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Environmental Science

September 2002

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Contents

ISSN-0835-605X

August/September 2002 Vol.15 No.4 Issued September, 2002

Microfiltration to stop seawater intrusion

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precast concrete pipe industry - See page 14

- See page 22

Features 7

Blue Gold - a dismal litany of global water tragedies - editorial comment - by Tom Davey

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Cover Story - Waveguide solves digester level monitoring dilemma

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French fry plant wastewater treated by low-

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Helping laboratories understand ISO/lEC 1 17025

1WEF commends new biosolids rules for 1protecting

rate anaerobic reactor 16

1New sensors may enhance sensitivity and reduce 1 power demand

worker and public health

Nanofilters convert river flow into safe

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Cleaning up historic St. John's Harbour 1

drinking water

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Irrigation incentive study reduces peak demand by 26%

Ensuring Ontario's drinking 1 are safe and sustainable

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Norway cancels CO^ sea injection trials

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Windy City to host WEFTEC 2002

water supplies

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mining industry faces new effluent regulations

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Canadian firm supplies piping for Hawaiin 1 deep-sea energy project

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60,000 visitors expected at Pollutec 2002

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Regina to host WCWWA conference

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Ontario proposes tough AMPS regs

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Solving lubrication problems in wastewater treatment plants

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Book review - Environmental Toxicology 1

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Remote monitoring for wastewater sites

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Fossil tests show 1 underestimated

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Ice cream firm chooses to treat its own 64

Satellites used to monitor aquifers 1

wastewater

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Ratifying the Kyoto accord makes me yawn 1 - Guest comment

Why sustainable drainage is urgently 60 ' needed 1

climate change may be

Nova Scotia water reservoir uses

geosynthetic floating covers

Departments 8

Feedback

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Industry Update

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Ad Index

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Classifieds

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Literature Reviews

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Professionai Cards

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Product Review

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Date Pad

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Editorial Comment

Blue Gold -a dismal litany of global water tragedies

Itwas Malthus who first predicted

that growing human populations would inevitably result in human kind becoming unable to feed it

self, and so invested economics with the taint: The Dismal Science. In 2002, the

The authors' expertise in collecting and assembling the incredibly diverse water resource data on Planet Earth is

highly sophisticated, painstakingly pre sented and easy to read and understand.

book Blue Gold is similarly pessimistic but outlines a litany of tainted rivers, dried out aquifers and polluted lakes, as an even bigger threat to mankind than food shortages. History, however,shows that war has remained the largest and most consist ent obstacle to providing food and wa

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Now,Blue Gold shows how water short

ages, pollution and population increases are rising on a dramatic scale which in evitably will lead to political unrest. Coincidently, the book's global wa ter theme has other links to the AWWA.

In 1999, Maude Barlow addressed the OWWA/OMWA^ conference in Ottawa

on this subject. Noted for her strong, left-wing views, 1 thought she seemed an unlikely speaker for this rather con servative group of water treatment pro fessionals. 1 was wrong. She captivated her audience with her expert grasp of

Many, including me, will disagree with some of the authors' familiar nos

trums that the full burden of all global water problems can be laid at the door of multinational coiporations-although some of them certainly do leave heavy and tainted footprints. Some of the authors' entreaties read

water resources data - interwoven with

more like biblical injunctions, rather than practical ways to solve the com plex economic, political, geographic, scientific and religious problems which hinder international cooperation. In

undeniably simplistic solutions to glo

nature, on land and in freshwater and

bal water situations.

oceans, virtually every animal and fish population establishes territorial impera tives. Force and cunning take the place of cumency exchanges. Water, the au thors insist, must remain a "free" right.

Now she has

written a book with Tony Clark called: Blue Gold - The battle against corpo rate theft of the world's water. While the subtitle leaves readers in no doubt

of the authors' left-wing mindset, their book is well worth buying for its im pressive collection of water resource

data. Many of the data she presented at the Ottawa confer

ence appear in this book.

By Tom Davey, Editor

Philip (ES&E January, 2002), said that one of the main reasons oceanic pollu tion was hard to police was that, unlike land, 'nobody owns it' and of course, there is the legendary "Tragedy of the Commons" where land adjacent to vil lages in England was gradually enclosed by feudal lords, or abused by a few, to the ultimate detriment of the land.

ter for the human race.

At the AWWA Centenary meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1971, keynote speaker, Robert MacNeil', a Canadian author and broadcaster, eloquently out lined the growing number of areas where water shortages resulted in conflicts. Much later, a spokesman for the World Bank predicted that the wars in this cen tury would be about water, notjust land.

"Free" water in fact can have a nega tive effect on the environment. Prince

But some "free" water, in its natural

The authors lay out some dismal sta tistics. Groundwater overpumping and aquifer depletion are now serious prob lems in the world's most intensive agri cultural areas and water is being de pleted many times faster than nature can replenish it. Mexico City depends on aq uifers for 70% of its water, yet pumping exceeds natural recharge by almost 80% every year; at the current rate of extrac tion, Saudi Arabia will run out of water

in 50 years. The cuiTent depletion of Africa's nonrecharging aquifers is estimated at 10 billion cubic metres a year; water tables are falling everywhere throughout India; the water table beneath Beijing, the Chinese capital, has dropped 37 metres over the last four decades; and land be

neath Bangkok has sunk because of the massive overpumping of underground systems. The authors warn that, instead of liv

ing on water income, we are irrevers ibly diminishing water capital. At some time in the near future, water bankruptcy will result. In addition to depleting sup plies, groundwater mining causes salt water to invade freshwater aquifers, de stroying them. In some cases, groundwater mining actually pemianently re duces the earth's capacity to store water through compaction. In 1998, Califor nia's Department of Water Resources an nounced that by 2020, if more supplies

state, is loaded with parasites, bacteria,

are not found,the state will face a short

and viruses which are lethal to humans

fall of water nearly as great as all its towns and cities together use today. The global expansion in mining and manufacturing is increasing the threat of pollution of these underground water supplies. As developing countries are undergoing rapid industrialization, heavy metals, acids and persistent orContinued overleaf

unless treated with sophisticated tech nology. It requires skilled research and applied science to make water safe for humans and not just from bacteria. In many countries, there are naturally oc curring toxins such as arsenic and mer cury which are present in some water sources.

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Editorial Comment

Environmental Science

& Engineering Editor & Publisher

ganic pollutants are contaminating the aquifers which provide more than 50% of domestic supplies in most Asian

TOM DAVEY

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countries.

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The book continues with a litany of potential disasters. Over-exploitation of the planet's major river systems is threat ening other finite sources of water. The Nile in Egypt,the Ganges in South Asia, the Yellow River in China,and the Colo

rado River in the US are just some of the major rivers that are so dammed,di verted, or overtapped that little or no

STEVE DAVEY

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fresh water reaches its final destination

Technical Advisory Board

for significant stretches of time. In fact,

Jim Bishop

the Colorado River is so oversubscribed

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on its journey through seven US states, that there is virtually nothing left to go

Bill Boriase, P.Eng. City of Winnipeg

out to sea.

Alan Church, C.Chem. Church & Trought inc. George V. Crawford, P.Eng., M.A.Sc. CH2M HiLL Canada Limited Dr. Howard D. Goodfeliow

Stantec Giobai Technologies Ltd. Rod Holme, P.Eng. Earth Tech Canada inc.

Barry Loescher, Ph.D. Philip Anaiytical Peter Laughton, M.Eng., P.Eng., DEE R.V. Anderson Associates

Stanley Mason, P.Eng.

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Overtapping of groundwater and riv ers is exacerbating another potential cri sis - world food security. Irrigation for crop production claims 65% of all wa ter used by humans; the annual rise in population means that more water is needed every year for grain production, a highly water intensive activity. But the world's burgeoning cities and industries are demanding and taking more and more of the water earmarked for agri culture every year. Eventually,some dry

areas will not be able to serve both the

needs of farming and those of the bal looning cities, say the authors. Throughout Latin America and Asia, the growing of crops for export is claim ing more and more of the water once used by family and peasant farmers for food self-sufficiency. There are over 500 free trade zones operating in the developing world, using local water sources for the assembly lines that pro duce goods for the world's consumer elite.

The litany of polluted waterways and depleted resources presented in Blue Gold is compelling and thought-provok ing reading for all environmental pro fessionals.

Blue Gold: The Battle Against Corpo rate Theft of the World's Water

By Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke Stoddart, 280 pages, $29.95 Tormer Nova Scotian, Robert MacNell,

was a long-time anchorman on PBS (MacNeil/Lehrer Report), and has writ ten The Story of English and other titles. ^Ontario Water Works Association/

Ontario Municipal Water Association, Ottawa.

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yond valuation to the field of Environ mental Engineering, undoubtedly the most important industry in the world today. Congratulations. Roger Crawford,P.Eng.

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recently enjoyed reading all about it again in the June issue of ES&E. Tom, over the years you have man aged to bring wit, an occasional touch of sarcasm, and a special brand of hu mour to an industry that by its very na ture deals in fact, frequently faceless, without expression. I can recall only two other Profes sional Engineers, both of whom I had the privilege to know, who dispensed

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Dear Tom: Presentation of the AWWA 2002 Award

of Merit to you at the OWWA/OMWA Conference in London, Ontario - and

hard, cold, technical fact with such elo

quence. One was the late J. Roy Cockburn, P.Eng., Professor in Me chanical Engineering in S.P.S. at the University of Toronto. The other was the late Dr. A.E.(Albert) Berry, P.Eng.,

Dear Tom, Enjoyed your June editorial,"The ecoconvergence of chicken fat, treadmills, clothes lines and calories."

Also, congratulations on your well deserved AWWA Award of Merit.

Stan Mason,P. Eng.,Vancouver ES&E:

Re: AWWA Award of Merit to Tom

Davey. Just read about the award. Congratula tions. Richly deserved. Steve McMinn,P.Eng. URS Cole Sherman

O.C., also a Professor at S.P.S., U of T.

Dear Tom:

Remind me to tell you sometime about their particular brands of humour. ES&E,which correctly or incorrectly I have come to regard as a Daveyfamily affair, communicates information be

Congrats on your AWWA award. Also enjoyed your latest editorial,"Eco-convergence of chicken fat, treadmills..." Ron Grage, Chlorinators Inc. Stuart, Florida

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This sliding waveguide, using the ro tary valve between the radar unit and the digester vessel, has also eliminated the related environmental safety Issues. The Instrument can be raised. Inspected or removed at any time without releasing methane gas Into the environment. Pre viously, the plant needed permission from the Ontario Ministry of the Envi ronment to open the tank to Install or remove an Instrument because the gases In the digester tank would then be re leased Into the environment.

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Unique sliding waveguide antenna on the Miiitronics iQ Radar 160 iets chief piant operator Eldon Wallis, raise the device for instaliation or inspection without reieasing methane gas into the atmosphere. Eiivimiiiiientul Science & Engineering. September 2002


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Water supplies to the French public are mainly in the hands of private com panies. A large share of the market is served by Vivendi, which was founded in 1853. In the north of Paris, the Syn dicate des Eaux d'lle de France(SEDIF) supplies 39 communities (800,000 in habitants) from a plant that employs a new and very unique method of treat ing water from a river source. Located in Mery-sur-Oise, the treatment plant needed to increase production capacity. To do this, SEDIE decided to adopt a technology which had never been used before to treat river water: nanofiltration.

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Nanofiltration is used where the high salt rejection of reverse osmosis is not necessary. Yet nanofiltration is still ca pable of removing hardness elements such as calcium or magnesium. Like RO,nanofiltration is also capable of re moving bacteria and viruses as well as organic-related colour without generat ing undesirable chlorinated hydrocar bons and trihalomethanes (THMs). Nanofiltration is also used to remove

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softening", nanofiltration is an attractive alternative to lime softening or sodium chloride zeolite softening technologies. And since nanofiltration operates on lower pressure than does RO, energy costs are lower than for a comparable RO treatment system. Water quality governs treatment technology The location for this unusual plant was chosen because the capacity of the old plant in Mery-sur-Oise had to be

treatment technology was required. Pro viding more incentive is the increasingly poor quality of the untreated water from the Oise River. The pollution of the water by organic constituents as well as pesticides from agriculture has been ris ing continuously for years. In 1998 the old treatment plant even had to be tem porarily shut down owing to the exces sively high TOC content. It was decided that a membrane process was an ideal solution for such problematic water

Project manager Arnaud Douveneau, Vivendi, is counting on a new type of membrane in the nanofiitration piant in Mery-sur-Oise.

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size of the substances to be separated. Nanofiltration membranes generally carry an electric charge and so special separation problems can be solved, e.g. the separation of molecules of the same size but with different electric charges. Vivendi's decision to go forward with nanofiltration proved to be correct, as the project manager responsible,Amaud Douveneau notes:"Using nanofiltration, our plant in Mery-sur-Oise already sat isfies the stringent EU demands placed on the quality of drinking water - and with a much lower volume of chemicals

than in conventional plants." Equally good results could only be achieved with reverse osmosis but

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Irrigation incentive study reduced peak-period demand 26%

In 1998, the City of Kelowna Wa

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Education These customers received a home

water audit and an irrigation system as sessment by Water Smart staff. Particu lar attention was paid to settings on irri gation timers such as time of day, wa tering times per zone,and number of wa tering days per week. Advice was of-

dropped to 44 cubic metres, or about 19%.

While this represented a significant and welcome drop in overall water use,

The report also noted that,

a 2001 report estimated that $22 million

with a 16% reduction in

worth of infrastructure expansions would be required over the next 20 years to accommodate summer consumption. Kelowna's semi-arid climate and gen erally poor soil conditions cause sum mer demand to skyrocket- particularly in July. However, the report also noted

water use in July alone, the

that, with a 16% reduction in water use

in July alone, the cost of infrastructure would drop to just $5.8 million, due to deferred and/or eliminated expansions. So, in the summer of 2001, the City of Kelowna Water Smart Water Effi

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cost of infrastructure would

drop to just $5.8 million, due to deferred and/or

eliminated expansions. fered on proper seasonal settings and, where necessary, timers were adjusted to deliver water in off-peak hours(early morning) and for shorter periods. These participants reduced their water consumption by 27% in July. Aeration/Ogogrow Ogogrow is made up of composted biosolids from Kelowna's wastewater

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lawn received core aeration and a 1/2"

ment);

ter);

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rigation systems in the event of rain);

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These participants had a "mini-click" type rain sensor installed on irrigation systems. Their average consumption actually went up 15% in June (a rainy month),then dropped 31% in July(a dry month).

Inspections of the rain-sensing de vices and follow-up interviews with par ticipants revealed that there was not enough heavy precipitation in June to actually trigger the sensors. However, participants were expecting the devices to work, so they did not manually shut off their systems during June rains when they normally would have. The dramatic drop in July water use is the result of customer reaction when

lected at random to receive one of the

2. Aeration/Ogogrow (core aeration and top dressing of lawn with organic mat

ent value and water-holding capacity. Participants reduced their average waterusein July 2001 by 35% over July

top dressing of Ogogrow mixed 50/50 with soil. The idea was to help custom ers achieve a green lawn without the use of high-nitrogen fertilizers and exces sive water consumption.

they received notice that their June con sumption was above average. There fore, this 31% reduction can really be attributed to education.

Automatic irrigation system upgrades Each participant received a profes sional irrigation system assessment and a list of improvements that could be made to increase the efficiency of the system. Participants were offered finan cial incentives toward the upgrades, with the option of paying for any additional upgrades themselves. Recommended system improve ments varied from home to home. In

As the soil in Crawford Estates is a

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changed to two zones to allow for proper

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4. System improvements(an audit of ir rigation system and minor upgrades). Each participant's summer 2001 wa ter consumption was compared to 2000 consumption levels over the same pe riod.

Study results showed that partici pants reduced their July water consump tion an average 26%.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jut Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Participants 2001 —-Participants 2000

By Neal Klassen*, City of Kelowna Water Smart Coordinator

Participant average water use in 2001 with incentive compared to 2000 without incentive.

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The 26% average reduction in July water use is encouraging and well above the targeted 16% reduction. An ex panded study in three other areas of the city has been underway in 2002. This

year, selected customers will pay $50 toward their incentive. If 2001 results

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Conference Preview

WCWWA 54th annual conference "2002 - What next? Ongoing Challenges" October 22-25, 2002

Regina will host the annual

conference organized by the Western Canada Water and

Wastewater Association, AWWA Western Canada Section, Westem Canada Water Environment Asso

ciation and the Municipal Service and Suppliers Association. Two workshops on October 22 will cover the legal impacts of owning wa terworks and particle counters/ turbidimeters

Field Trials of the BOD BART Sys tem for the Rapid Determination of BOD in Secondary & Tertiary Efflu

/

ents.

Sanitary Sewer Flow Monitoring, Data Gathering and Interpretation. Commercial Presence - Absence

Technologies for Onsite Bacti Screening.

Balancing Cost and Reliability in Water Utilities.

Achieving Filtration Credits, a Case Study. Conventional & Micromembrane

Filtration Treatment, Prince Albert National Park.

Design Features and Considerations for the Implementation of Online Real Time CT Monitoring Systems. Britannia and Lemieux Island Baf fle Curtain Installation.

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North Battleford - An Unexpected Water Challenge. City of Lethbridge Wastewater Treat ment Plant Cogeneration Project. H2S Control with Ferrous Chloride.

Downtown Regina.(Photo courtesy of Tour ism Saskatchewan)

Papers scheduled to be presented during the conference include: • Commissioning and Operating an

How Testing for Meter Accuracy Can Improve the Bottom Line. Biosolids to Agricultural Land Pro gram.

Characterization of Stormwater In

put to S. Sask. River within

Ultrafiltration Membrane Surface

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Plant Retrofit of Integrated Mem

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• City of Regina Collection System Study. • Biological Nutrient Removal Pro cess Optimization - The Gold Bar Experience. • Implementation of UV Disinfection at a Large Surface Water Treatment Plant.

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circle reply card No. 132 (See page 25)

29


Regulations

Ontario MOE proposes tough AMPs regs

TheOntario Ministry ofthe En

vironment("MOE") posted a Notice of Proposal on January 16th, 2002, on the Environ

mental Bill of Rights Registry for three separate Administrative Monetary Pen alties Regulations ("AMPs Regula tions") made under the Environmental Protection Act(EPA), the Ontario Wa ter Resources Act(OWRA)and the Pes

ticides Act(PA)(collectively, the "Par ent Statutes").

What exactly is an AMP? An administrative monetary penalty

under the EPA, the OWRA or the PA;

gence, mitigation or mistake of fact ar

• is a director or officer of a corporation that engages in an activity that may re sult in the discharge of a contaminant into the natural environment contrary to

gument.

the EPA, the OWRA or the PA, or the

regulations, and fails to take all reason able care to prevent the corporation from causing or permitting the unlawful dis charge; to pay an administratative penalty in the amount set out in the notice for each day or part of a day on which the contraven tion or failure occurred or continues.

("AMP") is an enforcement tool that

There is a two-year limitation period

gives the Ministry of Environment the authority to impose monetary penalties on anyone who contravenes certain sec

on the issuance of an AMP and a $5000

tions of the EPA,the OWRA and the PA.

The penalties are not registered as "con victions" on an individual or company's record, but, as will be discussed, the

MOE does keep a record of previous AMP contraventions and penalty amounts. AMPs are different than Part

I tickets under the Provincial Ojfences Act.

The MOE's rationale for AMPs is

that it will be a more administratively efficient way to deal with certain types of environmental contraventions. Who is Affected?

Any person or company that was pre viously engaged in activities or a course of business governed by the EPA, the OWRA and/or the PA will be subject to the provisions in the AMPs Regulations if the regulations are made effective. For

per diem cap for an AMP issued for any one failure or contravention.

A person who receives an AMP no tice from the Director can request a hear ing of the matter before the Environmen tal Review Tribunal (the "ERT"). This is discussed in greater detail below.

If an AMP amount is not paid by the due date, the Director can (1) file the notice with the registrar of the Ontario Court (General Division) for enforce ment by the court; (2) suspend any li

cence or permit issued to the person until the AMP is paid; and (3)refuse to issue any licence or permit to the person until the AMP is paid. How Does It Work?

There are two types ofAMPs that can be issued by the Director: Advance Notice AMPs, and those where no ad

vance notice is provided. Advance no tice is always required except if (1)the the contraventions listed in the AMPs notice applies only to one contravention; Regulations, the MOE has the option of (2) the notice applies only to one day or imposing an AMP or using an order or part of a day; and (3) the base penalty other instrument as was the case prior for the contravention does not exceed to AMPs. The present schedule of pro $3,000. posed fines lists amounts from $1,500 In all other cases, the Director must to $4,000 per contravention, per day. provide an Advance Notice which, These amounts do not yet reflect the among other things, describes the $5,000 cap but may be subject to future contravention(s) and the day(s)on which increases. What You Need to Know

The MOE Director is empowered to

issue an AMP requiring any person who: • contravenes certain provisions of the EPA, OWRA or PA or the regulations; • fails to comply with certain terms or conditions of a licence, permit or ap proval made under the EPA,the OWRA or the PA;

• fails to comply with an order, notice, direction, requirement or report made 30

the contravention occuired or continued;

says that the Director proposes to issue an AMP with respect to the contravention(s); gives the base penalty and shows any increases to the base pen alty as a result of previous violations and outlines the payment requirements, op tions for reduction and/or the proposal of a consent order.

For Advance Notice AMPs, alleged violators can request a reduction in the penalty(up to 50%)based on a due dili

If a person is successful in convinc ing the Director of any of these argu ments, it is not a defence but can reduce

the penalty amount. Whether a person receives advance notice or not they can propose a consent order and, if it meets the requirements, compliance with the consent order automatically results in a 50% reduction in the amount of the AMP

penalty. There are two other notable aspects of AMPs: First, for advance notice

AMPs,previous violations will be taken into account in calculating the penalty. A "previous violation" includes convic tions (by a court) for offences and pre vious AMPs imposed under the EPA,the OWRA or the PA. Second, a person to whom an AMP is issued may request a hearing before the Environmental Re view Tribunal.

A person can request a hearing within 15 days after the AMP notice is served and until the disposition of the matter, the requirement to pay the AMP is stayed. The ERT can confirm, rescind or amend the AMP notice or vary the AMP amount if it considers the penalty amount to be unreasonable.

It should be noted that at this stage the AMPs Regulations are a proposal of the MOE only. The MOE has received comments from stakeholders who would

be affected by the Regulations in the event they are made but it is impossible to predict whether the AMPs Regula tions will stand as they are presently drafted, be revised and, perhaps again circulated for further comment, or not

put into effect at all.

NOTE: This docmnent provides an overview ofthe proposed Admin istrative Monetary Penalties Regu lations only. For a more in-depth analysis, the Regu lations, the EPA,

I "W „ ^

I

OWRA

and

should

be con-

PA

suited

directly.

I Pills document I does not constitute legal advice.

By Kristi N. Sebaij, Power Budd LLP

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The facts behind lubrication probiems in wastewater treatment plants roper maintenance of the equipment in wastewater dis posal is becoming more im portant and increasingly com plex. There have been many new tech nical developments(some mandated by

P

the EPA, OSHA and the USDA/FDA)

and a great deal of new, modem equip ment put into use. The impact of federal legislation dealing with water quality and pollution has had a major effect on wastewater engineering. There is a much greater emphasis on the reuse of wastewater and land treatment systems. Tertiary and advanced treatment systems are be coming standards rather than Utopian ideas. All of this

Equipment

blood of any mechanical system, but even more so of the wastewater disposal systems. The lubricant, oil or grease, is constantly harassed, diluted or destroyed by water, sand,dirt, dust, acids,caustics, cold, heat and the dynamics of the chemical processes involved. One of the most important consid erations in these present times is that a judicious selection of quality lubricants can reduce energy consumption, as well as reduce lubricant cost and prolong equipment life. A carefully selected lu bricant can pay for itself many times over, especially when compared to the lowest priced lubricants available on the

dwarfed by the value of the equipment that it is protecting. Solutions to many of the toughest maintenance problems faced by wastewater treatment plants have been developed by Lubrication Engineers and have been proven in thousands of plants around the world.

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circle reply card No. 134 By Chris Barnes, P.Eng., MBA Lubrication Engineers

Solution

Problem

Open gears rusting and corroding

A very tacky open gear lubricant was applied by caulking gun.

Blowers

Running hot, tripping off and needing frequent oil changes

A low friction oil with high oxidation stability was put into service.

Blower temperatures reduced by 10 to 25°F, and oil drain

An extremely water-resistant and wear

to 2 years. Bearing failures eliminated, and grease consumption reduced

and sophistica

Aerators

better knowl

edge and good practice in the field of mainte nance and lu-

Air

Compressors

Pillow block bearings require lots of grease and frequent bearing replacement Overheating and sludge forming in the oil coolers

b r i c a t i o n.

More complex machinery and

interval extended from 3 months

reducing grease called was installed.

from 4-5 tubes per day to 1 and a half tubes per day.

Compressors were cleaned and flushed and filled with an oil formulated

Air

Compressor

to combat acid hydrolysis and reduce

High Electrical Energy Consumption

Energy saving compressor oils were

Chains rusting and corroding causing poor operation and

A penetrating wire rope fluid was used to penetrate into the pins and bushings

put into service.

tion.

Electricity savings of $500 to $5000 per year achieved with only $200 investment in oil.

Screens

lubricants and

their applica

Temperature dropped by 15°F, and sludging was eliminated.

friction.

processes re

quire better knowledge of

Water and caustics were sealed out and lube intervals extended to once a month.

more highly trained people and also much

Result

Clarifiers

advancement

tion demands

of Canada

market for the cost of the lubricant is

Existing chains were freed up and the rusting stopped.

of the chains.

downtime Filter Press

Lack of

knowledge in either area can Filter Press

Hydraulic oil foaming and causing pump

A non-foaming, paraffinic (compatible with hoses and seals), oxidation resistant hydraulic oil was put into

Foaming ceased, operation smoothed out and leaks

cavitation, hoses and seals leaking.

service.

stopped. Oil life was dramatically increased.

Greased bearings contaminated by

A very tacky, water-resistant grease was pumped into the bearings.

Grease staying in the bearings, sealing out water and

The units were filled with a wear

Reducers cooled off and are

reducing gear oil.

now lasting 17 months vs 2 months before the change.

create prob lems, but espe cially in the knowledge of application. It

Speed

still costs four

Lightnin

Gear oil emulsified

Mixers

with water, frequent

The gearboxes were changed out to a gear oil that rapidly separates from

gearbox without changing the

oil changes needed

water.

oil, no more emulsion.

Chains rubbing and wearing metal pads

Pads were coated with a layer of very tacky open gear lubricant by means of

eliminated.

or five times as

much to apply

Reducers

Bar Screen

the lubricant as

water and oxidizing. High wear and overheating caused freguent failure.

it does to buy the lubricant. Lubrica

tion, of course, is

the

prolonging bearing life.

Water is drained out of the

Wear on the pads has been

a caulking gun. Grinder/ Comminutor

U-joints

life-

Hydraulic drive system foaming and emulsifying with water High wear and

A non-foaming hydraulic oil with rapid

Foaming and water

water separation was used.

emulsification were eliminated,

A very tacky grease that resists pound

oil drain interval doubled Wear rate and failures

premature failure

out was aoDlied.

dramaticallv reduced

Above is a briefsummary of the most frequent problems found in wastewater treatment plants and how they are solved. 32

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Monitoring

Remote monitoring for wastewater sites Optimize and understand your treatment process site location, who can investigate re

Waterloo Bloflltere Treatment Process Schematic

Wastewater Treatment System with Surface Discharge

motely by computer before visiting the site, saving much time. Remote moni toring also provides off-site preventive maintenance. By downloading and viewing daily summaries, problems such as stuck rotating valves or ineffi cient pump cycles can be isolated and fixed, generally before they become a

6403

Rotating Valve Alum Dosing Pumps(D) Waterloo Blofllter PE Treatment

Units (E)

Effluent Filter(B) (C)

jt Septic Tanks(A)

problem. Optimizing treatment 1. Pump Frequency Too High - In May 2001,one system had frequent low-level

Dosing Pumps

alarms in the pump chamber, and event listings of the pump on-times were in vestigated to determine activity through out the day. Figure 2 shows the pumps

UV Disinfection

Unlt(F) Professional

To Pond"

Operator Remote Monitoring

(G) Not To Scale

C"

were active only 50% of the time (green is on, white is off) because the timer had been set for short cycles at too high of a

X

Figure 1. Process schematic of a 30rrf/day Waterloo Biofiltei^ wastewater treatment system with surface discharge to irrigation ponds.

A remote monitoring system

frequency. The water level in the surge pump chamber remained low because the pumps would discharge the effluent

Remote monitoring allows for immedi ate detection of problems off-site and is

as soon as it came in, almost on a de

(RMS) for a number of wastewater treatment sites

easier and faster than on-site trouble

not utilized. If this situation were to

could be an invaluable tool

shooting.

continue, ammonium levels in the efflu

in optimizing the treatment process and in complying with Ministry of Environ ment surface water discharge criteria for organics, solids, ammonium, phospho rus, and pathogens. It was developed for Waterloo Biofilter Systems. The ClubLink golf courses of Blue Springs, Rattlesnake Point, King's Rid ing and Rocky Crest use the Waterloo Biofilter septic tank and absorbent trickle filter system to treat highly vari able flows of high-strength wastewater from the clubhouses and resort buildings for reuse in irrigation. Figure 1 is a

The RMS consists of SiteWatch-de-

signed software and hardware connected to mechanical equipment, to record pump-on times and cycles for all pumps, rotating valve cycles,flow meters, tem peratures, UV light intensity, and indi

mand basis, and the surge capacity was

ent would rise.

The timer cycles were changed to spread the dosing evenly throughout the day, allowing more effective use of the surge chamber. 2. Rotating Valve Stuck - Three sets of

vidual alarms. Certain alarms are auto

Biofilters at Rattlesnake Point Golf

matically paged to the operator with the

Course are dosed using a mechanical

Table 1. Daily pressure switch dosing cycies through rotating valve. Date

Dose Cycies

Dose Cycies

Dose Cycies

2001

Unit 1

Unit 2

Units

Oct. 20

183

183

183

Oct. 21

183

183

183

Oct. 22

NA 76 36

NA 53

NA

Oct. 23

183

183

23 29

183 157

183 157

183 183

183 183

190

203

Status

Normal

schematic diagram of a 30 mVday peak system and includes:(a)two-day capac ity septic tanks,(b)effluent fdters,(c)a surge pump tank,(d) aluminum sulfate addition, (e) six Waterloo Biofdter PE tanks,(f) Trojan 3000 UV disinfection, (g) SiteWatch RMS,and (h) operations

Oct. 24 Oct. 25 Oct. 26 Oct. 27

62

Oct. 28

40

Oct. 29

184 172

53

Valve stuck

staff.

Treatment and compliance may be compromised if one of these compo nents does not function properly, and so it is important to pre-empt problems.

By Ignatius lp\ E. Craig JowetF and Scott Kirby^ 34

Oct. 30

186

Oct. 31 Nov. 01

157

173 157

171

171

Nov. 02

163 163

168 172

182

Nov. 03 Nov. 04 Nov. 05

182

183

143

143

183 144

165 196

Valve Recovery after Cleaning

190 Normal

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Monitoring

Blue Springs Dosing Pump Timer Enable ON / OFF June 4,2001 :Q = 22.6 m31 day

Rattlesnake Point Golf Course 1999

Total Nitrogen Mass In Effluent 1.2

o

1

Z

^ 0.8

o

S

P OFF I 1200 AM

6:00 AM

12:00 PM

6:00 PM

12:00 AM

10

16

20

26

30

35

40

46

3-day Avg Flow (m3/day)

Time

Figure 2. Dosing pump activity on June 4, 2001.

Figure 3. Predicting Total Nitrogen (IN) mass in effluent.

rotating valve, and the rotations are recorded using pres sure switches on the force mains. Table 1 shows the cy cling of the valve being normal for October 20-21 with all cycles equal, but abnormal for October 23-28, with unequal cycles. After the valve was cleaned, the valve regained nor mal cycling. If the valve had remained stuck, ammonium levels would have eventually exceeded compliance. Understanding the treatment 1. Peaking Factors Too Low - In June 2001, the ammonia at Rattlesnake began to rise and threaten to fall out of com pliance(above 2.0 mg/L). The records of the daily summa ries were investigated to determine what might be the cause. The median flows in the peak season May to September

ing factors calculated (Table 2). The average annual flow of the new facility was back-calculated using this peaking factor, and predicts an average annual flow of 20,400 L/ day. This represents 0.48 kg/day of TN released into the environment, or 175.7 kg per year. These figures can sub sequently form a basis for hydrogeologic calculations in ap plications for approval. ^Waterloo BiofiiterSystems inc. ^CiubLink Corporation

For more information, circle reply card No. 136

were 31 mVd in 1999 and 33 mVd in 2000(a peaking factor of-1.9), but jumped substantially to 44 mVd in 2001 (a peaking factor of only 1.4), due to the commercial success

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nia levels to rise.

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With the mass loadings to justify the system upgrade, more filter medium was added, and effluent ammonia fell

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NOj-N), and the mass of TN (kg/day) calculated using a three-day average flow due to re-circulation and extensive mixing in the plant. Figure 3 shows a very good coirelation between TN mass loading and average flow, indicating simply that the effluent quality is consistent. Using recorded data, the peaking factors were determined for a three-year period, and this data used to predict the nitrogen loading at

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the new facility. The two highest consecutive days of flow at Rattlesnake were averaged to determine the peak flow, and annual peakTable 2. Determining peaking factors.

D

Flow (mYday) Year

Average

2-day average peak

Peaking Factor

1999 2000

24.0

62.0

2.6

20.1

68.0

3.4

2001

30.5

65.0

2.1

Average:

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Industrial Wastewater

Ice cream firm treats its own wastewater First Ontario dairy with its own wastewater piant

Chapman's Ice Cream is believed to be the first dairy operation in Ontario with its

own wastewater treatment

plant. The firm selected a state-of-tbe art Fluidyne ISAM'''^ (Integrated Surge Anoxic Mix) anaerobic/aerobic batch reactor, so that the continuously expanding operation would not overwhelm the existing municipal lagoon system capability. Founded in 1973 by David and Penny Chapman, the firm is believed to be the largest independent manufacturer of ice cream and water ice products in Canada. Chapman's, with production more than doubling within the last five years, is located in Markdale, Ontario, a commu

nity about two hours north of Toronto. It is the largest employer in the area by far. During the selection process. Chapman personnel and their consult ing engineers found many advantages in the Fluidyne ISAM when compared with conventional Sequencing Batch Reactor(SBR), upflow sludge blanket filtration (USBF) and trickling filter systems. Lowered capital and installed costs, reduced operating and mainte nance expense, minimal sludge produc tion with 80% less sludge compared to other activated sludge processes, builtin redundancy with a 100% in-place spare aerator, and the ability to better handle peak flows and loadings, topped

the list of reasons for selecting Table 1 - Chapman's Ice Cream the Fluidyne ISAM. Typical Performance Data A The system does not wash out solids at peak flows. Un 1535 mg/l Influent BOD (mg/l) like continuous flow processes Effluent BOD (mg/l) 10 mg/l and discharge, there is no flow 417 mg/l Influent TSS (mg/l) entering the reactor during ef 10 mg/l Effluent TSS (mg/l) fluent discharge. This promotes the high effluent quality at all flow rates. The system incorporates a Fluidyne control panel. The control strategy provides great process flexibil surge/anoxic mix tank to assure opti ity as aeration/mixing are automatically mum control of the process and to pro vide both rapid and complete waste- adjusted to meet incoming loadings, a feature which also reduces power re water treatment. This surge tank pro vides flow and nutrient equalization and quirements significantly. While it was treatment at a full 10;1 range of flows not a requirement in the Chapman se lection process, the ISAM has Califor and loadings. The built in sludge reduction system's nia Title 22 approval, authorizing nonanaerobic compartment significantly residential use of the effluent for irriga tion purposes. reduces total sludge production, han The system treats a design flow of dling and disposal. On average, each 132,000 gallons(500m')per day of high week the ISAM treats 350,000 gallons strength wastewater generated in the of wastewater while generating only production of ice cream. BOD,and TSS 1,760 gallons of sludge. design influent/effluent parameters for The system uses jet aeration to pro vide oxygen to the system. Jets are ideal the installation were specified as 1,300/ for industrial wastewater as they provide 200 and 600/200 mg/L respectively. Chapman's wanted the plant to meet a high oxygen transfer and have signifi cantly higher alpha values compared to higher, more environmentally friendly fine bubble diffusers. Furthermore,jet BOD,/TSS effluent standard of 50mg/l for discharge to the city sewer system. aerators have large solids handling ca pabilities and can be serviced without Actual BOD,ranged from 1,210 to 1,860 entering or draining the tank as they and suspended solids from 143 to 417. have a built in self-cleaning mechanism. The process is automatically control led through an Allen-Bradley PLC in the

At startup, the influent BOD, regis

tered 1,330. Effluent BOD immediately dropped to below 200, and consistently falls under 10. Numbers for effluent

suspended solids proved equally impres sive dropping to single digits within a few brief weeks. According to Jerry Schwartz, plant operator, "we sample every week and the effluent is consist ently far better than the standards pre scribed for us."

Charlie Rheaume, Chapman's Vicepresident, adds: "We actually gave the municipality back 40% of the total ca pacity of their treatment plant and, es pecially, the BOD. Before our new sys tem came on stream, the local munici

pal lagoon was up to 80% of capacity. With our anticipated growth,the system would soon have been overwhelmed.

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We've been recognized by our industry and by the Ontario Minister of Environ ment for our ecological stewardship. Since the Chicago World Wide Food and

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Dairy Expo, we've hosted a stream of foreign visitors from Australia, Russia and many other countries. They were all favorably impressed."

At startup, the influent

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suspended solids proved equally impressive dropping to single digits within a few brief weeks. In the first five months of operation. Chapman's processed 360 batches, or approximately 7,920,000 gallons (SO.OOOm'). Heaviest flows come Tues day-Friday; during summer months,the average is 20-25 batches each week, but

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Potable Water Storage

Nova Scotia town chooses geosynthetic floating covers

TheTown ofMiddleton in Nova

Scotia recently completed a project to provide a new cover system for their existing 1,000,000-gallon potable water storage

reservoir.

The SGE Group in Halifax reviewed various options for covering the reser voir including rigid roof structures, pitched timber roofs and flexible float

ing synthetic covers.After determining that a 45 mil reinforced polypropylene flexible floating cover system was the best choice for this project, Layfield Environmental Systems was awarded a contract to manufacture and install a 45

mil reinforced polypropylene floating cover system.

The design of the cover system was particularly challenging because rain water trapped on the cover needed to be channeled to a dewatering pump sys tem. The floating cover system also needed to function at various operating levels depending on the elevation of the

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tensile strength. The polypropylene floating cover supplied by Layfield met all of these rigorous requirements. The floating cover system was based on a defined sump design and included stra tegically placed attached foam floats, sand filled ballast tubes, four air vents,

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Industry Update COUNTY OF OXFORD

WERF Releases Nutrient Credit Trading Program Market Analysis A report, Nitrogen Credit Trading in Maryland: A Market Analysis for Establishing a Statewide Framework (stock #97IRM5E) is now available from the Water Environment

Research Foundation. It explores whether a market for ni trogen credits can assist publicly owned treatment plants in Maryland in achieving cost-effective nitrogen loads. The study strongly indicates that trading options may provide opportunities to achieve environmental objectives at substantially lower costs, and possibly faster than ap proaches that ask (or force) all POTWs to achieve equally lower nitrogen concentrations.

This project highlights general considerations for any one interested in trading, including a market analysis and a recommendation to use the Chesapeake Bay Program's Nutrient Trading Principles and Guidelines(2001)as a model of process and policy. The report concludes that point-point trading should not be overlooked as a potentially important strategy - nonpoint source credits will not always be less expensive than point source credits. It also proposes to add best management practices credits for stormwater-related projects and restoration on undeveloped land. The report shows trading options at three geographic scales in Maryland and explains how various factors would strengthen or weaken a credit market, expanding or dimin ishing opportunities for greater cost-effectiveness. The re searchers present previously unavailable information and analyses that are critical to regional watershed management strategies. Contact www.werf.org.

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Minimum Qualifications: Civil Engineering Degree and mem

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Resumes to be forwarded by October 18,2002 at 4:00 p.m. to: County of Oxford, Human Resources Office, P.O. Box 397, 415 Hunter St., WOODSTOCK ON N4S 7Y3 Fax #(519)537-3024 E-mail address: hr@countv.oxford.on.ca Web Site: www.countv.oxford.on.ca

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Environmental Analyses

Understanding requirements of ISO/IEC 17025

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Repeatability of test The test which produced the objec tive results, will produce the same re sults, within accepted deviations during subsequent testing, and within the con straints of using the same procedures, equipment and persons used during a previous execution of the test. Transparency of process The processes existent within the laboratory producing the objective re sults, should be open to internal and ex ternal scmtiny,so that factors which may adversely affect the laboratory's pursuit of objective results based on scientific method, can be readily identified and mitigated.

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Biosolids Management

WEF commends new biosolids rules for

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Biosolids Management WEF lauds new NIOSH biosolids

guidance Earlier the Water Environment Fed eration had welcomed the action of the

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to rescind Hazard ID No. 10(Workers Exposed to Class B Biosolids During and After Field Application) and replace it with guidance that better reflects the precau tions that biosolids workers should be

taking. According to Dr. Gray,"WEF is pleased that NIOSH was open to the

ily mischaracterized as a call for the pro hibition of all Class B biosolids. Finally, WEF and others noted that the recom

mended practices in the report were al ready routinely administered at the vast majority of publicly owned treatment works.

As in the HID #10,the new guidance focuses on potential risks from close occupational exposure to Class B biosolids. It stresses that those working

gum on the job and should wash their hands thoroughly upon leaving the work site and remove clothing and footwear that could transport Class B biosolids off-site. The goal is to avoid possible ingestion or exposure through cuts, scratches, eyes, etc. to possible Class B biosolids pathogens.

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In March 2002, NIOSH extended an

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closely with Class B biosolids. Since its release in August 2000,the HID #10 had been criticized by water quality and biosolids experts as alarm ist and poorly researched. While the guidance recommended the use of stand

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Approximately 120 million litres of raw sewage and stormwater runoff en ter the harbour on a daily basis. This inflow contributes an annual loading of some 3,700 tons of BOD,4,200 tons of

solids and 200 tons of phosphorus to the harbour. The once pristine water is also polluted with bacteria, pathogens and heavy metals. The St. John's Harbour clean-up project is being implemented through a phased approach for wastewater treat ment for the St. John's region. New foundland Design Associates, in asso ciation with CH2M HILL Canada, are

the engineering consultants for this am bitious project. John Barry, P.Eng., is the City of St. John's project manager. As the first step of its multi-phase wastewater treatment system, the City of St. John's built the Southside Road

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Ontario drinking water - towards a safe sustainabie future

OWWA/GMWA would prefer

to see a single Provincial source of responsibility for drinking water, preferably a Water Branch within the Ministry of the Environment (MOB). The Water

The Ontario Water Works

Association(OWWA)- a Section of the American

are more than 127 AWWA Standards on

tablishment of a Professional Interest

topics ranging from water treatment, to connections, to disinfecting, to equip

Advisory Forum (PIAF) to assist with water policy review, development and analysis. The PIAF would not only guide the development of a management framework to implement the recommen

and the Ontario Municipal

tions:(1) drinking water,(2) water pol lution control/source water protection, and (3) water conservation.

in Part II of the Walkerton

Inquiry. Part II focused on the future of drinking water safety in Ontario. Key recommendations from their submission follow.

formance. All stakeholders in the drink

The Water Branch would encourage the implementation of best management practices(BMPs),including continuous quality improvement programs, by wa ter utilities in the Province. Today,there

Branch itself would consist of three sec

(OMWA)jointly participated, with standing,

acceptance level of performance and that water utilities be encouraged to always strive to go beyond the base level of per

ing water system,from professional as sociations to consumer groups, should have the opportunity to participate in and be formally consulted on the develop ment of proposed legislative and regu latory reforms. The framework that guides change must not only be trans parent, but also be well communicated so that it is seen to be that way. OWWA/OMWA encourage the es

Water Works Association -

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standards be considered as the minimal

ment installation. OWWA/OMWAcan

guide and assist with the implementa tion of industry standards and best man agement practices. OWWA/OMWA recommend that

Provincial water quality regulations and

dations of the Walkerton Commission

of Inquiry, but also ensure a process of continuous quality improvement in wa-

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Drinking Water ter system operations. As the lead agency, the MOE would, on a regular and continuing basis, con sult with and receive recommendations

from the PIAF. The membership of the PIAF would include senior-level repre sentatives from public health and envi ronment agencies, water utilities, and non-government stakeholders with an interest in drinking water issues (e.g. environmental associations and groups, research scientists, professional engi neers, etc.).

ticular need to help small system pro viders that may face disproportionately high costs to comply with all necessary upgrades. OWWA/OMWA recommend a pro gram of loans to assist with transitional costs. A one-time special loans program, rather than grants, is preferred as loans ensure accountability for repaying the cost of any system improvements. OWWA/OMWA do not support sys tem-wide subsidies, but do recognize that full-cost pricing could create finan

cial hardship for some individual house holders. Accordingly, it may be neces sary for the Province- not the individual municipality -to determine the need for assistance and provide that assistance to individual households.

Financing OWWA/OMWA recommend that

each water provider develop a long-term financial plan for the maintenance, up grade and replacement of infrastructure. Fundamental to the success oflong-term

planning is a record of accurate, up-to-

OWWA/OMWA are concerned that

ongoing Provincial initiatives relating to drinking water are in four ministries as

EFFLUm pH

follows:

• Drinking Water Regulations - Min istry of Environment • Bill 81, Nutrient Management Act Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural

Peace of Mind?

Affairs

•Bill 155,Sustainable Water and Sew

age Systems Act, 2001 - Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing • Project Financial Assistance(Super Build)- Ministry of Finance Cost Recovery and Financing The OWWA/OMWA believe that the

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costs of sourcing, treating and deliver ing safe drinking water should be in

controlled

cluded in the cost to the end user. The cost of water service should be recov

&

ered by water user fees and charges, and not recovered through property taxes. However,it is important to point out OWWA/OMWA do not recommend that

the water rate alone represents the re covery of all water costs. Municipali ties and other water service providers should continue to use development charges,local improvement charges,and special assessments that reflect cost re covery on a benefits received basis. OWWA/OMWA have responded to the Provincial Government's proposed Bill 155,the Sustainable Water and Sew

age Systems Act, 2001, and fully sup port the concept of the Bill and have pro vided a number ofsuggestions for its im

provement,including having the respon sibility for the Bill in the same ministry as all other drinking water issues. Subsidies

OWWA/OMWA do not support sub sidies to offset the true costs of provid

ing water service. However, it may be necessary to implement a one-time as sistance program to help those munici palities that face significant expenditures as a result of recommendations that the

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Drinking Water date information on the physical assets of each individual water system.

results and require improvements when

to undertake corrective action.

Training

and where necessary.

The choice of specific financial tools is a matter of public policy and must be

OWWA/OMWA recommend that the

Provincial government encourage wa

reviewed at the local level in order to

OWWA/OMWA recommend that all

applicants for an operator's license com plete an MOE approved training course with a specific curriculum. The deliv ery of the training could include a com

water cost recovery. The local water

ter utilities to join an accreditation pro gram to ensure a process of continuous improvement in the Province. The ac

service providers are most in touch with

creditation model developed by the

bination of classroom courses, corre

their customers, the issues facing the

American Water Works Association

spondence courses, internet and home

adopt the most appropriate approach to

community, patterns of usage,economic (AWWA),is appropriate.

study.

matters, etc. OWWA/OMWA recom

For operators presently certified, and particularly for the grandfathered opera

AWWA Standards and Manuals

mend that funding tools currently avail able to water service providers should

could be referenced as a group of publi cations covering 116 products and pro cedures that have wide acceptance in the water supply business. Throughout the world, they are the most used and re spected drinking water standards. The OWWA/OMWA suggest that the

not be reduced.

To ensure the public is protected, the Province should consider a revolving

loan fund that would speed up bringing non-viable systems into compliance. Fi nally, the Province should mandate that all water system providers budget suffi

Government of Ontario work with them to establish an International Water Treat

cient funds on an annual basis for infra Accreditation

ment Alliance (IWTA) program in On tario. IWTA is the necessary first step in facilitating continuous improvement,

Accreditation covers all aspects of the water and wastewater utility busi ness, and verifies that certain standards

tation. OWWA/OMWA recommend that a

of best practice are being used to deliver high quality service. The results of regu

third party do the accrediting, advise the utility of the results, including any defi

lar accreditation should be shared with

ciencies identified, and then follow up to ensure the utility fulfils its obligations

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a gap analysis be conducted to determine what training is required. Cuirent re

quirements of 40 hours of professional development per year and 36 hours of continuing education in each three-year

period will address the need for manda tory training in the long term, but ini tially, there may be a need for specific training for existing operators. Once the needs for training are de termined, the Ontario Government should form an alliance with

stakeholders to develop and deliver the required training programs. Source Protection

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Drinking Water protection measures that will prevent drinking water problems from develop ing in the first place. Statutory authority on a Provincewide basis is required to ensure appro priate development of source protection plans. Policy guidelines are not strong enough; there must be statutory and regulatory obligations. The essential components of a wa tershed source protection plan are: • Inventory and characterization of the water source.

• Inventory of all point and non-point sources of water pollution. • Identification of the nature and qual ity of pollutants discharged. • Development of goals and strategies for remediation, monitoring, and evalu ation. The OWWA/OMWA believe that

protection of source water is a continu ous process that requires a long-term commitment and is essential in an over

all program of drinking water protection. Any industrial, commercial, agricul tural, or other land use development that is going to harm source waters within a watershed should be regulated under Provincial law to minimize or com

pletely avoid such harm. Provincial legislation authorizing source water protection plans should override inconsistent land use planning decisions. Provincial regulations and standards should prevent and overrule any competition between municipalities who might seek development activity at the expense of source water protection. More than two decades ago, the In ternational Joint Commission(IJC)rec ognized the threat posed by non-point sources, particularly agriculture, on the

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nure management by farmers needs to be regulated like other waste manage ment industries, i.e., a system of permits and certificate of approval from MOE. All farms should be required to de velop Water Protection Plans that incor porate approvals for activities such as manure storage, and spreading, nutrient management, and tile drain outlets. At a minimum,farms above a certain size

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Regulations

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past June and will be fully in force De cember 6th, 2002. These new regula tions(which replace MMLER)now ap ply to all metal mines in Canada,includ ing pre-1977 mines. The intent is to monitor the effluent released by mines for parameters that have a potential negative environmental impact. There is still debate amongst various groups about what should or should not be included and what limits are accept able; however, after six years of exten sive consultation the regulation has been set. Along with establishing an Envi ronmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) program as set out by Environment Canada, testing for individual para meters must occur at specified intervals. Suspended Solids, acute lethality test The parameters tested include the radio ing, and the deleterious substances ar active isotope radium-226, pH, Total senic, copper, lead, zinc, and nickel.

of uranium. Authorized limits for ra dium-226 have been set as 0.37

Becquerels (Bq)/L for the maximum monthly mean concentration,0.74Bq/L for the maximum concentration in a

composite sample and 1.1 IBq/L for the maximum concentration in a grab sam ple. According to the regulation, sam pling for radium-226(on unfiltered and undiluted effluent) must occur weekly, at least initially. Section 13.2 states that "...the owner or operator of a mine,other than an uranium mine, may reduce the frequency of testing for Radium-226 ...to not less than once in each calendar

quarter if that substance's concentration in the effluent is less than 0.037Bq/L in ten consecutive tests".

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Regulations week screening period,effluent samples need only be analyzed quarterly if the level of radium-226 continues to fall be

low 10% of the monthly mean concen tration value.

Although many environmental labo ratories can provide metals analysis,few can fulfill the radium-226 requirements set out in the regulations. The guidance document published by Environment Canada for the sampling and analysis of metal mining effluents states that labo ratories must demonstrate clearly their ability to work within a performancebased system. That is, results will be accepted only from a laboratory that is ISO 17025 (formerly ISO Guide 25) accredited by the Standards Council of Canada(SCC)for the determination of radium-226 in liquid samples. There are generally three techniques

of samples per week and the ensuing analysis logjam could delay results and force mines to continue weekly sam pling long past the minimum ten weeks. The economical approach Mine operators will want to reduce their Radium-226 sampling to quarterly. In order to do this, mines need approval from the governing agencies after com pletion of the mandatory ten consecu tive week screening period. Because there is little time remaining before the

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Alternative Energy

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A Canadian company supplied the piping for an

application to pump ashore 38° F seawater from deep below the surface for use in aquaculture and energy-generation in Hawaii. The 9,000-foot long,cold water pipeline was successfully deployed last Oc tober by the contractor, Healy Tibbitts Builders,Inc. of Hono lulu. KWH Pipe of Mississauga, Ontario, a member of the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI), produced the pipe. Makai Ocean Engineering, consultants to the Natural En ergy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA), near Keahole Point on the western-most point of the Big Island of Hawaii, chose about 10,000 feet of HOPE pipe in 55inch and 63-inch diameters. NELHA operates the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park that provides the re sources, support, and facilities for many innovative oceanrelated businesses.

As the world's tropical oceans are a huge collector of heat energy, NELHA engineers are taking advantage of a process that uses that energy for various scientific and prac tical endeavours. That process is called Ocean Thermal En ergy Conversion (OTEC). NELHA has hosted a series of OTEC experiments since its founding in 1974. OTEC utilizes the difference in temperature between warm surface seawater and cold deep seawater to produce

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energy. The cold deep seawater can also be used to aircondition buildings, desalinate water, grow lobsters and fish, produce algae and shellfish, grow cold-climate fruit and vegetables and much more. To do that, NELHA must get the cold water from deep in the ocean to the surface. Tom Daniel, one of the project scientists with NELHA explained that the pipe is filled with air, which supports it and its anchors during towing to the site where it is flooded for sinking. The intrinsic buoyancy of the HOPE pipe al lows designs using pendant-weighted buoyant sections to avoid rough areas on the bottom of the ocean. The pipe was fused into nine sections, each approximately 1,000 feet in length on shore at Kawaihae Harbor on the northwest corner of the Big Island. In a three day assembly and deployment operation, the flanged sections were joined into one 9,000-foot long pipe segment, towed 27 miles to the site and deployed using a controlled submergence proc ess.

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A separate warm water intake structure was also installed near the 80-foot-deep end of one shore-crossing tunnel, and spool pieces connect that structure and the offshore HDPE pipe to the two tunnels constructed earlier. The tunnels ex tend about 500 feet onshore to the pump station which is now under construction. The system was expected to begin pumping ashore deep cold (38°F)and surface (76°F - 81°F) seawater by the end of July 2002. Daniel says OTEC has tremendous potential for large-scale energy generation in

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Design/Build dewatering are to be included in the Design Builder's total contract price." The DB team, in return, is forced to build in a "safety factor" into its contract price, in case unfavour able site conditions are encountered. This increases overall

contract price. Approvals Another important aspect of the DB contract is securing the necessary approvals to ensure on time completion of the project. This stage often proves to be the most critical as pect of any contract. In today's "environmentally sensitive" world, these approvals may vary from necessary comple tion of a Class EA Process,to obtaining approvals from vari ous Federal Agencies,such as Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Transportation Agency, and/or other numerous Provincial Ministries and Agencies. Actually, obtaining the green light to proceed with the project can often make the difference between a project on time and budget, and one which is late and has gone way over budget. Therefore, due to the sensitive nature of these approvals, all project stakeholders including the Owner,DB team, and the PM must work together to remedy any sensi

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A good PM is one who executes the contract fairly and without bias. This is the most critical way to ensure project success. Although many remain skeptical of aids such as conducting Partnering Workshops among all stakeholders, there is much value in bringing together different people with diverse agendas to achieve a common goal, a quality project on time and on budget.

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*Cam Vatandoust, P.Eng., is a senior evaluations engineer with Ontario Ministry of the Environment in To ronto, specializing in water and sew age infrastructure. He is also an in structor at Ryerson University's Con tinuing Education division.

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Ratifying the Kyoto accord makes me yawn

People are delighted, cynical, hoiTified and otherwise startled

that Jean Chretien suddenly said Canada will ratify the Kyoto Accord on global warming. Some predict the salvation of Mother Earth;

the 1990 level of 601 megatonnes. These emissions have grown enor mously since 1990, so reaching the Kyoto target would require unprec edented, long-term efficiency gains, or

others the demolition of brother Alberta.

I say chill out, folks. Nothing will hap

These emissions have

pen.

I don't dispute that implementing Kyoto would be economically disas trous. Nor do I dispute that it would hit Alberta hardest(though not by as much as people think, given the misery it would cause everywhere) and might provoke a fatal crisis in Canadian fed eralism. I do dispute that implementing it would work, but leave that for another

day. The point is, Kyoto won't have any effects, economic or political, until you

find a way to try to implement it. So what exactly is it that the government proposes to do? I know it wants to reduce Canada's

emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to 565 megatonnes, six per cent below

grown enormously since 1990, so reaching the Kyoto target would require unprecedented, long-term efficiency gains, or roughly a one-third drop in living

mits that, if you have any brains, are tradable,so the relentless quest for prof its ensures maximum GDP output per unit of GHG output. But what, techni cally as well as legally, would such per mits convey permission to do? Emit a certain weight of GHGs each year? How do you know how much someone is emitting? How do we know what Cana da's emissions were in 1990,or are now?

We don't. This newspaper alone {Ottawa

Citizen) has given figures of 682, 726, 694 and 705 megatonnes in stories over the past three years, while economist William Watson implied this spring it's now 768.

Such imprecision is a waming. Theo retically you'd need point-source meas urements because unlike, say, sulphur standards. dioxide, the main GHGs are also pro duced naturally, in quantities that dwarf human output.Think someone measured roughly a one-third drop in living stand the output offumes from every factory, ards. How does it plan to force one or gas lawnmower and forest fire in the other of these outcomes(or a mix of Canada? Hoo hah. They made wildly heroic assumptions. Also wildly inac the two)? The standard answer is emission per curate.

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right to send 100 tonnes of GHGs up your smokestack per year just gives the dishonest businessman an edge on his rivals without reducing global warming. What about a proxy system of sell-

We now know that hydro power, os tensibly GHG-free, generates lots of methane from rotting vegetation trapped by dams and that methane is a far worse greenhouse baddie than carbon dioxide.

but the system wouldn't know the dif ference. Worse, major sources like dams and cows don't burn fuel, nor do the

garbage dumps that may account for half the methane we emit. So we need seven

proxies for this, eight for that, and a par tridge in a pear tree. In the end, you'd get an immensely costly rearrangement of our economic life to comply with paper requirements that are a pitifully poor proxy for the problem we're try ing to solve. Trae, some other regula tory schemes work equally badly, but the cost here would be so high the public

How much worse? Environmental re

porter Greg Easterbrook says about 30 times; the Globe & Mail two years ago quoted the New Scientist that it's 20 times. But even if you could monitor and reduce methane from dams,if you don't know whether it's cost-efficient to trade

off one kilo of it against 30, or just 20, kilos of CO,, you'll close lots of fossilfuel power plants and build hydro ones at huge cost but possibly no reduction

would revolt.

or even an increase in GHGs.

If you're asking the public to risk a huge drop in living standards, you have to be more precise. But you just can't put hundreds of millions of monitors around the country to track all the CO,,

f

Rotting vegetation trapped underwater by hydro dams produces large quanti ties of methane gas.

The government has made its sup porters happy, and itself smug, by pa rading its noble intentions. But it will never even try to implement the treaty. Alberta won't separate, the economy won't tank. Nothing will happen. There's no "how" there.

CH^ and other bugbears. Imagine the energy cost of manufacturing, placing and servicing a monitor on every bar becue,chimney and car. And what about factory-farmed cattle, a major source of methane? Do you monitor them? And how? What's more, if everyone knows you can't monitor emissions, selling the

ing permits to bum a certain amount of fuel, using the conventional heroic as sumptions about how many kilos of vari ous GHGs you get by buming a litre of gas, propane and so on? Such a system would lead clever entrepreneurs to

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impetus in the form of the publication Development and Flood Risks which provides planning guidance that backs the use of SUDs. The government's recent periodic report TN3,on climate change, also suggests that SUDs should be given greater consideration. The water industry in England and Wales is keen to get the issues resolved at the outset, in case the government is

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Air Pollution

Fossil tests now show that computers have underestimated climate change

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hot or cold water distribution, come complete with bonded poiyurethane foam and polyethylene jacket. Sup plied in coils, these flexible systems allow reduction in number of joints and elbows. Complete selection of brass compression fittings available. Visit our web site for more informa tion: www.urecon.com.

sion

York Fluid Controls Ltd.

Urecon Ltd.

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Solving monitoring and control applications

Danfoss analytical meters

Arjay Engineering Ltd. manufactures

liVITA" ANALYTICAL METERS

capacitance level instrumentation, ppm oil/water monitors and detection

equipment for combustible and toxic gas. Arjay instruments are highly respected for their 30 years of re search and design expertise in solv ing monitoring and control applica

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age system, oxygen profile measure ment in the reactors of diffuser mod

ules and outlet measurement of oxy gen, ammonium phosphate and ni

tions in Canada. Please visit our web site: www.daviscontrois.com. Davis Controls Ltd.

trate to monitor and document treat

ment quality.

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An in-depth analysis of drainage pipe performance and design comparisons of concrete pipe vs HOPE. The technical data you NEED to know when specifying your next project. Call for your

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Monitoring Packages

Danfoss EViTA IN SITU analytical meters ensure optimum process con trol resulting in increased plant capac ity, cleaner effluent, less sludge pro duction and dramatically reduced en ergy consumption. Applications in clude: nutrient measurement in sew

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Pre-Engineered Pump and

Fre-insulated Flexible Pipe Systems

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Concrete Pipe vs CSP. The technical data you NEED to know when specifying your next project. Ontario Concrete Pipe

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Pre-engineered pump and monitoring packages

industrial wastewater

Metcon offers a variety of pre-engineered,fabricated metering and con trol packages, as well as design and fabrication of custom systems. Pack aged panels are corrosion resistant, pre-engineered, pre-packaged,com pletely self-contained packages with chemical metering pumps, all neces sary piping, appurtenances and fit tings assembled and tested. Premounted packages are a cost-effec tive way of ensuring reliable systems. Metcon Sales & Engineering Circle reply card No. 206

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Membrane technology for ZENON's ZenoGemÂŽ bioreactor

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 biomass retention, resulting In a high quality effluent, suitable for direct reuse or discharge. ZENON Environmental inc.

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Product and Service Showcase Concrete Pipe Handbook

Reducing hydrogen sulflde from gas and air streams

Dissolved air flotation system

ADI Intemational Inc. announces a new ad

The latest edition of the Concrete Pipe Handbook,a comprehensive coiiection 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. 208

Measurement solutions

ONDEO Degremont presents a new

ented

iron-oxide

solution for the clarification of surface

coated filter media, up to 99.99% of H,S is

and ground water, especially with cold water and water with high TOG or col our. The simple yet very effective AquaDAF™ system provides operating rates unequalled by conventional flota tion technologies. It enables an excel lent algae, Ciyptosporidium and Giardia removal without requiring polymer in most applications. ONDEO Degremont

removed. With a one minute contact time,

concentrations as high as 30,000 ppm have been reduced to below 1 ppm. MEDIA

G2® is capable of multiple regenerations without chemicals or backwashing. ADI can provide complete systems to meet any size need. ADI International

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Versatile level monitor

Amperometric chlorine analyzer

Milltronics' Multi-

Do you need to ensure high qual ity, reduce operating costs and comply with envi ronmental regula

Ranger ultrasonic level monitor has

proven its reliabil ity in the water and

tribution, wastewater treatment and re

instruments and applications, as well as installation tips and techniques for best results. Siemens Milltronics instruments set the standard for level measurement

with innovative technology and strong technical support. Siemens Milltronics

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Engineering Guide

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ing, aggregate,ce ment, chemical,

easy-to-read re source for opera

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sorption process for the reduction of hy drogen sulfide from gas and air streams. With MEDIA G2®, the company's pat

pulp and paper, food, and other

process industiies. The new-generation MultiRanger has additional features and functions for enhanced performance, greater versatility and unsurpassed reliabil ity for short- to medium-range applications up to 15 metres. It offers digital commu nications, and the latest technology fea tures in a cost-effective package. Siemens Milltronics

The FX-lOOOp can read from low PPB ranges to as high as 50 PPM without di lution (higher ranges with dilution varimeter panel). It is unaffected by high turbidity or extremely high and low pH swings. The EX-lOOOp uses ordinary food grade,5% distilled white vinegar as a pH buffer, which is non-toxic, non-haz ardous, cheap and available at any gro cery store. Cancoppas Limited

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The best keeps getting better

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The CON/SPAN Engineering Guide is a valuable tool with all the necessary in formation to consider the CON/SPAN

System for many different design appli cations. Filled with numerous figures and charts, the Engineering Guide provides a reference of design parameters, stand ard detail illustrations, and limited design methodologies. Available in binder or CD Rom format. CON/SPAN Canada

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For many years,Armtec has stretched your design dollar with its range of soil steel structures including Multi-Plate and Su per-Span. Keeping pace with the need to provide economical bridge solutions, Armtec offers Bridge-Plate structures for larger installations. Bridge-Plate has the deepest and strongest corrugation in the market today,enabling long span soil steel structures to be designed and built more economically than ever before. Armtec Circle reply card No. 215

Armtec is a leader in twin-wall HDPE

pipe systems through the BOSS product line. BOSS products are used in gravity storm sewers,culverts and, using the bell and gasket POLYTITE products, in grav ity sanitary sewers. Armtec is moving to full CSA certification for the complete BOSS product line. Armtec

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Product and Service Showcase MAGFLO® magnetic flow

Drive solutions for water

meters

and wastewater

Problem solving lubes

prene or EPDM linings and AISI 316 Ti electrodes. User-friendly operator inter face and SENSORPROM technology.

drives ensure reduced energy consump tion, improved throughput and a reduc tion in chemical usage. For water sup ply systems, the drives reduce water leak ages, bursts and maintenance costs.

Lubrication Engineers have solved the toughest lubrication problems at wastewater treatment plants worldwide. Elimi nation of foaming and water emulsification in comminutors, grinders, clarifier gearboxes, filter press hydraulics and lightning mixers. Significant reduction in operating temperatures and electricity consumption, in aeration blowers, influ ent pumps, speed reducers and air com pressors. Lubrication Engineers

Davis Controls Limited

Davis Controls Limited

of Canada Limited

The MAGFLO® Magnetic Flow Meter from Danfoss is easy to install, easy to commission, easy to service, highly de pendable; it offers simplicity that saves you money for years to come. The MAGFLO® 3100 comes with either Neo-

For more than 30 years Danfoss has dem onstrated leadership in water manage ment with a host of measurable benefits. For wastewater treatment the VLT®

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Denso surface tolerant epoxy

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Environmental services

^

Stantec provides value-added professional services

and technologies in the five princimarket seg-

StdfltfiC ments of environ ST Epoxy is a two component, fast dry ing, surface tolerant liquid epoxy coat ing for application directly onto wire brushed rusty steel. ST Epoxy's penetra tion and adhesive properties ensure pro tection against a wide variety of exposed

We supply Package Water and Sewage Treatment Plants worldwide. The Pack

ment, buildings, industrial, transportation and urban land, from over 40 locations principally in North America. Environmental engineer ing services include municipal and indus

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age Plant concept is a low cost, odourless plant, achieving a high degree of treat ment. It is economical,easy to install and operate, reliable, fulfills regulatory re quirements and is ideal for any location unable to connect to municipal sewer sys tems. Sanitherm Engineering Ltd. Circle reply card No. 221

bution, pumping and storage and general municipal engineering. A full range of environmental management services is also provided. Stantec Consulting Ltd. Circle reply card No. 222

Inlet Stormceptor® system

Series Stormceptor system

Introducing the N-Pumps!

environments such as water/sea water, acids and alkalis. It can be used alone or

in combination with other topcoats for long-term protection of structural steel, and more. Denso North America

coupled with cus

ceptor System em-

tomer demands

ploys the same prin ciples of operation as

and

mn-off from an area

of up to 0.30 ha, the Inlet Stormceptor has inherited the in

ternal by-pass function, ensuring that all sediment and oil removed from storm-

water run-off remains trapped within the storage chamber,even during peak flows. There are cun-ently more than 4,500 units installed throughout North America. Stormceptor Canada Inc. Circle reply card No. 223

extensive

field trials have

the well-known In

line Interceptors. Developed to treat

industrial water treatment, water distri

Years of research

The Inlet Storm-

Pr^

trial wastewater treatment, wastewater

collection and pumping, municipal and

Developed for the treatment of larger catchment areas, the new Series Storm

ceptor system employs the same operat ing principles as the well-known Inline and Inlet Stonnceptor systems. The sys tem receives flow from a single inlet pipe and splits it into two distinct streams, which are treated in two separate treatment chambers before recombining into a sin gle outlet pipe. It effectively doubles the treatment area of the inline system. Stormceptor Canada Inc. Circle reply card No. 224

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produced a revo lutionary new pump design that combines high ef ficiency with Flygt's clog-free performance. The N-Pump series feature a radical new hydraulic end design which ensures efficient, clog-free, and troublefree pumping over extended periods. The result is improved operational economy due to less downtime,dramatically reduc ing the total life cost of the installation. ITTFlygt Circle reply card No. 225 67


Product and Service Showcase Biological removal of iron and

Submersible pumping/mixing

manganese We have

been

making submers ible pumps since 1948, when we introduced

the

world's first sub

ONDEO Degremont offers an ecological and economical solution for removing iron and manganese from groundwater. The Ferazuf'^ Mangazur''''^ system uses the natural microorganisms already present in water to oxidize Fe and Mn. The innovativeness and performance of the system has been recognized by the 2001 Technological Innovation Award of the Ministere des Ajfaires Municipales, QC. ONDEO Degremont Circle reply card No. 226

mersible designed for pumping con taminated water.

Over the years,

Mo Graw II

ible pumping/mixing equipment and fluid handling technology. ITT Flygt Circle reply card No. 227

McGraw-Hill is a leading publisher of Environmental and Civil Engineering books and products. Our authors are in ternational experts and provide critical insights on environmental issues, devel opments and trends. Browse our new online catalogue for product information at: www.McGrawHill.ca/tpm. McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd. Circle reply card No. 228

Filter underdrains

Digital communication

our name has come to stand for efficient,

versatile products of the highest quality and we have remained at the forefront of

development. Our designs, patents, and technical innovations have made us the

world's leading manufacturer ofsubmers

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death parts your parts! Only Canadian Welding Bureau certified

Parkson has introduced a new underdrain

design for traveling bridge filters. The SmartCelE'^ system eliminates most of

Auma's 2-wire digital communication keeps the customer in control. Commu nication protocols such as Modbus, DeviceNet and Profibus are very com plex and have been developed by the best computer communication minds in the industry. They allow the exchange of

fabricators weld to CSA standards W47.1

the field labour associated with the in

for steel and stainless steels and W47.2

stallation of the filter underdrain. Indi

for aluminum. Assure the integrity of the products you specify, use and maintain. Make sure that all your welded products are manufactured by a Canadian Weld

vidual cell modules are completely shop assembled, including the installation of porous plates. The system eliminates many of the difficulties inherent in field assembly of the traditional underdrain. Parkson Corporation

e.g. actuators, sensors and controls, as required for the automation of control led processes. Troy-Ontor Inc.

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HEC-RAS/12D

Toshiba magnetic flowmeter technology

Dissolved oxygen

ing Bureau certified fabricator. MSU Mississauga Ltd.

For wastewater and .

sistance to slurry noise via patented noise suppressor cir cuit; extremely sta ble zero via patented

drinking water treat ment, Liquisys M dis solved oxygen trans

mitter and sensor pro- ,

multi divided sam HHT HART com

HEC-RAS allows water level results read back into our 12D model. A water level

surface is automatically created and ready for presentation, plans production and further analysis. XP Software Circle reply card No. 232 68

measurement

Features include: re

pling technique; Create a HEC-RAS model directly from a Digital Terrain Model (12D) and cre ate inundation maps from the results. Complete integration between 12D and

information between devices in the field,

munications; wide

range power supply; 80-265 Vac; multi

functional converter; digital input con trol; large wiring terminals; empty pipe alarm; coated circuit boards for high re liability; surface mount circuit boards provide resistance to vibration. These and many other features have a 5 year war ranty. Cancoppas Limited

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vides a simple and safe ' system which is modu lar in design and can be adapted to a wide range of customer needs. The system consists of transmit ter either in field housing or panel mounted,and a sensor. Optional air clean ing systems are also available. Features include: calibration and display in mg/1, ppb or % saturation; measuring signal check for plausibility and stability. Com munication is via HART,or Profibus PA and DP. Endress -i- Hauser

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Product and Service Showcase Waterloo Biofliter®

Layfleid and Grit Industries Align Layfield Geosynthetics & Industrial Fab rics Ltd. and Grit Industries have an nounced a strate

Waterloo Biofilters are efficient, modu lar trickling filters for residential and communal sewage wastewaters, and landfill leachate. Patented, lightweight, synthetic filter media optimize physical properties for microbial attachment and water retention. The self-contained

modular design for communal use is now available in 20,000L/d and 40,000L/d ISO shipping container units - ready to

plug in on-site. They have long-term ro bustness,low maintenance,remote moni toring, and small space requirements. Waterloo Biofilter Systems

Enclosures Summit™ Structures is the ultimate

building solution for construction or en vironmental projects requiring a rapidly deployed, relocatable, and affordable en-

gic alliance that will provide the

ment for building applications in cluding; biosolids processing/odor

Canadian oil &

gas sectors with new solutions for economical secondaiy containment. This new alliance will see

Layfield market Grit Industries' unique G 55 modular interlocking steel contain ment system.The Grit product will be offered alongside Layfield's extensive geomembrane (liners) product line. Layfield also offers installations and tech nical support for the G 55 Containment System. Layfield Geosynthetics Circle reply card No. 236

control, soil excavation/remediation, site reclamation/containment, materials stor

age/separation, wastewater/water treat ment and winter construction enclosure.

Full installation, design-build/project management services are available for our buildings, both pre-engineered or custom ized, in 30' - 260' widths and any length. Summit Structures

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EMSL Analytical Inc. EMSL now has 21

closure. Maintain a controlled environ

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Conditions Investigations of HDPE Pipe In-Service Report

OR

The American Concrete

nationwide loca

tions in the US and in the last three

years has seen a major expansion into Microbiologi cal Analyses. Staff

Pipe Association : (ACPA) has released a report on the condition of HDPE pipe in-serv: ice in six states in the

EPCOR's extensive operational experi ence with water and wastewater provides

of the laboratories

U.S. The report, pre pared by Wiss, Janney,

in New York City

Elstner Associates,Inc., Northbrook,111.,

and Westmont in

reviews the performance associated with large diameter HDPE culvert and cross drains. The 64 page report includes ta bles, graphs and 45 full-colour photo graphs. For a copy of the report, contact

Some products and services include: UV Disinfection, Remote Monitoring and Response, Capital Planning, Infrastruc ture Assessment/Repair, and Water Laboratory Services.

the ACPA Resource Centre, 800-2902272. Nonmember cost: $18.00 (U.S.) ps&h. American Concrete Pipe Asso

EPCOR

clude Mycologists and Microbiologists with PhDs. Mold

testing includes tape samples, bulk samples, agar plate samples and analysis of air cassettes. EMSL Analytical Inc. Circle reply card No. 238

customers with solutions that minimize

costs and optimize system performance.

Visit www.epcor.ca to learn more.

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ciation

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Artificial Neural Network

Certified manufacturers of

HDPE corrugated pipe and resin Input

Output

Artificial Neurons

EPCOR's Artificial Neural Network

(ANN)software program is a form of ar tificial intelligence that simulates the hu man brain's aptitude for problem solving. Traditional tools are too simplistic to yield the accurate,fast results needed for water

treatment. ANN allows operators to react quickly to changing conditions while at the same time minimizing costs and optimizing water treatment plant perform ance. Please visit www.epcor.ca to learn more about ANN and other EPCOR prod ucts and services. EPCOR

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Check out www.cppa-info.org for the growing list of manufacturers of corru gated high density polyethylene(HDPE) pipe and/or resin that have successfully had their products certified via a thirdparty testing program initiated by the Plastics Pipe Institute(PPI). The PPI pipe certification program tests for the mate rial, dimensional, and physical perform ance properties as specified in AASHTO

Memcor® mlcroflltratlon A new brochure fo cuses on the benefits of

its

continuous

microfiltration sys tems, a very efficient water treatment proc

ess. The systems eas ily exceed drinking water quality standards. A chlorine toler ant membrane is now available as an op tion. The Polyvinylidene Difluoride (PVDF)membrane can be applied to pre-

M294/MP7 for 12-inch

oxidized feeds,filtration offeeds contain

to 60-inch pipe. PPI is the major trade associa tion representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry. Plastics (fieo Pipe Institute Circle reply card No. 242

ing high iron or manganese, or a ferricbased coagulated feed. Memcor® con

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tinuous microfiltration skid mounted and

submerged systems have been successful in over 700 installations around the world. USEilter

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Product and Service Showcase Media for arsenic removal

The GFH system from

USFilter's

General Filter Prod

ucts is an adsorption process capable of removing arsenic and other heavy metals from raw water supplies. The process uti lizes a ferric-based, non-regenerative me dia to absorb arsenic, selenium, antimony, chromium and other heavy metals from drinking water. Like other adsorption processes, the water is simply passed through the media to remove the contami nants. Once the media has depleted its adsorption capacity it is removed from the vessel and additional media is installed.

A new brochure has recently been pub lished discussing the GFH systems fea tures and benefits. USFilter

Safe-Hatch^"

New literature dis

Designed for fall-through protection and for control of confined space entry, the new Safe-Hatch is a very versatile ac cess cover. Used for new or retrofit pumping stations, the Safe-Hatch provides op timum security for working personnel, trouble-free service and easy installation. The rugged aluminum secondary safety grate is rated to withstand a live load of 14.36 kpa (300 psf) and is locked sepa rate from the main

door, allowing lim ited

access

and

safety for mainte nance personnel. When opened, it creates a physical barrier to further pro tect workers. FFT Flygt

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Extensive filter parts supply

Site monitoring over cellphone

USFilter has

Total biosolids management

ITT Flygt launches the

brought to gether ad

in the biosolids

market, from thickening and di gestion through dewatering, dry ing, composting, incineration, and biosolids handling and odour control as a fully integrated system. Countless mu nicipalities use USFilter technologies to produce Class A and Class B biosolids,

which meet the "part 503 rule" of the U.S. EPA Code of Federal Regulations. USFilter

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Stainless flange adapter Victaulic now offers stainless

steel flange adapters to di rectly incorpo

vanced tech

nologies in the

cusses USFilter's

solutions, systems integration capa bility and service

rate

water

treatment industry. USFilter is al.so the premier supplier of the high-quality ba sic components for rehabilitation of grav ity filters and other systems. Filtration components include monolithic and block style underdrains, washtroughs and launders, in-bed air wash grid systems, surface washers, standard and custom

controls, a wide range of filter media and other components. USFilter can provide filter evaluations and on-site technical di rection and labour. Both materials and la

bour are guaranteed. USFilter Circle reply card No. 247

Oil Gator

ProTalk Cv2 combines alarm reporting and cellphone operation into one com pact package. Count on getting quick and reliable alarm status reports. Site moni toring features include: analog inputs; digital inputs; totalizers; timers. Site con trols include: emergency shutdown; pumps; lights; and heaters.

stainless

flange compo nents with ANSI Class 150 bolt hole pat terns into grooved stainless steel piping systems. Style 441 flange adapter features integral end tabs to speed assembly and Grade CF8M (316 equivalent) stainless construction to resist corrosion. Adapter is offered in 2", 2-1/2", 3",4" and 6" sizes

for working pressures ranging from 125 PSI (865 kPa) to 275 PSI (1896 kPa). Both Grade E and Grade T gaskets are available. Victaulic Company of Canada

Can-Am Instruments

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Reduce sludge up to 90-i-%

Flow management

HETEK Solutions Inc. is a leader in me

Oil Gator is an "All Natural" biocatalyst. It will bioremediate hydrocarbon con tamination problems quickly and cost ef ficiently. It is simply mixed into the con taminated soil and left to break down the

hydrocarbon. Cleanup usually takes about 120 days. Oil Gator was recently used to clean up a 1,500,000 litre crude oil spill. For before and after pictures and the consultant's report contact oilgator@vip.net. Gator International. Circle reply card No. 250 70

The Enhanced Solids Reduction (ESR)

process features a novel aeration/condi tioning device that aggressively modifies the waste in such a way that it develops a coefficient of decay significantly higher than conventional systems. This in creased efficiency permits a small-foot print plant that costs less to install and operate, uses no chemicals, eliminates odours and is very quiet. PWI Inc. Circle reply card No. 251

ter verification programs with more than 20 years of practical experience. We are able to supply all of the necessary equip ment and expertise required to prove a meter to applicable standards and at com petitive prices. HETEK provides you with a single point responsibility, saving you the time and money of "shopping around" and then coordinating efforts of multiple suppliers and installation con tractors. HETEK

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Product and Service Showcase Environmental service

T Series™ solids handling pumps

New pump doubles impeller and wearplate life Gorman-Rupp

of

Canada Ltd., has in

troduced the Super T Series''^' of self-

priming centrifugal pumps. Based on the T Series solids-han

Because Gorman-Rupp T Series™ pumps HETEK Solutions Inc. is a leading pro vider of environmental investigative and remedial .services in Canada. We have

formed strategic alliances that fully en able the company to provide enhanced services in the areas of AirAVaste Ap provals and Compliance Reviews. Regu latory changes are constant as all gov ernments are mandated to improve the quality of our ecosystem. HETEK Circle reply card No. 253

JetlMixi

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dling trash pumps, the new Super T Se ries is said to double impeller and wearplate life to decrease downtime and keep the pump operating at maximum ef ficiency. External shimless wearplate ad justment for easy maintenance of the clearance between the impeller and wearplate results in the dramatic increase in impeller and wearplate life of the Su per T Series pump. Gorman-Rupp Circle reply card No. 255

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are self-priming, they can be mounted high and dry at floor level, with only the suction line down in the liquid. Service or maintenance can be perfonued quickly and simply with common hand tools and without having to pull the pump. There are no long drive shafts to install and align, no hoists or cranes required, and never any need for service personnel to enter the sump. Gorman-Rupp

sensor on the market today CIMPLICITY

Plant Edition pro vides HMl and SCADA function

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.

Greatario Engineered Storage Systems Circle reply card No. 256

Small drinking water systems

ality and estab

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lishes a founda tion for collabora tive internet man

ufacturing. True client/server ar

sensor technology, the innovative new CLE3.1 Sensor, www.prominent.ca

chitecture and open-system design offer fast, easy integration with the ability to grow from a single computer node to a plant-wide monitoring and control system providing real-time information from the factory floor to all levels of the enterprise.

ProMinent Fluid Controls

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For direct continuous free chlorine measurement in surface water without

the need for buffers or reagents, upgrade to ProMinent's most advanced chlorine

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Jet aeration, jet mixing, SBR systems

Quick panei operator interface auHSKfANeL /

Zenon's new Modular Drinking Water (MOW) system has been specifically designed to overcome the challenges faced by small communities of 50 to 5,000 people. The system is based on the patented ZeeWeed® membrane tech nology incorporated in large treatment plants. This ultrafiltration system is costeffective, easy-to-use, and requires only minimal supervision, while consistently producing high quality water. Zenon Environmental Inc.

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Manufactured by Mixing Systems, Inc., jets are both versatile and effective. Sys tems are custom-designed to satisfy var ied process demands and tank sizes. Mixing and oxygen transfer are inde pendently controlled. Energy efficient, low maintenance, no in-basin moving parts, with liquid depths from 15 to 60 feet. Mixing Systems, Inc. Circle reply card No. 260

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These slim-profile touchscreen graphical operator interfaces provide a practical, cost-effective alternative to a variety of discrete devices. Several screen tech

nologies and sizes are available and pro vide bold, clear displays in colour or monochrome. Each unit communicates

with over 40 major PLCs and PEG net works, including Allen-Bradley Remote 1/0 and DH-I-. Gescan Texcan

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Industry Update

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Industry Update U of T hosted North Date Pad

American Conference of Environmental

September 26, 2002. Plant Management

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Some 200 environmental engineering professors, graduate students and prac titioners from across North America

were at the University of Toronto Au gust 10-14 for a conference organized by the Engineering Faculty's Division of Environmental Engineering, and pro fessors in Civil and Chemical Engineer ing. Held only every three years, the conference is a joint meeting of the As sociation of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors(AEESP)and the

American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE). The conference theme was Integrated Environmental Teaching, Research and Practice; Link ing Engineering and Science to Address Complex Problems. Professor Phil Byer, Chair of the Di vision of Environmental Engineering, was the Conference Chair. Each ses

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Important facts about chlorination Some people ask: wouldn't it be more simple to completely eliminate the risk of cancer from chlorinated water by eliminating the use of chlorine in drink ing water? Eliminating the use of disinfection methods in drinking water would lead to serious epidemics of infectious dis78

Ontario specialty seminar. Contact: Tel: (905) 947-1300, E-mail: weao@weao.org. October 15-18,2002. ITEPEC ASIA 2002. International Technology for Environmen tal protection in China Exhibition and Con ference. E-mail: info@hfcanada.com,

www.itpec.com. October 18, 2002. Canadian Association on Water Quality, 18th Eastern Regional Symposium on Water Quality Research. Montreal, QC. Contact: www.cawq.ca October 22-25, 2002. Western Canada

quebecois sur la gestion des matieres residuelles. Saint-Hyacinthe, QC. Contact: Tel: (514)270-7110, E-mail: mfhuot@reseau-environnement.com.

November 15-16, 2002. CWWA Annual General Meeting & Federal Accountability and Strategy Workshop. Ottawa, ON. Con tact: Tel:(613)747-0524, www.cwwa.ca. November 20-22, 2002. Saskatchewan Water & Wastewater Association annual con

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mail: wtriiuble@ch2m.com.

Water and Wastewater Association annual

October 23-25,2002. The Rubber Associa tion of Canada. Rubber Recycling. Montreal, QC. Contact: Tel:(905) 814-1714, E-mail: helen@rubberassociation.ca, www.rubberassociation.ca.

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