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Issued November, 1998
Editorial 7 20
Consulting Engineering in Canada ES&Es Annual Review
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Pubiistier TOM DAVEY
Comment by Tom Davey Examining aquifer storage options
A professional engineer's lament
Environment sits on the back burner
7 Diversity critical for consultants 8 0 3
Hard to find work in Canada? The Western scene Hamilton's historic waterworks
Technical Advisory Board Robert B. Baker, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Totten Sims Hubicki Associates
Beak International Inc.
Alan Church, C.Chem., QER Church & Trought Inc.
George V. Crawford, P.Eng., M.A.Sc.
The facts about dual fuel cars
Flow meters affect profits The limits of centrifugal pumps Cover Story - Unique upgrade to EC's Powell River sewage plant Mgmt. of combined sewer overflows
CH2M Gore & Storrle Limited
Dr. Howard Goodfellow Goodfellow Consultants Ltd.
Rod Holme, P.Eng.
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Peter Laughton, M.Eng., P.Eng., DEE
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By Tom Davey
Media myopia reveaied with its focus on poiitioians'eyegiasses
The news media maintains its
preoccupation with trivialities at the expense ofimportant en vironmental news stories right
under their noses. First Reform leader
Preston Manning was lampooned be cause he had undergone laser surgery to eliminate his need for eyeglasses. He also underwent dental surgery, along with a new hairstyle. The result was that he actually looked younger and more photogenic, not such a bad thing for poli
were both former federal Environment
Ministers in the Mulroney Government.
Meanwhile, the news media contin ues its quest for trivialities at the expense
I met Bouchard at the Environment
of real news with undiminished fervour.
Canada awards at the National Gallery in Ottawa and Jean Charest at an AQTE
I was in Vancouver in late June for a con
ference, weeks after the Suharto incident,
conference in Montreal. At the time of
but coincidently held at the Pan Pacific
writing, the two are virtually locked in a dead heat in the polls so their bilin gual mastery and charisma in the ensu ing political debates will be an impor tant factor for Canada. Whatever your politics, it cannot be denied that Charest and Bouchai^d are fonnidable politicians. With such a monumentally important issue as national unity at stake, surely
Hotel where Chretien had earlier shaken
Suharto's hand as ifit were a water pump. This time, the hotel hosted the Intema-
tional Association of Water Quality. Almost 1,500 scientists from around the world,including top environmental sci
the voters deserve better than the un
entists from Asia,Japan, Russia,Europe, India and the Middle East presented and debated their findings in an unprec edented assembly of global environmen
healthy disposition on the part of the
media to focus on such trivialities as the
of the absurdity spectrum when Jean
For the first time in lAWQ's history, there were practical sessions on prob lems facing such industries as forestry, pulp and paper, mining, and other sec
Charest was reconstituted from a Con
tors vital to the environmental and eco
servative to become leader of the Que bec Liberal Party. Shortly afterwards, Charest was actually seen wearing eye
Columbia has seen its fish stocks rav
ticians in an era of 10 second TV video
bites. But quite a lot of ink was spilled, and kilometres of video tape rolled be fore the novelty wore off. As news an chors have their hair styled and wear make-up daily, the TV comments had the taint of hypocrisy. Then the heat shifted to the other end
nomic health of the province. British
glasses for the first time. Now millions of Canadians wear eyeglasses, perhaps the majority do so after they reach 40. But some members of the media, ever
vigilant to interpret things on behalf of us poor,struggling masses with low IQs, actually raised the question of aging when Charest's eyeglasses first appear ed on TV. Charest aging? He might actually be the only politician who has to show his ID when he enters a liquor store!
We have always been impressed with his eloquence in French and English. He also has the charisma Quebecers demand of their leaders. He will soon be going head-to-head with the equally eloquent
wearing of eyeglasses. Discard your eyeglasses, you invite redicule. Start wearing them and you invite another kind of derogatory reference. By contrast, our Federal Prime Min
in Banff National Park because animals
ver, he seems to have had a charisma
while I was there.
bypass many years ago. His clumsy ref
Even wearing my eyeglasses I could not find a single pixel of TV devoted to the greatest concentration ofenvironmen tal scientists in the world, nor a drop of ink spilled on behalf of the conference.
next provincial election in November. Both leaders are political switch hit ters. Much earlier, Bouchard resigned from the Mulroney Cabinet to become leader of the federal Bloc Quebecois. It was the quickest conversion since St. Paul was struck on the way to Damas
RCMP pepper sprayed legitimate pro
It is ironic that Charest and Bouchard
What I did see was a TV report show ing that wildlife was occasionally killed
were attracted to grain spillage along the railway track. It was a moving story but did not merit the numerous repeats I saw
erences to the APEC incident when the
of Commons, he actually became offi cial Leader of the Opposition. Only in Canada you say. The Bloc was later nudged out of this position by the opti cally renovated Preston Manning.
on for almost a week.
'Teflon PM', even though he is equally inept in both official languages. Moreo
ister, Jean Chretien has been called the
and charismatic Lucien Bouchard in the
cus. After he was elected to the House
aged, its forestry products industries suffer, and the price of Vancouver real estate plummet, leading to further shrinkage of the forest industry. This was a great chance for the BC news media to pose serious questions to some of the world's authorities on every type of ecological issue. But I saw zero news reporting on this conference which went
testers, indicates that his sense of humour
might have been surgically removed at the same time as his appendix. Canadians had been pepper sprayed and their protest signs removed from private property so that a bloody tyrant. President Suharto, who brought his own gun-toting thugs to Canada, should not
Jack Norman,for putting on such a mag nificent meeting. Sportingly, he asked: "How can we possibly match this 1998
be embarrassed. These are serious is
conference when it is held in Paris in the
sues, but later Chretien said dismis-
year 2000?" Too bad no Canadian report ers were there to hear this generous trib
sively: "Pepper? I put it on my plate." 'Peppergate' might yet become his po litical epitaph.
Environmental Science & Engineering, November 1998
The next Conference President, Denis
B allay ofErance, was moved to congratu late Canada and Conference President,
ute from a real environmental scientist
with an intemational reputation. â?–
Reader Feedback Dear Mr.Davey, Thank you for your editorial series about the neglect of our environmental protec tion infrastructure. I am an engineer em ployed by the Ontario government and
The people of Ontario should send a message to this govemment to spend the money to maintain our roads, sewers, water supply systems, and air pollution control programs. Without them,
it is evident to me that the role and in
Ontario will not have the infrastructure
fluence of government engineers has de clined in recent years. Today, the Min istry of Environment views engineers as little more than big ticket expense items. They are not viewed as professionals who can contribute to improving On
to compete with other jurisdictions for the jobs and industries of the future. Name withheld hy request
It is interesting to note that the engi neers in the Ministry of Environment are classified lower than their colleagues in the other ministries of the Ontario Pub
lic Service (OPS). This is a reflection of the environment ministry's valuation of its engineers. The Ontario Government's decade-
long drive to de-credentialise profes sional positions has resulted in the de mise ofthe technical expertise within the OPS. We all suffer when policies are made without adequate technical input. Dear Tom, As discussed with you at Water Quality International'98 in Vancouver, this will be my last R&D News submission. I think a short review of the column is ap propriate. The first R&D News draft was sub mitted to Water & Pollution Control in
Directors, I would like to thank you for your very interesting presentation at our Annual Conference in Niagara Falls. We recognize and appreciate that you are a very strong supporter of our in dustry. I hope that you enjoyed the meet
ing and had an opportunity to associate with some of our members and guests. Once again, thank you for your par ticipation. I look forward to meeting with you again in the future. D.C.Ingram,P.Eng., President Consulting Engineers of Ontario
reader requests for 1989 increased sig nificantly, confirming our belief that ES&E was reaching a much broader sci entific and engineering audience. In the 9 1/2 years with Environmen tal Science & Engineering (up to the July, 1998 issue), 1,026 items were pub lished. Requests for additional informa
1980 issue. When Southam sold Water
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In November, 1988, the CAWPRC
Dr. Hugh Eisenhauer, ES&E's R&D News Editor for nine years, has retired. He was honoured at the opening session of the International Association of Water
Quality Research in Vancouver before some 1,000 people from ai^ound the world. Over 1,400 people ultimately regis tered for the conference. The lAWQ
praised Dr. Eisenhauer for his role as R&D Editor for ES&E, and for his work
with the lAWQ. Peter Laughton (left), R.V. Anderson Associates, and a mem
ber of both lAWQ's Governing Board and ES&E's Editorial Advisory Board, presented the award.
More than two-thirds of the informa
vate sector, and most of these (55%) come from individual consultants or
consulting firms. Approximately one quarter of the requests are received from federal, provincial or municipal govem ment agencies. The remaining 5% are
News is fulfilling the technology trans fer purpose for which it was designed.
R&D News had been launched to
of the Canadian Association on Water
fulfill one of the objectives of the Asso ciation, namely; promoting water qual ity and water pollution research and the practical application of such research.
Quality, I am very pleased to thank you most sincerely. Finally, I should like to add my per sonal thanks and appreciation for your help,cooperation,advice,and friendship over the past twenty years. H.R. Eisenhauer, R&D News Editor, CAWQ
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made in January, 1989 and you have continued to publish the column ever since. It is interesting to note that the
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Water Treatment System
By James Hannam, P.Eng*
New filtration plant ensures quality water for Halifax region
Thestart-up of the Lake Major
Filtration Plant in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, scheduled for December 1998, should en
sure customers of the Halifax Regional Water Commission(HRWC)of a longterm supply of quality water all yearround. A public-private partnership be tween the HRWC and a private joint venture utilizing a design-build meth odology has enabled the project to go from ground-breaking to start-up in 18 months.
This is a region in which, through out history, people's lives have been in extricably linked with water. Dart mouth's neighbour across the harbour is Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, founded in 1749. The presence of the
Citadel, a fortress built within the Hali
fax City limits and Fort Louisbourg, loeated some 460 km northeast of Dart
mouth, give us a good account of what life was like during the early settlements of Nova Scotia. This city is also the burial site of some 122 victims of the Titanic.
The cities of Halifax and Dartmouth are located across from one another on
Pipe laying operation proceeded rapidly with Bar-wrapped Concrete Cylinder Pipe, AWWA C303, installed in trench with gravel bedding. The back hoe performed multiple duties of excavating the trench, laying the bedding material, moving the trench box, lifting the pipe from the right-of-way and placing it into the trench.
world after Plymouth in England. Today the Halifax/Dartmouth area
months when the lake water warms. The
of Atlantic Canada.
only solution was increased chlorina-
A need for full filtration
Atlantic Ocean. Halifax Harbour then
In 1844,the Halifax Water Company started the water supply system for the City of Halifax. The city purchased the system in 1861 and operated it in one form or another until 1944. On January
widens into the Bedford Basin. Halifax
ed from the hazards of the sea, boats of
all sizes have always found this port to be ideal. However, the port was the scene of a tragic explosion in 1917, when a Belgian relief steamer collided with and triggered a fire aboard the French munitions ship, Mont Blanc. This explosion,the largest man-made explosion before the bombing of Hiro
1, 1945, the Halifax Water Commission
was given a mandate to operate and maintain the water supply system after it was ravaged by the demands of two world wars and the neglect of an eco nomic depression. Since then,the Com mission has transformed the water sup ply system into a modern, efficient and financially sound structure providing high-quality water and service to its cus tomers.
shima, caused the death of over 2,000
Until 1996, the Dartmouth Water
Haligonians, leveled most of the north end of the city and damaged much of
Utility ran the water distribution system for the city of Dartmouth. The system pumped water from its supply lake. Lake Major, to an open lake reservoir at Lake Lamont. A treatment facility at
the downtown section. Two decades
later, during World War II, huge convoys heading for Europe formed-up in the Bedford Basin. The port of Halifax soon became the second busiest port in the 'Chief Engineer, Halifax Regional Water Commission 16
Historically, there were problems with bacteria levels during the summer
maintains its role as the economic, in dustrial, educational and cultural centre
a narrow, deep natural harbour off the
and Dartmouth are linked by the Angus L. Macdonald and the A. Murray Mackay bridges, as well as by ferries. Because it is a deep-sea port and since the Bedford Basin is well protect
Lake Lamont chlorinated the water and added lime and associated chemicals for
stabilization. From there it was pumped into the distribution system, which has been in place for approximately 120
tion, with associated deterioration in taste and odour. Then, in the summer
of 1994, a boil order was placed on the Dartmouth water system for several weeks because oflevels of coliform bac
teria. This heightened the need for a full filtration treatment facility, a solution that has an objective to provide potable water that meets the Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines. The Dartmouth Water Utility was in the planning stages of a new treatment facility when,in 1996, the Nova Scotia provincial government mandated the amalgamation of the four municipal units operating in the Halifax/Dartmouth met ropolitan area. Within this process the Halifax Water Utility, Dartmouth Water Utility, and the Halifax Water Commis sion combined to form the unified Hali
fax Regional Water Commission. New treatment plant a priority In 1997,the new treatment plant was amongst the first major projects under taken by the HRWC. The Dartmouth distribution system has a current de mand of 10IMGD. The new three-stage Continued overleaf
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A new 5 MG reservoir has been con
470 m, 1,050 mm diameter raw water
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structed under a separate contract, was run from the filtration plant to the base
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HRWC chose to build the plant through a public-private partnership, awarding a contract to the Atlantic to Pacific(TAP) Group to design, build and commission the Lake Major Filtration Plant and the new reservoir. The TAP Group is a con sortium sponsored by CH2M Water
process moves faster than in the tradi tional approach involving three separate processes: design, competitive bidding, and construction by a different firm. The HRWC financed the facility and will own and operate it. Unlike other common public-private partnerships, this did not involve financing or opera tion. The HRWC had in-house financ
ing capabilities through the Municipal Finance Corporation, the provincial fi nancing agency, and operating experi ence with another treatment plant. Protecting the watershed The existing Dartmouth treatment process pumped water from Lake Ma jor to the treatment facility in town. Much larger in size, the new facility is sited on four hectares near the shore of
the lake, and extra precautions had to be taken to ensure that construction and
operation of the facility did not endan ger the watershed. The developer worked closely with the Nova Scotia Department ofEnviron ment during the permitting process to minimize the impact of construction, developing very detailed design, moni toring and control plans for erosion and sediment control and work site proce dures, including procedures for opera tion, refueling and maintenance of con struction vehicles. Significant buffer
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Water Treatment System, cont' to be collected from ditch and pipe sys tems and piped into the lake well down stream of the supply inlet. Particular care was paid to preventing hydrocar bon products from contaminating the soil. Therefore, construction vehicles were to be refueled and maintenance
performed off-site, and small equipment was to be operated using drip pans. There are two main components to the site: the water treatment plant itself and the waste treatment facilities. In
side the plant, the residual sludge from the three-stage water treatment process is de-watered using a mechanical proc ess - an equalization tank, a thickener, and centrifuge-increasing the percent
age of solids from less than 1% to 20%. The sludge is then trucked to freezethaw beds located behind the plant. In an extremely efficient process that takes advantage of repeated freeze-thaw cycles throughout the winter, melted water drains off the sludge, typically re ducing a one-foot thick layer of sludge to a couple of inches by the following spring. Concrete pressure pipe is cost-effective
While design of the treatment plant was underway, the HRWC contracted the consulting engineering firm of CBCL, Ltd. in Halifax, to design most of the 1,050 mm (i.e., all but a small sec tion that would be completed in conjunc tion with the plant) and all of the 900 mm diameter pipe to its specifications. During the pre-design process, CBCL engineers reviewed various pipe materials. Tenders were then called by the Halifax Regional Water Commission for the supply of the pipes and fittings, limiting the different pipe materials to concrete pressure pipe and ductile pipe. Upon tender opening,concrete pressure
pipe was the most cost-effective and met all of the technical criteria as well as the
delivery requirements. The concrete pressure pipe specifi cations required AWWA Bar-Wrapped C-303(pretensioned) concrete pressure
pipe with a gauge 10 steel cylinder. Electrical conductivity throughout the
pipeline was specified in order to be able to monitor the condition of the pipe. Holdfast restrained joints were specified at the points of deflection to ensure sta
bility of pipe sections during installation on the steep slope from Lake Major up to the filtration plant and to provide re straint at the points of deflection. The concrete used in the pipe was to
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with the addition of 8% by weight of silica fume in the mortar coating to enhance the barrier to chloride-laden
groundwater. Pre-mixed and prebagged mortar grout with additional fly ash was specified to ensure a consist ently high-quality product. The specs required use of watertight, rather than cloth, diapers to lend greater protection to grout in the external joints. Use of a silicone sealer was specified at the in terface of the pipe exterior mortar coat ing and the bell spigot rings to provide
effective delivery schedule to maintain a constant supply of piping. The ease ofjoining concrete pressure pipe also facilitated construction. Pur chase orders were obtained in July, and
by late November 1997 all the pipes and fittings had been supplied,installed and tested successfully, with completion ahead of schedule.
The design of the raw water line and of a small section of the treated water
line to be completed in conjunction with the treatment plant was executed by Porter Dillon Consulting Engineers,
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Halifax, in December 1997. By mid-
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April 1998 all of these pipes and fittings had been supplied and installed by a design-build subcontractor. Maritime
Pipe laid ahead of schedule Approximately 3.75 km of the 5.75 km treated water line was installed in a
wooded area alongside Lamont and Topsail lakes, which forms part of the current water supply for the Dartmouth area. An old road right of way made this the most efficient and economical
route, avoiding impact on Highway 7, which is a major thoroughfare. Burial depth of the pipe was 1.6 m. Because approximately 2 km of the total had to be installed along the high way, the initial delivery and continuing rates of deliveries were crucial to avoid
disruption to traffic and businesses. The contractors. Dexter Construction of Bedford, Nova Scotia and Amber Con struction of Dartmouth, were very effi
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Water Resource Management
By Richard S. Wootton*
Aquifer storage recovery - a new water supply and reclaimed water storage alternative
Aquifer Storage Recovery
(ASR)typically refers to the storage of treated drinking water by injection through a well into a suitable aquifer storage zone when excess water is available. The water is recovered from the same
well as needed to meet seasonal, peak, emergency,or long-term water demands (Figure 1). In general, all of the stored water is recovered without the need for re-treatment other than disinfection. ASR reduces or defers the need for
water supply system expansion because it optimizes the use of existing facilities and available water resources by match ing available supply to water demand through underground storage(Figure 2). Typically,the cost to develop additional peak supply capacity is less than half the cost of conventional alternatives such as
expansion of water supply,treatment, or distribution facilities. Capital costs to develop 1 million litres per day(ML/d) of peaking capacity with ASR wells av
cesses, resolution of several technical
and regulatory obstacles, and the dem onstrated cost-effectiveness of ASR.
ASR system recovery capacities range from 4 to more than 400 ML/d and storage volumes range from 150 ML to 8,000 ML. All operational systems are storing treated drinking water; how ever, many systems are being designed to store reclaimed wastewater, untreated
groundwater from other aquifers, and high-quality surface water following
to determine its most useful objectives, overall feasibility, and cost-effective ness. ASR testing programs are usually completed in four steps: 1) Preliminary feasibility assessment using existing information. 2)Field investigations to obtain site-spe cific hydrogeologic data (e.g. coring, geophysical logging, and construction of one or more observation wells). 3) Design, construction, and testing of a full-scale (i.e. fully operational) ASR
ASR offers several applications in addition to seasonal, peak, long-term, and emergency storage (Pyne, 1995): • Reduction of disinfection by-products. • Restoration of groundwater levels.
4)Expansion of the ASR system to meet local or regional needs. Each step proceeds depending on the results and conclusions of the prior step. Omission of initial steps presents a higher risk that the completed facility may not perform as expected. Program duration depends on the number and length of the ASR test cycles but is usu ally two to three years. At the end of the program, assuming that regulatory approval is obtained, the water system has a fully permitted and operational ASR well that can be used for storing and recovering treated water.
• Reduction of land subsidence.
• Maintenance of distribution system flow and pressure. • Improvement of water quality. • Prevention of salt-water intrusion. • Reduction of streamflow diversion environmental effects.
erage $145,000 +/- $73,000. ASR op • Agricultural water supply. erating costs average $6,000 per year per • Nutrient reduction in agricultural ML/d recovery capacity +/- $3,600. runoff. • Enhancement of wellfield production. • Compensation for surface salinity small cost increments to meet increas barrier leakage losses. ing water demands and reducing envi • Reclaimed water storage for reuse. ronmental impacts from surface water • Soil aquifer treatment. diversions, surface storage reservoirs, • Stabilization of aggressive water. and storage tanks. • Hydraulic control of contaminant In the United States, ASR has been plumes. applied successfully at 27 sites and is • Fish hatchery temperature control. being developed at about 50 other sites. Typical ASR Development Program ASR systems are in operation or in de ASR technology has been success velopment in England, Australia, Ku fully applied in a variety of hydrogeowait, and Israel, while several other logic environments and applications. countries are considering ASR applica Application of ASR requires detailed tions. The Mannheim ASR pilot project, evaluation and field testing of each site currently being tested by the Regional Figure 1 RECHARGE Municipality of Waterloo, has involved
ASR also offers the benefits of phas ing water supply development with
Reclaimed Water ASR
In recent years, the application of ASR has been expanded to include stor age of untreated or partially treated sur face water, groundwater from different aquifers, and highly treated wastewater or "reclaimed water." The recovered water can be used to increase raw water
supplies for public purposes, for irriga tion, for industrial process water, or for ecosystem enhancement (i.e. boosting/ maintaining stream baseflow and sur face water levels). Recharge of reclaimed water through Continued overleaf RECOVERY
the construction of the first ASR well in Canada.
The first ASR system began opera tion at Wildwood, New Jersey, in 1969; however, almost all other systems have been implemented since 1983. The rapid implementation of this technology throughout the United States over the past 15 years reflects operational suc
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tive capacity of the receiving river is typically at its lowest point because of lower streamflow and elevated biologi cal activity. The stored water could be recovered
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The decay of a once proud profession - a professional engineer's lament
Recently I received a copy of
the 1998 detailed report on "Ontario Engineers Salaries" from Professional Engineers Ontario. Much to my dismay, I found that consulting engineers continue to be mired at the bottom end of the compen sation scale within the engineering pro fession. When I graduated from the University of Toronto, the top students in my engineering class were attracted to the consulting industry at salary lev els that rewarded them for their aca demic achievements and were consist
ent with their promising fu tures in a demanding vocation.
By D.C. Ingram, P. Eng. President Consulting Engineers of Ontario
•Do it once-be ultra conservative with
the design. • Do not suggest innovative measures to reduce capital costs if it means that the scope of up-front engineering must
tive consulting engineering services. Is there any real value in dominance be increased. of price in selecting engineering serv ices? Absolutely not! If thejob requires •Do not consider innovative approaches a professional engineer then it deserves to reduce life cycle costs. one selected on the basis of experience, •Do not make any value added sugges qualifications, and the best approach to tions, no matter what their merits are, if provide value to the client. Price as the they require an increase in engineering controlling factor in the selection proc fees. ess simply means short-term gain for •Do not assign the senior, most experi long-term pain. The lowest up-front enced engineers in your office to the project. The project cannot afford that level of cost.
Qualification Based Selec tion (QBS)is not a unique or innovative approach. Most people, when selecting a doc tor, lawyer or other profes
What has caused this relative decline in income scales and a
threatened decay of a once proud and honoured profes sion?
The simple answer is that
sional advisor, are far more
the salaries and benefits in the
interested in qualifications than they are in price. Many knowledgeable clients select engineers on this preferred basis. Of particular note, con sulting engineers and archi tects selected for federallyfunded projects in the US,
industry mirror the fortunes of the companies that make up the industry. More and more, market conditions and the
competitive supply and de mand forces compel those companies to sell their serv
must be chosen on the basis
ices on the basis of lowest
price. Technical excellence, proven past performance and a track record of dedicated personal service now seem to have little value. Today with many clients, in both the public and pri vate sectors, price is the only significant factor in the selection criteria. Obtain
ing professional engineering services,in the eyes of the unenlightened, is the same basic process as buying any com modity,i.e., get three or four quotes and zero in on the cheapest. In the municipal sector,for example, politicians, whose long-term vision fre quently does not extend beyond the next election, are often demanding pricebased selection policies. Municipal en gineers, who understand the value of sound engineering, are required to pur chase the cheapest consulting engineer ing services. It is comparable to buying library books by the kilogram. Even fruit and vegetables are examined for quality before the purchase, but that is frequently not the case these days with sophisticated, highly technical, innova24
price for engineering services means the cheapest quality of services and prob ably an off-the-shelf solution, whether or not it meets the real project needs.
Tom Davey has written a number of outstanding editorials on the low bid ethos in this highly respected magazine. Tragically, many purchasers of engineer ing services do not seem to understand that, to quote Tom, "the low bid ethos works like a fiscal grader,flattening the peaks of excellence while filling in the potholes of mediocrity". The sad reality of the low bid mind set is that innovation, value engineer ing and project specific, cost-effective solutions are lost. The consulting engi neer, adapting to the price pressures in the marketplace, will necessarily refocus his studies or designs on the most expedient solution. If he doesn't, he won't get the job. With the emphasis on low price, to win the project the engineer must adopt the following approaches:
of their qualifications. In 1972, the Brooks Act mandated this ap proach, supporting that selection of the lowest bidder was not in the long-term public interest. Since then, more than 75% of the US states have adopted simi lar processes. Consequently, the con sulting engineering industry in the US is strong, flourishing and continues to attract and reward the best engineering talent.
Quahfication Based Selection is sup ported in Canada by many professional organizations and client groups,includ ing the American Public Works Asso ciation, the Municipal Engineers Asso ciation, Professional Engineers Ontario and certainly Consulting Engineers of Ontario. QBS as a process, offers the highest value to the client and fair re muneration to the engineer. The proc ess establishes a foundation for the en
gineer and his client to work together in a professional partnership. And yet, in Ontario today, many clients, blinded by Continued on page 29
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Jumping the curve In water infrastructure
dustry is poised for transition. It needs the last push to launch its new course. How did we
get here? Who put us on the launching pad to make us have to jump the curve? We did, by following our founders. While we were busy designing and building some of the finest infrastruc ture in the world, a generation grew up that has not yet seen the value we put into their lives - the re sult of great engineering. They just use it and believe that it was always there and that it is a birthright enshrined in the con stitution. Turn on the tap and they get clean water. Flush the toilet and poof the waste matter disappears. They don't have to take it out for the honey wagon to pick up as they do their gar bage. Compare this to the transpor tation engineering sector. With
By Paul da Siiva, P.Eng. President, CH2M Gore & Storrie Ltd.
• Both industry and the public sector in Canada want one-stop shopping with no risk.
The Ontario government, long a • The international marketplace wants leader in environmental regulatory de one-stop shopping also. velopment to improve our living stand •A very limited number offirms have the ards, has become a low-key player in combined financial,engineering,and op the environmental protection orchestra. erational management strength and expe In fact, they threw away some of their rience to meet the demands expected. instruments. The Municipal Industrial The main problem lies here in Canada-no risk and lower costs
are not synonymous. Public works can still be financed by municipalities more effectively than by the private sector. The jury is out on whether the pri vate sector can provide lower life cycle costs if their contracts are only short term,i.e., less than 25 years. Operations might be a cinch, but designing and main taining will be targeted at the precise length of the operating contractjust like the automobile five-year warrantees we are all
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out Toronto's 407 and other
familiar with. This could leave
projects like the PEI link, this privileged generation would sit
municipalities with higher than today's operating and mainte
in traffic for half their adult lives
nance costs after short-term con
and develop a severe case of road-rage.
tracts tied to Design/Build con
The educational, financial
Toron to's Main Treatment Plant. Photo - CG&S
and legal professions weren't so busy. And to make a difference they joined the political races to improve our towns and cities. Few engineers made the time to do this; we were having the time of our lives, doing what we loved best, de signing great infrastructure for future generations. Will we have to wait until it crumbles into dust, shutting off the clean water, backing up those efficient flushes onto floors before the hue and
cry will get it the attention it needs? None of us will live that long! The politicians are faced with the di lemma-how do they use the dwindling resources they now have? Competing are education, health and social services
- oh yes, and the environment. "What can we do to maximize the visibility of our spending?" must be their most fre quently asked question. Otherwise,look for a new career. Being educators, ac countants and lawyers, will the environ ment get their attention? Not unless they have a local problem. 26
Strategy for Abatement is a historical milestone left unfinished on the dusty shelves of environmental regulation. The next major milestone target was scheduled for the year 2017- Non-toxic effluent. Funding has dwindled to the point that, now,larger municipalities get to bear the full costs of environmental
protection. Either we get more environmental engineers into politics, or we will have to devise some other strategy to get attention...sabotage??? Terrorists use that effectively. Recently, our learned colleagues in the industry got together at The Interna tional Association for Consulting Engi neers(FIDIC),annual conference in Ed monton, and also in Ottawa at Industry Canada's sponsored look at winning in the international infrastructure market
place-a virtual El Dorado for engineer ing firms. The essence of their conclusions was
As we sit on that launching pad, two important changes can trigger the push for the environmental engineer ing industry to jump the curve: 1. The Federal and Provincial Govern
ments can introduce legislation that will drive the municipalities to partner with the private sector for infrastructure fi nancing, owning and operating. 2. The municipalities can start to part ner with the industry to insure the risks and share the rewards jointly so that the engineering teams are driven to optimize the designs and reduce the capital and operating costs. The first will lead to Canadians gain ing valuable domestic experience to pen etrate the international marketplace for environmental infrastructure.
The second will allow the partners to agree on sharing rewards/risks and help municipalities do more with less. A potential opportunity derived from the partnerships formed will be to effec tively team to attack the international marketplace. ❖
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Diversity - the critical factor for today's consultants
Diversity will be a critical strength as engineering and
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Hard to find work In Canada, eh?
Canadian consulting engineers
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have historically fared well in
international markets. Our
high standard of living, a world class post-secondary educational system, and our quest for adventure and challenge have served us in good stead. However, the international market has changed dramatically in recent years. Success may be elusive unless a longterm international marketing plan has been carefully crafted and implemented. I have had the good fortune of work ing in several dozen countries over the past three decades where I have wit nessed project horror stories and real successes. This has taught me that risk can be minimized by following prudent business practices. Delcan management made a strate gic decision in the '60s to become a glo bal engineering firm. This long-term commitment has resulted in more than
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intemationally. These projects are finan cially attractive as unique niches are exploited in less competitive areas than encountered domestically. The weak domestic municipal engi neering market has forced many Cana dian firms to pursue intemational oppor tunities. Many firms are jumping right in and chasing international opportuni
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Consultants' Forum in 1972. About 20 ministry staff listened to the translator as I described Canadian
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In summary,chose one or two target countries. Develop and stick to your marketing plan. Anticipate one to two The decay ofa once proud profession -A professional engineer's lament continuedfrom page 24 possible short-term savings, ignore the long term and view QBS as a radical, self-serving procedure. Earlier this year, for the fourth year in a row, Canada was ranked first in the world on the United Nations Human
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The Western scene - challenges and opportunities abound In equal measure
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Consultants' Forum To fill the current gap in design work, many consulting engineering firms are looking to markets in the United States and overseas. The risks are high. Such initiatives take a significant planning effort and commitment of resources and
usually involve making alliances with local engineering firms. There is activity in Design/Build (D/B) projects but, for the most part, these are mostly for smaller communi ties. Cochrane, Alberta implemented a new water treatment plant project using a Design/Build/Operate approach. Dau phin, Manitoba chose to implement their new water treatment plant as a D/B project. The new Jasper Townsite wastewater treatment plant may go D/B and communities in the interior of B.C. are
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By Bill Hjelholt*
Hamilton's historic waterworks steam
engines now restored to mint condition
In the 1850s in Hamilton,Ontario, cholera was reaching epidemic proportions. In 1854 alone, 552 of the City's 14,000 inhabitants perished from cholera. Like most North American cities, Hamilton lacked both
sewer and water systems, and suffered from contaminated drinking water. The vision of the City led to a remark able feat of engineering. The
Jokinen of UMA suggested the City con sider a partnering approach. UMA En gineering Ltd. would work with Spantec Constructors Ltd., also a UMA Group company. The work required would be ascertained as the disassembly and in vestigation proceeded, and the tasks would respond to site conditions. Prioritization was required as goals
new waterworks were de
signed not only to save lives, but to proclaim that Hamilton was a forward thinking city. Housed in a spectacular Italianate stone edifice, the huge pair of walking-beam steam engines was completed in 1859. Each delivered 60,000
gallons offresh water per hour to a reservoir over two miles
up the escarpment, a rise of some 190 feet. These steam waterworks are the last intact
in North America and among the finest in the world. Now a National Historic
Site, the City of Hamilton and Public Works Canada turned
to UMA Engineering Ltd. to conserve and restore the en
cylinders, clad in oak and brass, lifted 14 ton walking beams 30 feet long. At the opposite end, 22 ton flywheels helped drive the main water pumps. No steel was used; machinery was either cast or forged iron. The daring design featured a complex series of auxiliary pumps,cam shafts and valve gears, and an impressive network of air vessels, water, steam, and condensate
pipes. Before proceeding, a com prehensive investigation of conditions was conducted.
Under the direction of marine
engineer and steam expert Alex Harbour, over 55 non
destructive access points were opened,by removing accesso ries such as gauges, relief valves and lubrication ports. Fibre optic video inspection took advantage of holes as small as 1/2" to peer into ma chinery that had been sealed for 140 years. Over 16 hours of video tape recorded the en tire interior of the machinery. Armed with new knowl
edge, UMA developed the plan of action. A key princi ple in the conservation of his torically significant structures,
gines and pumping facility. The challenge was stagger ing. For example, the south is that the minimum interven engine had been seized since tion that safely conserves the 1938 - 60 years! The lowest artefact is the best solution. levels of the pumphouse Shawn Selway, a heritage flooded continuously and cor millwright, developed the rosion was rampant. As the Intervention Manifest, a sys site operates as the Hamilton The walking beam of the newly restored steam engine. tem of obtaining consent for Museum of Steam and Technology overwhelmed the available budget. any task that altered or destroyed his (HMST),it would continue to take visi- Costs would be charged as the work pro toric material, while simultaneously tors throughout construction. The ceeded, to an upset price. UMA's pro documenting the task, rationale, and his waterworks were designated artefacts; posal was accepted in the fall of 1997. toric material affected. This key project every bolt and gasket were to be treated Over 140 years earlier, the city held management tool garnered the input of as museum pieces. The budget; a design competition for the original various experts and stakeholders while $300,000 total for consulting and con waterworks. Prominent Canadian engi facilitating the progress of the work. struction. neer Thomas Keefer was engaged to The video inspections revealed huge Not surprisingly, the procurement judge submissions. Although an Ameri carbuncles of gnarled rust in most loca process for such a unique project was can engineer won the competition, tions, and standing water inside several less than straightforward. It was envi Keefer convinced the City to award him pieces of equipment. Master Conser sioned,however,as a traditional project, the contract. Construction proceeded in vator Martin Weaver oversaw a process with the engineer developing contract 1857 with a budget of $600,000. of water-blasting, selecting 10,000 psi documents for competitive bids. Eric The design utilized state-of-the-art to remove the rust without harming the compound steam engines, boosting two intact iron. Then a treatment of tannic cylinders to make efficient use of higher acid was used to convert active corro 'Senior Project Manager, UMA Engineering Ltd. steam pressures. At one end, the steam sion to stable oxides, followed by the Environmental Science & Engineering, November 1998
Consultants' Forum, com' installation of a refrigerated air drying system to prevent rust by super-dehumidification of the air inside the waterworks.
Alex Barbour applied a penetrating fluid developed for North Sea oil rigs to help release seized surfaces. Spantec Constructors' millwrights performed the work with Shawn Selway supervising. The walking beam would be used as a lever, to apply measured loads with 5ton chain hoists. A deceptively simple technique of disconnecting the numer ous possible sources of seizure from the walking beam to isolate one at a time allowed Alex to independently test each component. After daily doses of pen etrating fluid for three weeks, the steam cylinders were freed. The main water pump resisted. Small hydraulic jacks were brought to site, and Shawn Selway crawled inside the water pump, where a flange was found that could support the jacks. Carefully metering the force,they were able to free the pump. "The biggest day in HMST history," according to curator Ian Kerr-Wilson, was celebrated by barring the engine for the first time in 60 years. Barring is manually tuming the entire works by ap
K I /It j
plying a large pry-bar to special sockets in the flywheel. In its operating days, barring the en gine was part of its painstaking start-up routine. The operators fed steam and barred the engine through repeated false starts. Once in motion, the engine peaked at 15 RPM. This may seein slow, but the engine stroke was eight feet! Rods and linkages hurtled up and down, the enormous flywheel turned and the
walking beam pivoted to and fro in a symphony of motion, attended by gasps and hisses of expanding steam. UMA's next task restored motion to
tlie engine. The intricate restoration proc ess included forging a new brass flywheel bearing. Alex Harbour reviewed the work and pronounced the engine fit. A one of a kind electric drive system using state-ofthe-art DC motor technology was de signed, fabricated and installed. ❖
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results in significantly lower total emis sions per kilometre of carbon monox ide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons, and lower emissions of carbon diox ide. Total emissions are estimated on
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ing the test, a known volume of wa ter from a 124,000-gallon capacity reservoir either gravity flows or is pumped through the meter's flow tube via a series of permanently-installed pipes. The pipes are spaced to allow a straight run after each meter to settle any disturbance the flow meter may cause. Finally, the water flows into
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How high can a self-priming pump lift? How does a seif-priming pump prime?
Onedefinition ofa self-prim
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nal priming device". Otherwise, a selfpriming pump performs like a standard centrifugal, and has a similar curve. Fig ure 1 shows a section of a self-priming
pump for solids handling service. DISCHARGE FLANGE
reduced the local pressure to full vacuum. We now have unbalanced pressures in a closed system - 101 kPa at the suction inlet, 0 kPa at the pump. Figure 2 illus trates this.
The higher pressure at the suction in let forces liquid up into the suction line, displacing the air, which is pushed into the pump. Air mixes with the liquid put in the pump casing before startup, and air and liquid pass through the impel ler to the discharge side of the pump casing, where be
VALVE SUCTIO FLANGE
cause oftheir differ
ent densities, they separate. Liquid falls to the bottom
of the casing, to be COVER" PLATE
directed back to the
impeller. Air rises through the pump discharge connec
their special characteristics to move po table water and its byproducts. In a sewage collection system, self-
priming pumps are well suited for lift sta tion service. The hquid to be pumped is below grade, but the pump can lift it, and send it through kilometres of forcemain. Once the sewage reaches the treatment plant, self-priming "raw sewage" pumps provide hft to sedimentation or other treat ment. Self-priming pumps are also in stalled on a variety of sludge services up to eight percent concentration. Leachate wells in landfill sites are an
other area where self-priming pumps may be applied. There is a static lift on the suction side. The atmosphere in the wet well is noxious, and leachate has attacked
the cable seals of submersible pumps,re sulting in unforeseen failures. Self-priming pumps are installed in water applications. In raw water service, water is drawn from a natural basin such
as a lake or river. The ability to lift on the
tion. It reaches an
suction side is convenient, and unlike a
air release valve and
vertical mrbine pump, the self-primer's bearings are not in the liquid, so are not subject to wear from solids found in natu ral waters. Filter backwash sludge is a service which suits the self-primer. And the distribution system can employ selfpriming pumps,where the ability to lift is
is returned to the
Figure 1. A Self-Priming Pump for Solids Handling Service. sump via a vent hne. Once all the air has been exhausted How high can a self-priming pump from the system, the self-priming pump lift? The value published by the manu facturer we represent [Gorman-Rupp begins to operate like any other centrifu Company] is 7.6 metres of water, or 25 gal pump. It will do so even when the duty cycle is over-in our ex feet which is adequate for most applica tions. When selecting a self-primer, no ample, when the level in the "margin of safety" on the lift should be lift station wet well has been ATMOSPHEMC needed. If a pump is published as having lowered to the pump "off" a 7.6 metre capability, it will lift 7.6 me level. The control system tres. This is because Gorman-Rupp has tums the pump off, but this already stated the lift conservatively. does not mean all the liquid will drain from the pump and How does the pump work? How does a self-priming pump prime? suction line. There is a check Suppose we have a self-priming pump on valve in the pump casing. sewage lift station service that is about to When the pump stops, this 0 kPa valve closes,and prevents any be commissioned. The contractor has Absolute filled the pump casing with water (this is liquid falling back. Next cy only done at commissioning or after the cle, the pump does not have pump has been drained), and the signal to reprime, but starts pump 101 kPa ing immediately. to start the pump is given. The wet well is being acted on by at Where self-priming Absolute pumps are applied mospheric pressure. So the absolute pres Self-priming pumps are sure at the inlet to the suction pipe is ap used in sewage collection sys proximately 101 kPa (14.7 Psi). But in side the pump, a spinning impeller has tems, and treatment plants. They are also found in landfill sites. Water plants and distri Figure 2. How a Self-Priming Pump works during *John Brooks Pump Division bution systems make use of the Priming Cycle. Mississauga, Ontario 40
Environmental Science & Engineering, November 1998
By Richard Jacobs, P.Eng.* useful, whether that lift is from the clear
and minimum static head. The use of a
is a pump quantity and is obtained from
well or a reservoir.
spreadsheet/chart program,e.g. Microsoft Excel, takes some time initially, but the
the manufacturer's curve.
results are worth it.
from the duty point at the intersection of the pump curve and the system curve for new pipe and minimum static head. This will be at the maximum flow the pump
Why would I use a self-priming pump? Self-priming pumps have a number of benefits to offer the water/wastewater user;
• Self-priming pumps are capable of pumping from a sump, of lifting liquid without the aid of external priming de vices.
Next the pump curve can be added to the plot. In design, the desired flow is known, and it is customary to select a pump to give this flow at the maximum static head, and for old pipe. This be comes the operating point, which will be
• With self-priming pumps,pumping equip ment is not in the wet
well. Every major piece of the pumping station - pumps, driv
Once this has been done, read down
should ever attain. Ensure that at this flow, the NPSH available exceeds the NPSH
required by whatever margin is custom ary. Ifthis is done,the designer has taken a rational approach to prevent the pump from "mnning out" on its curve and cavitation will be unlikely. Checking reprime lift is straightfor ward. The distance between the centre
with its costs and
line of the pump suction connection and grade, and between grade and the pump "on" level are computed. They are added and compared to the published reprime hft. The reprime lift should be greater
potential hazards, is
than the sum ofthe other two dimensions.
If it is,the lift is acceptable, and the pump will prime. Vortexing is a condition which occurs when liquid level above the suction pipe inlet is inadequate. Air is drawn down into the liquid and enters the suction pipe. This condition is highly dependent on the velocity of the liquid as it enters the suc tion pipe. This is why many suction lines
ers, valves, controls -
is accessible for inspec tion and repair. •Confined space entiy,
• Self-priming pumps are quick and easy to maintain. The Gorman
Rupp "T" Series are the pumps used in the WBAO andWEFTEC
Self-Priming Pumps in Lift Station Service. Operations Challenge. The fastest teams are disassembling and achievable at some pump speed. Again, reassembling the pumps in four minutes. with a spreadsheet/chart program it is have a "bell" or increaser at their inlet; possible to lay in one speed from the velocity is decreased, and the required •Self-priming pumps are driven by stand ard horizontal electric motors. Standard manufacturer's curve, then produce height of liquid cover over the end of the curves for other speeds using the affinity suction pipe is reduced. The required liq motors are inexpensive to buy, are uni uid depth, or submergence, to prevent versally available and quickly rewound laws. Now the curves for NPSH available vortexing is given in a chart published by or replaced. and NPSH required can be added. The Gorman-Rupp, which is available on re Designing a system Designing a system with self-priming first is a characteristic of the system, and quest. For more information, pumps is similar to designing with other can be plotted as a function offlow(sam circle reply card No. 137 ple calculations available). The second kinds of pumps. The steps are: 1. Obtain a dimension drawing or sketch. 2. Plot the system curve(s). System Curves Old Pipe System Curves - New Pipe 3. Plot the pump curve. 4.CheckNPSH.
5. Check reprime lift. 6. Check for adequate submergence. Erom the dimension drawings, it should be possible to compute the maxi
CAPACITY CURVES 1750 RPM
mum and minimum static head. From
friction tables and the total equivalent length of the piping system, the friction
head as a function of flow can be calcu lated and added to the maximum and
NPSHA > NPSHR
minimum static head. The most popular formula for calculating friction is the Hazen & Williams equation, which in cludes a "roughness coefficient"(really a
at Maximum Flow
smoothness coefficient), for which val
ues are published for various types and ages of pipe. It is pmdent to plot curves for both old and new pipe, and maximum
Designing a System with Seif-Priming Pumps.
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Advanced Treatment Plant
Unique upgrade to sewage plant in Poweii River, British Coiumbia
The District of Powell River's
facility for sewage treatment was considered an eyesore by local residents and businesses
and was producing strong odours. The plant faced significant inflow and infil tration (I&I) challenges from the aging collection system and, like many other plants of the same age, was nearing its capacity. The original facility had been built in the early 1970s near the waterfront in Powell River to take advantage of the hillside topography of the town and al low for a primarily gravity based col lection system. This feature now cre ated a significant hurdle for the replace ment of the plant. One possible loca tion for a new plant was approximately 3 km away and at an elevation of 70 metre rise above the current end of the
Installation of drum screen during construction of Headworks building.
collect system. Hill, Murray and Associates, of Vic toria, BC, has designed and built a unique and affordable upgrade of the original plant that avoided the costs of new land acquisition and forcemain con struction associated with relocating the plant.
Photos courtesy Hill-Murray and ZENON Environmental.
The renamed Westview Water Rec
lamation Facility has an upgraded de sign flow of 1 US mgd(3800 m^)with a 2 X peaking factor. The facility provides tertiary quality wastewater treatment us ing a combination of technologies, in cluding a ZENON Environmental Inc.
patented ZenoGem™ Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) system, for the over 10,000 people of the community. The plant receives influent wastewater into the new Headworks building, built within the borders ofexisting prop erty. Trash is removed with two ML SCS 50 screw screens, supplied by ProAqua Engineering. Within the existing British Columbia Ministry of the Envi ronment regulations, there is an allow ance for the provision of a primary by pass of flows in excess of 2 x Dry Weather Elow, (ie. Flows associated with I&I) if the community agrees to
pacity drum screens, built by PRA Manufacturing of Nanaimo, BC, in a parallel channel to the MBR feed sys
In the tanks, two of the four treatment channels were fitted with ZenoCem™
to the main flow for MBR treatment
MBR systems during a live change over performed through the drier summer months. Each channel has a capacity to treat over 750,000 US gpd (2850 m'). Combined, this capacity equals two times dry weather flow. The Zeno Cem™ Membrane Bioreactor system combines biological treatment with hol
while filtrate is later blended with the
low fibre membrane ultrafiltration for
main plant's outflow. This mechanism for dealing with I&I flows has proven very cost-effective. The existing Process Control build ing was upgraded with a 600 volt, three phase electrical power supply system. The original facility's blowers were re
municipal wastewater treatment. The MBR system also includes full nitrifi
tem, to treat stormwater overflow dur
ing wet weather events. Panels with 37micron screens filter out suspended sol ids and reduce overall biochemical oxy gen demand from the filtrate. The con centrated reject water is directed back
cation and denitrification. In more con
ventional sewage treatment systems, solids retention time(SRT)and hydrau lic retention time(HRT)are linked.
The ZenoCem™ system decouples
gal blowers were installed to add extra capacity for the MBR process. The ex terior of the building was renovated to
the link by actively separating water with the membrane system, leaving the solids and pathogens behind. This proc ess can treat significantly more volume
wound and three new Lamson centrifu
match the new Headworks and Treat
of wastewater in the same size tank as a
ment buildings. The original concrete treatment tanks were seismically upgraded and enclosed by a new two-story building. The exte rior of the Treatment building has been designed to look like a 1920s style boat-
result of significantly reduced HRT. Typically, existing municipal treatment system's tankage may be upgraded to treat four times its original capacity. SRTs of over 50 days are normal as the
address the I&I issues over time. To
house to blend in with the waterfront
meet this requirement the plant was fit ted with two 1.5 US mgd (5700 m')ca-
location. Both the Treatment building and the Headworks building were con structed using prefabricated concrete panels from Advanced Building Sys
operates between 13,000 and 16,000 mg/L. Total sludge volume produced is also reduced significantly because of the long SRT, and odour is significantly re duced as the plant acts both in an aero bic treatment capacity as well as in an
Hill, Murray & Associates Inc. 42
tems Inc. of Kelowna, BC.
MESS concentration in the bioreactor
Environmental Science & Engineering, November 1998
By Trevor T. Hill, P.Eng.* aerobic digester capacity. Treated water is disinfected with UV radiation
from a Trojan Technologies Inc. unit before discharging to an ocean outfall. A dual channel, rotary sludge dewatering press from Fournier Industries Inc. of Black Lake, Quebec,is installed in a portion of the Headworks building. The Fournier press has some unique ability to press activated sludges to 2025% dryness. This equipment, com bined with biofilters for odour control, completes the total on-site treatment
collection system. The plant can be expanded to accom modate increased wastewater volumes
in the future when needed. Space for an additional trash auger and another drum screen has been included in the
number of years and the impact on the taxpayer is minimized. In addition, this increased capacity can be accommodated within the existing footprint negating any requirements for additional land. Hill-Murray's leadership in waste-
Headworks building. Two additional
water treatment and reclamation facili
MBR treatment channels can be built in
ties resulted in a 1997 Minister's Envi
the reserve tanks in the Treatment build
ronmental Award for its contribution to
ing. The "just-in-time" concept of fu ture upgrades means that capital costs for new equipment can be spread over a
the protection of BC's environment. For more information, circie repiy card No. 135
Treated water quality is produced at less than 5 mg/L BOD and TSS; turbid ity is less than 0.1 NTU while faecal col-
iform counts are less than 25 CFU per 100 mL. When stormwater overflow from the drum screens is blended with
this high-quality effluent, the quality of the combined flow continues to meet the
plant's secondary treatment requirement at all flows.
The project, representing the largest MBR plant of Its kind In Canada, has breathed new life Into the
old plant. A suite of proprietary software and technology called SMARlF'^ works in
concert with the programmable logic controller that operates the plant. The SMARV^ system, short for Systems Monitoring and Remote Telemetry, was developed by the Canadian Wastewater Corporation (CWC), a wholly-owned operations division of Hill-Murray. The system can monitor and control the op erations of the plant locally and re motely, allowing CWC to respond im mediately to control operating param
It's a dirty job and the OCPA has the effective new system to do it. The OGER (Oil/Grit Extraction
Reservoir) is an off-line oil and grit separator that removes sediment and free oil from urban stormwater. Oil and sediment are
separated before re-entry into the sewer system ot
eters, usually without a visit from a trained municipal operator. From breaking ground in November 1997, the upgraded plant was commis sioned in just eight months in July 1998. The project, representing the largest MBR plant of its kind in Canada, has
breathed new life into the old plant. With the MBR upgrade,this facility has
facility. Trapped oil and sediment can be removed
easily during regular maintenance.
Performance improves, saving considerable time and money. Get the OGER on your side. It's a giant advance in stormwater treatment.
the capacity to handle all flows from the
sewered areas of the District of Powell
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Combined Sewer Systems
Vortex valves for stormwater regulation: a classic solution to a recent dilemma
Stormwater flows have histori
When the flow exceeds the capacity of
cally been considered as harm
the VHV, the water level rises in the
Recent studies have
catch basin. This static water head will
shown that these flows cannot
create a throttling effect in the vortex valve, thus limiting the flow to the mu nicipal sewer. A central air core is cre ated in the orifice. This air core par tially blocks off this orifice, thus dimin ishing the discharged flowrate
be dismissed as easily. Chebbo (1992) and Marsalek et al,(1997) have shown that stormwater is a source of diffuse
pollution with a high source of sus pended solids(SS), adsorbed hydrocar bons(HC)and nutrient loads(N,P,etc.). All these factors influence the quality of the receiving body of water. Since 1994,the USEPAhas enforced
stringent new rules concerning storm
Furthermore,the volume of the catch
Figure 1. View ofthe Vertical Hydrove)^
basin is used as a retention chamber to
dampen the effect of the incoming run
the city's combined sewer pipe diameter could be a good solution if money and
water. Here,in Canada, the same move
inconvenience were not an issue.
toward legislation is being felt. Some municipalities require that stormwater flowrates are controlled and perhaps
• Separating the storm sewerfrom the combined sewer system. Likewise, the city could invest in separate storm sew ers, but again at a high cost. • Controlling the runoff entering the combined sewer. By controlling the flow of runoff waters actually accessing the combined sewer system, the flow con ditions in the sewer system can be lim ited to an acceptable maximum while the catch basin system is retaining the in coming surface runoff. This is the op tion that is used by many cities. Principle of the Vertical
even treated. This article covers the uti
lization of the Hydrovex® Vortex Valve (VHV)as a means to control and regu late stormwater flowrates.
Combined sewer design Combined sewers are designed to receive both sanitary flows and stormwater flows. As always, a com promise between efficiency and costs must be achieved. A pipe designed for a smaller flow will only be able to ad mit sanitary flows. On the other hand, an infinitely large pipe could receive all flows(combined and storm)but at a very substantial cost. Modern engineering practice dictates the design parameters for such a sewer to be both economi
cally feasible and able to transport com
Hydrovex® Valve The vortex flow regulator design is based on the fluid mechanics principle of the forced vortex. The operation of the regulator depends on the upstream head. Up to a certain static water head, the unit orifice will regulate the flow.
off waters in the combined sewer. Al
though the concept is quite simple, over 12 years of research have been carried out, and still continue, in order to fur
ther improve performance. A typical unit of the VHV is shown in Figure 1, whereas Figure 2 shows a typical in stallation of a VHV in a catch basin.
Made of long-lasting stainless steel, the VHV is easy to install. This device simply needs to be inserted in the outlet pipe of the manhole. Two rubber Orings ensure the stability and water tight ness of the installation. Orifice flow versus vortex flow
The efficiency of the vortex valve is better understood when comparing the hydraulic performances of orifice flow and vortex flow.
Orificeflow. For a given water head(H), only a given section of area(A )will let a given flowrate of water (Q) pass through, The value of A^ is calculated with Equation 1.
Whenever peak storm flows are encountered,the capacity of the ex isting sewer systems might be at tained.
where C^, is known as the coeffi cient of contraction. This coeffi
These excessive wet
cient is equal to 0.61 for most ap plications(Munson et al., 1990). Vortex Flow. These same general equations apply for a vortex flow
weather flow conditions created in
the sewer system may lead to hy draulic surcharge of the pipes and even flooding of house or industry basements. Finally, these sewers
in a vortex valve. As stated earlier,
will then overflow and soil the re
an air core is created at the centre
of the outlet orifice. This air core
Different alternatives can be en
John Meunier inc., Montreal 44
partially blocks off the orifice, thus
lowering the C^. This renders the total area of the
•Installing larger sewerpipes to ac cept the larger flows. Upgrading 'Regional Manager (Ontario and Maritimes), ^Project Engineer, ^Product Manager,
vortex valve orifice many times larger than the equivalent orifice, usually from four to six times larger. Table 1 shows the comparison for
Figure 2. Typicalinstallation ofa Vertical Hydrovex!^ an orifice for vortex and orifice flow. Valve.
It can easily be seen that the oriEnvironmental Science & Engineering, November 1998
By R. Rivet\ J. Cigana^, M.Couture^ fice of a vortex valve will never block
Compared performance of a VHV regulator and
in a stormwater application as it is al most eight inches in diameter. On the other hand, the opening of the orifice flow is only 1 5/8 inches in diameter. It is liable to be blocked by any small ele
an orifice plate of the same diameter 14
ment, i.e. leaves, dirt, wood, etc., that
might enter the storm sewer. Figure 3 shows graphically the dif ference in discharge between the orifice eter. It can be seen from this figure that for a constant head(H)the vortex flow regulator will discharge 4-6 times less flowrate than a orifice plate with the
. h (ft) VHV
. h (ft) orifice
TI «3 a>
flow and the vortex flow of same diam
4 2 0
Examples of application • New developments. A new urban de
velopment is proposed in a municipal ity. The new storm sewers will dis
Figure 3. Flow Curve of VHV versus Orifice Plate ofsame diameter.
charge into a larger interceptor carrying combined sewers. The addition of this
new neighborhood would flood the in terceptor. How can the municipality achieve this development without com
promising water quality by raw sewage overflowing into the river? The municipality
the downstream interceptor. •Parking lots. Parking lots are a prime source of urban runoff because of the
cates the volume of water that is stored
large impervious surfaces they cover.
in a round manhole of 36 inches. This
Table 1. Comparison of vortex and orifice flow
volume remains in the man
for Q=0.2 cfs and H=8 ft.
hole and thus creates capacity in the sewer system.
Orifice Flow (C^ =0.61)
Vortex Flow (C^ = 0.17)
Diameter = 1 5/8 inches
Diameter = 7 3/4 inches
decided to install Vertical
Hydrovex® Valves in the out let pipe of new and existing catch basins.
to retain stormwater directly in the man hole of the parking lot. Table 3 indi
Possible maintenance to clean and maintenance
Little to no maintenance
This dramatically reduced flowrates entering the inter ceptor. Table 2 shows the impact of re stricting the incoming stormwater
Vertical Hydrovex® valves have shown, over the years, their efficiency in controlling stormwater flows. Moreover,
These storm sewers very quickly receive the full volume of rain falling upon the
their precision and sturdiness have been proven many times over. Stringent stormwater legislation has
flowrates to the combined sewer. This
parking lot. Once this rain has reached
made this device an economical alter
city, like many other municipalities, now has an ordinance specifying the degree offlow control to be performed for every new development. This way, runoff from new developments does not flood
the storm sewer it then,just as quickly, reaches the interceptor where it might contribute to its flooding and overflow ing of raw sewage. The alternative that is preferred by many municipalities is
native to the rehabilitation of sewers,es
Table 2. Effect of the installation of 22 Hydrovex® VHV Regulators in a typical city.
I\ion Controlled Storm Flow
VHV Controlled Storm Flow
%0f Flow Reduction
22 CB @ 2.5 CFS
22 VHV @ 0.2 CFS
max. per Catch Basin
max. per VHV unit
pecially in the case of new developments and parking lots. References available. For more information,
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Table 3. Volume of water retained in function of the water head Manhole Diameter
Volume of water retained in the manhole
42 cu.ft. 49 cu.ft.
New environmental trade show On April 7 & 8, ES&E will launch a trade show in conjunction with its long established Environmental Compliance Workshops. ES&E has hosted the highly successful compliance workshops for over five years. See our ad on page 73. Environmental Science & Engineering, November 1998
Report by Steve Davey
Sun shone on 16,677 delegates at WEFTEC
Orlando,Florida,thetheme park capitalofthe world, provided an excellent opportunity for delegates to combine the learning and networking opportuni
ties of WEFTEC, with unmatched entertainment
opportunities for accompanying families. Some 16,677 delegates attended the 1998 Water Environ ment Federation Conference and Exposition in Orlando, where the weather was unsurprisingly perfect. Conference organizers put together the much appreciated "WEFTEC for Families" program. This two part event, had children touring the tradeshow, and learning from an interac tive display, which showed each step of the wastewater col lection and treatment process. Reserving Universal Studios for an evening gave delegates and families a unique opportunity to experience this spec tacular attraction, with only a fraction of the usual crowds. For one evening at least, many were able to forget middle age and relive some of the excitement of their younger years. Those who attended will not soon forget the experience of such rides as "Back to the Future, Jaws, Kongfrontation, Twister, Earthquake and Terminator 3D". Financial Status
Coming back from the future to reality, WEE directors faced a prodigious array of tough decisions at two lengthy board meetings.
Left to right: Geordie Gauid, Barry Orr, Mike Wemyss, and Gary Burrows of the winning 'Royal Flush'team . ZeeWeed membranes directly into an existing aeration tank or clarifier. The ZenoGem process achieves better than terti ary treatment effluent quality in a single step and can be adapted to meet low BOD, COD, nitrogen, and phosphorus effluent requirements. The Innovative Technology Awards recognize products or services that use new ideas, methods, alterations or unique changes from existing systems in four categories: collection systems,instrumentation, process equipment,and solids han dling and disposal. London team wins Division 2 in Operations Challenge The City of London's 'Royal Flush' beat twenty-six other teams to capture first place overall in the Division 2 category
of WEF's annual Operations Challenge. The City of Toron to's 'Highlanders'came 5th overall in the Division 1 competi tion, in which eleven teams competed. The hands-on competition consisted of five events (proc ess control, laboratory, maintenance, safety, and collection systems), each designed to test the diverse skills required for the operation and maintenance of wastewater treatment fa cilities, their collection systems, and laboratories. BCWWA member chosen as new treasurer
ES&E President Steve Davey and family were among the 20,000 peopie who enjoyed the evening at Universai Studios organized by WEE.
After much discussion,the Board approved a$19,938,300.00 (US)budgetfor the upcoming year. Expenses of$19,741,100.00 will allow a Commitment to Reserves of $195,000.00. The Federation's reserve fund now stands at over five million dol
lars, which is in keeping with US government guidelines. ZENON wins top water quality award ZENON Environmental Systems won a WEE Innovative Technology Award in the Process Category. They have used membrane technologies to develop a hol low fibre microfiltration membrane, which allows for cost-
effective upgrading of conventional wastewater treatment plants. Any existing wastewater treatment plant can be up graded at low cost into a ZenoGemÂŽ process by lowering the 46
Prad Khare, BC Ministry of the Environment, took over as WEE Treasurer at WEFTEC'98. Prad has served for many
years on the executive of the BCWWA and this new appoint ment is testimony to a job well done. Canadian to serve on WEE Committee
Rhonda Harris, the new WEE president, has invited Peter Nicol of CG&S to serve on the Constitution & Bylaws Man agement Committee. Together with the City of Winnipeg's Bill Borlase, Peter organized the highly successful Great Canadian Icebreaker, which attracted over 250 people to a unique night spot called Blazing Pianos. An annual event held before the start of WEFTEC,the Icebreaker event gives Canadian attendees the chance to meet and network with colleagues from home. Steve Davey is President ofES&E, a Director of the Water Environment Federation, and a Past President of the Water Environment Association of Ontario. Environmental Science & Engineering, November 1998
Has Europe failed its forests? the amount of protected forest area, the standards of production and the national environmental, social and cultural poli cies applied to forests. Some 90 questions ranging from the quality of each country's data to the qual ity of forestry management training and education were posed. The UK is fourth from the bottom for forestry manage ment among European countries. "The UK has virtually no natural for ests left, and some ecosystem types have entirely disappeared. Forest cover is low and most British 'forests' are actually plantations. Despite widespread forest loss, only 2.5 percent of the remaining area is under strict protection," says the WWF report. "Britain also has the worst score in
This beautiful scene was shot in Scotland where only 1% of the old growth Caledo nian forest remains. Photo - Kathleen Carlgnan
Old-growth forests have
almost disappeared from Europe. They now amount to less than two percent of
tered patches. In one WWF project, its staff sur veyed forests in 15 countries. The cri teria they used were levels of pollution.
Europe for pollution, measured by an nual per-capita emissions of carbon di oxide, sulphur, nitrogen and volatile or ganic compounds," says the WWF. Spain, Belgium and Denmark scored worse than the UK for forestry manage ment. ❖
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forest has been replaced by commercial plantations of single types of tree, often fast-growing conifers. The loss of traditional habitat has undermined
native plant and animal populations. Director-general of the Worldwide
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"With rare exceptions like Finland, they have done little to deliver on those promises. Indeed, Europe's ministries of forestry do not even have the means of measuring how badly they are doing," he stressed.
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tiple accreditations from different sources. All that is required is a scope extension under the existing PALCAN
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tation track record, while CAEAL is a
for this type of lab has been carried out in partnership with the Canadian Asso ciation for Environmental Analytical Laboratories (CAEAL). Accreditation is a means of providing peace of mind
to customers - and ultimately, to any one who values a healthy environment.
voluntary non-profit association of pri vate sector and government labs and individuals interested in environmental
analysis. Under their partnership agree ment, the Standards Council grants ac creditation based on lab audits and pro ficiency testing carried out by CAEAL. About half of CAEAL's 190 mem
done, in conjunction with its partners, enables us to deal with one agency for all our accreditation requirements," says Don Enns,president of Cantest Labora
ber labs have already been accredited or are in the process of accreditation, and 165 are participating in proficiency test ing. Environmental labs represent about 40 percent of all labs accredited by the
"What the Standards Council has
PALCAN accredits laboratories un
dertaking a broad variety of tests. As a result, environmental analytical labs can diversify their activities-into pesticide residue testing or milk analysis, for instance - without having to seek mul
ber labs provide assessors for site au dits as volunteers. This means very ef ficient assessment and very high qual ity at a low cost. Fees for the assess ments have been going down for the last three years." PALCAlN accreditation is based upon the predominant intemational laboratory accreditation guide,ISO/IEC Guide 25, General Requirementsfor the Compe tence of Calibration and Testing Labo ratories. This enables the Standards
Council to conclude mutual recognition agreements with other accreditation bodies worldwide,including US organi zations like the American Association
for Laboratory Accreditation and the National Institute for Standards and
Technology. These agreements give accredited labs heightened acceptance in other countries. Cantest,for instance,
Rick Wilson, executive director of
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CAEAL, says that: "The amount of laboratory work that is requiring ac creditation is increasing, and participa tion by our members in accreditation procedures is going up. CAEAL mem-
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By Peter R. Matson, B.A., C.A.I.B.
Liability insurance statistics contain some surprising numbers for engineers
Some profes ionals, including
design professionals, whether they provide architectural, en gineering or environmental
services, feel there are few claims in
general brought against their profession. They also believe there are fewer claims that could be classified as substantial or serious in nature. Whilst there are no statistics avail
able in Canada which provide an over view of liability claims against design professionals, individual insurer analy sis can provide valuable insight into general trends and analysis of relative risk by discipline and project type. One such study completed by DPIC Com panies Inc. whose Canadian Head
ties and hotels. Lower risk projects in clude colleges and universities, road and highways and commercial/industrial projects. Of course, when analyzing risk, in addition to discipline and project type, one should consider other deter minates ofrisk including client selection, contractor selection, scope of services, contract language, professional expertise and staff training, to name a few. Other interesting data emanating from our analysis are the common or most frequent sources of law-suits against design professionals and the
Bodily injury claims account for less than 10% of total claims dollars paid as evidenced by this study. A study released by ECS/Reliance noted that environmental claims are gen erally infrequent due to a number of rea sons. Generally these are: 1. Many types of environmental projects are so closely regulated that the system requires numerous reviews of a consult ant's work before it is accepted. This results in what some environmental con
sultants have called "continuous peer review".
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The discovery of environmental impairment may not surface quickly. This is particularly true when compared to design
esting data and, at the very least, a gen
errors which occur in the
2. Environmental professionals are risk managers by virtue of their profession. They are engaged in a risky business and generally know how to handle risk. 3. Contract forms used by environmen tal professionals more often than not
contain risk allocation clauses and me
eral indication of the historic causes of
claims, brought against design profes sionals.
In their study, DPIC measured rela tive risk by discipline and project type where fee dollars were compared to paid claims dollars. This methodology was used because every dollar of fee repre sents a unit of risk exposure. One might argue that this relative analysis is not completely empirical in nature but it does provide "food for thought" when studying this area of claims activity. Consider the following: • Structural engineers are more apt than other design professionals to experience
diation clauses which tend to discour
types of damages most likely to result. Perhaps not surprisingly, owners and or
age broad-based claims. 4. The laws which may apply are new
clients account for over 50% of all
and case law is limited.
claims brought against design profes sionals which in turn generate over 58% of claims dollars paid in total. Third parties account for approxi mately 25% of lawsuits whilst contrac tors (including sub-contractors) gener
5. The discovery of environmental im pairment may not surface quickly. This is particularly true when compared to design errors which occur in the design professions. 6. The environmental industry is rela tively new. The more direct exposures resulting from a pollution type project or study to Continued overleaf
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New VWRbrand Solutions
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Stormceptor is a poiiution prevention device that efficiently removes oil and sediment from stormwater, and pre vents nonpolnt-source pollution from reaching our waterways. Storm ceptor is unique in the market be cause it will not release trapped pol lutants between servicing, even In periods of peak water flow. It Is preenglneered for traffic loading and can be used In a wide variety of applica tions. There are currentiy more than 2,000 units in place throughout North America. Stormceptor Canada Inc. Circle reply card No. 183
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Storage and containment systems RTS/Canbar, an ISO 9002 facility, specializes in rote mouided poiyethylene products. Full time engineer ing staff, state-of-the-art equipment, and a fuli fabrication facility provide the products and service for buik storage and distribution of liquids and powders. Vertical storage tanks, open top tanks, containment tanks, Intermediate Bulk Containers(IBGs), and custom products provide the solutions. RTS/Canbar Inc.
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Specification (100-97) lor Comigated PotyetbTleiis(PE) Pipe For Stonn Sewer l^licstioas Sroigtil to ycu by tlK CPCA. a iW'protii jnCisky tiÂť4i asuctaikir OKkots)to uRCiiMf. n^vniea ntwmiiot abnti iv oa: a\]
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use in storm sewer
specification for pipe
applications The Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe Association (CPPA) has issued the new specification: CPPA Standard Specification for Corrugated Poiyethylene Pipe for Storm Sewer Ap plications. This specification covers requirements and test methods for corrugated polyethylene pipe and fit tings in nominal diameters of 75mm to 1500mm (3" to 60") with either a smooth or corrugated interior. This specification provides for soil tight, silt tight, and watertight joints. CPPA Circle reply card No. 186
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use in storm and
sanitary sewer applications The Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe Association (CPPA) has Issued two new specifications: CPPA Standard Specification for Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe for Storm Drainage Appii cations and CPPA Standard
Specification for Corrugated Poiyethyiene Pipe for Sanitary Sewer Appiications. Copies are available from the CPPA. CPPA
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Literature Review For information on advertising in this section call ES&E at(905)727-4666. Water chlorination becomes easier and safer
Influent Cleaning System The BioGuard Influent Gleaning Sys tem is a combination of three unique
water is treated with chlorine as the
the suspended soiids from a wastewater treatment piant's incoming stream, separates the organic materiai from the trash, and returns the bioiogicai matter to the piant flow, while it simuitaneousiy dewaters the
preferred method of sanitizing and disinfecting. With such widespread use, it is important that the method of chlorination be easy and safe. PPG industries, inc. has managed to do both with its calcium hypochiorite chlorinating system. The inno vative system, consisting of a pat
accumulated trash. The BioGuard
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System is completely dosed,to mini mize odours and insect problems, and protect operating personnel from exposure to wastes containing pathogenic organisms. Parkson Circle reply card No. 188
Centrifuges of Industrial waste water
Responsible waste management
Westfaiia decanter centrifuges are
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99.9999% at its two rotary incinera tors which have a 43,000 tonne an nual capacity. Upon approval, waste is transported from your site, in spected and sampled to verify con formance and treated according to physical and chemical characteris
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for conformance to end disposal cri teria. Bovar Waste Management Circle reply card No. 191
COj Water Treatment Systems
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SERVICE GUIDE PUMPS• MIXERS•CONTROLS
Do you have a water-handling appli cation? if so, Fiygt has the pumps, mixers and expertise to get the job done. Whether it be for municipal, industrial, mining or construction site applications, this guide will give you a quick overview of our main product lines.
Extensive documentation is
available for each series including 03000 pumps; BIG -i- BLUE pumps; mixers/agitators; BiBO pumps; cast iron pumps; ready pumps;5500 slurry pumps; Stainless steel pumps; gen erator sets; controls; station equip ment; rentals; parts and service; en gineering support. ITT Flygt Circle reply card No. 194
Insituform Technologies specializes in rehabilitating pressure and grav ity pipes which are underground, submerged or located in hard-toreach places. Using our advanced technologies, we repair pipes from the inside, in most cases without man-entry or excavation. Our solu tions, which are proven nondlsruptlve and cost-effective, address many of your most serious pipe problems. Insituform Technologies Circle reply card No. 193
Quality pumping systems
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alternative to chlorine gas cylinders and sodium hypochiorite.
contact surfaces and tungsten car bide hard surfacing for reliable, longterm operation and low maintenance. The units feature fully enclosed de sign for complete process contain ment and low operator exposure. The patented high torque 2-gear drive and Hy-fiex bearings allow for the highest "G"s and the driest soi
ented chiorinator and tablets, is an
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Centrifuges for Industrial for the treatment
Today, 98 percent of US drinking
mechanicai devices which removes
lUBHiensiBLE SEWACE PUMPING \
Gorman-Rupp has been manufactur ing pumps since 1933. The seifpriming centrifugal T Series pumps were introduced nearly 35 years ago. Now, the same quality can be found in a complete line of submersible pumps. The J Series submersible pumps come in 3" to 12" discharge sizes, capacities to 9500 gpm, heads to 265 feet, and from 6.2 to 174 hp. These pumps are designed specifi cally for sewage handling. Gorman-Rupp of Canada Circle reply card No. 195
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Product and Service Showcase Petrolatum tape
New metering pump
Niton 700 series multi
element spectrum analyzer Niton 700 series XRF multi-ele
ment analyzers meet the demand
The beta pump from ProMinent is a newly developed solenoid metering pump which features the latest electronic technology. The beta is available in two
Denso has introduced an innovative pet rolatum tape, Color Tape, a product that does not require initial primer applica tion, and is UV stable. This product is ideal for above ground applications. To enhance appeal, it is manufactured in a variety of colours, including white, grey and blue, and provides long-term corro sion protection to above and below ground pipes, flanges, valves and related
pacities up to 20 1/h for the beta/4a and 32 1/h for the beta/5a, at pressures up to 253 psig. A triple LED display indicates pump status in a traffic light fashion. Two adjustment knobs easily set stroke length and stroke frequency.
steel surfaces. Denso North America
ProMinent Fluid Controls
versions: beta/4a and beta/5a, with ca
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Chemical Storage Tanks
PlantPRO™ Trash Pumps
ing requirements of a wide variety of applications industrial hygiene, site assessment, site remediation,
and compliance testing. Choose from a variety of instru ments that determine metal contaminant
concentrations with lab-like precision in the field. Analyze up to 25 elements in cluding all eight RCRA metals in less than two minutes. Levitt-Instruments
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Environmental Management Software
Plastics Canada,a division ofPepco Ltd., is the first company in Canada able to
Envista Technologies is a scientific soft ware company with products to address
offer the coveted Underwriters Labora
the issues ofenvironmental management. The Envista product provides managers, geoscientists and engineers with a pow erful tool for maintaining and tracking
tories Inc. (UL) certification for crosslinked polyethylene above ground tanks, to be used for the bulk storage of chemi
more than two years of testing to dem onstrate the structural integrity and chemical compatibility of the tanks.
PlantPRO™ Trash Pumps offer high quality, premium performance at a price that won't bust your budget! All of our pumps are made of heavy duty cast aluminum with cast iron replaceable wear parts. Both 3" and 4" models are avail
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regulatory compliance as well as envi ronmental and geosciences information. Envista creates a corporate data standard and ensures that data is complete and consistent. Envista Technologies Circle reply card No. 205
Water & wastewater services
cals. The UL certification comes after
treatment The Bioclear® wastewater treat
ment plant offers SBR technology to communities
The MTS large-scale eductor technology with two-phase jet nozzles supplies at mospheric oxygen to biological effluent treatment processes. Over 750 systems are installed worldwide for biological wastewater treatment, equalization and aerobic digestion, and industrial mixing applications. Benefits include greater oxygenation capacity, reduced energy costs, superior mixing,independent con trol of oxygen transfer and mixing and reduced VOC emissions.
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people (or 9,000 to 250,000 gpd). Below-ground construction
makes the plant practically invisible, reduces odours, and is ideal for remote, cold weather loca
tions. High quality effluent can be re used for fire protection and irrigation. Waterlink/Bioclear Technology Circle reply card No. 207
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r\Ontario Clean Water Agency Agence Ontarienne Des Eaux
The Ontario Clean Water Agency is in business to provide reliable and costeffective water and wastewater services.
OCWA currently operates more than 400 facilities in Ontario, making it the larg est operator of water and wastewater services in Canada. We are the industry
leader in project management,infrastruc ture development, the formation of pub lic/private partnerships, and above all, operations and maintenance. For more information, call 1-800-667-OCWA, or visit our Website at: www.ocwa.com OCWA
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Product and Service Showcase Used oil storage
TEI7TCQRÂŽ Aluminum Domes
Self-contained water treatment units
For more than thirty years Temcor has been competitively producing aluminum
Myers Waste Oil Storage system is an above-ground contained tank system en gineered to provide long-term safe and reliable storage of used oil and other en vironmentally hazardous petroleum prod ucts. The Myers system was the first ULC listed system in the marketplace. As a result of continued development,it now includes a complete line of products that provide ideal storage solutions for just about any industrial application. King Metal Fabricators Circle reply card No. 209
Domes, Roofs and Covers for Potable
Water and Wastewater applications in a wide variety of climates, successfully protecting your investment against the elements. Temcor's all aluminum prod ucts are lightweight, corrosion resistant, and maintenance free which translates to
longer life and lower maintenance costs. Aluminum doesn't rust like steel, doesn't
Ecodyne Monoplants are pre-assembled into self-contained water treatment units
easily transported and quickly installed. Standard sizes treat from 20 gpm to 500 gpm. Each Monoplant contains clarifi
spall like concrete and doesn't degrade with ultraviolet light like fibreglass. Greatario Engineered Storage Systems Circle reply card No. 210
cation, filtration, chemical feed and grav
Ultrasonic Flow Meter
Oily Water Pump
American Sigma recently expanded its impressive line-up of flow meters with the Sigma 970 Permanent Ultrasonic Flow Meter. Highly accurate and reli able,the 970 flow meter is so easy to pro gram it can be done without a manual. The large visual display allows the user to easily determine the system's current
The TECHNO-SELECT oil-water sepa
tory in graphical format.
The Megator Sliding Shoe Pump is an extremely versatile positive displacement pump for environmental, marine, mining and industrial applications. The pump is self-priming, can operate under dry suc tion and can handle liquids of any vis cosity to a maximum at which pumping is economically feasible. This unique pumping design offers extremely low emulsification of oily/water mixtures.
Can-Am Instruments Ltd.
Nortech GSI Inc.
ced plates. Nortech GSI Inc. Circle reply card No. 214
status or review a user defined flow his
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Concrete Pipe Design Manual
ity backwash systems. Effluent turbid ity is less than 1 JTU. Ecodyne Limited Circle reply card No. 211
rator uses a unique and reliable differen tial gravity valve to ensure maintenancefree disposal of separated oils without any trace of water. In most applications, ef fluents under 10 ppm are produced. Made of polypropylene or carbon steel, this OWS handles flow rates from 5 to
5,000 GPM. It offers a solid 30-year warranty on the OWS body and coales
Washing and pressing of screenings A
The new updated version is available now from the OCPA. This indispensable manual offers the most current
information on the design, manufacture, application and installation of precast concrete drainage systems. Get your FREE copy and read all about it!
concrete pipe Gssoclofion of a lifetime
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The Model 400 UV Absorption Ozone Analyzer from Advanced Pollution In strumentation(API)measures low ranges (0-100 ppb to 0-10 ppm) of ozone in ambient air. Through a valve switching mechanism, which every four seconds alternates measurement between sample stream and a sample scrubbed for ozone, an unbiased True Ozone reading is ob tained. Nortech GSI Inc.
With the Hydropress HPSFW Wash Press,the volume and mass of screenings are reduced, as are waste-handling costs. Odours are controlled and hygiene is improved in the screening area. The HPSFW has an additional axial bearing to absorb the pressing forces which pre vents bearing damage in the gear. Water is injected through the screwshaft which guarantees optimal washing results. Dagex Inc. Circle reply card No. 217
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Product and Service Showcase A reliable and simple sampler
Above Ground Tanks
Clemmer Technologies Inc. manufac tures and markets fiberglass tanks from premium resins in both single and dou ble wall construction featuring:
Clemmer's above ground Vac-U-Test® tanks offer the ultimate in leak protection. Clemmer provides 24 hour remote moni toring ofthese steel, horizontal tanks with
American Sigma has introduced the 900 Lite Auto
matic Sampler to serve the most ba
sic sampling re quirements. It >
combines the reli
ability of today's samplers with the simplified operation of past samplers. Representative samples are guaranteed with Sigma's proven peristaltic pump design. Choose a com pact or standard size base with the same controller to fit your bottle size and space requirements. This sampler is so easy to operate, you just buy it and use it. Can-Am Instruments
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PCB disposal TCI's
• Above ground horizontal and vertical configurations. • Underground models to ULC S615 or customer specifications.
• Custom designed to meet specific re quirements. Call one of Clemmer's in dustry experts to help you with your stor age solution. Clemmer Technologies Circle reply card No. 219
an audible/visible alarm. Double wall con
struction eliminates the need for expen sive dyking systems. All Vac-U-Test® tanks are shipped under full vacuum en suring the integrity ofthe primary and sec ondary tanks- your leak protection starts as soon the tank arrives on your job site! Clemmer Technologies Circle reply card No. 220
Above ground storage
Drip-free dry disconnect hose coupling assembiy
The H Seal above ground horizontal dou ble-wall storage tank is certified by the
drip-free dry disconnect hose coupling assembly for safer, cleaner and faster transfer of process fluids. The Dry Link™ assembly eliminates exposure to
(askarel) process provides segre gated 20,000 sq. ft. building with steel-lined inte
signed four-story Victaulic has introduced the world's first
degreaser which accommodates
any size transformer or PCB article; con
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tinually recyled, non-ozone depleting solvent and regenerative, two-stage car bon filtration system; core/coil chopping process and four-stage bathing system
(ULC S-601 Primary - vacuum monitor ing available) and (ULC S-653 Second ary contained system). The H Seal tanks
toxic chemicals, hazardous fluids and
can hold from 1,000 - 90,000 litres. Cus
nects can leak as much as 15 cc of fluid
which cleans metals to non-detectable
tom sizes and coatings are also available, as are tank mounting fueling systems.
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after each transfer, requiring catch con tainers and time-consuming cleanup. Victaulic Company of Canada Circle reply card No. 223
TOP for self-cleaning pump
Leachate pump with 5-year
levels. TCI Inc.
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their fumes. Conventional dry discon
The new TOP in
corporates a unique sump floor design, with hydraulically optimized pump discharge connec
Professional liability Security Insurance stafffocus entirely on professional liability claims. These hands-on professionals know the crucial liability issues facing environmental firms, and they continue to lead the in dustry in using altemative dispute reso lution techniques to resolve claims. Standard policies feature: No pollution exclusion; coverage for asbestos expo sure;coverage for site remediation work; and worldwide coverage. Security Insurance Co. of Hartford Circle reply card No. 224
tions, to eliminate "dead zones" and
promote controlled fluid flow while pumping. TOP is available as a stand ardized, prefabricated component to sim
plify construction of new or retrofit pump stations. Either way, the convergent de sign of the sump floor, reduces residual
The industry's first controllerless pneu matic leachate pump, the AP-4 AutoPump, now has a market-leading 5-Year Warranty. The AP-4 was the first controllerless pneumatic pump used on a landfill back in 1988. It allows fluid extraction in wells with I.D.'s as small as
solids are collected beneath the pumps suctions, ready to be pumped away.
4", handles flow rates as high as 16 GPM, and depths over 300 feet. The pumps are "timer free" resulting in less training and
ITT Flygt Canada
site visits. Nortech GSI Inc.
fluid volume and ensures that retained
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Noise & Vibration Control
Assessing and controlling environmental noise and vibration
Environmentalnoise and vibra
tion are of particular concern when industrial facilities are
located in close proximity to sensitive land uses such as residential
developments. When planning new plants or processes, it is often wise to consider the potential impact of noise and vibration at your neighbours' prop erty. These are issues which can be a source of considerable annoyance and complaints. In many states and provinces, guide lines for acceptable impacts have been developed, either by government or through industry standards. For exam ple, the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board(ABUB)has developed industry guidelines in that province. In Ontario,
the assessment of noise and vibration is covered in the Environmental Protection
Act. The Ministry of the Environment (MOE)requires assessment through the process of obtaining a Certificate of Approval under Section 9 of that Act. It is the responsibility of the industry to adhere to these guidelines with regard to impacts at any nearby residences or residentially zoned lands, even if they are presently vacant. If developers wish
Anechoic test chamber.
• Manufacturing facilities • Quarries or gravel pits • Pile driving • Oil and gas pipeline compressor stations
• Stamping plants, foundries or forges • Grain driers or feed mills
to re-zone lands near sources of noise
• Rail sorting yards • Concrete and asphalt plants
and vibration to a residential use, it is
• Landfill sites and transfer stations
their responsibility to ensure that suffi cient levels of mitigation are provided. This may include providing controls at the source (noise mitigation hardware
• Power generation and co-generation
such as silencers, mufflers and enclo sures)as well as at the residences(berms,
barrier walls, building construction). Generally, the authorities suggest a preventative approach, ensuring that environmental conflicts are identified
and minimized at the earliest possible stage of an industrial expansion or a resi dential development proposal. The MOE provides noise pollution control (NFC) documents which contain crite ria for allowable levels of noise and vi
bration and guidelines for assessment and control. Sources of Noise and Vibration
Typical sources of environmental noise and vibration include:
• Road, rail and air traffic
• Subways and streetcars *HGC Engineering 62
Assessment and Control
• Industrial fans and dust collectors
• Electrical transformer stations
• Scrap metal yards • Rifle or artillery ranges Monitoring When determining the feasibility of a new project, monitoring of environ mental noise and vibration is often per formed to determine the existing acous tical environment (the ambient). Ac ceptability criteria are often based on the levels of ambient noise which exist at a
receptor before the construction of a new process or facility. If complaint situations arise with ex isting equipment, an investigation in cluding a site visit and monitoring is generally a good first step towards reso lution. An experienced noise and vibra tion engineering consultant will advise if the criteria are exceeded and provide recommendations and specifications for any control measures which may be ap propriate.
For planned industrial sources near residences or planned residential devel opments near industrial sources of noise and vibration, the criteria can be fairly restrictive. People have a lower toler ance for particular identifiable station ary sources of noise than for noise from road traffic which they tend to accept as a necessary byproduct of our mobile so ciety. In these cases, the authorities rec ommend a cooperative approach be tween the developer and the industry to investigate means of control. In many cases, source controls such as exhaust fans and process ventilation may be less expensive than extensive attenuation measures within the devel
opment. The identification and imple mentation of proper control measures at the planning stage can significantly re duce both costs and conflicts in the long term.
Sound Intensity Probe for Accurate Sound Power Measurements
Sound intensity measurement tech niques utilize a sound intensity probe and real time spectral analysis which provides a number of advantages over traditional pressure measurement tech niques. Traditional methods require that the source be located in an expensive anechoic test chamber to eliminate re verberation and interference from other
sources. This is impractical for large permanent structures and equipment
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By Bill Gastmeier, MASc., P.Eng.* such as large engines which must be operated in situ. The sound intensity probe has two phase matched microphones to measure both sound pressure and velocity. Ori enting the probe geometrically around an object can effectively eliminate out side interference. This unique measur ing technique allows engineering grade accuracy for measurements performed in the field to the latest ISO, ANSI and
EEC standards. Accurate sound power determination is effective in solving noise problems and designing effective mitigation measures. Advanced Acoustical Modelling Techniques In spaces where sound quality is de sired or out ofdoors over large distances, sophisticated modelling of sound propa gation from the source to receptor is re quired. Modelling in a room requires mathematical ray tracing analysis and reverberation calculations which depend on volume, shape and the acoustical characteristics of the surfaces.
Sound passing between spaces is de termined by modelling the complex sound transmission characteristics of the
demising partitions. Acoustical proper ties of materials are determined through measurements following ASTM and ISO standards. A software package has been developed that can model transmis sion losses of several layers of material. This has been essential in the design of constructions for residential housing units and noise attenuating enclosures, materials and lagging systems for indus trial equipment and piping. With regard to propagation in the out-
Sound intensity measurements being taken of an industrial ventilation exhaust. door environment, such factors as hemi the case of extremely sensitive spaces spherical spreading, ground and air ab such as research establishments, by sorption, effects of barriers and struc floating entire buildings on resilient iso tures and meteorological conditions lation systems. must all be considered. HGC have de Gas turbine engine exhaust systems veloped an in-house software package may be controlled through the use of which combines all these elements us large absorptive silencers. Ventilation ing various propagation models. equipment and process exhausts are con Design of Effective Noise and trolled by using reactive or absorptive Vibration Control Measures
The measurements and modelling identify the significant sources and the required mitigation performance. Air borne noise sources are often control
led with enclosures or lagging systems. Outdoor propagation can be controlled through berms/barrier walls and build ing facade components. Ground bom vibration is controlled through founda tion design, equipment isolation and,in
silencers or mufflers. Vibration isola
tion can be implemented for machines, equipment or entire buildings. HGC Engineering have developed an integrated approach to noise and vibra tion assessment and control which pin points the source, models the path of transmission and identifies the most ef
fective and efficient mitigation tech niques. For more information, circle reply card No. 156 Announcment David Laskin, President ofTOi Inc.
is pleased to announce Paul Hebert as Vice President of Business De
velopment. Paul has been involved in the environmental business for
seventeen years and for the past ten years has worked with clients requir ing PCB remediation and disposal options. Paul will focus on market devel
opment for TGI's new PCB treatment and metal recycling facility in Kirkiand Lake, Ontario. When asked about his new role with TGI, Paul re
plied, "It is a pleasure to be associ ated with such an energetic and pro gressive team." Contact Paul Hebert at Tei:(450) 458-1903, Fax:(450) 458-2760. Ray Tracing Analysis. Environmental Science & Engineering, November 1998
By Tony Edmonds, C.Chem.
Iodine In municipal drinking water treatment- useful tool or a curiosity?
Iodinein solution asiodine(O),that is as elemental iodine, has been an
accepted water disinfectant for many years. Iodine can be added by using a pre-prepared saturated iodine solution or by addition of chlorine to water previously dosed with iodide salts. Effectively treating potentially contami
taste objection to iodine use. Also, the equipment used in the above locations for iodine addition appeared simple,ro bust, easy to control and only of modest cost. However, in all the above loca
numerically quantifiable performance related parameter. Since mains which are overgrown and partly blocked by deposits show greater resistance to water flow, hydraulic resistance meas
tions, all the water supplied was iodi-
urement was selected as the parameter
nated from a set start date. In this type of situation, direct comparisons of sys
nated brackish water in field conditions
tem behaviour with and without iodine
range for suitable health protection
by "hypoiodide" pill addition is well known to the public and extensively tested and proven by the military. US parks and many small private well sources routinely use iodine as the main
are difficult to separate from other changes due to factors such as seasonal water composition changes. Since the potential for cost savings was so large,the Ontario Ministry of the Environment(MOE)took the initiative to investigate the effectiveness ofiodine for distribution system rehabilitation. To do a valid investigation required the owners of a distribution system as a part ner for MOE. Tay Township kindly vol unteered in 1996 to provide the Port McNicoll distribution system as test area for the iodine application; this offer was
The resulting slight taste/odour
change, which is different from that of chlorine, is reasonably well tolerated. However, the cost of iodine is higher than that of chlorine or hypochlorite and the difficulties associated with handling iodine, which is a solid, appear to have discouraged widespread use. Recently, some persistent coliform contamination problems with the (unfiltered) chlorinated municipal water supplies at Gander, and at Botwood, Newfoundland, were reported to have been resolved using combinations of
measures. Surprisingly, there were no
long term epidemiological studies of a large population exposed to iodine(O). As a consequence Ministry toxicologists advised that, though they assessed the health risk of water containing iodine at 0.1 mg/L as slight, altemative non-iodinated supplies should be made available to the population. Tay personnel agreed to do this by fitting a publicly accessi ble tap upstream of the iodine injection equipment. Citizens were also fully in formed on how to reduce their iodine
intake to compensate for iodine in the water.
Since mains which are
small amounts of iodine with chlorine
overgrown and partly blocked by deposits show greater resistance to water flow, hydraulic
as disinfectant. In addition,reports from
the Canadian Forces Base at Borden,
was selected as the
Ontario,suggested that use ofthis mixed iodine/chlorine disinfectant over many years has eased maintenance of a much oversized and antiquated distribution
parameter of choice.
The next problem issue was to ar
made subject to citizen assent and with the permission of the Medical Officer for Simcoe County. (Tay covered much
The Simcoe Medical Officer offered
assent and followed up to support the activity through participation with Tay and the MOE in planning publication of announcements and by having staff at tend public meetings in Port McNicoll to explain the plans and allay unneces sary fears. Public response was judged acceptably positive in part probably because the treatment was a possible alternative to a costly and disruptive water main replacement program. Measurements of"baseline" hydrau
The principal effects observed at Borden are that a more persistent re
of the direct costs of the trial over 1996
lic main resistance were made at six lo
and 1997 and the MOE and Iodine Tech
cations in Port McNicoll and at a con
sidual was detectable and hardened de
nologies the remaining costs.) On investigation,the MOE found that
trol location in Victoria Harbour by min istry staff during early summer, 1996. Flows from fu-e hydrants were measured with a magnetic flow meter and data logger while a sensitive differential pres sure gauge connected to hose outlets at pairs of upstream houses was used to
posits on the pipe walls appear to be softened enough so high velocity flush ing at 1 to 1.5 m/s appeared capable of washing them out. No significant taste or odour changes occurred as iodine lev els were held at around 0.1 mg/L. The potential value of a chemical mix which could help delay or avoid pigging and lining or replacement of water mains is very large; in Ontario it is cer
tainly in the eight figure range in $/year depending on the level of effectiveness.
the Victoria Harbour/Port McNicoll
water distribution system provided a potentially ideal test area. This is be cause iodine could be injected in the trunk main separating the communities, both of which are supplied from the same conventional plant in Victoria Harbour. Tracking changes in a com munity which is receiving iodinated water relative to another community which receives identically the same
indicate flow resistance.
Injection of iodine was planned to occur over 90 days during spring and summer of 1996 using equipment pur chased by Tay from Iodine Technologies Inc. (Iodine Technologies is the Ontario company which supplied iodine equip ment to Borden, Gander and Botwood.)
Furthermore, the combination of chlo
treated water but without iodine, allows
rine and much smaller amounts of io
for the elimination of factors related to
dine removes the economic and odour/
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iodine due to very low water velocities
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doned for a year. from the Ontario Clean What was observed? Little or no trace of the During 1997 iodine in hoped for freeing up of pipe deposits was noted Water Agency in Victoria jection was re-established Harbour and the enthusias during routine summertime flushing from using a saturator and a tic support provided by Tay fire hydrants. positive displacement Township management pump. The pump was opand staff during this project erated on a flow paced basis by using A local citizens' opinion survey ran is gratefully acknowledged as are the signals from an existing turbine type by Tay in November also suggested lit persistent efforts of the volunteer "Port" water meter and compensation was ef tle or no water quality change as per citizen monitoring panel. fectively made for the very low water ceived by the general public. Attempts In addition, the work of the ministry velocities with this set-up. Iodine levels to swab mains in Port McNicoll by ex Laboratory Services Branch staff is were monitored intensively by MOB us perienced A-1 Hydrant staff immedi gratefully acknowledged. Lab staff de ing a newly developed and precise ately after the iodine addition period vised the required new and precise ana plasma/mass spectrometry-based analyti were also unsuccessful indicating that lytical procedures for trace amounts of cal method specially devised for the trial. sufficient softening of deposits for easy iodine and its by-products and also ac In all, the system ran reliably with mechanical cleaning had not occurred. cepted the burden of routine monitor iodine levels held constant in the 100 to On the basis of the results, Tay has ing when on-site methods had been 120 microgram/L range for over 90 days started a program to replace the most found unacceptable. over a period of about four months. break-prone sections of the Port Mc By no means the least notable con Attempts to have a citizen monitoring Nicoll water mains system. The MOE tribution to the successful completion of team use an on-site colourimetric iodine Water and Wastewater Optimization the project was the commitment and per measuring method as described in Section which coordinated and carried sistence of the Iodine Technologies staff Standard Methods proved unsuitable for out the scientific assessment has con who,among other activities, spent many use at these low concentrations. cluded that further work on a iodineuncomfortable hours "underground" What was observed? Little or no chlorine combined disinfectant for main and,later,followed through profession trace of the hoped for freeing up of pipe rehabilitation is not presently merited. ally and without excuses at the final deposits was noted during routine sum Potential use of the mixed disinfectant analysis of this project. mertime flushing from fire hydrants. On in clearing persistent coliform contami Eor more information, contact Tony retesting the mains hydraulic resistance nation remains to be tested, but there are Edmonds,(416) 235-5816.
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By Richard J. Rush^ and Susan L. Sefton^
When are those underground storage tanks out of compliance? s more and more Phase 1
Environmental Site Assess
ments (ESAs) and Environ
mental Compliance Audits are being undertaken for a variety of business reasons, more situations are
being identified which require interpre tation of what constitutes compliance and "due diligence" with respect to un derground storage tanks (USTs). Dur ing the 1990s the regulations relating to fuel storage tanks have changed in most provinces, as have the Guidelines for Soil and Groundwater Clean-up. It is a never-ending task for environ mental site assessors, compliance audi tors, and industry in general, to stay abreast of the current regulations and guidelines related to USTs. The follow ing examples have been selected from recent XCG project experience to illus trate the complexities that can be en countered, with respect to upgrading requirements for two of the most com mon types of UST installations. These should be read, remembering that in Ontario, USTs containing motive fuel (gasoline and associated products), must comply with the Gasoline Handling Act and Code, whereas USTs containing heating and stationary power source fu els must comply with tihe Fuel Oil Code of the Energy Act. The key in all prov inces is to verify which regulation ap plies to the specific type of tank, and the tank's contents at the subject site. Case Study 1: Upgrading Requirements for Gasoline USTs at
Private Outlets (Federal Sites, Ontario and Quebec) This case study summarizes the find ings of a Fuel Storage Tank Upgrade Study at a federal institution in the King ston area,in Ontario. It shows the stepby-step method needed to decide: Is the UST in compliance? and: What should
Removal of a typical fibreglass underground storage tank from a service station. ently contains gasoline. The piping con nected to the UST was registered as be ing single-walled steel. The tank sys tem was used to supply fuel to vehicles by way of a dispensing unit. Fuel Storage Tank Upgrades The guidelines that govem UST up grades at federal sites were set by an order in council by the Department of the Environment stating that the Cana dian Environmental Protection Act has annexed the Technical Guidelines for
Underground Storage Tank Systems Containing Petroleum Products and Al lied Petroleum Products which was pub lished by the Canadian Council of Min isters of the Environment(CCME) in March 1993. In this case study,"Code" means the above-mentioned technical
guidelines and "Environment Canada" means the Environmental Protection
Service of the Department of the Envi ronment.
Features that are suggested in the Code and which were not incorporated be done with it? in the subject tank system consisted of: Fuel Storage Tank Features • A spill containment device at the fill The tank was registered as a 9,000 pipe (Code Section 5.7.2). litre double-walled fibreglass-reinforced '• Leak detection (Code Sections 4.10, plastic(FRP)underground storage tank. 4.11,4.12, and 4.13). According to the tank registration cer • Overfill protection (Code Section tificate, it was installed in 1990 and pres- 5.7.1). • Cathodic protection on the piping ^Senior Partner, XCG Consultants Ltd. (Code Sections 4.9 and 5.4.2). •A dispenser sump(Code Section 5.7.3). ^ Environmental Site Assessor, XCG, Kingston, Ontario XCG concluded, through some pre
liminary cost analysis, that upgrading the tank with an interstitial leak detec
tion system would be most cost-effec tive if the tank system integrity was good. Another option would have been to establish leak detection by installing monitoring wells around the tank nest and testing the water or vapour sample monthly (see Sections 4.10.8,4.12, and 4.13 in the Code). The cost for imple menting leak detection with monitoring wells often is very close to, or exceeds the cost of replacing the tank with an aboveground storage tank (AST) of equal size, and, therefore, the pros and cons should be carefully considered. XCG's client decided that they would replace the tank with a new storage tank that met the Code if the precision leak test failed. A failed precision leak test would indicate a potential leakage into the surrounding soil and groundwater that should be reported to Environment Canada. Reporting should be followed by actions suggested by Environment Canada to verify, stop, clean-up, and mitigate the impact of a leak (Section 6.7 in the Code).
To determine the integrity of the tank and piping, XCG had the tank piping precision leak tested. Leak testing is per formed after sealing all fill, extraction, and vent pipes at various locations. A vacuum is then applied to the tank or piping for two hours of monitoring to Continued overleaf
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XCG recommended upgrading the tank with interstitial monitoring. This requires excavating to the top ofthe tank and identifying it as either a FRP tank
with brine-solution filled interstitial
The tank and piping precision leak tests passed, which indicated that the tank and piping were not leaking. With good integrity established, XCG con cluded that it was worthwhile to upgrade the tank system, assuming that the in tegrity of the tank interstitial space was good. To determine if the piping was cathodically protected (cathodic protection is suggested in Section 5.4.2 of the Code), XCG had the piping tested. The tank did not need cathodic protection to meet the guidelines because it was a FRP tank. The purpose of the cathodic protection test on the piping was to determine the piping corrosive condition. The test in volves determining the electrical poten tial between the buried steel piping and a copper/copper sulphate reference cell
space, or with an empty interstitial space. If the interstitial space contains
that is in contact with the soil surround
ing the piping. Unprotected steel nor mally has a potential difference in the range of -450 to -600 millivolts when compared to the reference cell. Pro tected steel will show a greater poten
brine, the tank will have a brine reser
voir at the top that may need filling and a testing mechanism float assembly will be needed. If the interstitial space is empty, it will be necessary to find an appropriate port in the top of the tank and feed through this port an electronic sensor that senses water and fuel in the
bottom of the interstitial space cavity. After the sensing/testing mechanisms are in place,they will require attachment to a remote alarm and interlock system to meet the guidelines set out in the Code. A precision leak test should be con ducted within 30 days of upgrade com pletion because of the subsurface exca vation in order to comply with the regu lations (Section 5.5.3 of the Code). Also, after upgrades that involve sub surface excavation, the revised as-built
drawings should be submitted to the appropriate federal department(Section 5.5.4 of the Code). The cost to replace the tank and re
tial difference. In order for the tank to
move the old tank would have been
be considered adequately protected, it must show a potential difference of at
slightly less than the cost of upgrading the existing tank with monitoring wells, assuming that no soil or groundwater
least -850 millivolts.
The test on the piping showed that the steel was unprotected, which indi cated that a cathodic protection system should be installed on the piping for it to meet the guidelines set out in the Code.
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in the Code. The client was also made aware that
tank replacement would have the fol lowing significant advantages over tank upgrading: i) The new tank would be expected to last about eight years longer than the upgraded tank, since the existing tank was about eight years old; and ii) Use of a new AST rather than an older UST would reduce the environmental risk.
Due to the age of the tank and rec ommended replacement of the tank at age 25, serious consideration should be given to tank replacement. This UST site is a federal site, but the
assessment proeess would be similar for tanks under provincial jurisdiction. In Ontario,fuel USTs at private out lets are governed by the Ontario Fire Code O.Reg. 388/97 under the Fire Pro tection and Prevention Act, 1997, and
the Gasoline Handling Code (GHC) under the Gasoline Handling Act O.Reg. 521/93 and its amendments O.Reg.447/ 96; and municipal by-laws that incor porate the Fire Code. In addition, in March 1995, the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations (MCCR)
now Technical Standards and Safety Authority(TSSA)provided some inter pretation ofthe Gasoline Handling Code by issuing Administrative Clarifications. Regarding tank replacement, gaso line USTs installed prior to May 1,1974, had to be pulled by December 31,1996, unless provided with equipment referred to in Section (5) of the Gasoline Han dling Code. The following upgrades were re quired by December 31, 1996, if the UST was not removed:
a)Regarding spill containment at the fill pipe, the spill containment device must be liquid tight, fitted to the fill inlet of the tank, be fitted with a water-tight cover designed to be closed at all times except during filling operations, and be designed to catch, contain, and evacu ate a minimum of 15 litres of product. b)Regarding dispenser sump/spill con tainment,the dispenser sump should be designed and installed to catch, and con tain any product leaking from inside the dispensing device while product is be ing dispensed or during maintenance. c)Regarding overfill protection, an au tomatic shut-off device or sensing de vice is required to close a valve in the fill pipe when the tank volume reaches 95% of its capacity. The device must
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Focus on Storage Tanks be designed to reduce the possibility of overfilling a storage tank to the point of leakage or spillage into the environment. The devices may be one of four types,
Table A - Schedule for Upgrading Existing Underground Tank Systems Containing Heating or Stationary Power Source Fuels Age of Tank System in Years from Date of Installation
as specified in the Underwriters' Labo
Remove or Upgrade, underground tanks and piping and add approved leak detection, corrosion protection, spill containment, and overfill protection device
ratories of Canada Standard UCL/ORD
- C58.15 - 1992 Overfill Protection De vices for Flammable Liquid Storage
25 and more, or unknown lOto 19
d)Regarding corrosion protection, steel USTs installed prior to May 1,1974,that did not have cathodic protection, re quired monitoring wells and impressed current cathodic protection by Decem ber 31, 1996. The piping cannot be gal vanized steel, and must have corrosion
protection (an impressed current ca thodic protection system tested and cer tified by an NACE-certified person or by an engineer) where the piping is in direct contact with backfill. Corrosion
protection systems for underground tanks must be tested and certified to be
in working order by a NACE-certified person at least every two years, and records of this must be retained by the
The Quebec regulations indicate that when you have a reason to suspect a leak in a tank based on dip records, odours, or any other reason, you have to perform a pressure leak test on the tank and pip ing (Article 267 of the PPR). Case Study 2: Upgrading Requirements for Diesel USTs associated with a Standby Generator (in Ontario)
A few months ago the fuel supplier to one of XCG's clients refused to con
tinue delivering diesel fuel,claiming that the UST was not in compliance with "the regulations" since it did not have a spill containment fill box.
e)Regarding leak detection systems, un derground tank systems which have pressure pipe line using submersible pumps must be installed with a moni
toring system which automatically shuts off a product dispensing line when a leak is detected in a fuel line and which acti
vates an alarm to the facility's attend ant. There must be posted instructions in the event the alarm is activated.
f) An underground storage tank which is out-of-service for more than two years or not intended for reuse, must be re
moved (including piping) along with any contaminated soil. In Quebec, the regulation that govems upgrades for USTs containing mo tive fuels is the Petroleum Products Regu lation(PPR)753-91,amended August 14, 1991, and February 28, 1996. The PPR is administered in Quebec by the Minis try of Natural Resources(MNR). Article 260.2 provides a schedule of removal dates. For example, an ownerused gasoline UST installed after July 12, 1976, must be removed by January 1, 2001, according to Article 260.2. Article 101 covers USTs that have
cathodic protection or are fibreglass. Investigation of tank compliance was made simpler by the PPR, by requiring registration of all tanks containing pe troleum products. The registration cer tificate must be kept attached to the UST fill pipe.
September 30, 2003 September 30, 2004 September 30, 2005 September 30, 2006
20 to 24
Upon inspecting the facility, and re viewing the regulations, it was verified
is about to change. A revised version of the Fuel Oil Code is expected to be passed either later in 1998 or early 1999. The proposed regulation, as it is pres ently written,indicates that there will be several changes related to existing and new USTs containing heating and sta tionary power source fuels. This cov
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that a diesel UST associated with a
standby generator is regulated under the Fuel Oil Code of the Energy Act. This UST is not covered by the Gasoline Handling Act and Code O.Reg. 521/93 and its amendments O.Reg. 447/96, which does require that USTs for "gaso line and associated products" have spill containment fill boxes.
The current Fuel Oil Code (1990) does not require a spill containment fill box. However, it was learned that this
(a) Existing single wall steel under ground tank systems with a capacity greater than 5,000 litres and 25 years old or more, or of unknown age, and not cathodically protected shall be withdrawn from service and removed
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Focus on Storage Tanks water monitoring wells and vapour moni low vapour pressure of diesel fuel. toring systems are both considered to • Groundwater monitoring wells may be provide level 2 protection, provided that applicable to the site in this example, they ai'e applicable to the contents of the but the depth to groundwater and sev UST, are properly designed, and the site eral other features of the site would first have to be checked. geology is suitable for these systems. For new USTs associated with boil • The only other device or method that is expressly mentioned in the proposed ers, generators, furnaces, and the like, • Level 2 leak detection is defined as a Fuel Oil Code is the monitoring of the the proposed revised Fuel Oil Code will device or method that is capable of de interstitial space ofa doubled walled UST, have requirements more closely tecting a leak of 0.76 L/h with a prob if present. Vapour monitoring systems are matched to the Gasoline Handling Act, ability of detection of 0.95 and a prob ability of false alarm of 0.05. Ground- not applicable in this situation due to the including: • Overfill protection devices will be re quired. • Spill containment devices will be re ZCL underground storage tanks are con quired. structed of corrosion resistant materials, •Steel USTs and piping will be required and unlike steel tanks - never rust. That's to be equipped with either an impressed one less thing you'll woriy about! Rust current corrosion protection system or cathodically protected in conformance means leaks, and leaks from storage tanks shall be withdrawn from service and
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Containment and above ground storage tanks - past, present and future
So,somehow some strange per son - must have been an insur
ance assessor - managed to convince you that it was much cheaper and a whole lot safer for the en vironment if you would simply replace those underground tanks with above ground tanks. Performance Criteria y/iri-rEST,
The performance criteria for second ary containment that currently exists in all regulatory documentation incorpo rates the phrase: being capable of con taining any spills ofthe product as well as the liquids usedforfirefighting proc esses, by preventing these liquidsfrom reaching waterways, sewer systems and potable water sources. The Past
Back in the good old days when en vironmental contamination had to do
with odorous body secretions, generally associated with the unwashed and the
outhouse, containment as it related to tanks was a four letter word.
The dyke was always associated with large tanks located above ground; its primary purpose had nothing to do with tank leakage, it was just thought to be a good way to contain product for a short period of time in the advent of cata strophic failure during a fire. Prior to 1972 the basic dyke design criteria in
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some economic loss cut-off period was reached. The tanks were generally in spected once every ten years and the bottom replaced or repaired if required. The dyke outlasted the outhouse by a couple of generations, since there wasn't any official requirement to ret rofit these things to a water tight stand ing until the late 1980s.
dicated construction should result in a
basic liquid tight - some regulations simply using the word impermeable unit, impervious to gasoline.
Containment today takes many forms; they are all referred to as second ary containment systems. The word 'dyke' has disappeared from regulatory jargon. Secondary containment is now specified as being manufactured from
Construction materials included ex
isting natural formation, earth, steel or concrete. Maintaining the dyke liquid tight, although called for, was looked on as generally impossible once the tanks were in place; there was of course no enforcement. Besides, it was accepted that the rules only related to possible fire hazard in below ground level structures adjacent to tank farms, which was only a problem if the installation was close to inhabited buildings.
materials that are not flammable or com
bustible, and that have a permeation rate not greater than 10"ÂŽ cm per second over a 72 hour period, presumably to the liq uids being stored within the contain ment. The permeation is extended to the entire construction procedure and is re quired to be maintained for the life of the installation.
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There are requirements that existing dykes be brought up to the present stand ards for secondary containment over limited periods of time. Generally the retrofit is accomplished by the use of a geo membrane material with a gravel or sand bed, under and over the geo mem
brane, or the reconstruction of the in
Environmental contamination was
not an issue; leaks were basically unde tected since most failures were in the
bottom of vertical tanks. Leakage was permitted to soak into the ground until
stallation using other materials. Secondary containment is allowed to take many forms: Single Tanks, not addressed in the classification double wall 50,000 L ca pacity or less: The containment is re quired to contain a minimum of 110% of the volume of the tank. Should the
tank have a capacity of50,000 L or less, the secondary containment may be con structed as an integral part of the tank, referred to as Contained Tank Assem
blies, provided the containment walls extend to more than 50% of the intended
height of the stored liquid. Single Tanks, classed as double wall and ofa maximum capacity of50,000 L: They are considered to be contained, provided the containment has a capac ity of 100% of stored liquid. In addi tion, the secondai"y containment walls, where the tank is horizontal, must cover 100% of the surface of the tank heads
and a minimum of 300 degrees of the surface of the tank shell, and where the tank is vertical, 100% of the tank bot
tom and extend to within 6" of the top of the tank shell area.
Multiple tanks in a single contain ment: The requirement is that the sec ondary containment volume is equal to 100% of the volume of the largest tank in the group plus 10% of the volume of
Environmental Science & Engineering, November 1998
Elson G. Fernandes*
the largest tank, or 10% of the aggre gate volume of the remaining tanks whichever is greater. There are, of course, further limita
tions based on placement in relation to property lines, buildings on the same site and other tankage.
fill limiting device is a float switch,com mon to the warning device or electronic shut off systems, or the mechanical shut off type,there is no method to determine the operational condition of the system immediately prior to each and every fill
tained tank assembly, that allows over fill into the environment and obviously has no provisions to contain firefighting liquids,is not going to meet the perform
additional site work.
ance criteria of even the existing defini tion of secondary containment without
The solution is a retrofit process re quiring a redesign of existing above
Contentious issues remain around the
performance of Single Tanks, with ei ther integral double wall secondary con tainment or contained tank assemblies
with secondary containment of 110%
capacity, actually being the equivalent of the secondary containment definition. Although the regulatory agencies do,for the present, accept them as such. In addressing Single Tanks with in tegral secondary containment it is nec essary to look at their limitations. The
double wall tank has a single advantage over other designs because the space between the walls is in effect required
Future regulatory requirements are being written using performance based criteria...
In other words, fill limiting devices may prevent the overfilling of a tank, but the overfill process is almost inevi table at some time during the life of the tank. In the double wall tank or con
to be vacuum monitored, a means of indicating a leak in either the inner tank
tained tank assembly using a tight fill process, the overfill goes directly into the environment, generally escaping through the above ground tank emer
or the outer containment. The contained
tank assembly, on the other hand, gen erally has no facilities to determine whether the outer containment leaks, other than at time of manufacture; the
ground sites that does not have that beautifully designed and retrofitted old-
fashioned wonder, the dyke. The retro fit process results in a site layout, in ad dition to that done for existing double wall and contained tank assemblies, that can accommodate the pooling and con tainment of any spilled product or firefighting liquids on the existing site. Alternatively, a separation system can be designed that would result in the en trapment of the hazardous components of the liquids concerned. The time to think about it is now; you might have as much as eight years and as httle as five. It either takes a whole lot of
Future regulatory requirements are being written using performance based criteria, i.e. the double wall tank or con
extra land or some super separation tech nology. Care to guess at what price? For more information, circle reply card No. 154
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Where a hand held nozzle fill opera tion is being used, a shut off fill limit ing device in the fill line should not be used, as they often result in back splash on the person holding the nozzle. Where a mechanical shut off fill limiting de vice is used with a tight fill operation, the rate offill and the flow pressure must be communicated to the fuel supplier so that his equipment capabilities do not exceed those of the fill limiting device. The remaining choice, warning de vices, can handle all types of fill meth ods, but they rely on the human element since they do not shut off the fill line. And,if this isn't enough, whether the
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Focus on Storage Tanks r
Upgraded Ontario fire ruies extend powers, reguiation of storage tanks
Changesintroduced bythe new
Ontario fire prevention legis lation, including the new Fire Code, have significant impli
cations for non-fuel businesses and for
industry. The new Fire Protection and Preven
tion Act, 1997 (FPPA), clarifies and strengthens the emergency and investi gation powers of fire officials. How ever, the most significant change affect ing industrial facilities is the phasing-in of comprehensive regulation of tanks and systems for flammable and combus tible liquids, which include industrial process chemicals such as solvents. For merly, only tanks and systems for mo tive fuels and heating fuels were com prehensively regulated (under Gasoline Handling Act and Energy Act codes).
• permits fire officials to enter without - lands and premises for the purposes of assessing fire safety; - lands and premises where a fire has occurred;
- lands and premises where the fire official believes there is a substance
or device that is likely to cause a fire. • permits firefighters or other authorized persons without a warrant to enter lands, or lands or premises adjacent to a fire or emergency for firefighting, res cue or emergency services; •permits firefighters or other authorized persons without a warrant to enter lands or premises adjacent to lands and premises on which there is "a serious threat to the health and safety of any person or the quality of the natural en-
Under Part 4 of the new Fire Code,
flammable and combustible liquid stor age facilities will be subject to specific materials,installation, maintenance and
operational standards. Application of these provisions to existing installations will be phased in over several years. The new fire rules were established under the Fire Protection and Preven
tion Act, 1997, which became law on October 29, 1997 and the new Ontario
Fire Code(O.Reg. 388/97) which came
safety" to inciude "safety from the risk that a fire, if started, would
seriously endanger the health and safety of any person or the quality of the natural environment
4 of the Fire Code governing flamma ble and combustible liquid storage tanks and systems came into force on August
for any use that can be made of it".
Act, 1997 The FPPA, which repeals and re places the Fire Marshals Act, is the
framework for fire prevention authori ties and powers in Ontario. The FPPA: •requires every municipality to provide, or make arrangements for, fire protec tion services and a program offire safety and prevention (public education); •explicitly recognizes automatic aid(by adjacent municipalities) and mutual aid
vironment", for the purpose of remov ing or reducing the threat; • where the threat to life is deemed to be
immediate, a fire official may take other measures (such as the reported seizure by fire officials of the Equitrade pre mises in Hamilton, in an effort to pre vent another Plastimet-like occurrence); • authorizes an inspector to order the owner or occupant of land or premises to "take any measure necessary to en sure fire safety", including:
- demolition or structural alteration of
*P. Douglas Petrle is an environmental lawyer and partner In Wlllms & Shier,
- removal of fire hazards,
fire, if started, would seriously endan ger the health and safety of any person
or the quality of the natural environment for any use that can be made of it". This definition is similar to the definition of "adverse effect" in the Environmental
Protection Act (EPA), and may facili tate cooperation between fire and envi ronmental officials.
A fire safety order is subject to re view by the Fire Marshal and subsequent appeal to the Fire Safety Commission. In the interests of public safety, the Fire Marshal or the Fire Safety Commission may refuse to stay an order during the review or appeal. Part 4 - Storage Tanks Part 4 of the Fire Code is entitled
"Flammable and Combustible Liquids". It closes the comprehensive regulation gap for storage tanks containing indus trial process liquids(raw material inputs, solvents, waste liquids, etc.), that were not govenred by the Energy Act and Fuel Oil Code nor the Gasoline Handling Act and Gasoline Handling Code. While most of its provisions are iden tical to Part 4 of the National Fire Code
of Canada, 1995(NFC), Ontario's new Fire Code adopts national and consen sus industry standards that are more upto-date (April 30,1997). The standards adopted in the NFC are of 1993 vintage. Arg'/ablv, Ontario's new Fire Code now serves as a definitive statement of best
management practices that can be ob served across Canada for due diligence purposes.
The Ontario Fire Code also requires spill clean-ups to comply with Part X (Spills) of the EPA. Part X sets out com prehensive provisions for owners and controllers of spilled substances to clean up contamination, ameliorate adverse ef fects and restore the natural environment.
Barristers and Solicitors, in Toronto, and
- installation and use of equipment to
the author of Storage Tanks In Ontario: The Guide to Environmental Regulation and Compliance, published by Templegate Information Services.
- halting production activities, and - other fire safety activities, includ ing preparing a fire safety plan, and
For the purposes of inspections and orders, the FPPA defines "fire safety" to include "safety from the risk that a
New Fire Code -
...the FPPA defines "fire
into force on November 21, 1997. Part
Fire Protection and Prevention
remedying contraventions of the Fire Code.
a warrant onto:
contain hazardous materials,
Exemptions Part 4 does not apply to the follow ing: • airports, piers and wharves regulated under federal law;
• transportation of flammable and com-
Environmental Science & Engineering, November 1998
By P. Douglas Petrie* bustible liquids governed by the federal and provincial dan gerous goods legislation; • pipeline transfers subject to the Energy Act; • underground areas to which the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations apply; • hydrocarbon-burning appliances regulated by the Energy
For information about the Fire Code, contact local fire
officials or the Office of the Fire Mai'shal at(416)325-3100.
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All tanks are not oreated
• aerosol products covered under Subsection 3.2.5 of the National Fire Code;
• storage of flammable and combustible liquids on farms "for individual farm use"; and
• storage, handling, transportation and use of liquids regu lated under the Gasoline Handling Act or the Energy Act. Compliance Equivalency Strict compliance with the Ontario Fire Code can be ex cused where a "proposal for compliance equivalency",signed by a professional engineer or architect, is approved by a local Chief Fire Official. The proposal must provide for materials, design and standards that are equal to or more protective than the applicable standard set out in the Fire Code. Application and Phase-In For Existing Facilities
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Focus on Storage Tanks
By David Hopkins*
Environmental site assessments -
precautions yield dividends
Phase I Environmental Site
Assessments (ESAs) are increasingly becoming an integral part of real estate transactions. Our company, Burnside Environmental, has completed numer ous Phase I ESAs throughout Ontario. Staff members who conduct the field in
spections have at least ten years experi ence and as a result are quickly able to identify visual signs of environmental concern. Where underground storage tanks are suspected, we usually recom mend the use of geophysical techniques to assist in locating these tanks. Precautions taken during the Phase I ESA consistently yield dividends in terms of project completion on-time and on-budget. ESAs typically consist of a desktop Abandoned fuel tank surrounded by contaminated soil. review of historical information includ ing City Archives, aerial photographs order to evaluate the soil conditions, had allowed the developer to more reliably and fire insurance plans. In addition, already been completed for the site by estimate the costs involved in pursuing regulatory agencies are contacted and another consultant. Burnside reviewed the development. Also, construction could have proceeded in an orderly man the Phase I report and met with the de asked to search their files for any infor mation regarding the subject site. An veloper on-site in order to develop a ner knowing that an area of impacted important part of the ESA is a visual site work plan for additional investigations. soil would have to be dealt with. During our brief visual inspection, a A geophysical survey was performed inspection. Whenever possible, knowl on the former industrial site and as indi edgeable persons at the subject site are 10,000-gallon (45,000 litre) under asked to fill out a questionnaire dealing ground bunker C tank was discovered cated above, an additional tank was lo cated. Also, the survey lo with potential environmen cated various areas of bur tal concerns. Based on a visual inspection, a geophysical survey ied metal and other debris. The goal of the Phase I was recommended, which located a second tank on Since the development was ESA is to identify environ another portion of the site. The presence of these two residential in nature, any mental concerns and alert tanks resulted in additional costs for the developer... fill which appeared aespotential purchasers to fu ture liabilities. A number
of organizations have developed stand ards for the performance of Phase I ESAs. Unfortunately there is no regu lation governing practitioners. As a re sult, the quality of work can vary widely. Many purchasers look at a Phase I ESA as a nuisance rather than a potential ben efit and as a result have a low-price point of view, resulting in a lower quality product. Burnside was recently retained by a developer in southwestern Ontario to
in the central portion of the site. There was no mention that a tank might exist in the report. Based on a visual inspection, a geo physical survey was recommended, which located a second tank on another
portion of the site. The presence of these two tanks resulted in additional costs for
the developer and delayed construction at the site considerably as a result of the
thetically unacceptable was removed. The use of geophysics was of great benefit in enabling the de veloper to assess the volumes of soil that had to be removed off site and the
amount of fill that had to be brought in to bring the site up to grade. One of the main lessons learned by the owner in this project was the impor tance of putting forth extra effort during the initial stages of the project to estab
additional excavation for contaminated
lish conditions at the site. Numerous
material that was required.
"surprises" were encountered during our investigation that should have been iden tified by a thorough Phase I ESA.
address environmental concerns associ
The bunker C tank should have been
ated with developing a residential sub division on former industrial lands. A
quickly identified during the initial site inspection performed as part of the
Phase I ESA which included a number
Phase I ESA. In fact, a Fire Insurance
of test pits, which were excavated in
Plan included in the Phase I ESA iden
completed and the developer is consid ering a similar site in a nearby neigh
tifies fuel storage in the area where the
'Burnside Environmental (A Division of R. J. Burnside & Associates Limited)
tank was uncovered. Identification of
this tank in the Phase I ESA would have
Construction of houses has now been
For more information, circle reply card No. 153
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sludge interface is reached, an unmistakable audible signal is heard. The sensor is reel
invasion. The monitor uses a
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mounted and the cable is marked in meters for
making calibration of span and zero simple and quick.
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