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Contents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ISSN-0835-605X

April/May 2003, Vol.16 No .2 Issued May, 2003 ES&E invites articies (approx. 1000 words) on water, wastewater, hazardous waste treatment and other environmentai protection topics, if you are interested in submitting an articie for consideration, piease contact Steve Davey at steve@esemag.com. Please note that Environmentai Science & Engineering Pubiications inc. reserves the right to edit ali submissions without notice.

FEATURES 7

Halifax takes bold steps in enacting domestic pesticide ban - Editorial comment by Tom Davey

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Imaging technologies key for detecting oil seeps and contaminated soils

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How conditions and coagulant type can affect Crypto removal

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New clarifiers increase capacity and quality at Quebec water plant

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Helping industry save money and improve environmental performance

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Using earthworm behaviour to assess contaminated soil

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How well is privatization working?

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Do private labs get a fair shake with Reg 459?

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Trenchless compared against open cut for sanitary sewer installation

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Digester gas used to generate heat and power

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Tiny insect to tackle eutrophication in Quebec lake

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Advanced water meter technology helps smooth reading collection

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Wastewater grit handling designs evaluated

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STORAGE TANKS AND CONTAINIVIENT SECTION 34

This tank is green and so are the savings

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Understanding how secondary containment applies to owners and lessees

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Ad Index

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Calendar of Events

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Literature Reviews

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Product Showcase

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Classifieds

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Protecting Brownfield developments using spray applied membranes

Industry Update

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Cover sfory- Testing the effects of exposure fires on double

Professional Cards

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walled above ground tanks 42

Portable structures for environmental management

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Preventing stormwater contamination from a truck impoundment yard

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Halifax takes bold step in enacting domestic pesticide bans By Tom Davey,Editor

There is a certain irony in the

bodies.

colour green, which in a mere

Now the Regional Municipality of

three decades has become both

Halifax, Nova Scotia, has become the first in Canada to enact a tough ban on pesticides. Hudson, Quebec, is be

a noun and an adjective for environmental activism. Canadian-

inspired Greenpeace, for example, now rivals multinational companies in its global scope and influence. Irony is further compounded by the fact that homeowners, in their quest for the perfect lawn, assault their turf with a variety of toxic substances, many of which are diametrically opposed to the green ethos. There have been many attempts to curb pesticide spraying but householders proclaim that theirs is private property and that they can do what they want on their own land.

lieved to be the first Canadian town to

pass a by-law that prohibited residents from using garden pesticides for "ornamental" reasons.

Halifax has a long tradition of im plementing environmental initiatives. It was the first city in Canada to imple ment a municipal composting system and during the last five years, all the Region's households and businesses have had to separate wet garbage from dry trash and place it in specially des

The By-law appears to have solid public support. A public opinion poll conducted by Corporate Research Associates found that about 90 per cent of those surveyed in the Region

that toxic substances, and fertilizers,

can run off private land onto public lands, and into streams and lakes. We

are dealing with some fundamental and historical human rights issues here.

sel, that this particular water now belonged to the person who captured it." According to reader Ron Shaver {ES&E November, 2002, page 8), Locke borrowed heavily from Hooker, while Jefferson essentially para phrased Locke when writing the American Declaration of Indepen dence in 1776. The Declaration is one

of the greatest modern political works known to history. A more palpable example of pub lic/private environmental rights is eutrophication in lakes and rivers. Rapid and excessive weed growth in water bodies is often exacerbated by over-fertilization of private lawns whose run-off flows into public water

use products included under Admini strative Order #23, which include: insecticidal soaps and herbicidal soaps, BT (Bacillus thuringiensis), nematodes, other biological control organisms, animal repellents, rodenticides, injected tree treatments, sticky media, borax, lime sulphur, ferric phosphate, pruning paint, pheromone traps, pyrethrum (or pyrethrin), Bordeaux mixture and other sulphur oils and diatomaceous earth.

domestic boundaries. The trouble is

that if someone catches water in a ves

for the maintenance of outdoor trees, shrubs, flowers and other ornamental plants and turf. However, property owners may still

compounds, dormant and horticultural

While this seems not to be an

unreasonable argument, the philosoph ical and moral issues go way beyond

The great English philosopher, John Locke, in his Second Treatise on Government in 1690, wrote that "although a waterfall in a forest may be considered public property and owned by no person, it is undeniable

Regional Municipality (HRM) were affected by their Pesticide By-law. The full ban restricts pesticide applications

ignated bins. The Region collects the garbage and turns some of it into gar den soil enhancer.

Polls show widespread support for the Region's strong environmental measures. Even the use of perfumed products has come under environmen tal controls. It is forbidden to wear any kind of perfumed product, including perfumed hair sprays and aftershaves, in most public buildings. The Federal Government, too, has responded with a Pest Control Products Act (PCPA) and, because of its national mandate, the Federal Act is extremely comprehensive, covering the importation, manufacture, sale and use of all pesticides, including insecti cides, herbicides and fungicides in Canada, with stiff penalties for viola tions.

Beginning April 1, 2003, all resi dential properties in the Halifax

use alternative sustainable methods, rather than pesticides. The Halifax by law applies to both residential and municipally-owned properties. A phase-in period was backed up with a strong focus on a comprehensive pub lic information/education program. Meanwhile, in Toronto,following a recommendation of the Toronto Health

Department to ban pesticides, the deputy Mayor, Case Ootes, says that the City's Health Department's pro posed pesticide ban was unenforceable and impractical. But the ethics plot thickens with the advent of the West Nile Virus threat.

Toronto City's Health Board on April 8 approved dumping larvicide pellets into storm sewers. This is a different

issue, posing an ethical dilemma wor thy of Locke's deep intellect. As such, the solution is unlikely to be found in City Hall. Halifax Region is to be commended for its bold initiative and imaginative implementation in addressing a series of controversial environmental prob lems. â&#x2013;

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Re: ES&E September 2002 Radium-226 monitoring for new metal mining effluent regulations At the end of 7th paragraph you write: "However, the SCC lists only two lab oratories that are certified for this

method, Saskatchewan Research Co

uncil in Saskatoon, SK and Becquerel Laboratories in Mississauga, ON." As of June 2002 we are also certi

fied with the SCC (Standards Council of Canada) for Radium-226 testing. Gary Morgan, Elliot Lake Research Field Station of Laurentian

Technical Advisory Board

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Jim Bishop Stantec Consulting

Re: The facts behind the Zero AOX Bill Boriase, P.Eng. City of Winnipeg George V. Crawford, P.Eng., M.A.Sc. CH2M HILL Canada Limited

Rod Holme, P.Eng.

goals in pulp and paper mills I would like to congratulate Mr. Doug Christie, R Eng., a Process Engineer at Hornby Island, B.C. for his

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dioxin is a one word with benzo

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Re: Welding liabilities Hi Tom,

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enforcer. The CWB has told me it is

welding to CSA W47.2. A consultant approves the shop drawing and another contractor buys and installs the ladder in the water treatment plant owned by a municipality. Eight months laterjack of all trades at the water plant is climb ing the ladder, one of the welded rungs fails and he falls off the ladder, breaks his ankle and goes off on three months workers comp. Now the municipality is paying for buddy to be off on comp, and the taxpayer is getting screwed again. Seems hardly worth the 1015% difference between using a quali ty controlled, CSA approved fabricator and Joe Blow's welding shop. Another aspect of this, too, is that the municipality may not be getting what was specified. So, a consultant's lack of specification enforcement is totally contrary to what their client(the municipality) purchased. Best regards, Virginia Junkin

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Product Agreement No. 40065446 Registration No.7750

Canadian

ect which calls for certified aluminum

operators and contractors.

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1. The A in AOX refers to adsorbable

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Canadian Pubiications Maii Saies

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and not absorbable. 2. The accurate nomenclature for the

be achieved.

instead of benzyl in the name such as tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin. Regards, Khalid S. Jasim, Ph.D. Chem.

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the

Welding Bureau site, 1 just don't think this is always done. Even when it says right in the documents that the suc cessful fabricator shall provide proof of certification, probably only in one job out of 250 is it actually asked for. The Canadian Welding Bureau is a certifying authority; it is not an

two nomenclatures:

goals in pulp and paper mills". 1 believe that all of us in the pulp and paper industry agree with his point of view that zero AOX level in the pulp mill effluent is not realistic and cannot

Barry Loescher, Ph.D. Ptiilip Analytical

on

the responsibility of the specifying consultant to enforce that the specifi cation is being complied with. So enough background, my concern (in addition to losing work to compa nies which are not on the same playing field as us) is this, who is responsible if there is an accident, say in the fol lowing scenario: Let's imagine an uncertified weld ing company welds a ladder on a proj

article "The facts behind the Zero AOX

Eartti Tecti Canada Inc.

certified by the Canadian Welding Bureau. Virtually every project 1 look at calls for fabricators supplying items under Section 5500 to be certified by the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) to CSA W47.1 (for steel/stainless) and W47.2(for aluminum). Now,my com pany frequently loses work to compa nies which are not certified by the CWB. Even though it's very easy to check a company's certification status

metal items. Items like: handrailing, ladders, catwalks, structural steel, monorail beams, access hatches, lift ing davits, and bars. Whether new con struction or rehabilitation/expansion of

existing facilities, tendered projects in Canada have a specification book which lays out all of the standards applicable to that particular project. In the area of Metal Fabrications -

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Natural oil seeps can help exploration

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surface, creating wealth for companies and governments. At the same time, society's global use of hydrocarbonbased products has resulted in count less spills and leaks over the past cen tury, polluting soils, water, vegetation and air. The locations of many of these oil seeps, oil spills, and oilimpacted soils are not known. Exploration opportunities across the globe are being missed and envi ronments continue to be degraded as these oil-impacted sites go unmapped. By mapping and monitoring these areas using new imaging technologies and advanced software packages, exploration professionals can find new seeps indicative of oil accumulations at depth and environmentalists can assess a broad range of surface condi

Landsatâ&#x201E;˘ image as a total infrared coiour image (healthy vegetation reddishorange) of the area mapped with airborne hyperspectral imagery in Southern California. The detected oil seeps are east of the lake.

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The power of hyperspectral imagery for asset mapping Energy and oil companies are responsible for significant assets, including oil fields, refineries and tank farms, pipelines, and exploration acreage. With all ofthese assets comes the responsibility of regularly and uni formly assessing the environmental conditions across the acreage -includ ing the location and extent of oilimpacted sites. This type of monitoring can be a time-consuming process with out the appropriate imaging, mapping and analysis tools. Typically, detection of oil-impacted sites is conducted as part of an overall environmental baseline that includes

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Spectral libraries are essential for envi are used to characterize a feature of

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light, providing vast amounts of spec tral information at the sub-pixel level. Hyperspectral sensors continuously measure the intensity of solar energy

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Multiple water treatment strategies are critical in

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It is recognised that the interaction of C. pai-vum oocysts with chemical coagulants contributes to the effectiveness of the pathogen's removal by filtration, but only limited infor mation is available regarding the charging mechanisms. Recent studies have suggested oocyst surfaces contain glycoproteins and trace amounts of fatty acids that can have ionisable groups such as carboxylates or phosphates. This means that the interactions between the surfaces of oocysts and the chemical properties of coagulants used in drinking water treatment are likely to be mechanically different and may affect subsequent treatment processes diiferently. Recent work has suggested that enmeshment in precipi tate may be the primary mechanism of oocyst removal when ferric chloride is used. In contrast, the same work suggested that the chemisorption of hydrolyzed aluminium species was an important mechanism when alum was used as a coagulant. These investigations suggest that the specific interactions between alum and the oocyst surfaces might provide benefits in oocyst removal. While some studies have demonstrated that improvements in C. parvum removal by filtration could be associated with specific coagulants, oth ers have underscored the general optimisation of chemical pre-treatment rather than specific coagulant selection. Previous studies have demonstrated comparable levels of C. parvum removal by filters treating alum-coagulated water at both warm (~20-26C) and cold (~2-3C) water tempera tures. Similar studies conducted at the same pilot plant demonstrated that oocyst-sized polystyrene microspheres were reasonable surrogates for C. parvum removal by filtra tion.

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Pilot-scale treatment plant - Two glass filter columns 50 mm in diameter were operated at a loading rate of-10.4 m/h 14 Environmental Science & Engineering, May 2003

Monica Emeiko, PhD., is assistant professor of Environmental and Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

(-4.3 US gpm/ft*) in a constant rate, rising head mode dur ing the filter evaluations. Each of the filters contained 508 mm of anthracite over 203 mm of sand. The filters treated

dechlorinated tap water with 3.5 NTU of kaolinite-induced turbidity. The raw water was coagulated in lime and then fil tered. One filter treated alum-coagulated water at a dose of 5 mg/L alum at pH 6.9. A second filter treated ferric chlo ride-coagulated water at a dose of 3 mg/L at pH 6.9. Investigations were also conducted with chitosan-coagulated water at a dose of 1 mg/L. During the experiments,formalin-inactivated oocysts and oocyst-sized polystyrene microspheres were added to the fil ter influent to yield concentrations of-105 oocysts/L and microspheres/L respectively. The oocysts were added to the raw water and were subsequently coagulated. The addition of oocysts to the raw water did not substantially increase particle loading to the treatment system. Operational conditions The effects of alum, ferric chloride, and chitosan coagu lation on Ciyptosporidium and oocyst-size microsphere removal by filtration were investigated during three experi mental conditions; stable operation, sub-optimal coagula tion, and no coagulation. Stable operating conditions were periods of optimised treatment during which filter effluent turbidities did not exceed 0.1 NTU. Sub-optimal coagulation conditions represented a coagulant misfeed resulting in a 50 per cent reduction in applied coagulant dose. The no coagu lation experiments represented a complete coagulation failure. All of the experiments were conducted after two to four hours of stable operation after filter ripening. Cryptosporidium oocysts and oocyst-sized polystyrene continued overleaf...


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Parasites microspheres were seeded into the raw water for one hour during each of the experiments. Filter effluent and efflu ent samples were collected at four time points, each approximately ten minutes apart, throughout the seeding period.

locations using on-line turbidimeters calibrated using dilute formazin solu tions as specified by the manufacturer. An IBR particle counter measured total particles from l-150pm at the fil ter effluent location.

Removal calculations were based on these influent and effluent concentra

tion pairs. Analytical methods a) Cryptosporidium parvuni - Stock suspensions of formalin-inactivated C. parvum were vortexed for 30 seconds, and then a small portion of the suspen

Alum,ferric chloride,and

sion was removed to enumerate the

Cryptosporidium oocysts and oocyst-sized microspheres

oocyst concentration. The stock con centration was determined by averag ing triplicate counts using a hemocytometer and light microscopy. The

chitosan coagulation generally resulted in similar removals of

entire grid (1 mm') was used for oocyst enumeration at 400x magnifi cation.

During the filtration investigations, C. parvum oocysts were measured in filter influent and effluent samples. Filter influents were analysed in 2.5 mL volumes. Filter effluents were

analysed in volumes ranging from 5 mL to 1 L, depending on the operating condition studied. Sample volumes were chosen to yield between ten and 2,000 oocysts per membrane. All of the samples were directly fil tered through 25 mm, 0.40 pm poly carbonate membranes utilising a previ ously described method and standard immunofluorescence assay. Presump tive microscopic analysis for C. parvum was performed at 400x magni fication. Recovery data from the water matrix indicated approximately 75 per cent recovery of oocysts, comparable to results reported elsewhere. b) Polystyrene microspheres - Fluoresbrite'^^ carboxylated YG fluorescentdyed, oocyst-sized polystyrene micros pheres were used as non-biological surrogate indicators for C. parvum removal. The YG dye matches the flu orescence filter settings offluorescein, similar to FITC for C. parvum. The microspheres were concentrated and enumerated concurrently with C. parvum, by the method generally described above. Recovery data from the water matrix indicated approxi mately 75 per cent recovery of micros pheres, comparable to results previous ly reported elsewhere. c) On-line parameters: turbidity and particle counts - Turbidity was moni tored at the filter influent and effluent

Results and discussion

C. pai-vum removals by filtration preceded by in-line alum, ferric chlo ride, and chitosan coagulation during stable operation, sub-optimal coagula tion, and coagulation failure were recorded and analysed. During stable (optimised) operating conditions, sim ilar levels of C. parvum removal were observed in the pilot-scale filters, regardless of coagulant type (alum, ferric chloride, or chitosan). The importance of maintaining proper coagulation was clearly demonstrated. Compared to alum and chitosan, ferric chloride may result in slightly lower C. parvum removals by filtration during sub-optimal coagulation conditions, and further analysis is necessary to determine whether the differences are

statistically significant. A possible explanation for such differences may be the different mechanisms of interac

tion between the coagulants and the oocysts. In agreement with other reports, this study demonstrated almost no oocyst removal by filtration during complete coagulation failure, regardless of coagulant type. Oocyst-sized polystyrene microsphere removals by filtration preceded by in-line alum, ferric chloride, and chitosan coagulation during stable operation, sub-optimal coagulation, and coagulation failure were also recorded and analysed, providing simi lar data to the oocyst data above; how ever there was considerably more vari ability. The overall trends regarding the impact of coagulant type and coagu lant conditions were similar between

both the oocyst and microsphere sets

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of data. Microsphere removals by fil tration preceded by alum, ferric chlo ride, and chitosan were similar. Again it appeared that, compared to alum and chitosan coagulation, ferric chloride coagulation may result in slightly lower removals of microspheres by fil tration during sub-optimal coagulation conditions, and when no coagulant was present, there was little removal of microspheres by filtration. Oocyst and microsphere surface charge and compressibility may con tribute to the observed differences in

oocyst and microsphere removals by filtration. In the present study, the overall relationship between C. parvum oocyst and polystyrene microsphere removals during the range of operational conditions investigated was fairly linear. Microsphere re movals were similar to oocyst re movals, though often slightly lower, regardless of the coagulant type utilised. Conclusions

The pilot-scale results from this work indicated that:

• Alum, ferric chloride, and chitosan

coagulation generally resulted in simi lar removals of Cryptosporidium oocysts and oocyst-sized microspheres during optimised operating conditions when filter effluent turbidities were

consistently below 0.1 NTU. • Sub-optimal coagulation conditions with alum, ferric chloride, and chi tosan coagulation resulted in deterio rated Cryptosporidium and micros phere removal by filtration, relative to stable operation. Cryptosporidium removal by filtration during sub-opti mal coagulation with either alum or chitosan appeared marginally better (relative to stable operation) than that observed during ferric chloride coagu lation. •

The

observed

differences

in

Cryptosporidium and microsphere removal during sub-optimal coagula tion conditions (and possibly during stable operation) may be associated with the different mechanisms of

alum, ferric chloride, and chitosan

interaction with oocysts during filtra tion. Further analysis is necessary to determine if these differences are sta

tistically significant. • Oocyst-sized polystyrene micros pheres appeared to be reasonable indica tors of Ciyptosporidium removal by fil tration, regardless of coagulant type. ■


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companies overcome these barriers and provide a 50% sub sidy incentive to cover the assessment costs, up to a maxi mum of $4,000. The assessments are carried out by prequalified, technical consultants who have the knowledge and expertise to identify P2 opportunities. The Program is being delivered through the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA), a private, not-for-profit organization, and addresses the environmental priorities of three levels of government, including Environment Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Environment, and the City of Toronto. Several companies are now taking advantage of this opportunity. With 25 assessments completed and in process, the success stories are proof that implementation of P2 options are beneficial. EcoSoft, a Toronto area con sulting firm, recently completed a P2 assessment for Informco, a graphic communication company that produces high quality offset lithographic printing, and they have identified several cost avoidance opportunities for them through implementation of P2 options. One of Informco's major sources of pollution came from isopropyl alcohol (IPA), a volatile organic compound (VOC) that not only is highly flammable but is also a sig nificant health risk. Attempts in the past to reduce or elim inate the use of IPA were unsuccessful, but, by identifying the root cause of the IPA use, the consultant was able to find

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Contaminated Soils

Using earthworm behaviour to assess contaminated soli By Natalie Felsthauer,

soil.

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screening tool; however, it cannot

This acute test is useful as a

detect sublethal effects of contaminat

Researchers are using earth

avoidance response test unit filled with contaminated and control soil.

ed soils.

worm behaviour as an eco nomical method to assess con taminated soils. These new test methods will assist decision-mak

The reproduction test is a 56 to 63 day test that is used to measure the

63 day), reproduction tests.

effects of chronic or long-term expo sure to contaminated soil on the repro

behaviour test method has been evalu ated with two different earthworm

ductive ability of earthworms. At the

species, five different soil types, and with organic (petroleum hydrocarbons, pesticides) and inorganic (heavy met

beginning of a test, two reproductively

ers in addressing clean-up options. Working with Environment Can

mature earthworms are placed in a test unit (glass 500 mL wide-mouthed mason jar) that contains between 350

ada, researchers at ESG International

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to 400 mL of test soil. After 28 or 35

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plants, arthropods (springtails) and earthworms. Three different types of earthworm tests have been developed and include acute (lethal), behaviour (sublethal) and chronic (reproduction)

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worms to potentially contaminated soils. It is a short test, with a 72-hour duration, and has been shown to be predictive (i.e., as sensitive) of the results of the much longer-term (56 to

effects of contaminated soils on adult earthworm survival. Earthworm sur

Pie-Shaped Test Compartment

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Placement of earthworms into an

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ments that surround a central hollow ment is connected to the central cham

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compartment walls. As a result, earth worms can move freely among all compartments.

At the beginning of a test, 350 mL of soil is added to each compartment. Soil treatments (i.e., soils with differ ent levels of contamination) can be assigned to compartments in a random, alternating or stratified pattern. A control treatment (soil with no con tamination) is always included. Ten earthworms are added to the test unit

one at a time in order to avoid a poten tial "clustering" effect. The compart ment entered by each worm is record ed at the beginning of the test (e.g., t = 0 hours). The test temperature is con

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trolled at 20 ¹ 3° C. After 72 hours, at the end of the test, compartments are isolated by inserting metal sheets to prevent worms from moving among compartments. The distribution of the earthworms among the soil treatments Steel Base Of Test Unit

is recorded.

The experimental design of the avoidance behaviour test has been

Outer Wall Of Test Unit Holes Between

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Holes Between Inner

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under development for the last five years, and, depending on the design, the results have been analyzed either using Chi-square distribution analysis or, more recently, by estimating a 50% avoidance effect concentration

Figure 1. Avoidance-response test unit constructed of stainless steel. 22 Environmental Science & Engineering, May 2003

(EC50). An EC50 for avoidance is the


Contaminated Soils concentration of soil that causes an

ESG International, Inc., recently

avoidance response in 50% of the worm test population. The relationship between earth

represented Environment Canada at

ods.

the International Standards Organi sation (ISO) Meetings on Soil Quality in Olso, Norway. Researchers in Germany have also developed an earthworm avoidance-response test method that is quite different in design

worm acute, avoidance and reproduc tion test methods are currently under going scientific review and should be publicly available sometime in 2003.

worm avoidance and adverse effects on

reproduction was directly compared using the earthworm species Eisenia andrei, or compost worm, a commonly used invertebrate species for soil toxicity assessments. The contaminants assessed included the fungicide benomyl, copper sulphate, crude oil,

from the Environment Canada method. Both the Canadian and German meth

ods are scheduled by the ISO Technical Committee 190 (Soil Quality) to

become new international test meth The Environment Canada earth

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amines, and condensates.

The practical significance of the relationship between earth worm avoidance and reproduc

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For each contaminant, the highest concentration at which E. andrei did

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determined for each of the five repro ductive endpoints. EC20s are soil con centrations at which there is a 20%

reduction in the reproduction endpoint relative to the control value, and NOAECs are no-observable-adverseeffect concentrations. The results

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Privatization

How is water privatization working? forecasts of ÂŁ2.9 billion from 2000-

2005. Investment in water and sewage services is at an all-time high. Could the public sector have invested these sums? Probably, but at what cost and with what effect on other public serv

By Richard M.Temple Vice President,International Private Water Association,

Europe,Middle East and Africa

Should Canada swim with the

tide of growing private sector participation (PSP) in water worldwide? To read

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press articles one would think that public sector provision is the only answer. However, these articles choose

selectively from water projects, high lighting where possible increased prices, lack of investment, poor service and inadequate regulation. PSP has much to offer.

ices?

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the relevant standard in 2001. Since its

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peak in 1994-95, leakage has fallen by 33%, enough to supply the daily needs of 12 million people. Proper Regulation The regulator's task is never easy. Indeed balancing the needs of cus tomers in 23 million UK properties with those of private sector companies will always be challenging. In the years following privatization the pri vate sector made significant profit, and criticisms were made that prices were too high. With benefit of hind sight, we can say this may be true; although there was little way of know ing this in 1989, when costs and effi

issues in turn;

Pricing Water prices in England and Wales have increased by 20.1% in real terms since privatization in 1989. Is this a real disaster? No. This increase is pri marily a result of the massive underin vestment in the years preceding priva tization, followed thereafter by hugely increased investment requirements mandated by EU regulations and new stringent environmental legislation. The real question is whether prices would have risen higher if the system had remained in public hands? Probably yes, but we can only specu late. Has the system been run more efficiently to temper such price increases? Again, yes. Based on extensive reviews by the UK's regula tory bodies there is no doubt that the current water system in England and Wales operates more efficiently than it

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strong regulation is vital to the success of privatized water services, and that privatization itself is not the problem. In global terms, much remains to be done to address the significant needs for improved water infrastructure and the lack of capital investment and com peting priorities for government funds worldwide. With requirements in bil lions of dollars, public funds dwin dling and water and sewage systems ever ageing, the problem is becoming

did before 1989.

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Cameron McKenna and his Canadian

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Drinking Water

Do private labs get a fair shake with Reg 459? By Trent Gow,

Private labs have been analyzing

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focuses on the private environmental laboratory sector. Its members include all geographic regions of the country and generate over two thirds ofthe data produced by private environmental labs in both Canada and in Ontario.

Thus, CCIL is a legitimate spokesper son for the private enviromnental labo ratory community (private labs). CCIL member labs generate much of the monitoring data for Ontario's drinking water supplies. Conflicting opinions have been expressed regard ing our capability and indeed our integrity to do the work. Thus, it is important that our position in this mat ter be clearly stated.

drinking water in Ontario for many years. In fact, the private labs involved in the analysis of Walkerton water pro duced prompt and accurate data on all samples, and Justice O'Connor's report was complimentary of the pri vate lab community and the accredita tion system within which it operates. The private labs have been provid ing and will continue to provide prompt and accurate data to ensure the quality of Ontario's drinking water. Approximately 40 private lab facilities are currently carrying out drinking water analysis. Thirty municipal and provincial labs are also providing test results.

Regulation 459, hastily written in response to the Walkerton tragedy, requires testing labs to immediately notily, verbally, the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Health and the waterworks of any exceedence

of regulatory limits in microbiological or chemical parameters. (The preced

ing Ontario Drinking Water Objectives recommended notification for micro

biological parameters only). It also requires that all labs upload all drink ing water data to the MOE database. Labs did (and are doing) their best

to comply. MOH officers and water works officials are often very difficult

to reach, making notification problem atic and, indeed, often it wasn't clear

whether samples were actually sam ples subject to notification under the Regulation. In the absence of any guid ance from MOE, labs developed their own internal systems for detecting and reporting exceedences. Harshly criticized in the Walkerton Report for their lax oversight, MOE proceeded to draft and enact a Safe Drinking Water Act. Thus enabled, six MOE staff have now been recruited

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Drinking Water For example, one member laborato ry which has accurately carried out many thousand drinking water tests and promptly made hundreds of exceedence notifications, was charged by lEB for failing to notify exceedences on two parameters of no acute health risk.

The missed notification for

which they were charged resulted from human error, a report generated but not reviewed late on a Friday afternoon. When discovered Monday morning, the notification was immediately car ried out. Considering that the MOE and MOH action for any notification of these parameters is simply to take another sample, this is hardly a major issue.

One parameter is monitored annual ly, the other quarterly. The monitoring frequency itself verifies that the chem icals do not represent an acute threat. CCIL labs have reported numerous exceedences on these parameters. Reaction from MOE and MOH staff contacted has been inconsistent but

generally displayed a lack of concern. The notification process is critical for bacteriological tests (for which it

was designed) because immediate human health impacts are possible. This does not mean that the lab took

their responsibility lightly. They, in fact, unsolicited, brought the error to the attention of MOE and discussed

fully with them their amended proce dures to prevent any such reoccurrence. This lab then faced a fine of up to $6 million dollars under the Act but

settled for substantially less. Is this justice? The potential alone of such a fine is extremely destructive to the labs. It implies serious illegality and fraud (as opposed to simple human error). Environmental labs are small businesses, the backbone of Ontario's

economy. None could survive such a fine and many are debating whether to remain in the business.

Surely there are more critical issues for the Investigations and Enforcement Branch of MOE to pursue than an iso lated error, quickly corrected, which had no human health implications. Such overreactions waste taxpayer dol lars and unfairly damage the reputation and morale of the laboratory commu nity and the hard working analysts

dedicated to the protection of Ontario's drinking water. The investigation and charges described above preceded the new MOE lab inspectors. Under even more scrutiny, will more charges, equally unrealistic, result? Despite numerous requests from CCIL, MOE has yet to provide any reference methods or qual ity objectives for the analysis of drink ing water. One wonders to what stan dards our labs will be audited. Might not some of this augmented work force be better channeled in that direction? CCIL's environmental labs have

worked closely with MOE,particularly the Laboratory Services Branch, for almost a decade. We endorse inspec tion to weed out any "bad apples" but this heavy-handed approach serves no one. Make penalties reflective of the infraction. The private lab community has worked very hard under difficult circumstances to serve and protect the people of Ontario. They deserve praise, not persecution. The Canadian Council ofIndependent Laboratories can be contacted at. Tel: 613-746-3919, Fax: 613-746-4324.

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Trenchless Technology

Comparing Horizontal Directional Drilling versus Open Cut for the installation of a sanitary sewer By Peter Langan,P. Eng.

We have al heard the term

the size or slope or geotechnical condi tions may dictate one method over the other. But what happens in cases

"comparing apples to apples" which infers the need to compare alterna tives fairly before making a decision. This also applies when comparing

appropriate? Does the designer speci fy what they believe is the most appro priate method? Is it appropriate to limit

costs for different construction meth ods. It is often difficult to estimate

or should both methods be tendered? Can both construction methods be ten

construction costs, as the cost is not only based on materials, labour and

dered and evaluated fairly?

contractor profit; it is also driven by

of a 300 m long 250 mm diameter san itary sewer on Leslie Street, north of Eglinton Avenue, in the City of Toronto helped tackle these questions. The sewer was required for the Carrington Condominium, being developed by Monarch Construction

market conditions such as the avail

ability of experienced contractors at the time of tendering and construction. Currently there are many highly qualified contractors that perform Open Cut installation of sewers; how

ever, there are fewer contractors capa ble of Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) of sewers. Site constraints often dictate which method of sewer

installation is specified - for example.

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I Trenchless Technology roadway was required by the City to be of non-shrinkable fill.

In order to consider the feasibility of HDD,the following items needed to be confirmed:

• Could the required minimum sewer slope be maintained with HDD? • Would the municipality allow this technique? • Were the geotechnical conditions appropriate? • Were there any existing utilities or municipal services that might be a problem? The open cut design of the gravity sewer had slopes ranging from 1.5% to 4%. The minimum slope that was needed to achieve the required sewer capacity was 1%. We believed it was technically feasible to maintain this minimum slope of 1% or greater throughout the bore. As with most municipal infrastruc ture, the Public Works Department of the municipality sets the standards on what is permitted. Early on in this project the City of Toronto was approached to determine if they would be receptive to the use of HDD and high density polyethylene pipe for the installation of the sewer.

HDD was

sible presence of stones and boulders might hamper progress. Utilities and municipal services along the sewer alignment were located in the plan and their depths were approximated to con

firm that there were appropriate align ments available for HDD.

After addressing these issues, it was determined that this sewer was a candi date for the HDD construction tech

nique. Tendering A tender was developed to allow contractors to bid on open cut, HDD or both methods of construction.

The comparison of the bids for the two methods of construction is usually straightforward; however, the City of Toronto requires contractors working on their roads to backfill all trenches with non-shrinkable backfill and do

temporary restoration.

A contractor

retained by the City does the perma nent restoration at a later date. Special conditions had to be included in the

•significantly reduce infiltration

Both the conventional open cut and the HDD portion of the tender con tained the typical tender items. An

• profect tfie environment(and protect yourself from regulatory exposure) by eliminating sys tem surcharging and bypassing

additional item

required the bidders to indicate the total asphalt removal area needed for

this technique at this site, provided appropriate measures were incorporat ed.

cost for permanent asphalt restoration, as provided by the City, was indicated in the contract. The permanent asphalt

Appropriate measures were devel oped and agreed upon with the City to

tender as being a factor that would be

was included that

their method of construction. The unit

considered in the evaluation of the

bids. The lower the total asphalt removal area indicated by the bidder, the lower the permanent restoration cost would be. This was to the advan

tage of the bidders using HDD and

to one pipe diameter. Vertical Control - maximum depth

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and inflow

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restoration cost was indicated in the

cation in road with a curvilinear align ment and a horizontal deviation of up

of cover of 4.0 m with positive grade of 1% minimum (design grade) throughout. The widespread use of CCTV for sewer inspection played a role in the City agreeing to these con

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restoration costs, to arrive at a total project construction cost.

ect, as the sewer was located at the centre of a busy five-lane arterial road. The City was receptive to the use of

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ensure adequate control ofthe horizon tal and vertical alignment. The follow ing controls were developed for approval by the City:

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both open cut and directional drilling were provided. The prevailing geo

detailed HDD work plan, and for exposing all utilities to confirm their

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Trenchless Technology to help plan the bore and confirm clearances. To the advantage of the

method.

These savings

should not be considered

HDD bidders, one manhole was elimi

as typical, as the success

nated due to the City permitting a curvilinear alignment when using

ful method and the cost

HDD.

savings will vary with site-specific conditions

All of these factors were known by the contractors during the tendering

However, this

process, allowing the contractors the opportunity to make strategic deci sions prior to submitting their bids. Tender Evaluation

The tender evaluation was carefully undertaken. By knowing the prices for

and

market conditions.

demon

strates that there are sav

ings that can be achieved when both construction methods are tendered. Construction Issues

the two alternatives, and the total

Set-up near busy intersection. Municipal standards are generally biased to open cut con required standards will be developed.

asphalt removal area committed to by

struction.

each bidder, the final restoration cost

municipal standards were allowed to permit the HDD method. For example, on open cut projects, the manholes are typically installed during the pipe lay

Some deviations to the

ing operation. With HDD, long lengths of pipe may be installed in the mxi.m

ground, requiring the manholes to be installed afterwards. The technique

Conclusion

HDD is a useful tool that is avail able for the installation of sewers and

watermains, given the correct condi tions. For this project, HDD proved to be the most economical. Comparing the average of the low three tenders, a 46% savings was achieved. The selection of the appropriate

used to install the manholes on this

method of construction is often deter

project was similar to the method used for installing a manhole on a live sewer. A dog house manhole segment

mined by site conditions; however, where site conditions permit both open

(i.e. inverted Us at sewer pipe entry/exit points) was used to install the bottom precast section over the sewer pipe. The base slab was poured after the dog house section was in place and leveled. The sewer pipe, which is continuous through the man hole, was cut longitudinally to the spring line (half way up the pipe) to

cut and HDD, consideration should be

given to tendering both alternatives. It is prudent to outline the tender evalua tion criteria to ensure there will be a

fair comparison of the two methods. Peter Langan, P. Eng. is a Senior Associate with R. K Anderson

Associates Limited in Toronto,

Ontario. plangan@RVAnderson.com.

allow access to the sewer for mainte

Tracking the bore.

could be accounted for, to determine the total project construction cost for each bid. The bid with the lowest total

project construction cost would be awarded the project(provided all of the references were favourable). After comparing apples to apples, the lowest total project construction cost was realized by the HDD method and the contract was awarded to A.Van

Egmond Construction Limited. For this project the percentage cost

savings was determined by comparing the average price of the three low bids for each construction method. A sav

ings of 40% without considering restoration, and a savings of46% when considering restoration, was achieved with HDD. We believe a significant

portion of this savings was through the reduction in the quantity of nonshrinkable fill required with the HDD

nance. Concrete benching was then poured into the manhole.

The continuous pipe through the manhole may have some hydraulic advantages. It is also possible to remove the pipe through the manhole; however, there does not appear to be any advantage in doing this. Drop structures are typically done with the same material as the mainline

pipe. For example, an open cut sani tary sewer constructed of PVC would typically use pre-manufactured PVC fittings for the drop structure. With HDPE pipe the same selection of fit tings is not readily available. On this project a PVC drop structure was used,

requiring a coupler fitting to adapt between the HDPE and the PVC pipe, prior to the drop structure. These deviations from the munici

pal standards were rather minor; how ever, as HDD increases in availability and popularity, we expect that the

30 Environmentai Science & Engineering, May 2003

Horizontal Directional

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A diverse range of ease histories and

new developments are reviewed in ES&E's semi-annual look at tanks and other containment structures.

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In 2002,the City of London decid

ed to replace one of their welded steel tanks used for sludge storage. The existing tank had been repainted and patched numerous times but was beyond repair. The City hauls thickened waste activated sludge from five satellite pollution control plants to the Greenway Water Pollution Control Centre. At Greenway, the sludge is stored until it is dewatered and inciner ated.

The City decided to build an Aquastore"" glass-flised-to-steel bolted tank which will never require re-paint ing. During tank construction, one of the main concerns that the operational staff had was how to keep the roadway accessible for the sludge tanker trucks to drive around the plant and deposit the sludge and yet still build this tank and its ancillary works. Material was shipped to the site with only two flat bed trucks. While the shell of the tank

was stored adjacent to the site, the tank dome roof was moved into the centre

ofthe tank and built on top of the tank. The General Contractor was K & L

Construction from London, Ontario,

and the tank was manufactured by Engineered Storage Products Com pany (formerly A.O. Smith) from DeKalb, Illinois. The tank was sold

and erected by Greatario Engineered Storage Systems who also designed the staircase and mixer platforms. A spiral staircase, two mixer plat forms and a roof walkway were installed. The operational staff re quire regular access to the top of the tank in order to inspect, maintain and rotate these mixers.

cubic metres of digested sludge. However, the tank is designed to be expandable at a later date by 638 cubic metres of storage capacity. The tank is also protected by a sacrificial cathodic protection system that is installed on the inside of the tank. The coating applied to this tank is the most techno logically advanced coating and specif ically designed for northern climates. For more information, circie repiy card No. 130

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concrete foundation was

also designed with a coni cal type floor in order to help the mixers move the sludge to the centre of the tank.

London, being called the "Forest City", decided to choose green as the exte rior colour of the tank, and a Canadian flag was added beneath the glass coating. The new glass-fused-tosteel tank will hold 1,640

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Understanding how secondary containment applies to owners and lessees By Barry Lesiuk,President D.G.I.C.(Dangerous Goods Incident Control)

The importance and clear com

prehension of secondary con

tainment makes it crucial to

recognize how it applies to the

lessee or landowner. At times, it may appear difficult to ascertain how sec

ondary containment applies to the sur face geophysical description of land for those who lease or own property. In furtherance, consideration should be

given to the consequences of pre or current land contamination, coupled with potential leaching off the lessee's or owner's property. It may also be without the knowledge of the lessee, owner or the operator of the property. Let's look at pre-contamination. A manufacturing facility may inadver

tently or intentionally experience ongoing releases, or a one time release

on a piece of property, prior to the pur chase by a new owner. (Or prior to a new tenant moving onto the property).

for a prohibited release, in accordance with Alberta's Ministry of Environ ment legislation, which states, "No person shall release or permit the

release into the environment ofa sub

As a lessee or landowner, it would be prudent to conduct a historical

stance in an amount, concentration or

investigation of any releases prior to purchasing or moving onto the proper ty. It is well understood that many

or may cause a significant adverse effect." As a result, accountability lies with

years ago, there was no requirement to conduct such evaluations. As a result, many properties have been acquired

the current owner of the property,

without appropriate pre-analyses of historical data of property use. Regardless of whether the contami

nation was caused by the pre or current owner or lessee, due diligence by these parties must ensure that the present contamination does not escape the property. If leaching were to occur on the surface or subsurface, there is even

the potential offacing criminal charges

level or at a rate ofrelease that causes

lease-holder or, in some instances, the

owner of the contaminant. A thorough

As a lessee or landowner,

it would be prudent to conduct a historical

investigation of any releases prior to purchasing or moving onto the property. investigation should be conducted by the owner or by a knowledgeable envi ronmental firm to determine any potential releases and ascertain the concentration

of

contamination.

Secondly, if contamination breaches

the boundaries of the property, it

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would be judicious for immediate action to be taken to contain the

breach, followed by appropriate reme dial action, in accordance with local, provincial and federal requirements. Surface breaches are not the only cause of release onto other properties. Consideration must be given to subsur face soil, groundwater, and atmospher ic plume releases, which are not imme diately or always visible, until it becomes evident within an adjacent property or watercourse. All of these issues can be addressed

with proper containment for immedi ate and long-term defence against con tamination releases. Stringent inves tigative research must be conducted to reach optimum containment legisla tion while maintaining economic value.

When volume is considered, there is a guideline extracted from the ERCB, 36

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Tanks

CQntalnm@nt Guide G-55 as well as the Fire Code, which clearly

describes the requirement for secondary containment. The requirement is any vessel(s) of 1,000 gallons, or more, must have sufficient secondary containment of 110% plus 10% of any aggregate amount. As a result, there are many in the industry who feel comfortable in not installing secondary containment for vessels which are under 1,000 gallons.

However, upon further investigation of provincial Environmental Statutes and Regulations, it becomes evi dent that secondary containment is required for any size of container/vessel, if "...the hazardous substance comes

directly or indirectly into contact with or contaminates any animals, plants,food or drink."

Again, the most accurate method of determining whether secondary containment is required at a site can be best described by another section of a provincial legislative act, paraphrased: "No person shall knowingly release or permit the release ofa substance into the environment in an amount, concentration or level or at a rate ofrelease that is in excess that causes or may cause a significant adverse

effect." T\\q adverse effect would obviously apply to human, environmental or property exposures. It is quite apparent that secondary containment may be required in almost all circumstances.

There are numerous forms of secondary containment

systems, ranging from drip trays for smaller containers, to secondary containment systems for drums, above ground storage tanks and large tank farms. Customization of spill

trays and secondary containment should be the norm, but unfortunately, many manufacturers cannot produce the vast multitude of moulds to accommodate the market

demands. To address these issues, site assessment firms like Interra Environmental Inc., have implemented on

going research. This has resulted in solving the vast degree of vessel complexities for secondary containment require ments. However, caution must always be exercised with systems which are not engineered to withstand static or dynamic loads in case of a release or breach of a vessel. For more information, circle reply card No. 133

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ContarnmŠnt

Protecting Brownfleld developments using spray applied membranes By Troy Shaw

Brownfields have been defined

by the United States Environ mental Protection Agency as "abandoned, idled or under

used industrial and commercial facili

ties where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination".Brown-

fields, and more importantly. Brownfield redevelopment, has become a growing market for Geosynthetic con tractors. Membranes have been used in

Brownfield developments as barriers to prevent harmful gases from entering the building; they are installed under the concrete floor slabs.

Toronto's new 51st Division Police Station receives a spray applied membrane, prior to pouring the concrete floor slab.

Sealing to penetrations: no batten bar or clamping required, attaches directly to concrete, PVC and other construction products.

In 1998, Terrafix, after thorough research of available products, part nered itself with a leading manufactur er of spray applied membranes. To date, this partnership has grown at a steady rate, and together has assisted some of the largest companies in the US with their Brownfield projects. Last fall, Terrafix's spray applied membrane was installed at Toronto

Police's new 51st Division. The project consists of the restoration of the

Consumers Gas building, located on the corner of Front and Parliament

Streets in Toronto, that dates back to 1899. Designated as a Heritage

Building, it was used for gas produc tion, and is being transformed into a state-of-the-art police station. The challenge of this project was to main tain the exterior, while completely gut ting the interior to construct new offices, holding cells, and exhibit rooms. The spray applied membrane will help prevent harmful gases from mitigating through the floor and into the building. Terrafix's spray applied membrane is a non-toxic, asphaltic-based, coldapplied, spray-on membrane. The product arrives on site in liquid form and is sprayed onto a heat burnished geotextile on site to produce a rubber ized membrane. Using a spray applied membrane eliminates the need for mechanical fasteners such as batten

bar and stainless steel clamps when attaching to penetrations or walls. Terrafix's spray applied membrane adheres to most construction materials

including PVC pipe (for plumbing and electrical penetrations) and concrete (walls, floors or columns). In addition to being used as a Brownfield mem brane, the product is also commonly used in waterproofing. In an industrial setting, coordina

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tion of trades is crucial. General con

tractors, engineers, owners and other subcontractors have benefited from the

installation efficiency, reduction in crew size, and time saved. As part of a stringent Quality Control Program,Terrafix installations are subject to destructive testing for thickness assurance, and smoke test ing. During the smoke test, smoke is vented under the membrane. Ifa hole exists, or a penetration is not properly sealed, smoke will rise up, providing quick detection and location of leaking areas. Terrafix has typically provided the smoke test after installation of the

membrane only. However recent cus tomers have requested additional smoke tests, up to the point of a test being done after the reinforcement bar is installed on top of the membrane. This additional test provides all project companies with the assurance that an impermeable membrane exists before the concrete slab is poured. Circle reply card No. 136

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Testing the effects of exposure fires on double walled

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Environmental concerns have

had a profound effect on the safety and storage of flamma ble liquids. The result of these concerns has been a trend to replace the traditional underground storage systems with aboveground storage, where the tank is readily available for inspection and any leakage from the tank would be visually detectable to prevent the stored product from being

from the primary tank, providing a continuous, leak tight interstice (space). The interstice can be vacuum monitored to ensure that both the pri mary tank and the secondary contain ment have retained their integrity. For more details on the double wall tanks, refer to the Undemriters' Laboratories

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would result in the increased rate of

vaporization producing increased vapour pressure in the tank. When this pressure exceeds a certain limit (char acteristic of the material properties of the tank wall, wall thickness and tem

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perature), the tank would likely fail. The liquid released from the primary tank would boil rapidly and expand. The resulting explosion might frag ment the tank into pieces and propel them over large distances. Further, flammable liquid might ignite and form a fireball posing an additional

liquids, ULC-S601.

As a result of this trend, secondary containment for aboveground storage tanks became a requirement. One form oftanks with secondary containment is the double wall tank. In this design, a secondary containment is separated

regarding vacuum monitoring of a double wall tank is: "What if the pri mary tank has a leakfilling the inter stice with flammable liquid and the tank is exposed to the rapid heating

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While the provision of emergency venting was recognized as a move in the right direction, concerns remained with some inspection authorities that the venting might not be adequate pro tection against effects of exposure to the external fire.

However, at that time, a sufficient amount of data related to these circum

opment of pres sures sufficiently high to implode the primary tank and create a potential for massive spillage of liquid through the emergency

stances was not available, and tests

ble outcome when a tank

filled

with

flammable liquid is exposed to external fire, is a phenome non

were conducted to determine if such a hazard did in fact exist. The Ontario Fire Marshal's office

provided a test site at its training col lege in Gravenhurst, Ontario. The Steel Tank Association of Canada pro vided tanks, materials handling equip ment

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Laboratories of Canada provided the technical coordination of the project, instrumentation, and personnel to con duct the tests.

Three cylindrical horizontal double wall steel tanks were provided for the tests, one 22,700 litre and two 2,250 litre tanks. The secondary contain ment ofthe 22,700 litre tank enveloped the bottom and the sides of the primary

BLEVE or Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosion. The liquid in the

tank covering 300° of the primary tank

tank would absorb

surface area. The other two tanks were

energy from the surrounding fire

completely covered (360°) with the secondary containment.

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Tanks & Contalfiment were deliberately provided with less venting than required by the ULC stan dards. Each was provided with a single interstitial vent in the upper part ofone head. The larger tank was equipped with an NFS 2 Schedule 40 vent and

elbow, directing any discharge from the vent vertically upwards (the vent provided approximately two thirds of the designed venting capacity). The smaller tanks were provided with an NFS 1/4 Schedule 40 pipe vent and elbow to direct any discharge vertical ly upwards. (The area provided was approximately 11 per cent of the designed capacity). Fressure taps, communicating with the interstice, were installed on the head opposite to the vented head and on the secondary containment wall of each tank. The pressure taps were con nected through lengths of copper tub ing to monitoring gauges. Thermo couples were located in the interstice, in the vapour space of the primary tank, in the liquid space ofthe primary tank, and on the secondary contain ment wall at the top, bottom and heads. Thermocouples were cormected to data loggers.

The pressures in the interstices rose quickly (within 2 min) to a maximum level of 140 kFa on the larger tank and 50 kFa on the smaller tank. These pres sures occurred in the head opposite to the head which was venting. Recorded pressures in the wall were 85 kFa on the larger tank and 40 kFa on the smaller tanks. Temperatures recorded on the exterior of the tanks and in the interstice rose within 2 min to levels

approaching 900°C and remained at this level throughout the test. The tanks, when examined after the test, were found to be generally intact, with

slight warping noted on the exterior of both tanks. When tested, both the pri mary and secondary tanks were found to be free of leakage.(See photo 3). Internal inspection revealed that the pri mary tank in the 22,700 litre size had deformed slightly in wards but in general had retained its origi nal form.

heads tanks

containment walls had occurred. One tank of each size was filled to

approximately 50 per cent of its capac ity with water. The third tank was filled to approximately 25 per cent of its capacity with water. Each tank was installed over a pit filled with water and sufficient unleaded gasoline placed on top of the water to provide a burning period of approximately 15 minutes.(See example, photo 1). The fuel was ignited, resulting in a fire that fully enveloped the tank. Within one minute of ignition, the interstitial vent began to function with a highly visible plume accompanied by a sound comparable to that which would result from the venting of a steam boiler. (See photo 2). After approximately 15 minutes the fuel in the pit had been consumed and the fire died down.

Conclusions

Findings derived from analysis of the test data are as follows;

1. Significant pressures do develop on tank interstices, even when vented, under conditions of external fire expo sure.

2. The designed vent sizes calculated previously are adequate for the sizes tested provided the tanks are of a design in which the secondary contain ment wall is stitch welded circumfer-

entially to the primary tank, thus creat-

The two

open and it was noted that the primary tank

The tests involved the deliberate

provided to measure temperatures and pressures in the interstice. Obser vations subsequent to the test would determine if any damage or deforma tion of the primary tank or secondary

tank be full.

smaller tanks were cut

placing of fuel in the interstice of rep resentative tanks and exposing the tanks, partially filled with water, to full-scale external fires. Means were

place and it was evident that even rela tively small pressures acting in a compressive mode on the primary tank can result in deformation and possible spillage of contents should the primary

on

the

had

small bowed

inwards to a minor

degree and that some deformation of the pri mary tanks had also Photo 3. Two small tanks, outer wall removed, show taken place along the ing deformations following fire. cylindrical wall. It was evident that an external expo ing continuous interstice. sure fire very quickly vaporizes any 3. The provision of a single vent on fuel that may be in the interstice. The one head may not be adequate under pressure created by this vapour is of a all conditions, especially where there potentially destructive nature, even is a tight fit of the secondary contain with a vent provided in one of the ment head to the primary tank head. heads. The nature of the construction An ongoing challenge to of the secondary containment may be Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada seen as a major factor in this situation. (ULC) as a standards development, The secondary containment head is a testing and certification organization relatively tight fit on the primary tank in Canada, is to find environmentally head and as such presents a formidable safe and cost-effective approaches to barrier for the transmittal of vapour the development of preventative from the head along the wall to the requirements. ULC has tested prod opposite head where venting may take ucts for public safety for more than 80 place. Thus, we see pressures in the years and has a deep commitment to larger tank of 140 kFa on the head fur supporting the safety system in thest from the vent and 85 kFa on the Canada and protecting the safety of Canadian consumers. For more infor

wall.

With the smaller tank, the level of

pressure both in the head and in the wall was considerably less than the larger tank. Nevertheless, some defor mation of the primary tank did take

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Gordana Nikolic, is a Professional Engineer with Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada.

May 2003, Environmental Science & Engineering 41


Tanks & Containm©nt

Portable structures for the environmental management, power generation and water treatment Industries he evolution of ISO shipping containers to high tech shelters has come a long way over the past fif teen years. It started with hydro stations using the containers to hold PCB-laden transformers or

Switchgear housing, part of the sets of four units that feed military base camps like those that will be set up for relief in the l\/liddle East. The switchgear is fed by a 2500 KVA transformer, which is in turn fed by a diesel fuel tank inside a container buiit to Class A Division Explosion Proofing.

PCB-filled drums waiting to be destroyed. Since then, the containerized shelter has developed into a most durable and cost-effective structure for a multitude of purposes. The ISO container is essentially a very solid steel box, built to exacting standards to meet the rigours of interna tional transport. These 20' and 40' units are easily trans formed into versatile housings for industrial applications, all the while retaining the portability and strength that their original design provided. When Alrange Container Services (ACS) first started, the extent of the modifications being performed to contain ers was the odd spill tray, some vents, and some painting here and there. These units were primarily used to store PCBs or spent paints. In 1999 things changed for ACS; the company secured a contract to construct over 100 housings into portable gen erator rooms for, among others, the Canadian Department of National Defence. This particular project included building sets of four 20' containers into different integral parts of one system. There was a Sound Attenuated Genset Room, a Switch-gear Room which fed the camps or buildings, and a unit built to Class 1, Division 1 (National Electric Code) standards that housed a Diesel Fuel Tank. There was also an accompa

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Ontario is the first jurisdiction in North America to introduce impound ment for seriously unsafe trucks, buses and trailers. The challenge to the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO)is to locate impoundment yards in close proximity to major highways, and within a reasonable towing dis tance of the inspection location they serve. The yards must be sites that can be easily accessed and upgraded to accommodate large vehicles and cargos that may cause environmental damage, if not contained. Not only are unsafe vehicles impounded, but any leaks from such transports must be contained on site as well. This is where the Stormceptor oil/sediment removal systems are now playing a vital role in preventing pollu tants from entering storm sewers and ultimately rivers and lakes. The new impoundment yard at the Northwest corner of Kennedy Road and Highway 401 in Toronto is located on the same site as an existing MTO

that comply to environmental regulations and meet new changes in guidelines for 100% secondary containment.

MTO has an agreement with the Ministry of the Environment (MOB) through a Certificate of Approval not ing that it can use the Stormceptor sys tem in its patrol yards. MTO environ mental planners and design engineers make every effort to ensure that oil and other contaminants in urban runoff are

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Tanks § Co nta i n m @nt

Wastewater treatment/storage tank installed at first"green"convention center in the US

Highland Tank, of Stoystown, Pennsylvania, recently completed fabrication and delivery of a 50,000-gallon (US) wastewater treatment/storage tank for installation at Pittsburgh's new David L.

Lawrence Convention Center.

The new wastewater treatment/storage tank was designed to intercept the convention center's sanitary wastewater and treat the large quantities of solids that might interfere with the proper drainage and treatment of municipal wastewater. Compliance with the city's sewer pretreatment regula tions was an important design issue. One of the primary causes of sanitary sewer overflows is the clogging of the sanitary sewers and pump stations by solids or viscous material. The US EPA now requires that municipal sani tary sewer authorities implement pretreatment programs to control solids or materials which will or may cause an obstruction to the flow in a wastewater collection system, or otherwise interfere with the normal operation of the

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Chloriaation••• C02 emissions and global climate effects to be reviewed at A&WMA Conference

The controversial topic of CO2

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Entitled "Separation and Capture of CO2 from Large Stationary Sources and Sequestration in Geological Formations - Coalbeds and Saline

Aquifers," the Critical Review will be presented on June 25. In addition, throughout the four-day conference, more than a dozen papers and panel discussions will build on these major themes. Conference

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Invasive Species

Canadian lakes are to be res

cued by a tiny insect the size

of a sesame seed. It has six

legs and is a dedicated vege tarian. This tiny beetle called the mil foil weevil has recently proven it is capable of handling an invasive weed. Eurasian Watermilfoil (EWM), one of the most invasive and notorious exotic

plant species in North America, is engaged in a highly aggressive infesta tion on fresh bodies of water. The plant is responsible for serious impair ment of swimming and boaling, habitat loss and native species decline in lakes across

the

U.S.

although the exotic version must taste much better, because the weevils go after EWM. The weevils also reproduce quickly and can breed three to five generations of hungry larvae per sum

and

Canada.

The US Army Corps of Engineers has listed EWM as a major threat for domestic lakes.

It

thrives in a wide range of water conditions, spreads very quickly and is capable of choking out native plant species that are essential for fish habitat and overall lake health. Since its accidental introduction to the

U.S. in the 1930s from the aquarium trade, the situation had become increasingly desperate.

In 1998, a group of biologists, led by Dr. Sallie Sheldon at Middlebury College in Vermont, theorized that the naturally occurring milfoil weevil would have a taste for the exotic vari

ety of milfoil. Marty Hilovsky, presi dent of EnviroScience, Inc., in Stow, Ohio, realized the potential for this innovative idea, and soon thereafter acquired the sole rights to market it. "Essentially what we've done is to take advantage of a highly effective preda tor-prey relationship," he said. While in the larval stage, the wee vils are voracious eaters and quickly dispose of the plant's long stems—ulti mately this stops the plant from nour ishing its branches and spreading. The weevils have a built-in appetite for a naturally occurring variety of milfoil -

The process was evenmally named MiddFoil®. Biocontrol strategies for controlling invasive exotic species are becoming a more commonplace solution, despite the fact they often take a longer period of time to solve the problem. Previous strategies for eradicating milfoil have all proven to have side effects and/or they are sim ply ineffective as a long-term solution. Herbicides only provide 1-2 years of relief at most and are potentially harm ful to native plants and animal species. Mechanical harvesters can bring shortterm relief, but ultimately help the mil foil spread—^broken milfoil fragments easily flourish and form new colonies. The introduction of exotic grass carp, an early attempt at biocontrol, did not work. Grass carp are not EWM specif ic. In fact, they often wipe out native aquatic plants before targeting EWM, and this is very harmful to the habitat needs for native fish, insects and vari ous invertebrates.

"We now have more than five years documented

results

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of MiddFoil, is that it uses a native

insect to control an exotic species. Although each lake responds some what differently, Hilovsky stated that the Lac Cayamant, Quebec project, scheduled this summer, "will be the

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solution that is currently available," he added. Perhaps the most unique aspect

first MiddFoil project in Canada, although there are numerous success ful projects in the Midwest and Eastern U.S. We believe that this insect is very well adapted to more northern cli mates, so the relatively long, cold win ters shouldn't be any problem for our weevils," he said. "Lac Cayamant also has exactly the right shoreline charac teristics that should make for a good MiddFoil project." Because each lake is different, each

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The former manager of the water works, Stan Koebel faces four counts

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sentenced to the maximum penalties, Stan could face 33 years in prison, while Frank could face 29 years. The two are expected to appear in court in Walkerton on June 10 and are not

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Instrumentation

Advanced water meter technology helps smooth reading collection By Darlene Street and Edward Bertolo

The City selected Neptune's radio frequency solution to achieve the following advantages: • Non-invasive data collection with no requirement to access the customer's home or property; • Increased meter reading accuracy resulting in increased revenue as well as a dramatic reduction in estimated bills

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and administrative adjustments for estimates; • Addresses costly "hard-to-read" meters; • Improves meter reader safety;

• Implementing RF technology creates operational effi ciencies that economically justify moving to monthly reading;

• Minimizing the reading time shortens the billing cycle to maximize cash flow;

Neptune's Project Manager, David Oner, installs a T-10 meter with R900 module in Brandon.

Water utilities across North America are facing

the challenges of how to use technology to increase customer service and operational effi ciency, and of how to increase revenue without increasing rates or taxes. The City of Brandon in Manitoba, is playing a leading role in the water utility industry by con fronting these challenges through the use of advanced water meter technology. The City selected Canadian-based Neptune Technology

Group to upgrade its current water meter system from the old style direct read meters that are manually read to new encoder meters with radio frequency (RF) technology that are read with a mobile automatic meter reading(AMR)sys tem. The project involved replacement of old meters and

upgrade of newer meters to absolute encoder technology, while equipping 100% of water services with an R900 radio frequency meter interface unit(MIU). Creating the "Right Mix"

The City of Brandon's choices in technology and project implementation combine three key elements that are prov ing to be successftil; • Neptune's Automatic Reading and Billing (ARB) Water Revenue System; • Accurate,"lead-free" (Enviro-Brass'" II) water meters to maximize revenue; and • Turnkey project management and system implementa tion.

ARB Water Revenue System All 12,000 water meters were equipped with a Neptune R900 MIU, essential for a mobile meter reading solution. 52 Environmental Science & Engineering, May 2003

• Significantly enhances levels of customer service; • Eliminates the manual entry of meter reading data into the City's billing system. Neptune's mobile radio frequency system is giving the City of Brandon the opportunity to economize on the per son-hours required to collect and to process meter-reading information. With the City's previous method, meter readers were required to enter the home to record the reading. When access to the home was not possible, homeowners were required to manually read the meter and mail the informa tion to the City. This method resulted in a high number of reading errors and estimated bills (approximately 45% were actual readings collected by City personnel and the remain der were a result of customer phone calls, mailings, or esti mates).

City staff used to read the meters on a quarterly basis, requiring 960 hours to complete the entire population. With the conversion to RF technology and to Neptune's RoadMAPS mobile data collector, the City is able to read the entire meter population in less than 10 hours. As a result, the City can easily transition to monthly readings.

The first pass with Neptune's mobile data collector yielded a read success rate of 99.5%.

These efficiencies have a dramatic impact on maximiz ing cash flow through reduced estimates and reading errors while ensuring timely revenue retrieval. Accurate, Lead-Free Water Meters

In addition to the operational and customer service ben efits gained from implementing RF technology, the Brandon project also included replacing old, inaccurate meters. Installing new, accurate meters results in increased revenue for the City. The same principle applies to any utility: If water meters are inaccurate - the utility is losing revenue. The water meter is the "cash register" for water usage. With this in mind, the City of Brandon selected

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WEAO Toronto CONFERENCE

WEF Past President moves audience

with sombre global water data

Atthe recent Water Environment Association of

Ontario Conference in Toronto, the past president of the Water Environment Federation, Jim Clark, P.E., presented some profound global water sta tistics, noting that this year marks the 75th anniversary of WEF.

As the nature of the water quality business is changing, so must WEF position itself to be responsive to these changes. In the public education area, WEF's critically acclaimed CD-ROM, called Aqua Venturer, which high lights the crucial role of water and wastewater profession als in the development of civilization, is now available on line. This project is funded entirely by private donations. Since the September 11 attacks on America, both the Bush administration and US Congress have taken steps to coordinate and promote more security of the nation's infrastructure, including the creation of a new Department of Homeland Security to organize government efforts to protect against terrorism on US soil. WEF, along with the USEPA,has just completed a series of one-day wastewater security training sessions across the United States. The sessions were targeted at utility managers who need to conduct vulnerability assessments of their plants and rec ommend measures to protect the facility from potential physical and biological attacks. The EPA has recently agreed to provide additional funding to continue this successful program, which will include eight 2-day hands-on training sessions, two webbased training sessions, and ten "train the trainer" ses sions. These sessions will continue through July 2003. Because these sessions are funded by USEPA grants, the sessions are all held in the US. However, the training materials are available to WEF member associations locat ed outside of the US.

Bringing water problems into perspective, Mr. Clark

WEF President Jim Clark (centre) with George Powell (CH2M HILL), a WEAO Past-President and his wife Heather Powell.

posited: "If the entire volume of this room represented all of the water on earth, and we remove the water that is salt water in the oceans, the volume would shrink to the front of the podium. If we next remove the fresh water that is inaccessible, such as that tied up in glaciers and ice caps, and deep in the ground, the volume shrinks to what is in this pitcher. This is all of the fresh water we have to sus tain us - less than three-one thousandths of one percent of the Earth's water."

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WEAO Toronto CONFERENCE flush. Brushing teeth takes about eight litres; taking a shower consumes 100 to 200; dishwashers use 45 to 75

litres per load. It takes four litres of water to process one pound of hamburger, 40 litres to process a chicken, and 40,000 litres to make a new car, on average. Meanwhile, in some parts of the world, the single most important task is walking several miles to collect the daily ration of water and returning it safely to the family. Mr. Clark continued,"not too long ago I spoke with a friend who returned recently from working in Nicaragua. He told me about a discussion he had with the Minister of

Education, who was hopeful that my friend could help with their population explosion. My friend replied that he did not understand, as he was there to work on the water systems. He was then told that it is was the responsibility of young girls to gather the water, which takes most of the

day, and as a result they are unable to attend school. Being uneducated, they end up having many babies. Often times we do not think about other important impacts our profes sion has on seemingly unrelated aspects ofthe global village.

"When things go well in our industry, you are invisible. You do yourjobs so well that you are not even noticed. 1 have yet to see a newspaper headline that reads "Sewage Plant Ran Well Today." "Despite this record, environmental professionals are often painted as polluters, and we need to change that perception. Be proud of what you do," he told the audience. "You are the ultimate environmentalists, treating a waste product so it can be safely returned to the environment, while recovering valu able resources. It has been estimated that during a 30-year career, the average WWTP operator in North America will treat over 2 billion cubic metres of wastewater and remove

over 500 million kilos of pollutants. "We as water professionals touch the lives of millions of human beings every day. There is no other profession that has such an impact on public health. But we can always do bet ter. By participating in professional training and advancing the level of knowledge of our industry, you are helping make the world a safer place to live. I applaud you for your efforts," he concluded. â&#x2013;

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The Environmental Commis

sioner of Ontario, Gord Miller,

told the 2003 WEAO Confer ence that he was not a member

ofthe government but an Officer ofthe Legislature, appointed by a vote of all the MPPs, who specifically oversees the decision-making of 12 government ministries as those decisions relate to the environment. He stressed there

were no political or vested interests... "1 speak for the trees", he emphasized. In the past, the situation wasn't per fect, he said, but there had been ongo ing continuous improvements includ ing: regular capital funding with inde pendent priority-setting mechanisms; lots of operator training and tech trans fer between professionals and regula tors; a bureaucracy which had exten sive expertise, did research and showed leadership. Now, regulators are in a reactive mode - Reg 459/00, Reg 505/01, SDWA 2002; capital funding is not as long-term and focused; there is little or no training and limited technical trans fer; there is much less expertise within the bureaucracy...little leadership. Using the disposal of biosolids as an example, the Commissioner said the entire program had been misinter preted and misrepresented by the media. The QA/QC for the program is faltering and the Ministry of the Environment

does

not

have

the

resources to inspect and supervise the activity. Advocacy groups see the problems and sense the Ministry's weakness and intervene. The public is panicking, resulting in fear, anger and

al to promote life cycle responsibility

conflict. He said decisions are made

needs a strong, cred ible, technically competent voice to inform government decision-making. Its

which are not based on technical

analyses and scientific principles, and without training, the technical compe tence of people within the system declines.

and full cost acc

ounting.

Ontario's

water environment

Gord Miller

virtual namesake, the WEAO could

The water environment is under

provide leadership in this area to the

increasing stress from climate change, especially drought, and this is com pounding growth in demand for water use with cumulative impacts on aquat ic systems. This is not sustainable in

benefit of the environment and future

terms of what's best for the environ

ment and the industry. It is not sustain able in the sense of Agenda 21 and the quest to achieve sustainable develop ment for the world. Clearly there is a need to seek another path.

generations. For

more

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Commissioner Miller said that the Water Environment Association of Ontario's role to re-establish credibili

ty should be to: step into the role vacated by the ministry; show the value of sound technical analysis; advocate for QC/QA and EMS; sup port and encourage operator training and technical transfer; engage the pol icy process as the WEAO; reach out to the public with information and assis tance.

He urged environmental profession-

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Even law-breakers on probation are recruited to complement the work. Another partnership formed with the Countryside Agency has led to the appointment of a project officer to coordinate physical improvements to the Thames path in conjunction with local authorities. The Thames path, which runs for 290 kilometres (about 180 miles) from the source of the river

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Wastewater grit handling - some second stage grit washing and dewatering considerations By William Fiores,

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Agrit removal and disposal

Grit Handling After grit has been separated from the flow in the vortex grit chamber, the collected grit slurry, usually stored in a "hopper" below the chamber basin, must go through a grit washing and dewatering process to remove excess organics and water. These steps essen tially separate the collected grit slurry into basic components of water, organ ics and grit. Organics and water are

process is often implemented as an important treatment step to protect downstream process equipment. When designing a vortex grit removal system and/or selecting equipment, there are impor tant considerations beyond just select ing the grit chamber. Although the grit chamber is the centerpiece unit and key selection in any grit removal scheme, other important aspects include the selection of grit handling equipment, arranging the grit piping, and selecting components for the sec ond-stage grit washing and dewatering phase. Grit washing and dewatering are particularly important processes because of the volume of grit that today's flat-bottomed vortex grit chambers remove from large wastewater streams. In particular, there are three important reasons to wash and dewater grit: odour reduction, im proved grit removal efficiency and ease of grit disposal. Very high odour levels can be pro duced from disposed grit when removed from raw sewage because of organic material still attached to grit slurry. Generally, the highest level of organic separation from the grit begins in a grit chamber using a flat bottom design and special propeller blades. However, in any grit chamber a per centage of organics will remain with the grit, which necessitates a "secondstage" grit washing and dewatering phase. Making intelligent decisions about how to handle removed grit not only can further enhance system effi

returned to the wastewater stream

while the grit is dewatered for hauling and disposal. There are only two automatic ways to physically remove the grit slurry from a vortex grit chamber's storage hopper. In the initial development of circular, vortex grit chambers in the 1970s and 1980s, it was by airlift. Although airlifts are still available, an efficient method of transfer is now by the use of a grit pump. Improvements

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in pumping technology made available pumps designed exclusively for pump ing grit. Grit pumps have generally replaced airlifts for several reasons. Airlifts,

which release air into a vertical pipe and raise grit out of the storage hopper and through a horizontal pipe to the dewatering equipment, have a greater tendency to plug. Plugging is due to the low pressure exerted by the airlift, which doesn't convey the grit slurry as powerfully as the grit pump. As a result, settling grit accumulates more rapidly in the horizontal pipeline and, as time passes, plugging occurs. Additionally, the limited pressure from airlifts also eliminates the selec

tion of grit washing equipment and requires larger dewatering mecha nisms. Of most significance, a grit concentrator or cyclone, the mecha nism used for washing grit, cannot be utilized with airlifts, which require a higher head that can only be provided


Wastewater by grit pumps. Some systems that uti lize airlifts discharge to the dewatering screw conveyor grit slurries containing organics which results in odour prob lems.

Airlift design may require more routine maintenance because of its

extra moving parts. For example, blower lubrication can be a daily task compared to grit pump lubrication, which is usually just twice a year. Blowers have belts and shieves, which require periodic replacement, while

superior grit pumps only need an annu al inspection for a possible seal replacement. Performance costs are also greatly reduced with grit pumps because an airlift's blowers typically have to run consistently to move the flow to the conveyor while the grit pump may only need to run 30 minutes every four hours (depending on the grit load). As a result, the long-term operating and manpower costs associated with airlifts generally outweigh the smaller differ ences in initial equipment cost. Grit pumps employed in these applications are centrifugal, and the superior ones

feature a Ni-hard construction, easier maintenance considerations and mini

mal wearing parts. They can be remote-mounted using gravity flow (flooded-suction) or be top-mounted on the grit chamber using vacuum priming. Top-mounted grit pump design is the latest trend being implemented in eastern and western Canada and else

where. It offers unique advantages including self-draining capability, which minimizes the potential for fur ther clogging. Much like in the airlift, the suction pipe is a vertical rise from the storage hopper where the grit can flow back into the storage hopper. Remote-mounted pumps require addi tional suction piping where grit mate rial can accumulate and increase the

potential for plugging. In addition, top-mounted grit pumps minimize space and construction cost because they do not require additional dry wells; instead they simply reside on top of the grit chamber. Grit System Piping

potential for grit plugging, it does not necessarily eliminate it altogether. Grit plugging can be a real problem if the piping scheme from the grit chamber to the dewatering equipment is not laid out correctly. In addition to the recom mendation of mounting the grit pump on top of the grit chamber, the follow ing are further suggestions for proper grit piping design; 1. Discharge grit piping should be kept to a minimum (less than 6 m). The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. By doing this, one can eliminate unnecessary elbows. Elbows in the piping scheme are havens for settling grit, which leads to plugging. The bottom line is that for every addi tional metre of piping, there is an increased potential for grit plugging. 2. The isolation valve on the discharge side of the pump should be a pinch valve which is preferred because it will seal even if grit is present within the valve. The pinch valve should be locat ed in the vertical position to eliminate accumulation of grit within the valve.

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Wastewater they provide the opportunity for plug ging, they very rarely work properly because of the presence of grit. The grit pump should also pump for a suf ficient length of time to clear the line entirely of grit before shut off of each cycle. 3. If a remote-mounted, flooded suc

tion grit pump is used, the pump suc tion line should be as short as possible, preferably less than 3 metres long. The ideal situation is a short, straight suc tion run directly into the side of the bottom of the grit storage chamber with an eccentric plug valve to isolate the pump. A slight incline up from the pump to the storage chamber is recom mended to prevent air entrapment from occurring. The grit storage hopper should be pumped out completely every cycle. This prevents grit from accumulating within the suction line. A flushing connection should also be incorporated into the grit pump suction line to allow for water flushing, should plugging occur. Elbows should not be used in the suction line; however, when

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the circular grit chamber. Likewise, this vortex action further separates the grit from organics. As a rule of thumb,

top-mounted grit pumps provide the pumping head and capacity necessary for optimizing the vortex efficiency of the concentrator.

Approximately six percent of the separated grit continues to the screw conveyor for further processing and the remaining 94 percent volume over flows back to the head of the grit chamber. The purpose of limiting it to six percent of the flow is that the grit is concentrated and washed from organ ics. The result is clean grit with a sandy texture, free from the organics

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The small six percent flow also allows superior dewatering efficiency in the next unit process operation. Superior grit concentrators employ heavy-duty, Ni-Hard iron thick con struction, which increases life to ten times that of steel or stainless steel. Ni-

Hard is stronger due to the nickel/alloy components incorporated in the mate rial, thus Ni-Hard has a hardness (BHN 550+) level higher than steel and stainless steel. Thick, solid-cast construction at the base also helps to prevent the concentrated grit from wearing down the bottom. Other units may utilize liners for additional protec tion, but these liners are wearing parts that will require periodic replacement and increase operating cost and main tenance.

An additional key to look for in selecting grit concentrators is orifice sizing. Inferior units can clog more fre quently because of small orifices, which can range in measurement from 2.5 cm - 7 cm in diameter. A very large orifice, with a minimum diame ter of 8 cm, is recommended to suit

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ing flow. As a result, the fine grit does not always settle and is recycled to the grit chamber, lowering the overall removal efficiency of the grit removal system.

A solution to this problem is speci fying a grit screw conveyor that has a flow dissipation zone where the under flow of the concentrator is introduced.

This allows the flow/grit to enter the screw conveyor without disturbing the already settled grit in the hopper area of the conveyor. Flow dissipation directs the incoming flow down along a baffle and up into a parallel plate sec tion. The fine grit contacts with the plates and slides down to the screw while the water is forced upward into a trough to be sent back to the grit cham ber. These plates improve the retention of fine grit by utilizing the entire sur face area of the hopper. Essentially, the parallel plates capture the discrete grit particles. The plates are spaced so that while fine grit is retained, the organics are not trapped, and trash is not built up. The result is increased settling and retention of fine grit so that the dewa-

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it is recommended to use 23 or 25 cm

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When fuels are required in small quan tities, to fill construction machinery on various sites, truck-mounted tanks with hold-down straps and internal baffles to avoid dangerous load shifts are pro vided in warning red enamel. Special venting device, fill cap and labels are included. Capacities are 454-4540 litres (100-1000 gallons). Also avail

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Corrosion resistant tanks and vessels

JetMixM

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Armourplastics®, ther moplastic lined FRP armoured

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over a broad range of temperatures and are suited to both the most severe chemical serv

ices and for high purity applications where it is necessary to keep the process fluid totally free of contaminants. Lining choices include PVC, CPVC, P.P., PVDF, ECTFE, FEP PFA and TEFZEL.

The JetMix Vortex Mixing System can be used in biosolids storage where solids suspension is important. Benefits of using the JetMix system include: Intermittent operation saves 60-90% in power consumption; expen

ZCL coalescing separators provide substantially higher design flows than gravity separators having the same footprint. An enhanced MPak® design removes oil droplets as small as 20

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Hach's new 2003 Product for

Measurement solutions

Analysis Catalog Hach Company's new catalog

Do you need to ensure high quali ty, reduce operating costs and comply with environmental regula tions? This Is an easy-to-read resource for operators of water distribution, wastewater treatment

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and related Industries about level measurement

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Into the ground. The product was developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo and has patent/patent pending status in

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several countries. Canadian Metal

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New Waterra products catalogue now available Waterra's product line has grown considerably to Include pumps, fil ters, water level and hydrocarbon detection equipment, bailers and other accessories. To view these

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New brochure on wastewater

pumping systems Our tried-and-tested products find use In the fields of municipal and Industrial waste water transporta tion and domestic drainage, and can be reliably Integrated Into pumped drainage systems. Mixing, tank cleaning, the transportation of sludges and surface drainage all constitute further aspects of KSB's service.

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Product 3nd Sorwic© Showcssf-. The best keeps getting better

Armtec is a leader in twin-wall HDPE

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Engineering services

A bridge for all reasons

For many years, Armtec has stretched your design dollar with its range of soil steel structures including Multi-Plate and Super-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.

Providing the complete spectrum of services needed to plan, design and construct water and wastewater infra

structure including: Traditional engi neering, design and construction, design/build, SCADA/real time con trol, and structured wetlands/recre ational water quality. American Water Services

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Pneumatic pumps

DPD kit for calibrating chlorine analysers

Pulsar HypoPump® Pulsafeeder, A Unit of IDEX Corporation, introduces the Pulsar

HypoPump® that is explicitly designed to meter the full range of concentrations of sodi

can be achieved for 75 mm models.

as free and total chlorine.

um hypochlorite and its vapors associated with heat and degradation of composition. It features a patented design that allows pressurized process fluid to cyclically flush liquid through the pump's discharge check system while maintaining high performance and chemical dosing accuracy. For fur ther information please visit us on the web at www.pulsa.com.

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EndressH-Hauser Canada

Indachem

Polder pneumatic pumps are designed to economically and efficiently recover fluids from wells where low flow con

ditions are encountered. The pumps are made of stainless steel and thermoplas tic components which are easily serv iced in the field. The recovery rate can be controlled by a timer and solenoid valve. Recovery rates up to 18 L/min

New 5100 and 5150

This new battery powered DPD meter from Endress-M-lauser, CCM182, can be easily brought right to the field instrument for calibration. It converts

the colour change to a digital readout in a range of0.05-6 mg/L, which can then be input into the online measurement for a calibration. It can also be used to

measure pH and Cyanuric acid as well

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Regal Gas Chlorinator

Vortex flow path and flat bottom grit chamber

slurry pumps The Regal Gas ITT

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pumps have the lat est ITT Flygt tech nology incorporated, ensuring high effi ciency, reliability and a long working life, according to the company. Visit www.ittflygt.ca. ITT Flygt

ed by the flow of water through the ejector. If the vacuum line breaks or is damaged,the gas shuts off automatical ly. The systems feature reusable filters that remove impurities, while permit ting flow rates up to 500 Ibs./day. Chlorinators Incorporated

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action to maintain the high grit removal efficiencies on the market over a wide

range of daily flows. Its exclusive flat bottom chamber floor design distin guishes it from all other circular cham ber systems, which feature sloped bot tom floor designs. Smith & Loveless

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roduct and Service Showcase Internal drop structure The new internal drop is an industry friendly alternative to the physi

Multi-Functionai Cascade Controller

» Danfos Analytical intro Three Sensors - One

Measuring Principle

A powerful, cost effective solution for the cascade

duces the world's first on-line

colorimetric nutrient sensor

challenges the external drop construction,

control of parallel blow ers and pumps. Danfoss has responded to the spe

installation and mainte

cific needs of the water

The three sensors look alike

supply, irrigation and wastewater markets by offering a builtin function cascade controller option for the VLT» 8000 AQUA drive. The con troller provides accurate flow, pressure and level control that makes your multi ple pump or blower systems work more efficiently. It also minimizes energy consumption compared to the tradition al across the line on/off cycling of pumps and blowers and valve throttling.

and share the same widely approved colorimetric measuring prin ciple. The EVITA® INSITU Nutrient Sensor is placed in the wastewater at the point where the concentration must be

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nance present. For your future work,insist on the internal drop structure to ensure a safe and eco

nomical drop connec tion solution. See your local precast concrete producer today for more

able to measure ammonium,

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the measurements, as is the case with conventional analyzers where filters, pumps, long pipes or sedimentation equipment can cause significant meas uring errors. Maintenance on the trans mitter is extremely low. Davis Controls Circle reply Card No. 212

Remove arsenic, chromium

Floating silt curtain

Parkson Geo-Reactor"

details or contact the OCPA for further information.

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and uranium from

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is

designed to aid in pre venting sus pended sedi ment from entering the water body during shoreline construction. The unique design allows water to flow through the curtain while containing the sediment within the work area. The

Parkson's Geo-Reactor™ is an attached

growth, moving-bed bio-reactor. Its patented media supports biological growth, and its random movement aer ates the wastewater in unique ways. The net result is increased DO,

curtains are re-useable, UV stable, and stocked in 50-foot long modular sec tions to suit a variety of applications. Please contact your local Layfield Technical Sales Representative for

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Parkson

increased contact time of the mixed

liquor with the biology, thinner and more active biofilm, and improved mixing in the tank. Geo-Reactors offer

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Escalator® Fine screen

ACTIFLO® Package Plants

Remote flow verification

ProMinent's range of new Sigma motor-driven

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metering pumps keep you informed with un-

j' paralleled flow verifica" tion technology: • manual, analog, contact and batch

screen panels are carried on heavy-duty chains and incorporate holes of 1/4 inch (6mm) diameter, giving fine screening in any direction. The screen panels are specially formed to create steps, which remove larger solids, and increase the effective screening area.

The Actiflo'® package plants are designed to treat a wide range of appli cations: drinking water, industrial process water, primary and tertiary waste treatment. By efficiently remov ing turbidity, color, suspended solids, metals,TOG,taste and odor, the process ensures that the water it produces is of the highest quality. Though the systems are very compact, they offer compara ble performances to systems built on a larger scale. Comes complete with all the necessary monitoring equipment.

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ProMinent Fluid Controls

The Escalator'^ gives continuous fine screening for channel type applications with very few moving parts below the water level. Perforated stainless steel

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control

• displays flow rate and totalized pump output in litres or gallons • accumulative stroke counter and

stroke length percentage • 20-1000 litres/hr with wide turn down ratio

• 4-20 mA output, programmable timer, access code programming, flow monitoring, diaphragm failure moni toring. Visit: www.prominent.ca. Circle reply card No. 218


Product and Service Showcase i Level measurement guide

Package Water and Wastewater Plants

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Sequencing batch reactor

Siemens Milltronics level

Adapted to Your Needs

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We supply Package Water and Sewage Treatment Plants worldwide.

The

Package Wastewater Plant concept is a low cost, odourless plant, achieving a high degree of treatment. It is econom ical, easy to install and operate, reli able, fulfills regulatory requirements and is ideal for any location unable to connect to municipal sewer systems. Sanitherm Engineering Ltd. Circle reply card No. 219

cations worldwide. You

can rely on our instruments for high performance, cost-effective measure ment of continuous level, point level, and interface in a wide range of applica tions, such as water and wastewater, chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceuti cal, mining, cement, aggregates, and bulk solids. These instruments are

The ADI-SBR proprietary sequencing batch reactor system offers flexibility and convenience. All treatment opera tions are carried out in one vessel, and operator-adjustable controls easily allow process changes to be made, as required. ADI's unique air seal

designed and built for ease of use, sim

decanter mechanism is included in the

ple installation, low cost of ownership and reliability in the harshest condi

design which offers simpler construc tion and fewer mechanical parts than

tions. www.siemens-milltronics.com.

traditional decanters.

Siemens Milltronics

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HS-1 Oil/Water Interface

Environmental Preparedness

Sensor

Assessments

Asbestos Trakker Version 2.4 The Trakker is a stateof-the-art

The Waterra HS-1 OilAVater Interface

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Sensor is now even more sensitive.

The HS-1 probe uses unique ultrason ic technology that makes it very robust and easy to clean. A new electrode configuration now makes the probe

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• review issues by group, • supplement reports, • excellent planning tool. Senior consultant, Cliff Holland has over 20 years of hands-on experience at responding to and training for large and small volume spills. Spill Management Inc. Circle reply card No. 223

room's survey results in seconds; mul tiple buildings or wings can be includ ed in one program; has a link-up fea ture that will allow other department managers to view the Trakker survey findings; and more. T. Harris Environmental Management Circle reply card No. 224

Small drinking water systems

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removal of asbestos,

ZENON's new Modular Drinking Water(MDW)system has been specif ically designed to overcome the chal lenges faced by small communities of 50 to 5,000 people. The system is based on the patented ZeeWeed® membrane technology incorporated in large treatment plants. This ultrafiltration system is cost-effective, easy-touse, and requires only minimal super vision, while consistently producing high quality water.

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foduct and Service Showcase Dissolved oxygen analyzer A high specification dis solved oxygen analyzer offering advanced fUnc-

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Membrane Bioreactor(MBR)

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Ohmart Vega Vegapuls

Remote flow verification

Sigma motor-driven metering pumps keeps you informed with un paralleled flow verifi cation technology: • Manual, analog, contact and batch control

• LCD display of flow rate and total ized pump output in litres or gallons • Accumulative stroke counter and

stroke length percentage • 20-1000 litres/hr with wide turn down ratio

• 4-20 mA output, programmable timer, access code programming, flow mon itoring, diaphragm failure monitoring.

radar level sensor

Ohmart/Vega services offers a complete line of Radar Level Gauges. Puls 40 is a high fre quency radar for use in small process connec tions. Puls 50 uses larg er antennas, and oper ates at a lower frequency. Puls 56HT is a high temperature, high pressure unit. Puls 81 is a 4-wire device designed for the most difficult process condition. This family of gauges proves the abili ty to make the best use of radar tech nology, with optimal solutions for their level and specialty measurement appli

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Portadam® temporary cofferdams can be installed on concrete, bedrock or sediment, uneven or inclined. Civil

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Environmental NEWS

PPI publishes report on design life of 100 years for corrugated HDPE pipe

long-term properties produce different results than those performed in the

The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) in Washington, D.C., has published a technical report (TR-43) supporting a 100-year plus lifecycle of properly installed corrugated HDPE pipe. "Design Service Life of Corrugated

HDPE Pipe"(TR-43)and all other PPI printed material is available for down load at www.plasticpipe.org and click

HDPE Pipe" analyzes current corru gated pipe specifications and materi als, as well as its long-term properties.

Since the 1950s, when Europe and North America began using plastic pipes for various water, sewer and eventually drainage uses, engineers speculated on the pipe's expected life cycle. The PPI document determines

the longevity of drainage pipes by measuring the mechanical strength of pipe material when forces act on it, the stress to the pipe, loading time and temperature. Additionally, research

incorporated long-term properties, such as tensile strength, modulus of elasticity, chemical resistance and

1980s."

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ing on the Publications link. Copies also can be obtained by calling 202462-9607, ext. 11.

New approvals program for NB municipal water systems As part of the new Municipal Drinking

monitoring and reporting requirements

Water Program, 92 certificates of approval will come into effect for municipal water treatment and water

are met.

distribution facilities in 66 municipali ties across the province of New Brunswick. Effective immediately, all municipally owned and operated water systems will now be required to abide by the conditions set out in their cer tificate of approval to operate, such as ensuring that operators of water sys tems are trained and certified, and that

The certificates of approval, which are developed with the collaboration of the Department of Health and Wellness, range in term from one year

to a maximum offive years, depending on classification. The approvals set standards that require all water treat ment plants, distribution facilities and system operators to adopt operating

practices that ensure safe (irinking water.

abrasion resistance.

The PPI report suggests that the current industry-norm standards for the AASHTO M 294 specification could slightly increase the minimum

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100 years and it was found that the curves were consistent in shape and

slope from 50 to 100 years. "Prior to this report, many of the previous studies included resins used

in the 1980s that are not used by the industry today," stated PPI Marketing Manager Michael Ball. "This report demonstrates that the latest studies on

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Environmental NEWS

Canadian company to build world's largest ZeeWeed® plant

Infrastructure program directs more than $2.5

The island of Singapore has started its

effort to become self-reliant for their

Saint John will receive a $2,550,000 investment to upgrade the city's water infrastructure. The new project is made possible through the Infrastructure Canada-New Brunswick partnership. The project in Saint John calls for the construction of two standpipes and the demolition of an old existing standpipe. This project will help improve water quality, storage and delivery in the city's water system. This announcement brings the total announced projects to 52, for a total

water supplies. They will upgrade the

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