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Investigating beneath the earth for hazardous waste impacts Municipaiities and dischargers face more stringent controis Idiotics Anonymous — a companion body for AA Infrastructure, preservation and rehabilitation Vitai steps in practicai waste management Assessing alternatives to CFCs


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ENVIRONMENTAL

Editor and Publisher TOM DAVEY Associate Editor SANDRA DAVEY Sales Director STEVE DAVEY

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Production Manager SAM ISGRD B.C. Sales Representative RON GANTDN Sales Representative PENNY DAVEY

Technical Advisory Board George V. Crawford, 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. Dr. Howard Goodfellow

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August/September 1990, Vol. 3 No. 4 Issued September, 1990

CONTENTS

Idiotics Anonymous — a companion body for AA Comment by Tom Davey Municipalities and dischargers face more stringent controls Article by Karen A. Sisson

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Investigating beneath the earth for hazardous waste Impacts Article by J.F. Gartner

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R. Bruce Smith

Environmental Science & Engineering is a bi-mcnthly business publicaticn published by Davccm Ccmmunlcaticns Inc. An all Canadian publication, ES&E provides authoritative editorial coverage of Canada's municipal and industrial environmental control sys tems, energy management, drinking water treatment and distribution, air

pollution monitoring and control, solid and

Unique Instrumentation and control at sewage pumping station

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Article by Lynn Morgan and Graham Smith Water main materials — infrastructure and rehabilitation

Article by James Leppard

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Conference Photo Reports on BCWWA,PCAO and AWWA/OMWA meetings

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User pay approach needed In water use — a CWWA viewpoint

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hazardous waste treatment and

disposal and occupational health and safety. ES&E's readers include consulting engineers, industrial plant managers and engineers, municipal engineers and officials, key provincial and federal

Computer controlled Instrumentation In fine bubble aeration

environmental

Article by Vera Polyakova

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Operation and Maintenance of Toronto's valves and hydrants Article by D.S. Crichton and P. Fortuna

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Assessing alternatives to CFCs — the UK experience Article by Arthur Fryatt

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Vital steps In practical waste management By Steven J.B. Carter and Fernand Hamelin

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Innovative designs speed up Edmonton sewer rehabilitation Infrastructure, preservation and rehabilitation — a penetrating view Article by Mike Mansfield

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Environmental assessment In the Yukon

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Article by J.F. Gartner Departments

Industry Update Literature Reviews

R&D News

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Product Review Ad Index

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friend Sir Humphry Davy, who invented both cathodic protec tion and a miner's safety lamp which did not explode in the presence of methane. Story on page 26.

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Editorial Comment by Tom Davey-

At last a companion body for A.A. — Idlotlcs' Anonymous science, help arrived in the form of

I consulted with a staff member

a protest action. Somewhat incredu lously, I learned that at least one

of I.A. who confirmed that a hunger strike had taken place for the rea son's given. Being curious, I enquired why the traditional I.A. response of mutual support had not been triggered when it was apparent that a bona fide idiotic reaction was taking place. Somewhat defensively the I.A. woman replied that the victim's friends were actually at an engineer ing party, leaving the hapless stu

person bad gone on a hunger strike to protest the fact that Inco had actually given $1 million to Queen's university. Apparently the pristine Ivory Towers of academe should remain unsullied by any vestige of Inco's generosity; or as one article put it: Adding a coat of whitewash to the ivory tower. This line of thought was once pursued by the French aristocracy who also shrank from dirtying their white iace cuffs with trade, thinking it much more nobie to live off the sweat

In a recent column I postulated

of hapless peasants. The peasants later settled the issue rather abruptly with the Guillotine.

Inco actually gave out a total of

that a new bacterium — imbecil-

$6 million to several universities

us bacillus — could be respon sible for certain idiotic govern

last year, an act of corporate gener osity which starkly contrasts with shrinking federal and provincial funding. In fact Canadian R&D more properly resembles Ethiopian

ment policies. I bad speculated that hitherto

unknown

bacteria

bad

penetrated the air conditioning ducts, much like Legionnaires Dis ease'. This caused otherwise sane

people to propound imbecilic poli cies, often annunciated with great piety, as if reciting Hamlet's solilo quies. But some sceptical scientists

demanded that I test my theories — perhaps on live mice, under strictly controlled conditions — then subject my findings to peer review, before my theory could be considered plau sible.

While I could not afford mice, I felt it might be possible to find some live rats amid the labyrinths of our legislative buildings. Unfortu nately, the various shades of pinks, reds and blues I encountered made

controlled experimentation impossi ble.

But I noted in passing that the Big Blue species in Ontario, driven virtually to extinction after forty years of political inbreeding, were actually beginning to reproduce once more. The Reds — invigorated after immersion in

Meecb Lake

waters — were thriving as never before; but some of the Pinks were beginning to look washed out. So I was still left with a splendid theory of imbecilus bacillus but no empirical studies to vindicate it. Clearly a human experience was needed to further research my the ory.

Then, as so often happens in

famine relief rather than that of a

highly industrialized country. But a student newspaper article

dent alone when the bacillus struck.

This unlikely excuse deflected me from scientific neutrality and pro voked my anger. Here was a woman trying to convince me that partying, drinking even, was actually taking place by students during Reading Week! Clearly she had no shame. But she persisted, insisting that the occasional party did take place. She even went so far as to say some students actually went to Daytona Beach, Florida during Reading Week — this as a further excuse for I.A. inaction when the attack occurred.

I pointed out some facts which might have warded off even the

condemned Inco for its industrial activities in East Timor where it

most virulent attack of bacillus.

alleged genocidal actions were going on by the Indonesian Govern

Nickel, for example, plays a signifi cant role in pollution abatement

ment. At the time ofthe action,a poll

research and treatment. nickel is also vital to

revealed that one in three Ontarians could noteven name David Peterson

as the Premier of Ontario, so I doubted if many students could find East Timor on the map without spe cial tutoring. Clearly this was unlikely to become a mass protest. The students should have been

aware that the money will almost certainly help their less wealthy col leagues. They might also note that hunger is an endemic condition — not a weapon of protest — in many parts of the world which lack our industrial base.

But this protest gave me a chance to observe my theory under con

Refined medical

research, aviation, mass transit, public hygiene and even day-care centres.

On the environment scene, Inco has developed a new oxygen flash furnace which, by using sulphur in the ore body as a fuel, has dramati cally reduced the ecological impact over earlier smelting processes. Indeed this is a world-class environ

mental breakthrough and a symbio sis of commercial and academic R&D.

Gradually, I could see from the look in her eyes that I had made some headway with the I.A. official.

almanac and my hunch was right — there was indeed a chapter of Idlotlcs' Anonymous(LA.) In Ontario.

After some deliberations she rep lied: "I'll put these facts before the student body. Perhaps, just this once, mind you, they will do Inco a

I discovered that I.A. modelled on

favour and take the million bucks. But

Alcoholics Anonymous, is a selfhelp group for highly intelligent, well-motivated people. Their noble, often generous qualities, sometimes result in a symbiotic effect, render ing them vulnerable to the bacillus, resulting in irrational or idiotic

next time don't be so open. Use a laundering technique. Get them to send the money through a food bank

trolled conditions.

actions.

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ada for God's sake — don't use any thing that's successful." 1 No Free Lunches in NDP's Free Fridges — October 1989.


Industry Update= Ontario's big four meet acid rain limits Ontario's four major acid rain pro ducers — Inco Ltd., Ontario Hydro, Falconbrldge Ltd., and Algoma Steel Corporation — mettheir Countdown Acid Rain ^mission limits in 1989, according to a report released by Environment Ontario.

According to the report, Inco,the single largest source of acid gas in North America, emitted 637 kilotonnes (kt)in 1989. Inco's legal limit in 1989 was 685 kt. Inco plans to spend $494 million to reduce its sul phur dioxide emissions to the 265 kt a year limit required by law by 1994. Inco has spent $65 million. Approximately 650 engineers, tech nicians and construction workers are involved in the installation of

technology to remove more sulphur from its ore before smelting. The Inco project includes constructing an acid plant which converts sul phur dioxide, emitted from the smelting operations, to commercial-

grade sulphuric acid. The report says that Ontario Hydro plans to spend up to $2.68 billion to cut its sulphur dioxide emissions from an initial 396 kt in

1980 to 175 kt by 1994. Combined sulphur dioxide and nitric oxide emissions must be cut from 460 kt

(1980)to an annual maximum of215 kt by 1994, under the Countdown Acid Rain regulations. Ontario Hydro has spent $227 million on programs to reduce acid gas emissions. The money has paid for research and development as well as for low-sulphur coal, which is more expensive, and for the equip

ment needed to burn low-sulphur coal. Ontario Hydro plants emitted 305 kt of sulphur dioxide in 1989. The 1989 limit was 370 kt.

Falconhridge Ltd. mustreduce its sulphur dioxide emissions from 154 kt(1980)to 100 kt by 1994. The com pany plans to modify its ore roast ing process to capture more sulphur dioxide and to modernize the Strath-

cona mill where ore is purified. Fal conhridge has earmarked $30

An executive double for Dusanka Dusanka Filipovic, P.Eng., has been elected as a Director of the Pollution

Control Association of Ontario, and also elected as a Trustee ofthe Onta

rio Section, American Water Works Association. She is not only the first woman elected to the AWWA Sec tion Executive — she is believed to

be the first person,male or female,to serve on the executives of both pro fessional bodies at the same time.

As a Professional Engineer and Manager of New Business Develop ment for the Linde Division of

portable device to recapture chlorofluorocarbons(CFCs)from refriger ators, air conditioners and industrial processes. Her invention, called the Blue Bottle™ CFCs Recycling Unit,is cur rently being tested by scientists at ORTECH International with joint funding from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Canada.

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A graduate of the University of Belgrade, Mrs. Filipovic is a

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million for capital costs and $8 mil lion for research and development. In 1989, Falconhridge, which is not operating at full capacity, emitted 68 kt of sulphur dioxide. Algoma Steel continues to stay below its emission limits byrunning its iron ore sintering plant in Wawa at less than full capacity. In 1989, Algoma Steel emitted 71 kt of sul phur dioxide. The 1989 legal limit was 180 kt. The company,owned by Dofasco Inc., mustreduce its annual sulphur dioxide emissions from 285 kt (1980) to 125 kt by 1994. The program, launched by the Ministry of the Environment in 1985, establishes limits for acid gas emissions. Under the program,the four companies must reduce their sulphur dioxide emissions to onethird of the 1980 level by 1994.

Turning landfill gas into electricity Eastern Power Developers Inc. — a

company planning to generate elec tricity from gases produced by a landfill site — has received $1million from the Ontario Ministry of Energy. It is the first instalment of a $3.4million Ministry contribution

towards the $26.5-million capital costs of a generating station now under construction at the Brock

West landfill site, six kilometers east of Metropolitan Toronto. The plant is expected to produce 23 megawatts of electricity for sale to Ontario Hydro — enough to supply the electricity needs of approximately 6,000 homes. The Brock West project will also have important environmental benefits because the electricity will be generated from methane and other greenhouse gases that would otherwise be discharged into the atmosphere. The generating station is being built at the edge of the landfill site under a lease agreement with the Metro Toronto public works depart ment, operators of the site. The plant is expected to begin operations this fall.

ALTECH contract awarded ALTECH Environmental Consulting

Ltd. has been awarded a major Environmental Auditing contract by Environment Canada. Guidance

Dusanka is seen with Ed Nevala, Chairman, Ont.Section A\NWA,following her election as Trustee.

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Industry Update Man jailed for environmental offences Mr. Crowe and Blackbird Hold

For the first time in Canadian his

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tory, a business executive has been sentenced to a prison term for an environmental offence. George Crowe, the president of Blackbird Holdings Ltd., was sentenced to six months in prison for convictions on three

counts

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count under section 16(1) of the OWRA, which relates to discharg ing a contaminant that may impair water quality.

APEO appoints task force The APEO Council has appointed four engineers and one Honorary Officer of the Order of the Sons of Martha to the APEO Task Force On

Ontario

Water Resources Act (OWRA) and the Environmental Protection Act

(EPA). Blackbird Holdings Ltd. was also fined $90,000.

The defendants were also con victed on one count under section

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waste disposal site without first obtaining a Certificate of Approval from the ministry.

The company was fined $30,000 on each count for a total of $90,000.

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On June 22, Mr. Crowe was given a six-month jail sentence on the first

subsequent excavation on the com pany's property revealed more than

The

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E.E. (Earl) Were Introduces Badger Meter to Canada In the 85 years since Badger Meter began making water meters in North America everything has changed but our high standards. In 1905 we opened a small factory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This small workshop of precision machinists has grown into an international business —a company dedicated to precision manufacturing and industry innovation.

In keeping with our tradition of quality, the Utility Division of Badger Meter, Inc. is proud to announce the newest member of our sales team — E.E.(Earl) Were — Manager of Utility Sales — Canada.

With ourdedicationtotheindustry, Earl Isproudto introduce the following product offerings; • Recordall Disc Meters...the highest capacity and

widest range of positive displacement meters in the industry...5/8" through 2" sizes. • Recordall I I Turbo Meters...extended high-flow capability with inventory-saving interchangeable measuring elements...2" through 20" sizes. • Recordall Compound Meters...high accuracy for all flowranges...2" through 6" sizes. • Badger Propeller Meters...when durability and accuracy are your top priority...4" through 14" sizes.

• Recordall Instrumentation Systems...the finest

products available to help monitor and control your operational flows. • Badger Strainers...enhance meter performance ...2" through 6" sizes. • Meter Reading Technologies...the most com plete line of automatic and automated meter read ing systems in the Industry. Badger has always believed that the quality of our company is represented by our people. Earl, a native and resident of Canada, is a veteran of the water meter industry. He is well-acquainted with many water utility personnel in every province of Canada. Earl will be responsible for all Sales In Canada, both directly with utilities, and through a network of water works distributors.

If you would like to know more about our company and products, please contact Earl at (416) 892-0872, Fax:(416) 892-0898, or write 59 Woodside Square, Fonthiil, ON, LOS 1E4.

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Alberta adopts new guidelines for drinking water quality

detect, locate and repair leaks not

sure or vacuum within the leaking cell. Physical repairs can then be made when convenient. In this way the liner integrity can also be dem onstrated to the licencing authori ties should this be required. These capabilities make it possi ble to substantially reduce or elimi nate undetected leakage and resultant environmental damage and to mitigate the risks and liabili

detected by conventional methods. Testing during operation allows

ties associated wdth the contain ment of hazardous wastes.

that has leaked into the cell for

small holes, the size of the hole can

be determined and the liquid can then be returned to the contained

New drinking water quality guide lines will be implemented in

area. Liner systems can also com prise multiple layers with geonet in between each liner system or two

Alberta. The new Guidelines cover

liners that have textured sides.

95 drinking water quality parame ters, including bacteriological, radi ological, chemical and physical

structed allows the installers to

parameters.

Allowable lead levels in drinking water are being reduced from 0.05

milligrams per litre to 0.01 mg/L. Davis Controls Limited:

Licence Agreement Dr. Thomas Klinger-Lohr, President of Klinger AG of Egliswil, Switzer

Testing of each cell as it is con

operators to confirm the on-going integrity and satisfactory perfor mance of the system, and to detect the onset of leaks, if they develop. When leaks are detected,they can be located and quantified, and undesir able flow can be counteracted by maintaining and monitoring a pres

The award was for the design of the first installation of a Robertson

Barrier Liner System where it was used by the Department of Forestry to line an evaporation pond contain ing apron washdown of aircraft fuel and fire retardants at the air tanker base at Abbotsford.

land and Paul Grenfell, President of Davis

Controls

Limited

have

announced that a Licence Agree ment has been signed covering the transfer of technology from Klinger

The shooting of Rex (with cameras ofcourse)

to Davis for the manufacture in

Canada of Klinger sight ievei gauges. The Klinger organization has been a world leader in visual level gaug ing for more than a hundred years. Sight level gauges of the conven

tional type have been used in high temperature, high pressure process applications for many years, as well as in steam boiler applications. With the development of the mag netic level gauge technology by Klinger, the market for this type of product has expanded and now includes many difficult and hazard ous chemicals.

Liner System Wins BC Environmental

Design Award The first 100% testable geomembrane lining system for security in

Rex with 3 year old Calvin.

How do you convey the inherent strength of PVC pipe and fittings? Engineers naturally would retain technicians to test a PVC fitting under controlled conditions.

BFGoodrich Canada Inc., manufacturers of PVC resins and com

the containment of valuable mate

pounds, conducted a 9,000 lb weight test on a PVC fitting. Tests

rials or hazardous waste, the Robertson Barrier Liner System has

were done with the fitting, both lying flat and on its end. The results? Minimal deflection or other impacts.

been awarded the 1990 Environmen-

But BFGood rich decided on a more imaginative way to demonstrate the strength of PVC pipe and fittings. They chose Rex,a21 yearold Indian elephant to actually mount and stand on the fitting. Talk

tai Engineering Design Award of the British

Columbia Professional

Engineers Association. The Liner System utilizes exist

ing geosynthetic membrane liners and seaming technology to provide a fully testable system. The Liner consists of two or more layers ofgeomembranes, sealed together at the edges to create cells, while encapsu lating a highly permeable layer of geonet, thus creating airtight cells. A vacuum is then created in the cell

by means of a vacuum pump system and by observing the vacuum pres sure of the cell, it can be determined whether there is a leak in the liner

about l ive loads!

Rex was chosen because elephants are synonymous with great weight, great strength, and long life.

As safety was a prime concern,the fitting was sandwiched between two metal plates.

The 'shoot' was done in colour (see center spread) and as a video production. Free videos and posters of the shoot wiii be available early in the New Year.

Rex's reward? Scorning the usual commercial residuals, he opted for a bushel of apples. Further information and request for video, check reader service card #250. (Limited numbers available)

system. By withdrawing the liquid

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Industry Update Clean water action committee backs water & sewer commission Ontario's sewer and watermain con

CWAC has also urged the govern ment to require all municipalities to adopt full-cost pricing, including

meeting the challenge

tractors, who for years have pressed for action to upgrade and maintain inadequate underground services, are pleased with the Ontario govern

amortization and

of the future

ment's decision to form a utilities commission to fund such work.

"The government is to he com mended for making an excellent start," said Alan Gordon, chairman

The

of the sewer and watermain indus

try's Clean Water Action Commit tee."It is encouraging to see that our efforts are beginning to show results, and we want to renew our offer to help complete the joh." Ontario Sewer and Watermain Con

isn't enough to take care of the pipes that are already in the ground, let alone expand the systems.The critics of this plan should take a hard look at the existing systems, because they

tractors Association, which acts on

are pollution time bombs," says Alan

behalf of a broad range of other organizations. It has published two reports and produced several infor mation programs designed to acquaint politicians and the public with the deteriorating state of the province's existing sewer and

Gordon. The CWAC submitted a brief in

The CWAC is a committee of the

watermains. Since Treasurer Robert Nixon announced the formation ofthe util

ities

commission, much

of the

debate has focussed on new con

struction. "But the fact is the money committed to date for aii purposes

debt-retirement

charges, and to require users to pay according to volume consumed. CWAC will be pushing to see such criteria built into the legislation set ting up the utilities commission.

early March,and recommended four steps to begin rehabilitating sewer and water systems. CWAC has called for legislation

committee

also

recom

mended that revenues generated from full-cost pricing he reserved for the maintenance and development of underground infrastructure, and that the province provide alternate

ways to obtain capital funds in situations where a municipality cannot afford the full cost or repair ing existing damage.

Ozone guideline most frequently exceeded

and

Ground level ozone guidelines were exceeded more often than any other

water systems to be treated as utili

air pollution criterion in Ontario in

ties in the same manner and under

1988, according to the 1988 Annual Report on Air Quality in Ontario released by the Ministry ofthe Envi

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sewer

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recorded at Long Point Provincial Park on Lake Erie. The high ozone levels at this location were caused

hy the long-range transport of pollu tants, primarily from U.S. sources.

The one-hour criterion for ground level ozone of 80 parts per billion (ppb) was exceeded at least once at 46 of the 48 stations which moni

tored for the pollutant. Provincewide, the ground level ozone criterion was exceeded during 6,955 of the 367,104 hours tested, or 1.9 percent of the time. Ground level ozone is produced during the warm months when nit rogen oxides and hydrocarbons react in the presence of sunlight.

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Automobile exhaust and industrial

plants are the major sources of this pollution. The long-range transport of these pollutants from the United States accounts for more than half

of the ozone in Ontario. High ozone concentrations can damage vegeta tion and property and impair human health.

The 1988 annual report,contains the monitoring results for nine gases at77locations and for particulate matter at 152, locations across Ontario. Seventeen of the 77 stations,

which monitored for sulphur diox ide exceeded the one-hour criterion

of 0.25 parts: per million (ppm) at least once in 1988. The highest onehour value (1.24 ppm), was recorded in Copper Cliff near Sudbury. Copper Cliff recorded the greatest number of readings above the onehour criterion (85 of 6,192 hourly

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Municipalities and dischargers must prepare for more stringent controls

Increased industrial activity in

requirements will exist independ ently of, and in addition to, those MISA regulations which impact upon direct discharges by private industry. The Program will initially impose discharge limit regulations on 22 major industrial categories across the Province. The subject industries will be required to meet specific discharge limits determined by the best available technology that is economically achievable (BATEA). Each industry will be per mitted to select its own methodology to meet the new discharge limits. Once in place, the Program will he reviewed periodically by the MOE to

Ontario has produced higher levels oftoxins in sewage result

ing in the destruction of some

bacteria in the treatment process. Unlike conventional pollutants, residual

toxic

substances

resist

breaking down harmlessly, posing risk to life forms even in low concen trations.

The Ontario Ministry ofEnviron

ment's(MOE)Municipal Industrial Strategy for Abatement(MISA)for the control of water pollution is aimed at upgrading ineffective pol lution control procedures. MISA's goal is the virtual elimination of toxic contaminants discharged into Ontario waterways by industry and our municipalities. While MISA remains an Ontario initiative, its philosophy has been well received and it is expected to have a profound national impact. MISA was launched in June, 1986 and has proceeded on a sectorby-sector basis. The MOE has created a separate category for each of nine major industrial sectors plus the municipal sector. MISA requires that each sector must iden tify which contaminants are being discharged. Abatement require ments will then be imposed on dis chargers in Ontario. The MOE has promulgated effluent limit regula tions for most industrial sectors sub

ject to MISA.

These regulations

By Karen A. Sisson Blake, Cassels & Graydon

determine whether limits should be

provide a basis for prescribing spe cific effluent limits on discharges. An effluent regulation for munici palities has not been issued at press time.

A joint technical committee for the municipal sector is considering regulations which would impose effluent limits on discharges made directly into waterways by sewage treatment plants (STPs). The com mittee is also reviewing a proposal to develop a Sewer Use Control Pro gram (The "Program"). The Pro gram represents a move by the Province from a voluntary com pliance system to one that will be enforced by provincial statute. Its

tightened or the list of candidate sec tors expanded. Industries not covered under an

industrial sector BATEA discharge limit

and

industries

which

dis

charge significant quantities ofcon ventional pollutants will have to meet local limits imposed by the municipalities. For dischargers reg

ulated by a provincial BATEA limit, the more stringent of the local limit

and the provincial limit will apply. The Program will also address spills to a sewer system. The MOE will define what constitutes a spill and impose notification require ments upon those who caused it. Liability for damage or loss Continued overleaf

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and workshop leaders on such topics as the Approval Process for Municipal Landfills or the Impact of MISA on Municipalites. Other sessions will cover:

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increasingly complex regulations facing indus

Who should attend?

Industrial managers Real estate developers Financiers

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Municipal officials

tries and municipalities. • Environmental Prosecution and MOE Search and Seizures.

• Reai Estate, Deveioping and Financing. In an

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potential buyers, developers and financiers. • Due Diiigence and other legai issues.

Remember, what you don't know can hurt you - or your company. This seminar permits a rare interface with top experts practising in the field. The format is designed to ensure audience participation, enabling particular problems to he addressed.

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>eminviv program MORNING ■ Concurrent Sessions (9 a.m. • noon)

Topics: • The municipai role in enuironmentai protection and pub lic heaitti.

ipality of Ottawa-Carleton.

• Local public health departments:the mandate to identify, investigate and assess contaminated sites. • The impact on municipai planning: decommissioning and redeveiopment of contaminated land. • Municipal impact of the MISA program. •Policing discharges into municipal sewers and the dispo sal of surplus excavated materials.

Peter R. Walker, Senior Principal, Walker, Wright,Young Asso

• Enforcement issues of the '90s.

The Perils of Municipal Landfills and Master Waste Plans Panel:

Burton H. Kellock,QC.,senior partner, Blake,Cassels& Qraydon. Judy Wilson, Manager,Special Projects for the Regional Munic

ciates.

Environmental Dffences: Prosecution and Defence

Topics:

• Successful waste management master planning. • Preparing the environmental assessment report • The public participation process. • Pre-submission consultations.

• Interuenor funding. • The environmental assessment hearing. • Future directions.

From "Cradle to Grave": The Storage. Transportation and Disposal of Hazardous Materials Panel:

Robert M. Fishlock, Blake, Cassels & Graydon.

Panel:

Stan Berger, Senior Prosecutor, Ontario Ministry of the Envir onment.

John D. Brownlie, Q.C.,senior partner,Blake,Cassels& Graydoa Kathryn N. Feldman, partner, Blake Cassels & Graydon. Topics: • Statutory powers us. civil rights on search and seizures. • The defence of due diligence. • Emergency response procedures. • Fines and penalties. • Liabilities of officers and directors.

Dr. Harch Gill, Trow Dames & Moore.

Kevin Connors, Chemical Waste Management Inc. Norman Mauch, Regional Manager, Central Region,Transpor tation of Dangerous Goods Directorate. Topics: • Ontario and Canadian statutory requirements. • Worker heaith and safety requirements. • Underground tanks and the management of hazardous and iiquid industrial waste. • Municipal and private waste treatment and disposal. • Transportation of dangerous goods. • Emergency response planning.

Environmental Roulette - Dealing with Buried Treasure Panel:

John L. Ronson, partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon. Anthony J. Cmtcher, partner, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

Secured Lenders and Receivers —

Unwitting and Unwilling PiayersL Panel:

Robert M.C. Holmes, Senior Vice President, Coopers and Lybrand Limited. Derek C. Hayes, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Legal Division, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Kevin P. McElcheran, partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon. Topics: • Basis of enuironmentai liability. • Assessing the risk before taking the loan - identifying the warning signs - site inspections and other techniques - use of environmental audits

• What to do before taking control of your security. • The dangers of operating and selling security.

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Third participant to be announced. Topics: • Enuironmentai due diiigence searches.

Registration Form

• Enuironmentai audits.

• Privilege against disciosure of audit reports. • The vendor's duty to disclose contaminants. • Negotiating the purchase agreement and indemnities. • Liabilities after closing.

Afternoon — Concurrent Sessions

Name & Title

Company Address

(1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Contamination of Land and Water:

Municipal Solutions Panel:

Robert Ferguson, Commissioner of Works for Metropolitan Toronto.

Jim Bishop, Vice President, Environmental Protection Labora tories and former Director of Water Resources Branch, MOE.

R. Bmce Smith, partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon.

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incurred as a result of the spill and other compensation provisions will also be imposed. Industries with significant spill potential will be required to implement an approved spill prevention program. In addi tion, industries with contaminated run-off potential may be required under The Program to implement a Best Management Practices Plan. Enforcement responsibilities will be shared by the MOE and the municipalities. Municipahties will be responsible for developing and implementing an enforcement plan that incorporates all provincial and local discharge limits. Any such plan will be subject to MOE appro val. Once the plan is approved and implemented, results of all munici pal enforcement activities will be reported to the MOE and the MOE will continue to audit. Where dis

charge limits are exceeded, the MOE will, under provincial regulation, prosecute offending industries for

appropriate by-laws. Amendments to the Municipal Act, the Environ mental Protection Act(EPA)and the Ontario

Water

Resources

Act

(OWRA) will also be required. Under the Municipal Act, each municipality is empowered to imple ment by-laws regulating discharges into municipal sewers. The interim strategy to control toxic discharges is a model sewer use by-law pre pared by the MOE and the Munici pal Engineers Association which is currently being used by municipali ties to draft their own by-laws. The Model Sewer Use By-Law (Model By-law) provides for general con

Repeated violations of local sewer use by-laws have recently resulted in fines of $100,000 being upheld in court. The present version of the Model By-Law provides for the levy ing of fines as high as $5,000.00 for a first offence by an individual and, $10,000.00 for any subsequent con viction. A corporation may be fined as much as $25,000.00 for a first offence and $50,000.00 for any sub sequent conviction. Provision is also made for a court to impose com pliance programs on dischargers or to issue orders of prohibition against an industry for noncompliance. Notwithstanding the Program, general prohibitions under the EPA and the OWRA respecting impair ment of the environment or water

trols on toxic substances and addi

continue to apply. Under these sta tutes, penalties upon conviction can be as high as $50,000.00 for each day

tional monitoring, inspection and enforcement mechanisms.

Once

provincial regulations have been implemented for sewer use control, municipalities will be required to include in their by-laws any aspects of the Model By-law that remain

of an

offence for individuals and

$1,000,000.00 per day for a corpora tion.

The Program will take several years to implement while regula tions are drafted and municipalities

Although, some municipalities have already adopted the Model By law, sewer use by-laws currently vary in content and consistency of

The implementation process con tinues to be a long one. The MOE is not expected to announce its final position with respect to The Pro gram until this summer. Municipal ities and dischargers must prepare for the more stringent controls that

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Floaters, sinkers and mixers

Investigating beneath the earth for hazardous waste impacts The second element in the model

is the Pathway. How does the pollu tant move through the environ

/SOURCE V Ground Water Table

ment? If it is in the air above the

ground, an air dispersion expert is required. If the prime movement is on top of the ground, a surface water hydrologist should he involved. But when contaminants travel beneath

/CONTAMINANT PLUME-',

FIGURE 2 MISCIBLE "MIXERS"

the ground, you need a hydrogeologist.

The third element is the Receptor of the pollution, which can he humans, or terrestrial or aquatic plants and animals. Specialists in the receptor field are risk assessors, toxicologists and health experts.

By J.F. Gartner*

A major problem for those responding

to

ground-

water contamination is to first define where the con

taminants are coming from, where they are going and what will he their impact when they get there. These very basic questions are often not answered at the beginning of an

investigation. This Is especially true if the environmental problem has created a high profile response from the public and their political repre sentatives.

Source-pathways-receptor In our consulting practice, we have devised a simple model which helps to define the "environment". We divide the environmental pro cess into three distinct elements

(Figure 1). First, there is the Source of the pollution. Is it from burning tires, municipal garbage or from a toxic waste disposal area? Is it a point source or a non-point source? If the focus of the problem is the source, then the appropriate profes sional should he approached to search for a solution. For example,a chemical or a process engineer is more suited to comment on source

problems, than say a hydrogeologist. MTHVWYS

<|^SOORCE^ RECEPTOR

FIGURE 1 SOURCES . PATHWAYS . RECEPTORS

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water at different points within the subsurface, and then calculate its flow path, its velocity, its gradient and the quantity of groundwater flowing beneath the ground. At this stage ofthe investigation, we have defined the geological model of the terrain and established

Underground pathways All of these elements of the envi

the hydrogeological parameters of the model. The next step is to ana

ronmental model are important, hut the one that you cannot see, the underground pathway, is often the most significant. So let's explore contaminant pathways in the sub surface, and see how groundwater can he affected by source pollutants. The characteristics of the geolog ical materials below the ground's surface, control the rate and quan

lyse the subsurface contaminants that have invaded the system.

tity of groundwater and contami nant movement. Thus, an

lutants. Chlorides, a common con

understanding of the hydrogeological setting is mandatory in order to predict potential groundwater con tamination problems or to reme diate existing problems. Before we can understand the

hydrogeological setting, we must first define the geology, not only in two dimensions as we see it on a

map, hut in the third dimension of depth below the ground surface. This can he done by studying aerial photographs, reviewing published geological reports, researching water well records and understand

ing the geological history of the area. The investigator acts very much as a detective, using inductive and deductive reasoning to assemble a three dimensional model of the ter

rain without having left the office.

Once the geological model is established, it is time to design the field program. The purpose of this program is to verify the model and collect real time samples that can he tested in the laboratory. Field obser vations are made, boreholes are drilled and monitoring systems are installed to measure the natural environment. There are methods to

measure the hydraulic head of the

Groundwater contaminants

Groundwater contaminants occur in two main forms: those that

are easily dissolved in the groundwater, called miscible pollutants, and those that are not easily dis solved or easily mixed with the groundwater, called immiscible pol taminant, are examples of the miscible pollutants, and PCBs are an example ofthe immiscible chemi cals. The miscihles usually mix with the groundwater and form con taminant plumes that flow in con cert with groundwater (see Figure 2). The immiscihles are different. They may he heavier than water and sink in compliance with the laws of gravity, taking altogether different pathways from well estab lished groundwater flow paths (see Figures). Other immiscihles may he lighter than water, and float on the surface of the groundwater,as gaso line does when it leaks from tanks

(see Figure 4). Immiscible liquids that are ligh ter than water are commonly referred to as floaters, the most com mon being gasoline. Almost all ser vice stations have underground tanks, and many of these leak, hav ing done so for many years. What happens is that the product leaks downward through the subsoils, reaches the groundwater table, and because it is less dense than water,it floats on top of the water table. As more gasoline is added, the weight 'President, Gartner Lee Ltd.

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of the product depresses the water table, and the product sits there undetected, literally for years. The fumes from the gasoline can per meate upward and cause a hazard above the water table. These types of problems can cause serious con cerns between buyers and sellers of properties. Let me explain by way of an example. A case history Some time ago we got a call from

the owner of an ink manufacturing business. He said that the Ministry of the Environment had told him

that he was polluting and that he would have to clean it up or face the consequences. He was puzzled and asked for our help. Here is what had happened. A number of years ago, the pre vious owner, who carried on a differ ent business from the present

owner, had disposed of paint thinner in an underground tank beneath the plant. Over the years.

clean-up. The product was pumped to the surface, stored in drums prior to disposal in a certified manner. Sinkers

SOURCE.

The immiscibles that are heavier

than water are commonly called Sinkers. Because they are heavier than water,they sink down through the groundwater and find their level through the laws of gravity. These are compounds that chemists call chlorinated solvents, the most rec ognized being polychlorinated biphenyls — PCBs. When these compounds enter the subsurface they proceed through gravitational forces to sink through the unsaturated and saturated zones, to a more impermeable barrier at depth. As they proceed through the saturated zone, small amounts are dissolved into the groundwater and take the directional flow of the groundwater. But, the majority of the product finds its final resting place at depth, resting on an impermeable barrier.

SOURCE

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IMMISCIBLE "FLOATERS"

flows along the path of the groundwater. We can plot the boundaries of this plume in a number of ways. Because the plume contains many forms of salt, it is usually more con ductive to electric currents than the

surrounding uncontaminated water. We can measure this conduc

tive difference using electromag netic devices, similar to those originally designed to find ore bodies. We also take groundwater samples from our monitor boreholes and do laboratory tests to determine the presence of pollutants. In these ways we can actually plot the length, width and thickness of the contaminant plume. To clean up a mixer, you some times have to install purge wells that

will draw the contaminant

plume into the capture cone of the purge well, and pump it to the sur face where it can be treated and

BEDROCK SURFACE

returned to the groundwater system. Sometimes it is necessary to dig up the source, and at other times the natural conditions of the geological environment will attenuate andpur ify the contaminants in the invad ing plume. Science provides the foundation

FIGURE 3 IMMISCIBLE "SINKERS"

the thinner had leaked from the

It is very difficult to discover and

tank, resulting in about three metres of product being deposited on the water table, 7 metres below the building. No one knew about it, especially not the new owner when he bought the building. The product probably sat there, undetected, for about 20 years. Unfortunately for the new owner, the municipality was driving a

to retrieve these sinkers, especially if they have been able to lodge

sewer tunnel under the road in front

The miscible compounds, those that mix with water, are called Mix ers, and these are the most common

of the plant. The depth of the sewer was about 10 metres below the sur

face, and dewatering for the tunnel drew the paint thinner into the tun nel excavation (see Figure 5). Of course the work stopped, and the contractor sued the building owner for revenue lost due to the work stop page. The Ministry of the Environ ment ordered the owner to clean up the contamination. And the owner

held back m ortgage payments to the original owner to help pay for the

within the fractures of bedrock. It is

analogous to dropping a thimble full of mercury on your unistone patio, and then trying to find all of the bits of mercury, and worse yet, trying to recover them. You are never going to find it all.

Hydrogeological techniques for investigating contaminant path ways below the ground surface are well developed today, although more research is needed. The major need, however, is to communicate to the policy makers at the municipal, provincial and federal level, that science provides a foundation upon which they can make meaningful policy decisions for the benefit of the environment. ES&E

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forms of contaminants in the sub

surface. Leachate produced under a municipal landfill is an example. In many hydrogeological investiga tions, chloride is used as an indica tor of where the contaminant plume is going, because the chloride ion is so mobile.

When leachate reaches

the groundwater table, the miscible components are dissolved in the water, and the contaminated plume

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Unique Instrumentation and control at Sewage Pumping Station

TheRegional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton's

Acres

Road Sewage Pumping Station in Nepean, Ontario is designed as a fully automated, unmanned facility. The entire sys tem is controlled and monitored by a stand alone Allen Bradley 2/17 Pro grammable Logic Controller (PLC) located in the station's Instrument Control Panel.

Incoming sewage flow data, building intrusion or fire/methane gas alarms, and equipment alarm and status data are stored in the

PLC where they are date and time stamped. A printer located in the Acres Road Pumping Station office provides operators or maintenance personnel with a paper copy of all alarms and their time of occurance.

This feature gives quick and effi cient diagnosis of system problems. The PLC is programmed to accommodate future communica tion to the Robert 0. Pickard Envir

onmental Centre as part of the sewage treatment plant's supervi sory control and data aquisition (SCADA)system. This facility will eventually allow some 300 digital and 150 analogue points from Acres Road to be monitored at Robert O.

Pickard. System design at Acres Road will permit a future SCADA controller to he installed to provide back-up control to the PLC with minimum interference to the operat ing plant. The capability of monitoring the operations and modifying the Acres Road programs from Proctor &

of pumps required and their speed.If the signal from either of the trans mitters differs from the other by an adjustable margin, an alarm is gen erated and the "out-of-range" trans mitter automatically eliminated from the process control. Wet well float switches back up the ultra sonic devices and operate the standby pumps, if the PLC system

charge flow to continue during pumping transitions and sequence changes. If any pump fails or is not selected for duty, the next pump in sequence will be initiated. In the unlikely event that programmable controller failure occurs during unmanned hours, all main sewage pumps will continue in their last state until stopped by the low level switch in the wet wefi. During this time, the Clyde Avenue Central Monitoring Station would he informed via radio link to dispatch maintenance personnel to the pumping station. If the wet well low level float switch has stopped all the main pumps, the station automati cally reverts to standby pump opera tion, utilizing the hardwire float switch to control the pumps and sluice gates until the maintenance personnel arrive. When hydro failure occurs, the standby generation is initiated and

fails.

comes on line within two minutes.

The main sewage pumps are con trolled sequentially via operator selection. From the level signal the PLC calculates pumping capacity required, both by rate-of-rise and by proportional, integral, and deriva tive (PID) control equations. The rate-of-rise calculation anticipates and accomodates surge conditions by initiating additional pumps. The

The PLC checks the pumping requirements of the station and starts the pumps necessary to main

By Lynn Morgan, P.Eng., and Graham Smith, C.E.T.*

variable speed drive pumps and one fixed speed pump. The ultimate cap ability of the station is eight 400 hor sepower pumps each rated at 700 litres per second. During hydro fail ure, emergency power is supplied by two 1450 kW diesel generators designed to power the total ultimate station needs. Dual ultrasonic level transmit ters monitor the wet well level. This ultrasonic level controls the number

PID

control allows smooth

dis

tain control. The control software

recognizes which of the two genera tors has started and thatsome ofthe

pumps will not be available to oper ate in the selected sequence. It will automatically resequence opera tions to accommodate the available Continued overleaf

Redfern's Toronto offices or from

any of the Region's offices via a modem and telephone link, is pro vided in the design ofthe software of the Programmable Logic Con troller.

This will reduce downtime

and costs to resolve and diagnose any process problems. Because of the pumping station's importance in the Region's Watts Creek Relief system,a unique operat ing philosophy was developed and implemented by Proctor & Redfern. A combination of both hardwired and softwired interlocks and redundant

field devices is used,depending upon the severity of the situation,to ensure that pumping is maintained.

The major components ofthe sys tem consist of four 400 horsepower

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Unique Instrumentation system (Continued) pumps. If the incoming flow rate is

beyond the capability of the pumps available on one generator, the second generator will automatically be initiated and the system sequence rescheduled. Communica tion between the Watts Creek sluice

gate, Watts Creek flume and the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-

Carleton's Clyde Avenue Central monitoring station is carried out by a Motorola INTRAC 2000 radio tele

metry network which directly inter faces with the PLC system. The Programmable Controller receives data from equipment at Acres Road and two remote loca

tions at the Watts Creek sluice gate

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and flume. The PLC makes process decisions based on preprogrammed criteria and then sends instructions

to the various equipment to provide a stable flow to the discharge force mains.

Two sluice gates limit flow in the incoming sewer. One gate located at the Acres Road station acts as an

isolation gate, and can be throttled back to prevent pumping capacity being exceeded and consequent flooding. The other gate, approxi mately five km from the station at Watts Creek, operates in tandem with the Acres Road gate in emer gency situations. The PLC controls the rate of closure of the gates to prevent "lock-in" of incoming sewer inventory. The Watts Creek flume, located approximately three km from Acres Road, houses an open channel ultrasonic flow meter. This

flow is reported to both Acres Road and Clyde Avenue Central System by the INTRAC radio network. Detailed design ofthe Acres Road Pumping Station was completed between September 1987 and March 1988. All software was completed and precommissioned in Proctor

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employed to combat tbis problem including sacrificial anodes,cement mortar coatings and linings, polyethylene sleeves, yellow-jacket and epoxy coatings. With stiff competition from PVC and reinforced concrete pipe,the use of ductile iron pipe watermains may decline, especially in areas with cor rosive soils where expensive corro sion protection is needed. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe

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Water colour in the lakes

measures greenhouse effect Observing lakes around the world time they have used it over clear can tell us a good deal about the pro water when light reflected from the gress of the "greenhouse effect". bottom makes the analysis of the Using multi-spectral scanners, it is images more difficult. In future, a task that can increasingly be car scanners very much like the Daeda ried out from aircraft, or even from lus will be mounted on orbiting satellites; the speed of the current, satellites, and it will then be possi the temperature of the water, or the ble to monitor the physical and bio growth of plankton — all can be logical characteristics of lakes in quite remote parts of the globe. seen and remotely measured. The research comes at a time But just how accurate are these measurements? Scientists at the when many lakes throughout the Institute of Freshwater Ecology in world are becoming enriched with the Lake District in North-West agricultural fertilizers and treated England, are seen here comparing sewage effluent — resulting in the "water-colour" images obtained growth of algae. Remote sensing from an airborne Daedalus scanner with much more detailed measure

ments than are possible at ground level. By learning about the differ ent types of "water colour", they hope to be able to select the right

devices estimate the concentration

of algae by measuring the amount of light reflected from the particles in suspension. Research at the insti tute, one of Europe's leading centres of research on inland waters, is to

bands on airborne scanners when

understand more about the relation

examining algae from the air. In recent years, scientists at the

ship between the concentration of particles in suspension and the light

institute have used the scanner to

reflected. Details:Institute ofFresh

map the distribution of algae in the more productive lakes of the Eng

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compete with both ductile iron and concrete reinforced pipe. 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 optimizes the use of steel and concrete and is available in sizes from 400 mm and larger. Thus

this pipe is ideally suited for trans mission pipelines, irrigation net works, water intakes and other applications where large diameter pressure pipe is required. The recent development growth in many areas has increased water demands and thus has significantly increased the need for large diame ter pressure watermains. With limited competition in the larger sizes (over 900 mm),the indications are that the use of reinforced con

crete pressure pipe will continue for both new and rehabilitation projects. Other pipe materials used in the past — such as asbestos cement pipe — would seem to have a limited

future. High density polyethylene and reinforced fibreglass would appear to only have limited applica tions. With the possible exception of Metropolitan Toronto, installation costs may limit the use of concrete encased and concrete lined steel

pipe to very large regional water supply projects. With the apparent trend in a reduction of grants from senior

governments, municipalities will be faced with greater financial chal lenges with respect to infrastructure rehabilitation.

As the various pipe manufactur ers offer a broader range in pipe

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Correction The photograph on page 16 of the June/July Issue of ES&E was Incorrect. The photograph was of Mr. Ron LIpsett, M.P.P., Grey Rid ing, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy. It was not Mayer Schwartz of M.M. Dillon Limited.

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Vision 2000 announced atBCW&WA Roger Dolan, WPCF VP,spoke of

BC Environment Minister John

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Photo report by Ron Ganton

the "Law of unintended consequen

ces", saying we have to try to define treatment by the end of 1991."

unintended effects of upcoming environmental programs. He

movement was no longer on the margin of society. "Environment is

increased the maximum pollution

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penalties to $3 million, plus impri

solved question in US regulations

stay," he said.

sonment, and strengthened waste management and environmental enforcement. {Editor's note: See contents page for an extended ver sion of the Minister's paper).

"BC has a strong indigenous environmental movement and citi

zens who rightly expect a high qual ity of life. BC also has a natural heritage unequalled in most other parts of the developed world."

The Minister concluded: "People are outraged when fisheries are closed because of industrial or other

pollution and they've expressed a willingness to pay more for better treatment methods. For pulp mills, BC is phasing in the strictest dioxin regulations in Canada, including a requirement for secondary effluent

The minister noted that BC has

AWWA President Harold Snider, said the costs of better drinking water and compliance must come from customers, but stressed that the water industry "had not told our stories to customers and public." He said the AWWA has over 50,000

AWWA

thanes.

Also being considered is

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engineers and operators have deve loped over a century to the point that there are no defined or apparent health risks in drinking water. "But in the 90's, it is not enough to be a professional engineer; we need to improve our performance in

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tory. Approximately 1,000 BC operators have passed certification

noted with pleasure that the 1992 AWWA conference will be held in Vancouver.

Toronto Ontario Section Annual Conference â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

minced no words as he urged the water industry to strive for better communications. "The technology

plants. Certification was a hot topic of discussion at the meeting and BCW&WA,along with other groups, is pushing to have it made manda

conference. The Trade Show was well attended with exhibitors

better communications

sioner Robert Ferguson

about air emissions from treatment

members and plans to spend $7 mil lion on research in the next year. He

Engineers must strive for

Metro Works Commis

where we still have lots to learn

about while also expressing concern

systems," he said. AWWA Chairman, John Ander son, said the need for an effective

public information and education program was more important than ever. While the Ontario Drinking Water

Information

Council

(ODWIC) funding had run its course, other initiatives would be

considered. "I would like to say that the efforts of the original ODWIC were very effective. I would like to recognize Jim Cralg, who developed and implemented the initial idea of the Council,Tom Davey who worked tirelessly in preparing and present ing ODWIC Bulletins and other arti cles for publication and finally ODWIC Chairman Bob Goodings whose ideas, initiatives and leader ship kept the council active and pro ductive over the past five years." The Toronto conference, jointly held with the Ontario Municipal Water Association, attracted well over 700 attendees.

David Peterson addresses PCAO

the areas of communications and

health risk evaluation. Money should be spent on more research to resolve and define potential health effects. This may be more valuable, and have a higher priority in the 90's than technical research on water related areas.

Ontario Premier, David Peterson,

was the keynote speaker at the open ing session of the PCAO Annual Conference held in London, Onta rio, April 8-10, with some 450 dele gates and over 30 spouses. The Premier said that the MISA

Medical Officers of Health can become more active. To this end we

approach is starting to show results in helping to identify toxic dis charges and develop strategies to

have commenced regular meetings

eliminate them.

with the MOHs and intend to con

"For example, it was always widely believed that the petroleum

"Perhaps this is an area where

sult with them regularly. "Metropolitan Toronto is review ing the potential for optimization and the possible reduction of all pro cess chemicals, particularly alum. We are considering a part plant scale test of ozonation in place of

pre-chlorination to better assess how this might reduce trihalome-

refineries were one of the environ

mentally cleaner industries which discharge into waterways. "But information generated by the first six months of MISA moni

toring shows that Ontario's seven oil refineries are indeed discharging 69 of 149 potential pollutants.

Environmental Science & Engineering, September 1990

"This discovery has in turn led to the industry responding positively by searching out new solutions. They are making process changes to fix some of the problems revealed, even before the abatement regula tion is in place. "Inco found that one portion ofthe process changes it devised to cut acid rain pollution would actually provide a 5.9 percent return on investment.

The

other

work

planned by Inco to comply with countdown acid rain is estimated to

provide a 19 percent return on investment.

"Under MISA,we also hope to see industries get more productfrom the raw materials they use, rather than wasting material and then contend ing with contaminated sludges and solid wastes." ES&E

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The public is looking to gov

Towards Vision 2001 ryone's agenda — private industry, public agencies, and the public at large.

By John Reynolds*

ernment, at all levels, for environmental leadership. People are looking to indus try to adopt cleaner production tech nology, quickly and regardless of

At the center of EC's environ mental initiatives is the establish ment of a new Sustainable

cost.

Environment Fund, the first of its

During the past year, the Pro vince has taken action on a number of fronts.

For Pulp Mills, we're phasing in the strictest dioxin regulations in Canada. We are also including a requirement for secondary effluent treatment by the end of 1991. We've also brought in tough res trictions on PCPs and other wood treatment chemicals which are

another major source of toxic dis charges from the forest industry. Here on Vancouver Island, the province has negotiated the chan geover to natural gas by pulp mills when the pipeline is completed; and throughout B.C. we have a regula tion which severely limits the sul phur content of industrial fuels. A Crown Authority will settle the question of what to do with toxic and hazardous wastes currently in storage.

The recent EC Budget includes over $27 million for waste manage ment programs.

kind in North America.

Among other things, money from this fund will be used for:

•Implementing a 10-year, 1.7 billion dollar Forest Renewal Program; • Carrying out provincial solid waste and hazardous waste man

agement strategies; • Improved environmental protec tion and enforcement; and • Support for the sustainable devel opment process.

The fund is being seeded this year

The Provincial Round Table on

Environment and Economy, will be advising Cabinet on sustainable development strategies and major decisions regarding land use and the environment. The Round Table

members

represent the widest possible spec trum of views on the environment.

Concurrently, the ministry of environment is developing a docu ment called Vision 2001, which will

attempt to identify the multitude of environmental issues we face.

More importantly,it will lay out a ten-year action plan, a logical pro cess for addressing and resolving

with an immediate transfer of $50

these issues.

million from the Lottery Fund.

Vision 2001 may well become the touchstone to environmentally sound decision-making in British Columbia in the 1990's, and a blue print for action by the ministry of environment and other agencies of

The other main environmental

component is the much wider appli cation, the User-Pay principle. This will include the financing of vehicle tire and battery disposal and recycling programs through sur charges on sales, as well as increases in waste permit fees. Sustainable Development is enjoying great popularity as a slo gan, but its usefulness depends on how quickly it becomes part of eve

government.

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Water supplies need a user-pay approach

Whatdoes it actually cost to provide clean and

safe drinking water to Canadians?

How

should the managers of utilities identify, total and recover the true price of the service they provide their communities? A new project undertaken by the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association and

the Rawson Academy of Aquatic Science is going to answer these questions. The two groups,one representing

municipal water utilities and the other concerned about the health of

aquatic ecosystems, believe we are politically, economically, environ mentally and socially irresponsible to consider water a cheap commod ity. Their new venture, called The Canadian Municipal Water and Wastewater System Cost Allocation and Rate Setting Project, will take a close look at the costs of drinking water and environmentally sound

costs as part of their total costs,

will try to break through some of these impediments to a realistic understanding of the price of water. It will establish a case for recover

ing the fully allocated costs of municipal systems. It will develop standard, "CWWA-approved", "ecosystem-responsive" methods for reporting the costs of systems based on all aspects of maintenance and operations,and for setting rates that will lead to cost recovery. One of the most powerful conser vation measures is pricing strategy: when the cost to the consumer goes up, users cut back on waste. The new strategies tor water pricing should lead to better stewardship of the pre cious resource and a reduction in

standardized cost recovery.

anticipated infrastructure expendi tures. Once the pricing strategies are in piace, water biils wiii retiect a reaiistic, rather than traditionai, user-pay principie and city-dweiiers wiii have a better idea of their roie in maintaining the heaith of the aquatic ecosystem.

The construction and mainte nance of infrastructures — the

Setting Project is starting with the

sewage treatment and establish accounting principles to facilitate

question, "just how can one deter mine the actual cost of the water

some do not. The new CWWA-Rawson venture

The Cost Allocation and Rate

that comes out of the tap?" Once those methods are worked out,it will document current Canadian stand

ards for cost allocation and price determination. From there the pro

ject will move on to the problem of distributing and implementing the new methods — by preparing manu als and other literature to get them established.

James F. Hickling Management Consultants Limited (with R.M. London, Ecologistics and Price Waterhouse) has been awarded a contract to work on the two initial

phases of the project, under the direction of CWWA and the Rawson

Academy. The budget for all four phases is $200,000; a major portion of the funding is provided by the Donner Canadian Foundation and Environment Canada.

There's also a CWWA publica tion on a related subject: Meters Made Easy, published this winter. That study provides a cost/benefit model for utilities assessing approp riate meter installation programs. ■

plants, laboratories and delivery systems that keep our water pure and healthy — are far from no-cost activities. And their cost is going to

skyrocket if an estimate made in the 1985 Report of the Inquiry on Fed eral Water Policy comes true. The report predicted that if conservation

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Computer-controlled Instrumentation maximizes energy savings of fine bubble aeration

Energy savings are a major

objective in the design and operation of modern sewage treatment plants. As aera tion blowers are the largest single users of energy, any reduction in their use could result in significant energy savings. In seeking methods to improve energy efficiency, more and more plants are now examining the feasi bility of switching from coarse to fine bubble aeration systems. Fine bubble aeration reduces air require ments by improving oxygen transfer. Compared with a ratio of 1.1 kwh/kg of BOD^ (Biochemical Oxygen Demand)removed for coarse bubble aeration, a ratio of 0.6 kwh/kg is believed possible with fine bubble. Even more energy can be saved if

dissolved oxygen (DO) control can be implemented in addition to fine bubble aeration. If concentrations of DO in the aeration tanks exceed

those required by the current biolog ical activity, then energy is wasted.

By Vera Poiyakova, P.Eng.* in size from 3.8 ML/d to 604.8 ML/d

reported significant power savings and/or better effluent in terms of BOD removal. The Canadian Cen

tre for Inland Waters, which carried out extensive investigations into

DO control at the Tillsonburg WPCP, also supports this finding. Gore & Storrie has designed DO control aeration systems at two Ontario water pollution control plants based on this experience. Oakville South-East (31.8 ML/d) and Georgetown (22.7 ML/d), both in the Regional Municipality of Halton, recently converted to fine bub ble aeration supplemented with DO

control. All control logic will be per formed by programmable logic con trollers (PLCs). Microcomputers located in a central control room will

be used to monitor the plant opera tion and set the process parameters.

DO control reduces the amount of

The essential elements of the DO

aeration energy consumed by matching air supply to biological

control systems for these plants are;

activity. A review of twelve U.S.installa

tions practising DO control was con ducted by researchers Genthe, Roesler & Bracken'. Plants ranging

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Figure 1 is a block control dia gram showing the DO control. The DO control system will main tain DO in aeration tanks at a pre-

set level. The system consists of a DO meter, air flow meter, PLC con trol logic, and a tank airflow control (AFC) valve. A signal from the selected DO probe in the aeration tank will change the position ofthe tank AFC valve to maintain the DO setpoint, which is usually set at 2 mg/L from the central computer by the opera tors.

The air flow controller range will he set between two flow limits. Ifthe

air flow is too low,the amount of air delivered to the tank is not sufficient

to provide mixing,allowing solids to settle. If the air flow is too high, the fine bubbles coalesce, creating coarser bubbles and reducing oxy gen transfer. High and low flow lim its are programmed into the system. DO sensors key to realizing energy savings

The key element in the overall success of the system and realiza tion of energy savings is how well the DO sensors perform. Tradition ally, on-line DO sensing probes have been the weakest link in the

automatic DO control system, and their reliable operation depends greatly on ease of maintenance. A typical DO sensing probe (Fig ure 2a) consists of two electrodes

placed in an electrolytic solution and covered with an oxygenpermeable membrane. Oxygen molecules pass through the mem brane into the cell and vary the cur rent generated inside it. The sensor produces a current proportional to the amount offree oxygen in contact with the membrane. When this membrane becomes covered with

grease or dehris in sewage, the oxy gen permeating the membrane is

affected and the sensor reading is inaccurate. Also, exposure to sun light promotes biological growth on the membrane, which also contrib utes to inaccurate readings. These sensors need to be maintained by periodically wiping the membrane and replacing it if it ruptures â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a delicate operation. One type of DO sensing probe that reduces maintenance prob* Vera Poiyakova, P.Eng., is Manager of the Instrumentation and Computer Control Division at Gore & Storrie Floater with sensor.

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The situation is dynamic and ■continuously changes as the jrganic loading varies. Tank AFC valves must modulate continuously to satisfy the DO setpoint. Throt tling the tank AFC valves increases the head on the air blower dis

TO OTHER

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AIR SETPOINT

CONTROL (AFC) FEEDBACK

BLOWERS

charge. To minimize energy loss, the most open AFC valve should always be fully open. The control system selects the tank with the most open control valve and monitors it while throt

tling the blower inlet valves. As blower inlet valves throttle down,

ON/OFF

the air flow to each aeration tank llNLET VALVE

decreases, and the DO controller opens the tank AFC valve to let in

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more air. All AFC valves continue

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to open until the control system brings the most open valve to the

(MIXING)

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lems, and which will be used in the Oakville South-East and George

Most open valve concept At these plants, the blower air flow control system (Figure 1)throt

by the computer system reaches its minimum pre-set level, the last duty blower is turned off after a pre-set time delay.

town plants, is manufactured by Danfoss. It features a cartridge con taining the sensors, electrodes, elec trolyte, and membrane. The whole cartridge can be removed and replaced quickly and easily. The sensor and the cartridge are placed in a round float (Figure 2b), which does not allow rags, plastic film, or other sewage debris to adhere to the sensor. The probe's adjustable

in operation, the organic mass load ing will be different in each tank.

bracket allows the sensor to be

The tank DO concentration reflects

placed in areas where high veloci ties of mixed liquor scour the sensor surface, thus reducing deposits and biological growth on the membrane. A bracket design also allows the

this difference in loading. The sig nal from a selected DO probe in each tank positions the AFC valve to satisfy the tank air requirements. The tank with the lowest DO con

neers — Manuals and Reports on

sensor to be lifted out of the tank for

centration would, therefore, have the most open AFC valve.

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inspection and cleaning. Another important consideration is the location of the DO sensors in

the tanks. At Oakville South-East, aeration tanks are a four-pass plug flow design. Sensors are p laced in the second and fourth passes, which

tles the inlet valves of the centrifu

gal blowers to regulate the air flow supply. The control logic also turns the last duty blower on and off according to total air flow demand, while satisfying the aeration tank minimum mixing requirements. With two or more aeration tanks

Converting to fine bubble aera

tion, in combination with the latest advances in instrumentation and

computerized DO control, could ena

ble many plants to reduce the amount of air needed for aeration by approximately one half, and ther

eby realize a significant energy sav ing.

References:

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13; American Society of Civii Engi

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Operation and maintenance of Toronto's vaives and hydrants

TheCity ofToronto hassome

I,200 kilometres of watermain with approximately II,950 valves and 8,950 fire

hydrants. Sections of the system are over 100 years old. The annual cost of preventative maintenance for the City's distribution system is some $7,000,000. This includes scheduled maintenance programs

on valves and hydrants on a regular cycle. For the most part, these pro grams are carried out hy City staff. Fire Hydrant Operation and Maintenance

Of the City's 8,950 hydrants, 90

percent are City of Toronto hydrants which were manufactured from standard patterns. These hydrants are no longer manufac tured. The remaining 10 percent of

hydrants are of the commercial type, which are now used in all new installations. All new hydrants are required to have two 65 mm ports and one 100 mm quick connect port for use by Fire Department

pumpers. The City will be imple menting a program to convert exist-

By D.S. Crichton, P.Eng., Acting Chief Engineer, Engineering Section, and P. Fortune, Water Superintendent of Operations Section, City of Toronto.

ing hydrants, where feasible, to incorporate the additional 100 mm quick connect port. The City is divided into six dis tricts for the purpose of fire hydrant inspection, with approximately 1,500 hydrants in each district. A full-time inspector is assigned to each district. Each hydrant is nor mally inspected once every five weeks, so that each inspector inspects approximately 60 hydrants daily. Each inspector reports in daily by telephone to advise of any hydrants which require immediate attention. In cases of extreme emer

temporary basis. Minor defects are reported on a daily complaint form, which is then referred to one of the

two two-person valve and hydrant maintenance crews for attention.

Major repairs, such as the replace ment of the hydrant, are carried out by the appropriate District Mainte nance Yard.

Detailed records are

kept on the whole process. Each inspector is equipped with a hydrant key, a plumb bob, an aquaphone, and a route book and the inspection procedure is as follows: 1. A visual examination of the

hydrant to determine any damage that may have been caused by

impact by automobiles or other causes and of the hydrant's general appearance.

2. Examination ofthe caps to ensure that the washers are in good condi tion and that the chains are intact. 3. Examination of the nozzles to

gency, he reports immediately to the Emergency Dispatcher. There is a direct line from the Emergency Dis patcher to the Fire Department which is used to report any hydrants

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for the pressure of water in the hydrant barrel. 5. The aquaphone is then to be used on the hydrant to test for possible leaks.

6. With caps in place, the hydrant is to be charged and note made if the spindle is stiff to operate. City of Toronto hydrants open when the

spindle is turned in a counter clockwise direction. 7. With the air released from the

hydrant and the hydrant still charged,the caps are to be tightened and any leakage around the caps, nozzles or frost jacket is to be reported. If leakage occurs around the packing nut, the inspector is to attempt to tighten the packing nut to stop the leakage. If the leakage cannot be stopped, the hydrant must be reported as requiring repacking. 8. The hydrant is then to be shut down, a cap removed, and a note made of whether the hydrant drains satisfactorily and the cap replaced. 9. Any obstructions around the hydrant and any illegal use of any hydrant is also reported. During winter months, inspec tion procedures are identical to that for summer months, except that the

spindle is operated only sufficiently

This is done to ensure that all the

• The valve number, which is also

valves are in good working order and can be closed in an emergency. Small valves (150 mm in diameter and smaller), are normally operated at a maximum of three-year inter vals and large valves are normally operated annually. Minor repairs and maintenance, such as packing glands, replacing broken spindles,replacing defective gates and bolts that have become coiroded, are carried out by the twoperson valve and hydrant mainte nance crews. Spares are obtained

indicated on the watermain distri bution sheets. •The block number and the location of the valve. • The size of the valve.

firom other valves that have been

scrapped or are manufactured in the City's machine shop.

With major repairs,such as defec tive domes, or if the valve will not open or close, the appropriate Dis trict Maintenance Y ard is informed

and the defective valve is usually replaced with a new valve and a spacer for future maintenance. Whenever a valve is operated,the crew fills in a record sheet for the

particular value. The record sheets are used to update the computerized value inventory system which is used to manage the value operation and maintenance program. The valve inventory is coded and contains the following information:

•The type of valve (e.g. gate valve) and type of valve joint (e.g. flange). • If there is a valve chamber, the chamber material(e.g. brick), and if there is a chamber drain, the condi tion of the drain (e.g. plugged). •The water valve position (e.g. verti cal). • The water valve gland condition and type of packing. • The direction to open the water valve and the number of turns to

open and close the valve. • The normal position of the valve (e.g. open), the position in which it was found, and the position in which it was left.

• The fault code (e.g. faulty operat ing nut).

• The date when the last inspection was made. •The number of the water distribu tion sheet where the valve is located.

This remedial program of operat ing and inspecting valves on a regu lar

basis

has

resulted

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Assessing alternatives to CFCs

The deleterious effect of a

build-up in levels of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) on the ozone layer that sur

rounds the Earth is now well known.

Serious depletion of the ozone layer would cause global warming and allow harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun to reach the Earth's

surface. The dangerous rise in sea levels resulting from the melting of the ice caps at the poles would cause flooding along many coastal areas. The use of CFCs is so widespread in industry and in products for domestic use, however, that their

replacement by safer chemicals presents a serious scientific prob lem. The annual consumption of CFCs in the European Community alone is some 150,000 to 200,000 tonnes.

Apart from their principal use in refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, they are also employed as propellants in aerosols, as foam blowing agents for packaging and insulating hoards, as solvents in the electronics industry, and as steriliz ers in the production and use of med ical products. They are also used in the process ing of spices and nuts, in gaseous dielectrics for the electrical power industry, in fire extinguishers, and as feedstocks in the chemical pro cess industry for the fluorination of polymers. In addition, CFCs play an impor tant role in scientific applications as modelling fluids for two-phase flow

Arthur Fryatt, C.Eng., MIProdE.

studies. Experiments have shown that the release into the atmosphere of the current range of halogenated hydrocarbons (the CFCs)is already markedly depleting ozone levels in the stratosphere over the polar ice caps.

Hydrofluorocarbons

The original CFCs were designed to be non-flammable, non-toxic and chemically inert. Their replace ments should have similar proper ties but a low ozone depletion potential. That potential is a relative mea sure of the ability to destroy the ozone layer. It is expressed as a com bination of the percentage weight of chlorine in the halogenated hydro carbon fluid and the lifetime of the

fluid in the atmosphere. On the basis that original CFCs had an ozone depletion potential coefficient of 1, and those used in fire-fighting equipment anything from 3 to 10, new compounds that will disperse much more readily in the atmosphere have been sought. A new series of fluids currently being developed,the hydrofluorocar bons (MFCs), are less stable and, being readily hydrolysed In the trop osphere, are believed to be more environmentally acceptable than CFCs. On the coefficient scale men

tioned above, their ozone depletion potential ranges from 0 to 0.05. How-

ever, data for the new MFCs are both scarce and of limited accuracy.

Given the choice of producing efficient, low-cost equipment or using environmentally safer fluids, economic pressures will influence industry to accept the status quo and, until regulatory measures become effective, designers ofequip ment will continue to use the welltried CFC fluids. The lack ofreliable

data for the new HFCs is, therefore, a major deterrent to their adoption. In order to meet this need, Bri tain's National Engineering Labor atory(NEL)has embarked on three important projects, some work for which is being undertaken in part nership with universities and indus try. The projects' aims are to determine the thermophysical prop erties of environmentally accepta ble halogenated hydrocarbons and their heat transfer characteristics, and to investigate the design ofcom pact heat exchangers needed for their use.

Thermopfiyslcal Properties To assess the economic and tech

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on the physical properties of the working fluids. Many of the required thermophysical character istics are extremely difficult to mea sure â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially thermal conduct ivity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the development of improved measuring techniques would be invaluable.

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HYDROGEN Flammable

FLUORINE

data

on

the

over a wide range of conditions, from the liquid phase at low temper ature and pressure, to the gaseous phase at high temperature and pres sure. Effort is being concentrated on the particular group of HFCs with heat transfer applications, for example those most suitable for use in refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, and as blowing agents in insulating foams and boards. This information does not exist at the moment and will benefit both

Atmospheric

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reliable

Measurements will be carried out

CHLORINE

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Assessing the alternatives to CFCs continued companies manufacturing these

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Volatile Organic Emissions H. Melcer has been assessing the

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Impact of Acid Rain Research to assess the damage to lakes in Eastern Canada due to

acidic deposition was undertaken by C.K. Minns and colleagues in the Department of Fisheries and

made for rapid change of spectral coverage and for the use of other las ers. Adjustable range gating allows for detection of submerged oil and depth profiling.

Fish and molluscs were the most

Potential exchange of phosphorus between sediments and lakewater, and particulate sediments and pore-

affected of seven aquatic taxonomic groups, and rotifers the least. Measurement of Sludge Solids It is common to freeze sludge sam

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ments. In a joint research study, Ecole Polytechnique scientist N.A. Roy and M.A. Desjardins of Bertrand Roy Experts-conseils Inc. assessed the effects of freezing

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Acidification models permit the pre

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diction of changes in lake or stream chemistry that correspond to changes in acid deposition and allow for the identification ofimpor tant acidification factors.

In a

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Biological Phosphate Removal

In a paper published in Sciences et Techniques de I'eau, University of Quebec's Y. Comeau reviews a number of factors related to process and design for biological phosphate removal. Topics include the various process configurations for biologi cal phosphate removal and primary sludge fermentation, a critical pres entation of available design guides, and a summary of factors affecting performance. A summary table presents concepts for the choice of a treatment configuration and for pro cess optimisation. General perspec tives for the application of biolog ical phosphorus removal are also discussed.

models which are presently availa ble. The results obtained with lake data showed that there was an

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University of Western Ontario scientist N. Kosaric and his col

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amounts of the halocarbons in the

form, chlorinated PCBs.

Analysis of Pesticides,

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Dissolved Oxygen Methods New procedures for water sample preservation and dissolved oxygen (DO) determinations have been developed by National Water Research Institute scientists I. Sekerka and J.F. Lecbner. The

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A case history

Vital steps in practical waste management By Steven J.B. Carter, P.Eng. and Fernand Hamelin, GET

The Ontario Government

announced in March 1989,

that efforts would he made

to reduce waste by 25% hy 1992, and by 50% by the year 2000. This waste at present is either landfilled or incinerated. Eighteen months later, however, it is clear that several barriers must he over

come if these goals are to be achieved.

First, our established behaviour

patterns need to be changed. Some people will go out of their way to follow "good" environmental practi ces, but perhaps two-thirds of us will only follow such practices ifthey are made easy to the point of habit. Then there are some people who will only subscribe to Blue Box programs and other initiatives if forced to by legislation or hard economics. Second, there is a lack of knowhow in setting and achieving waste management goals of recycling, reusing or reducing (the 3-R's) mate rial. Goals must be tailored to each

community and be backed by wil ling community participation if they are not to fall short of expecta tions. An effective waste manage

ment strategy should prioritize waste reduction options and he based upon a clear regulatory framework. It should also be flexi

ble enough to shift direction as com panies come and go, and as changes in tipping fees or 3-R practices begin

This depot gives do-it-yourselfers a way to dispose of used crankcase oil. Photo: T. Davey

to affect waste streams.

Third, markets for recycled goods are not yet operating properly. There is a glut of newsprint to be recycled, for example, while PET plastics must at present be shipped to processing facilities outside of Ontario. Legislative action,such as raising tipping fees or banning cer tain materials from landfills, is needed to drive market development in some areas and to increase partic ipation in non-mandatory 3-R mea sures.

Before any initiative is under taken, however, a working knowl edge of local waste streams and of market 3-R potential must be deve

loped. Once tentative goals are decided upon, meetings should be

held with those concerned, such as waste haulers and affected indus

tries. Generators of large quantities of waste often decide to make their

own disposal arrangements, per haps taking advantage of waste exchange opportunities. For others, source separation schemes prove more attractive.

A Case Study

A practical approach to the prob lem is being taken by Cornwall, a city of some 50,000 people in South ern Ontario. Although the existing landfill has an expected remaining life of about 20 years, Cornwall has recognized a need to take steps now to institutionalize 3-R waste man

agement practices. A preliminary assessment found that industrial, commercial and institutional sources generated about three-quarters of the waste entering the Cornwall landfill. A more detailed study of these waste streams departed from the usual approaches of either mailing questi onnaires or of examining only a "representative" sample of the com munity. Instead, a team of locally resident university students was recruited and a survey conducted under the guidance of waste man agement consultant Jim Dutfield of the Blofield Group. 'Steven Carter, P.Eng. is an Environ mental Engineer with Hatch Asso ciates Ltd. Fernand Hamelin, GET, is

the Manager of Public Works in Corn wall.

Hatch Associates have been

retained by Cornwall as consulting

Blue Box Recycling underway in York Region. Ont. Photo: Steve oavey 50

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Everyone was visited, from large industries to small corner stores.

Local media had informed people of the study and of the reasons for tak ing 3-R measures. A Steering Com mittee included representatives from local business, and the stu dents were armed with a letter of

introduction from the Mayor. Most people had little idea of the type of waste their business pro duced, hut were happy to answer

questions and to allow the contents of their waste collection bins to be

inspected. Over a period of several weeks, a detailed picture of the waste streams was built up,examin ing more than 30 types of material. Using records available at the land fill, the picture was extended to pro vide an understanding of how waste streams vary during the year. A computer was needed to pro cess such large amounts of data, and a Waste Information system was developed and installed on a desktop computer at the Depart ment of Public Works. Assessing

control of the City's Landfill, Recy cling Centre, Filtration Plant and Wastewater Plant. The department is also responsible for initiating 3-R schemes such as specific industrial waste reduction programs. Arrange ments were made for the Ontario

Waste Management Corporation to give a seminar on waste manage ment to major waste generators. Local school hoards were also informed of 3-R initiatives available

to them. A residential Blue Box pro gram will begin this Autumn, sup ported by a new $1.5 million recycling centre designed to allow future expansion if need be. The

City will halve the frequency of gar bage collection following introduc tion of this program. One year after Ontario Environ ment Minister Jim Bradley's announcement, major steps have been taken by Cornwall to meet the challenge. There is a communitywide enthusiasm for the City's Waste Management strategy, per haps reinforced by the industrial nature of the area. As the present 3-R measures take hold, new ideas and opportunities will no doubt emerge which will further reduce the amount of waste being directed to the community landfill. ES&E

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WHAT YOU WILL FIND AT THE SHOW

The Environment Trade Show and

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its Technical Seminars help solve the full range of environmental

.Solid and liquid waste management . Recycling . Hazardous waste management . Air pollution instrumentation and equipment . Laboratory analysis/testing . Professional/consulting services . Waste handling equipment vehicles . Research and development . Spill containment . Miscellaneous environment products

problems: air, water, waste and soil.

The broadening range of tougher environmental legislation from all levels

of government, combined with growing business awareness of the public's demand for environmental ethics has created the need for an "environmental

supermarket" of goods, services, and Information. Business, government and professionals require solutions to a variety of environmental problems - air, water, wastewater, solld/llquld waste, recycling, legal issues, and legislation that are compatible and comprehensive. Association conferences and government seminars will continue to address their

members' and publics' requirements. However, thousands of small to mediumsize businesses now require assistance In meeting environmental regulations ranging from occupational health and safety to waste management, air and water standards. For this they need a broadly-representative trade forum. The Second Annual Environment Trade

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THE ADVISORY COUNCIL .Stephen A. Toplack Air & Waste Management Association . Alan Gordon Alan Gordon & Associates

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.Tom Davey Environmental Science & Engineering . Roland Hosein, Ph.D. General Electric Canada Inc.

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PUBLIC ENVIRONMENT SHOW Show management has donated 60,000 sq ft. of floor space for use by "green" organizations, non-government agencies,

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

. Air and Waste Mangement Association . Ontario Sewer and Watermain Contractors

.All levels of management in government and industry . Engineers, consultants, developers, architects .Those responsible for operations, plant management, processing, quality control. . Technologists . Representatives of: - Public and private utilities - Resource Industries

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Innovative design and installation techniques help speed Edmonton sewer rehabilitation

Detailed computer model ling by Associated Engine ering and innovative con struction

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materials contributed to the speed and economy of a sewer rehabilita tion project in the Lago Lindo subdi vision in Edmonton, Alberta. The project was required to eliminate basement flooding in the neighbour hood caused by sanitary sewer sys tem surcharging during wet weather. "We used SWMM Version 3.3 to

prepare a detailed hydraulic model of the system that confirmed that approximately 2.5 km of gravity sewer trunks were undersized to

accept and convey wet weather flows generated in Lago Lindo," says Associated Engineering pro ject manager Bill Harvey.

Inserted, using the pipe Insertion machine.

"Associated Engineering recom mended long-term improvements that would involve paralleling or replacing the undersized (200 to 375

mm diameter) gravity sewer trunks within the subdivision with larger (300 mm to 600 mm diameter) gravity trunks. We also recommended

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eby eliminating peak flows dis charged into the downstream conveyance system." Gravity sewers design

nni

and construction

Preliminary and detailed design of the system was performed on microcomputer-based CAD equip ment and AutoCAD software.Infor

mation from the City of Edmonton's Intergraph files was translated to AutoCAD files for preparation of systems maps and detailed draw ings. These maps were interfaced with databases generated from the SWMM model to facilitate graphic analysis of the system. The project team recommended that each gravity sewer contract be

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ventional open cut and trenchless installation techniques. Contract No. 2, awarded to FMX Construction

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open cut construction techniques, was substantially complete by the end of November 1989. Contracts No. 1 and 3 were awarded to IGL Construction Ltd. on the basis of

trenchless pipe installation. The contractor used the PIM (Pipe Inser tion Machine) method which was both economical and suitable for the

locale and the time of year. Bill Harvey explains: "The PIM method involves a hydraulic burst ing unit which shatters the existing

pipe into the surrounding soil while enlarging the annular space. A new larger diameter, high-density polyethylene carrier pipe is pushed into place behind the bursting unit. This method causes minimal noise

and traffic disruption and is well suited to construction during winter months." The first successful North Ameri

can attempt of a 200 mm Incremental diameter Increase using PIM technol ogy was carried out by IGL In December 1989, when It completed four sections of pipe replacement Involving upslzing 380 lineal metres of existing 250 mm main to 450 mm diameter. Contract No. 1 was sub

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A penetrating view ofInfrastructure its preservation and rehabilitation

Rehabilitation of water dis

tribution systems is like charity — talked about by many — practiced by few. With ever greater competition for the public purse, it is vital to protect our existing physical assets and to

prolong their useful life as much as possible. The basic requirement of a water distribution system is that it must be abie at aii times to provide adequate water for fire fighting purposes whiie providing sufficient water for domes tic consumption without undue quai-

ity degradation. The means to accomplish these functions are readily at hand, at prices that are becoming more and more afforda ble.

Why Rehabilitate? Essentially, the answer to this

question is that you have no choice in the matter.

A water distribution system is a dynamic system that is constantly changing — usually for the worse. It is made up of a variety of pipe mate rials of different ages,buried in soils

By Mike Mansfieid, P.Eng.,*

will allow complete restoration of the system's original capacity, make substantial capacity improve ments where needed, and, most importantly, allow us to keep the system at peak operating efficiency. I must point out that the reasons for some of our practices are based on the experiences with our own sys tem and may not necessarily hold true for other municipalities. System Inventory As a preliminary to any rehabili tation program, an inventory and condition evaluation must be car

ried out, at least in part. in our own case, when we finished the inventory we found that our system was larger by 60 miles of pipe than what our old paper records indicated. Little changes like that can make quite a difference — such as add 10 years to the planned rehabilitation program. Reviews of watermain break records indicated which mains

should be considered for replace ment rather than rehabilitation. Flow tests were carried out to deter mine the internal conditions in var

Examination of material sam

ples removed from the system either during emergency repairs or normal maintenance activities can provide additional useful information about

system condition. The most important reason why water systems fail to meet the quan

tity and quality objectives stated earlier can be summarized in one word: materials.

No material yet in normal use in the waterworks field will last forever. Preventative maintenance or rehabilitation efforts can at best

extend the useful life of any given component, but eventually it must

be replaced. The expected life of a watermain is commonly about 60 years for the smaller mains and up to 100 years for the larger trunk mains. Even though the average weighted age of our system is 35

years, some mains are 80 years old while we are replacing some after less than 20 years of service. Pipe A typical water distribution sys tem is made up of cast iron, ductile

sion of unlined metallic pipe will gradually reduce the system's abil ity to transmit water, while external corrosion of the same metallic pipes affects the reliability and increases

ious areas of the system. An epidemic of rusty water problems in the early 198G's caused us to begin cleaning and cement mortar lining

iron, PVC, polyethylene, asbestos cement, concrete or other pipe mate rials. The older the municipality, the greater the percentage of cast iron pipe. In our own case, cast iron makes up 85% of our system and duc

the

the affected mains. Flow tests car

tile iron about 10%

that are not uniform. Internal corro

amount of unaccounted for

water lost by the system. In 1986 the City of Etohicoke adopted a 50-year rehabilitation and replacement program which

ried out before and after indicated

that the mains, 35 years old on aver age, had been down to 50% of their carrying capacity.

Together these two materials are also the cause of most of our prob lems: internal corrosion, breakage and external corrosion.

The internal corrosion process together with the natural mineral content of the water forms bulky and irregular deposits on the pipe wall. These deposits, when dis turbed, can cause rusty water prob lems

and

will

also

reduce

the

carrying capacity of the pipe. Provided that the main does not

have a history of breaks, the clean ing and cement mortar lining can restore the "C" Factor of a six inch

pipe to 110 or better. Lines as small as four inch diameter can be suc

cessfully treated with the method. Now that the demand for such work

has increased, there are now four contractors specializing in this form of rehabilitation.

Our own costs

now run at about 25% of the replace ment cost and I expect that the relined mains will be adequate for at "Director, Utilities Division -

A 30" PVC line being installed. (Photo courtesy Scepter) 56

Engineering, Works Department City of Etobicoke

Environmental Science & Engineering, September 1990


least another 50 years and probably closer to 100 years. In Etobicoke,I would like to point out,the cleaning and lining contract also includes installing catbodic protection on all exposed pipe and fittings, installing all new valves and hydrants, cleaning all copper

replaced. Other protective methods such as polyethylene wrap or mortar-based surface coatings are less certain since they are depend ent upon the protective layer being undamaged during the handling, installation and backfill phases.

service connections from meter to

types of pipes to any degree but do

main, changing all water meters to the ARB type and lastly, repairing all defective curbstops. We have been blessed with a vari

ation of the standard lead joint cast iron pipe the "mineral lead" joint. This was introduced in the 1920's and discontinued with the advent of

mechanical joints about 1954.

It

consists of a mixture of lead and sul

phur which could be poured in only one layer and did not require caulk ing of the joint. The material, once in contact with water swelled up and sealed itself. Unfortunately, this self-sealing process did not stop there. After about 25 years, the pipe would literally burst, especially in the 12 inch to 24 inch diameter

range, and cause extensive surface disruption. Our star performer in mineral iead

joint faiiures cost $143,000 for the road reinstatement only. There have been

two

or three others in the

$50,000 to $70,000 range. The early rubber joint gaskets were the familiar mechanical joint type. The problem with this type of joint is that the bolts fail due to cor rosion attack.

These failures nor

mally fall into the nuisance category due to leakage at the joint but they do not cause great damage. Normal cast iron pipe breaks are circumferential and are presumed to be caused by external loadings due to frost penetration in the winter or else due to corrosion having wea kened the pipe wall sufficiently. I expect that the cleaning and cement lining program will, over the very long term, reduce our failure rates. The reason for this hope is that the internal corrosion has been arrested

and that no further weak spots are being formed. Ductile iron pipe's great wea kness is its susceptibility to external corrosion failure. Due to its much

greater strength (i.e. the lack of brittleness typical of cast iron), ductile iron was produced with a much thinner wall than the equivalent cast iron pipe. Corrosion perfora tion could therefore occur very quickly, given the right (wrong?)

All 12 inch and smaller are PVC. No

ductile iron is allowed in any size unless as a small filler piece between new CPP and existing cast iron. In that case the DI must be concrete encased.

Appurtenances

Pipes are not the only items that cause problems. Hydrants, valves and service connections cause their

own share of headaches for system operators.

located and that the valve box is accessible.

Hydrants too need to be checked and operated periodically, although more frequently than valves. We have 24 different species and sub species of hydrants in our system presently which presented a fair maintenance and spare parts prob lem.

Our current approach is to replace all non-compression hydrants with new 4 inch Storz pumper port equipped hydrants. Older compression type hydrants can be modified to the same stand

ard by changing the upper barrel.In the next 3-5 years all hydrants on 8 inch and larger mains and in all higher risk areas will have been con verted to the Storz type. The remain ing hydrants on residential 6 inch mains will be upgraded on a mainte nance basis or when the main is cleaned and cement-lined.

Copper services are subject to mineral buildup which reduces the carrying capacity. External corro sion of copper may become a prob lem

where

the

main

itself is

a

nal and external corrosion and must

attack

and

even

such

Rellning in Toronto using ButtressLoo. Duratron photo.

be replaced. Lead services, due to health concerns about lead in pota ble water, will probably also need to be replaced. I see that in the U.S.A. there is, or shortly will be, a regula tory requirement to replace all lead services within a specified period. Preservation

Valves are there to allow dam

aged portions of the system to be isolated for repair. After 20 years or more, they tend to leak when oper ated or cannot be properly closed due to corrosion product buildup. A routine exercise program will help to reduce such problems, as well as ensuring that the valve can be

has to be periodically

Catbodic protection appears to be the only relatively sure way of pro tecting the pipe from excessive cor rosion

wish to note that we have had no

problems in almost 40 years with Concrete Pressure Pipe. As a result, all our replacements in the 14 inch and larger diameter range are CPP.

non-metallic due to stray ground currents or the grounding of electri cal services to the water service pipe. Lead and galvanized iron also experience mineral build-up. Gal vanized iron also experiences inter

environment.

system

I do not want to dwell on other

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The following is a summary of the steps that we are taking in the City of Etohicoke to ensure that our water distribution system will be in a fit condition for the future.

1. All existing unlined cast iron watermains will be cleaned and

cement mortar lined by the year 2036. We are reviewing our needs at

five year intervals and may speed up the lining program if required. 2. Watermains will be replaced where failure records warrant such

action or where redevelopment pres sures or inadequacies require. Within the next year or two we will have completed a Network Analysis, based on the Akron Aqua model. Although modelling is usually done on a system skeleton basis, ours will include ail pipes. User demand is based on actual metering records and is assigned on a block face basis which should give us a very flexible model. Early runs based on one of our four pressure districts show it to be quite feasible to go to this level of detail.

This level of detail is chosen

because we have had to generate the detailed inventory for the Water Inventory and Maintenance Man

agement System (WIMS) in any case.

Corrosion

3. External corrosion is being con trolled in a number of ways, all of which are not fully implemented as of yet. a) A large sacrificial anode is placed on all hydrants,valves, fittings and metallic pipes dur ing all routine or emergency maintenance operations. b)Similarly,anodes are placed 57


Tests will he for remaining wall thickness, soil resistivity

during the course of all Capital

connected to PVC or other

and whatever else we or the

projects.

non-metallic pipes and again allow us to take steps to avoid future problems,

lab can think of. Ultimately, we hope to generate sufficient statistically valid data to allow us to predict, with reas onable accuracy, the remain ing useful life of any pipe.

c)In 1989, we undertook a gen eral corrosivity study covering the entire City. Results are not yet available. We hope in this

e) The last program, which to my mind holds the greatest

spots so that we will he able to

future benefit, will he begun in 1990. This is our proposed

take preventative steps to

Materials Testing Program.

avoid future failures.

Under this project we will be removing pipe samples and sending them to a lab for anal ysis, together perhaps with surrounding soil samples.

manner to locate gdl "hot"

d) Again in 1989 and also not yet completed,is a copper serv ice corrosivity study. This will check on all services that are

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4. Appurtenances: As I mentioned before, hydrants are being replaced on an on-going basis. Valves are replaced as required and totally dur ing cement hning operations. Water services, if copper, are sandblasted on an almost request basis. Lead and galvanized iron pipe services are replaced upon pay ment of a flat rate charge of $1,420 for a 1 inch dia.service,even though our own costs average about $3,500. We are about to try replacing existing small copper and lead servi ces by pulling a small cable through the pipe, followed by an expander tool which in turn pulls the new copper tube. This approach, once refined, should cut down our own costs considerably, since only two small insertion pits will he required. A potentially greater benefit may he

Epilog In conclusion, I would like to relate a true story that underlines the urgent need for water distribu tion system rehabilitation. In 1986, I was escorting a senior politician from a neighboring Regional Municipality around to show him the process of watermain cleaning and cement mortar lining. While chatting with the Contractor and our Inspector, he happened to look at a piece of 10 inch diameter water pipe that had been cut out to allow access to the line being reha bilitated. L5dng beside the excava tion, sporting a full growth of tuberculation, it did not look too attractive.

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So he asked the Inspector:"What do the residents think when they look at this, knowing that they were drinking out of it?" Replied the Inspector:"It doesn't bother them at all — they think we are working on the sewer."

Changing the way professionals, like you, see their results.

That, to me, is one of the best rea sons for getting serious about reha bilitation. ES&E

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FOUR PERFORMANCE PROVEN TECHNIQUES TO RENOVATE, REPLACE, REPAIR AGING PIPES AND MANHOLES Corroding pipes, decaying manholes and collapsing pipe systems. For municipalities and industries alike, these are some of the messier facts of life and the replacement process can create problems of its own. IGL Canada offers four efficient and convenient solutions.

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MANHOLE RENOVATION Purpose-designed renovation technology for aging manholes offers rehabilitation for approximately half the replacement cost with a completion schedule of one day or less. Manholes at lO-i- metres depth and diameters up to 4 metres can be renovated with no heavy equipment and no excavation necessary.

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Product Review Open profile PVC storm sewer pipe

tings for storm water applications. Ultra-Rib pipe and fittings are certi fied to CSA B182.4, and meet or

Scepter's gasketed, lightweight, open profile PVC gravity-flow storm sewer pipe is providing tangible benefits for Canadian municipali

exceed ASTM F794 and Uni-bell

ties.

Manufactured from PVC, UltraRib is an extruded, seamless pipe incorporating concentric reinforc ing ribs to provide a lightweight, maximum strength (load-bearing capacity) storm water piping sys tem. These ribs, while providing the necessary strength,save both mate rial(about 40% less PVC is required) and labour(when compared to tradi tional storm pipe material). "Many of the benefits associated with the proven performance of PVC in municipal water and sani tary sewer applications apply to Ultra-Rib: corrosion and chemical

resistance, durability, excellentflow rates and ease ofinstallation," says Veso Sobot, Manager of Market Development. "Our bell and gas keted spigot(available in 8"through 18") with molded or fabricated fit tings provides an infiltration rate of less than 50 U.S. gal./inch, dia./mile/day. Exposure to ground water contamination is substantiaiiy reduced over ottier traditionai sys tems."

Many municipalities are approv ing Scepter's Uitra-Rib pipe and fit

UNI-B-9 standards. They are approved for use by the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario and listed in the Designated Sources for Materials. The pipe meets the requirements of OPSS 410 and OPSS 1841. The new 1990 Ontario

Plumbing Code allows the use of Ultra-Rib for storm sewers on the

private side. Scepter Manufacturing Co. Ltd. For more information,

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Foam system for waste site cleanup An aqueous foam system for sup pressing vapours, odours and dust during hazardous waste site reme diation is being introduced by 3M

hydrocarbon species have been found at a single refinery sludge dump in the U.S., an indication of the wide range of volatile species held in such waste. 3M Canada Inc. For more information, Circle reply card No. 146

Classifieds

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specific situations in suppressing air toxics, obnoxious odours, hazardous solid particulate, and volatile organic compounds(VOCs).

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3M foam concentrate FX-9162 is

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3M foam concentrate FX-9163 is similar to FX-9162 and is intended for use in waste site remediation

where high odour levels are present. The waste at many sites is buried. Its removal requires excavation, which disturbs the deposits and usu ally releases volatile toxic vapours, dust and odours to the environment.

When exposed to the atmosphere, petroleum wastes, as one example, release toxic and ozone generating vapours, such as benzene (carcino genic), methanes, aromatics, paraf fins, olefins, and hydrogenated, oxygenated and sulfur-containing compounds. As many as 136 unique

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Product Review= COD reactor expands

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set-ups and takes up a fraction ofthe bench space. Samples are ready for colorimetric or titrimetric measure

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Hach announces an upgraded COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) Reac tor giving analysts increased flexi bility and versatility in performing digestions. New features include two interchangeable heater blocks accommodating 16-mm or 22-mm

vials, factory-set and user adjusta ble temperature modes and a timed operation mode. The compact reac tor, the latest improvement in Hacb's popular semi-micro closed reflux method COD testing system, does the work of 25 macro digestion

sor and an indicating D.O. Trans mitter. It is ideally suited for

computer-based monitoring sys tems in large aquaculture applica tions

Multipoint measurements of dissolved oxygen Dissolved monitoring applications

requiring a large number of measur ing points tend to be expensive. EIT has resolved this problem with lowcost, dissolved oxygen measure ment provided by its new D.O. transmitter, now available exclu sively from Summa Engineering Ltd. Model 4320 Two-Wire Dissolved

where D.O. depletion can

result in expensive product loss. EIT's new instrument provides a 4-20 mA signal proportional to the dissolved oxygen sensed over ranges of 0-5, 0-10, or 0-20 PPM. It also incorporates two-wire, loop powered electronics in its design. This feature allows the 4320to inter face with a whole host of devices

that accept the standard 4-20 mA signal. The design also reduces the new system's installation costs. Summa

Oxygen Transmitter system includes a highly reliable D.O. sen

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HOFFMAN Centrifugal Air/Gas Compressors 8f Exhausters Hoffman Multi-stage Centrifugal Compressor & Exhausters are available for requirements to 45,000 CFM,at discharge pressure to 25 psig or 19" Hg vacuum for air & gas service. Hoffman centrifugals have been operating with utmost

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Total encapsulating suits

Acres International Limited

for hazardous chemicals

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EPS sludge sampler EPS 1030 Sludge Sampler is designed to extract samples of sew age sludge from flowing pipelines or alternatively from sludge holding tanks via the tank wall.

The machine represents a really practical method of acquiring sludge samples on a regular basis being unique in its ability to sample sludges containing high levels of non-homogeneous suspended solids.

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Product Review= Gore S.Storrie Limited

Versatile

engineering copier

Consulting Engineers

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Consultants for water and pollution control projects Abso Blue Prints Limited, a major

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PVC pipe kit Lower installed cost, absence of cor

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analyzers — hydrazine and phos phate — are the newest additions to Hach Company's line of water qual ity instruments. The Series 5000 Phosphate Ana lyzer provides continuous and accu rate phosphate measurement in both

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water treatment applications. The Series 5000 Hydrazine Analyzer determines feedwater hydrazine lev els in high-pressure boiler systems. Reagents are pressurized and dis pensing is controlled by micropro cessor-activated solenoid valves, so there are no moving pumps to main tain. Prepacked, ready-to-use rea gents provide consistent results, eliminate reagent preparation and simplify reagent replacement. Hach Company For more Information, Circle reply card No. 177

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QuikChem AE Terochem has introduced a new

auto analyzer for environmental testing. QuikChem AE, the advanced edition of the QuikChem Automated Ion Analyzer, provides all of the capabilities ofthe previous model plus up to 7 analytical chan nels; automated dilution — up to 7 decades of concentration can be

determined in a single run. It also does XYZ sampling — automates QC/QA, dilutions, sam ple reprocessing and recalibrations; ion chromatography — combines

the power of IC and FIA in one instrument; enhanced QC/QA soft ware — gives more run-time and post-run data; and multi-tasking capability — your PC is available for other tasks while the analyzer is running. Terochem For more information, Circie repiy card No. 211

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Davis Controls Ltd., introduces the Dual Function Control by Warrick Controls Inc.

Head Office: 51 Townline, Orangevilie, Ontario L9W 1V1 . 519-941-0330 ORANGEViLLE . FERGUS . GRAVENHURST . KITCHENER

The Dual Function

Control is a new, solid state liquid level control designed specifically to handle two separate level control functions, one differential and one single level. Application example: Steam generators — a single control handles both solenoid valve fill &

protects the heating elements by turning it off at low levels. On boiler applications: feedwater control and low water cut-off. The Dual Function Control car

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Standard features include two LED's which indicate when each

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Environmental Assessment in the Yukon By J.F. Gartner*

During work on an environ

mental assessment for a

mining haul road, Gartner Lee staff came upon natu ral mineral springs adjacent to the Coal

River in

the southeastern

Yukon, not far from Watson Lake. The feature consists oftufa deposits that have formed an interesting array of pools and ponds, formed over the centuries as water cascades down a rock face east of the river.

Associated with the springs and pools are a variety of mosses and plants which enhance the physical attractiveness of the site.

Because of the unique microenvironment formed around these

springs, the springs have been designated as a significant natural

route would have no direct impact on the springs. fourth most important spring area This was only one feature that in Canada. They are being consi was investigated and reported upon dered as a focus of a potential park during an environmental assess by the Yukon government. Fortu ment carried out for a mining com nately, this special natural site is pany. The company had a mineral situated away from the alignment of deposit situated 48 km north of the the proposed haul road and on the Alaska Highway. Before an access other side of the Coal River. There route could be built, regulations fore, the future development of the required that an environmental feature and have been ranked as the

assessment he performed to support an application for a Land Use Per mit for development of the road. A reconnaissance evaluation of

the natural terrain, drainage and surface water resources, vegetation, fish and wildlife, and land and resource use was completed. This evaluation comprised both office "President, Gartner Lee

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studies and field verifications.

The entire 48 km of alignment were checked in the field using helic opter support, during a 7-day period. Our field team consisted of a senior

engineering geologist, a senior biol ogist and a senior road location engineer. These three professionals worked as a team, and visited most sections of the alignment. Eight drainage crossings were visited and the water was sampled for later quality testing. Through the use of airphoto interpretation techniques,

land and resource uses that would

be interfered with by the proposed road alignment.

The final result of this reconnais sance environmental evaluation

The results of this reconnais

was the acceptance ofthe alignment by the regulatory agencies and the approval in principle for the Land

sance environmental report were discussed with regulators in the Yukon and in Ottawa. It was agreed that the proposed alignment would

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burn, a seven kilometre stretch that coincides with an old winter road,

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z Product Review Laboratory Directory

Davis Controls Ltd. introduces the SX200

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Controls

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digital timer. The SX200 is a micro processor based digital timer housed in a standard DIN style case with a dominant (72mm square) front bezel. The programmable features of the SX200 include eight time

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The front panel of the unit is a sealed membrane keypad which provides excellent protection in most industrial environments. The

keypad includes a special surface directly below the display on which the timer function can be easily marked in pen or pencil. A keypad "lock" function is built into the soft ware of the SX200 which allows set-

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EPIC 1011T PDrtable

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a modular system that uses engineered seals to prevent crossflow between monitoring zones. Dedicated sampling and pressure instruments are also available, further avoiding cross-con tamination and reducing costly

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Product Review= EPS 1021 Effluent Sampler To MISA Specifications EPS 1021 Effluent Sampler is designed to extract samples ofliquid from an open channel or tank and deposit them in either a single com posite container or sequentially into an array of 24 x 1/2 litre containers

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treated water.

Series 5000 Analyzers require vir tually no maintenance because there are no pumps to maintain and few moving parts. Reagents are pressurized and dispensing is con trolled by microprocessor-activated solenoid valves. Prepackaged, ready-to-use reagents provide con sistent results, eliminate reagent preparation and simplify reagent replacement. Each instrument is shipped with clearly written instruction manuals, prepared reagents and a spare parts kit. Simplified laboratory proce dures and portable test kits for low range aluminum determinations are also available. Hach Company For more Information, Circle reply card No. 154

Aluminum analyzer helps reduce coagulant costs Series 5000 Aluminum Analyzerfrom Hach Company measures 0-300 ug/l soluble aluminum. It performs an analysis every 15 minutes, provid ing operators with the information necessary to control coagulant dos age and residual aluminum levels in

Free Ultra Software Scepter Manufacturing's Ultra-Rib pipe gives new opportunities in engi neered storm water management. CSA Certified, Ultra-Rib's design offers a durable, high-impact, noncorroding pipe which it claims has the lowest flow resistance of any storm drain pipe.

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Since many storm water manage ment projects require extensive urban hydrologic modelling, Scep ter has sponsored the development of Ultra, a simplified tool for prelimi nary planning and analysis by Paul Wisner and Associates.'This compli mentary ULTRA booklet and floppy diskette present a user-friendly model for lumped (i.e. only one drainage basin)simulation of urban and rural watersheds. The model

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Collecting flow proportional samples has never been easier. SIGMA's new Streamline" subcompact and standard sized samplers are flowmeters too: generate reports via hand-held interrogator Until now, monitoring flow and collecting flow proportional samples required two units â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a sampler and a flowmeter. Not any more. Streamline puts the flowmeter inside its new subcompact sampler: an easy-to-carry unit with room to spare in tight manholes. And only Streamline can handle the full range of sampling applications. One controller fits a subcompact and a standard sized base with nine composite and multiple bottle choices.

The new Streamline stores the time and date samples are taken, plus daily flow minimums, maximums and averages; total flow, cumulative average, cumulative total and flow chart. The RS232D serial interface allows data transfer to a laptop

or hand-held interrogator. The interrogator can hold data from up to 9 samplers and interfaces with any IBM compatible PC or dot matrix printer for sampling/flow reports. Streamline's Delta C Liquid Sensing System is self-adjusting and nonfouling, eliminating sample volume calibration and guaranteeing repeatability independent of varying heads at the intake. Streamline starts watertight; stays watertight: electro mechanical components are sealed in a NEMA 4X 6 housing and both keypad and display are protected by a waterproof polyester membrane. There's a lot more to learn about Streamline. Call 1-800-

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