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June/July 2000 Vol. 13 No. 3 Issued June, 2000

The Walkerton

tragedy - See page 7


Cleaner water for Olympivfacilities - see page 33;

Departments 8



Ad Index


Features 7

The Walkerton tragedy - by Tom Davey

Professional Cards


Chlorine has saved countless lives


Disinfection of weii water


Guest Comment - Emergency air monitoring at toxic fires


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Highlights from BCWWA


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Editorial Comment

The Walkerton tragedy is no longer an isolated problem

Theentire Canadian watertreat

ment industry came under public scrutiny following an

outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 at

Walkerton, Ontario, where several died

and over 2,000 were made ill. This tiny, lethal bug was usually associated with poorly cooked hamburgers, but the tragic events in this small Ontario town brought

airwaves and in print. Some genetic engineering in the world of semantics took place as the story unfolded. In both early print and TV reports, E. coli 0157:H7 was cor rectly described as a lethal bacterium, but as the story grew, the bacterium was

national awareness and out

rage that this could ever hap pen to Canadian drinking



In addition to the heartbreak

ing tragedy of children and the elderly being stricken, there are other factors which must be

added to the pain,suffering and medical costs. A small, but

prosperous town was virtually brought to a social and eco nomic standstill by a tiny bac terium about two microns in

size, while ironically, the big gest new growth industry in town was the news media.

Reporters and videographers seemed to propagate like bacteria in a petri dish as they

of our water problems could well be the reduced role of engineers and scientists in government bureaucracies. Flash back to the glory days of the Ontario Water Resources Commission(OWRC) in the mid 1950s, which later evolved

into the Ontario Ministry of the Envi ronment(MOE). For decades, the senior people in the OWRC and the subsequent MOE senior bureaucrats, gen erally had strong scientific and engineering backgrounds. Moreover, Dr. A. Berry, OWRC's first Chief Engineer, General Manager, and emi nent scientist, encouraged many in his young team of engineers to obtain Master's degrees in various environ mental disciplines. Their combined multi-disciplinary credentials and talents gave them both practical and scien tific expertise in overseeing the design and operation of drinking water and wastewater treatment plants. Some 10 years ago, the dominance of technical and

scientific staff began to erode, as P.Engs, scientists, and chemists were being replaced and relatives. The Mike Harris by highly educated but non govemment was berated in the legislature for what was termed A small, but prosperous town was virtually brought to a social technical people. The trend and economic standstill by a tiny bacterium about two microns continued under David an unprecedented loss of life In size. Photo - Sue Ann Eliis, The Walkerton Herald-Times Peterson's Liberal govern through drinking water. The usual media suspects - budget mysteriously transmuted into a lethal ments, Bob Rae's NDP reign, as well as virus, sometimes in the same sentence. two Mike Harris PC governments. Over cuts, private laboratory services, down A CBC presenter aggressively called the past ten years, capital spending on sizing - were brought in for question ing. What I found interesting, is that for an increased federal government role sewage and water treatment started to decline. As a result, we now have a sew chlorine -for many years the bete noire to protect our water supplies. If the Fed erage and water treatment infrastructure eral Human Resources Minister could of environmental activists, was repeat not easily find one billion dollars in her in dire need of massive infusions of capi edly cited as a paradigm for safe drink ing water. While some media reports grants program,I have serious doubts if tal. The underfunding is notjust in On the feds could find a particular strain of tario, but in many parts of Canada. were thoughtful, sci

thrust cameras and micro

phones at civic leaders, pai'ents

entific, accurate, and

E. coli some two microns in size.

Canadians do not know how well

they have been served in the past nor how little they actually pay for both drinking water and wastewater treatment

sensitive, patches of real ignorance were

problems. Other incidences of E. coli

interwoven with fal

0157:H7 are being investigated in vari

lacious conclusions

ous parts of Canada. Now we see engi

and distribution. While it is a common

and broadcast ad

neers and biochemists from analytical


laboratories in the forefront of news

sight to see Canadians nursing their plas tic water bottles costing as much as $2 for 200 mL(we in fact paid $3 per bot tle at a sporting event recently), how many know how little they pay for their

By Tom Davey, ES&E Publisher



Walkerton is not alone in its water

media reports, instead of the usual ar ray of self-annointed environmentalists. A more fundamental reason for some

Environmental Science & Engineering, June 2000

Editorial Comment

municipal drinking water treatment services by comparison? The average home in Ontario uses approximately 250 litres of treated water per person daily. Industrial use and mains leakage puts the per capita use far higher. While these are rough estimates, they give some idea of the enormous scale of the engineer ing required to obtain, treat, and deliver water to customers.

Take the Mega City as an example. Toronto has first-class water and waste-

water treatment facilities and yes, these could be improved further if more in vestment were available. The Mega City has about 5,000 kilometres of water

mains in a distribution system which takes treated water to consumers from

its four treatment plants. Some 5,000 kilometres of sanitary sewers take care of the wastewater, plus another 5,000 kilometres of stormwater sewers.

A vast and complex array of massive pumps, valves,sophisticated instrumen tation, tanks, controls, and other equip ment,is needed to draw water from Lake

Ontario, treat and pump it north as far

as Richmond Hill, some 30 miles away,

water treatment facilities as demon

of Toronto. This water is tested regu larly by highly-trained chemists and microbiologists.

strated over many decades. But the battle for water purity will

The cost to consumers to treat and

parasites such as Giarclia and Cijptosporidium are relentless opponents of

dispose of these enormous volumes of treated water is often just over $1.00 a cubic metre - a fraction of a penny per litre. To do all this at such low prices on a daily basis is an astounding engi neering feat. A buck a cubic metre for a product probably cleaner than many foodstuffs.

'Dirt cheap' is the cliche for the low est value imaginable yet. Try to buy 1,000 kilograms of anything for a dol lar. You cannot get soil delivered to your home for this price. Yet drinking water - usually treated and delivered to medi cally accepted standards - is delivered in both sub zero and sub tropical tem peratures with a regularity not matched by any other service. Canadian tel ephone services are extremely reliable -so are hydro services. But, Walkerton notwithstanding, nothing even remotely

Feedback Dear Mr. Davey: I was thrilled to read your Millennium Memories column and to see your ref

cal breakthroughs spawn. It is all too easy to solely depend on the technologi cal marvels that have been developed;

erences to the formation of the Cana

however, in the absence of human su

dian Water and Wastewater Association

pervision, these technologies can have tragic consequences.

in 1986 from the former FACE. The pic ture of the Change of Office Ceremony displaying the FACE Chain of Office was particularly pleasing to me as I currently hold that same Chain of Office as the President of CWWA and will do so until

May in Regina when I shall pass it to Doug Scott, from Thunder Bay who is the incoming President. Yours sincerely, Ted Gillespie, P. Eng., City Engineer, Camrose, Alberta Dear Tom:

I was browsing through the January 2000 issue, and was struck by a para graph in your editorial Back from the Future - a remarkable past. The para graph I refer to states:"Now,as we con clude the 20th century with fantastic analytical and design capabilities, it is difficult to believe that even in the late

19th century, thousands died from water-

matches the safety and reliability of our

as well as to the east and west borders

As an illustration, I would cite an ex

periment, that tested airline pilots, in a simulator. The test involved flying a highly advanced passenger airliner (simulator)through unfamiliar airspace. The intent was to see what were the con

sequences of complete reliance on in struments. The instruments in the simu

lator's cockpit indicated an all normal situation. This was despite the fact that on the windshield, was projected a mountain, and unless adjustments were made to the altitude of the aircraft, it

would clearly crash into the mountain side. The result? Pilots, by an over whelming majority, believed the instru ments and not their eyes,and yes,the simu lator "crashed" into the mountainside.

I mention this, simply to point out that technology has the capability to pro vide us with safe drinking water, clean

borne diseases."

air and safe foods; however,it will never

In light of what we now know,I can't think of a more appropriate statement to highlight the hubris which technologi

replace alert human supervision. Dennis J. Csatari, Water Treatment Technologies Inc.

never end. As bacteria, viruses, and

human health, safe water demands con

stant vigilance by experts and adequate funding from governments. High intensity livestock operations, as well as industrial run-off, are now

seen as growing potential threats to groundwater purity in many parts of North America.

Although no linkage has been made between biosolids land application prac tices and the contamination of the

Walkerton water supply, these practices along with manure handling and other agricultural practices will come under scrutiny as a result of this tragedy. The Water Environment Association

of Ontario Biosolids Committee is pre paring a communication plan with the objective of ensuring that sound scien tific information on biosolids land ap plication practices are available to the media and to the public. We urgently need watershed planning which takes into account the many fac tors involved in water treatment and dis

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Thefact that water is a mode of disease transmission, has been

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known for only a little more than a hundred years. Waterborne diseases such as typhoid fever and cholera were responsible for taking the lives of hundreds of thousands of peo ple around the World, including North America, at the beginning of the 20th century, so the need to disinfect potable water to preserve human life emerged. By definition, the purpose of disinfec tion of potable water is to destroy patho genic organisms and thereby eliminate

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Disinfection time versus free avaiiabie chiorine residuai (for 99.6 to 100 percent kiii). Temperature 20 - 29°C, pH as indicated'. start and support a fire.

chemical, which possesses a pungent

The third forai of chlorine, which will be the focus of this article, is sodium

odour and a low surface tension. So

as typhoid, cholera, dysentery and hepa titis A. It is considered by many that the adoption of chlorination has been the most significant advance in public health protection.-

hypochlorite (NaOCl). Sodium hy pochlorite is supplied as a transparent, light-yellow solution of sodium hy pochlorite and water, containing from 9 to 15 percent(more commonly 12.5%) by weight available chlorine. Sodium hypochlorite used for drinking water

Forms of Chlorine

disinfection is similar to household

United States and resulted in the virtual elimination of water-bome diseases such

There are three forms of chlorine

used to disinfect water. Chlorine gas

(Cy contains over 99% pure chlorine and is delivered as a liquid in pressu rized containers. Calcium hypochlorite (Ca(OCl),)contains 65% available chlo rine by weight,is available in powdered form or in compressed tablets, and re quires special storage to avoid contact with organic material as they can react to generate enough heat and oxygen to

bleach, except it is about double the con centration.

As a reference, adding 0.5 ppm of chlorine to a 10 m by 5 m, by 2 m deep swimming pool requires only 2 cups of household bleach or 1 cup of 12.5% so dium hypochlorite. As a second refer ence, adding 1 ppm ofchlorine to 3.8 mil lion litres(1 million US gallons)requires the addition of only 25 litres(6.7 US gal lons) of 12.5% sodium hypochlorite. Sodium hypochlorite is an alkaline 'White, G.C.The Handbook of Chlorina tion, 2nd Ed. Von Nostrand Reinhold. New York, 1986.

^Leidholdt, R. Chlorine - "Special Agent" for Disinfecting Water. American Water Works Association. Vol. 26. No. 6. Pp 40-43. June 2000.

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''Chlorine Chemistry Council. The Chlo rination of Drinking Water. A Review of Disinfection Practices and Issues.

Arlington, VA, USA.

dium hypochlorite storage does not present any fire hazard. However, it is quite corrosive and should be kept away from equipment that can be coiToded. Overall, sodium hypochlorite possesses less restrictive storage and handling re quirements than chlorine gas or calcium hypochlorite; the risk is minimized due to the degree of dilution. Sodium hypochlorite is an effective disinfectant and a strong oxidant, which is also used for iron and manganese re moval,taste and odour control, and bio

logical growth control, while maintain ing a safe residual throughout the dis tribution system. Chlorine Effectiveness as a Disinfectant

Water-bome pathogens causing dis ease fall into three general classes: bac teria, such as Escherichia Coli, Salmo nella (typhoid). Vibrio (cholera) and Legionella; viruses, such as Hepatitis A; and parasitic protozoa, such as Cryptosporidium parvitm and Giardia lamblia. Bacteria and viruses contami

nate both surface and groundwater, whereas parasitic protozoa appear pre

dominantly in surface water." All three forms of chlorine, when

added to water, will form hypochlorous Continued overleaf

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Drinking Water Treatment acid (HOCl). Hypochlorous acid pen etrates microorganism cell walls and attacks their enzymes. It alters the struc ture of the enzymes, which in turn pre vents reproduction, and causes the death of the organism. For chlorine to disinfect water prop erly, it must react with the water for a certain period of time,referred to as the contact time, t. For

taking into account other factors. Temperature of the water is also an important consideration in regards to disinfection efficiency because it affects

Thus, the removal of these pathogens must be achieved through another means than chlorination. Filtration or alterna tive disinfectants such as chlorine diox

whereas in warmer water, it will tend to

ide and ozone have proven to be effec tive in eliminating these protozoan cysts, and can be used in synergy with chlo



the chlorine residual. Indeed, chlorine

will remain longer in colder water,

As for any disinfection practice, implementing a


most water systems, the re quired contact time is usually in the range of 30 minutes.^ It is directly dependent on the

proper water treatment system that takes into account the raw

disinfectant concentration, C.

water quality (pre-oxidation, coagulation/flocculation, fil tration) prior to disinfection is

For higher disinfectant con

crucial in order to allow chlo

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rine to be used to its maximum

Chlorination of drinking

longer contact time will be re quired. This is expressed by

water can create undesirable

by-products such as chlora-

the C X t value, which is a

mines and trihalomethanes

yardstick for evaluating disin fection effectiveness against a specific organism, for a spe cific water pH and tempera

(THMs). Chloramines are


formed when chlorine com

bines with natural nitrogen/ ammonia present in water.

pH value

ture, because the effectiveness p., .

of chlorine is influenced by

The chloramine residual limit

onne versus pH dissociation curve.

water pH and temperature. The pH of water plays an important role in regards to chlorine efficiency. Free chlorine is defined as hypochlorous acid and hypochlorite ion (HOCl -i- 001"). The change of equilibrium between the two species can be observed on the pH curve as the pH changes. The effective ness of hypochlorous acid (HOCl) as a disinfectant is far superior to the hy pochlorite ion(OCr). It is therefore ad vantageous to have the pH controlled to optimize the effectiveness of chlorine.

ment. It is essential to maintain a mini

is presently set at 3.0 mg/1 in the Canadian Drinking Water Guide lines; however, the limit is expected to be lowered by Health Canada due to re cent research showing toxicity of

mum chlorine residual level in the


water system to ensure continued pro tection against harmful organisms. Other Considerations/ Synergistic

are formed when chlorine reacts with

Chlorine residual is defined as the amount of chlorine that remains in

water for a period of time after treat

On the other hand, trihalomethanes

humic and fulvic acids which originate from decaying vegetation present in sur


Protozoan cysts like Cryptosporidium and Giardia possess harder shells, making it very difficult for hypochlo rous acid to penetrate the cell wall.

face water. Trihalomethanes are sus

pected carcinogenic substances and must be kept at a minimal concentration Continued on page 20


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water systems, chlorine gas has long been the primary disinfectant source because of its low cost, simple opera tion and stability. Since the majority of small water systems use a groundwater source from wells where the water sup ply is relatively clean, only disinfection with chlorine is required to provide a po table water supply to the distribution









system. The recent occurrence of bacterial CHLORINE CAS FROM VACUUM

outbreaks in groundwater systems can


Figure 1

be eliminated with the use of chlorine for well water treatment at the well head.

The operation of chlorine gas systems, properly controlled, safely installed and continuously monitored, offer the user an effective, simple and economical method of disinfection and is effective

against bacteria such as E. coli. Chlorine Requirement The chlorine requirement must be established to meet the disinfection

needs of each well or underground water source. Most well sources will

have a chlorine demand consisting of dissolved metals such as iron and man

ganese, perhaps some organic demand from colour or taste, perhaps an odour from sulphides and perhaps a bacteria demand. The total demand from any or all of these sources may be established in the utility's laboratory or in an inde pendent laboratory. Once the demand is determined and the residual require ments, governed by local regulations, are known, the dosage is established by adding the demand and the residual. The quantity of chlorine required is determined quickly and easily with a simple calculation. The formula used is:

MVh = water flow in cubic metres

per hour,

g/M^ = chlorine dose in grams per cubic metre (numerically the same as milligrams per litre (mg/L)), g/h = chlorine gas feed require ments in grams per hour. So, assuming a well has a pumping

rate of 400 MVh and requires a dosage of 1 g/M' or 1 mg/L, the chlorine feed rate is 400 grams per hour. A 400 gram per hour continuous feed rate will be available from a cylinder of chlorine containing 68 Kg. This cylin der will last seven days before requir ing replacement, assuming 24 hour op eration of the well pump. In most cases, a well pump operates only when the water demand in the distribution system calls for more water. Well pumps nor mally operate intermittently, controlled by a level in a head tank or system pres sure. A chlorine cylinder used under these conditions will be in use for well

over seven days at a 400 gram per hour intermittent feed rate.

MVh X g/M^ = g/h.

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Most well systems are provided with 100% standby through the use of an au tomatic switchover system. This pro vides for continuous availability of chlo rine by switching to a standby cylinder when the in-use cylinder is empty. Op erating personnel need not be on-site 24

hours per day nor on weekends,and they can replace the empty cylinder during normal working hours. Installation of Chlorine System Normally, there are two methods used to add chlorine to well water - at

the well pump discharge or into the well suction. Addition into the discharge line requires the use of a booster pump, while addition to the well suction requires some special installation considerations. Either method is effective and can be

easily adapted to the local situation. Installation with a booster pump adds chlorine as a chlorine solution from a

gas feed chlorinator to the discharge line from the well pump,downstream of the well pump check valve, (see Figure 1). The booster pump is used to feed the chlorine solution created at the vacuum

producing ejector by activating the booster pump only when the well pump is started. When the well pump is oper ated, the rate of pumping is constant, the proper chlorine proportion is added with a manual,fixed feed rate gas chlorinator. Installation without a booster pump uses the well pump discharge line pres sure and injects solution back into the well below the pump housing and away from the well casing(see Figure 2). The nature of this type of installation usu ally dictates that the well be shallow. Provision must be made in the install-

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Guest Comment

Emergency air monitoring at toxic fires Who you gonna call? You'll be surprised

During disasters such as the recent Ontario fires at U.S.E.

sary, how can this be done when they won't expose the unit to any suspected

to go into areas of concern. We ask how the regulatory agency that controls the

Hickson in Scarborough,


environment can be so restricted while

and the Plastimet fire in

Hamilton, police and fire officials anx iously awaited the arrival of the Minis try of the Environment. During these events, the air quality that the emergency personnel are fac ing is often suspected of being toxic. Several calls are made to the Ministry

The TAGA units do contain numer

ous expensive pieces of analytical equip ment, but they are only as good as the samples which they extract. The two or three staff members in the unit are not

outfitted with any personal protective equipment, nor are the units themselves positive pressure sealed. Put yourself

of the Environment to

have their Emergency Response Person(ERP) dispatched to the area. When the ERP per son reports in to the po

conducting both investigations and dayto-day control of the environment. Lets get back to the million dollar buses. The three units, apparently, all test for different components of what could be in a fire. So if you are lucky enough to get a unit on site, you might want to know if the unit tests for organics or inorganics before it is sent. So one must

lice or fire command

really know what is burning and what the by-products are before you can request a unit that may be in Kenora

unit, he or she will state

or Sarnia.

that the Ministry of the

As an Emergency Responder and one who has been to many occur

Environment does not

offer front-line


monitoring. Depending on where your occur rence is, you might get the luxury of having a Level 2 respond(Ham

rences (both Plastimet and U.S.E. Hickson),

ilton area has disbanded

gency response, to is sues such as spills and

we find that there is a

dangerous misconcep tion in the field ofemer

their Level 2). A Level 2 is an officer with some

basic air monitoring equipment. The equipment is not effective as the officer has no personal protective equipment, and thus their hands are tied.

If the situation warrants, the million

dollar air monitoring bus will be dis patched. If you are lucky, one of the three units will be in Toronto. One typi cally might wait 12-14 hours for a re sponse to the scene. These buses, along with the MOE, are not front-line response units. They are typically situated throughout Ontario to conduct air sampling in various re gions. Upon arrival at the scene, you will see the Million Dollar Air Moni

toring Unit, also known as Trace Atmos pheric Gas Analyzer (TAGA) unit, parked in an area in which there are no potential toxins. If the MOE is sum

toxic fires.

in their place. Would you drive into a plume or another risk area knowing that you, the operator, will take any toxic hit long before the community does? You will see them drive through your neigh bourhood but if there are readings or evi dence of elevated levels, they will be gone before you are. Recently, U.S.E. Hickson in Scar borough (April 09, 2000), sustained a reported 10 million dollar fire which emitted a thick black plume and forced the evacuation of ten homes. At the time

of writing, the MOE had not been on the actual fire site. The local officer who

was very effective in her handling of the fire clean-up had never been trained or outfitted with the basics of personal pro tective equipment other than NFPA level

To be able to get accurate sampling and readings, one must enter the area in which the suspect toxins are present. By not placing properly trained MOE offi cials with proper equipment into the plume or the fallout, we will never get accurate results and be able to make ra

tional decisions for both fire-fighting and evacuations. Police and fire officials must learn

that certain misconceptions can, and will, possibly have caused exposure to chemicals and placed both regulatory agencies and citizens at risk. We at TEAM-1 do not operate mil lion dollar buses, but we do have exten

sively trained personnel who will enter the most toxic of sites and give relative readings for various components. At

D work wear.

both the Plastimet and U.S.E. Hickson

fires, our crews were giving information

nity and the fire officials if the air is

While TEAM-1 crews spent six weeks cleaning up under Level B and

breathable or if an evacuation is neces-

C,the MOE never ventured onto the site

the start of both disasters.

to look at the conditions that made this

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moned to the scene to tell the commu

By Mitchell GIbbs, TEAM-1 Environmental Services

site such an environmental issue. The

local officer's reply to all was that they are not HazMat people and don't need

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to the fire service within two hours of


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WEAO's first symposium In the new millennium attracts more than 700 delegates water from the well


quite close to the dead camel. Why didn't anyone move

last 35 years. This could be significantly

no one knew who the

less where corrosion or inferior materi

owner was and, in

that part of the

als are factors. These stark figures tell us that we should be spending about

world, no one would

$895 million per year on infrastructure

take it upon them

replacement-this would be 1.8% of the

selves to move other

estimated asset value," he said. He

people's property.

noted that this was just to keep the in frastructure in satisfactory working con dition, without considering growth-re lated expenditures, process improve ments, problems,or catch-up funding to make up for deferred spending.

Elect of the Water Environment Fed

Steve Davey, Environmental Science & Engineering Maga

Thefirst WEAO conference of the new millennium was held at the Hamilton Convention

Centre,April 16-18, attracting some 700 registrants. The OPCEA Exhibition and Operations Challenge provided excitement and entertainment to liven up the serious technical papers. Toby Barrett, Parliamentary Assist ant to the Ontario Minister of the Envi

ronment,said:"Over the past two years, Ontario invested some $200 million in

improving water quality, thereby pro tecting human and environmental health, through the Provincial Water Protection Fund. That money has helped dozens of communities upgrade their sewage treatment infrastructure, and ensure clean drinking water for their residents."

Keynote Speaker Marq de Villiers, renowned author, teacher and journal ist, outlined the appalling condition of water resources on a global basis. While we enjoy abundant freshwater along with the technical abilities to treat and

transport it to consumers, many in Third World Countries spend hours every day simply to access water of very poor qual ity. He gave one example ofa dead camel being found in a well in an advanced state of putrefaction. People were drawing (WEAO - Water Environment Associa tion of Ontario OPCEA - Ontario Pollution Gontroi

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ture, such as treatment facilities, should

the carcass? Well,

The President-

zine (ieft), receives the Bedeii Award from Joe Stowe, Jr.

"With good construction, in-ground infrastructure should last 75 years. Well constructed above-ground infrastruc

eration, Joe Stowe,

Jr., noted ruefully that bottled water is

sold for as much as 500 times more than

the cost of municipal drinking water supplied right inside the house. Many cultures spend many hours a day sim ply finding water fit to drink. "It is clear we are not doing a good job of selling the benefits of environmental engineer ing properly." He also noted, approv ingly, the rapid advance offemale engi neers into the environmental engineer ing professions. Mr.Stowe called on Steve Davey,cofounder of Environmental Science &

Engineering magazine, to accept the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award. He noted that this was a Federation award as well

as the premier award of WEAO. Eldon Wallis, City of Orillia, was awarded the top honour for Operations Excellence, the Hatfield Award.

At a press conference, George Powell,P.Eng., D.E.E., gave some stag gering statistics on infrastructure fund ing deficits. A Senior Vice President of CH2M Gore & Storrie Limited, he was the 1989 President of WEAO.

Difficult choices

He said Ontario's water industry is facing difficult choices - either invest ing more in protection of vital infrastruc ture or being reactive to its safekeeping, ultimately resulting in premature infra structure replacement at far higher over all cost. Globally, staggering numbers are emerging on the need for infrastruc ture spending. A1992 Needs Study con ducted for the Ontario Water Services

Secretariat, estimated the province's ex penditures at $19 billion for water and wastewater alone. Responding to the massive future spending estimates, gov ernments at all levels are taking a far more critical look at public infrastruc ture, he noted.

Mr. Powell pointed out that: "While Ontario public drinking water utilities have traditionally been managed on a fee-for-service basis, with accounts

managed to recover the full cost of the service provided, wastewater services have not followed this management ap proach. According to 1994 data, only Continued overleaf

Clockwise from top left: Operations Chaiienge 1st Place team 'Flush In The Pan' from the Regional Municipality of Durham (left to right): Tony Ho, WEAO Presi dent; Rhonda Harris, WEF Past President; John Rammier; Marty Van Heuvei; Duncan Sedgeman (coach); Craig Belfry; Heinz Held, OPCEA President; Rich ard Foreman; Joe Stowe, Jr., WEF President-Eiect. Eidon Wailis (ieft). City of Oriilia, receives the Hatfield Award from Joe Stowe, Jr. and Tony Ho, MOE, WEAO President. Award recipients (ieft to right): Terry Matthews, Zenon; Bob Wiiicocks, Triton Engineering; Greg Jackson, outgoing director; Rosanna Dilabio, Praxair; Peter Nicoi, CH2M Gore & Storrie; Margaret Soares, Mohawk College. Joe Stowe, Jr., and his wife Kay,Joined David Rein, LIMA Engineering (left), for Tuesday's 'apron lunch'. Marie Meunier and At Vivian, US Filter. Operations Safety event team 'The Titrants'(OCWA). George Powell, CG&S, with ES&E Publisher, Tom Davey. Keynote speaker Marq de Viiliers, author of "Water". Environmental Science & Engineering, June 2000

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50% of the total water and sewage ex penditures are being recovered by the

early 1990s, recognized upgrading re quirements estimated at $19 billion

user rate. Ontario's investment in water

spread over 15 years, or $1.3 billion per

and wastewater infrastructure has not

year. Growth-related expenditures, nor mally covered by development charges

Growth-related water and wastewater infrastructure costs in Ontario are esti

kept pace with economic growth. Since the late 1970s,infrastructure growth has

and the house owners, must also be rec

mated at $1 billion annually, based on a 1% growth rate. "In summary, annual capital spend ing on water and wastewater infrastruc

remained static or has declined, as have

ognized. The cost to service a new home

ture should be approximately $2.3 bil

provincial and federal grants to local governments for water systems. Using 1992 as the base year, the province has

with water and wastewater services is

lion. In 1997, the total annual spending

about $8,000 per capita, while develop ment charges for water and wastewater, intended to pay for trunk mains, pump ing stations, reservoirs and treatment fa cilities, are about $5,000 per unit.

between what is being spent and what is needed. The longer the delay,the great er the gap will become," he stressed.

shown a decrease in total annual ex

penditure from 1995 to 1997, of 17%. "The MOE Needs Study back in the

was $971 million -a gap of$1.3 billion

What is Affordable? "The 1999 American Water Works

Association survey of municipalities shows the average Ontario household uses about272 cubic metres of water per

year and pays $397 annually for water and sewage services. Water and wastewater costs represent about 0.7% of household income, far less than the maximum 2% of median household in

come(not including sewerage charges) recommended by the US Environmen tal Protection Agency. Existing esti mates on necessary infrastructure expen ditures would mean a household in

crease of approximately $750 per year, an increase of about $I per household

Why is there excitement in the air about Eaglebrook?

per day from the current rate- most rea sonable in comparison to consumer costs in many other parts of the world. "Integration of our water and wastewater systems into a single unit with full cost recovery of all system costs by the user will provide a financially-sound and

We're continuing to spread our wings - taking the lead as your single source for water coagulation products and

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The effect of both medium pressure and low pressure ultra violet radiation on encysted Giardia and Cryptosporidium was investigated using a bench-scale collimated beam ap paratus. Parasite inactivation was determined by infectivity in animal models. The data show that Giardia and Cryptosporidium are readily inactivated by medium-pres sure UV with 2.5 log-units of inactivation of both parasites at UV doses of less than 40 mJ/cm^.

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Gerald Cowley, B.Sc., P.Eng. Affiliation: Sterling Pulp Chemicals Ltd. Abstract:

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One of these options is the use of chlorine dioxide(ClO,). In the past, principally due to its cost, it was used only for odour and taste problems. However, recent studies have confirmed that it is a very effective disinfectant, and that Continued overleaf

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Conference Review

the concerns about its specific DBFs (chlorite and chlorate), can and are be

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year of operation. The authors gave an overview of the biological iron and manganese removal

the last five years. These have used a variety of processes ranging from low

process,the application guidelines of the technology, and showed a few installa

to more sophisticated membrane treat ment systems. Selection of the appro priate technology for water treatment


Details of the pilot study, together

3. The First Canadian Biological Man

with the full-scale installation schemat

ganese Removal installation Operat ing Results.

ics and layout were presented. Predicted performance of residual manganese of


less than 0.05 mg/1 was reached with out any chemical addition after the six

Jean Paul Trudel and Paul Williams

Affiliation: Degremont Infilco Limited

weeks required for the biomass devel opment. The fully automatic system operates with very little operator atten


The town of Woodstock, NB,was strug

tion. In addition, the pilot study per

gling with an increasing level of man ganese,since their well water source was affected by the Saint-John river water

formed at Ste-Marie de Beauce where

mechanical content,slow sand filtration,

must consider a number of factors in

cluding raw water quality, performance during piloting, cost, ease of operation and maintenance, and more stringent water quality regulations.

This paper reviewed considerations for process selection in water treatment. Case studies were presented from projects in British Columbia,the US,the Caribbean and Australia. Many of the issues facing other jurisdictions are

level rise, due to a new dam constructed

iron and manganese can reach 14 and 2 mg/1 respectively, was briefly presented. 4) Selection of Appropriate Technol

downstream. Pilot tests were conducted

ogy for Water Treatment.

ventional filtration, ozonation, mem

with conventional physical chemical processes and one biological process. The town retained the biological proc


branes and slow sand filtration. Project

Brian Johnson, P.Eng. and Reno Fiorante, P.Eng. Affiliation: Stantec Consulting Ltd.

examples were provided to demonstrate the application of the technology for different source water quality.

ess because there is no need for chemi

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similar to British Columbia. Different water treatment processes were re

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in the water and wastewater sector.

• Why the self-priming pump is an ad vantageous design for sewage lift sta


The Gorman-Rupp Company, a manu facturer of self-priming sewage lift sta tions active in Canada, found that they were receiving more and more inquir ies for pump stations with a high total dynamic head, in excess of 30 metres. Investigation of the need for heads of this magnitude uncovered the cause - a steep system curve resulting from either a relatively small forcemain di ameter, or a high value of equivalent length. The situations responsible in cluded: infill development adding one or more pump stations to a system, ret rofit of a pump station for a higher ca pacity while re-using the existing forcemain, and connecting scattered effluent sources through a long forcemain to a rural treatment plant. This presentation reviewed the fol lowing material, to explain the nature ofthe special pumping station developed by Gorman-Rupp to address this need: •What a self-priming pump is, and how

tion service.

• Definition of parallel and series pump operation. • What a "Parallel-Series" station is and

how it works. Patent position. • How pump curves and system curves relate to the "Parallel-Series" concept. •The benefits obtainable from a "Paral

lel-Series" station.

This presentation was intended to provide engineers and operators with information on a viable (though rela tively new)technology, which employs self-priming pumps to generate total heads of up to 60 metres in lift station service.

6) Oil Grit Separators for Pavement Drainage - What are the benefits?

numbers of proprietary methods used to remove pollutants from stormwater and pavement drainage. Authorities have been calling for the treatment of stormwater to help prevent degradation of aquatic habitat, and now, manufacturers are responding with a number of prod ucts specifically designed for oil and grit removal from relatively small flows. These products are now starting to be specified in municipal standards al though no protocol has yet been estab lished for their acceptance. This presentation reviewed the con cepts involved in oil and grit removal, some water quality requirements for habitat protection, and applications where oil/grit separators are useful. It reviewed pollutant removal efficiencies of oil/grit separators and compared them to estimated values for other standard



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Pulp & Paper Industry Focus

A new look at the forest industry and global warming

New analyses now suggest that cutting and replanting a climax forest may actually

benefit the environment,

provided the wood goes to long-lasting uses such as houses and furniture.

The main ingredient of wood, cellu lose, is a sugar polymer comprising oxy gen, hydrogen, and carbon constituents, freely available even though trees are sessile organisms that cannot forage as ani mals can. Water pro vides hydrogen and oxygen; air supplies carbon dioxide, CO,. The tree's genome tells

The time of lockup varies with the tree species. A spruce in a boreal forest may live for sixty years, a coastal Sequoia sempervirens for two millennia. At maturity, a tree stops binding carbon. At its death - whether quickly by fire or slowly by disease - its carbon is un locked to the air, and the cycle restarts. The trouble with this exquisitely bal anced system began with an old, old

and Venus- whose surface is as hot as a

self-clean oven - perhaps one day will be twins in climate, as well as in size.

To control CO,, scientists are mak ing sober proposals that ten years ago would have been considered science fic

tion. These use a concept called carbon

sequestration technology, or sucking carbon away from the air where it can not tum up the heat. Researchers from Norway, Switzerland, and the US have re

wood. Sunlight pro vides the power and much power is needed. A growing tree extracts huge volumes of mate

cently proposed inject ing CO,into sub-ocean wells, pumping it into dry oil wells on land, or bubbling it through the abyssal depths to create a kind of giant soda. One suggestion is more mundane: plant trees. A professor offorest ecology at the Univer sity of British Colum

rial from its environ

bia, Dr. Hamish Kim-

ment. Willows, for ex

mins,specializes in how forest ecosystems work, in both the pristine state and in response to human disturbance. Among other techniques. Dr. Kimmins analyzes forests by means of their car bon budget. "Any ecosystem," says Dr. Kimmins, "has a maximum quantity of carbon it

it how to assemble its raw



ample,drink water from the soil, duct it through roots and trunk, and 'wick' it into the

atmosphere as water vapour. This is not a small-scale operation. On a summer day when its biological processes run quickly, a mature willow may breathe tonnes of water into the air. Conserva

tion engineers in flood-prone areas, of ten plant willows rather than build dams. Similarly, the conifers in a climax for est extract millions of cubic metres of

carbon dioxide from the air, and lock it

up as wood. CO, seems harmless enough. It's a

natural' product of human respiration, and non-toxic in normal concentrations.

To understand why CO, has become a modern pollutant, scientists look back to Earth a hundred thousand years ago, when our biosphere's carbon budget was in equilibrium. Limestone, made of small sea-creatures' shells, stored carbon

until tectonic forces exposed it and let it weather. Earth's forests were also car

story -the meddling ofH. sapiens. Coal and oil, those naturally occurring car bon sinks, made wonderful fuel; we ex

tracted them to heat our buildings and power our vehicles. Later we used them as feedstocks for synthetic materials in cluding plastics, fabrics, and even phar maceuticals.

Fossil fuels have undeniably im proved our daily lives. They have also yielded a major, unintentional by-product: gigatonnes of carbon dioxide, re leased into the air at rates unprecedented since immense volcanic eruptions mil lions of years ago. This is unfortunate, because atmospheric CO, has another property. It is transparent to sunlight striking through it to the ground, but nearly opaque to re-radiated infrared try ing to escape back into space. The net energy transfer accumulates energy, in exorably heating the Earth.

Industries that generate a lot of CO^,

bon sinks. As they grew, they bound

such as the oil and automotive sectors,

atmospheric CO^ into wood and held it

naturally baulk at any call to curtail their carbon output, often proposing further studies. But globally, science is rapidly reaching consensus on global warming: it's here. And unless we stop it. Earth

there until they died.

By William ilisey Atkinson 28

can store. Just as cars have different

sizes of gas tank, various forests differ in their capacity for holding carbon. When a forest reaches old-growth stage, its carbon tank is full and it is in equi librium. It takes from the atmosphere only as much carbon as it returns." When an old-growth forest is har vested, Dr. Kimmins says, its carbon tank is emptied. Second-growth stands that arise to replace the old-growth then bind carbon for several hundred years, until carbon equilibrium is re-estab lished. Whether or not this benefits the

environment depends on what happens to the harvested wood.

"If the trees go to short-term uses such as toilet paper," Dr. Kimmins says, "their carbon returns to the atmosphere within a few weeks and there is no net

removal of CO^. But if the harvested wood goes to longer-lasting uses, its carbon remains locked away from the

Environmental Science & Engineering, June 2000

Pulp & Paper Industry Focus dimensions: how wide an area is affected, how deep into the

A spruce in a boreal forest may live for sixty years, a coastal Sequoia sempervirens for two millennia. At maturity, a tree stops binding carbon. At its death - whether quickly by fire or slowly by disease - its carbon is unlocked to the air, and the cycle restarts. air while replacement saplings bind new carbon. This cre ates a net atmospheric removal of CO,. Long-lasting uses for wood include furniture, which may endure for hundreds of years, and building structures. From construction to teardown, the average LFS house lasts 65 years, and even then its wood may continue to function as a

biosphere the disruption goes, the time it takes an affected area to regain its biological productivity, and the area's eco logical significance. The computer model rates resource re movals from coastal rainforest as more significant than boreal forest, and much more significant than northem barrens. He says the extent to which wood products are recycled in Canada, depends on use and region. "Warehouse pallets are made from low-grade wood. If individual planks are replaced as they wear out, a pallet may last for years. In big cities, a pallet that's worn beyond repair goes to a recycling facility that extracts the nails, then chips the wood for re use as fibreboard. Outside the cities, worn-out pallets usu ally go straight to landfill." If such considerations sound mundane,consider the num

bers. Last year the US imported(US)$20 billion worth of lumber from Canadian forests. That's fifteen megatonnes

carbon sink.

of carbon withheld from the air.

"In anaerobic landfill, wood breaks down at three per cent or less per year," says Jamie Meil, Vice-President of the Athena Institute in Ottawa. "At these decay rates, it might not release all its stored carbon for a century or more." Alternatively, notes Dr. Kimmins, wood from a demol ished house could be used as a feedstock to generate engine fuels such as methanol. This would place no more carbon into the air than allowing the wood to decay naturally. At the same time, it would displace its BTU equivalent in fos

"Obviously, the best thing for us to do would be to have everyone leave our forests alone and cycle to work," Dr. Kimmins says. "But since we aren't likely to do this in large

sil fuels.

to the environment."

numbers, it makes sense to maximize our forests' carbon ca

pacity by periodically skimming off their bound carbon. Har vesting lumber makes the forest a more efficient carbon sink." Adds Mr. Meil; "In the bigger picture, the bad image that wood products often get from eco-activists is rarely de served. Building with wood can show a real commitment

Mr. Meil's institute, a spinoff from the R&D agency Forintek, looks at the broader context of wood use in build

Bill Atkinson is a science writer in North Vancouver.

ings. What demands would a proposed design make on the environment? How much of this eco-load stems from the

creation of building materials, and how much over a build ing's effective life? To what degree does this eco-load de pend on what happens to materials when a building is torn down? In constructing a computer model that addresses these issues, Mr. Meil and his associates have unearthed some interesting facts. "Wood is less environmentally dismptive than many or most building materials," observes Mr Meil. "That is our inescap able conclusion. When you consider raw-resource consump tion, energy spent on extraction, transportation, and manufac turing, global warming potential, and generated wastes, wood

emerges as a clean, ecologically responsible material." In resource extraction, the Athena model considers four

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Pulp & Paper industry Focus

Auger Monster saves reams at paper mill

TheHaverhill paperboard recy

cling facility in Massachusetts is saving on maintenance as well as raw material costs.

After replacing an inadequate bar screen, an Auger Monster dramati cally reduced maintenance time and costs and allowed significant vol umes of paper wastes that would have otherwise gone down the drain into the public sewer system to be returned to production. The Haverhill plant produces some 380 tons a day of paperboard from 100% recycled paper. The plant produces rolled and flat paper-

ids are composed of paper fibre from the paper making process and other un wanted solids such as plastics, wood, boots, and rags. According to Opera tions Eneineer,Chris Manzer,the recov-

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Design modifications were made to the Auger Monster to han dle the exceptionally heavy waste flows at the plant. This included double stacking the cutters to re duce the number of cutting edges, and upgrading to a 7.5 hp motor. The modified Auger Monster

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Auger Monster helps Haverhill Paperboard recycle paper waste.

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ery efficiency. The Auger Monster, designed by JWC Environmental to entirely replace the bar screen, now grinds the large sol ids, washes the usable paper fibre, fine

was installed in the Fall of 1999 and

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debris that the bar screen could not re

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Pulp & Paper Industry Focus

Sixty percent of Canadian forests to be certified by 2003

Canadian forestry companies

are being certified for sustain able forest management at a much faster rate than origi nally forecast, Lise Lachapelle, presi dent of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association told the annual convention of the Northern Forest Products Asso

ciation, April 7, in Prince George, BC. Already, Canada has over 12 million hectares of forest certified to one of the

thi-ee leading standards,including Cana da's CSA. Much of that happened in 1999 "Xhis is more than double what

we predicted two years ago and accounts for 10 percent of Canada's managed for ests," she said. In British Columbia alone, almost

every major producer has been certified under one of the standards or is work

ing towards that goal. A year ago, none were certified. By 2003, 60 percent of Canada's managed forests will be certi fied under CSA, ISO 14001 or Forest

Stewardship Council. Already, 20 divi

ing momentum not just for marketing

sions of nine different Canadian forest

reasons, but because certification is be

companies have been certified under the

ing viewed as an important benchmark for assuring good business practices. Certification also provides transpar ency and accountability to the public, something the forestry industry wants. "Canadians are counting on us to be good

ISO 14001 standard of the international

Organization for Standardization. "Canada," said Lachapelle,"is work ing through international forums to en sure mutual recognition among accepted standards, like CSA, which was devel

stewai'ds of Canada's forests. Certifica

oped by the Canadian Standard Asso ciation in a transparent process with multi-stakeholder input. The goal of obtaining mutual recognition is to en sure an open marketplace and preserve the credibility of all major certification

tion is going to be a major part of how we keep that tmst and build on it," she said. The forest industry has enthusiasti cally embraced sustainable forest man agement. Audits by international organi zations like the Organization for Eco nomic Cooperation and Development

standards. There is no room for a dou

ble standard or a shifting standard that can be manipulated by any special in terests to suit their particular agenda," said Lachapelle. "As an industry, we support the principle of equivalency." The Canadian Pulp and Paper Asso ciation president said certification for sustainable forest management is gain

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presumably had not been exposed to 4NP. Varying quantities of sewage biosolids, filtered-sterilized biosolids supernatant were added to selected soil samples to further study how biodegra dation rates of4-NP may be affected by a biosolids application program. Dr. Topp reported that 4-NP miner alized rapidly in soils without a lag pe riod. The degradation rates were not affected by the soil properties. Since the degradation rates in the two soils ob tained from Canadian Arctic were simi

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Stormwater Treatment

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Big Pipe wili open up phase 1 deveiopment lands in Milton, Ontario

Ground has been broken on

the first phase of Halton Region's ambitious plan to open up development in the

Milton, Ontario, area in accordance with

the Halton Urban Structure Program (HUSP). This program was initiated in the late 80s with the objective of plan ning orderly and responsible growth within the Region. Between 1989 and 1994 numerous studies were carried out under the envi ronmental assessment framework to en

sure that all social, economic, environ mental and technical Issues were ad

dressed in developing the plan, which later underwent numerous reviews and refinements.

Funding has been secured for the first phase of the plan which includes design and construction of major trunk water and wastewater mains along Regional Road 25 (formerly Highway 25) from Oakville to Milton. The trunk mains are

now collectively known as "The Big Pipe", and are a $30 million component of the total $98 million infrastructure

cost for the first phase. The HUSP planning process carried out by the Region over the past ten years has led to the identification and associ

ated phasing of developable land within the Milton and North Oakville areas.

The first phase of development is re ferred to as the Milton Southeast Devel

opment Area. To allow this first phase of development to proceed, the plan identified'a need for a new trunk water

main along the Regional Road 25 corri dor, from a new Zone 5 pumping sta tion at Upper Middle Road in Oakville, to Derry Road at the south end of the existing built-up area in Milton. In addition, the need for a trunk

wastewater main within the Regional Road 25 corridor was identified to con

vey wastewater from the new develop ment area in Milton, southerly beyond Upper Middle Road, for ultimate treat ment at an expanded Mid-Halton wastewater treatment plant along the QEW highway. This work is being funded by the developers, not by existing taxpay-

By Wayne Concessi, P. Eng. Dillon Consulting Limited

Trunk water and wastewater main construction aiong Regionai Road 25. Photo - Jeff Williams, Dillon

ers, and there will be no new debt load to lected to carry out the design/build as the Region. signment. A $75,000 honorarium was The Region required that the first paid to the unsuccessful teams. phase of HUSP be quickly implemented The D'Orazio-Walter Joint Venture to meet immediate development needs. team members and their associated work They also required some assurance that assignments are as follows; costs would not increase, since up-front 1. D'Orazio Infrastructure Group - to funding was provided by the benefitting construct 15.5 km of 900 mm diameter trunk water main and 15.5 km of 825 developers. The Region looked at vari ous alternative service delivery methods mm to 2400 mm diameter wastewater to meet these objectives. Ultimately, a trunk sewer and force main; design/build approach was selected for 2. Walter Construction Canada Ltd.- to the major trunk mains, with the expec construct an 1,100 L/s sewage pumping tation that this component (being the station north of Lower Baseline Road; largest component of the first phase) 3. Greater Toronto Consulting Group could meet the tight schedule under this (comprising Dillon Consulting Ltd., method of service delivery and that the Acres and Associated Ltd. and R.V. work would be done for a fixed price, Anderson Associates Ltd.)-to carry out i.e. no surprises. all design, approvals and Quality Assur The Region utilized a two-step proc ance/Quality Control functions. ess for identifying, evaluating and se The Region indicated that the selec lecting the team to design and construct tion of the preferred team was based on the trunk mains. The first step involved a superior design, on the handling of the a request for Expressions of Interest environmental, traffic, and public com

(EOI)from interested teams. Nine EOI

munications issues, and on the team's

submissions were received by the Re gion outlining project understanding, qualifications and innovation that each could bring to the project. The second step involved short-listing the nine sub

past experience. In putting a winning proposal to gether, the D'Orazio-Walter Joint Ven

missions to three, for more detailed de

sign/build proposals. The detailed pro posals were received and reviewed by the Region in February 1999, and the D'Orazio-Walter Joint Venture was se


ture carried out an extensive review of

the project background and carefully considered the Region's requirements for this project. On this basis, a design was developed which was innovative, but at the same time met the Region's design criteria and standards, and also

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met all scheduling requirements. Several of these proposal and post-proposal innovations are briefly described: 1) Value Engineering -The Joint Venture recognized the impor tance of including a Value Engi neering(VB)step at the proposal stage to ensure a competitive bid, and to provide added value to the Region early on in the process. After award of the project, an ad ditional Value Engineering Work shop was held, with the full par ticipation of Region of Halton design and operations staff. This

length and diameter of the force main,as well as the preferred site for the pump station.



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nel vs. pumping station schemes by the D'Orazio-Walter Joint

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Venture confirmed that the Proposed Wastewater Pumping Station

pumping station option was pre ferred. However,two significant changes to this option were sug gested to reduce the overall cost and to improve system operation. The first change was to move the proposed pumping station site from privately-owned agri

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VE session related to the pro posed sewage pumping station. In the Request For Proposal, the

Region indicated that a prior as-


to the north, to property already owned by the Region (the Halton Waste Management Site). There was ample space available on the site and existing landscaping pro vided a buffer to visually screen the pumping station from Re gional Road 25. This revised lo


cation also reduced the overall

courtesy of Region of Halton and Dillon,

sessment had been carried out to compare the cost of a gravity tunnel through the Trafalgar Moraine, versus a pump station/force main combination. On the

basis of this prior analysis, the pumping station/force main combination was preferred and the Region had developed this option to the point of specifying the

project cost by eliminating the need to purchase property and by replac ing a section of deep sewer with less costly, shallow force main. Continued overleaf

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The second change was to re configure the pumping station from the Region's wet well/dry well standard to submersible. This change simplified maintenance requirements, improved worker safety and reduced overall cost. 3)Sixteen Mile Creek Tunnel-In addi tion to the benefits derived from the

Value Engineering session, it was also noted by the Joint Venture that creative means of crossing a major branch of Six teen Mile Creek just south of Derry Road would be required. In consulta tion with the Halton Region Conserva tion Authority, the Joint Venture agreed to tunnel this crossing (at higher cost than open cut construction), leaving the creek and its banks intact and avoiding the environmental impacts which can occur with open cut construction at a sensitive creek crossing. Further, by



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have continued to pursue innovative ways of implementing the project and adding value to the Region. When the proposal for this project was originally

April I to June 15,is not invoked, avoid ing a potential conflict with an already very tight construction schedule. 4) Partnering Workshop - The Region of Halton has been very progressive in pursuing a Design/Build approach for the design and construction of the ma jor trunk water and wastewater mains along Regional Road 25. Consistent with this progressive approach, a two day partnering workshop was held after selection of the preferred Design/Build team to foster team-building and coop eration among all parties to the agree ment.

Key decision-makers were nomi nated to attend this facilitated session in

cluding staff from all of the Region de partments involved, as well as repre sentatives of the contractors, the consult

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ing engineers, the suppliers and the de velopers. A Partnering Agreement was signed by all parties at the conclusion of the session which confirmed and fos

tered a mutual understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all parties. 5)Environmentally Sensitive Area(ESA)

award, the Joint Venture team members

submitted, the contract limits for the

wastewater trunk sewer were Derry Road to the north and Upper Middle Road to the south.

The downstream portion of trunk sewer between Upper Middle Road and the Mid-Halton Sewage Treatment Plant had been previously designed by others and had already been tendered for con struction. However, it was noted that this wastewater trunk sewer was to con

tinue south of Upper Middle Road through an ESA within the Fourteen Mile Creek Valley. This routing required both a multi-barrel syphon under the main branch ofFourteen Mile Creek and

an above-grade crossing of a major tributary of the creek. The environmen tal implications of this routing, as well as the potential maintenance problems associated with the multi-barrel syphon, prompted the D'Orazio-Walter Joint Venture to re-assess other alternatives

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The re-assessment resulted in a pro posal to the Region to re-route the trunk wastewater main around the ESA by staying within the Regional Road 25 right-of-way, thereby also avoiding the need for both the multi-barrel siphon and the above-grade crossing of the tribu tary watercourse. This was achieved at lower total cost than the tendered cost

for the original routing through the ESA. Due to the value added, the Region agreed to extend the original D'OrazioWalter Joint Venture contract to a point south of Upper Middle Road to include the proposed re-routed section of wastewater trunk main.

Project Status Construction began on the trunk water and wastewater mains north of

Dundas Street (through the Elighway 407/Regional Road 25 interchange) on January 24, 2000. With concurrent de sign and construction, coordination of several field crews and by working closely with review agencies and regu latory authorities to obtain the required approvals and permits, project comple tion is anticipated in the Fall of 2000. For more information, circle reply card No. 209

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Pump Design

Why you can get rough running pumps More attention to sump design is needed

Pumpsump design is often an aspectthatis notgiven

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a pump inlet badly skewed or distributed can result in uneven loading on the impeller, rough running and a drop in performance. Surface or submerged vortices may be sufficiently developed that an air core is drawn into the pump. When this happens, the impeller encounters a low pressure pocket that causes the pump to vibrate and, subsequently, the bearings to wear out. If the vortex is se vere, cavitation damage is sometimes visible on the blades. Despite the advances in numerical modelling, it is still not sufficiently developed to simulate the flow conditions By Graham K. Holder, Eng., LaSalie Consulting Group Inc.

in a pump well. Flows are fully 3-D and highly complex and are best investigated in a physical model. Model tests should ideally be carried out at the design

stage so as to ensure satisfactory performance of the pumps over the range of expected operations. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The LaSalle Consulting Group have model tested many poor layouts over the years that have exhibited problems.

A physical model, at a Froude scale of between 1/4 and 1/20, depending on the size of the prototype, is constructed in the laboratory. The area around the pumps,as well as the pumps themselves, are made of clear plexiglas so as to visu ally follow the flows to the pumps. The pumps have no mechanical parts and flows are simulated using a siphon principle. Tests are first carried out to identify a "worst case" sce

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As each pump well is site specific, a model test should be conducted at the design stage in each case. However, as

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Hershel Guttman to be the recipient of the highest AWWA Section honour, the George Warren Fuller Award. The George Warren Fuller Award is presented to Hershel as a member of the Association, for his distinguished serv ice to the water supply profession over the last 30 years. The award commemo rates the sound engineering skill, the brilliant diplomatic talent, and the con structive leadership of George Warren Fuller, and is given to members in this

a Section of the American Water Works

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Association who characterize his life.

This award was officially presented to Hershel at the June 2000 Annual Con ference held in Denver.


Environmental Science & Engineering, June 2000

Industry Update

Stanley Mason, P.Eng., and Bill Boriase, P.Eng., join ES&E's Editorial Advisory Board




Limited bgc engineering inc.

"As a strategic alliance member, Gartner Lee offers more comprehensive services to its clients

The President of Terminal City Iron Works Ltd., Stanley Mason,P.Eng., has joined ES&E's Editorial Advisory Board. Stan has often been helpful to ES&E in the past and he and I have met

in BC, Alberta and the North."

a Member of ^ivironmental

Sfeve Morison, Gartner Lee Limited

Manager - Alberta and Northern Canada Tel:(867) 633-6474, smorison@gartnerlee.com

at conferences on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. He is a Past President of

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EACE, a position he took over from Quebec's Pat Bourgeois in 1979.(FACE

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numbers among his many distinctions,

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the AWWA's Fuller Award.

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Bill Boriase, P.Eng., has been em ployed by the City of Winnipeg, Water and Waste Departmentfor over 30 years. As Manager of Wastewater Services, he has overall responsibility for the City's

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guished Western engineers have agreed to serve on our Board.

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Fax: (905) 475-5994


Industry Update

GL&V acquires Environmental Equipment & Systems, Inc.

'environmental site assessments


•risk assessment/management

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GL&V/Dorr-Oliver Inc. has acquired the assets of Environmental Equipment

•waste management

& Systems, Inc. The company is being integrated directly into GL&V/Dorr-

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Oliver Inc., a member of GL&V's Proc

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industrial markets such as chemicals,

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pulp and paper, mining, mineral process ing, metallurgy and the environment. These new operations will contribute sales of some $3 million annually to



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GL&V's revenues.

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Even paperless e-commerce might play a role. One of the biggest litter problems was the foam plastic 'peanut' packing used in the shipping of compu ter equipment.

Environmental Science & Engineering, June 2000

Industry Update ACPA names new Chairman for 2000

Stantec Consulting Ltd. ^

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♦ Occupational Health and Safety ♦ indoor Air Quality ♦ HS&E Compliance Audits

♦ Air Pollution Control

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Adrian Driver, president of CSR Hydro Conduit Corporation, has been named

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the new chairman of the board of the

Summa Enterprises, Place Griili, 3539 Blvd. St. Ctiaries, #350, Kirkiand, QC H9H 5B9

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American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA). As president of the Pipe and Concrete Products Division of CSR


Water Supply • System Optimization • Wastewater Solid Waste IVIanagement• Environmental Assessment

America Inc., Driver heads the largest


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In discussing his goals as ACPA's

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new chairman, Driver said he will fo

cus on growing the available "pie" for EARTH AND WATER SECTOR

precast concrete pipe products, as well as increasing the size of the market. Ontario

Could silver carp solve algae problem?


United States as part of a two-year study to see if the fish can solve perennial water quality problems. Silver carp are closely related to the now widely used green carp, a species that eats half ofits own weight in weeds daily. A research biologist has said that

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Scientists in southern Alberta think they may have a solution to the blue-green algae that foul rural ponds and small town drinking water storage reservoirs most summers. Alberta Agriculture re ports that 3,000 algae-eating silver carp have been imported from the southern

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Date Pad

August 29-31, 2000. FITMA 2000 - Inter national Fair of Environmental Technolo

gies; RESOL - International Exhibition of Technologies for Public Cleaning and Solid Waste; SETMA - Seminar of Environmen

tal Technologies, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Further information: Tel: (21) 537-4338, Fax; (21) 537-7991, E-mail: fitma@fagga.com.br, Web site: www.fagga.com.br. September 20-22, 2000. Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada, Midwest Branch,Annual Conference and Trade Show,

Thunder Bay,ON. Contact: Ajoy Chatterjee, Tel: (807) 475-2558, Fax: (807) 475-9186, E-mail: chatterjeea@bowater.com. September 25-28, 2000. 22nd Canadian Waste Management Conference & Interna

New CEPA now law New rules for controlling toxic sub stances were announced by Environment Minister David Anderson,April 4,2000, who said the Canadian Environmental

Protection Act(CEPA)is now law.

The new Act is designed to provide strong protection for the environment and for human health through sciencebased pollution prevention strategies. It incorporates current scientific under standing about the impact of toxic sub stances and pollutants on the environ ment and health, and places a new em

tional Trade Show, Halifax, NS. Contact:

The Nova Scotia Environmental Industry Association (NSEIA), Tel:(902)463-3538, Fax:(902)463-3511, Conference Web site: www.cwmc.ns.ca.

September 26-28, 2000. Enviro-Pro Expo Mexico 2000, Mexico City, Mexico. Spon sored by Air & Waste Management Association. Contact: Mercedes de la Cruz,

Tel: (301) 493-5500, Fax: (301) 493-5705, E-mail: delacruz@ejkrause.com. September 27-30, 2000. 10th Annual National Composting Conference- The Fu ture Starts Here...Compost! Edmonton,AB. Sponsored by The Composting Council of Canada,Olds College Composting Technol ogy Centre, and The City of Edmonton. Contact: Susan Antler, The Composting Council of Canada, Tel: (416) 535-0240, E-mail: ccc@compost.org. Web site: www. compost.org.

October 11-13, 2000. Rubber Recycling 2000-A World of Opportunity, Toronto, ON. Sponsored by The Rubber Association of Canada, and Scrap Tire Management Coun

phasis on public accountability and transparency. The new CEPA was ap proved by Parliament in September 1999, and gives the Government of Canada stronger powers and new tools. The new law emphasizes the impor tance of preventing pollution rather than cleaning it up after the fact. It explic itly acknowledges that the protection of the environment is essential to the well-

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Literature Review For Information on advertising in this section call ES&E at(905)727-4666. Directory 2000 - special "25th Anniversary Edition"

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Instrument Rentals

Response Rentals Ltd. rents, sells, and repairs instruments for environ mental monitoring and sampling and for industrial hygiene applications. Response Rentals also offers port

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Urecon pre-lnsulated pipe TED.PIE


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CPPA Installation Guide

This pocket-sized booklet provides information on handling and instal lation of corrugated polyethylene pipe and fittings in nonpressure ap plications including most storm sew ers, culverts, and subdrainage sys tems. The booklet is available by calling the CPPA at: 1-800-510CPPA (2772), or by visiting the web site at www.cppa-info.org. Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe

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Membrane technology for

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ABSEL, a pump selection software program developed by pump manu facturer, ABS Pumps, and offered free, significantly streamlines the pump selection process by enabling pump specifiers and users to automaticaiiy caicuiate friction loss in a system. By automating extensive, time-consuming caicuiations, ABSEL helps to ensure the appropriate se lection of an ABS pump to achieve optimum system operating efficiency. ABS Pumps Circle reply card No. 155

system can retrofit any existing wastewater treatment facility, im mediately increasing capacity by up to four times. The system in corporates immersed membrane technology, which assures hiomass retention, resulting in a high quality effluent, suitable for direct reuse or discharge. ZENON Environmental Inc.

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Product and Service Showcase Denso Petrolatum Tapes

Lamella Clarifier


Centennial Conotte Pipe & Products tnc

Stomceptor ® Every Stormceptor stormwater quality treatment system sold by Centennial Con crete Pipe & Products Inc. includes onsite installation inspection by Centennial, as well as initial clean out and first year inspection service by Minotaur Guardian

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fer all Stormceptor owners ongoing in spection and cleanout service at competi tive prices to ensure Stormceptors are op erating at maximum efficiency. Centennial Concrete Pipe & Products Circle reply card No. 161

Proven worldwide for well over 100 years, Denso Petrolatum Tapes offer the best, most economical, long-term corrosion protection for all above and below ground metal surfaces. Requiring only minimum surface preparation and environmentally responsible,Denso Petrolatum Tape is the solution to your corrosion problems in any corrosive environment. Eor applications in mines, mills, refineries, steel mills, pulp & paper, oil & gas, and the waterworks industry. The answer is Denso! Circle reply card No. 162

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Filtration and polishing units

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Concrete Pipe Handbook

AGRA Resource Catalog

Precast Concrete Box Culvert

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gain a better under standing of drainage products and their applications. The 48-page catalog in cludes an alphabetical listing of manuals, ACPA's Design Data series, videos, soft ware and other design/application re source materials. Free upon request to ACPA, www.concrete-pipe.org. American Concrete Pipe Association

crete Pipe Asso ciation can help engineers signifi cantly reduce de sign time and costly over-designs on projects using precast concrete box sections. The Win dows-based CD-ROM provides complete structural analysis for loads due to box weight,soil weight, intemal gravity fluid weight, live loads and user specified sur charge loads. Structural design methods conform to standards set by AASHTO. American Concrete Pipe Association

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used by engineers, consultants, agency and govemment of ficials, and others to

The latest edition of the Concrete Pipe Handbook,a comprehensive collection of theories, formulas and aids for designing concrete pipe systems, is available from the American Concrete Pipe Association. Now in its fifth printing, the handbook has been updated to include information on Standard Installation using Indirect De sign. American Concrete Pipe Assoc. Circle reply card No. 166

Design Software available

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Environmental Science & Engineering, June 2000

Product and Service Showcase Liquid level control

Sollds/corroslve liquids pumps

Gorman-Rupp's new J Series Packaged Submersible Pumping System places controls and valves above ground in an attractive, vandal-resistant fiberglass en closure. This design permits safe and easy access to controls or valves for main tenance or service. Compact, economi cal design reduces site space require ments by eliminating the need for a sepa rate valve pit. Gorman-Rupp Circle reply card No. 169

Gorman-Rupp's Electronic Pressure Switch has been designed to control the operation of your Gorman-Rupp pack aged pumping station or control. The EPS 2000 is incredibly accurate, reliable and simple to operate. The unit comes with pinpoint precision Start/Stop set points for one to eight pumps, or it can be used to control up to six pumps while monitoring the wet well with high and low water alarms. Gorman-Rupp Circle reply card No. 170

Gorman-Rupp T Series'''''' pumps are de signed for economical,trouble-free opera tion in handling solids-laden liquids and slurries. Pumps feature a large volute de sign which allows them to reprime auto matically in a completely open system without the need for suction or discharge check valves. And they can do it with the pump casing only partially filled with liq uid and a completely dry suction line. Gorman-Rupp Circle reply card No. 171

EIMCO FlexKlear速 Inclined

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plate settlers

solids-contact clarlflers

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available. Baker Process

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Design Data 41 from ACPA aids engineers in the proper design of manholes to pre vent flotation. Design methods, using ba sic soil mechanics to determine if a man

hole is susceptible to flotation, are pre sented for the engineer. The effects of the manhole configuration and surrounding soil conditions are taken into considera

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Prevent algae bulld-up

Inlet Stormceptor速 system

Membrane technology for Industrial wastewater

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i Ford Hall Company is the manufacturer of the Algae Sweep Automation debris control system. The custom-designed, stainless steel, spring loaded system is for use on primary clarifiers, secondary clarifiers and thickeners, whether they be domed,covered, or open to the elements. Patented since 1989,FMC has nearly 1,000 units installed in the US and Canada. Free

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ZENON's ZenoGem'速 bioreactor system can retrofit any existing wastewater treat ment facility, immediately increasing capacity by up to four times. The sys tem incorporates immersed membrane technology, which assures biomass reten tion, resulting in a high quality effluent, suitable for direct reuse or discharge. ZENON Environmental Inc.

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Product and Service Showcase Electrochemical meters

Hach Company has introduced two new sension electrochemical meter products for professional laboratory and field-test ing, both with multi-parameter capabil ity. The sension 156 (portable multi-pa rameter meter)and sension378(benchtop multi-parameter meter) both offer three lest combinations: pH/Conductivity, pH/ Dissolved Oxygen,and pH/Conductivity/ Dissolved Oxygen. Hach Company Circle reply card No. 178

Large digester covers

In-house total-lead testing

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Hach Company offers a new laboratory test for determining total organic carbon (TOC) content of drinking water and wastewater. This simple method is an ideal alternative to out-sourced analysis

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readings. The test is ideal for use in drinking water as a process control tool for those facilities required to remove organic material. Hach Company Circle reply card No. 179

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Water particle counting system

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The Model 560 Liquid Polymer Process ing Module is an advanced, highly effec tive system for instantaneously activat ing liquid polymer emulsions and solu tions. Completely pre-piped and pre wired in an industrial-duty, compact package, the fully automatic unit utilizes Acrison's performance-proven, control led shear activation chamber for precise and undui m polymer activation. Metcon

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Product and Service Showcase Trenchless Technology

Total residual chlorine monitor

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Insituform Technologies' proprietary trenchless technologies make it possible to reconstruct underground sewers and other pipes without digging or disruption. The Insituform速', NuPipe速,Paltem速, and

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methods. The result is" a system that is simple to operate and immune to common sample fouling problems. ATI Inc. Circle reply card No. 188

Suifide Monitor provides an on-line in strument for continuously measuring even very low levels of dissolved hydro gen suifide in water or wastewater. Meas urements may be made from a few PPB up to 20 PPM. with standard outputs and alarms that may be used to control chemi cal feed systems or provide alarms in the event of process problems. Analytical Technology, Inc. Circle reply card No. 189

Oil/water separator

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Oil in water monitor

Dissolved Suifide Monitor


For industrial and municipal measure ments of hydrocarbons in water, Arjay offers the FluoroCheck 2000. Using the selective and accurate technology offluo rescence, this instrument has been de

signed for quick and easy readings with its automatic sample read feature. Once the unit has been initiated to your site through a simple calibration, prepared samples are inserted into the unit and the rest is taken care of automatically. Arjay Engineering Ltd.

Now available - six sensor monitors that

The McTighe oil/water separator will produce an effluent quality of less than 10 PPM offree oil. Standard sizes range from 10 GPM to 4,500 GPM. Separa tors are available in both above ground and below ground models. Arjay Engineering Ltd.

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include the selective monitoring of electrochemical sensors and the safety of broad range gas monitoring - all in one! Enmet introduces the Target portable. Concentration display, audio and visual alarms, long battery life, and rugged. Also available with data logging, remote display unit, and built-in pump. Arjay Engineering Ltd.

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Low cost AutoFlash

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evaporation process The AutoFlash is

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only source of en ergy for phase separation. This exclusive feature makes evaporation a very viable treatment method for TDS (total dissolved solids), over 4,500 milli grams per litre. The proprietary, self-regu lating device causes the AutoFlash to be able to operate outside ofsteady state con ditions in a highly stable manner. Donson Engineering Circle reply card No. 194

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GDT Corporation has introduced a pack aged skid mounted water and wastewater treatment system. Applications include ozone and oxygen dissolution and CO,, VOC and Radon stripping. The patented GDT'm process is modular and can sup port small and large scale treatment ap plications. Pictured is the front and back of a compact (only 4 ft.- of floor space) system with oxygen and ozone generators mounted on the skid. GDT Corporation Circle reply card No. 195 51

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Multi-stage filter for small systems

The Amarex KRT pump meets all re quirements for the erection, replacement, or extension of pumping stations. It has been designated for wet-well installa tions. Dry-well installations can be real ized by means of the Sewatec series of fered by KSB. So, no matter which field of application, KSB will be in the posi tion to offer an optimum solution at a fair price,coupled with the most suitable sew age hydraulics. KSB Pumps Circle reply card No. 197

Dissolved oxygen system Âť

The JetMix Vortex Mixing System can be used in biosolids storage where solids suspension is important. Benefits of us ing the JetMix system include: Intermit tent operation saves 60-90% in power consumption; expensive tank cleanout and scheduled maintenance not required: easily installed in existing tanks; multi ple tank mixing using a central pump house. JetMix was a recipient of a 1997 Innovative Technology Award from the Water Environment Federation.

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MiOX water disinfection



The MS Filter is a solution to a small

system's water treatment needs that is simple and inexpensive to operate. There are no pre-treatment chemicals, no mem branes to replace, and yet treatment per formance equals or exceeds membrane or conventional processes. The plant is ideal for serviced populations of less than 1,500. RAL Engineering Ltd. Circle reply card No. 199

Compact ozone generator units

The Model 9200 is the first dissolved oxy gen analyzer available with two automatic self-cleaning methods. The Royce Instru ment Corporation Patented Electro chemical Self-Cleaning all but eliminates biological fouling. The system can be sup plied with a field proven Air or Water Jet Self-Cleaning. Together they produce un paralleled performance. The Model 9200 system also includes the only on screen graphical trending for both DO and Tem perature. Cancoppas Limited Circle reply card No. 200

Safe Drinking Water? by hypochlorination

MIOX products are based on a propri etary membraneless electrolytic cell that produces a liquid stream of mixed oxidants that are extremely effective in dis infecting water. The electrolytic cell uses sodium chloride, water, and electricity to generate the oxidant solution. This solu tion is collected in a tank and continu

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Safe Drinking Water? by chlorine dioxide ProMinent's Bello Zon chlorine di

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Ozonia's range of standardized compact ozone generator units, the OZATÂŽ, take advantage of the latest technological de velopments, including "Advanced Tech nology" dielectrics. They are ideal for; Ozone oxidation; up to 15% concentration and higher(from oxygen);chemical proc ess oxidation; groundwater oxidation; re cycle process water; wastewater oxidation; sterilize DI water. Pilot units are avail able. Ozonia

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ProMinent offers a simple and reliable chlorine disinfection program for pota ble water. Dulcometer sensors provide precise continuous monitoring of chlo rine residual (free or total), and FID con trol via high-precision metering pumps to maintain a safe chlorine residual. Fea

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eliminates THM

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concentrations,over a wide pH range,and provides a long-lasting residual. The Bello Zon generates and injects ClO,in stantaneously and proportionally into the water stream by means of high-precision metering pumps. ProMinent Fluid Controls

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Wastewater Odours

Ferric sulphate reduces odour complaints Iron-based coagulant has no impact on UV system count of less than 150 per 100 ml of ef fluent. In the first year of operation the Lakeshore West plant met its treatment objectives. The operating staff at OCWA was satisfied with the plant ex cept for the solids handling/dewatering system, and the odour that was gener ated by the process. Designed to have waste activated sludge sent to the primary clarifiers, sol ids from the primary clarifiers were pumped into aerated sludge holding tanks. The operators had the capability to stop the air in the sludge holding tanks, allow sludge to settle, and then decant the supernatant. This process would create a thicker sludge before being sent to the centrifuge for dewater ing. It was hoped that this process would result in less sludge being processed, and The Lakeshore West Pollution Control Plant with average daiiy treatment capacity a drier cake being formed. Unfortu nately, the sludge did not decant very of 5,400 rrf/day. well and the sludge going to the centri fuge did not dewater as expected. The ville lagoon system. Control Plant near Kingsville, Operational in 1998, the plant was process also created a significant odour, Ontario, was able to signifi designed for an average daily treatment which resulted in several complaints cantly reduce odour com capacity of 5,400 mVday. The conven from the community. Even an on-site plaints as a result of the handling and tional activated sludge process consists scrubbing system could not eliminate the dewatering of the treatment plant's of coarse screening, grit removal, pri complaints. solids. As part of OCWA's'Continuous Im mary sedimentation, fine bubble aera provement Program' the operating staff This was achieved by converting tion, secondary sedimentation and ultra violet(UV) disinfection. Disinfection at the plant began investigating alterna from alum to ferric sulphate for phos phorus control. Ferric sulphate mini is required from May 1 until October 31, tives to the current treatment program mized the odour released from the plant and there are no tertiary filters. The that would reduce the odour being gen Ontario Clean Water Agency(OCWA) erated from the solids handling process, by precipitating out the dissolved sul and increase the solids content of the has the operating contract for the facil phides and reducing the amount of hy drogen sulphide gas produced. This was ity that was built at a cost of $22.1 dewatered sludge. Eaglebrook was contacted about the million. accomplished while maintaining efflu When the Lakeshore West plant be use of iron-based coagulants to control ent quality and generating cost savings of 13.1% over the alum program. gan operating, aluminum sulphate odour and increase solids content. The use of an iron-based coagulant (alum) was used to control the level of OCWA already had extensive experi had no impact on the UV disinfection phosphorus in the effluent of the plant. ence using iron-based coagulants. Op system; moreover, the units were The plant was designed to meet a Total erating staff at the plant believed that switching from an aluminum-based co cleaned fewer times while using ferric Phosphorus level of 0.8 mg/L, Sus pended Solids of 10 mg/L, BOD^ of 10 agulant to an iron-based coagulant sulphate. Continued overleaf The plant was constructed to solve mg/L, and an E. co///fecal coiiform the pollution problems originating from malfunctioning septic systems in the Table 1 lakeshore area of the Township of

The Lakeshore West Pollution


Ferric Sulphate Program






Suspended Solids (mg/L) Total Phosphorus (mg/L) E. coli/coliform (#/100 ml) Odour Complaints (#)







150 counts

12.6 counts

2.0 counts





Gosfield South, and to alleviate the ex

isting capacity limitations of the Kings-

By Elvino Azevedo and John Merritt, Ontario Clean Water Agency, and Jim Allen, Eaglebrook, Inc.

Environmental Science & Engineering, June 2000




Wastewater Odours

would provide better results. Ferric sul phate was selected as the most appro priate coagulant because it has the same handling and storage characteristics as alum; moreover, staff already had ex tensive operating experience in the use of ferric sulphate. A trial was planned for May 1999 and Eaglebrook supplied a temporary stor age trailer, which was connected to the chemical feed system. The use of a tem porary storage trailer allowed the plant to run the trial without having to remove the existing alum from the storage tank, and to expedite the trial. The initial dosage was 100 mg/L of the ferric sulphate solution. This was subsequently lowered to 80 mg/L as the trial progressed. The initial observations were not important because it would take anywhere from three to six weeks to see any significant change in the sludge characteristics, although the op erators did indicate that the odour was

reduced around the plant. This is a result of the ferric iron re

acting with the dissolved sulphides, which forms an insoluble precipitate. This prevents the formation of hydro gen sulphide gas, which is easily identi-


No fouling of UV disinfection system.

fled by its rotten egg smell. Staff at the plant were asked to moni tor the normal operating parameters to ensure that they were treating the

radiation, many people believe that the use of an iron-based coagulant with an UV disinfection system is incompat

wastewater at the same level as when

ible. OCWA, however, had extensive

operating with alum. The monitoring of the UV disinfection system was of critical importance.

experience with UV disinfection, as well as coagulation. It had already operat ed plants in Stratford, Espanola and

Because iron absorbs ultra violet


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Wallaceburg under similar conditions to those in the Lakeshore West plant. After the first month, staff experienced no fouling, and the concern subsided. Once the iron had worked its way throughout the sludge in the plant, staff noticed a sharp decrease in odour when handling the sludge. In addition, they were able to dewater the sludge to greater than 30% solids without any problems. While using alum, they were only able to dewater for one week in May 1998. The frequency and number of odour complaints forced them to abandon that program, and they went back to hauling liquid sludge. From June to December 1998, the average concen tration of the sludge in the holding tanks

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Unique V-box channel CSO facility built with CON/SPAN system

Awastewater management

R.V. Anderson Associates Limited

master plan for the City of (RVA) was retained in 1998 to conduct St. Thomas' water pollution a Class Environmental Assessment of control plant was completed the proposed undertaking, and to pre in 1996. It identified the need for an in pare the detailed design of the CSO line combined sewer overflow (CSO) facility. facility, upstream of the WPCP, to re During the design phase, RVA staff duce the frequency of overflows into found that the proposed twin sewer pipe Mill Creek. The CSO facility was de system was not a simple solution. The signed to reduce potential health haz control system for the twin sewers ards, as well as the adverse effects of would be complex since dry weather

anchorage of the pipes to a concrete base, would be necessary, and the cost would be significant. To overcome these design con straints, RVA staff proposed an alterna tive to the concept of the twinned sewer

pipe system. The alternative design called for a cast-in-place concrete base channel with precast CON/SPAN units to form the walls and roof. This design would solve the problems inherent in the twin configuration. The inlet and outlet chambers would be significantly smaller than the chambers required by a twinned pipe alternative. RVA also expected that the capital and operating cost for the CON/SPAN system would be signifi cantly less than that of the twin pipe configuration. The facility was designed to allow the normal dry weather flow to pass unim peded at a velocity that is adequate to maintain self-cleansing conditions. The side slopes on the concrete channel are 1.5 horizontal to I vertical which is steep

enough to minimize the accumulation of solids. Provisions were made to ac

cess the structure for inspection and maintenance. Outflow is throttled to the

Precast units being instaiied on the cast-in-piace concrete base channei.

the discharge of combined sewage, on aquatic life, recreational uses, and wa ter supplies within Kettle Creek and Lake Erie. In addition, the facility would provide 90% capture of wet weather flows,allow a substantial reduc

tion of the total by-pass events, and eliminate secondary by-pass events

flows should be conveyed through only one of the two pipelines to maintain selfcleansing conditions. To accomplish this, the control system would require four automatic sluice gates to fill and drain the sewers in sequence (i.e., at each end of both sewers). In addition, the inverts of the 3,000 mm pipes would

rated capacity of the WPCP (45.5 mil lion L/day) using two motorized sluice gates. It is expected that this facility will be filled, on average, four times each year. One overflow weir to Mill Creek is housed in the outlet chamber.

The City invited tenders for the con struction of both alternatives. Tenders

received by the City clearly favoured the structure recommended by RVA, as the bid was $376,000 less than the low bid

within the St. Thomas WPCP.

have to be benched to maintain self-

for the twin pipe alternative. St. Tho mas contractor, Elgin Construction, was

In 1997, this Ontario city reviewed the sizing for the new facility to deter

cleansing velocities during low flow pe

the successful bidder. Its staff worked


with the support group at CON/SPAN Canada and Con Cast Pipe, Guelph, Ontario, to develop the solution consist ing of 6,100 mm x 1,500 mm units for the cast-in-place V-channel base. The project was a unique application of the precast units, and one of the largest of its kind produced at Con Cast Pipe, one

mine the minimum level of overflow

Each of the twin sewers would have

control set by the Ontario Ministry of

at least one local sewer connected to it,

Environment's Combined Sewer Over

making self-cleansing difficult, as local sewers had to be picked up on both sides of the CSO facility. Eurthermore, since the storage facility would be located within the floodplain of Mill Creek, the proposed earth cover over the pipes was

flow policy. The resulting report rec ommended 4,000 m^ of storage. The conceptual design for the facility in cluded two parallel(3,000 mm diameter) sewers with a length of 280 metres.

limited, and would not be sufficient to

By Dave Metcalfe and Enrico Stradiotto,

Con Cast Pipe 56

counter the buoyant force on the pipes, if the creek flooded the valley when the sewers were not flowing full. Encase ment of the pipes in concrete collars, or

offive licensees of CON/SPAN Canada.

Once site construction got under way in June 1999, production of the 114 pieces commenced after Con Cast Pipe staff had prepared an area specifically engineered for pouring the units. The

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first pour took place on June 15, and by June 21, the crew was pouring two units per day. In total, the plant produced 109 standard units, two short length units, two maintenance


hole tee units, and one field closure unit. All of these units


were produced according to contract documents and details specified in structural design and shop drawings supplied by CON/SPAN Canada. Measurements for the closure unit were taken in the field to determine the exact dimensions.

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The cast-in-place channel was ready to receive the units

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In total, the plant produced 109 standard units, two short length

Gentle - eliminates taste and odour associated with chlorine use.

The above has been realized at West Perth P.U.C.

units, two maintenance hole tee units, and one field closure unit. by early September, and they began to arrive on site two at a time. As the delivery trucks arrived, the units were offloaded by Higgs Construction of St. Thomas,and set im mediately into place. When conditions were right, units were being installed at a rate of one every twenty minutes. The new facility was commissioned in January, 2000. The contract cost of the project was approximately $2.2




Information for this article was provided by Hans Vierhuis, P.Eng., and Ken Coiiicott, P.Eng., R.V. Anderson Associates Limited, and John Dewancker, P.Eng., City of St. Thomas.

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Reliance on existing environmental assessments in property transactions

Theconcerns offinancial insti

tutions in the last few years over potential environmental

financial liabilities have made

Phase I assessments mandatory in most commercial and industrial real estate

transactions. Therefore, much (if not most) of this type of property has had Phase I and even Phase II Environmen

tal Site Assessments (ESA) performed on it.

Phase I ESA refers to a record search

and site investigation to identify areas of potential environmental liability with no sampling or testing. Phase II ESA refers to the next step which includes intrusive testing, sampling and analysis to conclusively identify if a problem exists and assist in quanti fying the extent of the problem. In many transactions, the pur chaser and their real estate and legal advisors will be provided with a pre vious Phase I report which the ven dor may wish to utilize and not in cur the additional cost of redoing the Phase I ESA. While this may ap pear reasonable, it is extremely im portant that the existing ESA be care fully evaluated and professionally re viewed prior to relying on it. Technical Quality of Existing Reports Firstly, it is important to realize that there is a CSA standard for Phase I as

sessments (CSA Standard Z768-94). This standard was not published until April 1994. Many of the existing Phase I reports may pre-date its publication and may not contain essential information. Secondly, and this surprises many real estate specialists, there is no inde pendent body which actually reviews the quality of reports, compliance with the CSA standard, or completeness of the

obvious and significant omissions. Of more concern to non-profession als evaluating reports, are subtle or mi nor deficiencies which may also be sig nificant. For example, many firms uti lize the Insurance Advisory Organiza tion(lAO)plans held in public libraries

one to two thousand dollars to be per petually "on the hook" for the report. The validity of this type of disclaimer or limitation of liability has been upheld by a relatively recent court case in On tario, which involved a property sale.

to obtain historical information concern

report, the nature of the firm perform ing the Environmental Site Assessment should be considered before relying on the report. Many firms are extremely small, often one person sole practition ers who may or may not be insured. Once again, since engineers, geoscientists, hydrogeologists, chemists, and technologists may perform this work (particularly Phase I assessments), there is no uniform professional li censing, vigilance, or insurance. Membership in bodies such as the Professional Engineers or the Asso

ing the property. This is a copyright in fringement and frequently the plans held by public libraries are incomplete. Re ports held in libraries never include the written inspection reports, which should accompany the plans. If this becomes an issue in litigation, it is questionable whether a Phase I report which relies on

ciated Environmental Site Assessors

of Canada (AESAC) may provide some protection and insurance, but this should be confirmed. Unless a

firm has the financial ability or in surance to stand behind a report, re liance on the report may be ill-ad


vised. Possible Solutions to the

copyright material, would be admissible. Phase II investigations are even more variable in quality as there is no univer sally accepted standard format or docu ment. A properly performed Phase II assessment report may require not only engineers but also chemists, hydrogeologists, and geologists to reach appro priate conclusions. The reports are very site specific and often require interpre tation skills not actually available to the fimr which pertbrmed the Phase II work. Legal and Insurance Considerations The use of disclaimers or statements

time. These limitations have been

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rightly incorporated to limit the liabil ity of the firm who produced the report. It is obviously unreasonable to expect a firm which received fees of the order of


using a properly qualified and insured firm. However, because of the cost, and

because in many cases the environmen tal reports are perfectly acceptable, there are other more economical ways to re duce liability but still ensure that the mortgage and the property transfer will not fail on an environmental issue. One method is to ensure the vendor

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I report states that it was done "in com pliance with", "in general compliance with", or "to provide the information required by" CSA Standard Z768-94, there is no guarantee that this has,in fact,


The most foolproof and most expen sive way to ensure that the environmen tal work on a site is adequate for transfer and mortgaging purposes, is to redo the

of limitations is almost universal in ESA

reports today. These generally limit the use of the report to a specific purpose or state that only specifically named parties may rely on the report. Other limitations may include a time limita tion so that the report is not relied on if changes to the site or tenant occur over

Phase I work. Therefore,even if a Phase

Even if there is no disclaimer on the

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Phase I or Phase II report with a cover ing letter is rarely more than a few hun dred dollars. In the event the report is found adequate but contains a disclaimer regarding its use, the original firm who performed the ESA should be ap proached to extend reliance to the pur-

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Lagoon Effluent

Evolution of lagoon effluent enhancement to meet stringent effluent criteria

Articlesin ES&E magazine as

well as papers at technical conferences have provided an insight into the use of open air intermittent sand filters to en hance effluent quality from facultative lagoons. In Ontario, this is known ge netically as the New Hamburg process, as it was first applied in the early 1980s in New Hamburg in the Region of Waterloo, Ontario. It is known from pa pers presented that similar technology has been applied in other jurisdictions. Effluents from facultative lagoon cells can have problems with elevated ammonia and hydrogen sulphide (H,S) levels in the spring, after the ice comes off, until aerobic conditions return. In

the summer, algae blooms elevate sus pended solids levels in the effluent and, as blooms die off in the late Fall, there

Aerial view ofDundaik lagoon system following 1984 expansion. Photo - Bob Willcocks

can be an increase in BOD levels. Both

conditions make the effluent unaccept

cause ambient liquid temperatures fall

able under the Ontario surface water

to less than 4°C. This is the lowest vi

quality objectives. The addition of the

through nitrification. Exposure to oxy gen also removes the H,S. The media acts as a physical barrier to the migra

able temperature for maintaining nitri fication, established in pilot testing at McMaster University. Depending upon the location in Ontario, the original treat ment and storage requirement of 180 days has been reduced to a three or four month storage period, effectively in creasing the 'capacity' of the same la goon volume by 33 - 50%. This article discusses a project de signed to be constructed during 2000 to provide a different form offiltration sys

tion of effluent solids into the final ef

tem which can allow for winter dis


need to retain effluent for the coldest

charge of lagoon effluent, potentially shortening the retention period to as lit tle as two months while allowing for continuous discharge for the balance of the year, if necessary. The limitation to two months may not apply in cases where temperatures are more moderate. In this particular case, an effluent total ammonia criterion which requires nitri fication has not been applied by the Ministry. As is discussed below, the primary focus for effluent improvement is phos phorous along with overall reductions

winter months when the nitrification

in BOD and TSS. The new criterion

treatment could not be maintained be-

accepts unionized ammonia as the win ter ammonia requirement, while dis charge in the summer regulates the total

intermittent sand filter as an add-on ef

fluent treatment was designed to address these issues. The intermittent sand fil

ter exposes lagoon effluent to open air to provide oxygen and to coarse sand media to provide a growth site for bac teria which promotes the conversion of ammonia in the effluent to nitrate

The Ontario Ministry of the Environ ment has accepted the process as a la goon enhancement which allows for continuous discharge of effluent which has been accepted as Best Available Technology (BAT). With this enhance ment, some projects allow for continu ous effluent discharge for an extended period instead of the twice yearly sea sonal discharge which requires a 180day retention period. The limiting fac tor to the process was established as the

By R. Willcocks, P. Eng., Triton Engineering Services Ltd.

ammonia which also meets the union

ized requirement. 60

Background In 1984,Triton Engineering designed a 'post-aeration' lagoon system for the Village of Dundalk which is located some 125-km northwest of Toronto. The

facultative lagoon system was also ex panded to a four-cell system to provide 180 days of retention at an increased design flow. There were allowances made in the lagoon volume calculations for sludge retention and to allow for a carryover volume. Alum is added to the raw wastewater at the pumping station for phosphorous treatment. The lagoons generally operate in a four-cell series pattern although cell number three acts as a bypass receptor for the pumping sta tion, so it receives raw wastewater dur

ing wet weather conditions or during power failures. The sewer system is prone to elevated I/I flows leading to relatively weak wastewater during wet ter periods. As far as is known,the post-aeration system in Dundalk was unique in Ontario and not, perhaps, replicated at any other location. The Ministry had concerns related to elevated levels of hydrogen sulphide which could be discharged from a la goon during winter discharge. This sys tem was installed before the New Ham

burg system was accepted as a standard design approach. In a New Hamburg system there is no discharge during the

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Lagoon Effluent coldest months and when there is, the exposure to oxygen also treats the hy drogen sulphide. As lagoons typically nitrify throughout the summer, the ma jor proportion of the lagoon effluent which is discharged during the Fall is nitrified. Discharge of winter effluent

The Ministry's Southwest Region provided new effluent criteria which saw a general lowering of the effluent pa rameters of BOD,SS and phosphorous levels. With respect to effluent ammo nia concentrations, discharges in the winter have to meet the unionized am

can reflect increased levels of ammonia

monia criterion and not a total ammo

and,as both ammonia and hydrogen sul phide are toxic to aquatic organisms,

nia criterion which is an important dif ference from the typical approach. A continuous discharge lagoon in Niagaraon-the-Lake is the only other project

there is a need to treat for these or to

prevent them from forming. In Dundalk, ammonia was not con

sidered to be a primary concern because there is an intermittent flow municipal drain which acts as the mixing zone be fore effluent reaches the Grand River. The 1984 work focussed on the re

moval of hydrogen sulphide, although there was some discussion whether an

elevated dissolved oxygen level in the effluent would also serve to strip am monia as well. Since the lagoons were expanded and the post aeration cell was installed, the system has been generally drained over the entire winter and fill

ing of the lagoons starts in the spring. The effluent has been generally well within the 1984 Approval parameters. System operating problems arose as the result ofincreased flows during sum mer and Fall wet years. There have been occasions when the lagoons are full be fore the prescribed start of the discharge period. The Ministry directed that the municipality evaluate alternative means to increase the lagoon capacity. During dry years, there is an abundance of stor age capacity.

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which has a similar effluent criterion as far as we know. The effluent criteria

also requires that an objective of 4 mgl of dissolved oxygen(DO)be maintained in the discharge. This is provided by the post-aeration cell.

Structural Design Method

Chemical & Ahrasion Resistance

The effluent criteria can be rational

ized because the receiving watercourse is an intermittent flowing municipal drain which discharges into the upper Grand River some distance away. The drain is considered to be a mixing zone with limited natural flow, essentially being a dry ditch for much of the year. This Region of the Ministry has ac cepted the dry ditch effluent discharge criteria for a number of years. When effluent is being discharged, which is non-toxic to organic life in the stream, there is a perceived improvement in quality within the stream or ditch. Flow sustains aquatic life which would oth erwise disappear as the stream dries up

Whatever you need te know

about specifying, designing

from natural runoff.

The background of applying the un ionized component of ammonia in the winter relates directly to the toxicity is

Process Selection and Effluent

sue of ammonia and not to the combined

Requirements The Class EA for the project re viewed available treatment options and the selected preferred technical alterna tive was the addition of a post lagoon filter to improve effluent quality and to increase overall capacity without in creasing lagoon volume. The limita tions of the New Hamburg process with respect to minimum operating tempera tures did not permit a sufficiently large capacity increase due to ambient winter temperatures in Dundalk. To allow for increased capacity, the lagoon system has to provide an effluent which can be discharged during the summer. The de sign allows for a total ammonia crite rion but effluent phosphorous levels became the primary constituent of concem. Because lagoons nitrify during the summer through natural processes, the new treatment system did not require an open air filter to provide nitrification.

effects of oxygen demand and toxicity. Under winter temperature and pH con ditions, meeting of the unionized crite ria can allow for total ammonia concen

trations to be as high as 16 mgl. In a large receiving body such as Lake Ontario or in the case of the dry ditch receiver, the potential for toxicity to af fect marine life is substantially reduced, especially during the winter. In Niagaraon-the-Lake, the upper limit was estab lished at 20 mgl, at which point ammo nia treatment is brought on line to lower the ammonia level. In that particular installation a physical-chemical treat ment process is used for treatment as opposed to filtration. Chemical addi tion precipitates the phosphorous which

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Lagoon Effluent the lagoon. The de.sign also allows for an increase in the design capacity with out an increase in lagoon volume. Mod elling of the system considered the volu metric storage requirements during a wet year such as occuiTed during 1996. By allowing for a specific rate of discharge based on the filter capacity, net fill vol umes were calculated per month. It was necessary to size the effluent treatment system to ensure that the lagoon volume storage requirements were not exceeded while still considering that discharge during the coldest months may not be possible. In most years, there will not be a need to strictly control the system although there will be always a need to maintain an adequate buffer. In the de sign year condition, it has been assumed that there will be two months when dis

charge is not necessaiy Description of Project Dundalk has the claim of being the highest municipality above sea level in Southern Ontario, and, being south of Owen Sound, is squarely within the snowbelt region. Accordingly it became essential to consider a filtration system

which could be housed in a building. The project includes a modified dual train package water treatment filtration unit(manufactured by Napier Reid)fol lowing the aeration cell which is housed in a building. The selection of this type of filter was based on the need to con

sider the impacts of such things as fraz zle ice which can develop in water which is at or slightly below freezing level but which does not freeze because of kinetic

energy. Some heat is added by aeration using diffused air and, as the filter will be housed in a building, further loss of heat is limited. The process will oper ate on batch cycles and with mechani cal pump backwashing, there is more potential to prevent and/or remove fraz zle ice. The basic safeguard against freezing is that it will not be necessary to operate the filter under the coldest temperature conditions.

equipment. Filter backwash water is pumped to the lagoons for retreatment and the source of the backwash water is

stored effluent following the filter. In cases of very large algae blooms, there can be algaecide added to the influent pumping chamber or even the aeration cell.

The focus of this treatment process is a lower effluent phosphorous level. To allow for lower effluent phosphorous levels, chemical is added before filtra tion in the form of alum or alum sup

plemented with polymer addition dur ing colder temperatures. Potential Benefits of Process

components to the typical water filtra

As noted, the effluent parameter of most concern is the phosphorous which requires low effluent suspended solids levels to ensure compliance with concen trations of 0.3 mgl or less. While ammo nia is generally regulated between I and 3 mgl for design objectives in the sum mer and winter respectively, there can be

tion unit. This includes mechanical

a case made to focus on the unionized

The filter module includes similar

pumping for backwashing, an air scour for media surface cleaning to remove algae, and separate backwash handling

Michael Hrlbljan Appointed as Vice-President and Director of A&A Bill Chisholm, President of Acres & Associated

Environmental Limited (A&A), is pleased to an nounce that the A&A Board recently appointed Michael Hrlbljan as Vice-President and Director of the Company. Michael will work with our Division Managers in the management and direction of all of A&A's initiatives, including water, wastewater, municipal infrastructure, waste management, elec

ammonia criteria in the winter. With the

presence of the post aeration cell, there is a demonstrated control provided for effluent hydrogen sulphide levels. The Ministry's Southwest Region has been requiring elevated Dissolved Oxy gen (DO) levels in the effluents from treatment works to mitigate oxygen de mand on the receiver which may have a very low natural DO level. A facility operator at a plant which has this same effluent criteria commented that the best

place to catch fish on the Thames River in the middle of the summer is around

trical, instrumentation & controls and environmen

the outfalls from the three plants which he supervises. In this Region, the New Hamburg systems which are installed have also been required to provide aera

tal assessment. Michael will also continue his role

tion to increase effluent DO levels.

as Manager of the wastewater division.

The major benefit of this approaeh over New Hamburg systems is the con tinued operation for longer periods in the winter. While the water filter provides limited potential for nitrification on the media, the lowering of effluent sus pended solids levels and phosphorous concentrations may be the more appro priate approach in some cases if winter ammonia discharges are considered in terms of the unionized component only. This would compare to the fact that the New Hamburg filter process does not specifically treat for phosphorous lev

Michael obtained both his Bachelor's and Mas

ter's Degrees from McMaster University. He first graduated in 1985 with his Baccalaureate in Chemical Engineering, followed by his Master's in Environ mental Engineering in 1992, specializing in biological nutrient removal, proc ess optimization and computer control. He has more than 16 years experience in the technical direction and management of wastewater, water and SCADA and controls projects. During this time period, Michael has had increasing responsibilities in engineering design, construction, operations, project man agement and corporate affairs. Acres & Associated Environmental provides a full range of environmental engineering and management services from its offices in Toronto and Niagara Falls. A&A is supported by a combined staff of more than 1,000 from its affili ated companies - Acres International Limited and Associated Engineering Group.

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