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Editor and Publisher TOM DAVEY

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Technical Advisory Board George V. Crawford, P.Eng. Gore & Storrie Ltd.

Rod Holme, P,Eng. Proctor & Redfern Ltd.

Peter Laughton, M.Eng., P.Eng.

June/July 1991, Vol.4 No. 3 Issued July, 1991

CONTENTS

Have you heard these dirty stories about water? Comment by Tom Davey

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NDP's environmental agenda is uncompromisingly

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tough on polluters Report by Gerald Ronan Making sure Canada's environmental laboratories work effectively

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Article by William Traversy

R.V. Anderson & Associates

J.V, Morris, M,Sc„ P,Eng. Senes Consuitants Ltd.

Mike Provart, M.Sc,, P.Eng,

Decommissioning of a sour gas plant in Alberta Article by E. Veska, W.H. Stiebel and B,R, Geddes

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M.M. Dillon Ltd. Dr. Howard Goodfellow Goodfellow Consultants Ltd.

Leaking storage tank costs could rival our Federal deficit

Article by Richard Rush and Keith Metzger

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The time to go trenchiess is fast approaching Article by Les Parr and Peter Coxon

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Corrosion control in Calgary's water distribution system Report by Bradley James and William Ng

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Robert Ferguson, P.Eng, Metro Toronto Works Dept. R. Bruce Smitli, LL,B.

Blake Cassels Graydon Dr. Earl Shannon, P.Eng. CH2M Hill Engineering Ltd. Environmental Science & Engineering is a bi-monthly business publication published by Davcom Communica tions inc. An ail Canadian publication, ES&E provides authoritative editorial coverage of Canada's municipal and industrial environmental control sys tems and drinking water treatment and

Ruth Grier makes technical debut at AWWA/OMWA conference

Photo report by Tom Davey

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PCAO celebrates its 20th conference in Niagara Fails Photo report by Tom Davey

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How Montreal pioneered air pollution regulations in Canada

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Health & safety factors inside sewage treatment plants Report by David Whaley

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Investigating water treatment by advanced oxidation

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Feds fund "Water Interpretation Centre"

Have you heard these dirty stories about water?

Years ago I met Malcolm

sting of his elegantly wielded and usually irreverent pen, including Winston Churchill, The Queen, plus an assortment of archbishops, aca demics, publishers and politicians. Repeatedly his writing evoked indig nation from writers and public figures who were offended that their icons had been tainted by his barbed critiques. Ultimately his talents outlasted his critics, the iconoclast becoming an icon. When he died last year, he had long been affectionately known as St. Mugg. But I vividly recall meeting him years ago, along with

an environmental theme centre on

the islands ofthe old Expo'67 site in Montreal. No comedic writer can

compete with the imaginative plots of Ottawa's skilled wastrels. I sus

pect that deep in the labyrinths of Parliament Hill, there's a colony of bureaucrats who gnaw away like termites at all proposals which con tain even traces of fiscal responsi bility. It was all the dead wood in the

Senate that first brought termites to mind; hut, as the senators have just voted themselves an additional$150

author of several books and even a

His reply was vintage Muggeridge. "I resigned when I found that even the most humorous fantasy thatI could devise, would frequently he topped by some imbecilic event in

stint as editor of Punch, Britain's venerable magazine of humour.

real life." I was reminded of his statement

per day, simply for bringing their lukewarm bodies into the upper chamber, perhaps parasite is the more appropriate word. Regardless, it is clear that we can expect no sober second thoughts from the Senate on this latest federal lunacy. Simply stated,the federal govern ment is proposing to fund over $40 million on the former Expo '67 site. Amenities would include bicycle paths,parks and restaurants on Ste-

Some eminent figures felt the

when reading of proposals to fund

Helene and Notre-Dame islands in

Muggerldge, then at the peak of his career as one of the most gifted writers and satirists in the English language. He had travelled the glohe as news paper reporter, television celebrity,

some other ink stained wretches

from Fleet Street, when he was asked why he had given up his plum posi tion with Punch?

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the highly polluted St. Lawrence River.

Butthe centrepiece will be a $17.5 million Water Interpretation Centre destined to become a permanent edu

Centre. I now suggest a sequel for next year: a musical comedy called The Federal Follies. What script writers call a treatment, or produc tion outline is as follows: *

cational exhibition about water.

Reports indicate funds for this cen tre may come from Ottawa's $3 bil lion environmental Green Plan funds. NDP Environment Critic James

Fulton says using Green Plan money this way would confirm his worst suspicions; that the proposals are simply a way to spend money for partisan politics while raw sewage is still being dumped into the St. Lawrence. "Let's spend $17.5 mil lion on cleaning the waters ofthe St. Lawrence, rather than cleaning up the image of the Tories," he said. In addition to Environment

Canada's $17.5 million, the federal Industry Departmentis throwing in $22.5 million while the City of Mon treal willfork out$17.4 million. This

comes on top ofthe $5 million contri bution thatIndustry Minister Benoit Bouchard donated last year to the 'Just for Laughs'Comedy Centre and Museum of Humour in Montreal.

Increasingly theatre is becoming an integral part ofgovernment.Last year it was the Comedy Museum; this year the Water Interpretation

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In the Follies, Prime Minister

Brian Mulroney — in his husky baritone — willsing'Why Irish Eyes Aren't Smiling',followed by 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters'. Liberal lea

der Jean Chretien does repeated flip flops without a trampoline while International Trade Minister John Crosbie recites his entire French

vocabulary — in microseconds. Then in a remarkable solo perfor mance, Former Environment Mini ster Lucien Bouchard plays sin gles tennis, switching to both sides of the court with some nifty selfserving serves. Then in a parody of GulfMilitary Strategy,Michael Wilson willshow how a 'smart budget' can reduce a vibranteconomy to rubble — without using a single bomb. Then Benoit Bouchard, who bears more than a passing resemblance to the Flintstone's Barney Rubble, will demon strate that the federal government is clearly no skinflint with public money.

some fashionable party lines, smartly cut from discarded dogmas of the '50s. Then in a rousingfinale,the sena tors will march into the upper house in step to Verdi's Aida as they pre pare for their daily battle with eco nomic realities. Eloquent lyrics will proclaim a senatorial war on poverty as they pocket their per diems. Properly handled, the finale could combine spectacular theatre with a deeply religious experience,especial ly if the per diems are recited in Gregorian Chant like some latin rite. The public, if it cannot see its tax dollars at work, will at least be able to see them at play. *

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Meanwhile, the magnificent St. Lawrence River remains deeply pol luted while millions are spent on theatricals instead of remediation

projects. Quebec needs the talents of AQTE — not Actor's Equity. I often wondered why Canada never developed humour magazines like Punch, or satirical publications like Private Eye. Now it is crystal clear. Nothing, absolutely nothing, could possibly be more hilarious than the verbatim transcripts in Hansard.

In the interval, NDP leader

Audrey McLaughlin will model

Malcolm Muggeridge, how right you were.

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Industry Update Air & Waste

Mann Testing expands laboratory services

Management Assn. Annual Fail Meeting The Air& Waste Management Asso ciation — Ontario Section, will be holding its annual Fall Meeting September 22-24,1991,attheHockley Valley Resort near Orangeville. The topic ofthe meeting will be Environ mental Management Initiatives: Focus on Municipal and Industrial Experiences. Contact Steve Toplack, (416)735-0035.

AWWA/CPWA joint conference in Nfld. The American Water Works Asso ciation &the Canadian Public Works

Association are holding a Joint Technical Conference in St. John's

Mann Testing Laboratories celebrated its recent expansion with an open house and outdoor barbeque. The weatherman cooperated with a perfect day. ES&E Publisher Tom Davey (left), was shown around the new facilities in Mississauga, Ont. by Mann President John Martin.

Newfoundland, September 15-17, 1991, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. Conference Co-Chairmen are Jim

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AN IMMENSE MARKET ABOUT TO BURST Water is the largest emerging opportunity of the decade: • MORE THAN S43 billion will be spent - domestic and industrial - on infrastructure distribution, repair, development and reclamation of our water resource.

• WATER will be Canada's fastest growing exportable resource,

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A DOMESTIC AND INDUSTRIAL SHOWCASE TRADE SHOW If your job deals with water — distributing, using or

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"Proposed Europe 1992" seminar,September 27. Steve Davey

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Some four weeks before the PCAO

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September 1991 Issue When the eyes of the world focus on the Water Pollution Control Federation Conference, Environmental Science & Engineering will be there! Environmental Science & Engineering's August/September issue will feature aspecial section on the 1991 WPCF Conference to be held in Toronto, October 6-10.

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Industry update Air quality guide

Just add water — and cause a stir

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Industry Update Geotechnica '91

DWSP reports SW Ont. water good

Cologne, Sept. 18-21 Preservation of the Earth — challenge to science & technology is the confer ence theme of Geotechnica.

The Department of External Affairs and International Trade

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Drinking water was generally good

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supply systems monitored in 1989 by the Ontario Ministry ofthe Envi ronment. Reportsfor the Southwest Region indicate only three of 16 sys tems monitored under the ministry's Drinking Water Surveillance Pro gram (DWSP) had water samples

obtained under the Access to Infor mation law reveal.

Among the expenditures to pro mote the $3 billion,six-year environ mental action plan are: •$36,828 to test people's reaction to the logo and themes; •$1.9 million on advertising; • $150,000 on communications advice from private firms; •$12,000 on picture frames, likely

November treated water samples taken from the Alvinston Water

Treatment Plant. The samples con tained nitrates at 10.4 mg/L. The district and medical health officers were notified.

taken that exceeded Ontario Drink

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west Region involved the monthly sampling of raw and treated water from each plant, and from at least one site in each distribution system, for the presence of approximately 180 parameters. In February,April and June, samples of treated and distributed waters taken from the Dresden Water TreatmentPlant con

tained total nitrates at 10.1 mg/L, 10.7 mg/L and 10.3 mg/L respecti vely. The ODWO for total nitrates is 10 mg/L. The ministry is currently working with the municipality to build a pipeline that will supply drinking

The ODWO for turbidity — 1 Formazin turbidity unit (FTU) — was also exceeded in two samples of treated water taken from Mitchell's

Bay Water TreatmentPlant and the

Dresden plant. In July, a sample taken from the Mitchell's Bay plant contained turbidity at 1.37 FTU. In February, a sample taken from the Dresden plant contained turbidity at 2 FTUs. Ongoing monitoring at these plants does not indicate any continuing turbidity problems. At all other water treatment

plants in the Southwest Region, organic, inorganic and physical parameters did not exceed any

water from the Lamhton area water

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The ODWO for total nitrates was also exceeded in the March and

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public trough," said New Democrat environment critic Jim Fulton, who does not mince his words.

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Feedback We read with great interest the arti cle on air pollution of your March 1991 publication. However,we were surprised when Dr.Keith C.Heidom, an air quality specialist, wrote that the first air pollution regulation in

Science & Engineering. I am very pleased with the quality of presenta tion that you were able to achieve with the article Providing potable water to Canadian forces in the Gulf

Canada was enacted in Toronto in

Ron W. Clifton, General Manager, Zenon Water Systems Inc.

1907. It may be that the author thinks Canada stops at Toronto. The first air pollution regulation was really adopted some 35 years before 1907 in Montreal. On March

12, 1872, Montreal Council adopted by-law #56 to call upon owners of steam engines in the city to equip them with smoke-consuming de vices. By-law #56 was followed with by-law #130 in 1882 and by-law #260 in 1901. As you can see, at least three regulations were adopted on air pollution by the city of Montreal only, before 1907. We are enclosing a copy of the pertinent pages of a report prepared in 1980 by the Mon treal Urban Community. Fernand Cadieux, eng., Deputy Director and Yves Bourassa, eng. COMMUNAUTE URBAINE DE MONTREAL

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The June/July 1990 issue is excellent. The comment by Dr. Phil Jones has been badly needed for some time and is applauded. As a follow-up, I might suggest that a writing on risk analysis would be appropriate. George B. Crawford, P.Eng. Mr. Crawford is a former president

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Having had more than casual inter est in ES&E since its inception, I would commend you and your staff on its progressive development, scope of material and relevance. Your publication has become an important, continuing reflection of

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MISA — CAP — Safe Drinking Water Act —

By Gerald Ronan*

NDP's environmental agenda Is uncompromisingly tough on polluters

Ontario's Environment

Minister, Mrs. Ruth Grier,

knows the issues and has a clear vision on what

needs to be done to protect the envi ronment. Mrs. Grier acknowledges the tremendous contribution of her

predecessor,Jim Bradley,to environ mental protection. She proposes to build upon past achievements, and in the process, chart new directions in terms of environmental protec tion for Ontario.

Strategic Directions Taking care of environmental business in Ontario has primarily revolved around three strategies namely: 1. Poliution Control; 2. Pol

The problem with this triad of strategies has been the order in which they have been used. Most of the efforts have been focused on pol

approach towards controlling pollu tants discharged to the environ ment. In this context, transforming

lution control.

make sense. Incineratingmunicipal solid waste would also seriously undermine the whole 3R strategy she recently announced. It simply is not good enough to pile municipal solid waste into inci nerators and transform a compara tively benign waste stream into a 30% ash residue, a portion of which contains toxic leachate. It simply is not good enough to resort to treat ment processes which emit dioxins, furans, mercury, acid gases, and

Attention is now

belatedly being applied to remedia ting past site specific environmen tal disasters,such as the Smithville PCB site. Regrettably, insufficient effort has been expended on pollu tion prevention. Ironically, pollu tion prevention may well be the most effective and least cost option for reducing pollution. Banning Incineration Mrs. Grier recently announced a ban on the incineration of munici

pal waste. This decision is consis

lution Remediation; 3. Poliution Pre

tent with the environmental minis

vention.

try policy of taking a multi-media

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solid waste into air emissions doesn't

other trace contaminants into the air we breathe. We must find better

ways of managing our wastes. "Sin boldly, or not at ail" St. Augustine The rapidity and scale in which western industrialized man has dis-

poiled the environment is mind numbing. Polluters seem to have taken St. Augustine's injunction to heart. Their conscience has appa rently been salved by the notion that however dreadful the mess, mother nature can absorb limitless

punishment. The other underlying premise is that if mother nature falls down on the job, then technology can come to the rescue.

Notice has been served that we

must stop relying on a technological fix for the environmental mess we

are in. We apparently have become trappedin a mind set that locks us in to expensive high-tech dependency relationships for handling environ mental problems. Mrs. Grier has challenged Ontarians to think differently about the way we manage the environment. One of the biggest problems stems from the fact that we devoutly believe that everything can be taken care of once it is managed. Therein lies the

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fatal flaw. With all our technology, with all our innovation and entre-

preneurship, our efforts at mana ging the environment have been, by and large, pathetically inadequate. A fundamental premise in our approach towards managing the environment is that traditionally the environment has been viewed as

The assault on pollution is epitomized by an action photo of an operator using 3M foam to suppress toxic vapors, dust and odours during a waste site reme diation operation. 18

"Acting ADM, Environmental Services, Ontario Ministry of the Environment.

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NDP's environmental agenda, comd a "free good" which is there to be used, exploited, managed. In retro spect, we could be accused of being simply naive or worse, catatonic in our approaches to managing the

Over the course oftime, mistakes will be made. Some paths may need to be re-traced. That is the price of leadership,the price of boldness and vision. A course is being charted

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Mrs. Grier is now proposing a value system that perceives the envi ronment as a heritage that must be conserved and nurtured,rather than exploited and abused. She is chal lenging our industrialists,our manu facturers, our engineers and scien tists, and the community at large to think differently about the environ

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The third key change which the minister intends to superimpose on the program is a renewed emphasis on pollution prevention. It will be necessary to get away from our endof-pipe fixation on pollution control, and move back into the plant where the pollutant is generated. Compa

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NDP's environmental agenda, contu tion on the magnitude of air emis sions,the mostimpacted geographic areas, and the industries which require the most attention in terms of remedial action.

CAP'S Expected Results

The proposed Clean Air Program was designed to achieve the virtual elimination oftoxic emissions,along with significant reductions of other pollutants over a ten-year period. Improved human health, and redu ced health costs are some of the

anticipated direct benefits, in addi tion to the indirect benefits thatflow from a cleaner environment.

The draft Clean Air Program has been sent out for public comment and review. The submissions receiv

ed during the public comment period will be used in fashioning optional

approaches for achieving clean and healthy air throughout Ontario. The draft Clean Air Program, like MISA, is designed to achieve the virtual elimination oftoxic emis with all the industrial sectors to

constituted a licence to increase pol

arrive at an achievable, realistic limits regulatory framework. Clean Air Program (CAP) The second program I want to review is the Clean AirProgram. In August 1990, the draft Clean Air Program was released for public

lution. With the introduction of Ontario's Countdown Acid Rain Pro

comment. This document was the

gram in 1985, Inco reduced its sul phur dioxide emissions by more than half, and expended hundreds of mil lions of dollars in so doing. Inco is to be commended for this major achie vement in pollution prevention.

sions. The proposed program has substantive costs. The intent is to

phase-in the program over a ten year period,beginning with the con taminants of highest concern. Waste Reduction Strategy Ontario generates approximately 10 million tonnes of municipal solid waste per year. Approximately 4 million tonnes are from the residen tial stream and about 6.0 million

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CAP Program Components The draft Clean Air Program clas sifies air contaminants by their level

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45% of landfill capacity by 1993.

This constitutes a fundamental

weakness of Regulation 308. For example,by building a higher stack, one could significantly reduce the point-of-impingement impacts on the ground level ambient environ ment without reducing emission loadings. As a result, waste genera tors could avoid installing pollution controls because higher stacks en abled them to stay within the guide lines. INCO Stack

In the seventies,Inco built a super stack which dispersed sulphur diox ide emissions over a much wider

area than Sudbury, while at the same time reducing the adjacent point-of-impingement concentra tions. In reality, the higher stack 24

of concern. The emission controls

defined, with different emission con trol technologies specified for each level (Lowest Achievable Emission Rate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Best Available Control Tech-

nology â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Reasonably Achievable Control Technology). If a chemical is considered to be extremely hazar dous,then the waste generator must achieve the lowest achievable emis

sion, irrespective of cost. The draft Clean Air Program also provides for the development of tou gher air standards. Industries are also required to carry out state-ofthe-art multi-source dispersion modelling studies to ascertain com

pliance with these standards. There are also requirements for industries to undertake stack sampling to en sure emission limits are being met and ambient monitoring to ensure the air standards are being met. The program will also require the development ofa province-wide emission inventory for stationary sources. This data bank will provide Ontario with invaluable informa

tonnes from industrial, commercial and institutional sources. Hazar

Approximately 240 landfills will reach capacity by 2003. Atthe same time, replacement capacity is not keeping up. Siting new landfills is extremely difficult in terms of time, cost and

public opposition. Within the Great er Toronto Area, experts have pre dicted that all currently available landfill space will have been used up by 1994. Waste Reduction Goals

Ontario has set itself the objec tive of diverting a minimum of 25% of municipal solid waste from land fills by 1992, and a minimum of50% by the year 2000. Ontario has been primarily relying on recycling efforts using the Blue Box, and encoura ging the industrial sector to develop technologies to transform wastes into new products. Important though these activities are,in them selves they won't enable us to divert enough waste from landfills. The average waste generation in Continued overleaf

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NDP's environmental agenda, comd Canada is 1.7 Kg/person/day. In the Greater Toronto Area, the aver age is 3.0 Kg/person/day, almost double the national average. This works out to be about a tonne per person a year, a truly prodigious amount of waste. So the gauntlet has been tossed down; change our consumption habits, change our waste generation habits,or sink in a sea of garbage. Notwithstanding the tremendous enthusiasm of Ontarians in partici pating in the Blue Box recycling program, the 1992 25% diversion target will not be achieved by the

rate, and develop workplans to signi ficantly reduce it. Composting has the potential to

present level of effort. A whole new approach is required. A wide range of initiatives, designed to substan tially increase the amount of waste diverted from landfill, has been

rently Ontario relies upon objectives to assess the quality of drinking water. Approximately 100 objectives are in place, but they are not enforceable. The proposed Safe Drinking Water Act will require stan dards for contaminants in drinking

divert 30% of the residential waste

stream. Municipalities will be required to compost, and to prohibit the disposal ofleaves and yard waste at landfills. SAFE DRINKING WATER ACT

A Safe Drinking Water Act is an important element of the govern ment's environmental agenda. Cur-

plus public water suppliers in Ontario.

A pubhc consultation process to facilitate the development of stan dards will be a notable feature of the

Act. The Advisory Committee on Environmental Standards (ACES), will co-ordinate the public consulta tion process. Owners of water supplies will be required to monitor the quality of their drinking water supply, and

"Sin boldly, or not at all" St. Augustine

announced.

Packaging constitutes approxi mately 20% of total municipal solid waste. The packaging industry will be required to achieve a 20% diver sion from landfill (1988 base year) by 1992, and a 50% diversion by the year 2000. All the companies res ponsible for excess packaging must re-examine their production and marketing strategies. Industries must be prepared to measure the amounts of solid waste they gene

water.

These standards will be

enforceable, and failure to comply with the standards could result in

significant penalties. The enabling legislation will also make provision for establishing mini mum treatment standards for drink

ing water supplies. The Act will not apply to bottled water or home treat ment devices. Initially,itis anticipa ted that the Act will apply to the 500

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CH2M HILL is an employee-owned Canadian engineering firm with princi pal offices in Calgary and Waterloo. The firm offers a complete range of environmental engineering services from initial feasibility studies through

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Owners will also be required to under take remedial measures when the

water supply does not comply with standards.

Environmental Bill of Rights

Another key piece of Environ mental legislation that will be intro duced by the new government is the Environmental Bill of Rights, con sidered to be a very significant piece of legislation. It is expected to open up to public review and challenge the actions of all those who pollute the environment, and those who fail to properly discharge their responsibihties in protecting the environment. The underlying philosophy of the Bill is to provide remedies for the pro tection and conservation of the natu

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notify consumers of any failure to meet contaminant standards.

ral environment. The central princi ple governing the Bill of Rights is the public's right to act to protect a healthy environment, and the enforcement of this right through improved access to the court and/or tribunals, including the right to sue polluters. The Bill's central princi ples are: • Public's right to act to protect a healthy environment; •Public's right to increased partici pation in environmental decisionmaking; • Increased government account ability. There will beincreased public par ticipation and greater protection for employees who "blow the whistle" on polluting employers. Some ofthe key features of the Bill will be: • Increased public participation in environmental decision-making; •Enforcement- Citizen's right to sue; •Request for investigation; •Protection for "Whistle Blowers".

Remediation, control, prevention, are the three driving forces of Onta rio's environmental strategy. In the coming years,we can anticipate that much more emphasis will be placed on the prevention concept. ES&E

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Making sure Canada's laboratories work effectively at six month intervals as part of the program for laboratories to main tain certification.

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Laboratories to be Inspected

In 1992CAEAL will be expanding its program to include not only the provision of test samples, hut also site visits to observe the actual oper ation of laboratories. Protocols are

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ciated with site inspections and analyses of test samples, will he granted accreditation which will replace the certification offered at this time. Benefits to Laboratories

In Canada, a new association Photo courtesy Canvtro Laboratories

has appeared on the environ mental scene with the goal of improving the quality of data heing generated from analytical

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ernment, industry and universities dedicated to upgrading and main taining a strong analytical labora tory service in Canada capable of consistently producing quality scien tific data. The association began a program in late 1990 oftesting labor atories and the granting of certifica tion to those meeting national stan dards for quality assurance and quality control. To determine if laboratories could carry out accu rate analyses, participants in the program were sent up to eight water samples, each containing known

The Association provides the environmental analyticallaboratory industry with the framework within which laboratories may derive mutual benefits including enhanced product quality and reputation. It willimprove communication and dia logue between laboratories, leading to discussion of common problems and development of solutions. Wide participation in the national accre ditation program will provide for the self-regulation of the laboratory services industry. The quality assu rance/quality control program will provide much needed support to the rapidly growing environmental ana lytical industry and enhance its international competitiveness.

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Directors of Gartner Lee Limited, is pleas ed to announce the appointment of Ian R. Wilson, C.A.(University of Toronto), as a Directorof the company. Mr. Wilson, who joined the company in 1986, is the Firm's

of primary or reference materials is often mentioned as a major problem oflaboratories throughoutthe world. Lack of such material leads to cali bration difficulties and measure ment uncertainties. A service of

CAEAL is the screening of members concerning their requirements for scarce reference materials and the location of the identified materials.

Members are kept informed con cerning developments in the labora tory industry through the periodic publication of a newsletter and rela ted documents,through the holding of Conferences, Workshops, semi nars and training sessions. Boost to the Environment and the

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CAEAL is a developing Associa tion with the goal ofimproving ana lytical data necessary for the deve lopment ofeffective Canadian envir onmental laws and regulations. It is attempting to improve testing within Canada and enhance the reputation of the industry both at home and internationally,to place the industry in a strong position relative to these markets. The development of natio nal criteria for quality control will protect the industry from "low bid" operations that do not adhere to adequate standards. Publication of

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Remediation Strategies

Decommissioning of a sour gas piant in Aiberta Shell Canada operated a sour gas plant at Innisfail, Alberta between 1963 and 1988. The plant produced natural gas and petroleum liquids from oil with a high sour gas content.

mechanical services requiring demo lition and removal. A site assess

ment, including sampling and che mical analyses and geophysics, was carried out on the entire property to

Gas from the oil was flared. The

characterize the nature and extent

purpose ofthe plant was to conserve the flared gas by:(1)stabilizing the crude oil and removing the majority of sulphur compounds;(2) separat ing hydrocarbon gases and sweeten ing them; and (3) processing the remaining gases and recovering the sulphur in liquid form.

of contamination in sludges, sedi

Shell Canada retained Monenco

in September 1987 to assist with the decommissioning of the plant and property. Plant decommissioning entailed a partial closure of the faci lities with the remaining part of the plant converted to an oil and gas battery and reclaim area. The par tial closure consisted of the removal

and disposition of gas processing equipment and reclamation of the sulphur pads, yard area, and wastewater ponds. At the commencement of the

decommissioning project, Monenco carried out a site inspection of the plant and a site assessment of the property. Siteinspection was concen trated in the process areas, process equipment,building materials,foun dations, piping, electrical and

ment and soils onsite.

The findings of the site assess mentshowed low pH and high levels of electrical conductivity in soils in the sulphur plant area, the sulphur pads and yard area, and high levels of electrical conductivity and hydro carbons in sludges and surrounding soils in the wastewater ponds. Soils in the sulphur plant area also con tained elevated cadmium concentra tions.

The decommissioning was staged in four phases, namely: •demolition; •excavation; •neutralization; and •backfill.

Technical specifications for each ofthese phases of work were written by Monenco and sent out for tender. All site demolition, cleanup and monitoring activities were managed by Monenco. Demolition

and equipment(e.g. Regen overhead condenser, sulphur pumps, amine sump tanks, sulphur loading arm, pure amine tanks, compressors, surge tanks, etc.); removal of struc tures, piping and electrical services; removal of reusable equipment and transportation to buyer's site; removal of asbestos materials and

transport/disposal offsite; prepara tion of material in laydown area for transportation/disposal;transporta tion of unsalvageable scrap to East Calgary Landfill; and sale of sal vage scrap and removal from the laydown area. The laydown area was a designated area to separate clean scrap (i.e. asbestos-free and sulphur-free)from contaminants or unsalvageable scrap. Unsalvage able scrap was prepared for disposal by removing or sealing/covering asbestos to adhere to East Calgary Landfill's requirements. Demolition activities utilized two, 22 ton R/T cranes and one 50 ton

hydraulic crane to lift vessels and equipment. Sidebooms were used to support and manipulate pipe. Mate rials were hauled to the laydown area with a high boy,a low boy,and a cherrypicker. At the end of the demolition in

Demolition commenced in June 1988 and involved removal ofvessels

August 1988,the complete inventory of equipment and 1,000 tonnes of salvageable scrap metal were sold. Approximately 100 tonnes of unsal vageable scrap metal was disposed of at East Calgary Landfill. A total of 6 RGB capacitors from the plant were secured in barrels and shipped to Alberta Special Waste Manage ment Corporation's facility at Swan Hills for incineration. Excavation

On August 29, 1988, excavation commenced on the wastewater pond areas, the sulphur plant area, the sulphur pads and yard area. In the evaporation ponds that contained the wastewater, a Cater pillar D6, widepad bulldozer was used to mix the wet sludges with contaminated, but dry underlying soils. The sludge/soil mixture was pushed to the edge ofthe pond where it was loaded onto transport vehicles using a Caterpillar 235 backhoe and hauled to East Calgary Landfill. Seal pots were pulled from the sulphur plant with a backhoe then trucked to a secure landfill. 30

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Bv E. Veska. W.H. Stiebel and B.R. Geddes* Severely affected acid and sul

phur contaminated soils from the sulphur pad,sulphur plant and yard areas were hauled to the East Cal

led by a D6 bulldozer. A total of 1,500 tonnes oflimestone was appli

few hot spots, most of the treated

ed over these areas to facilitate in situ treatment of the acidic soils.

these hot spots,additional limestone has been added to completely neu tralize them. Monitoring is still ongoing.

gary Landfill for disposal, leaving the hulk of the contaminated soil in these areas for in situ neutralization treatment.

Backfill

In the wastewater ponds, all sub soil clean fill placed 35 cm below the

areas have been neutralized.

To

The total cost ofdecommissioning and reclamation ofthe Shell Canada

Approximately 9,000 tonnes of contaminated soil, sludges and sediment, and 260 tonnes of concrete were disposed of along with scrap steel and empty barrels... Cadmium contaminated soils

from the sulphur plant were excava ted to a depth of 30 cm and also removed to East Calgary Landfill. Foundation concrete of the sul

phur plant was removed down to at least one metre below existing grade. A sulphur pit (a 5m x 7m x 3.7m concrete structure) was entirely demolished and the concrete was

removed by hackhoe. Six seal pots, each consisting of a steam jacketed steel casing extending 4 m into the ground, were pulled with the 235 hackhoe. All underground utility lines, mainly electrical in the upper 1.2 m, were removed. Approximately 9,000 tonnes of contaminated soil,sludges and sedi ment, and 260 tonnes of concrete were disposed of along with scrap steel and empty barrels at the East Calgary Landfill. All truck loads were covered with tarpaulins prior to leaving the site. Clean concrete rubble approximately 1,800 tonnes, was hauled to a non-engineered pri vate dump in the Town of Innisfail. Confirmatory soil sampling was conducted by Monenco after exca vation and analyzed for pH, electri cal conductivity, hydrocarbons and

finished grade was compacted in 20 to 30 cm lifts and the upper 35 cm consisted of 20 cm of uncompacted subsoil overlain by 15 cm of topsoil. A positive drainage was achieved.

sour gas plant to date has been in the order of $2,600,000. Inflation, and increased tipping fees for conta minated (hazardous and registerable) waste disposal have signifi cantly increased costs for similar remedial activities at industrial sites. Onsite treatment of waste

materials, waste minimization, recovery and reuse are significant technological and economic consi derations in industrial site decom

Monitoring

A monitoring program was imple mented to identify areas within the sulphur pad and plant areas where supplemental lime application may be necessary. Soil samples have been collected since the spring of 1989 from various depths in these areas and analyzed for pH,electrical conductivity, elemental sulphur, and calcium carbonate equivalent. Preliminary monitoring results show that with the exception of a

missioning and cleanup. It is Monenco's experience during nume rous programs,such as described in this article, that the phased approach to industrial site decom missioning and cleanup provides the best technological, economic and environmental advantages, while ensuring that the site is suitable for the intended future land use. For more information,

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R&D News Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Sequencing Batch Reactors K.J. Kennedy and colleagues from the National Research Council and

the University of Ottawa,conducted laboratory studies on anaerobic sludge batch reactors (SBR) treat ing soluble biodegradable waste. For each organic loading, the varying fill-and-react periods were examin

requiring only intermittent organics removal. As described in the JoarnaZ

of the American Water Works Asso ciation by P.M. Huck and bis collea gues, it was found that very high concentrations ofPAC could be accu mulated in the clarifier and that its

adsorptive capacity for chloroform appeared to decrease somewhat

ed. As described in the Research

Journal WPCF, COD removals depended on organic loadings and fail-to-react ratios. Specific loading rate, based on fill time, is a critical design parameter for anaerobic

the Alberta Environmental Centre examined the accumulation and

adsorption capacity ofpowdered acti vated carbon(PAC)in a solids con tact recirculating clarifier. If high concentrations ofPAC can be achiev

ed in a sludge blanket,then it could be an efficient alternative to granu lar activated carbon for plants

in 1990. National Water Research Institute scientists S.Painter and L.

Hampson,together with E.S. Millard of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, report in the Water Pollu tion Research Journal of Canada that both chlorophyll and seston have decreased significantly during this period resulting in substantially improved water clarity. Lime Addition to a

Hypereutrophic Lake Scientists from the University of Alberta, the National Water Research Institute,the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division, and HydroQual added lime four different times to bard-water, hypereutrophic Figure Eight Lake in Alberta. As

SBRs. The need for recirculation

during fill-and-react periods and effects ofoperational parameters on sludge bed granularity are also dis cussed in this paper. Adsorption by Activated Carbon Scientists from the City of Edmon ton, the University of Alberta and

the Hamilton Sewage Treatment Plant successfully reduced the total phosphorus loading into the Har bour from 515 kg/day to 364 kg/day

lAWPRC

w when the residence time ofthe PAC in the clarifier exceeded 100 b.

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no short-term trend in phosphorus concentration. However, over the next two seasons,both chlorophyll a and total phosphorus decreased sub stantially. E.E.Prepas and her col-

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National Water Research Institute scientist H-B. Lee and coworkers

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plants removing phosphate biologi cally. The method, developed by University of Quebec scientist Y.C. Comeau and K.J. Hall, and W.K. Oldham ofthe University of British Columbia, is based upon the pro perty .of such sludges to degrade polyphosphate reserves under anaer

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methanol, acetate, glucose, and a brewery yeast waste, were added directly to the anoxic basin. As des

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achieved using a one gram sediment sample. Leaching of Metals from Sludge

R.D. Tyagi, D. Couillard and F.T. Tran studied metal solubilization

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Quick detection is half the battle

Leaking storage tank costs could rival our Federal deficit

A common source of conta

mination to the groundwater is leakage from underground storage tanks (USTs) used for petroleum products. Nearly all tanks installed prior to 1980 were constructed of steel, which is very susceptible to corrosion.

In Canada, there are approxi mately 200,000 underground petro leum storage tanks, of which about 70,000 are located at retail gasoline outlets. The remaining 130,000 tanks in the ground are owned by transportation,manufacturing,com mercial,and agricultural industries.

gasoline leak occurs, these com pounds can cause serious soil gas/ vapour problems, often necessitat ing evacuation of nearby buildings. Other compounds with low vapour pressure and high solubility (e.g. phenol, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene) can dissolve into the groundwater and migrate to neighbouring drinking water sup ply wells. Still other compounds [e.g. Benz(a)anthracene, apd Benzo(a)pyrene] are strongly attracted to soil particles and form high resi

common ways of identifying leaks at USTs, including persistent ben zene vapours in the service station or kiosk,inventory loss, pumping of air through the fuel nozzle,or off-site groundwater and/or air quality pro ings, or sewers. Lund(1989)further notes that by tbe time one of the above symptoms is recognized, a substantial productloss has already occurred. A leak detection strategy that relies only on symptom recogni tion is inadequate for UST manage

dual concentrations in the soil

ment in the 1990's.

(McLearn et.al., 1988). Figure 1 shows some of the gasoline phases

Necessary components of an effective leak detection strategy are

blems in neighbouring wells, build

as follows;

Inventory Control is one strategy

TABLE 1

UST owners can use to discover

MAGNirODE OF THE LUST PROBLEM % OF USTs LEAKING

# OF USTs

(@ 20%) USA

Approx.2 Million

400,000

CANADA

Approx. 200,000

40,000

ONTARIO

30,000 to 60,000

6,000 to 12,000

When the large number ofsteel tanks installed during the 1950's and 1960's exceeded their 10 to 20 year service life, the magnitude of the petroleum leakage problem was recognized. In limited surveys, about 20-25% of storage tanks at petroleum retail outlets in Canada were found to be, or suspected to be. It ^king(Cherry, 1987). Table 1 pre sents some statistics concerning tbe magnitude of the Leaking Under ground Storage Tank (LUST) pro blem.

Hinchee et.al. (1986) reports the California Commission for Econo

mic Development's 1986 cost esti mates for remediation ofLUST sites. Estimated remediation costs are

$100,000., $1,000,000., and $10,000,000. at 80%,10%,and 10% of LUST sites respectively. If 20% of the 200,000 USTs in Canada are leaking, the total remediation cost could be many tens of billions of dol lars â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the same order of magnitude as the annual Canadian Federal

Government deficit. Gasoline is a complex mixture of compounds, each one of which has different physical and chemical pro perties. Compounds with high vapour pressure and low solubility (e.g. n-Heptane, n-Hexane, and nPentane)readily volatilize. When a 38

and potential problems resulting from LUSTs.

In Ontario, tbe most relevant legislation regulating underground storage tanks (USTs) is the Gaso line Handling Act and Gasoline Handling Code administered by the Fuel Safety Branch of the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Rela

tions, and the Environmental Pro tection Act(Spills Bill administered by the Ontario Ministry ofthe Envi ronment). The Gasoline Handling Code now requires all USTs at pri vate fuel outlets to be registered and tbose steel tanks installed prior to May 1, 1974 must be upgraded or replaced. The deadline for registra tion and upgrading/replacement was January 1, 1991, but UST owners can apply for an extension untilJanuary 1,1992(Gerdels,1991). This registration process should assistin the development ofan inven tory of UST sites, especially those owned by transportation, manufac turing,commercial,and agricultural industries. LEAK DETECTION

An important component of an UST management program is the selection ofa leak detection strategy to provide identification of USTs already leaking and early discovery of new leaks. Lund (1989^) mentions

leaks. Inventory control involves regular accounting of product flow into and out of tbe tank and tbe flows must balance with the quan tity of product remaining in the tank. An inventory loss could mean the tank is leaking. The ability of inventory control techniques to iden tify leaks is limited by uncertainties including inaccurate flow meters, inaccurate measurement of product in tbe tank, product loss due to vola tilization, temperature and atmos pheric pressure fluctuations, and human error. To put this into pers pective, the gauging accuracy of the commonly used wooden gauge stick is approximately 0.25 inches. In an eight foot diameter (10,000 gallon tank) approximately 30 gallons could leak before gauge stick read ings could detect it. Given the solu bility of benzene, its concentration in gasoline and tbe detection limit for benzene, this 30 gallon leak of gasoline could contaminate 120 mil lion gallons of groundwater. EPA (1987) and Schwendeman and Wilcox (1987) have described the per formance characteristics of avail

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tute (API)(1991) maintains a com prehensive manual of petroleum measurement standards.

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Richard Rush. IVI.A.Sc.. P.Eng. and Keith Matzger. M.A.Sc.. EIT* can possibly be identified more reli ably and less expensively by routine tank testing. EPA (1987) and Schwendeman and Wilcox (1987) describe many differenttypes ofvolu metric (quantitative) and nonvolumetric(qualitative)tank testing tech niques. Volumetric tank tests typi cally involve simultaneous measure ment of the product level, product density, temperature, and pressure during a specific time interval. Some volumetric tank testing technolo gies can detect leak rates as low as 0.02 gallons per hour. Volumetric tank testing techniques include; i) an air hubbling system that mea sures pressure changes; ii) a "J" tuhe manometer that mea sures pressure changes; iii) a laser beam reflection technique to measure product level changes; iv) a "dip-stick" type device to mea sure product level changes, and v) measurement of volume change by maintaining a constant product level in the tank.

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NONVOLUMETRIC TANK TESTING TECHNIQUES* Method

Description

Pressure Test**

An empty tank is filled with compressed air or nitrogen gas and the pressure is monitored.

Product is removed and the tank is filled with helium. Helium losses can occur

through manway covers and other connections rarely, if ever, in contact with liquid fuel. Ultrasound

An empty tank is scanned with an ultrasound device.

Tracer Leak Detection

An inert volatile tracer is mixed with the

product. Detection of the tracer in the backfill around the tank signifies a tank leak. Acoustical Monitoring

transportinclude geologic character istics and meteorologic influences like precipitation, temperature and atmospheric pressure. A shallow soil vapour survey is often very effec tive at identifying the presence of hydrocarbon leaks. Grab sampling ofsoil cores in the backfill around the UST can be a

External Tank Release Monitoring

TABLE 2

Helium Test

DISSOLVED OASOLTNE

IN SOIL

Sound waves are generated as product Is forced through a hole or air is drawn into the tank through a hole.

relatively quick and simple method of detecting hydrocarbons attached to the soil particles. Groundwater monitoring is per haps the most reliable method of leak detection and an importantcom ponent of the overall leak detection strategy. Many gasoline compon ents are very soluble in groundwater and even a small gasoline leak can contaminatethesurrounding groundwater to detectable levels. The pre sence of a hydrocarbon leak can often he confirmed with only a few strategically placed groundwater monitoring wells, when appropriate drilling, sampling and analytical protocols are followed. It is now clear that there are

many important components to a thorough leak detection strategy. Selection of a program for any given facility will depend on many site specific factors. Obtaining expert advice on the various technologies and strategy components may be necessary to selectthe best approach for each site. ENVIRONMENTAL AUDITING

It is becoming common practice in Ontario to have an Environmen

* This list Is general and not exhaustive. *' Test recognized by Gasoline Handling Code.

Some nonvolumetric tank testing

Soil vapour monitoring in the

techniques are described in Table 2. EPA (1987) includes a more com prehensive list of individual tank testing technologies. The qualitative approach based on an empty tank pressure test using

vadose zone can often detect a UST leak because the most volatile com

ponents of hydrocarbons will volati lize and migrate by the process of molecular diffusion and convection.

Some factors affecting vapour phase

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Consultants Support No-Dig

By Les Parr. P.Eng.. and Peter Coxon*

The time to go trenchless Is fast approaching on the job. Trenchless technology was seen as a means of attracting people into the construction indus try. The declining number of con struction workers also suggests that many contractors will have to move

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into trenchless methods because this

technology doesn't need as many people as conventional methods. Their companies can continue to function and grow with fewer people by using trenchless technology. Another issue of popular interest is the relationship between trench less methods of construction and environmental assessments. If less

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Many Canadian consulting

engineering firms support the application of trenchless technology, and pro mote its use wherever appropriate. A symposium on trenchless tech nology was organized recently by Proctor & Redfern to bring together people who are involved in the appli cation of trenchless methods. Seve

ral presentations were given by people currently working on trench less technology projects or develop ing the technology for use in Canada. The presentations and ensuing ques tions raised many issues still to be resolved.

Some municipal officials are con cerned about standards. They raised the issue of whether or not standards

should address specified material and performance,or good workman ship? They observed that since pipe joints cannot he inspected using trenchless technology, good work manship becomes paramount and worthy ofa high standEO-d. The issue of appropriate standards extends to cable companies as they are concern ed with standards affecting the use of materials surrounding the con duits carrying cables. The applica tion oftrenchless methods challeng es the use ofspecific grades of granu lar material around conduits.

The application of trenchless methods on pavements in urban areas also raised issues for some

municipal officials. In busy down town areas, ratepayers who have experienced loss of business due to

i construction activity which blocked traffic and customers, might take action against the municipality if trenchless methods were not used, when they could have been. Rate payers may begin to ask, if you can go trenchless, why aren't you?

destruction occurs using trenchless methods as compared to convention al open cut methods, when will tren chless technology become part of the EA process as a condition of approval? Engineers speaking at the symposium, observed that even though trenchless methods are less labour intensive and generally the best solution to save capital costs, the up-front engineering on a project must he more intensive in order to

into the construction trades is

optimize the cost effectiveness ofthe technology. The symposium contributed to the increasing momentum trench less methods of construction appear to be experiencing in Canada. The symposium made it clear that the technology is costeffective and avail able today. Equipmentis already in place in Canada and the United States, with the people skilled in running it and designing the pro jects. What is really needed is the political will to get on with projects

through the use of high technology

best suited for trenchless methods.

Ratepayers may begin to ask, if you can go trenchless, why aren't you? Contractors attending the sympo sium raised the issue of an aging workforce and the impact on conven tional construction technology. Suggestions were made that one of

the best ways to attract young people

NASTT/ISTT agreement signed on trenchless technology An affiliation agreementlinking the North American Society for Trench less Technology(NASTT) with the founding international body,ISTT, was formalized during the North American No Dig '91 conference in Kansas City, May 6. The agreement,which was signed by ISTT Chair "Ted Flaxman and NASTT Chair Richard Thomasson, will provide a vehicle for improved networking, cooperation, and infor mation exchange for the two affi liates, who share the same basic concerns for the environmental and

social costs of utilities trenching.

The Board of Directors of NASTT, which was founded in July 1990, includes three Canadian members:

George Mierzynski, Director of Pro ject Engineering Branch at the Ontario Ministry of the Environ ment; Michael Aildritt, of the Cana dian Construction Association; and Bill Gray, Vice-President and Mana ger of the Municipal Services Divi sion at Gore & Storrie.

No Dig'92 will he held April6-9in Washington,D.C. Canadians inter ested in news offorthcoming events and membershipinformation,should call Bill Gray at(416)566-4666.

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Corrosion Prevention Strategies

Corrosion control In Calgary's water distribution system

The original mandate of the

Preventive Maintenance/ Corrosion Section was to

develop and apply a work able cathodic protection system for The City of Calgary water distribu tion network. To that end,an exten sive period of testing, modification

grown by 70% in capacity since 1973.) We relate this improvement to two major factors; the successful development and implementation of corrosion control practices and an active main replacement program.

trends within The City of Calgary's Engineering and Environmental Services Department. We have learned a tremendous

amount in the past 15 years about corrosion control in our water sys tems. The problem of emergency repairs due to corrosion on our water distribution systems is serious and costly to both the municipality and taxpayers. In addition, further expense due to water damage is incurred by private property owners and insurance companies. The City ofCalgary's water mains required 599 repairs in 1973. This figure peaked in 1979 when we expe-

were:

a. electrical isolation from electrical

The problem of emergency repairs due to corrosion on our water distribution systems is serious and costly to both the municipality and taxpayers.

and evaluation resulted in our cur

rent system, which consists of both coated and uncoated piping and a combination ofgalvanic and impres sed current anode systems. This article will discuss the development of our system, and give a brief over view of current corrosion control

problems associated with ductile and cast iron piping. The elements regarded as necessary for successful application of cathodic protection

This article will review what we

have learned from "hands on"expe rience.

Areas of discussion will

include system design,design appli cation, data base considerations, material selection, and quality con trol practices. System Design

The initial drive to design a cathodically protected water distribution system came about as a response to the high incidence of three types of corrosion related failures in older

ground grids and unprotected water mains where practical. b. electrical continuity of water mains to be protected. c. use of dielectric coatings. d. use of galvanic anodes for protec tion of coated and uncoated distri bution mains.

e. use of rectified impressed current system for the protection of large diameter transmission main.

f. a monitoring system to check potentials of cathodically protected piping systems.

cast iron and poly-bag ductile iron mains. Failures in the ductile iron

Design Application

system consisted ofthe corrosion of service saddle retaining straps and corrosion holes in mains caused by

A critical area of design applica tion is compliance to a standard set of specifications. The City of Cal gary Standard Specifications for Waterworks Construction outlines

approved materials,installation pro cedures, and set minimum require ments pertaining to the inspection and approval of new piping instal lations. Once standard procedures and requirements were determined, an extensive educational program was implemented. This was neces sary due to the lack of experience with cathodic protection methodsin the municipal water distribution

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pitting. The third type of failure experienced in the older cast iron (pre -1960)system, was mechanical failures due to graphitization. By 1975,it was determined that a cathodic protection system would be

a viable solution to the performance

foremen, supervisors, contractors, design technicians, inspectors, and engineering consultants. In addi tion to the Standard Specifications and the Handbook, Corrosion Sec tion personnel are available,on call, to assist in interpretation of catho dic protection needs. Database Considerations

The scope of the corrosion speci-

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By Bradley James and William Ng* fic database was limited at the time the corrosion section was formed.

ings, and isolation from ground grids in the smaller diameter distri

Waterworks personnel kept records of system failures, but limited corro sion background data was collected. The first attempt to assemble corro sion specific data was the commis sion of a soil resistivity study. This

bution system made complete cathodic protection retro-fitting impracti cal. However, a limited application of cathodic protection was accepted as a viable alternative. When main

tenance repairs are performed on an

The solution to our ductile iron

failure problem was to design a coat ed, cathodically protected system, using magnesium anodes. Known as"YDI"(yellow jacket ductile iron), this features a high density polye thylene extruded coating, factory installed bonding straps, isolated

information was then used to deter

mine anode composition and esti mate current requirements. The existing main break reporting sys tem was expanded to include infor mation that could help identify the

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characteristics ofeach failure. Fore

men were able to relay precise details as to the location and particular type offailure, pipe zone soil charac teristics, general condition of the pipe and proximity to other buried utilities. This information is now assembled on what is known as the

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"Superform",which allows us to col lect all information related to repair and corrosion data.

The resulting database is utilized in prioritizing specific areas in need ofpreventive maintenance and main replacement. At present, this infor mation is analyzed and cross-refer enced manually. The objective of

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ence all information collected by the "Superform". The expectation is that, in terms of preventive mainte nance priorities, we will eventually be able to forecast necessary repairs and areas of concern by means of a "Predictive Model". Material Selection

The selection of appropriate materials is a major challenge in the implementation of a corrosion con-

existing unprotected main, any ser vice connections in the vicinity of the repair are electrically isolated, and a high potential magnesium anode is attached to the main to

provide a measure of "hot spot" cathodic protection. In the case of replacement of previously existing valves, hydrants, and fittings, and when main replacement takes place on unprotected piping systems, it is standard procedure to isolate the

Research and experience has shown that the majority of our iarge diameter metaiiic transmission mains can be cathodicaiiy protected with impressed current ground beds. trol program. Material selection requirements could be interpreted as a two part problem. The first consi deration is, what can be done to extend the life of existing, unprotec ted piping systems. The second concern is, how to develop new sys tems with good corrosion control characteristics inherent in their

design.

In regard to what could be done with existing metallic systems, it was determined that the lack ofelec

trical continuity, ineffective coatâ&#x20AC;˘Preventive Maintenance Section Waterworks Division

City of Calgary

new coated metallic elements and

provide cathodic protection to them by means of galvanic anodes. Research and experience has shown that the majority of our large diameter metallic transmission

mains can be cathodically protected with impressed current ground beds. Two criteria need to be met;first,the electrical continuity ofthe transmis sion main must be verified, and second, isolation must be provided at critical tie-ins with production facilities. We have retro-fitted many of our existing large diameter metal lic transmission mains with impres sed current systems and have expe rienced very few leaks attributable to corrosion related failure.

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service connections, stainless steel service saddles, and fusion bonded epoxy coatings on all metallic fit tings. This system evolved over a period of time, and elements of it were modified or replaced as service experience dictated. Major improve ments occurred in the design of iso lating elements, as some of the ini tial versions proved to be prone to failure under field conditions.

Hydrants, valves, and fittings on PVC (polyvinyl chloride) systems are epoxy coated and cathodically protected by individual anodes. Ser vice rods are stainless steel, while their casings utilize a combination of coated and galvanized materials. Quality Control Practices This area is perhaps the most challenging aspect of applying cor rosion control practices to a water utility. Inspection at the time of construction and prior to final City of Calgary approval of water instal lations, ensures that cathodic pro tection requirements are initially achieved. However; given the com plexity of a water distribution sys tem more than 3,300 kilometers in length, with over 190,000 service connections of various sizes, some difficulties are inevitable. Two of

the most serious problems we have encountered, are ensuring isolation from other utility ground grids and unprotected water systems,and mitiContinued overleaf 45


Corrosion Control in Calgary, cont'd. gating stray current effects. Our cathodically protected system is monitored through a network of approximately 4,000 test stations. These provide access points that we can utilize in identifying shorted isolations, and at which we can add anode capacity as it becomes neces sary. In addition,impressed current systems can be resistance bonded to nearby foreign utilities as required, via these "test point" locations. As a result, we have identified no occur rences of stray current corrosion caused by interference from our 36

extending the service life for these fittings, which are still used in PVC distribution systems. The cathodi cally protected YDI main is still the system of choice in some applica tions. These include; piping in areas where the situation requires the superior mechanical qualities ofduc tile iron, and where nearby indus trial facilities pose a threat of petro chemical contamination in the pipe

Foundation.

Interest in corrosion control is

rectifier sites. Continuous monitor

structure concerns that could be

tions is carried out. Defects in the

system are identified by Corrosion Section personnel, with remedial work performed by Waterworks

addressed by adopting some degree of corrosion control practices. The Corrosion Section has recently pro vided technical support to several

maintenance crews, or contractors,

divisions other than the Water

depending on ownership ofthe instal lation in question.

works. These include, the Streets Division, which maintains cathodi cally protected bridge structures, as well, the Mechanical Services Department, whose main concerns involve protective coatings. At the present time, a Corrosion Section technician is providing technical support and acting as liaison to other departments as part of the City of Calgary's participation in Alberta's MUST program (Munici pal Underground Storage Tanks).

place aging metallic distribution main with Poly-vinyl-chloride piping. This is primarily due to eco nomic reasons. As a result,cathodic protection has been relegated to a support role in terms of our main replacement program. Metallic ele ments, such as hydrants, valves, etc., are protected by zinc anodes.

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Corrosion Trends

various corrosion related studies and

initiatives. Notable among these have been;the 1983 CANMET report on Underground Corrosion of Water Pipes in Canadian Cities #0SQ8100096,and the more recent Study on an Assessment of External Corro

zone.

becoming more prevalent within the various divisions of The City of Cal gary. Many departments have infra

The recent trend has been to re

Conclusion

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Our experience has shown that proper and well considered corro sion control practices can be ofgreat value in the effort to maintain an

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Convention Wrap-up

Ruth Grier makes technical debut at AWWA/OMWA Conference

OntarioEnvironmentMini

ster Ruth Grier was the

guest speaker at the open ing of the 1991 Joint Annual Conference of the Ont. Sec tion AWWA and the Ontario Muni

cipal Water Association. Held in Hamilton, April 28 - May 1, it was the first major technical conference she addressed since becoming envi ronment minister following the NDP government's stunning victory last September. "Growing anxiety has led resi dents to spend approximately $100 million annually on bottled water and home water treatment devices,"

Photo report by Tom Davey

technical audience, left the meeting to speak at the Air & Waste Manage ment Association's Annual Meeting (Ont.Section), which was being held two blocks away. As the AWWA/OMWA luncheon

speaker, James MacLaren outlined the role ofthe new Sewer and Water

Crown Corporation which had been put on hold following the NDP vic tory last September. His superbly outlined presentation covered many areas, but one theme constantly

she said. "While we do have drink

reoccurred: treated water is under-

ing water objectives, they are not enforceable. They are not manda tory, and they haven't provided the public with enough information to

the future,he stressed. Wasted water

make informed decisions about

water safety. These are reasons why many people choose to pay for bottled water. In response, I am committed to the introduction of a

Safe Drinking Water Act." she said. Mrs. Grier, clearly happy at the way her speech was received by a

priced and the user-pay principle must prevail. Metering is the way of usually becomes an expensive sew age treatment problem once it finds its way into the sewers, where it has to be treated with other wastewaters.

Appropriately, this conference was also the 25th anniversary ofthe OMWA and the occasion was mar

ked by a birthday cake presented to Dr. Bill Cresswell, OMWA president.

BadgerMetef

during a lunch meeting. Burn Hodglns of International Water Supply was presented with the Fuller pin by AWWA President Frederick Elwell; the Norman J.

Howard Award was won by Gary Wilson of Standard Pressure Pipe, with the Section's Heroism Award

going to Robert Emmett, Peter borough PUG. In the election, Hershel Guttman was elected Vice Chairman with

Tom Eyre and Rdn Hunslnger elected as trustees. Outgoing chairman Ed Nevala handed the Section's Chair

man's gavel over to Dr. Ken Roberts, MOE.

For the first time, a suppliers' table top exhibition was held in conjunction with the popular Casino Night. Sponsored and manned by the Ontario Water Works Equipment Association members, delegates could bid for valuable prizes with the 'money' they had won at the gaming tables. The pipe tapping contest, held outside the hotel,attracted both dele gates and the public as Windsor emerged triumphant. ES&E

Badger Mek UtfiitV Divisiof

Clockwise: Edward Nevala, Outgoing Section Chairman; the Hon. Ruth Grier; (ieft to right) Joe Kennedy, Martha Jackson and Earl Were of Badger Meter; Bob Ethier, Census Technologies(right) talks to A WWA President Frederick Elwell.

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PCAO celebrates Its 20th conference

In Niagara Falls

Thespectacular backdrop of Niagara Falls is a perfect

ducted with both the US and Cana

Photo report by Tom Davey

location for environmental

professionals to meet, the Falls being a constantreminder that our water resources are abundant, yet threatened from both US and Canadian pollution sources. The 20th PCAO* annual confer

ence attracted over 550 registrants, exceeding the most optimistic fore casts of the organizers. Another success was the Ontario Pollution

Control Equipment Association's (OPCEA) Table Top Exhibition which drew enthusiastic response

it was the first time the PCAO had

staged such a contest. The "North Eastern Region Destroyers, Nerds One"(MOE),won after a close battle. The victors were Lisa Bumbaco,Ted

Czuba, and Don Gervais, along with their coach John McGhee. Larry Madden,OPCEA Director ofMarket

ing and Reg Ranton of PWOD, pre sented the team with a team plaque and individual awards. Four weeks earlier at OPCEA's

dian Falls in the background. Acting Assistant ADM for the MOE Gerry Ronan,spoke at the first plenary session and quoted St. Augu stine's admonition:Sin boldly or not .at all(His paper is published in full elsewhere in this issue). A past PCAO President, Orlando Martini, of Giffels,received the covetted Bedell award with the Hatfield

award going to Richard Weiton. Election results ofthe ballot were

announced by outgoing PCAO Pre sident Gerry Rupke. Terry Matthews, of Eimco was elected Vice President

from both exhibitors and attendees and had been sold out weeks earlier.

ence Chairman Brian Evans of R.V.

with Brian Evans, R.V. Anderson, and Ralph Luhowy,Region of Water

Delegate traffic was always high in the exhibit area to the great delight

Anderson, had predicted a quality

loo elected as Directors. Erv Mcln-

conference which would attract all

tyre of the MOE later took over as

environmental professionals from operators to consultants in record numbers. There were so many dele gates,the conference facilities ofthe

the 91-92 PCAO President. This is a

Brock and Foxhead hotels were

Toronto next October,so Erv faces a challenging year as President. *Pollution Control Association of

of exhibitors.

The Operators' Challenge com petition which various teams from across the province competed in, covered the practical aspects of pol lution control. While a staple at other WPCF member associations.

Annual Meeting,the PCAO Confer

strained to the utmost. As many meetings were held on the penthouse floors, business and meals were con

critical year for thePCAO as it is the host member association for the WPCF Annual Conference in

Ontario.

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Other types of Zone 1 protection, such as flameproof and pressurized, seek to segregate the explosive gas from the ignition source and cannot be opened up in a hazardous area. Even the plastic case of the 1511 is anti-static and non-sparking. It is moulded from a special plastic with a high carbon loading to make it conducting. The full certification coding of the sampler to the British standard BS5501 Part 7 and the European CENELEC EN50 020 standard is EEx ib IIB T4.

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be entered into the programmer to prevent unauthorized access, and the programmer unit can be removed completely. The sampler can be pre-program med in the laboratory,can be trigger ed once in position, or can be pro grammed,interrogated and interrup ted by the user on site. Manual interruptions for spot sampling can be made without disrupting the pre

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The Epic 1511 is based on the company's well-established 1011 portable waste water sampler. Nevertheless,the development work involved has taken four years and has meant many costly technical changes and innovations. Intrinsic safety is usually limited to equipment requiring less than 30 volts and 50 milliamps. Motors requiring more than about 3 watts cannot generally be designed to be intrinsically-safe. Yet the Epic 1511 is capable of lifting 500mlfluid samples at a speed of0.5 metres/second to a height of7 metres. A suitable hose is simply connected to the sampler and dipped into the fluid to be sampled. The patented pumping mechanism in the unit then deposits measured samples into containers according to a pre programmed routine. The Epic 1511 is fully-program mable in any one of eight European languages. Programming is easily carried out using four control but tons on a pocket-sized plug-in pro grammer unit. A security code can

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Air Pollution

How Montreal pioneered air pollution regulations in Canada The very first by-law dealing with air pollution to he adopted in Canada hy a governmental authority was done so hy the Montreal Municipal Council well over a century ago. On March 12,1872,the Montreal Council adopted hy-law number 56 "to call upon owners of steam engines in this City to equip them with smoke-consuming devices". Section 1 of this hy-law stated as follows:

"Every person owning,renting or

in possession of any steam engines, boilers, manufactures, plants, fac tories or shops, within the limits of said city, will be henceforth required to equip said establishments with devices that consume smoke and

gas emitted by these, in such a way to eliminate any inconvenience resulting from the operation of said establishment". Offenders were liable to a fine of

Section 20 of this hy-law stipulated: "No person shall cause or permit the emission into the open air of vapours or harmfulgases that consti tute a nuisance, and are being emit ted from a combustion device, an incinerator, a fire for burning wastes, internal combustion engines, mobile equipment, an open airfire,an establishment or a stack". On December 27,1978,the Coun cil of the Community adopted By law 44 which replaced By-law 9. This avant-garde hy-law was approv ed hy the Ministre de I'Environnement du Quebec and came into force on February 19,1979. This new by-law tightens up the provisions of the previous hy-law and imposes new ones including among others: limits in emission and the presence in the atmosphere of more than 300 toxic substances

pollutants; the specific prohibition of new refineries, quarries and ren dering plants; a criterium of maxi mum tolerance for particulates emit ted into the atmosphere during the handling of materials likely to pro duce these; the spraying of water or another dust control product during demolition, construction, repair or maintenance of a building, and the eradication of ragweed. *At the start of the century, certain judgments lead us to believe that judges were relatively strict for pollu ters, thus the owner of a rooming house was fined one hundred dollars

for having neglected to Install asmokeconsuming device on his establish ment, contrary to the provisions of section 7 of by-law number 130 of the

City of Montreal. A $100.00 fine In those days Is equivalent to well over $1,500.00 today. Data courtesy Gommunaute Urbalne

"One hundred dollars"* or impri

that have been identified; the com pulsory recourse to the most effec

sonment in default of immediate

tive techniques known for the reduc

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tion of industrial and commercial

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de Montreal. Service de I'assalnls-

This first hy-law was repealed February 13,1882 and replaced with by-law 130 entitled: "By-law to eli minate the nuisance ofsmoke". The

boiler inspector was responsible for ensuring that section 7 of this hylaw was respected. And on February 4, 1901, hy-law 260 extended this provision to the chimneys of private houses.

In 1931, the Municipal Council adopted By-law 1112, creating an inspection department in charge of eliminating smoke. The Ringelmann Chart was used to measure

the degree of opacity of smoke, which could not exceed degree num ber 2for more than 1.5 minute during any 10-minute period. This hy-law on smoke control also applied to all new sources of pollution such as machines, and all stationary or mobile devices(steam engine, boiler for heating tar). Only coke was to he used to operate these devices. At that time,in 1931,some thirty American cities with a population greater than 200,000 had also adop ted similar by-laws. In fact,the pro blem of air pollution first appeared in cities that had known rapid devel

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Worker protection

Health & Safety factors Inside sewage treatment plants

Sewage treatment facilities

are a specialized type of workplace. Employers are usually provincial, territor ial or local governments, all with budget restrictions. Nonetheless, these public employers have a gene ral duty to protect their liability and worker compensation assessments by clearly demonstrating due dili gence. This article is designed to guide such employers in designing and maintaining well run treatment plants, for protection of their staff and the general public. Sewage may contain a variety of viruses, fungi, bacteria and their toxins, parasites, and a variety of toxic chemicals originating from decomposition and from industrial waste, such as metals, toxic gases andorganics. Treatment plants also

personal hygiene is not observed. Possible toxic exposure to the gases carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan or chlo rine and to acid mist must also be controlled.

The main categories of precau tions are process control, exhaust ventilation, fire and explosion pre cautions, safe work practices and procedures, adequate personal hygiene facilities and practices, a medical program and staff educa tion. I will first offer advice on these general categories of precautions, then specific process precautionary

moves away from, not toward,oper ating staff breathing zones. Adequate ventilation is required indoors at pump rooms and galle ries, screen rooms, grit removal rooms,settling tanks,aerators,chlo rine storage and injection rooms, corrosive acid ferric chloride hand

ling rooms, digester and other con trol rooms, dewatering rooms, and incinerators. Process control room

supply air should be filtered and such rooms should be maintained at

positive pressure. Digester overflow boxes should be vented outdoors. Provincial environmental autho

advice. Process controls include automa

rities should be consulted regarding requirements for cleaning emis

tic monitoring and control of flow rate, digestion temperatures, and

sions.

rates of addition of treatment che

digestion of sludge can be an explo sion hazard, if leaking and not ade quately removed or diluted. Its pre sence in confined spaces can be dan gerous, if a compressor or pump motor, spark-creating tools, nonexplosion proof lighting or other source of ignition is present. Fire prevention and extinguishing equip ment should be adequate and main tained, and fire-fighting procedures written and drilled regularly. Continuous flammable gas moni toring at key locations is advisable. Readings should not exceed 10-25% of the lower explosive limit for methane during normal operation.

micals, such as chlorine and ferric

use chemicals which can have toxic

chloride.

effects if exposure is not controlled. Studies ofhealth problems among sewage workers have shown three main types ofcomplaints,influenza like symptoms (fever and respira tory symptoms), gut upset and skin problems. Exposure to sewage may occur by breathing aerosols of sew age or its decomposition products, such as dusts, by skin or eye contact, or by unintended ingestion, if strict

For particularly odourous or toxic offgasing from sewage and its treat mentstages,adequate local exhaust ventilation should be provided. Exhaust ventilation can be of the

dilution type for process offgasing to large interior spaces, if not seri ously odourous or toxic. An impor tant point,sometimes overlooked,is that ventilation airflows should be directed so that contaminated air

Methane-rich gasfrom anaerobic

Automatic continuous or routine

Odours from open sludge conveyors Inside sewage treatment plants, can be eliminated through the use of sludge cake pumping systems, as used In MetroToronto's Main Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy Gore & Storrle Limited. 52

air monitoring, with alarm, for highly toxic hydrogen sulfide gas is advised at the screen room,atindoor primary or final settling tanks, in digester and dewatering control rooms and in pump rooms. Safe work practices and proce dures include use of adequate perso nal protective equipment and writ ten, drilled emergency procedures, especially during maintenance and repair, ventilation failure, for safe handling of chlorine, or for hand ling highly corrosive ferric chloride pickling waste. The following protective clothing should be provided for each worker, and used as plant procedures spe cify: coveralls; safety footwear (boots;for some work,rubber boots); impervious gloves; hard hat; and safety glasses. First aid equipment and training *Trow Dames & Moore

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By Dr. David A. Whaley. should also be provided. Where practical, outdoor staff should work upwind of outdoor process stages, especially aerators, and of exhaust

R.O.H.*

and during entry,for hydrogen sul

roughly washed; and phide, oxygen level and flammable •avoid nail biting at all times. gas; full protective gear, including Specific precautionary advice will self-contained breathing aparatus vents. (SCBA);and a buddy rescue system. be given in the order of stages of processing the sewage. WHMIS-compatible material Training and maintenance of the safety data sheets should be readily respirators and monitoring equip Sewage is generated at uneven available to staff. Containers of ment are very important. flow rates. Collecting wells are often chemicals should carry WHMISOf critical importance is staff provided,to accumulate peak inflow compatible labels. Certain provinces education in personal hygiene pre and regulate delivery to process at a may require or advise a hazardous cautions, such as: controlled rate. The airspaces above chemicals inventory. Personal hygienefacilities should Staff education should include famiiiarization with the include double lockers to separate hazardous materials that may be present in sewage, its street and work clothes, separated by walk-through showers. A sepa breakdown products and treatment chemicals... rate, clean lunch room should be provided. Adequate wash facilities • wear appropriate protective clo these wells mustsometimes be enter should be provided by all toilets and thing when exposed to aerosolized, ed. They should be treated as confin the lunch room. Plumbed,regularly liquid or dried sewage; ed spaces, observing all provincial tested eyewash fountains and deluge •remove protective clothing at end and other regulations. safety showers should be provided of shift, and leave it at work; If raking and transfer of large within 10 seconds ready access to •shower at end of each shift, before solid objects to a dumpster at the any chemical handling areas. Per putting on street clothing; screen room is performed manually, sonal hygiene practices should be •thoroughly clean all scratches or adequate personal protective equip emphasized in staff education pro abrasions,and keep them covered at ment should be used and the dumps grams. work; ter should be replaced every half day, to minimize putrefaction on The staffmedical program should •avoid using the toilet until protec site. include preplacement and periodic tive gloves have been removed and hands thoroughly washed; If solids remain in the primary (usually annual) medical examina settling tank too long, bacterial tions. Medical examinations at •avoid hand-to-face behaviour such as rubbing the eyes, eating, smo degradation of sludge may start, termination and following a subs tantial exposure are also advised. king or gum chewing while at work, generating hydrogen sulphide, until protective gloves have been ammonia, methane and nitrogen. These should include history and Bubbles or floating sludge are indiphysical examination, and may removed and hands and face thoinclude various clinical tests,as deter

mined by the physician, such as lung function, chest X-ray, blood count, serum antibodies to bacterial endotoxins,serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (liver test), immunoglobulins(allergic response) and C-reactive protein (allergic res ponse). Audiometry (hearing tests)

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should be considered.

Immunization with appropriate regular boosters,should be provided for at least tetanus and poliomyeli tis, but is also recommended for diphtheria and typhoid. Possible occupational illness should be reported routinely to pro vincial Workers' Compensation Boards. Staff education should include familiarization with the hazardous

materials that may be present in sewage,its breakdown products and treatment chemicals; protective equipment to be used, and how to use and care for this equipment; WHMIS training; confined space procedures and provincial govern ment or other acceptable training on how to properly run a sewage treat ment plant. Some jurisdictions may require operator certification. Confined space procedures should include provisions for continuous air monitoring with alarm, before

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Health & Safety inside STPs. contd used, dissolved in water. However, some treatment plants use acid pick ling waste liquor from steelmaking, because it is cheaper. Pickling liquor contains ampleferric chloride,hutis highly acid, and very corrosive to both equipment and people, so should he handled with great care. Stafftraining is extremely impor tant in the health hazards of expo sure to chlorine, safe handling of chlorine,and emergency procedures in event of an uncontrolled release. Continuous air monitors with

alarms should he present in all rooms where chlorine is stored or

David Whaley

cators ofbacterial generation ofgas, suggestingimproper process control. During worker education,empha size that potentially infectious bio logical aerosols are most likely near the aerator. Personal hygiene is especially important here. There are reports ofconstruction and main

injected. Self contained breathing aparatus should he available near, hut not within,the chlorine room(s). Procedures can he obtained from

provincial agencies,for example the Ontario Ministry of Labour Engi neering Data Sheet No. 4.05(1985), and should he compatible with the procedures advised by the Chlorine Institute, Washington, D.C. Timeweighted average exposure to air

tenance workers near to outdoor aer

borne chlorine should not exceed 0.5

ation and settling tanks experienc ing stomach cramps and diarrhea,if exposed for several days. Injection of ferric chloride to remove phosphate is not a problem if technical grade ferric chloride is

ppm,and 15 minute spike exposures should not exceed 1.0 ppm. Preconditioning sludge with poly meric acrylamide, prior to dewatering, more likely in larger treatment plants, carries risk of exposure to

trace contamination with monome-

ric acrylamide, which is a suspect human carcinogen. Time-weighted average airborne exposure to acry lamide should not exceed 0.03

mg/m^. Malfunction of sludge incinera tion equipment has been reported to he associated with workers develop ing dermatitis. Incinerator staff should use protective clothing to prevent skin contact. Particular attention is required for health and safetyin maintenance activities, such as use of continuous area monitoring of exhaust and makeup air,and use ofhand and eye protection when dismantling raw and return sludge pumps. Access should he restricted locally during maintenance activities,so that near by staff, who are not likely to wear the same level of protection, are not exposed. Work in sewage plants is special ized work, requiring careful plan ning and coordination of health and safety efforts. It is advisable that a qualified industrial hygienist design and regularly monitor the health and safety programs ofsuch plants, to ensure that adequate precautions are put in place and maintained. ES&E

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A Unique Solution to an Old Problem In Quebec ventional catchbasins. That allowed

us to use more ofthem,substantially improving street drainage." Another advantage by having ribbed pipe on both sides of the street is that catch basins were easier to install and connect at lots that were lower than

How do you widenroadsand

Ultra Rib and catchbasin being instaiied.

improve drainage in an existing subdivision with a limited budget? Just out side of Montreal, Jacques Lamarre and Benoit Bergeron from the City ofSaint-Hubert,found a unique solu tion to an otherwise costly problem. Kensington Street was slated to be widened and paved in 1990. With widening,roadside drainage ditches would have to be filled and a new

storm system installed. "Conven tional storm sewer retrofitsin nearby municipalities ran into problems" according to M.Lamarre,Supervisor of Engineering Services in SaintHubert. "Each house had a sump pump to evacuate water to the road side ditch through a VM' pipe. The sump lines could have been connec ted to a storm pipe, but because of the depth,the connection would have been more expensive. Consequently, some water from the sump lines

made its way to the crushed stone sub-base resulting in expansion and contraction due to freeze thaw —

destabilizing the roadbase." The City of Saint-Hubert was determined to learn from the experi ences of their neighbouring munici pality — but they also had a few unique problems of their own. Some of the houses on Kensington Street were lower than street grade, requi ring extra catchbasins. Also, the first four inches of sub-base under

the existing asphalt roadway were made from poor quality crushed stone, which was estimated to cost $500 a truckload to dispose. With

tight budget constraints, SaintHubert was forced to look for alter natives. "A conventional storm sewer buried under the center of the road

would have had to be placed 7 or 8 feet deep" according to Benoit Ber geron,Technician for the City. "We wanted a shallower sewer,so connect ing sump lines from each house would be cheaper and more practi cal. On Kensington Street,the ideal system would keep excavation to a minimum,while maximizing flow." For their ideal system,they chose concentrically ribbed PVC pipe. Old concrete pipe culverts were exhumed from ditches, and replaced with a 12 inch diameter ribbed PVC pipe,back filled with granular material from the pulverisation ofexisting asphalt

street grade. How does the system perform in the winter months? With snow typi cally piled at the side of the road, many believed the catchbasins would be blocked.' 'In fact,our exper ience has proven otherwise" says Benoit Bergeron. "We have had a very difficult winter — many freeze thaws — and are very satisfied with how the system has performed." The tax payers reaction to the $1.4 Million retrofit project has been positive as well. The residents get an aesthetically pleasing front yard that requires less maintenance. Pro perty values are increased,drainage is improved, and the possibility of a child drowning in a water-filled ditch is eliminated. All this for less than the cost of a conventional storm system.

"We believe using ribbed PVC pipe and PVC catchbasins are a cost effective, quality alternative that will grow in popularity as municipal ities are forced to do more with less"

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and first four inches of sub-base.

Recycling pulverised asphalt mix for use as backfill on the 8,000 meter project, saved the municipality many thousands of dollars in truck ing and dumping fees alone. According to M. Lamarre, "Ribbed profile PVC pipe offers excellent hydraulics, so we were able to use lower grades,which also made sump connections easier. Instead of dig ging 7 to 8 feet deep as would be required with a conventional storm system, pipes in parallel roadside ditches would only have to be instal led 3 to 4 feet deep. Also, 220 PVC catchbasins were used, complete with ring adapters to accept 18 inch diameter grates." "The installed cost ofPVC catch basins was about 50% less than con

Environmental Science & Engineering, July 1991

Trow Consulting Engineers Ltd. is pleased to announce that Dr. Eric Veska has recent

ly been appointed as Manager of Environ mental Services.

Dr. Veska is a Chartered Chemist in the

Province of Ontario and has 15 years experience in consulting, research and government services on environmentallyrelated projects. For the past 5 years, he was the Head of the Site-Cleanup and Decommissioning Group at Monenco Consultants Ltd. Dr. Veska is an active member of the Board of Directors of the

Air and Waste Management Association (Ontario Section).

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Product Review Portable gas detector

Activated carbon for

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New drill for core samples Breathing air monitor The ISA-34-RAL carbon monoxide

monitor automatically and continu ously monitors compressed air lines for carbon monoxide, and activates audio and visual alarms if the con centration of CO rises above the

preset limit. The sensor is enclosed in a special humidifier/regulator assembly that ensures the correct flowrate and

proper humidity. It is solid state and has a life of three to five years with a minimum of maintenance.

An audio alarm, visual alarm lights and indicating meter is stan

Enmet's CGS-90 multi-function por table gas detectors for confined space entry continuously and simul taneously monitor for toxics, com bustibles and oxygen deficiency/ abundance. The CGS-90 features automatic

purge, one switch operation and three discrete LCD displays with light sensor activated backlighting. The CGS-90 is fully rechargeable and intrinsically safe. Enmet Canada For more information. Circle reply card No. 154

Meta-Drill, a vibratory core sampler, retrieves continuous core samples of unconsolidated material, over burden or sediments, in an uncompacted format. Retrieved samples retain sample integrity and are packaged to meet the needs of the project manager. The Meta-Drill's vibratory head, for unconsolidated material and

rotary head, for more consolidated material, i.e. concrete floors, can be interchanged in minutes, maintain ingproduction rates and site comple tions. Meta-Probe, Inc. For more information. Circle reply card No. 153

dard. Enmet Canada For more information, Circle reply card No. 150

JETVAC INC.

Measuring aquifer levels In-Situ Inc. claims it has improved the accuracy of its fully-submersible pressure transducers for monitoring water level changes in aquifer test ing applications. The pressure transducer Models PXD-260 and PTX-161D now offer a

0.05% full-scale accuracy at con stant temperatures. Both transdu cers are attached to vented cable to

compensate for fluctuations in baro metric pressure. The PXD-260 is made of 316 stain

less steel, and is factory-repairable. The PXD-260 can be configured with Teflon cable for use at sites where

the aquifer chemistry is unknown or potentially polluted. In-Situ also offers a cable splice that makes it easy to change from polyurethane to Teflon cable for the

designer and supplier of equipment for: • Vacuum grey water and toilet installations • Package sewage treatment (marine) • Stainless steel "quick-fit" piping • Oil/water separation for wastewater • Oil removal from recirculating solutions • Oll-ln-water monitoring • Ultraviolet sterilizers • Reverse Osmosis units

downhole section of the cable. This

eliminates the need for a drop pipe or other enclosure to protect the The PTX-161D is a Druck trans

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Product Review The rugged case with carrying handle is double skinned with an

insulated foam core, making it suit able for rough usage in extreme temperatures. The bottles are rea

dily accessible for ease of removal and replacement. Both composite and multi-bottle versions are avail

able, as well as a model to satisfy MISA requirements.

With the eight key control pad, the menu-driven software allows

any flow or time related program to be set. Lisle-Metrix Ltd. For more information,

more than 75 common water quality

Oil skimmer line Abanaki Corporation has developed

of each unit depends on the indivi dual requirements of the equipment being serviced. The system operates in fluctuating fluid levels and at varying tank depths. Water-free oil is collected in storage tanks or 55gallon drums. Oil-free coolant or

parameters. The DR/700 Colorimeter uses

a new line of oil skimmers designed for manufacturers of parts washers,

discharged into local collection sys

interchangeable filter/calihration

quench tanks, coolant circulation processes, tube press filters and other equipment where oily wastes

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Direct-reading colorimeter Hach's new colorimeter can measure

for tests measured between 420 and

810 nm. Analysts select the appro

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must be removed from water or cool

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ant before reuse. The systems can be furnished complete with skim ming unit, decanter, support struc

system. Each DR/700 module contains a

wavelength filter and factory-

programmed calibrations to provide direct readout in concentration

units, percent transmittance or absorbance for tests performed at the selected wavelength. One userentered program also can be stored

ture, electrical setup and bousing. Or they can be furnished for incor poration into the machinery itself. Abanaki Skimming Systems remove floating oil at a rate of up to 160 gallons of waste oil an hour.Size

water can then be recirculated or tems.

Designed for maiximum variabi lity for adaption to each manufactur er's unique purpose, the system is placed over an equipment access bole or on a wall ofa collecting tank. On installation,an oil collection con tainer such as a 55-gallon drum is placed alongside the system for easy discbarge and removal of waste oils. Abanaki

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Portable sampler Announcement

Brian Evans hasjoined R.V.Anderson Associates Limited as Manager of The Hobo is a new multi-purpose

Wastewater Processes. He will also

portable sampler announced by

coordinate MISA issues and process related problems such as plant and process optimization for Anderson Operations Inc. He has over 15 years of experience in wastewater treatment and environmental engi neering.

Lisle-Metrix Ltd. Capabilities range from applications in clean water

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Alan R. Perks, P.Eng., has been appointed manager of the firm's Ottawa office. He was previously a Senior Manager with Environment Canada's Water Resources Branch, where be dealt with technical policy and communications issues across

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Product Review, focus on flow Laboratories

Bubbler Flow Meter

"Serving Industry & Gov't. Over 25 Years"

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• Reg. 309 and MISA compliance • Phytotoxicology and Water Quality • fire assay and field sampling services Main Lab: 5735 McAdam Rd.,

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BA5 Labomtories UmitBd

ini ifiii li

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Model8100 Bubbler Flow Meter from

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level in the channel. The level and

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gal/L increments from 100 to 9900 gal/L. Other features include 31 day inkless trip chart recorder; contact clo sure output which allows the actua tion ofexternal equipmentin propor tion to flow; and automatic battery takeover with AC power failure.

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flow displaysindicate instantaneous liquid level and flow. The range is automatically expanded if flow or level exceeds the preset full scale setting. A six digit non-tamperable totalizer multiplier thumbwheel selects the accumulation rate in 100

Timmins, ON Red Lake, ON Thunder Bay, ON

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American Sigma is field program mable for use with any weir, flume or circular pipe, making it ideal for temporary flow studies. Electronic calibration is quick by matching the panelLED to the actual

Other Labs: Calgary, AB Denver, CO

Easy to Install Budget Priced

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Can-Am Instruments Ltd. For more information, Circie reply card No. 158

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SLUDGE MANAGEMENT SLU

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Versatile magnetic

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flowmeter Magnetic flowmeter that handles flow measurement applicationsfrom hydrochloric acid to 3-A sanitary requirements. Flumag® electro magnetic flowmeter has solid plati num electrodes that are fused into

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316 SS fitted samplers available at premium Also stock longer sampler for tankers, tanks, luggers & totes

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Flow IVIeasurement Positive displacement

Laboratories

meter features new bolted CanTest Ltd Professional

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chemical analysis treatability studies monitoring and assessment engineering/scientific support

TORONTO LONDON OTTAWA WINDSOR CAMBRIDGE WINNIPEG REGINA

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new bolted top cover, as standard equipment, replacing the previous threaded top plate design. The model C-700 IV2" meter,while retaining its measuring chamber and all working components which have been in service for years, has a modified body with bolted top cover for ease of maintenance. With this

feature,workers can easily maintain

GCG DILLON CONSULTING LIMITED

and service the meter in-line, without

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using special tools.Kent Meters, inc. For more Information,

PORTER DILLON UMITED

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Kent Meters, Inc. has modified its current V/2" C-700 meter to include a

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HALIFAX

Detectronic Monitor 8

Settmg the standard for HONilW:

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Comprehensive Environmental Analytical Services Air Quality • VYater Quality • Hazardous Waste ' Complete MISA Parameters

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Mann Testing Laboratories Ltd. Professional Analytical Services Since 1972 5550 McAdam Road, Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 1P1 Phone: (416) 890-2555 Fax: (416) 890-0370 64

sonic Flowmeters operate on the ultrasonic doppler effect, and can be used on pipe sizes from W through to at least,9 ft. diameter. Units are suitable for clear aera

ted liquids, relatively clean liquids with suspended solids, sludges and slurries.

Transducers are available for pipe that is clean internally, or for corro ded or lined pipe. Transducers are also available for high temperature operations. Intrusive or non-intru sive transducers are available.

Ramsey Lake Industrial Limited For more Information, Circle reply card No. 161

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Flow measurement Laboratories

Corrosion Resistant Flowmeter

POLLUTECH ENVIRONMENTAL

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1149 VANIER ROAD,SARNIA, ONT. NTS 3Y6

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ANALYSIS

Metals - Anions - Organics - PCBs - Volatiles Reg. 309 - MISA - Landfill Quality - Phytotox - Sewer By-law Sample bottles and on-sile sampling available

A new all-metal, armoured variable area flowmeter has been introduced

by Fischer & Porter(Canada)Limi ted. Designated the Model 10A5400, the new meter is designed for use with almost any liqi;id or gas hut especially those that are dirty and corrosive where special handling is required.

For complete cataloque

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uialher laboratories

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transmission. Fischer & Porter For more information, Circle reply card No. 165

WALKER LABORATORIES

P.O. BOX too, THOROLD, ONT. L2V 3Y8 PHONE:(416) 227-1 158 FAX: 680-1916

XRAL ENVIRONMENTAL A DIVISION OF SGS SUPERVISION SERVICES INC.

ANALYTICAL SERVICES

MacVIro Consultants Inc.

Consulting engineers, planners and scientists specializing in the environment

MISA • Process/Wastewater • Soli • Solid Waste

Elemental Scans • Characterizations • RGB's • Sampling "16 SGS Locations Across Canada"

MacViro is a dynamic, progressive, growing organization and requires exceptional intermediate

1903 Leslie St. Don Mills, Ontario M3B 2M3

Tel: (416) 445-5809 Fax: (416) 445-4152

ZENON ENVIRONMENTAL LABORATORIES

-level hazardous waste and

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investigation I remediation specialists. MacViro offers challenging work, excellent work

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environment, enlightened management, employee bonus plan and shareholding opportunities. Apply to: MacViro Consultants Inc.

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Acres [nternational Limited Consulting Engineers Environmental Assessment • Waste Management • Industrial Hygiene Environmental Audits • Air Quality • Environmental Modeling Wildlife Management • Land Use Planning 480 University Avenue, Toronto, Canada MSG 1V2 • Tel. 415-595-2000 • Fax 416-595-2127

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Flow measurement Consultants

"MAGTAP"- one size fits all, Insertion magnetic

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Environmental Auditing and Management Planning Waste Management solutions to the 4 Rs

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING LTD.

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design engineering

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Air, soil, waste and water analytics, studies and troubleshooting

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R.V. Anderson Associates Limited consulting engineers and architect

Water Resources

Environmental Planning Land Development Transportation Tunnels and Shafts Municipal Services Architecture

TORONTO (416)497-8600 OTTAWA (613)226-1844

WELLAND (416) 735-3659 OSHAWA (416)434-2544 SUDBURY (705)671-9903(Dennis Consultants)

Water Pollution Control

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From'MSR MAGMETERS'— This

Probe Type Insertion Magnetic Flowmeter is designed for permanent installation in pressure pipe appli cations with conductive flow. When

used with the 'Universal Mount', it can be removed from pipe without shutting off flow. System Control Unit in Nema 4 Housing offers 4-20 mA output and SVt Digit Flow Rate Indicator in units of choice. Accu

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racy ±1% of velocity range. Other Models available. Cancoppas For more information, Circle reply card No. 166

Volumeter for continuous, accurate flow measurement Volumeter Sewage Pumping Station Flowmeter offers a revolutionary new way to measure flow through sewage pumping stations. Installa tion requires a simple wiring hookup to existing control panels. No other sensors are required. Volumeter then automates the draw down test giving accurate inflow, outflow and total flow for every pump cycle. The standard model has a serial

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output, 4-20 mA analog outputs for inflow and outflow and a pulse out put for an external totalizer. Through the serial output, infor mation can also be sent to the flow-

C.C. TATHAM & ASSOCIATES LTD. Consulting Engineers

meter's Card Logger for data storage and retrieval, either manually or through modem capabilities. The Card Logger utilizes a credit card

SpeciaDsts in a comprehensive range of Environmental and Municipal Engineering

size memory module which can be

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Literature Review For information on advertising in this section call ES&E at (416) 727-4666

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Treating odors with Sodium Hypochlorite(JAVEX-12)is detailed in technical bulletin.

Systems are discussed that dispense a hypochlorite spray to oxidize organic odors. Other topics include: storage and air

Toxic & Oxygen Mon itors Radia tion Meters Water Quality Meters Decon Trailers. NOW AVAILABLE

collection needs.

Insobutylene and other cal gas & support accessories. HAZCO Canada, Inc.

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Colgate-Palmollve Canada Inc.

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TOG Analyzer For RosemounS Analytical Inc. Dohrmann Division

Wastewater

DC-190 High Temperalm

The Dohrmann DC-190 is

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designed specifically for TOO analysis of dirty, salty or particulate laden water. Utilizing the unique autosampler, the DC-190 provides high throughtput for the worst real world samples. The auto sampler can handle particulates up to 0.5 mm providing

Using Sodium Hypochlorite (JAVEX-12) to effectively and quickly remove cyanide wastes is detailed. Bulletin reviews

dosages, equipment, as well as storage,safety and handling data. Particularly applicable to metal recovery or refining operations. Colgate-Palmollve Canada Inc. Circle reply card No. 203

true TOO data. TheDO-190is

already proven to meet al l EPA and MISA requirements for TOO and DOC. Folio Instruments Inc.

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Teflon Hose Assemblies

Kent's New industrial

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Groundwater Monitoring Instrumentation

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New technologies IGL puts Hobas in pipeline portfolio

Investigating water treatment by advanced oxidation

Following the signing of an exclu sive licensee agreement,IGL Canada Limited (51% owned by Insituform Group Limited)is now able to offer Hobas Pipe throughout Canada. A new company,Hobas Canada Limi ted, has been formed — 80% owned by IGL Canada Ltd. and the remain der by an Eastern Canadian com pany — to manufacture and distri bute the pipe. Hobas Canada Limited has offices at Edmonton, Alberta, and Whitby, Ontario. The centrifugally-cast Hobas pipe is made from a combination of poly ester and vinyl ester resin, fortified with sand and reinforced with glass fibre. Hobas Canada Limited bring, for the first time to the Canadian

market, an economical, largediameter, high stiffness pipe with superior inherent corrosion resis tance.

Three pilot-plant scale Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOFs) have been developed by a research team at the University ofBath,south-west England,for the treatment of hazardous micropollutants in water. The team is lead by Dr. P.L. Yue (seen here spargeing ozone gas into a novel photo-reactor). The pro cesses are capable of transforming toxic substances such as halogenated hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pesticides and

tion ofphotons possessing band-gap

environments.

energy.

The aim of the research is to

exploit the novel chemistry of the reactions by innovative engineering design. The pilot-plants and the mathematical models developed for the photo-reactors, will give essen tial information for the design and optimization of water treatment plants based on these advanced oxi dation reactions.

The processes will make a signi

herbicides into harmless materials.

ficant contribution to water treat

In many instances,total mineral ization of trace quantities of pollu

ment technology, especially for the conversion of environmentally unacceptable pollutants such as pesticides and herbicides. By vary ing the design of the processes, it is possible to treat drinking water, contaminated groundwater and

tants has been obtained. The effectiveness ofthe three oxi

dation processes is due to the genera tion ofhighly reactive hydroxyl radi cals by photons, particularly pho tons in the ultraviolet spectrum. In the first process, hydroxyl radicals are produced from ozone when irra diated with ultraviolet light in a reaction vessel where the degrada

wastewater.

The processes are also ideally suited for the production of ultrapure water for the microelectronics, pharmaceutical and power genera

tion of toxic substances is effected.

tion industries.

The second process uses hydro gen peroxide instead of ozone. In the third process a photo-reactive semiconductor material,such as tita nium dioxide, is used as a catalyst for promoting the oxidation reac tions. Hydroxyl radicals are formed at the catalyst surface by the irradia

The research is funded by Britain's Science and Engineering Research Council. Details; Dr.P.L.Yue,School of Chemical Engineering, Univer sity of Bath, Claverton Down,Bath BA27AY England,Tel:0225826555, Telex: 449097 UOBATH, Fax: 0225 462508.

Through the sophisticated Hobas manufacturing process and unique product design, competitive pipes are produced for both pressure and non-pressure service. The versatile pipe is suited to a wide range of municipal, agricultu ral and industrial applications for water, drainage and process piping, with specialized uses in corrosive Installation can he by conven tional excavation and bury methods, or above ground. It is equally suit ablefor trenchless technology instal lation such as pipe-jacking, microtunnelling and sliplining. Hobas pipes are lightweight and easy to handle. Rubber ring-sealed, bell and spigot coupling joints pro vide fast and foolproof assembly and long-term leak-free service. The glass-smooth interior surface of the pipe results in excellentflow charac teristics.

Otto Babichuk, Chief Executive Officer of IGL Canada Limited, states: "Hobas is a complementary system to our existing Insituform operations and we anticipate signi ficant additional revenuesfrom this product over the next three years. At present we are supplying the Cana dian market from the two plants in the United States, but within the next 36 months, a decision on the location ofa Canadian plant will be made."

Hobas pipe is available in sizes up to 2.4 metres diameter. It is com petitive against most other products and all areas where infiltration of

exfiltration are concerns,and above ground piping where painting and maintenance become a factor.

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Flow measurement New ultrasonic flowmeter

by a three digit code number, which has to be entered before any changes can be made. Summa Engineering

Pad and the portable hand-held inter rogator unit equipped with scanning equipment. The meter reader simply places the end of the ScanGun in close proximity to the pad. Power from the hand-held is transmitted through a twin inductive coupling to the microprocessor in the register. The position of the full six figure odometer assembly is disclosed to give actual usage information. This

For more information, Circie repiy card No. 170

Electronic Meter Read

System SCANCODER® Electronic Meter

Read System is comprised of four components: the water meter, the electronic encoder register,the Scan-

Continued overleaf

Consultants

EIT Model 960 Ultrasonic Open Channel Flowmeter is supplied com plete with a printer. It is a compact, hand held device which operates from a rechargeable battery and produces a 2-inch wide printout in tabular and graphic form. On com mand from the 960,it can produce a variety of hard copy records. These

t

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options described above, plus a fur ther totalizer which can give interval totals programmable for 1 to 12 hour intervals over the last eight days. Once installed, the user sets up the system by entering the operating parameters into the unit's memory. This is done using four front panel keys, prompted by plain English displays, not code. As all of the sys tem's memory is non-volatile and is not lost during a power failure, pro gramming should only ever have to be done once. To ensure security, all customer programming is protected

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The Regional Municipal ity of Haldimand-Norfolk is pleased to announce that Alan C. Armstrong has recently joined the Environ mental Services Department as Manager-Capital Projects. Mr. Armstrong has 25 years of experience in all phases of water and wastewater treatment and will

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Flow measurement Consultants

Professional

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Services in

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Environmental

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NIAGARA FALLS, NY

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data,as well asthe encoder's identity number,is then transmitted back in an ASCII protocol and stored in the hand-held. Expensive call-backs and misreads are totally eliminated. All SCANCODER® registers are fully compatible with several hand held computer manufacturers as well as upgradeable to AMR(Automatic Meter Reading). Kent Meters Inc. For more information, Circle reply card No. 168

Flowmeter with

micro-processor converter

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Flow Measurement Consultants Portable flow monitor

MacVlro Consultants Inc. 7270 Woodbine Avenue. Third Floor • Morkham. Ontario, L3R 4B9 • Telephone;(416)475-7270 • TeleFAX:(416)475-5994

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Q Smart portable flow monitor pro vides accurate, reliable open chan nel flow data. The stand-alone, bat tery-powered microcomputer mea sures and stores depth and velocity readings, with flow data extracted using an IBM-PC compatible laptop computer and Q Scan software. Applications include flow quantifi cation, I/I analysis and reduction programs,sewer sizing, and billing. Q Monitoring For more information, Circle reply card No. 162

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Product Review Aco PT 220QD features

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Limited is the PT 220QD,a 1000 litre (220 Imp. gallon)Pallet tank for sto rage and shipment of liquids. Its sloped bottom ensures complete guide drainage and total discharge and comes complete with a heavyduty stackable steel frame,a 14" lid and a 3" butterfly valve. Easily cleaned, it is ideal for use particularly when heavy liquids are involved — such as molasses, corn syrup, lecithin and concentrates of all kinds. It is compact being only 40" long, 48" wide and 62" in depth so is suitable for use in a wide variety of industries such as food, dairy, baking, chemical, petroleum, muni cipal, government and industrial. Aco-Assmann of Canada Limited

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Collecting flow proportional samples has never been easier. SIGMA's new Streamlineâ&#x201E;˘ 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

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