently of the ribbed PVC pipe for installation up to 900 mm. AC pipe was used quite exten sively at one time hut its use has declined and I am not aware of any current use or local distributor.
In the Metropolitan Halifax area, watermain pipe is almost exclu sively ductile iron except in the larger sizes where concrete pressure pipe is used. In the smaller areas outside the Metropolitan area, Lloyd Douglas of MacLenan Sales (a local distributor for municipal service materials) reports that duc tile iron and PVC pressure pipe are
With regard to the trend of the next few years, I do not expect to see any radical change from the present use except possibly we will see greater use of PVC pipe on the inter mediate sewer installations, i.e. up to 750 mm. There may also be an increase in the use of PVC pipe for watermain as there is increasing
Hyprotec pipe, which is a cementmortar lined and coated ductile iron
pipe, is an example of recent devel opment to protect ductile iron pipe from corrosion.
A new zinc coated product is also available. The zinc acts as a sacrifi cial anode for the ductile iron and
provides a degree of cathodic protec
iron pipe in this area. For instance, cathodic protection is being installed on many of the ductile
tion to the pipe. With stiff competition from PVC and reinforced concrete pipe, the future of ductile iron pipe for buried municipal watermains may be
watermain installations in Halifax at this time.
pipe choice for valve chambers.
concern about corrosion of ductile
uncertain. It should continue to be a
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Experts review pipe trends (continued from page 22) pipe is ideally suited for transmis sion pipelines, irrigation networks, water intakes and other applica tions where large diameter pressure pipe is required. The recent development growth in
Ontario has increased
demands which has significantly increased the need for large diame ter pressure pipe. With limited com petition in the smaller sizes from PVC and ductile iron and only steel pipe as a competitor in the larger sizes, the indications are that the use of reinforced concrete pressure pipe will continue for both new and rehabilitation projects. James Leppard
pumping stations and similar installations.
In the mid to late 1960's, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipe was first considered by the AWWA as an acceptable water pipe material and in the mid-1970's, AWWA C-900 was developed for the use of PVC pipe. Since that time, PVC pipe has grown in acceptance by the water works industry and is now recog nized by many as possessing the most suitable qualities for pressure pipe. There are, however,some who are still uncertain about the long term endurance of PVC pipe. But, over the past 5 years, one manufac turer has reported a doubling in the total weight of PVC pipe produced. This can only be interpreted as the result of increased acceptance of PVC pipe. Originally produced in sizes up to 300 mm, PVC pipe was considered a good material for dis tribution systems. Recently com pleted in 1988, the AWWA C-905 specification for PVC pipe up to 900 mm will encourage the use of PVC in trunk and supply lines. This will make for some interesting choi ces in the future between PVC,Duc tile Iron and Reinforced Concrete
Another interesting aspect of PVC is the availability of PVC fit tings. Although currently not widely in use, the future may see the increased use of these fittings. This will only take place as the municipal water works industry becomes more comfortable with PVC pipe and fit tings.
Reinforced concrete pressure pipe was first developed over 40 years ago and since that time has been recognized as an acceptable pipe in the waterworks industry. This pipe optimises the use of steel and con crete and is produced as two types: (i)the lined cylinder type,and (ii)the embedded-cylinder type. Available in sizes from 400 mm and larger,the
encased steel pipe has been used almost exclusively by Metropolitan Toronto since 1954. This type of watermain can be considered as
installed as it is basically welded steel pipe that is lined and encased in the field. Metro has successfully used this pipe in sizes ranging from 750 mm to 2250 mm with few if any problems. Although other municipalities have, on occasion, tendered this type of pipe, reinforced concrete pressure pipe has been selected because of lower costs.
less, Metro are dedicated to this type of pipe and will continue to use it in the future. The potential for other municipalities to use this pipe appears limited. High density polyethylene pipe is a material that is not widely used in municipal distribution systems except where there is a potential for freezing. The material is very robust and can withstand the stress Continued on page 26
Hershel Guttman, P.Eng., R.V. Anderson & Associates
We usually first confer with our municipal clients on the matter as each community has its own set of standards based on local experience with various materials over a period of time. Selection criteria usually used are based on soil characteris
tics, cost of material, ease of instal lation, regional experience with various materials, and availability of pipe. The selection of pipe material usually falls into two categories; those under 450 millimeter diame
ter; and those pipes 450 diameter and larger. For pipes under 450 mil limeter diameter the choice is usu
ally made between ductile iron and cement lined pipe (AWWA C151) and PVC pipe(AWWA C900). Usu ally the choice between ductile iron and PVC is made on the basis of economics. In this case the trend has been towards the use of PVC
pipe exclusively with the use of sacrificial anodes for pipe fittings and valves in areas where the soil
promotes corrosion. It should be noted that the longterm viability ofPVC pipe is indeter minate
consequence, some communities
prefer the use of ductile iron mains with cast iron fittings that are pro tected from corrosion if required. This corrosion protection could take
costly than either ductile iron or PVC. However, it is still a useful conservative choice in that it offers
external corrosion protection, with a proven record of longevity. For pipes 450 millimeter diameter and larger, the choices are between ductile iron pipe, concrete pressure pipe, and concrete encased cement lined steel pipe. In most cases how ever, the concrete pressure pipe is more economical and offers more
positive corrosion protection than ductile iron pipe. Therefore, the trend over the last couple of decades
has been to use concrete pressure pipe. For large diameter water mains, welded steel pipe with
the form of sacrificial anodes or spe cially coated pipe and fittings. In
cement lining and concrete encase;
other words, in this case the choice
of the larger municipalities use this type of construction exclusively for
seems to be between the devil you know rather than the devil you don't know. For 350 diameter and 400 dia
meter pipe, concrete pressure pipe is also available, but is generally more
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ment is a durable alternative. Some
their trunk water mains and have
been doing so for decades. It gener ally has proven to be trouble free as well as economical.
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Pipe trends continued
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of this field. My information relates mainly to water systems, although some comments also apply to sew ers.
In recent years, at least six main types of watermain have been avail able for use. This list includes cast
iron, ductile iron, steel, concrete pressure, asbestos cement,and polyvinyl pipe. Two other types of plastic pipe, polyethylene and polybutylene,:have also been availa ble hut their~use has generally been limited to services.
Cast iron pipe has the longest his tory in Canada. Production was car ried on for more than a century, and cast iron has been in widespread use for decades. Production of cast iron
piping and fittings has decreased however and; at the present time, there is no production of cast iron in Ontario.
Today, all iron pipe is manufac tured of ductile iron, which is distin guished from other irons by the orientation of the free graphite. This gives ductile iron high strength and ductility and it is widely used in the waterworks industry. Steel also has a long history of use in Canada and throughout the world. Useful properties of steel include its great strength, its ability to yield and bend without breaking, and its res
affected by most types of corrosion. In summary, the following types of pipe have been most popular over the past five years in Southern Ontario:
• Ductile iron, especially in sizes of 600 mm or less, • Steel in all sizes, but especially at diameters of 900 mm or greater, • Concrete pressure in sizes of 400 mm and greater, and • Polyvinyl in sizes of 300 mm or less.
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Relocation of Water Pumping Station for SkyDome Award of Excellence - Water - R.V. Anderson Associates the new pumphouse into the City's water distribution network; smcn
• connection to the Toronto Island
Water Purification Plant supply tunnel, approximately 27 metres below ground; • connection to the R.C. Harris
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Diagram of SkyDome area - see cover for inside photos.
ing room for Toronto's renowned SkyDome was the relocation of a 144 year old complex which housed Metro's largest water pumping station.
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tion was purchased by the City of Toronto Board of Water Commis
sioners, and was later assumed by Metropolitan Toronto in 1954. Over the years, the pumping works pro gressed from a minor structure sit ting on a spit of land projecting into Toronto Harbour, using steam driven pumps, to a major compo nent in the Metropolitan Water Works system, as well as the com
plex which housed the Central
to study the feasibility of modifying Metropolitan Toronto's John Street Water Pumping Station, to accom modate a domed stadium over most
of the pumping station, located at the base of the CN Tower.
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Demolition of the original facility has since been completed and the
over a four month period, during
rise of SkyDome as a world class
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In 1984, CN Real Estate engaged R.V. Anderson Associates Limited
original station, in groups of three,
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tion to the water supply from the tunnel.
The innovative concept for this "wet connection" involved;
• tunneling a supply main from the new pumping station into the origi nal 1932 construction access shaft; • constructing a temporary stand-
pipe on top of the access shaft to equalize water pressure with the old tunnel;
• underwater improvements to the opening from the old tunnel into the access shaft.
Three, 35-minute-dives were required to complete the connection, followed by additional dives to close
off the supply tunnel to the old sta tion.
In September, 1987, the transi tion of operations from the old to new pumping station was com pleted ahead of schedule, at a budget of approximately $20 million. The "fast track" construction approach reduced the work period to approxi mately 14 months, from the original estimate of 24 months.
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Regional Landfill, Leachate Treatment
Facilities, Halifax County, N.S. â€” Award of Excellence â€” Wastewater â€” Porter Dillon Limited would enable operators to modify process variables sufficiently to accommodate the scale of transition.
No precedent was available for design of such a system, nor did there exist any operational expe rience world-wide.
dollars was budgeted for the facility. The final capital budget was $3.2 million, approximately 6.7% over the original budget, but within the budget allotted following the close of general contract tenders. The facility was tendered for con struction in February 1986. Con
struction was substantially complete in January 1987 and the plant was commissioned in March
and April of that year. The plant
Highway 101 Regional Landfill, developed in 1976, is owned and operat ed by the Metropolitan Authority, which includes the Cities of Halifax and Dartmouth, the
County of Halifax and the Town of
start-up was in March 1987, and the
biological units were started up undertaken by Porter Diiion Limited in 1984 and, with encouraging results, a pilot testing program was
early in April 1987. The official opening was in June 1987. The anaerobic process, once it attained
equilibrium, has consistently
With funding assistance from the
National Research Council, a pilot
removed more than 95% of the lea
chate organic strength. A major potential contamination problem of landfill leachate in the
site approximately 30 km from
facility was moved to the site and operated for a five month period. In February 1985, design of the
Sackville River has heen success
Halifax, receiving on average 1100
full scale Leachate Treatment Facil
fully resolved. The plant has oper
tonnes of refuse per day, primarily municipal and commercial. No hazardous or toxic wastes are per
ity was commissioned, the first plant in Canada to use this technol ogy for full-scale operation and the
first on-site leachate treatment
ated without any major difficulties. Porter Dillon Limited are proud of the success of this project, as is the oper ations group of Halifax County, who have contributed so apprecia bly, and the Metropolitan Author ity, who demonstrated confidence in the technological choice. The National Research Council sup
Bedford. It occupies a 140 hectare
A leachate collection system was part of the original construction of the site. Leachate was collected in a
perforated PVC underdrain system arranged in herringbone fashion below the landfill. Treatment was
achieved by two aerated lagoons in series. With time, leachate increased in both strength and
quantity. This resulted in overload ing of lagoons and inadequate treat ment, therefore, a program to improve treatment was initiated to assure protection of water quality to the receiving stream, the Sackville River.
Sampling and analysis of lea chate characteristics led to a deci
sion to investigate a high rate anaerobic process to significantly reduce the organic strength of the leachate. Although there had heen developments in the high rate anae robic process in North America, there was very limited knowledge of its application to a landfill leachate. Laboratory bench scale studies were 34
plant in the country. The concept offered a potentially 20% capital cost savings over conventional tech
nology. It is simple to operate and considerably
more economic for
operations and maintenance proce
ported the development of the pro
dures than more conventional tech
cess, and Environment Canada, contributed to the capital cost through its DRECTprogram (Devel opment and Demonstration of Resource and Energy Conservation Technology).
nologies. The high rate anaerobic process dramatically reduces the strong waste (organic removal rates
as high as 90% were projected). Plant effluent discharges to the existing upgraded lagoons where it is aerated to polish the effluent before it discharges through siltation ponds to the Sackville River.
This process accepts variances in the leachate better than other pro cesses investigated, providing the greatest degree of protection for the Sackville River. Methane gas is extracted as a process by-product to provide energy for all space and pro cess heating needs of the plant. The challenge involved first
selecting and developing the pro cess, and second, preparing a detail
design which, when constructed.
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Canton Orford Wastewater Treatment Plant Mention Honorable - Wastewater - Le Groupe Teknika immersed media (biodagene) along with air injection at the bottom. The fundamental point in this aerobic environment is the porous media, facilitating bacteria attachment. The Canton Orford wastewater
treatment plant is the first biologi cal aerated filter Biocarbone to be installed in Canada. lamella sedimektahon
Canton Orford is one of the
The presence of Magog munici pal beach at the point where the Cherry River discharges in Lake Memphremagog along with the fact that Memphremagog is the drink ing water source for the Sherbrooke Metropolitan area, prompted a request for particular decontamina tion (chemicals prohibited) and the Ultra-Violet mode was selected as a means to achieve 900 fecal coliform
most popular tourist desti nations in Quebec. Locat
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Orford, one ofthe biggest ski centres in the province, and surrounded by several beautiful lakes, it has a per manent population of about 2,000. This population grows to 12,000 dur ing some days of the peak ski area season, creating a unique environ mental problem. And in addition to the problem, the Cherry River (the effluent receiving body) discharges ahead of Magog municipal beach in Lake Memphremagog. To protect this unique environ ment and solidify its leading role as a vacation destination, the Munici pality decided to tackle water pollu tion by installing an innovative wastewater treatment system.
The process choice was a key ele ment since the variability of the wastewater required a system flexi ble enough to react rapidly to all conditions, while being simple to operate. At the same time, the chosen system needed to be easily
amenable to future upgrading. A combination of a physicochemical and biological filtration, Biocarbone, provided the needed flexibility. To smooth load and flow variations, half of the existing Imhoff tank was converted to a flow
equalization basin, preceded by rough screening and grease remo val. Microprocessor control system limits the hydraulic load on the fol lowing wastewater treatment units.
The organic load (variation 1:10) is equalized through physicochemical primary treatment and a lamella settler. The lamella settler
provides a superior sedimentation to the traditional units for less pro jected surface area. This wastewater treatment step also meets the very stringent effluent criteria for phosphorus (0,5 mg P, per liter annually). Secondary treatment is achieved by two biological aerated filter cells
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counts (after photoreactivation) per 100 ml.
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periodic, and the spent wastewater is returned to the inflow well.
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The Awards Judges
Environmental Science & Engineering's National Awards Competition was judged by a panel of distinguished experts, including: Dr. Gary Heinke, P.Eng., Dean of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto; Dr. Philip Jones, P.Eng., Department of Civil Engineering, U of T; Dr. Jurek Ganczarczyk, P.Eng., Department of Civil Engineering, U of T; James Bishop, Director, Water Resources, Environment Ontario; Dr. Kenneth Roberts, P.Eng., Water
Resources, Environment Ontario; Gerry Rees, Water Resources, Environment Ontario; Ed Piche, Director, Air Resources, Environment Ontario; Robert G.
Ferguson, P.Eng., Metro-Toronto Works Commissioner; and Geoff Scott, P.Eng., Past President, Water Pollution Control Federation (US). 36
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siudge management program Award of Merit â€” Wastewater â€” Gore & Storrle Limited
A unique sludge handling
for the incinerators,eliminating the need for a separate fume incinerator or chemical scrubbing system.
and disposal scheme is in operation at the Lakeview
Design of a hybrid anaerobic pro cess for the thermal conditioning sidestream followed six years of laboratory and pilot scale studies. The studies were funded by Envir
Plant (WPCP) in Mississauga, Ontario. The innovative sludge management program includes; Canada's first sludge centrifuge process to thicken waste activated sludge without the use of polyelec-
trolytes; Canada's first closed loop thermal sludge conditioning and
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incineration system that operates without the use of costly supplemen
tary fuel; and the world's first hybrid anaerobic process (HYAN) that converts the liquid sidestreams from thermal sludge conditioning to a recoverable fuel gas. Traditional methods of sludge treatment and disposal have become difficult and costly. The spreading of sludges on land is res tricted, particularly for sludges con taining heavy metals. This was a major problem at Lakeview. Landfilling, another option, requires additional dewatering of the sludges. The Lakeview solution is the result of joint efforts over two decades by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment(MOE)in coopera tion with the Region of Peel and Gore & Storrie Limited, handling sludges generated from the treat ment of 285 million litres of sewage per day. Incineration is a viable alterna
tive to traditional sludge disposal methods, provided operating costs can be minimized. Incineration and
heat recovery systems form the core of the Lakeview sludge manage ment program. Importantly, the selected thickening, conditioning, incineration and sidestream treat
ment processes do not reduce the inventory of non-renewahle resour ces, and in fact create excess energy as a resource for other uses. An innovative waste activated
sludge thickening process uses 8 long bowl centrifuges. Long bowl centrifuges were evaluated as the most cost effective thickening alter
native because they eliminated the use of expensive coagulant chemi cals, such as polyelectrolytes. The conventional return of waste
activated sludge to primary clarifiers yields sludges at low solids con-
centrations ranging from 2.5 to 3.5 percent. Full scale testing by G&S at several plants has demonstrated that separate thickening of the WAS gives two benefits: the WAS concen tration is increased to 4 percent;and the primary sludge concentration increases to 5 percent or above. When combined, the plant sludges are at concentrations ranging from 4.5 to 5.5 percent. Sludge condition ing and dewatering equipment requirements are reduced by 50 per cent for these more concentrated
sludges. The thermal sludge conditioning facility consists of three 100 gpm and two 200 gpm treatment streams, as well as five decant tanks and six
vacuum filters. High pressure steam is used to thermally condition sludges, the conditioned sludge requiring no chemicals for dewater ing, and when conditioned in this manner, dewatered sludge burns autogenously, requiring no supple mental fuel. Steam is required for the process to operate. At Lakeview, the necessary steam is recovered as waste heat energy from the inciner ators, creating an effective closed loop energy conservation system. The incineration system, con sists of two fluidized bed incinera
tors, two waste heat recovery boilers and two Venturi scrubbing systems to clean gases leaving the incinera tor. Energy recovered by the waste heat boilers replaces approximately 3.5 million cubic metres per year of natural gas that would otherwise be required to generate steam for ther mal conditioning. The annual sav ings have been conservatively estimated at $680,000. Odourous
onment Canada,the Ontario Minis
try of the Environment, the Region of Peel and Gore & Storrie Limited.
The hybrid configuration, which Gore & Storrie developed for the Lakeview WPCP, had never before been used. The hybrid facility was constructed by modifying two exist ing 27 metre diameter sludge diges ters. Since their commissioning in April 1985,the facility has generally achieved 72% COD and 80% BOD
reductions, while producing between 10,000 and 14,000 cubic metres per day of fuel gas. At these
BOD reductions, plant energy requirements are reduced, saving about $210,000 per year. HYAN technology also protects the air environment because it is
designed as a closed tank process. The contained gases, a usable fuel
having a value of $440,000 per year, are added to the incineration sys tem. The energy then recovered is sufficient to heat all of the plant buildings. In summer, the excess gas is used to burn additional odour ous gases collected from around the
plant, further protecting the air environment.
The project would not have been successful without the combined
efforts of the engineering, opera tions and maintenance groups.
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Environmental Science & Engineering, August 1989
Water treatment using ozone at Atlkokan Award of Merit — Water — M.M. Dilion • an off-gas destruction unit to destroy any ozone left in the air exhausted from the ozone contact tank.
Ozone is a toxic, corrosive gas. All ozone generation and use are confined to a single room isolated from the rest of the plant. Colour causing humics are coag ulated and flocculated with alum
and polyelectrolyte before filtration in four dual media (anthracite and silica sand)filters. Design filter rate
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TOWNSHIP OF ATIKOKAN
WATER IREATMSNf PLANT
The Township of Atlkokan
Water Treatment Plant is the first in Ontario to use ozone. Construction was
completed in March 1988 at a cost of $4.3 million. The plant replaces a 35year old pumphouse which supplied fluoridated and disinfected river water to the community. The raw water from the Atlkokan
River is typical of Northern Ontario water; soft, unbuffered and coloured by humic substances leached from trees and plants. The humics also cause a "swampy" taste. Iron, dis solved from unlined watermains, aggravates the colour and taste problems. Many residents were obtaining drinking water from a well at the airport. A study of water sources by Dillon concluded that the Atlkokan
River was the best practical source of water. Required treatment included:
• colour removal, • taste and odour control,
•stabilization ofthe aggressive water, • disinfection by chlorination. Conventional
processes are ineffective in winter because alum floe does not settle
readily. A number of alternatives, including ozonation and adsorption on biologically regenerated activat ed carbon were pilot tested. Ozona tion for colour removal and taste
and odour control, chemical coagu lation of remaining colour followed by direct filtration was selected as the treatment process. Cost for colour removal with a combination of ozone and alum is less than either ozone or alum alone. 40
Design 20-year water demands are:
• Average day: • Maximum day: • Peak hour:
3000 m^/day 6000 m^/day 104 L/s
• Maximum day plus fire: 228 L/s The plant is designed to treat 6000 mVday. Water to meet the daily short-term peak demands and fire flows is taken from an on-site storage reservoir.
Designed by Dillon, the treat ment plant takes raw waterfrom the Atlkokan River. A new low lift pumphouse pumps the raw water 800m towards the Town to the Treat ment Plant which is across the road
from the Community Centre and borders the Municipal Golf Course.
The Plant is screened by existing trees.
Raw water is first treated by bub bling ozonized air through it. Ozone is a strong oxidant which oxidizes
(bleaches) humic compounds to reduce colour and swampy tastes. Required ozone dosage is about 3 mg/L. The ozone system is capable
Filters are cleaned by surface wash and water backwashing when head loss reaches 1.5m of water column. Backwash can also be initi
ated manually at the operator's con venience. Wash water is discharged to a wash water decant tank and solids are allowed to settle. The clear water is decanted to a small
stream running through the golf course. The sludge, containing about 0.1 per cent solids, is pumped to a sanitary sewer when the added flow will not disrupt the Sewage Treatment Plant.
Filtered water is dosed with fluor
ide, lime for pH correction and stab ilization of the aggressive water and
chlorinated before discharging to the reservoir.
The high lift pumps maintain pressure in the municipal distribu tion grid. There is no elevated stor age. The high lift pumps can meet peak demands(228 L/s) with one of the large pumps out of service. This brand new water treatment
plant will provide Atikokans with an abundant supply of safe, pala table and attractive water.
of an 8 mg/L dose.
Since ozone is an unstable gas,it must be produced on site as required. The ozone system comprises:
• two air preparation units to pro duce clean, dry, oil-free compressed air,
•two Corona discharge ozone gener ators, each capable of producing 23 kg of ozone per day at a maximum concentration of 1.5 per cent ozone
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Markland Series 600
Sludge Depth Meter Award of Excellence - Equipment Markland Specialty Engineering Ltd.
The Markland Series 600 Sludge
Depth Meter continuously moni tors the location of the sludge blanket in settling tanks without using moving parts. It is a microproces sor based, patented, intelligent, state-of-
the-art instrument. The Model 600-DAF
sludge depth meter continuously moni tors the sludge/liquid interface in the Dis solved Air Flotation process. The meter's software algorithm in cludes a hierarchy of error traps to detect, and correct or reject bad data. The Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) communicates with the Operator using words. For exam ple, the meter will shut itself down if it detects a broken wire or other malfunc
tion, and the LCD then will read "Signal Lost - Check Manual".
The Manual tells the Operator to push a button which causes the LCD to display a memory dump that identifies the prob lem. This is a great help in troubleshoot ing since these meters are in service all over the world.
The meter has other unique features such as automatic intensity control of the infrared beam, which boosts the power as the probe gets dirty to overcome fouling, and also to automatically compensate for thick or thin sludges. Originally Markland had planned to provide a Gain control for the Operator to adjust, but as sludge can be thick in the morning and thin in the afternoon (rain storm, plant upset, etc.), manual adjust ment was impractical, so they designed the meter's algorithm to do this automati cally. Another unique feature is the no loss of memory on power failure without using backup batteries, where the users first indication of a battery malfunction might be a tank full of sludge. This meter uses a non-volatile memory permanently written (and overwritten) onto an EEPROM to retain critical memory,even upon extended power failure.
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The P&R Proportional Sampler Award of Merit — Equipment — The Proctor & Redfern Group
Contaminants in drinking
•The PRP Sampler constantly sam ples at the preset percentage of
water, especially lead, have recently become major concerns in many municipalities, raising emotional responses from the public. The solu tion to the issue is closely tied to the
• The PRP Sampler is durable and resistant to breakage while being used because of its glass fibre coat ing. • The PRP Sampler will sample any proportion of water required for test ing without disrupting the daily rou
method of measurement of the con
taminant rather than its presence. The method of calculation of con
sumption of metals such as lead, copper, and zinc, has often been the subject of scientific debate.
tine of the household.
Guesswork and extrapolations of data have been eliminated from
sampling and analysing household and institutional drinking water for consumption of metals, with the use of the Proctor & Redfern Propor tional Sampler (PRP Sampler). Now, health officials and scientists
can precisely determine the level of consumption of metals in drinking water at any point in a distribution system incorporating the routine drinking habits of occupants. The PRP Sampler contributes signifi cantly to the speedy development of
pling method relies upon no water use overnight and requires calcula tions, including extrapolations of data to establish the concentration
of metals in normal drinking or cooking water. Automated methods of water sam
pling draw a preset volume of water each time that the tap is used. These methods faii to take into account var
ying water pressures and the time that the tap was run and the total volume of water drawn.
The PRP Sampler constantly measures to mitigate risks to health brought about by the introduction of removes the same percentage of metals into water supplies and flow and takes into account variable pressures and flow times. No other delivery systems. Traditional methods of sampling equipment currently In use for sam are based upon drawing a sample of pling and measuring water has this capability. The PRP Sampler has household water early in the morn ing prior to any use of standing several advantages over automated water left undisturbed overnight. devices. These include; The plumbing system is then • Reduction of the nuisance factor because fewer pieces of equipment flushed for five minutes, and are required. another sample taken. This sam
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the continuous monitoring of DO in a variety of process and water appiications. Featuring a selection of amperometric sensors, it comple ments an existing line of analyzers measuring pH, ORP and conductiv
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When coupled with an equili brium sensor. Model 1054DO can monitor dissolved oxygen in secon dary settling lagoons. Calibration and the setting of alarm and dead hand values in ppm (mg/i) and/or % saturation are eas ily accomplished by simply depress ing the single function keys located on the front panel. The analyzer also offers self diagnostics to alert
an operator if corrective action is required. Rosemount Instruments Ltd.
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Over 50 new Kotron"^"
RF level sensing probes Magnetroi has released over 50 new Kotron RF Level Sensing Probes in their new sales huiietin, #50-125.
These probes are avaiiahie in a wide variety of configurations including hare, insulated, stiiiweii, inactive sheath, ground wire 90° bend, prox imity plate, reference rod, faced flanges, and flexible. Materials of construction include 316 stainless
steel, Monei, Hasteiioy B and 0, Kynar, PVC, Polypropylene, Haiar and Teflon.
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and part numbers which
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tion. These probes may he combined with most Kotron RF Level Switches and Transmitters to allow
the user to design the level sensing
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♦ WATER SUPPLY, TREATMENT, STORAGE and
V-Notch weir kit NB Instruments low-cost V-notch
weir kit is suitable for measuring flow in pipes from 8 to 42 inches in diameter.
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The mounting arrangementfacil itates quick installation and elimi nates the need for tools.
Specializing in Municipal Services, Stormwater Management and Urban Flood Relief
sophisticated air huhhler system to leak or parts to wear out, the weir is said to he ideal for spot checking flows in most sewer lines and less
expensive than conventional devi ces. Can-Am Instruments Ltd.
Helping Management Make Better Environmental Decisions
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Portable composite sampling for toxic and conventional pollutants Streamline Model 700 portable com posite sampler is designed for the representative collection of toxic and conventional pollutants. It can he supplied with a 3 gallon polyethylene or 2-1/2 gallon glass
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container and 3/8" ID intake line of
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vinyl or Teflon. Its patented liquid sensing sys
Brampton, Hamilton, Kenora, Kingston, Kitchener, London. North Bay,
tem delivers repeatahle volumes by automatically compensating for changing lifts. Ifthe first attempt to take a sample fails due to a plugged intake, Streamline's peristaltic pump initiates a high pressure purge and tries again. The 700 is fully self-prompting with a sealed membrane switch key pad and a 16 character alpha
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What's New New Data Logger/Alarm The 705 Data Logger is powerful, easy-to-use and can keep track of up to 114 analogue inputs plus 32 digital (event)inputs. The operator console of the 705 Data Logger may be up to 1 km away from its input console, which is situ ated on the plant itself close to the equipment or pro cess being monitored, reducing cabling costs. Cancoppas
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Rotameter type of flowmeters
TECHNOLOGY AT WORK
Although the principle is the same as that of the
rotameter, there is no tube that expands conically
IS NOT A BLACK & WHITE ISSUE
upwards. Instead, this patented instrument has a cilindrical guide tube with a conical slot on its circum
ference. This design eliminates the problem of guiding a cylindrical float in a conical tube. Since the annular space between the float and the guide tube is large and remains constant,the instrument is not very sensitive to dirt. Sum ma
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New nitrogen and vox analyzers
METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE Toronto Canada December 4th - 6th 1989
The Environment Trade Show Exhibiting Equipment, Plant, Services and Systems for; • Waste management and recycling • Water and wastewater
•Air pollution • Manufactun'ng • Transportation ofdangerous goods • The workplace
Rosemount Analytical has introduced two analyzers for nitrogen and volatile organic halides. DN-1000 employs chemiluminescence methodology for selective detection of nitrogen in a wide range of concentrations. Special design considerations allow versatility to accommodate diverse applications in
hydrocarbon processing,chemical production,quality control and environmental monitoring.
DX-25 provides fast, inexpensive VOX analysis in
The Environment Congress The first Canadian conference taking a brood overview of the total environment...water, earth and air.
drinking water, groundwater and soil for water treat ment and environmental monitoring. The DX-25is an
effective screening device for determining GC/MSjustification and is used for THM Formation Potential
measurements in drinking water. Technical Marketing Associates Limited
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Removing PCBs from Transformers
Show & Association
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now being offered by ENSR Operations, Ltd. The company also provides PCB detoxification for mineral oil-filled transformers.
Askarel is the name commonly given to "pure"PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl)fluids used as coolants in a great many transformers. ENSR
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tion as an alternative to concrete
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sewer pipe. Perma-Loc PVC Class V pipe and
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fittings are CSA certified. PermaLoc Class IV pipe is approved for storm sewer application by the M.T.C. for the province of Ontario.
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Perforated plastic pipe can also recharge water tables By Veso Sobot, P.Eng.*
Inthe past,designing storm sew
ers has been relatively straight forward. The goal has been to quickly collect runoff and dis pose of it into the nearest water course. Unfortunately, the result has often been downstream flood
ing, erosion and increased pollution. Growing sensitivity to the envir onment has forced many engineers to re-evaluate storm water design philosophies, some a century old. New runoff regulations,such as zero discharge or zero increase, have prompted radical re-design of storm water disposal systems. With new designs, piping needs are changing as well. Engineers now need storm sewer pipes that will give them more than just quick removal of water. Today's designs require pipes to store water, recharge water tables, or reduce
hydrograph can be effectively divided into two components; one is
amount of water. Basically,storage volume can be calculated by taking
infiltrated to the ground while the
other is transmitted to the down
deducting allowable runoff and exfiltration volume. Key to deter mining exfiltration volume is the permeability of surrounding soils. The implications of these new
This will have
major implications on pipe specifi cations in the years ahead. One increasingly popular method of meeting zero increase reg ulations is to use perforated pipes to convey, store and/or dispose of storm water. There can be major advantages to such systems. Surface runoff hydrographs which have been exaggerated as a result of impervious areas can be directed to the ground water, thus helping return the catchment to its natural condition. Also, the runoff
Installation of fabric wrapped perforafed corrugated polyetfiyiene pipe in Manotick, Ontario. Subsurface disposal uses the soi l to cost effectively treat storm water.
stream branches of the drainage network. Downstream pipes can be significantly reduced in size.
But the major advantage of sub surface disposal is that stormwater which is contaminated by sus
pended material can be effectively treated by percolation through the soil very economically. This is not possible without chemical treat ment in either a super pipe or a pond installation.
A trench and perforated pipe sys tem is designed to store a specific
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designs on piping are major. Pipe manufacturers, recognizing the demand, have started to move to
manufacture perforated pipes in combination with filter materials
that keep the soil out of the system. Perforated pipes currently available include porous concrete, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), corrugated polyeth ylene(PE),and corrugated steel pipe (CSP). Although well suited for some
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applications, porous concrete pipes have tended to be more expensive than PVC or corrugated polyethy lene. Corrosion from corrugated steel pipes have raised some envir onmental concerns.
Plastic pipes have typically required less time to install because
their longer laying lengths and ease of handling, reducing construction costs. With municipalities con stantly being forced to do more with
less because of dwindling budgets, the cost savings available by using plastic pipes - whether PVC or corru gated polyethylene - should trans late to their increased use in the storm sewer applications in the years to come as well.
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l/MAl Ontario municipalities repair about 9500 breaks annually. This number is likely to increase along with costs, disruption of service and potential hazards associated with corroding water distribution systems In Canada.
Corrosion is the principal cause of an estimated 20,000 watermain breaks across Canada annually. How many watermain breaks will occur in your municipality? In Ontario alone the average annual breaks is an astounding 25 per 100 km. This results in an annual emergency repair cost of approximately $65 million. It is further estimated that 15% of the water
supplied is unaccounted for. Current predictions are that break frequency is likely to increase.
Why is our infrastructure failing? Soil resistivity, soil contamination, dissimilar metal couples and the extensive use of copper services are major contributors to corrosion. It is likely to get worse as thinner-walled ductile iron pipe continues to experience a relatively high failure frequency. Without expensive remedial programs, Canada's existing iron watermain systems will continue to corrode at an alarming rate.
are expensive, and, while slowing the corrosion process, they do not eliminate it. Your best protection is to use PVC large diameter pipe! PVC is corrosion-free! PVC will not corrode. Recent tests
conducted on 22-year-old PVC watermain pipe showed no deterioration and no loss of strength. Results of the tests performed for quick burst pressure, flattening and impact resistance concluded that the 22year-old PVC pipe would meet or exceed today's strictly enforced standards. Based on the results of these tests, consider the
Can you afford not to use PVC pressure pipe? Protecting the integrity of Canada's municipal infrastructure is a tremendous responsibility. The long-term performance capabilities of PVC eliminate corrosion, withstand stress, provide excellent flow rates and reduce operating and maintenance costs. For tomorrow's
needs, choose PVC today!
long-term performance value of PVC pressure piping.
No other pipe material has been so scrutinized or tested.
Since the introduction of PVC pipe in the mid 1930s, no other pipe material has
PvC pressure pipe is manuTacwrea to
The best protection is no protection.
been so scrutinized or tested.
PVC piping does not require any corrosion protection. Bonded coatings and polyethylene encasement for metal pipe offer limited protection and may require additional expensive cathodic protection. Retrofit programs for existing metal pipes
standards, PVC piping is designed for durability, structural integrity and functional longevity. Smooth interior walls provide a high flow and minimum head loss for the life of the system. Scale buildup and internal corrosion are virtually eliminated.
Manufactured to AWWA C900 and C905
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and C905 standards.
CANADA'S LEADING MANUFACTURER OF PVC RESINS & COMPOUNDS For more information contact:
B.F. Goodrich Canada Inc. 175 Columbia St. W., Box 1625 .Waterloo, Ontario
N2J4N9 (519)888-3349 fax 519-888-3388
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A New Standard for PVC
Injection-Moulded Gasketed Fittings. A New Standard of Excellence With the publication of CSA Standard B137.2-M89,
Scepter Centurion injection-moulded gasketed PVC fittings for pressure applications can now be specified with an extra measure of confidence. Specify Scepter Centurion 4", 6" and 8" PVC fittings for Class 150 and Class ICQ PVC pipe as per AWWA Standard C900, with both pipe and fittings CSA Certified.
A One-Material System Scepter's gasketed fittings offer all the benefits of PVC piping - corrosion resistance, hydrostatic strength, economy, ease of handling, reduced installation time and significant labour and maintenance savings. The demanding requirements of CSA B137.2-M89 support the uniform quality level of our one-material piping system for conveying water and other fluids under pressure.
IPS-OD Compatible Although Scepter Centurion fittings are designed for AWWA C900 pipes with C.I.O.D., connecting into existing IPS-OD pipes is possible. This is easily accomplished using a transition gasket available from Scepter.
Compatible with AWWA C900 Design Philosophy For more than 20 years. Scepter has been a pioneer developer of PVC pipe and fittings. To develop the Centurion fittings. Scepter based its design upon the industry consensus emerging from recom mendations of the American Water Works
Association. Although some thought it couldn't be done. Scepter was able to combine three things successfully: a high molecular weight PVC compound able to withstand high injection-moulding temperatures, state-of-the-art computer technology for precise quality control, and
injection-moulding machines capable of
producing the unusual pressures needed to pack the moulds. CSA B137.2-M89 establishes the
baseline for gasketed fittings. Once again. Scepter has made the technological breakthroughs that lead the industry.
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Scepter is a member of the Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association.
CAN/CSA-B137.2-M69, "PVC Injection-Moulded Gasketed Fittings for Pressure Applications" is available from the Canadian Standards Association, 178 Rexdale Blvd., Rexdale, Ontario M9W1R3. (416) 747-4044
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