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7 The pipes, the pipes, they're still appalling! - Editorial 8 Will Ontario's Bill 124 halt new water and wastewater projects?

10 Women and girls are the biggest victims of Third World's tainted drinking water

12 Land drainage in the 14th century B.C. 14 Aerobic biofiltration used to treat liquid and gaseous effluents

16 New York Region water treatment plant will replace aging facilities 18 Fine bubble aeration evaluated for energy savings

22 Huge York-Peel feedermain spurs construction of hi-tech pressure pipe plant

24 ES&E's annual spring conference previews 28 Wastewater treatment for bitumen extraction plant in Venezuela

30 $3.6 million sewer project will allow for expansion in StrathroyCaradoc

32 Cover story - Geosynthetics solve chronic lagoon system slope failure 34 Designing quality stormwatertreatment systems 36 New process developed for treating low temperature groundwater

38 Measuring dissolved oxygen in biological reactors 40 Providing seed money funding for water delivery project in India


42 Assessing the recharge to a river-connected aquifer in Fredericton 46 UF membranes used to retrofit vintage pumping station in Sudbury

Product Review

50 Re-thinking hydraulic flow in septic tanks


54 New security technology aids in hazmat response

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58 Solar-powered circulation technology clears out blue-green algae

Industry Update


60 Poultry plant wastewater facility reduces costs and allows for expansion

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63 Designing cost-effective stormwater runoff control solutions



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The pipes,the pipes,they're st/Z/appailing

The vibrant economic heartbeat of Canada's largest city stopped suddenly late January when a water main broke in

Toronto's Bay Street, flooding an elec trical transformer station and cutting off power for hours. This could have been economically devastating but, fortuitously, the flooding happened on a Sunday when Bay Street's Masters of the Universe were absent from their

glass towers. Had the break occurred a day later, the resulting chaos might have cost millions in lost salaries, not to mention zillions in commissions

from stock market trading. Happily, Toronto had expert crews who were able to restore water sup plies before the next business day. A few days later another break occurred in West Toronto. If nothing else these main breaks focused on the immeasur

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infrastructure. But out of sight is to be out of mind and, in value engineering, some accountants seem out of their

minds. A recent analysis estimates that Toronto has the highest rate of water mains leakage in Ontario — approxi mately 30 leaks annually for every 100

biofilm... For example, E.coli was

trical infrastructure, may expedite

found to withstand 2400 times more

water mains corrosion. Just for once, taxpayers should welcome this increased expenditure. It will be an investment in public health as well as making water services more secure. Leakage is another serious factor which is virmally unknown to the gen eral public. If the scale and economics of water main leaks were known, the public would find it startling. But water main leakage is a serious prob lem the world over. Canada might

chlorine when attached to a surface than when it was a free cell... There

fore the importance of biofilm forma tion in distribution systems cannot be underestimated."

If only water mains' infrastructure had the visibility of potholes, which are fully and painfully in view of the public they serve. Potholes cause both discomfort and automobile damage and the citizenry is quiek to complain to their elected representatives. Yet people scream if the water rates are raised. Ironic really as Canadian water rates are arguably among the lowest in the world, and possibly the safest.Yet water treatment and distribution sys-


spending in Toronto will grow from $240 million in 2004 to $540 million

Some incidents result in unscripted of an ancient water main which had

become heavily tuberculated and had placed it on the sidewalk. On seeing this pipe, a visitor asked the engineer if the local citizens were not outraged that their precious drinking water had been delivered to them through such pipelines. "Not at all," the engineer responded,"some assume it is a sewer pipe!" I thought at the time this was a clever, but hyperbolic rejoinder. Then I checked Garry Palmateer's quote in my January 2005 editorial: "Many studies show that pathogenic bacteria introduced into a water distribution

system can survive and grow in

tems are usually ignored until tragedies, such as the Walkerton fatal ities occur. The low bid approach is often the decisive factor in the selec

tion process for engineering designs and equipment purchases. Environ mental infrastructure has a lifespan of many decades and human health is completely dependent on engineering and analytical chemistry. Meanwhile Toronto is responding to the general infrastructure neglect. It is reported that water and sewer sys tem infrastructure spending in Toronto will grow from $240 million in 2004 to $540 million by 2007. Plans are to increase pipe replacement — possibly with PVC pipe — from 22 kilometres in 2004 to 80 kilometres in 2009.

By Tom Davey, Editor

countries. Millions of litres of treated

water leak below the surface every day — indeed, in some countries, as much as 50% of treated water is lost to leak

age. Worse still, potable water which was treated to high standards, often leaks into sewer systems. Not only is this a shocking financial waste, but by a cruel irony, potable water — having been expertly and expensively treated to a high degree of safety — may find its way back to the treatment plant. Here it goes once again through an expensive series of treatments to restore its former potable standards — a macabre form of recycling. This is more than a waste of treated

by 2007

kilometres of water main. humour. A crew had cut out a section

even be more fortunate than most

There are plans also to remediate water mains with cement lining, including cathodic protection. Few of the general public realize that stray electrical currents from street cars, or

low voltage currents from buried elec

water, for, ironically, such water pene tration often weakens the raw sewage, making it more difficult to treat as well as requiring treatment plants to handle higher volumes. A financial double whammy for taxpayers. Yet councils, provinces and federal institutions still select the lowest bids

in erroneous attempts to protect both public health and the public purse when selecting consultants, laborato ries and environmental equipment

suppliers. In this they often waste pub lic monies and yet, in the long term, fail miserably to protect their con stituents' health as well as the environ

ment they inhabit. The Toronto flooding could be a warning to other cities that, while our

pipes are out of sight — and therefore neglected in budgetary considerations — they must not be out of mind. This latest mains failure and flooding is a warning that maintenance and

replacement programs are vital in pro tecting health, property, and ironically, corporate and taxpayers' money. ■

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Will Ontario's Bill 124 halt new water


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ADI Systems Inc., New Brunswick Peter Laughton, M.Eng., P.Eng., DEE R. V. Anderson Associates Limited, Ontario Barry Loescher, Ph.D. Philip Analytical Services, British Columbia Stanley Mason, P.Eng. British Columbia Marie Meunler

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which will take effect July 1, 2005, all Ontario projects for which a building permit is required, will need to have a 'Building Code Identification Number'(BCIN). This means all electrical, mechani cal, pluiubing, structural and architec tural drawings must be designed by per sons having specialized building code

knowledge applicable to their specific disciplines. Currently there are ten areas of practice: Housing, Small Buildings, Large Buildings, Complex Buildings, Plumbing for Housing,Plumbing for All Buildings, HVAC for Housing, Building Services, Building Structural and Onsite Sewage Treatment Systems. Designers, including professional engineers and architects, must pass exams testing their knowledge on the Ontario Building Code Act and its administrative regulations. Failure to obtain the required certification will mean denial of a building permit.

Readers include consulting engineers, Industrial plant managers and engineers, key municipal, provincial and federal environmental officials, water and wastewater plant operators and contractors. Information contained In ES&E has been compiled from sources believed to be correct. fSiSE cannot be respon sible for the accuracy of articles or other editorial mat ter. Although the Information contained In this magazine is believed to be correct, no responsibility Is assumed. Articles In this magazine are Intended to provide Infor mation rather than give legal or other professional advice. Articles being submitted for review should be e-malled to carof@esemag.com. Canadian Publications fVlall Sales

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other) issues, then the Professional Engineers Act needs to be reviewed and

Bill. The CEO said it had been notified

shut down the $10 billion construction

by major professional liability insurance carriers that the Ministry of Municipal Affaus & Housing(MMAH)has failed to address their long-standing concerns

industry in Ontario - including the building of water plants, schools and

with Bill 124.

The CEO advisory stated that neither Encon nor XL Professional will be able

hospitals. The highway to hell is often paved

with good intentions. One hopes the government is able to avoid the impending traffic jam that CEO warns

to sign insurance certificates as required by MMAH for designer registration

Bill 124 could cause.

under Bill 124. As a result, if MMAH

qualifications can be found on the fol lowing Web sites: www.obc.mah.

fails to address industry concerns with Bill 124, design firms will not be able to submit building permit applications after July 1, 2005. This is regardless of whether or not they have been certified as "code knowledgeable". In a recent letter to John Gerretsen,

All advertising space orders, copy, art work, film, proofs, etc,, should be sent

Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, regarding Bill

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124, the CEO outlined several other

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Professional Engineers Ontario (PEG) to deal with Building Code (or any

unavailability of liability insurance. The Consulting Engineers of Ontario(CEO) recently sent out an advisory on how insurance is being affected by the new

tion required under Bill 124, consulting engineers may also have to worry about Environmental Science & Engineering Is a bi-monthly business publication of Environmental Science & Engineering Publications Inc. An all Canadian publica tion, ES&E provides authoritative editorial coverage of Canada's municipal and Industrial environmental control systems and drinking water treatment and distribution.

As a result the examinations do not

reflect long-established disciplines and areas of practice within the profession (e.g. electrical engineers will be com pelled to write examinations that pre dominantly feature questions on mechanical engineering). 3. There is an ever-expanding list of "niche" areas of practice where it is unclear to what extent the qualification requirements apply. 4. If there are legitimate concerns

possibly improved, not layered over by additional regulatory regimes that address only one area of practice with in the engineering profession. Notwithstanding the original intent of Bill 124 to reduce red tape, the CEO feels that Bill 124 could effectively

In addition to the extra staff certifica

John Meunler Inc., Quebec

ates greater delays in issuing building pennits than code compliance. The com mitment to increasing public involve ment in planning approvals, will likely add time to the permitting process. 2. The organization of the Building Code does not realistically reflect the practice of professional engineering.

issues it felt remain unsolved:

1. This Bill does not address the plan ning approval process that typically cre

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Information on obtaining Bill 124

gov.on.ca (Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing) and www. oboa.on.ca (Ontario Building Officials Association).

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Women and girls are the biggest victims of Third World's tainted drinking water

Third World women and girls

and die from tainted drinking water that year - and this decade - than from

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all armed conflicts combined!

AGM of the Ontario Pollution

Control Equipment Association was told February 2. OPCEA members heard these and other thought-provok ing statistics along with some aston ishing benefits from inexpensive, yet appropriate, water treatment technolo gies. The data were given in a powerpoint presentation by Tony Petrucci, P. Eng., of Earth Tech Canada. Water is the most common sub

stance on Planet Earth yet only three percent is freshwater. Even with this small percentage, two thirds of Earth's freshwater is locked in glaciers and polar ice caps. Water use statistics world

wide include: household or

domestic use - eight percent; industry and energy - 23 percent; agriculture 69 percent. Only a meager one percent of glob al water supples is available for human consumption, Mr. Petrucci stressed. Using a Water for People powerpoint, he gave some shocking data on dis eases, fatalities and hardships resulting from inadequate and tainted drinking water supplies in the Third World. It was often, and erroneously assumed, that poor people could not afford, or would not pay for, treated drinking water. The reality was that drinking


water was often sold by vendors who, seemingly, emerged out of nowhere

pushing handcarts laden with plastic vessels to peddle water of dubious quality. Somewhat macabrely, some of

The powerpoint showed that even simple techniques such as stand-pipes, hand washing stations, arsenic filter technology and hygiene education are inexpensive, yet highly effective in curbing the lethal effects of unsanitary drinking water. Even OPCEA mem bers, long familiar with the toxic rav ages of water pollution, were clearly shocked at the extent of the suffering caused by drinking water problems in the Third World.

these water carts were nicknamed the

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Land drainage in the 14th century B.C By Ron W.Robertson

For those surveyors and engi neers interested or involved in

In some areas such as the Kephisos and Melas river outlets, where runoff

land drainage, the Lake Kopais drainage scheme may be of

freshets, extra precautions were taken.

interest. The area of concern was a

marshy lowland north of Athens. The works were constructed by the ancient Minyans of Orchomenos in the 14th century B.C. and the purpose was to secure fertile farmland similar to the






This additional work consisted of a 2 m thick double wall on either side of a

27 m earth filled section, giving a total An artificial 9 m wide and 9 km

long channel was dug from a point

Wawanosh areas of Ontario.

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walls inside the lake basin so that an

m with the channel between being 40

northeast of Topolia to Binia, picking up additional waters from the moat area east of Gla. They now had rushing waters funnelled into the underground

m to 60 m wide. Where the lake bank

tunnel from the east end of the charmel

The width of the dikes was 40 m to 50

was too low, another wall was erected

at Binia rurming northeasterly for a

so that this particular area had an arti

mile and a third.

The tunnel, constructed about 3300

ficial channel between two walls.

The Minyans now had, in effect, a moat completely surrounding the lake with the mouth passing its runoff waters downstream, leading to an arti ficial channel 9 km long, then through a manmade tunnel 2.2 km in length through solid rock, continuing along a natural watercourse, and finally emp tying into the Euboian Gulf which is part of the Aegean Sea.

tion is that maintenance was aban

breakup of the confederation states caused by warfare. It also cannot be determined when the system ceased to

removed, the marsh dried up, hence creating arable land. Diking was done by building stone artificial channel existed between the

juncture in time whether the deteriora tion of the drainage works was by destruction or neglect. One assump doned when central authority ceased to function, probably during the

The aim was to channel runoff

dike wall and the natural lake bank.

Topolia and the eastern side of the lake; however, their specific purpose has yet to be resolved. It cannot be determined at this

dike width of some 66 m.

Newmarket, Klondike or Lake

waters from the Melas, Kephisos and Herkyna Rivers and some lesser streams, which became swollen during the winter and caused severe flooding.

nance purposes the same as our man holes of today. Underground tunnels at irregular locations were found at Pyrgos,

years ago was quite a project. Besides being 2230 m long, it also had 16 ver tical square shafts placed at intervals between 100 m and 200 m. Depths


There were attempts to repair the works from time to time as evidenced

by ancient Roman inscriptions, but the attempts failed and again the marshy plain was inundated as nature took its course.

It was not until 1889, some 3200 years after the Minyans constructed this 200 square kilometer drainage basin system, that Lake Kopais was once again operational. In this day and age, with our advanced technology, a project of this nature would be tricky and costly. Imagine how daunting it must have been so long ago.

varied between 18 m and 63 m.

Minyan workers then excavated, at an 11% grade between the shafts. How they stayed on course and maintained their slope are mysteries. The shafts were used for inspection and mainte

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New treatment plant will replace aging facilities By Melissa Weber



enew or Replace" is the question York Region was facing with the Aurora Weils i- 4 treat

ment facility. York Region is among a number of municipalities that are deal ing with the problem of aging infra structure and technology in their water supply system, and are facing this decision. Under the new provincial regulations for drinking water supply, the Region is currently providing upgrades to the Yonge Street Aquifer Water Supply System, which supplies water to the Ontario municipalities of Aurora, Holland Landing, Newmarket, Queensville, and Sharon. The Aurora Wells 1 - 4 are one of

the larger producing wells on the Yonge Street Aquifer and are the major water supply for the town of Aurora. They are located near the Aurora Community Centre, just west of Tannery Creek. This facility was one of the oldest operational facilities in the distribution system. Due to the lim ited space on site, and the room con straints, an expansion or upgrade to add new equipment or additional equipment (for redundancy) was not possible. The Yonge Street Aquifer Water Supply System is a confined natural underground reservoir with the water treated for iron sequestration and dis-

The contact tanks are in the heart of Aurora.

infected with chlorine before being sent to the distribution network.

A majority of the facilities in the distribution system were upgraded during 2003 and 2004, with the excep tion of the Aurora Wells 1-4 facility. As a result of space constraints in the old facility, York Region decided to replace it with a new water treat ment plant, located to the east of Tannery Creek, directly opposite the well site. The new plant features a

fully automatic operation, computer monitoring and control system, an office and a laboratory. Water pro duced

at the

well sites will


pumped across Tannery Creek, in the new facility, where it will receive treatment:

• Iron sequestration with sodium silicate.

• Disinfection with gaseous chlo rine. • Chloramination with ammonium

sulphate. The contact time will be achieved in

contact tanks, which are large diameter (16.5 m long x 3.6 m diameter) in ground concrete pressure tanks. Each tank has a volume of 330 m^, which represents 50% of the required capacity, to provide the required con tact time for disinfection. Other equip


ment/features included with the chlo

rine system for safety, are a chlorine scrubber and various alarms.

To provide additional safety to the water supply system, a diesel genera tor set is supplied for stand-by power, as are primary and secondary dis charge water mains and multiple redundancies. Melissa Weber is with R. V. Anderson

Associates Ltd., Toronto. Contact e-

The author at the new Aurora treatment plant. 16 Environmental Science & Engineering, March 2005

mail: mweber@rvanderson.com

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Industrial wastewaters

Fine bubble aeration evaluated

for energy savings By Hans-Christian von Consbruch and George S.Pastoric

The Hoechst Industrial Park

Sewage Treatment Plant in Frankfurt is the second largest

industrial wastewater treatment

plant in Germany. Wastewaters from a broad variety of chemical production processes are treated in a biological treatment facility. The treatment process includes a biological high-load stage, a low-load stage and an intermediate clarifier. Bottom mounted jet aerators used for aeration had caused process problems. Acceleration of the water inside of the

jets resulted in excessive shear rates, causing a significant loss of biomass in the intermediate clarifiers. As well, high air flow rates were needed to achieve the required oxygen transfer. In addition to high power costs, these

high air flow rates made the off-gas cleaning system (compulsory in Germany) one of the most expensive

field tests. Diflusers from six manufac turers were installed on test racks in both

process steps. After examining various options, plant staff concluded that retrofitting the plant with an aeration system which treated the sludge gen tly, while reducing the air flow rate,

the high load and low load stages. The test installation provided the same con ditions for each diffuser type. Changes in pressure loss of each diffuser were monitored over a six-month period. After the test run was finished,

was necessary.

additional tests were conducted on the

Fine bubble aeration technology offers low (if any) shear rates and low

diffusers to measure the changes in efficiency and the change of the mechanical properties of the mem branes. Oxygen transfer tests and

air flow rates. However, due to chemi cals contained in the waste water, the

lifetime of the diffliser, the change in oxygen transfer efficiency, increased pressure loss over time, and the change of the mechanical characteristics have to be considered.

Pilot Testing Plant operators conducted extensive



material tests were conducted with new diffusers and those which had

been in operation for six months. Results

The evaluation of the Standard

Oxygen Transfer Efficiency (SOTE) test data and the physical property test data showed that the OTT System GmbH & Co. diffuser equipped with FlexSil silicone-based membranes achieved the best results. These mem branes showed the lowest increase in

pressure loss, the highest efficiency and the lowest change in efficiency over the six-month period of operation. As a result of the tests, the plant owners decided to use the OTT dif

fuser system. In the summer of 2004 ewage,stbrm water,

the OTT aeration system passed the

^ & eHfluent pump

oxygen transfer test with an SOTE of 48%. The diffusers were set at 7.1

metres (23.3 ft) submergence with a 50% density. Start up of the aeration system was done in September 2004. Data generated during the first four months of operation was used to

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Peter Nicol, Regional Business Group Manager in Canada,is pleased to welcome senior Water and Wastewater specialists to our offices in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario. These professionals bring with them,a wealth of experience.

Water and Wastewater Specialists Moosa Damerchie, Senior Engineer Moosa is a senior engineer based in CH2M HILL's Toronto office, with 24 years of experience in civil engineering,including planning, design, project management,contract negotiations, publishing and marketing for major water distribution and wastewater collection systems, and related equipment in North America,South America, Africa,South East Asia, and the Middle East. Moosa has extensive

technical, managerial, and field experiences in the trenchless engineering industry, water distribution and Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Studies, including pipeline inspection, pipeline condition assessment, trenchless technology evaluation and recommendation, design and construction management.

Linda Ferguson, Process Engineer, P.Eng. Linda is a senior technical specialist in CH2M HILL's Toronto Office. She has more than 15 years

experience in wastewater treatment. Her experience includes leading multidisciplinary teams in the initial evaluation and conceptual design development phase through the design and implementation of complex retrofit projects. Linda's area of specialization is process optimization. This includes applying diagnostic techniques to identify performance limitations, process and hydraulic capacity assessments, simulation modeling, and operations assistance.

Trevor Jones, P.Eng. Trevor has 14 years of experience in wastewater/biosolids treatment projects for both municipal and industrial clients. He is based in CH2M HILL's Vancouver office. Trevor's experience includes all aspects of project engineering,from developing conceptual designs, to leading multidisciplinary designs and construction supervision, to commissioning and operating treatment facilities. A specialist in odour control, Trevor is experienced in the development of odour management strategies, design of odour containment systems, and desigir and operation of odour control processes. He has also worked with many industrial clients on pollution prevention through containment and control of waste products, as well as developing treatment systems to treat wastewater to levels that allow industries to discharge wastewater to municipal sewer systems.

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Huge York-Peel feedermain spurs construction of hi-tech pressure pipe plant By Jim Tully, Munro Concrete Products

Few know that Canadian and

Austrian engineering ingenuity was behind one of the largest watermain projects in the Greater Toronto Area(GTA). In record time, a new pressure pipe plant was constructed in Barrie, Ontario, to sup ply product to the $104-million YorkPeel Feedermain that will transport up to 381 million litres of treated water

per day from Peel Region to neigh bouring York Region. The plant is the largest pressure pipe plant producing small and large diameter

ter feedermain from the Airport Road

from The City of Toronto, Lake Simcoe (north of Toronto), and wells.

Pumping station along Castlemore

Peel draws its water from Lake Ontario

Road to the Peel-York boundary at

and treats it lakeside before it is

Highway 50, where it joins up with the

pumped to reservoirs. The $72 million design-build con tract for York Region was the first por tion of the project that was awarded.

York Region contract. Dufferin Construction Company of Oakville is overseeing the design-build

This section of the 1800 mm diameter

(72-inch) feedermain and associated road works, running 13 kilometres from the York-Peel boundary at

of the 21-kilometre transmission line

and associated road and civil engineer ing works. Consultants include Earth Tech Canada, Marshall Macklin Monaehan. URS Canada and John

Emery Geotechnical Engineering Ltd. Six 10-member


precast concrete pres

worked simultaneous

sure pipe under one Immediately fol lowing the award of

ly on the project at peak construction periods, installing pipe along various sections

two separate contracts

of the two contracts.

roofin North America.




The feedermain

Feedennain to Dufferin

Construction Company in July 2003, engineers

design portion of the project is jointly man aged by Joe Sframeli


of Marshall Macklin



Monaghan and John

Products began a fasttrack design and con struction project to meet the scheduling demands


Bourrie of Earth Tech

Canada. Larry Lorusso is the senior project manager from Dufferin


Dufferin design-build


team assembled to con struct the feedermain.

Company,a division of


of steel cylinders for lined and embedded cyllnder pressure plpe. Manufacture

Already recognized as a pioneer in fully robot ic concrete pipe production, Munro teamed with its equipment supplier, Schliisselbauer Technology GmbH & Co. KG of Gaspoltshofen, Austria, to build Canada's premier automated con crete pressure pipe plant. Since design of pressure pipe plants had not changed much over the past 30 years, Munro saw this project as a one-time opportunity to advance the technology for producing pressure pipe. To meet a sharp rise in demand for treated water in the GTA, Peel and York Region negotiated a unique arrangement to build infrastructure to provide water for York. Until the feed ermain was constructed, York's major urban areas received drinking water

St. Lawrence Cement Inc.


Highway 50 to the Maple Reservoir in Vaughan, is one of several projects that compromise the Water and Sewer York-Peel Agreement signed in February 2002. When the entire sys tem is complete, additional water con veyance of 40 ML per day will be delivered to York Region. The $32 million design-build con tract for the Region of Peel is the sec ond portion of the project that was awarded. This 8-kilometre section

involves the design and construction of a 2100 mm (84-inch) diameter con crete pressure pipe along Airport Road in Brampton from Queen Street to the new Airport Road Pumping Station and Reservoir and an 1800 mm diame

22 Environmental Science & Engineering, March 2005


consultants were preparing the neces sary engineering plans and reports for construction of the Peel and York con

tracts, Munro's engineers met with counterparts at Ellis Don and Schliisselbauer to design the plant around a custom-built semi-robotic

production facility. In little more than 45 days, Munro and its partners had designed the plant and decided on the equipment suppliers. By August 18, 2003, the necessary approvals had been secured and construction of the

new plant was underway. Five months later on January 23, 2004, the first pressure pipe was produced. By February 19, 2004, the plant was in full production.

Infrastructure Other With

Liquids. embedded

cylinder pressure pipe, concrete is poured on the


The plant has been designed on the back of experience with the fully

der surface. Once

robotic Schlusselbauer Exact 2500

cured, the con

gravity pipe plant also located at Munro. The versatility ofthe new pres sure pipe plant can accommodate the production of smaller diameter lined cylinder pipe using the packerhead method. The plant is now capable of producing 400 mm diameter to 3000 mm diameter pressure pipe to serve a

crete pipe surface is wrapped with prestressed wire that is then coat ed with mortar.

Lined cylinder pipe has concrete poured on the

Hydrostatic testing of steei cyiinders. The 8,550 square metres (92,000 square foot) plant features a Schliisselbauer core casting station

and pipe tipper. The pipe tipper is unique as traditional pressure pipe plants use cranes to adjust the pipe from a vertical to a horizontal aspect. The Austrian firm acted as agent to

secure additional process machines that interconnect with its technology. These included a wire prestressing machine, hydrostatic testing equip ment for the steel cylinders which make the pipe water tight, spiral

welder, and equipment to form the steel cylinders. The moulds for the core casting sta tion are also Schliisselbauer products

capable of producing pipe sizes from

chamber for 12 hours.

side of the cylin

inside and out


pipe is rotated to a horizontal position and then wrapped with the prestressed wire. After coating with mortar, the pipe is once again placed in a curing

inside of the steel

cylinder which is then wrapped with prestressed wire directly on the surface of the steel cylinder. The wire and cylinder are then coated with mortar to protect the prestressed wire. AWWA C301 requires the freshly-

Canadian and NE/ Midwest USA mar

ketplace. In addition to the precision product

being produced from the Munro facili ty, the local economy is also getting a boost from the construction and main

tenance of the facility itself, and the many plant jobs that were created by the construction of the feedermain.

cast core to cure for 12 hours. A serial

number is stamped on the end ring of every pipe to track it through produc

Jim Tiilly, P.Eng., is with Munro Concrete

tion and installation. After curing, the


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pressure pipe casting can be lifted and moved to a curing chamber. The moulds can be reused every 6 hours,

producing 4 units of pipe in 24 hours from a single mould. The plant is designed to produce both lined and embedded cylinder pipe. Pressure pipe, 1500 mm diame


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Conference Previews

ES&E's annual spring conference previews include a one-day workshop organized by the Professional Wastewater Operators. Plant operations staff will have an opportunity to demonstrate

Deerhurst Resort

Water Environment Association of Ontario

Deerhurst Resort,Huntsvllle April 17-19,2005 The 33nd annual WEAO conference

will feature a two day technical pro gram that will focus on; collection sys tems and stormwater management, odour control, new technologies and research, utility/information manage ment, preliminary and primary treat ment, advanced treatment, biosolids management, watershed management and small community issues. The symposium is scheduled to

their skill and knowledge by compet ing in the annual Operations Challenge on Tuesday, April 18. Teams from across Ontario compete in this compe tition, with the wirmers representing Ontario in a North American competi tion held each fall in the US.

There will also be a special session for New Professionals who have been

working for less than ten years in the wastewater treatment field.

The symposium will also include a

British Columbia Water and Waste Association


April 16-20,2005 David Granirer, humourist and motiva

tional speaker will open the 33rd Annual BCWWA conference and exhi

bition. Over 100 technical papers are scheduled on the following topics: • Drinking water supply • Drinking water treatment • Drinking water distribution • Small drinking water systems • Drinking water disinfection • Drinking water system manage

100-booth tradeshow, organized by the Ontario Pollution Control Equipment

• Water conservation


• Water sustainability

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Ontario Water Works Association and the Ontario Calgary's Bow River

Municipal Water Association

3rd Canadian Organic


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Gordon Miller, Ontario's Environment

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Conference Previews The 13th Annual Canadian Environmental Conference &

Tradeshow(CANECT 2005) Toronto,Ontario

May 11-12,2005 Last year, more than 2,000 delegates visited the Canadian Environmental Conference & Tradeshow. With more

Compliance for Supervisors and Managers • Environmental Management Sysems: Troubleshooting the New ISO I400I

• Environmental Inspections and Investigations (Featuring a 'Mock' Investigation) • Environmental Health and Safety Due Diligence for Supervisors and Managers

Ottawa, home of Parliament

than 40 presenters and a 100 booth tradeshow, CANECT 2005 offers Canadian environmental managers, consultants, lawyers and others with

• Industrial Solid Waste and Waste

Source Water Protection, Youth Educa

responsibilities for EH&S compliance the opportunity to update skills and knowledge in the areas of environmen tal regulation, management and com pliance. Workshop topics include: • "You Spill, You Pay" What You

• Dealing With Spills and Environ

tion. The event will also include a 100booth tradeshow.

Three tours have been set up for those who wish to learn more infor

mally. The City of Ottawa will provide a tour of the Britannia Water Treatment

Plant, the National Research Council will provide a tour of the Institute for Research in Construction, and a limit ed number of tickets are available for the War Museum of Canada.

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Exhibitor List - 2005 CANECT List ofexhibitors as ofMarch 6,

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Environmental Analytical Sys.

Nelson Environmental Inc.

• Plant managers, hazardous materi als supervisors and engineers

ACG Technology Ltd.

EnviroTest Laboratories


Activation Laboratories Ltd.

Fielding Chemical Technologies


• Environmental auditors and con

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Case History

Wastewater treatment for bitumen extraction in Venezuela By Andrew Hutton, Napier-Reid Ltd.

Two facilities for the extraction of natural bitumen located in the





chemical complex, north of Anzoagetui State in the Orinoco delta region of Venezuela will share a wastewater treatment plant designed and supplied by Napier-Reid of Markham, Ontario. Natural bitumen is extracted and

converted by a proprietary process into an industrial fuel similar to bunker fuel

used in power generation plants. The fuel production process is a license of Intevep, the research and development subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.(PDEVESA). The wastewaters are composed of oily wastewater, hydrocarbons, propri etary and contaminated rainwater from

Napier-Reid was selected in an invited tender process in conjunction with its Colombian engineering repre sentative. Napier-Reid is responsible for the overall process design, equip ment selection, supply, start-up and operator training. Construction is underway and the plant is due to start operating this summer.

The Venezuelan government man dates effluent standards covering marine discharges. The plant is fully automated and controlled by PLC. The Dissolved Air Flotation Cell is located in a hazardous

area requiring all equipment in this area to be explosion-proof. The biolog ical plant is in a non-hazardous area. All process equipment was subject to rigorous adherence to specification and independent inspection.

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Geosynthetic solution applied for chronic slope failure at water treatment lagoon system

Consulting engineers for the

City of Dallas were asked to develop a solution to chronic sliding failures on the outer slopes of the City's Eastside Water Treatment Lagoon system. The Dallas Water Utilities facility consists of five water retention lagoons enclosed with in a large perimeter levee. Identifying the Problem The individual lagoons are lined with geomembrane and the tops of all levees are capped with paved access roads. The 3H:1 V exterior slopes were constructed of highly expansive clay soils with a PI (Plasticity Index) rang ing from 21 to 75. Because of the nature of expansive soils, the exposed levee embankment slope suffered from severe soil shrinkage and result

ing surface cracking during the dry summer months. During the rainy sea son, water flowed into these deep cracks causing saturation and instabil ity of underlying soils. By maintaining proper soil mois ture, the sliding failures, which were triggered by the drying-cracking-raining-saturation cycle, could be elimi nated by controlling soil moisture fluc

A geotechnical engineering firm was retained to evaluate the problem soils and develop alternative solutions to the sliding issues. After considering a wide range of approaches, a compos ite geosynthetic solution was devel oped. It included two layers of 28oz. nonwoven geotextile, a 40-mil imper meable HDPE geomembrane liner, the

tuations with a liner cover.

GeowebÂŽ (geocell) cellular confine

Since the lagoon side of the levee embankment was protected by the liner and the top by the paved road, it was determined that only the outer exposed embankment surface needed protection. An impermeable geomem brane cover could provide a barrier, preventing the drying-saturation cycle which was causing the instabilities

ment system with integral tendons and restraint clips, and aggregate infill within the geocell to stabilize and pro tect the geomembrane. Evaluating the Solution The engineered composite geosyn thetic solution has a flexibility that

within the levee.

conforms to surface deformations in

the embankment soil while resisting down-slope sliding at the various inter faces without the use of penetrating ground anchors. The protected geomembrane layer forms a permanent impermeable barrier that prevents infiltration of water into the embank

ment soils. The aggregate-infilled geo cell slope cover prevents major surface erosion and creates a permeable pro tective layer that allows rain water to

flow through the stabilized aggregate and drain off naturally over the geomembrane without penetrating down to the problematic soil layer. Anchored internal high-strength tendons and load transfer clips within the cellular structure create a suspend ed protective cover over the geomem brane, maintaining the liner's integrity


by preventing puncture and natural degradation. Installing the Geosynthetic Components

The installation began by stripping the slopes of vegetative cover and fin ish grading. An anchor trench for the geosynthetic layers was excavated along the outside perimeter of the access road at the top ofthe slope. The geomembrane, sandwiched between the protective cushion of two geotex tile fabrics, was then installed.

With the composite protective liner system in place, a 4-inch diameter,

High-strength tendons, tied to a PVC pipe, aiiow the GeowebÂŽ sections to be suspended over the containment lagoon's outside embankment. 32 Environmental Science & Engineering, March 2005

schedule 40 PVC pipe was placed in the trench at the top ofthe slope for the dead man anchor system. High-

Cover Story During the various stages of design and construction, the Geoweb system representative. Soil Stabilization Products Co.(SSPCo), provided tech nical support to four consulting engi neering firms involved in the project: Camp, Dresser & McKee Inc., Intersol Engineering Inc., Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc., and Terra Mar Inc.



With the GeowebÂŽ sections secured by integrai tendons over an impermeabie geomembrane, workers distribute aggregate infiil in the ceils. strength tendons were secured to the pipe and threaded through the 4-inch deep geocell sections, then secured

ment of the geocells system was per formed by subcontractor Colorado Lining International, Inc. The last step in the construction process was infilling the cells with crushed stone to provide the final cover for the protected slope. The con tractor developed a conveyor system to expedite the infilling process. Over

through the use of ATRAÂŽ restraint clips. The large cell size (18.7 in x 20.0 in), allowed installers to work effi ciently on the 3H:IV slope, expanding, orienting, and then securing the geo cell sections in place. Installation of the geotextile fabric, flexible geomembrane liner and place

The geocell system was uniquely suited to this application - restraining sliding forces of the protective stone without staking through the liner sys tem. The perforated geocells allow heavy water flows accumulating above the liner to move quickly down-slope without migration of the stone infill. This composite geosynthetics slope protection system gave the City of Dallas Water Utilities a long-term, low maintenance solution for this challeng ing problem. Photographs courtesy of Colorado Lining International, Inc.

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Stormwater Management

Providing economical stormwater quality solutions By Penh Tov,Stormceptor Group of Companies

Hydrologists often design for

quantity treatment where large infrequent design flows are considered for the pur pose of flood protection and drainage. As a result, the Rational Method is adopted for conveyance designs.





designed for quality treatment. Histori cal rainfall data is examined to deter mine the characteristics of storms that

represent the majority of the events that occur over the long term. These events tend to be frequently occurring small storms.

This design philosophy is similar to that presented in the general guidance document for Urban Runojf Quality Management prepared by WEF and

ASCE.' By analyzing historical rain fall records, general trends indicate that frequently occurring storms tend to be small storms that constitute the

majority of runoff volume over the

long term. To illustrate, runoff from a 2.5 acre (1 ha), 100% impervious site is plotted using historical rainfall data for various areas in the state of Ohio

(Figure 1). Figure 1 also demonstrates that a large percentage of runoff volume (almost 90% in this example) is con tributed by small storms that yield low runoff rates (<1.5 cfs or 42 L/s). By designing stormwater quality treat ment systems to treat most frequently occurring flows, a high level of treat ment and an economically feasible solution is achieved. Treating higher runoff rates does not necessarily yield a significant increase in removal effi ciency and, therefore, does not provide an optimum cost-effective solution. The most cost-effective design for stormwater quality treatment can be determined using data found at the "knee of the curve" in Figure 1. Internal Bypass Achieves Quality

be higher. When the remainder of the storm gives way to higher flows, the patented internal bypass enables the system to treat up to its maximum flow rate and to bypass the remainder of the runoff volume.

By capturing frequently occurring events and bypassing infrequent excess flows, a high level of treatment is achieved without the risk of scouring previously captured materials. Scour ing generally occurs when flows or velocities entering a device are high enough to re-suspend settled sediment. The Stormceptor System prevents scouring by controlling flows in the lower chamber and internally bypass ing excess flows. It is the only propri etary stormwater Best Management Practice with an in-line bypass capabil ity. It effectively allows excess flows to bypass the lower chamber without the added cost of installing upstream and downstream off-line bypass structures.

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For infrequently occurring higher flows, the Stormceptor System treats the "first flush" portion of a large storm when pollution loading tends to

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Bio-membrane filtration

An effective alternative process for treating low temperature groundwater By Dan Hogan and Hans Peterson

Associated Engineering and

WateResearch Corp. of Saskatoon have developed, piloted and implemented a new, full-scale water treatment process based on biological purifica tion, integrated with reverse osmosis membranes. The Yellow Quill First

um, and high total dissolved solids (TDS) levels. Yellow Quill decided to proceed with piloting treatment processes which could treat the source water to drinking water quality. Conventional technologies, such as manganese greensand filtration, were ineffective. While some other tech

Nation bio-membrane water treatment

nologies, such as ozonation, were

plant in Saskatchewan is the first of its

promising, the floe generated by

kind in Canada.

ozonation resulted in short filter runs.

Yellow Quill is a native community of approximately 600 people in eastern Saskatchewan. Due to its poor surface

The biological filtration was attractive; however, the low temperature of the

well water, only 6°C, would impact

The bio-membrane process has a number of advantages. No chemicals are used for the biological process, which takes advantage of naturally occurring microorganisms to remove contaminants from the water. A small

amount of chemicals is required for the membrane process. The process accommodates long filter runs before backwashing is required and uses 1520 times less water compared to man ganese greensand filtration. The bio logical material can withstand large variations in pressure. The process delivers high quality water, which allows the membranes to run 24 hours

per day, 7 days a week without mem brane "relaxation" and


cleaning. Higher membrane recoveries are also possible using this process. Thus, treatment can be relatively inex pensive as the filtration material will last for more than 10 years and there is no need for coagulation or pre-oxida-


tion chemicals.

Commissioned in the Fall of 2003, the plant meets both current and future Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines. Operation ofthe bio-membrane treatment process is stable and robust. The success of bio-membrane filtra

tion in treating this low temperature groundwater bodes well for applying biological treatment to poor quality groundwater sources elsewhere. Cur

rently, Associated Engineering and

The Yellow Quill First Nation blo-membrane water treatment plant In Saskatchewan is the first of Its kind in Canada.

WateResearch Corp. are applying this process technology at a water treatment plant retrofit for the Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan.

water source and ineffective water

treatment process, a boil-water adviso ry was established in 1995. A search for better quality source waters found good quality water 100 kilometres from the community. The potential for local groundwater to supply the com munity was positive; however, although the quantity of groundwater supply was sufficient, quality was extremely poor. Despite concerns with iron, manganese, arsenic, dissolved organic carbon, manganese, ammoni-

The Consulting Engineers of Saskatchewan recently presented the project team with Awards of Excellence for technology irmovation

treatment efficiency. However, the integrated biological reverse osmosis treatment system offered promise for removing iron, arsenic, biologically available carbon, and transforming

and infrastructure for their work on the

ammonium to nitrate.

Yellow Quill plant.

Pilot testing showed that, despite low temperatures, the biological activ ity in the filters was very high. The biologically stable water produced generated low biological and low organic fouling of the membranes in the final treatment of the water.

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Odour Control

Using sludge pellets to suppress sewage smells

New York City needs 1,400 tons

phide and mercaptan odors, and

of carbon for odour control at

Professor Bandosz wants the DEP to

its sewage treatment plants, the equivalent of 14 railcars. Now, a chemist at The City College of New York (CCNY) has developed a method to produce some of that carbon from the sewage sludge itself. According to Teresa J. Bandosz, CCNY Professor of Chemistry, adsor bent pellets produced from sewage sludge are two to three times more effective at removing hydrogen sul phide than carbon particles derived from coconut shells, the best source of virgin carbon used for this purpose. In addition, the pellets convert the gas to pure sulphide, making disposal of the byproducts safer and easier. Professor Bandosz, a native of Poland, has been working on sewage odor control for the New York City Department of Environmental Protec tion under a grant since 1996. She has already persuaded the city to use "vir gin" carbon, i.e. carbon not impregnat ed with caustic substances that generate heat and can self-ignite. Caustics embedded in carbon were responsible for a major fire at the Coney Island sewage treatment facility two years ago. Absorbent agents derived from sewage sludge are even better than vir gin carbon at removing hydrogen sul-

use them, as well. The absorption agents are derived from fertilizer pellets produced from the sludge at a factory in the Bronx. Pellets are heated to 950

degrees Centigrade (1,732 degrees Fahrenheit) to convert the precursors into efficient desulphurization catalysts.

She has applied to patent the process. The sludge-derived materials and virgin carbon are complementary, and Professor Bandosz envisions the city using layers of both in its sewage treat ment plants. The later, she explains, is superior for removing volatile organic compounds from the air. Contact e-mail: esimon@ccny.cuny.edu



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Measuring dissolved oxygen in biological reactors

Almost al dissolved oxygen

2. Galvanic (no membrane). The

analysers are calibrated using

electrodes of this sensor are exposed to

air as the reference. At 25°C, the saturation value of oxygen in water is 8.4 ppm. However, oxygen concentrations in a biological reactor (aerobic and anaerobic zones) normal ly range from 2.0 ppm down to zero. Very few manufacturers recommend checking the zero point, even though the measurement range is much closer to zero than the air calibration point.

the wastewater, which is used as the electrolyte. The sensor is calibrated in oxygen saturated water. As water has

There are four basic sensor technolo

gies available today, and their low range measurement capabilities are as follows: 1. Galvanic (membrane). The anode and cathode are immersed in an

electrolyte, into which oxygen perme ates through a membrane. The galvanic sensor converts oxygen into a voltage (via a sacrificial anode) that is propor tional to the amount of dissolved oxy gen. Therefore, the sensor has an absolute zero. Zero D.O.= Zero output.

different pH and conductivity values to that of wastewater, there can be no cer tainty that the measurement, especially below 2 ppm, is accurate. 3. Polarographic (membrane). This is sometimes called amperomet-

fluorescing material, which produces light at a different wavelength. The presence of oxygen slows or reduces the amount of fluorescent light pro duced. As light is constantly produced in a bandwidth rather than an absolute

immersed in an electrolyte, into which oxygen permeates through a mem

wavelength, there is no absolute zero. However, as the measurement is fre quency (rate of change) based, there is no drift as long as the signal strength is reasonable. However, the detector sees any light (sunlight, area lighting, etc.) as a change in oxygen concentration, so it must be calibrated and operated in an

brane. It differs dramatically from a

almost black box environment. It must

galvanic sensor in that the anode has to be polarized, after which a current

be submersed into a reactor, sometimes cannot normally be used in effluent channels, and in some cases the sensor is irreparably damaged by sunlight. Development History The Clark Cell principle for the measurement of dissolved oxygen, both galvanic and polarographic was developed in the 1960s. Over the years

ric. The





flows in the sensor. So at 0 ppm D.O., the sensor has an output which is offset by the parent analyser. As the sensor ages, its zero offset changes. 4. Optical (Fluorescent). This is sometimes called Luminescent. A cer

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Instrumentation major advancements were made, such as the use of pure electrodes rather than plated ones, and electrochemically cleaned membranes. The optical measurement technique

The report can be found at www.instrument.org Operation in Biological Reactors There are many myths associated with accurate, reliable on line D.O.

has also been available for several

measurement. So much so that there

decades. But there is a major problem in that the fluorophore is soluble in water.

are some who flatly refuse to use any thing but timers for control. Others have tried OR? to control D.O., and

So the material needs to be bonded to

another material, which impedes or stops the degradation of the fluorescing material. Only the Ruthenium (fluorophorej/Silicon (bond) matrix does this, and this sensor is patented and licensed to one manufacturer.

Third Party Verification While there have been numerous tests and evaluations carried out in the

wastewater industry since the 1980s, the only independent, scientific evalu ation of all sensor technologies was performed in 2002/2003. The Instrument Testing Authority carried out testing of 10 D.O. analysers

some have used nutrient monitors.

Some have simply given up and set blowers to fixed settings. A primary requirement in these reactors is biological nutrient removal. A common methodology is to control D.O. at below 0.5 ppm so that nitrifica tion and denitrification occur simulta

neously. This requires D.O. analysers to reliably and accurately measure under 0.5 ppm. Modern reactors are commonly designed with two zones, aerobic and anaerobic. This somewhat reduces the

reliance on D.O. analysis, as nitrifica

in Decatur, Illinois over a three month

tion and denitrification are bound to

period. The comprehensively document ed report makes no recommendations or draws conclusions, it simply reports on the performance of the technologies.

occur. However, without D.O. control, the process is inefficient, and the delay in using nutrient results for control is similarly inefficient. Using timers or


and/or chemical costs. Conclusion

A reliable dissolved oxygen analy sis system costs approximately 0.1% of a biological reactor project cost, so there is no valid reason for not pur chasing D.O. instrumentation for the reactor, and certainly not the cheapest available instrumentation. It is well

publicized that approximately 60% of a plant's operational cost is due to blower electricity consumption, so a reliable D.O. monitoring/control sys tem is quickly paid for in electrical savings alone. The selection of such a D.O. system needs to be made based on accuracy, long-term reliability and maintainabil ity. There are systems available that are proven to operate accurately and reliably for 12 months or more with no maintenance whatsoever. Selecting the right dissolved oxygen analyzer is paramount in improving treatment and lowering costs. For further information, please email sales@spdsales.com.

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The initiative is part of ID's Design for the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) project, which aims to create new products and services that improve daily life and generate sustain able economic growth in the developing world's impover ished cities. UL's grant will enable Design for BoP staff to travel to India to conduct on-site research and develop new water-delivery concepts. One concept already under development is "Mobile H2O," a door-to-door water-delivery service facilitated by wireless technology. Service vendors on mopeds or other locally suitable transportation would deliver clean water directly to the homes of residents, who would pay electron ically with smart-cards issued by a banking partner. Currently residents must wait for hours in queues and sometimes travel long distances for access to water. The BoP project is led by Institute of Design faculty and advised by Sam Pitroda, an entrepreneur and former minis ter for technology development for the Indian government. The program began in the summer of 2003 with an inten sive period of on-the-ground research in India that revealed the problems of life in poor settlements, such as access to clean water. Additionally, it examined existing infrastruc ture such as local businesses including laundry, electronics repair and mobile vending, in support of the Mobile HjO concept. Designing new products and services that leverage existing business models and solve quality-of-life problems is the project's main goal. According to Patrick Whimey, Steelcase/Robert C. Pew Professor and Director of the Institute of Design and the

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Aquifer Recharge

Geophysical assessment of the recharge to a river-connected aquifer By Jean-Christophe Nadeau,Karl E. Butler and Russell Parrott

The City of Fredericton, New

Brunswick, extracts its water

supply from a semi-confined

aquifer within the glaciofluvial sediments of the Saint John River

Valley. The coarse-grained sediments that make up the aquifer are confined between an overlying clay/silt aquitard and an impermeable till blanket that overlies fractured bedrock. The aquifer is recharged by surface water through "windows" in the discontinuous clay cap, and by regional groundwater from bedrock through areas where the till blanket is missing. Previous hydrogeological and geochemical investigations (e.g. Thomas, 1994) have indicated that the major contribution to recharge at the city's main well field is drawn directly from a window beneath the riverbed. As the

water demand increases, a better

understanding of the recharge and flow paths through this complex hydrogeological system has become essential in order to safely manage land-use and assess the impact of nat ural riverbank filtration on the quality of water entering the well field. This

ranging from a metre or less in the region below the esker ridge to 40 m in other areas. Localized deposits of sand and gravel have been encountered beneath the till in some areas. The till

tured sandstone and shale is overlain

is in turn covered by glaciofluvial sands and gravels of the Fredericton aquifer which include an esker-like formation that is tapped by the munic ipal well field. The aquifer is overlain by a clay/silt unit of glaciolacustrine (and possibly marine) origin. The aquitard is up to 40 m thick but thins over the flanks and top of the buried esker ridge as shown in Figure 1. Erosion of the clay/silt aquitard has revealed the top of the esker in some areas, allow ing a direct recharge of the aquifer by rainfall, snowmelt, surface runoff

by glacial till of variable thickness.

and/or riverbed infiltration. Areas

article discusses the successful and

novel geophysical approach taken to

delineate the river bottom recharge zone using a combination of acoustic

reflection profiling and electromag netic surveys. From a hydrogeological perspec tive, the river valley sediments at Fredericton can be divided into the six units shown in the cross-section of

Figure 1. Bedrock consisting of frac

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Distance along the Riverbank[m]

Fluvial sand with some gravel ^ Lodgment till Lacustrine silt / clay | Buried sand and gravel Outwash sand and gravel | Shale and sandstone bedrock Figure 1. Interpreted geological cross-section running along the south shore of the Saint John River and crossing obliquely over the burled esker-IIke ridge at the edge of the city's main well field (see Figure 4(b)). where the sand and gravel unit pro trude through the clay/silt aquitard are called "windows". The uppermost sediments in the river valley consist of up to several metres of fluvial sands and gravels deposited by the St. John River.

Geophysical Data Acquisition Single-channel acoustic reflection

equipment was deployed from the University of New Brunswick's 13-m research vessel Mary O, operating in water as shallow as 1.5 m. Special emphasis was placed on investigation of the region opposite the Wilmot well field (see Figure 4(b)) where lines were spaced as closely as 20 to 40 m apart. Depth penetration seemed to be


dependent on river bottom type but in many areas the 1KB Seistec sub-bot tom profiling system with its boomer source generated excellent high resolu tion records, showing reflections from multiple subsurface interfaces at depths as great as 40 m. Geonics EM31 and EM34 terrain

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Aquifer Recharge conductivity meters were operated along lines spaced 30 to 50 m apart on the river and as closely as 10 to 30 m on land. For riverine surveying, the 3.66 m long EM31 instrument was set

EM31 survey was carried out at the end of August, when the water level is

in the bottom of a non-conductive

at is lowest.

canoe and paddled along the river

Survey Results and Interpretation Figure 3(b) shows acoustic sub-bot tom profile W1_C1040 that runs subparallel to the river's edge, 100 - 200 m offshore as shown in Figure 4(b). Profiles of bathymetry-corrected apparent conductivity obtained from

while the larger, deeper penetrating EM34 instrument was deployed using an outboard-motor-powered canoe to carry the receiver, and a towed inflat able dingy for the transmitter as shown in Figure 2(Butler et ah, 2004). Both instruments were operated in vertical dipole mode, thereby provid ing depths of exploration of approxi mately 1.5 times the coil separation (McNeill, 1980), or 6, 15 and 30 m for the EM31-V, EM34-V10 and EM34-

V20 respectively. In order to diminish the effect of the water layer on appar ent conductivity measurements, the






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the EM31 and EM34 instruments are

superimposed above the acoustic data. The eastern half of the line, where it was expected that aquitard material would be present, exhibits high appar ent conductivities as well as excellent

Figure 2. Set-up of the EM34 ter rain conductivity survey showing



Transmitter in raft

the receiver coil and console, the

DGPS system used for naviga



tion, and the hand held field com


puter used to log both conductiv ity and position data. 7440900-

reflectivity extending to depths as great as 21 - 22 m. The deeper promi nent reflector is identified as the con

tact between the clay/silt aquitard and underlying sand/gravel aquifer. There was no evidence of a reflection from till or bedrock that would have been b)


expected at or prior to a two-way time of about 60 ms (i.e. 50 - 60 m depth) in this area. Cultural Noise

(Metallic Cables)


tnterpreted ''j Cross-Section

The deterioration of the acoustic

signal observed in the low conductivi ty esker-like sediments may arise from (1) the dispersive character of the rough and discontinuous high-angle reflectors commonly found in glaciofluvial sediments, and (2) absorption of the signal by the coarse grained matrix. There is, however, one

region of shallow reflectivity in the 74404002486500


western half of the seismic section


below positions 140 to 280 m. This shallow reflectivity coincides with the occurrence of a clay/silt pod incised

Easting - NAD83 MB Stereographic[m]







Figure 4. (a) EM31-V bathymetry-corrected apparent conductivity contour map aiong with interpreted windows delineated in black.

Boreholes are marked by blue and yellow dots depending if they con firmed or not the presence of the clay/silt aquitard. (b) EM34-V10 bathymetry-corrected apparent conductivity contour map along with production wells marked as red triangles. The sub-bottom acoustic profile W1_C1040 and the interpreted cross-section are highlighted by white and orange lines respectively. 44 EnvironmentalSdence& Engineering, March 2005

into the esker ridge, as suggested by the higher apparent conductivity and later confirmed by drilling. In the central part of the section, the prominent reflectors are draped on the flanks of a low reflectivity zone corresponding to the esker ridge. This interpretation is supported by bore holes as well as by results from the

riverine EM surveys. The apparent

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Figure 3. a) EM31-V, EM34-V10 and EM34-V20 bathymetry-corrected apparent conductivity profiies. b) Acoustic refiection profiie W1JC1040 dispiayed with a verticai exaggeration of approximateiy 12 times. conductivity profiles show an abrupt drop in apparent conductivity directly above the area where the aquitard reflectors terminate. Consequently, it

is possible to delineate windows in the clay/silt cover by following these steep drops in apparent conductivity. Figure 4 shows maps of bathyme-

try-corrected apparent conductivity derived from the lines of data collected with the EMS 1-V and EM34-V10 Continued on page 57...

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Drinking Water

UF membranes retrofit vintage pumping station in Sudbury By Paul Graham,Toby Brodkorb,and Scott Lenhardt

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Greater Sudbury is also a leader in local action planning to promote the reduction of greenhouse gases. Black water blues

Though Greater Sudbury's water had always met provincial water quali ty standards, the City's long history of providing an unfiltered water supply had resulted in an accumulation of

manganese and other substances, such as iron, in parts of the City's water dis tribution system. This led to seasonal problems with water discolouration and, on some days, residents com plained about a black tinge in the water caused by the manganese. New provincial drinking water stan dards also made filtration of all City surface water supplies a necessity. The Ontario Drinking Water Standards,

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the taste, smell, and colour of the water.

Working with consultants, CH2M HILL, the City studied several options for improving water quality. One option was the possibility of upgrading its David Street Water Treatment Plant.

Located minutes from the City's down town core, the plant has long provided the community with high quality water from Ramsey Lake. The site was ideal due to its proximity to both the water source and the customers, but posed some significant challenges because of its limited size. It would be difficult to

convert the plant to a full water treat ment plant using conventional technol ogy. As a result, water managers quick ly began to consider retrofitting the existing plant with ultrafiltration (UF) membrane technology because of its

Drinking Water flexibility of design, compact foot print, and high quality water produc tion capabilities. Working within a small footprint After prudent evaluation and pilot testing, the City of Greater Sudbury selected ZENON ZeeWeed® immersed

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plant for three main reasons: • The location near housing and parkland made it impossible to signifi cantly expand the footprint. UF mem brane technology allowed the City to construct a full water treatment plant on the existing site. • By retrofitting the David Street Plant, the City was able to save signif icant capital costs. Distribution of

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The final plant water is treated by chlorination and fluoridation. A corro

The final plant water is treated by chlorination

sion inhibitor is also added. The water

is then pumped into the distribution system after passing through UV dis

municipal, provincial, and federal came together to provide funding for the retrofit of the David Street WTP.

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and fluoridation.

infection units. Automation offers efficiencies

Virtually every operational and maintenance process in the new David Street WTP is automatically con trolled. Only one operator is on site during the day shift, while overnight the plant is remotely monitored from

A corrosion inhibitor is also added.The

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Wanapitei Water Treatment Plant. Membranes are regularly cleaned

by forcing permeate water back through them to dislodge any adhering particles. Aeration is used to scour debris from the fibres and provides mixing within the process tank to maintain solids in suspension. If mem brane fouling has reduced permeabili ty below specified performance levels, chemical cleaning can be performed

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operating flux is increased in the oth Paul Graham, P.Eng., is Manager of

ers to compensate.

Membrane integrity is directly monitored by automatic pressure hold tests. It is also indirectly monitored by equipment that tracks turbidity and

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particle count levels. In the unlikely

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Domestic Wastewater

Re-thinking hydraulic flow in septic tanks By Richard Lay,Max Weiss, Kris Pataky,Craig Jowett

Theexisting CSA Standard B66 on septic tank construction

requires a continuous airspace above the water level specifi cally for "floating scum storage", and perhaps for "upwelling surge storage" to decrease velocities through the out let pipe (Baumann 1978). But what does this airspace really do and is it

ically excluded air to promote fermen tation. From the mid-1900s onward,

standard septic tank design comprised a box tank with openings in the end walls, a flat lid, and an airspace from inlet to outlet.

In his classic 1984 book, The Septic Tank, Winneberger questions the use of the airspace, concluding it "might

even a good thing? The first septic tank in the mid1800s(Mouras tank) had its inlet in the

suggests that the "configuration of

roof and no continuous airspace. It ran

simple construction convenience", and

into difficulties from accumulated fer

"most authorities

mentation gas pockets forcing sus pended solids through the outlet. Venting ofthese gases allowed the tank

improved septic-tank designs, but reg ulations pre-design tanks as they are",

to operate properly. Other designs in the early 1900s used long tank configurations with no

airspace,just venting, and these specif

not serve a useful function". He also

septic tanks has long been dictated by would



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Ontario CSA Tank B with 2:1 com

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Domestic Wastewater floating mass". In comparison to sludge, this leathery scum is more dif ficult to pump out. Also it is denser than water, and can overturn and sink,

causing re-suspension and out-flow of sludge. Removing the airspace from the tank will result in relatively more sludge and less crusty scum. Capturing Scum and Sludge The CSA B66 standard specifies a deeper tank (typically 1200 mm) and allows a short distance (1200 mm) between the inlet and outlet. Is this

good design in a septic tank? Entrained sludge particles settle out (up and down) along the flow path, and are captured when they reach the floor or upper scum layer of the tank. The hor izontal distance required for settling out increases with smaller particle size, and with greater depth. A longer, shallower tank therefore captures more sludge, and finer sludge, than a short er, deeper, box tank. Short Circuiting vs. Laminar Flow Patterns

Differential flow velocities, causing unwanted higher-velocity plumes, increase in tanks with shorter, wider,

Figure 2a (left). Prototype 4500 L Tank D with no airspace between ris ers and 1:1 sections, before pump dosing.

Figure 2b (right). Prototype Tank D during 10% volume dosing (450 L), with "untreated sewage" contained near inlet, and only "old," treated sewage exiting tank. Parabolic discs depict relative flow velocities over cross-section of tank, and movement of water from disc A to disc B during 10% dosing. Tank B: 4500 L Ontario CSA tank,

partition with 2:1 compartments (Figure la). Tank C: 4500 L prototype sub merged tank, partition with 2:1 sec tions, and

Tank D: 4500 L prototype sub merged tank, partition with 1:1 sec tions (Figure 2a). The prototype design has the inlet and outlet up in the 450 mm risers and

a long shallow, narrow submerged tank, with no airspace above the water level, between the risers. Light expanded clay aggregate (leca) was used as a surrogate for sludge particles (60% float; 40% sink), added to the inlet during pump dosing at a rate of 3.75 L/s (60 gpm). Volumes of ~5% and ~10% of the effective capacity of the tank (i.e., 90 and 180 L, 225 and continued overleaf...

or deeper aspects (e.g., Figure 1), espe cially in those with 'point source' inlets and outlets like a septic tank. Higher-velocity plumes allow untreat ed sewage to short-circuit directly to the outlet. To optimize separation of

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inlet area, should be dampened as early as possible in the pathway of the sewage.

A tank design with longer, narrower, or shallower aspects (e.g.. Figure 2) limits the mixing zone to the inlet area, and allows a well-developed, laminar flow regime to develop along the path way well before the tank outlet. Only 'old' water that has completed the fer mentation process, and that has settled out entrained sludge particles, will exit the tank. Untreated sewage, or 'new' water, will not circumvent the old water by way of higher-velocity plumes. Comparative Hydraulic Flow Testing Hydraulic tests were carried out on four different tanks:

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Table 1. Relative amounts of leca solids ("untreated sewage") passing directly through the tanks. 450 L for the 1800 and 4500 L tanks

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1200 mm between inlet and outlet.

Tank B kept much of the floating leca away from the outlet, a distinctly visi ble, higher-velocity plume developed

Even doses of 90 L and 180 L(5% &

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The small Alberta Tank A fared the

worst with no partition wall and only

partment (Figure lb). This plume emanated from the two partition open ings and coalesced into a single plume directed to the outlet baffle, and sub stantial 'untreated sewage' escaped (Table 1). For both tanks, the effect of dou bling the pumped volume from 5% to 10%, was to produce more than twice the amount of 'untreated sewage' short-circuiting through the tank (Table 1). Prototype Tanks C and D passed no solids through at all, even after flush ing with additional water, presumably due to laminar 'plug' flow keeping 'new' water near the inlet, and allow

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recounting details from memory. Many times the scene commander

response training at Dugway Proving Grounds. Reviewing after-action reports from these team members led Dugway officials to engage in devel opment discussions with the Idaho National Engineering and Environ mental Laboratory (INEEL). These discussions exposed the need for better performing video products for the WMD GST, so INEEL developed a

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Many systems use a single receiv ing antenna for their products. This means there is only one antenna loca tion to receive a strong signal. The VFR uses a triple antennae array and true diversity receiver to receive sig

the Visual First Responder (VFR), which can send live, wireless video in a clear, steady and reliable fashion. There is a need for quick, accurate information in an emergency. It just isn't reliable to have an observer

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tion via audio, but is that enough? If they cannot stay inside very long, they must rely on their memory of an entire scene to relay information. This is not an easy thing to accomplish with accuracy.

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through walls and other structures. The VFR also has a 2.4 GHz portion to the system. This portion of the system is

set uses 2.4GHz, which avoids inter

fering with the camera's original 900 MHz transmission.

Use of system After a target area is identified, the triple antennae array is removed from its rugged case and placed as near to the hot zone as possible, while still being kept uncontaminated. A long life battery powers it. The monitoring station is

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which signal is best even though the signals may change because the per son carrying it moves to another spot. Antenna one may have the best signal one second and then antenna three might have a better signal just a couple of feet away. Another advantage is the frequency choice. Some systems rely only

connected to the anten

nae array so the scene commanders can observe

the video being sent back to them. When a first

responder team enters the hot zone or target area, the handheld unit (cam era) is powered on. As the team approaches the target, the clear steady video is sent out in all

on 2.4 GHz, VFR uses both 900MHz and 2.4GHz. 900MHz

has a longer wavelength than 2.4GHz and is a better choice for transmitting

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Aquifer Recharge

Recharging a river-connected aquifer (continued from page 45) instruments. The apparent conductivity

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The most striking features on the two maps are the oblong, low conduc tivity zones heading off under the river in a north-westerly to westerly direction. These are interpreted as aquitard windows, where low conduc tivity aquifer sands penetrate through the overlying clay/silt layer. In the region to the north of the windows, apparent conductivities measured by the EM31 are significantly lower than those measured by the deeper pene trating EM34.

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We conclude that the thickness of

electrically resistive fluvial sands cover ing the clay/silt aquitard is greater there than in other areas where the EM31 and

EM34 readings are both high. We note finally, that the areas of highest EM31 apparent conductivity in Figure 4(a) (i.e. the regions east of the window and between the western part of the window and the southern shore) are also the areas where we obtained the best seis

mic records. The presence of a relative ly thin fluvial sand blanket covering the clay/silt layer in those areas is proposed as a geologic model that could explain


100 y

both of those observations.

Summary The combination of riverine seis

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Water Resources

Solar-powered circulation technology clears out blue-green algae By Ed Sullivan

Annual onslaughts of blue-

green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms continue to plague

fresh water lakes and reser

voirs. In the past, copper sulphate has been the chemical of choice for treat

ing blue-green algae. However, as the algae become increasingly resistant to copper sulphate, continuously larger doses are required for effective con trol. Furthermore, impacts on zooplankton and other life forms have led to increasingly stringent permitting requirements for its use. A non-toxic solution arrives

Due to all the problems associated with stagnant water and chemical treatments, the principle of forced cir culation of lakes and reservoirs has

gained increasing interest in recent years. "If you can create sufficient cir culation, blue-green algae problems and other unwanted water conditions

can be avoided or even corrected," says Joel Bleth, president of Pump

The Palmdale (California) Water District had been using up to 3,000 ibs of cop per suiphate powder per week to control algae growth In Its 4,130 acre-ft lake until It put in a SoiarBee unit.

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The system's mixing action pre vents the takeover of blue-green

Surface aeration increases

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Horizontal Mixing

algae and promotes a good crop of diatoms ("good algae") and zooplankton. Instead of constantly sink ing to the bottom and being blocked from the sunlight, they continuously glide up and down in the mixing cur rents. At the same time, continuous

circulation prevents the blue-greens from blocking the sunlight below the water surface.

When used to control blue-green algae growth, units are positioned at problem locations, with the unit's down-hose suspended to just above the thermocline. The water intake, from the relatively warm epilimniun layer, is pumped up the down-hose and spread across the water surface, providing beneficial turbulence and aeration. The resulting circulation of the epilimnium prevents the bluegreen algae from staying at the top of the layer, so that diatoms are able to out-compete the blue-green algae. Units may be installed throughout the year as long as ice has not formed on the lake or reservoir. Case studies

ttve Zone Slurry

Mechanism of operation of the SolarBee system. 58 Environmental Science & Engineering, March 2005

At Palmdale Lake in the high desert country of southern California, the Palmdale Water District had been

Water Resources using 2,000 to 3,000 lbs. of copper sul phate powder per week from March to September to control algae growth in

ing the reservoir, scraping out the sed iment and hauling it away - a process

its 4,130 acre-ft. of water.

of dollars - or finding a less expensive approach. The SolarBee system was suggested.

that would cost hundreds of thousands

the clean-up has eliminated the nutri ents in the sediment, it also helped get rid of the blue-green algae problem at the same time."

"Besides being expensive, we want ed to avoid using excess copper," says Greg Dluzak, Palmdale Water District Production and Control Superin tendent."So we were very pleased that a year after installing seven of these

and close to the bottom where it pulls large volumes of water and spreads

The Englewood Water District is also considering the installation of these units in potable water storage tanks. "With large storage tanks of treated water you may have turnover problems," Coatman explains."We use

SolarBee circulation units we had

them across the surface. Since the

chloramine treatment and if the water

greatly reduced the amount of copper that we were using." "We also saw considerably more dissolved oxygen that was much more evenly dispersed throughout the lake," Dluzak says. "The water temperature was much more even, and we weren't getting our usual spring or fall

water from the bottom (hypolimnion) layer is colder and denser than the top layer, it aerates for a relatively short distance (depending on temperature differential), and then sinks to the bot tom again. This newly aerated water oxygenates the nutrients in the sedi ment, helping to break it up and allevi

turnover. The lake also looks much

ate anoxic bottom water conditions.

sits in the tanks too long, nitrification will occur, which could cause taste and odor problems. So, by installing a water circulation unit, the turnover paddles in the enclosed tank (the solar unit is mounted outside) keep that water moving. This type of system is also much cheaper than trying to put in baffle units, pipe extensions or various

clearer than it did before, which makes it much easier to see the fish, too" Another problem that often results

The 10,000 (US) GPM SolarBee unit was positioned in the area of the sediment buildup. "It's reduced sedi ment in our reservoir probably by 75 percent," Coatman says. "It has broken

from blue-green algae blooms is filter clogging at treatment plants. At the Palmdale plant this problem occurred almost continuously throughout the year. "Since installing these new circu lation units we have only experienced two or three weeks of excessive clog ging of our filters during the algae growing season, per year," Dluzak says. "We're planning on upgrading

To reduce sediment, the unit's down-hose is set below the thermocline

it down and distributed it out. Because

our units to the new V12 model with

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processes, seasons, cooks, and flash-freezes poultry for the

food industry and was trying to increase their production. Their pre vious wastewater system was limited in its ability to meet the discharge requirements to the local Publicly Owned Treatment Works(POTW) and was required to meet these more strin gent limits as a condition of their expansion. To expand production, the facility was looking at a tremendous capital improvement cost to increase the size of their wastewater pretreatment plant to handle the expected higher flows and loadings. The facility had problems with lev els




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solids) and flows to a 180,000 gallon Equalization Tank (EQ Tank). The wastewater is pumped from the bottom ofthe EQ Tank at 275-300 gpm to their Dissolved Air Flotation(DAP)system. The wastewater was pH adjusted (in line) with caustic or acid to meet the near neutral setpoint of 7-8 pH. After pH adjustment, an aluminum based inorganic/organic coagulant was added, followed by cationic and anion-

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Wastewater monthly chemical cost was $18,000 and the sludge haul off cost was $60,000. In addition, there was an impending surcharge from the POTW for BOD,TSS, and EC.

The Trial using Floccin-J The addition of the Floccin-J prod uct required some small changes in the system's operation. In order to feed product into a pressurized line, the Floccin Feeder system was modified: the auger of a standard feeder was set

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Wastewater easily dewatered than with the previ ous chemistry. The pH swings from 4.7 to 10.8 and the Floccin-J works very well even with these pH swings. With the increased solids content, sludge

Old Chemistry

Usage Rate



25 gal/day



15 gal/day



55 gal/day


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100 lbs/day


Anionic Flocculant

100 lbs/day


Sludge Disposal

3 loads/day @ $900/load



1,200 mg/L = 2,002 lbs/day



500 mg/L = 834 lbs/day



200,000 gpd = 268 ccf


disposal costs were reduced from $900

per load to $600 per load. Trial Results

The goals for the trial were: • To optimize the treatment process and allow increased production with out capital outlay. • To simplify the wastewater treat ment process, reducing the operators' workload and dangerous chemical exposure.


• To reduce the EC/TDS in the

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Floccin Chemistry

Usage Rate


Carbon Dioxide

250 lbs/day



1,600 lbs/day


Sludge Disposal

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the sludge and reduce sludge disposal costs.

• Reduce the overall treatment


350 mg/L = 291 lbs/day


The trial was successful in meeting all of these objectives.


100 mg/L = 83.4 lbs/day




100,000 gpd = 268 ccf



The use of Floccin-J reduced the


number of on-site chemicals from 5 to

2. Floccin-J works in a wide range of pH values (4.7 to 10.8) and is much easier to control; the operator simply adjusts one speed-control dial instead of several chemical feed pumps. The cost of using the traditional chemistry was $4,163/day as compared to $2,725/day with Floccin-J. Soon after the trial, the facility started up a batter frying line that increased the BOD by 30% (part of the plant expan sion). Integrated Engineers reformulat-

Net Savings


* Surcharges based on the city surcharge program. Flow at $0.595/ccf, $0.189/lb BOD, S0.232/lb. TSS

Table 2 — Cost comparison ed a special product(Floccin-G)for the facility and reduced the usage rate to 25% lower than Floccin-J. An addition

al cost savings was in the operation of the EQ tank and the use ofcarbon diox

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Floccin-J has simplified the system, allowing the poultry processor to run a more consistent process, obtain better quality effluent and sludge - with less operator intervention. The daily chem ical/sludge hauling costs have been reduced by 34%. Best of all, the processor is free to move forward with increased production without the expense of expanding the wastewater treatment plant, buy additional capaci ty units from the POTW, and has reduced costs with lower surcharges. J

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In order to prevent flooding prob lems from becoming worse, more and more municipal planning and permit ting departments are requiring devel opers to minimize the impact of stormwater runoff on the environment

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costs. New and more cost-effective

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Stormwater Flo® vortex valve, have been designed with this goal in mind. This valve is a self activating flow control device that can be installed in either a manhole or catchbasin to restrict site runoff to the

predevelopment rate. It operates by harnessing the energy inherent in the flow field and avoiding the need for moving parts or power. No moving parts mean rquire little or no mainte nance.

The design of the valve is simple, consisting of an intake, a volute and an outlet. Flow is directed tangentially into a volute to form a vortex. High peripheral velocities induce an airfilled core with a resulting back pres sure that reduces the discharge. By using the vortex to control the flow, clear openings are up to 600% larger than




devices, such as sharp edged orifice plates. The larger opening size has two major benefits. Firstly, the larger openings mean the vortex valves are less prone to blockage from the trash and debris often found in urban runoff.

Secondly, the larger openings allow consulting engineers to consider new approaches when designing drainage

Installing a 22 inch Type C Reg-U-Fio vortex vaive into the controi structure at Eastern Maii Office Park, South Portiand, Maine.

systems. For example, installing the valves at points higher up in the drainage network can lead to a reduc tion in the size and cost of downstream

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There are currently over 14,000 of these vortex valves in operation around the world, controlling a wide range of flow from 0.15 cfs (4 1/s) to 425 cfs (11,900 1/s). An example of the effective use of the Reg-U-Flo vortex valves can be seen at an office park in South Portland, Maine. The office park con sists of three separate one-story build ings totaling 93,000 sq ft, surrounded by paved parking for 424 cars(an addi tional 183,000 sq ft)for a total of 6.3 acres of impervious surface out of the 10 acre site. The stormwater permit required that post development runoff should not exceed predevelopment runoff rates. The post-development runoff rate was calculated to be 45 cfs

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Product and Service Showcase Reducing hydrogen sulflde from gas and air streams


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program expands The province of British Columbia now has 125 more collection sites where

motorists can drop off used oil, oil fil ters and containers, bringing the total to more than 500. The products are sent from these facilities for recycling. The B.C. Used Oil Management Association(BCUOMA),a non-profit, industry-led organization, has set up a network of collectors to pick up used oil materials from more than 4,000 commercial generators and more than 500 collection sites.

The program began an aggressive expansion in 2003 after the Canadian Products

For more information about British

Columbia's used oil program and a complete list of collection sites, visit www.usedoilrecycling.com. Phase I of environmental

clean-up at former military site completed Newfoundland's Environment and Conservation Minister Tom Osborne

EC's used oil collection


formed BCUOMA to oversee the pro gram. In the first nine months of 2004, the program collected more than 33 million litres of used oil, 3.6 million oil filters and 763,000 kilograms of plastic oil containers.


approached government with ways to improve the existing oil-return pro gram. CPPI's proposal recommended the program be expanded to include collection of oil filters and oil contain

recently announced that phase I of the environmental clean-up at the former military site in St. Anthony has been completed. The remediation work involved the

funding Nova Scotia Environment and Local Government Minister Brenda Fowlie

recently announced that her depart ment's capital budget for 2005-2006 will be $1,756 million, which repre sents an increase of 21 per cent over the last fiscal year's budget. The department has designated $500,000 of the capital budget for the Clean Water Program, which provides funds to communities for water and

wastewater systems, water supplies and sanitary surveys. $600,000 has been designated to improving provin cial wastewater treatment facilities.

The department has also designated $656,000 to assist local services dis tricts in the purchase of emergency equipment and maintenance of fire halls and recreational facilities.

excavation and shipment of PCB-contaminated soil and debris from one of

Letters to the editor

the two landfills at the site to licensed

Hi Tom -

disposal facilities outside of the province. With the completion of this aspect of the clean-up attention will now focus on developing a work plan to address the remaining PCB contami

I was reading Chris Hansen's article on uranium removal in the September

nants in the second landfill at the for

mer military site, as well as the contam inated soil containing hydrocarbons. Matrix



Dartmouth, Nova Scotia was awarded the contract for phase I of the environ mental clean-up in St. Anthony in autumn 2004. The clean-up was com pleted in late December 2004. The contract was valued at $788,583.

2004 edition and he noted that the

guideline value is 20 mg/L. That should be 0.020 mg/L or 20 ug/L. Judy MacDonald, P. Eng. Supervisor, Drinking Water Management Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour Water and Wastewater Branch

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