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ISSN-0835-605X May 2005 Vol. 18 No.2 issued May 2005 ES&E invites articles (approx. 1000 words) on water, wastewater, hazardous waste treat ment and other environmental protection topics. If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please contact Steve Davey at steve@esemag.com. Please note that Environmental Science & Engineering Publications Inc. reserves the right to edit all submissions without notice.

FEATURES Kyoto - it needs science, not satire, to reduce global warming Editorial comment by Tom Davey

8 Cover story- Renewable solar hydrogen production technology harnesses landfill gas energy

14 Controlling wastewater plant HjS odours with UV light 18 High tech project defends the Riviera 20 Time to examine best management practices in pipeline management 22 Oil skimmers allow cleaner operations at transmission parts manufacturing plant


24 Preventing structural problems in wastewater stabilization ponds 30 Cape Breton water treatment plant refitted with new filter media 32 Innovative instrumentation reduces RO fouling

34 Wastewater management - it's time to start working together 36 New operators' standards to protect Canada's water

38 Understanding the accreditation of Canadian environmental laboratories 42 Satellite treatment technology helps Niagara Falls meet CSO requirement 46 Mold infestation is a serious health threat to residents and workers

48 Designing a multi-purpose pumping and storage facility 52 Implementing water quality management systems

56 Canadian covers for US wastewater

treatment building

58 Evaluating the economics of secondary containment options 59 Inexpensive lining system extends life of leaking alum tank 60 Bolted stainless steel tanks a versatile choice

62 Increased penalties for corporate officers and directors

64 Simple and economical process used for stainless steel tank construction

55 Innovative system keeps Toronto cool 66 Jet mixers solve sludge storage tank settling problem


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Editorial by Tom Davey


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Kyoto - it needs science,not satire,to reduce global warming

The Kyoto Accord has devel

oped from a well-meaning

failures in its economic missions. First

refineries which feed them, and even agriculture which feeds us all. But there are many other sources, including termites, which give off an

astonishingly high rate of CO2. Even hydro electric projects have ecological downsides and indeed have their own

CO2 emissions, which amazed me when I first read the data. Wind power too, is coming under increasing criticism. The most recent complaints say wind tur bines not only kill birds but deface some


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international initiative to re

sources include automobiles and the

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the Federal government's virtually unbroken string of comedic, but tragic

duce global warming into a pseudo religion which transcends rational debate and divides viewpoints into 'good' and 'evil'. The Accord is mindful of The Lord OfThe Rings with its witches' brew of economics, interna tional politics, ecology, limnology, and oceanography - to name but a few. These are erudite, highly complex scientific disciplines in which even academics find difficulty in fully comprehending Kyoto's vast range of permutations. The Federal government has now projected a $10 billion expenditure over five years to curb greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. CO2


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there was the Sea Kings helicopter debacle which cost half a billion in

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tinues. Then there was the Gun Control

fiasco which went from a projected

Technical Advisory Board

$200 million to a billion dollars - and

Jim Bishop Stantec Consulting Ltd., Ontario

counting. Meanwhile, most ofthe gunrelated crimes seems to be from unreg istered weapons. There was also the Human Resources debacle where a Federal Minister could not account for

another billion dollars when questioned in the House. A billion seems to be an

optimum figure which repeatedly crops up in government mismanagement. Adscam is the latest horror story emerging at the Gomery Enquiry. It appears quite astonishing sums of Federal money were poured into what seems to be quite simple tasks, like showing Canadian flags and other appurtenances exalting Canadian unity. Brain surgery this is not. Even

Bill Borlase, P.Eng. City of Winnipeg, Manitoba George V. Crawford, P.Eng., M.A.Sc. CH2M HILL Ontario

Bill DeAngelis, P.Eng. Associated Engineering, Ontario Dr. Robert C. Landine

ADI Systems Inc., Hew Brunswick Peter Laughton, M.Eng., P.Eng., DEE R.V. Anderson Associates Limited, Ontario

Barry Loescher, Ph.D. Philip Anaiytlcai Services, British Coiumbia Stanley Mason, P.Eng. British Coiumbia

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compared to slashing one of Turner's famous landscape paintings. So, enough already. Global warm ing is undeniably a serious threat. But it is also one ofthe most complex envi ronmental challenges mankind faces. In the face of this veritable litany of ecological complexities, it is typical of our Federal government that, to fulfill its objectives, it chose satirist. Rick Mercer, to exhort each of us to reduce global warming by one torme. This choice of a spokesman is in itself worthy of satire. To exhort us all to save a tonne is, in my opinion, both trite and futile. Many scientists would be hard pressed to compile the various components involved in their daily activ ities and then reduce them by one tomie. On reflection, perhaps Rick was an appropriate choice when one considers

days, every single day for a year. If the Federal government can spend huge sums of money on quite simple work such as flag waving, the mind boggles at how it will compre hend, and control what is probably the

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most complex multidisciplinary envi ronmental problem our civilization has ever faced. I once again refer to Malthus who first described econom

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By Jamie Bakos, P.Eng.

Notwithstanding Episode 2F

Rendering of the Fleet Street Landfill Project that Is scheduled to begin In Canada In July 2005.

19 of a popular, long-run ning cartoon series (Lisa Simpson's peipetual motion machine), the first law of thermody namics is difficult to disobey. You sim ply cannot get more energy out of a system compared to the energy that you put in. Based in Saskatoon, Solar Hydrogen Energy Corporation (SHEC Labs) has recently constructed and demonstrated a Dry Fuel Hydrogen Generation System that is powered primarily by sunlight-focusing mirrors. The system comprises a solar mirror array and

Why produce hydrogen? The current market for hydrogen is approximately 42 billion kg per year and growing, and is used primarily in ammonia fertilizer manufacturing, for hydrogenation in the food and bever age industry, and in petroleum refining to reduce the sulphur content of fossil fuels.

Hydrogen is also an energy carrier and is recognized by many as the fuel of the future. When hydrogen is con sumed by a fuel cell, its only signifi cant emissions are water and heat. A

clean source of hydrogen will lead to energy self-sufficiency and clean air

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Traditional hydrogen production More than 95% of hydrogen pro duced today is by the Steam Methane Reformation (SMR) of fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and natural gas, a process that liberates massive amounts of carbon dioxide and other pollutants to the atmosphere. The SMR process provides a net energy loss of 30 to 35% when converting methane into hydro gen since a great deal of fossil energy

reactors to convert methane, carbon

dioxide, and water into hydrogen. SHEC has designed and constructed a solar hydrogen generation system that, when utilizing sunlight, appears to deliver more energy than it receives.

or electrical power is required to oper ate the process. Hydrogen is also pro duced by electrolysis, a process that uses electricity to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen. Although elec trolysis itself can be quite efficient in converting electricity into hydrogen, the electricity used for electrolysis is often primarily generated from fossil

fuels. Therefore, traditional hydrogen

Demonstration unit.

production methods result in a net increase in air pollution and are highly inefficient from an energy conversion perspective. The value proposition for solar hydrogen Solar hydrogen production provides

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a net energy gain when converting methane into hydrogen since the ener gy used to drive the process is from the sun. Since SMR is not typically costeffective at small to moderate produc tion levels, SHEC's technology is par ticularly attractive for smaller and dis tributed hydrogen production. The environmental benefits of generating hydrogen using renewable energy include significant greenhouse gas reductions, and the reduction of smog precursors, acid gases, and mercury as a result of reduced local need for oil, coal, and natural gas. To add even greater value, the process has the ability to use a renew able source of methane and carbon

dioxide, such as biogas from municipal wastewater plants and landfill gas. Renewable methane generated from biomass results in no net increase of carbon dioxide levels in the atmos

phere when the methane is converted into hydrogen by SHEC's solar hydro gen generator.

Technology and process description The unit produces hydrogen with solar energy as the primary energy

input and has the following general chemistry: • Methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are reacted to form hydrogen gas (H2) and carbon monoxide (CO): Reaction 1


CH4 >► 2H2 + 2 CO AHf = 917 kJ/mole

• The carbon monoxide is reacted

with water to produce more hydrogen and carbon dioxide: Reaction 2

CO + H2O >► H2 + CO2 AHf = 40,6 kJ/mole continued overleaf...


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Cover Story I Carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane gas(CH4) are fed into a reactor heated by a solar mirror array. The intermedi ate products from Reaction 1 feed into a water gas shift reactor(WGSR),con trolled at near atmospheric pressure.

the amount of radiant energy directed

66% in the product gas stream with a

to Reaction 1. Reaction 2 is exother

98.2% mol conversion of the feed

mic and requires cooling to maintain the optimum temperature. Gas Production

SHEC's solar hydrogen generator has now operated for approximately 1,200 hours with no noticeable coking or degradation of the catalysts. Hydrogen production is near the theo retical maximum at approximately

The resulting gas stream is H2 and CO2 and is saturated with water.

Solar energy provides the driving force for the endothermic Reaction 1. A water cooled iris dilates to control

methane. The estimated maximum

hydrogen production with the unit is approximately 3,500 kg per year with minor modifications to the operating pressure and reactor configuration and an increase in the solar mirror area.

Energy Balance The system does not produce more energy than it receives. It does, howev er, produce more energy in the form of hydrogen than the energy input in the form of methane.

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When energy is converted from one form to another, a great deal of energy is typically lost (i.e. 10 kW of methane produces approximately 3 kW of elec tricity in a reciprocating engine). With the SHEC process, there are two sources of hydrogen (methane, CH4 and water, H2O). The process of SHEC Labs uses 'free' solar energy to pro duce hydrogen from both methane and water.

In bulk terms, every i m^ of methane feed produces approximately 3.9 m3 of hydrogen in the process. Put in common energy terms at 1 bar pres sure and 25°C, 1 m^ of methane equals approximately 40 MJ of thennai ener gy and 3.9 m^ of hydrogen equals approximately 45.7 MJ of thermal energy, which is a net energy gain of

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ing the chemical reactions. Cost analyses Cost analyses and models have been prepared based on the use of the various feed gases (i.e. landfill gas, natural gas, flare gas, etc.) and based on empirical data for the cost of the demonstration unit, current gas pro duction, and current size of the solar

array. The cost analyses show that the hydrogen production costs based on continued overleaf...

Bert Munro, P.Eng. promoted to Vice President & General Manager of Associated Engineering Saskatchewan

Alistair Black, P.Eng., President & CEO of Associated Engineering is pleased to announce Bert Munro's appointment as Vice President and General Manager of Associated Engineering's Saskatchewan operation. A Senior Municipal Engineer, Bert has 25 years experience specializing in water, wastewater, and infrastructure

development projects. Dedicated to promoting engineering and the consulting engineering industry, Bert actively volunteers with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan,

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Cover Story I using landfill gas are lower than tradi tional hydrogen production methods that use natural gas. It is important to note that the overall cost competitive ness of hydrogen extends beyond hydrogen production to hydrogen com pression, storage, and distribution. The cost models are currently being expanded to include these elements and involve some irmovative hydrogen distribution cost savings. What's next?

The next stage of development is anticipated to be a commercial-scale demonstration at a landfill gas site in Canada using 40,000 kg per year hydrogen production modules. This one project (a small-to-medium sized landfill gas project) will prevent more


than 1.6 million tormes of carbon diox

ide equivalent (C02e) from entering the atmosphere over the next twenty years and will significantly improve local air quality and reduce smog. The next generation of solar hydro gen involves direct water splitting with only water as the primary feed

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Odour Control

Ultraviolet light for odour control (

By Martin Hildebrand and Merle Kroeker, Nelson Environmental Inc.

Hydrogen sulphide (H2S) based odours emanating

from wastewater treatment plants and lift stations

are not only a source ofconcern for operator safety, but are an extreme nuisance for homeowners or

users of near-by public facilities or property. The negative publicity and hassle caused by persistent nuisance odour complaints are costly in both time and money for cities or industries that own the odour-producing infrastructure. H2S, as well as numerous other odour-causing compounds, is generated as a result of organic material decomposition in an anaerobic enviromnent such as sewer force mains, lift sta

tions, digesters, or wastewater treatment plant headworks. The distinctive odour (rotten egg smell) of H2S gas is easily perceptible at very low levels (< 1 ppm in air). Exposure to moderate H2S levels (10-50 ppm) can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, coughing and breathing difficulty. Exposure to H2S levels above 50 ppm can result in severe respiratory tract and eye irritation and, in extreme cases, even death.

Direct injection of UV produced oxygen radicais into a iift station wet weil.

In addition to safety and nuisance odour concerns, the H2S can lead to the formation of sulphuric acid, which is very corrosive to all exposed steel and can lead to reduced life of concrete piping and structures. UV odour control process Various technologies and processes such as ozone genera tors, chemical oxidizers (hydrogen peroxide, chlorine, etc.) activated charcoal filters, essential oils (masking agents), and biofilters have been used in an attempt to reduce H2S levels. continued overleaf...


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UV-based odour control system is a compact footprint process that utilizes patented multi-frequency Ultraviolet (UV) light. The technology harnesses the UV light in the UV-C and UV-V frequencies. Wavelength frequency is particularly "tuned" to produce highly radical hydroxyls, which rapidly oxi dize a wide range of airborne odour producing compounds such as ammo nia, H2S and mercaptans. Ambient air is directed through the system's UV chamber. The ultraviolet light acts as a catalyst, breaking down the ambient oxygen and water vapour molecules into O ~ and 0H~ (hydroxyl) radicals. These short-lived free rad icals go on to oxidize the more com plex molecules found in the contami nant, while the radicals themselves are used up in the process. The end result is a sequential and instantaneous gas breakdown with very little by-product, in the form of odour and elemental

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administration premises. "The barrage is anchored to terra firma using a kind of ball and socket, weighing 700 tonnes, which allows the pier to move while remaining attached," Mr. Porcu explains. "At its tip, it can move up to 15 metres later ally and around 1.30 metres up and down. The construction is also held to

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metres long, 28 metres wide and 19 metres deep, and was constructed over three years at Algeciras in Spain and towed 1,500 kilometres to its final

position by ship, a sea voyage that took almost two weeks. In addition to pro

the sea floor by anchors. The counter pier stands firm on pillars on the other side of the port. "The port is on the same level as Monaco's purification plant; previously, water from both boats and the port couldn't be evacuated using gravity, and it was necessary to bring in trucks to pump their waste," he explains."But the barrage and harbour are equipped with pumping units that enable all wastewater from the barrier, from ships berthed there and from those permanently moored in the port to be sent for treat ment. This is very significant in temis of protecting the enviroiunent - our main goal. Previously, ships disposed of everything at sea, but now we can treat all the effluent as well as rainwater and

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Time to examine best practices In pipeline management By Brian Mergelas,Ph.D

In as et management ofwater trans

mission mains, we can draw paral lels from the experience of the oil and gas sector. In the 1970s this sector was faced with an aging, and deteriorating, infrastructure. In fact, as this sector's pipelines were depreciated over their design life, many of the older oil and gas pipelines were "worthless" on a company's balance sheet.

Consequently, the decision was made to try and extend the life of these lines. This led to new management practices, which required operators to demonstrate that they were managing the risk of operating these lines beyond their design life. In principle, opera tional risk incorporates both the conse quence and the probability of failure. Risk management means acting to

technological and economic factors. Proven technologies exist that allow pipeline distress to be accurately iden tified and quantified. The data provid ed by condition assessment inspections

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failure is difficult to control and is

that help dictate what levels, and types, of maintenance are performed on each individual pipe in pipelines. In combi nation with continued preventative maintenance, this minimizes opera tional risk while maximizing the effec tiveness of budgetary allocations. The best practice in the conditionbased asset management of water trans mission pipelines can be understood to include: determining the actual condi tion of the pipeline by using an appro priate condition assessment technology, then using this information to make informed decisions while continuing to conduct preventative maintenance by periodically inspecting pipelines.

largely related to where the pipe is. Even though the majority of fail ures in the oil and gas sector can be attributed to third party damage, an increased understanding of failure modes has determined that knowledge

of the physical condition of a pipeline is critical. Consequently, condition assessment has become an integral

component of any risk management strategy, especially in high conse quence areas. Today, the water and wastewater sector is in a similar posi tion to where the oil and gas sector was in the 1970s. In 2003, Infrastructure Canada estimated that the cost to reha

bilitate Canada's municipal infrastruc ture stood at $57 billion.

Many operators use condition-based asset management to make informed decisions. Adoption of this manage ment approach is being driven by both

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Metaldyne Corp., a Michigan-based manufactur

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lead to machine damage if reused to lubricate equipment. Thorough skimming would allow the reusing of this oil, which saves money and benefits the environment. By skim ming the oil from the water, the company might also be able to improve their manufacturing process by creating a cleaner system. Why oil skimmers? Metaldyne investigated a variety of oil skimming sys

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minute. Hot-rolled bars enter at one end of the machine, which heats, feeds, cuts off, forms and pierces forgings along the conveyor in a single pass. As part of the forging process, Metaldyne uses water to wash the ends of the hot-rolled bars and to cool the dyes. Meanwhile, oil is used to lubricate the forging equipment. Throughout the process, excess water and oil are collected in a pit below the Hatebur machines. Why skim? Ideally, Metaldyne wanted to be able to reuse the water

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Geotechnics of waste stabilization pondsan important piece of the wastewater treatment puzzle By Francisco Silva-Tulla and Raul Flores-Berrones

From environmental, economic,

political, and social perspec tives, wastewater treatment rep resents one ofthe most pressing issues facing municipalities and indus try today. Waste stabilization ponds (WSP) provide one of the simplest, lowest cost, and most efficient waste-

water treatment technologies available. Although particularly suited to warm climates, WSPs exist worldwide. The predominant technology used to treat wastewater in small Canadian towns,

waters and groundwater. • Scour: Removal of soil particles from the soil-water interface by current or wave-induced shear forces possibly in combination with hydraulic gradient

will damage the lagoon side of the

in soil volume; may be caused by frostor swelling-susceptible soils, especial ly during excavation. • Cracking: Cracks may be transverse (perpendicular to the embankment axis) or longitudinal (parallel to the embank ment axis), external or internal, shallow, or deep. They appear due to differential settlement or soil shrinkage. Many of these mechanisms or fail


ure modes are interrelated and should

forces or because of rainfall run-off above the water line.

• Erosion: Precipitation may cause local concentrated erosion on the dry side of the embankment. Wave erosion

be anticipated and analyzed during geotechnical investigations. Piping and overtopping are of particular concern because they are responsible for most serious incidents and failures reported

WSP systems make up one third of all wastewater treatment plants in the U.S. and 54% of the existing wastewater treatment facilities in Mexico.

Our experiences with WSP suggest that geotechnical engineering can cor rect many problems that prevent these cleverly designed systems from achieving their full potential. This arti cle presents a geotechnical 'checklist'

for preventing problems related to water leakage, geological faults, and slope failures during excavation and construction as well as uncontrolled settlement after construction. We also

provide guidelines to identify prob lematic soils (expansive, collapsible, dispersive, or highly compressible) with suggestions for their stabilization or improvement.

• Heave: Deformation due to increase

in the literature.

Figure 1. Area susceptible to initia tion of pipeline.

b) Instability • Geological fault: When a pond is constructed over an active geological fault not discovered during design, the embankment and liner system may be disrupted due to fault opening. • Slides: Slip circles and deep sliding are frequent failure modes. Local shear failure parallel to the slope is possible

Site investigation Site investigation involves deter mining the nature and behavior of all aspects of a construction site and its environment that could significantly

influence or be influenced by a project. Some of the most important aspects to be considered are:

• Groundwater effects: seepage, pumping, infiltration, and percolation. • Environmental considerations: lea-

chate contamination, health and safety issues on surrounding properties, and

either within the soil mass or at the


Geotechnical deficiencies or

soil-revetment interface. Local bearing failure may also be present. Many fac

• Excavation: short- and long-term stability, groundwater drawdown and possible damage to top clay layer. • Ground improvement: barrier sys tem and compaction. • Placement offill: slope stability, set

failure mechanisms

tors can cause slides and local failures:

Geotechnical deficiencies or poten tial failure mechanisms in WSP sys

rapid drawdown, pre-existing slip planes within soil foundation, lenses

tems can be classified in three cate

and bands of weaker material, embankment crest overloading, inade quate slope design, etc. • Liquefaction: Complete loss of grainto-grain contact because of an increase in pore water pressure or shock load ing of a loosely compacted granular soil. Consequent loss of effective stress

gories; flow-induced, instability, and deformation.

a) Flow-induced deficiency or failure • Overtopping: Water flowing over the embankment crest causes a washout or total destruction of the structure.

• Piping: Seepage through the soil leads to transport of soil particles by internal erosion until a pipe forms (Figure 1). • Leaks: Water leaks may occur through the pond bottom and embank ment. They cause escape of water and diffusion of contaminants into surface

results in a nearly zero shear strength and the soil behaving as a liquid.

tlements, or heave.

The soil stratigraphy should be determined precisely, including soil composition, layer thickness, soil inhomogeneity in horizontal exten sion, and water table location. It is also important to discover sand lenses, weak layers, and other relevant minor geological features. Investigation is

c) Deformation

not limited to the construction area: it

• Settlement: Deformation due to

should also cover widespread geologi cal risks such as landslide, regional subsidence, and mining activity, continued overleaf...

reduction in soil volume; may be caused by consolidation, compression, and shrinkage.

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Wastewater among others. In seismically active regions, earthquakes may cause severe damage to embankments, barrier sys tems, and other WSP systems facili ties. It is important to consider the

Waste stabilization

ponds provide one of the simplest,lowest cost, and most efficient wastewater treatment

technologies available. seismicity of the site in the design. Reconnaissance investigation is the first phase of site characterization. Borehole drilling and sampling are necessary for more detailed subsurface investigations. Soil samples should be tested in the laboratory to determine their physical, hydraulic, and mechan ical properties. Several compatibility tests should be carried out to analyze

found in nonsaturated residual soil

Oedometer testing can identify these

deposits of fine material that contain clay minerals of the montmorillonite or illite type, are very sensitive to changes in humidity. Water adsorption in the active clay minerals causes them to expand when decompressed in the presence of water; they also shrink considerably when subjected to drying.


Highly compressible clays of vol canic or organic origin may cause seri ous damage to barrier systems and embankments in WSP systems. One of the most notable examples of com pressible clays is Mexico City clay, with a water content as high as 350%

If the embankment is constructed of or

to 400%.

founded on expansive soils, evapora tion, rainfall, temporal humidity varia tion, and change in water level of a pond may cause soil swelling and shrinkage; consequently, differential

These soils, usually high in adsorbed sodium, disperse or deflocculate easily and rapidly in water of low salt content. The higher the per centage of sodium cation, the higher the susceptibility to dispersion. Such clays generally have high shrink-swell potential, low resistance to erosion, and low permeability in an intact state. Dispersive clay soils are identified by running a pinhole test, the Crum test, or the SCS dispersion test. Chemical tests are also frequently used to deter mine exchangeable sodium percent age, sodium adsorption ratio, percent

settlements and embankment fissures

might occur. The shear strength of expansive soils also changes with vari ations in humidity, and a stability prob lem may arise in embankments. Visual inspection and determination of physi cal and mechanical properties can identify expansive soils. Oedometer testing can determine volume change under flooding.


the effect of some contaminants, salts, or temperature changes on the

mechanical or index properties of the soil that forms the pond systems. Severe changes in the permeability and Atterberg limits in compacted clays under KCl solutions, for instance, have been observed. In situ tests of subsurface soils

often provide better information at lower cost than sampling and laborato ry testing. The field permeability and standard penetration tests are the most frequently used in situ tests. By meas uring the drawdown in piezometers at certain distances from a pumped well, the field permeability test determines the permeability of pervious layers below the water table. Various types of borehole permeability tests made by pumping water either into or out of the boring are also used to determine the coefficient of permeability. On the other hand, the standard penetration test allows correlations of the number

of blows with shear strength and other soil parameters. Problem soils

Many so-called 'problem' soils cause major damage to structures and embankments, and cannot be easily identified using routine soil testing procedures. Expansive soils are widely distrib uted in Mexico. These soils, frequently

This WSP system in Coiumbia treats wastewater from about 10,000 residents up to removai ieveis of 80% for BOD and TSS.

Collapsible soils are fine sediments transported and deposited by wind. They range from sand dunes to loess deposits whose particles are predomi nantly of silt size with a certain amount of fine sand and aggregated clay particles. Although oflow density, the naturally collapsible soils have a fairly high strength because of the clay binder, frequently calcium carbonate. However, they are easily eroded when flooded or rained on. Soil structure

collapse causes large settlements.

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sodium, and total dissolved salts.

Dispersive soils are problematic for embankment stability, causing piping and rainfall erosion on slopes and channels.

A simple way to improve a problem soil site is to remove the problem soils and replace them with higher quality materials. Removal and replacement is most common for organic deposits and highly compressible soils, but has also been used for collapsible and expancontinued overleaf...


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Wastewater sive soils, for which treatment often consists of mixing soils of high swelling potential (collapsibility) with those of low swelling potential. The use of chemical additives is

another effective technique to improve problem soils. If special equipment is used, chemical stabilization can involve mixing and compaction of near-surface soils as well as deep soils. Chemical substances such as lime and Portland cement can be used alone or

in combination to reduce the swelling and dispersion potentials of soils. Collapsible soils might be improved by pre-saturation and pre-loading proce dures. Various other soil improvement techniques are also available and can be used if their cost is justifiable. These problematic soils are described in detail, together with meth ods to identify and treat them to improve their mechanical behavior in geotechnical publications; see for instance Van

Impe W.E. (1989), Soil Improvement Techniques and Their Evolution, Balkema, and Schaefer, V R. (1997), Ground Improvement, Ground Rein forcement, and Ground Treatment Developments 1987-1997, Geotechnical Special Publication N° 69 ASCE. Design features

Apart from site investigations and geotechnical analysis (water flow, chemical diffusion, stability, and set tlement studies), a number of provi sions should be considered to avoid or minimize deleterious effects from dif ferent environment actions. Conclusions

Soil mechanics play an important role in assuring the success of WSP systems. Overtopping and other geotechnical-related damages may cause excessive repair costs and serious pub lic alarm about security and safety. Efforts directed at identifying potential geotechnical problems before they materialize will generally result in lower overall project costs. Since the most important parameter for the correct function of these water

treatment systems is the permeability of the liners and the in situ soils, spe cial supervision and permeability tests must be part of both design and con struction.

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Cape Breton Regional Muniei-

oxidize the iron and manganese in the

minating the run was a drop off in flowrate due to the high pressure drop

pality (CBRM) located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, has four

feed water so that it would be filtered out in the media.

across the filter bed. After backwash-

10-foot diameter 18.5 foot

Soluble manganese would be oxi dized by the manganese oxide coating

ing, there was no sign of damage to the media, and the pressure drop at the

on the GreensandPlus. The free chlo

start of the next run was consistent with that of a clean bed.

straight shell horizontal manganese greensand filters to treat 1.8 million Imperial gallons per day. The water source is a well containing iron and manganese. The design water analysis has 0.2 mg/L iron and 0.35 mg/L manganese. The filters are designed to use the catalytic oxidation process with chlorine added prior to the filters, followed by a reaction

rine in the feed water would then oxi

dize the coating, which had temporari ly been reduced. The limiting factor of

During the pilot testing, the water treated by the pilot plant consistently averaged less than 0.01 mg/L manganese and less than 0.01 mg/L iron. The effluent

tank to allow added con



averaged between 1.5 and 1.8 mg/L as determined by the chlorine feed to the full-scale plant and required for the distribu tion system.


tact time for the chlorine.

Over a five-year period of operation, the length of

Because of the com

termined that the reduced

pact size of the pilot plant, a full 40% expan sion of the bed during backwash was not possi

run length was caused by

ble. Backwash flowrate

run between backwashes

was gradually getting shorter. Investigation de

a breakdown of the man

was limited to 9 to 10

ganese greensand media. After testing, it was deter

gpm/square foot in lieu of the normal 12 gpm/ square foot. No air scour

mined that the low silica

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality in Sydney, Nova Scotia, is testing a new fiiter media, GreensandPius.

level in the raw water con tributed to the breakdown of the media. A feed of sodium aluminate

was instituted to help alleviate this problem. Sodium aluminate was fed at a rate of 0.2 mg/L (as Al), and this managed to stabilize the media and enable the CBRM to handle the high summer demand.

New media, GreensandPlus™, was

obtained from the Inversand Company. This is more rugged than manganese greensand, but has identical operating characteristics, and does not require sodium aluminate to prevent break down. A pilot plant was sent to CBRM for operation using the same feed as the full-scale units. After chlorine

addition and reaction time, a 3.1 gpm flow was sent to a Hungerford & Terry, Inc. pilot plant. This plant measured 91/2" ID with a 0.5 square foot surface area. The filter bed consisted of 18" of 0.6 - 0.8 mm effective size anthracite and 18" of GreensandPlus. After con

ditioning with potassium perman ganate, the pilot plant was ready for operation. The chlorine feed served to

the pilot plant was pressure drop across the bed. Feed

water from

CBRM was limited in pressure and

flow since it was fed to the pilot plant through a garden hose. The pilot plant operated at flow rates between 4.4 to 6.2 gpm/square foot, and run lengths between backwashes of 120 to 200 hours were experienced. Influent manganese was 0.3 to 0.33 mg/L while

capability was provided with the pilot plant. However, it is being considered for the full-scale plant due to the extremely long filter runs between backwashes that can be achieved with GreensandPlus.

The results of the pilot plant indi cated that the GreensandPlus filter

media could treat the water at the Cape Breton Regional Municipality filter plant in Sydney, Nova Scotia, without

iron varied between 0.045 and 0.09

breakdown due to the low silica level

mg/L. With seven runs complete, an average loading of 1,200 grains/square

in the water. It could also be operated to higher pressure drops and longer fil

foot of filter area was obtained.

ter runs without any detrimental

Manganese greensand is expected to have a capacity of between 500 to 700 grains/square foot of filter area. The normal pressure drop end point

effects. It also demonstrated that while

for the full-scale plant and the pilot plant was 10 psi. In an attempt to extend the run, the plant was operated to a 334 hour run with a pressure drop of 17.9 psi at the end of the run. The pilot plant was still producing good quality water with less than 0.005 mg/L manganese and 0.001 mg/L iron in the effluent. The only reason for ter

30 Environmental Science & Engineering, May 2005

being operated for longer periods of time to higher pressure drops, it could still produce extremely high quality water.

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One problem with some


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. (Demlnerqlizersl-^


ment addition. The list could be more

exhaustive, but these are common

Figure 1. The boiler feedwater treatment system.


More frequently, downstream equip ment problems are caused by opera tional practices. This is not necessarily a reflection of operating personnel capability. It is generally a result of insufficient tools for equipment moni toring and control, or "inadequate" training/understanding of unit process es, and how each affects the next one downstream.

Process monitoring and control methods Jar tests and turbidimeters have

been the traditional instruments for

vides continuous monitoring and

monitoring and controlling pretreat ment processes. In recent years, the streaming current monitor(SCM)and particle counters have replaced these methods. These instruments provide continuous, precise, and sensitive measurement, and true process opti mization capability. Periodic jar tests give a ball park idea of what coagu lant dosages should be, but are some what "subjective" to the operator's visual interpretation. The SCM pro-

automatic control. Turbidimeters have


Started Polymer Trial At 2 ppm, Immediately Reduced Counts Over 50%|

Incrementally Reduced

To 0.2 ppm (Polymer Fed

Polymer Constantly Fed (0.4 ppm).


also been used to monitor filter per formance, but lack the sensitivity of

particle counters/ monitors. Silt den sity index (SDI) has been the standard test to predict membrane fouling. However, it is not a continuous meas urement and is not always helpful in troubleshooting and improving up stream processes.

A case history

A large electric generating plant installed a reverse osmosis system to reduce demineralizer loading and min imize regenerations. Feedwater pres sure buildup and frequent membrane cleaning have been a persistent prob lem since commissioning. The boiler feedwater treatment system is shown in Figure 1. Water source is a river with an intermediate settling basin that min imizes large turbidity swings to the treatment process. Primary coagulant was alum, but was later changed to a


blend. Turbidi

meters are used to monitor clarifier

and filter effluents. SDI tests were per formed for a time after the RO installa

tion, but were eventually discontinued, as there was no correlation to cleaning frequency. -Multimedia Effluent

- Cartridge Effluent (IVO Feedwater)

Figure 2. Results of SCM trial to optimize polymer feed. 32 Environmental Science & Engineering, May 2005




installed to get "baseline" equipment performance. The objective was to improve removal of submicron partic-

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ulate in the multimedia filters by feed ing a small amount of polymer filter aid. Although the counters/monitors used do not detect particles in the submicron range, it is well known that col loids are absorbed on filter media that

is properly conditioned with a filter aid, or submicron particles are coagu lated to a size that are trapped in the media. An SCM was used to optimize polymer feed to ensure that the absolute minimum was being used, and would not carry through to the RO. Polymer fouling can be a problem if overfed.

The results are shown in Figure 2. Without polymer feed, particle counts in the multimedia effluent were over

120 counts/ml. With polymer, counts dropped to less than 20/ml, with many periods less than 5/ml. Polymer dose was 0.4 ppm. An immediate improve ment was seen in the RO operation. Cleaning frequency went from once per week to once per month. Feedwater pressure buildup was less than 2.0 PSIG after 30 days. Currently, the plant is monitoring

three of the multimedia filters with

particle monitors, and the combined effluent with a particle counter. Polymer addition is being automati cally controlled with a streaming cur rent monitor using filter influent flow and streaming current in a combined algorithm. Conclusion

The return on investment of using sensitive and reliable control instru

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Wastewater management- it Is time to start working together By Duncan Ellison,Canadian Water and Wastewater Association

Inrecent years,a concerted approach

to ensuring drinking water safety in Canada was begun - it is called "Source to Tap" and was developed by the Federal, Provincial, Territorial Drinking Water Committee based on discussions and developments within the World Health Organization's water program. Information on it can be found at the Canadian Council of

The Canadian Water and Waste-

water Association (CWWA) applauds these efforts and initiatives, although it is concerned that the initiatives are not

consistent and can he seen as political responses to public concerns rather than necessarily well-thought out, riskbased management improvement approaches that are taking a truly inte grated comprehensive approach.

though there may be no environmental effects determined. There is much pub licity being given to the prevention of pollution(CCME has a whole program on this), but no real effort made to inte grate the policy structures, programs and legislation that affect the genera tion of pollutants by industry and com merce and their deposits in municipal sewers. Some efforts are being made to improve treatment options, and some efforts are being made to address the quality of the ultimate

Ministers of the Environment(CCME) Website: www.ccme.ca/sourcetotap/. It speaks to integrating policies Roles and Responsibilities and programs governing the Knowiedse sharing management of our drinking water sup plies from water Wastewater & Collection Treatment Environmental Pollutant Sources Systems Discharges sources through

releases in the form of wastewater effluents and biosolids.

CWWA has long urged the integra tion of these pro grams and the provision of

treatment, distri bution to deliv

Wastewater Management Plans

ery at the tap. A similar approach was being under taken by a num

Verification of Environmental Discharge Quality

ber of stakehold

new tools.

A Directory of Contaminant

The Goal:


ers (some of them the same)through the

The best management of pollutants and wastewaters passing through municipal


International Water Association - this is

wastewater systems to the environment

the water or the Point-of-Use or Point-

of-Entry devices that may treat the water entering the building and beyond the water utility's control.


CWWA with the

support of Environ ment Canada based on

National Pollutant Release

called the Bonn Charter for

Safe Drinking Water (www. iwahq.org). We are beginning to see some con certed efforts across the country. The Walkerton tragedy contributed a major spur for action in Ontario and other provinces. We are seeing for example the emergence of nutrient management programs and well-head protection programs (to protect water sources), increased training and certi fication requirements for operators and increased monitoring require ments (to improve treatment and dis tribution quality) and financial sustainability legislation and infrastruc ture subsidy programs (to modernize technology or rehabilitate/replace infrastructure). Nothing seems to be being done to consider the tap itself and the plumbing systems delivering


Wastewater management schematic (adapted from the Bonn Drinking Water Charter).

Unfortunately, in most jurisdic tions, the responsible policy and pro gram managers are still in separate agencies and cross-agency integration is not taking place. Although there are weaknesses in the drinking water efforts being made, in contrast, there is an almost complete lack of attention to reviewing and improving the program and policies affecting wastewater management. What we do see are increased efforts in

the traditional approach, e.g., measure qualities at the end of the effluent pipe and prosecute when a deleterious sub stance has been found (i.e., deposited in a receiving body of water) even

34 Environmental Science & Engineering, May 2005

Inventory reports. A perform ance-based oil, fat and grease interceptor has been under develop ment by CSA for a number of years but is failing to make progress because agreement carmot be reached amongst the stakeholders on the testing proto cols and the grease removal quality to be achieved. Development of other pre-treatment devices that might be inserted in discharge lines to sewers is a long way off. Model by-laws for sewer use still set out concentration

limits for pollutants and contaminants, but these are not integrated with detec tion and monitoring devices. There is no clear knowledge of what pollutants can be removed successfully at munic ipal treatment plants. And, we have data collecting systems that are not apparently linked to risks, nor to man agement programs.

Added to this, municipalities have inadequate legislative powers and resources to tackle the misuse of sew-

Wastewater ers. This misuse is by industry, com

Water to reflect a wastewater model,

merce and institutions as well as

illustrates the need and possibilities for integrating efforts across the range from the source of pollutants, through the collection system and treatment system and to the discharge to the

householders who still find the toilet

as the most convenient place to dump leftover household

chemicals and

pharmaceuticals. What is the solution to this? It is not

simply using the provisions of Subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act or the provincial territorial counterpart legislation to fine and punish munici palities and their employees. Municipalities are regarded as the first line of enforcement yet they are mistak enly viewed as the last polluter. They should be regarded as the first line of defence against pollution as, although they are the vector through which pollu tants generated by others are passed, they are closest to the generators ofpol lution. The powers and strengths of the provincial and territorial governments and the federal government should be swung around and channeled through municipally-based programs to truly catch pollution at its source. The schematic, adapted from the IWA's Bonn Charter for Safe Drinking

haps as inspectors appointed under provincial legislation. Clearly research is needed to determine how best to

detect and monitor the quality of dis charges to the sewer system, and to determine how to remove contami

environment as effluents or biosolids.

nants which are not removed by pre-

Municipalities are regarded as the

framework needs to be renegotiated to better share powers and responsibili ties, including having the original polluter(s) pay fines levied against munic ipalities for the discharge of deleteri

treatment devices. The legislative

first line of enforcement

yet they are mistakenly viewed as the last polluter. These should include a realistic

effort to reduce pollutants at source, hopefully through cleaner technolo gies, but, where necessary, by effective performance checked pre-treatment

ous substances that can be attributed to them. CWWA hosted the First National Canadian Wastewater Forum in Ottawa

from April 3 to 5, 2005, with the inten tion of begirming the task of identify ing all the elements, policies, legisla tion, and programs that apply to this wastewater model from pollutant source to discharge to the environment.

devices to remove them from streams

being discharged into the municipal sewerage systems. Municipalities need

additional powers to address this, per

Duncan Ellison is Executive Director

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By Allan Maynard, CCIL

Laboratory results form the cor

nerstone of environmental pro grams. Whether for contami nated site clean-up, drinking water assessments, discharge monitor ing, occupational health, and others, all of these kinds of programs ulti mately rely on data generated by a qualified laboratory. Companies, regu latory agencies, legal firms and other stakeholders must be confident in

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because it is a PT assessor in Canada.

SCC will, however, recommend a list of approved PT providers to those laborato ries that use SCC for accreditation.

In Quebec, environmental laborato ries are accredited by MENV (the Quebec Ministry of the Environment) and this organization also provides the PT program. This program is also operated to the ISO 17025 standard and is comparable to the CAEAL/SCC program. The PT program mainly employs real environmental samples as opposed to the synthetic samples used by most other providers. It is possible that other accredita tion bodies (i.e. from the USA or Europe) will offer accreditation servic es in Canada and this should be accept able to regulators, as long as these

ence, which, of course, is a necessity for global commerce. Specifically, they recognize signatories as interna tional accreditation bodies.

These organizations assess SCC and CAEAL, and other laboratory assessment agencies, and this, in turn, provides the laboratory assessments that are carried out in Canada, with the required international recognition. How do users assess the




ISO/lEC accreditation must in turn be

fully recognized within the interna tional standards community. For accreditation bodies to have this inter

national accreditation they must be signatories to Mutual Recognition Agreements of international agencies such as the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), the Asia-Pacific Laboratory Cooper ation (APLAC) and/or the InterAmerica Accreditation Cooperation (lAAC). These are the international


documents in Canada.

Summary As of 2005, there will be at least tation of Canadian environmental lab





reviewing the resulting data require ISO/lEC 17025 accreditation. It is,

with few exceptions, essential. Those organizations needing to use a professional laboratory need to be assured that:

• That the accreditation is current and



three organizations providing accredi

accreditation bodies have international



accreditation of a laboratory?




requirements ofthe appropriate regula tory bodies. Currently, not all provin cial regulators have formally endorsed 17025 (or CAEAL or SCC for that matter) as approved accreditors. In fact, the need for laboratory accredita tion is absent from many regulatory

It is clear that most users of envi

• The laboratory is accredited accord ing to ISO/IEC Standard 17025.

ISO/IEC Standard 17025.

performance is acceptable. It is also important that laboratory

in good standing. • That the laboratory has, to the degree possible, carried out proficiency test ing for all of the tests that are being purchased. The accreditation bodies list the accredited laboratories on their web

sites along with a list of tests(methods and parameters) each of these labora tories are accredited for (commonly referred to as the "Scope of Accreditation"). The list includes those tests that have been reviewed by the assessment team and, if PT samples are available, it means the laboratory's

oratories: CAEAL (www.caeal.ca), SCC (www.scc.ca) and MENV Other organizations from the USA or Europe may also come forward in the future. In terms of regulations in Canada, CCIL (the Canada Council of Independent Laboratories) recom mends that regulatory documents sim ply refer to ISO/IEC 17025 rather than name specific accreditation bodies or programs. It is vitally important that: • Laboratories — private and public — are free to make the most logical choice for their accreditation.

• That all stakeholders (lab users, regu lators, legal agencies, data reviewers) assist in preventing any need for dual accreditation. This is a waste of

resources and does nothing to ensm"e better laboratory data. Allan Maynard is Executive Director

of CCIL, the Canadian Council of Independent Laboratories. E-mail: allanmaynard@shaw.ca.


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The state of Illinois and the US Commercial Service are pleased that the following companies are exhibiting with us at the Canadian Environmental Conference and Trade Show. All of these firms are Interested In expanding their sales in Canada. You are encouraged to visit representatives of these firms in Exhibit Booths 108-117.

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Established In 1981, the company produces equipment to recycle aqueous cleaning solutions. The product, known as the Washer Washer(WW), can be used to recycle cleaning solutions used In a variety of applications including those common to pressure sprayers, electro/soaks, part washers, pre-paint, prepowder coat, pre-plating, and spent floor wash solutions.

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and other molecular filtration media for numerous

The company Is a manufacturer of a full line of the highest performing water and sewer pipeline accessories Including casing spacers, saddles, tapping sleeves, repair clamps, couplings, surge tanks and pipe

applications across a wide spectrum of industries. STI's product line Includes Wrap'n Cure which encases hazardous material like asbestos, Polysorb Cure and Clean Streams for liquid filtration, as well as the BPS Lite Carbon Air Filter for air filtration.


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Custom design/build services in the manufacture of RipSyst'^'*^, mercury retort and distillation process. The company's products remove and recover mercury from contaminated florescent lamps, batteries, thermometers, thermostats, relays, sludge, soils and chemical packages. Recovered mercury is recycled Into articles of commerce, while decontaminated Items may be safely landfllled.

Electric City Corporation Elk Grove, IL- www,elccorp.com

Watersurplus.com is the world's fastest growing buyer and reseller of surplus and refurbished water and wastewater equipment and components. The company can supply entire high purity water plants, process and filtration vessels, controls and Instrumentation as well as consumables such as resin and membranes.

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Satellite treatment technology helps Niagara Falls to meet Ontario's F-5-5 CSO requirement By Geoff Burn,Derek Blakemore,David Watt and Peter Baker

Ontario's Niagara Fal s is famous as a tourist destina tion to view one of the "Seven




Modern World" and with the construc tion of a world class casino and sever

al new highrises and first class hotels, the downtown tourist district is experi encing rapid growth and revitalization. Besides tourism, the city also has a

with all the flows converging at the Central Pump Station, which conveys wastewater to the local treatment plant. Combined sewer overflows (CSO) associated with the Central Pump Station represent a significant portion of the city-wide annual volume, with peak instantaneous flows as high as 8,000 L/s. Historically, raw sewage overflows occur during moderate-to-

The downtown development is being serviced by infrastructure with

significant rainfall events, with approximately 30 overflow events annually to the Niagara River. The Niagara River is one of ten Areas of Concern as designated by the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

some sections installed at the turn of

between Canada and the United States.

the 20th century; much of this provides combined drainage for sanitary wastewater and stormwater. There is a sys tem of four pumping stations that col

Reduction of CSOs into the Niagara

diverse economic base that includes

manufacturing, professional services, construction, transportation, sport and recreation, and entertainment.

lect the flows from the downtown core

River has been identified as one of the

projects to improve its water quality. The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE), through the

application of Procedure F-5-5, will require the City of Niagara Falls and the Regional Municipality of Niagara to meet the following criteria for com bined sewer systems: • Capture and treat all dry-weather flow plus 90% ofthe wet-weather flow volume for an average year, during the 7-month wet-weather period com mencing within 15 days of April 1. • 30% BODj removal for the 7-month wet-weather period. • 50% Total Suspended Solids (TSS) removal for the 7-month wet-weather

period. • TSS




exceed 90 mg/L for more than 50% of the time for an average year. The City of Niagara Falls and the Regional Municipality of Niagara embarked on a project that will result in one of the first CSO abatement facilities in Ontario to meet the Proce dure F-5-5 criteria.

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excess of the combined capacity of CPS and HRTF will bypass the new pumping and treatment facilities.

The preliminary design phase included an evaluation component to select the preferred high rate CSO treatment process. After reviewing a comprehensive list of treatment options, four technologies were evalu ated in detail: Vortex Separation, High Rate Screening/Filtration, High Rate Sedimentation, and Retention Treat ment Basins. Conceptual designs were developed for each alternative in order to allow comparative evaluation with respect to effectiveness to achieve the required MOE F-5-5 treatment levels,


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Wastewater five technologies considered is sum marized in Table 1. Based on perform ance, coupled with relative costs and footprint considerations, High Rate Screening/Filtration, Retention Treat ment Basins and Storage are not suited to this HRTF Project. The two tech nologies that appear most suitable are Vortex Separation and High Rate Sedimentation. Both processes are rel atively low in cost and have small foot prints. The former is less complex to operate but may not meet the 90 mg/L TSS limit without future enhance

ments. The latter is more complex to operate, but is able to meet the 90 mg/L TSS limit. When considering these competing factors, Vortex Separation is the pre

ferred technology for the following reasons. First, it is the least complicat ed technology and likely to be among the lowest in overall costs. Secondly, it is amenable to enhancements with either chemical addition and/or filtra

tion, should the need arise.

High-Rate Sedimentation is also likely to be cost-competitive and will not require future enhancement. However, when taking into account the complexity of its operation, and the need for chemical deliveries, storage and feed operations, the technology is less attractive than Vortex Separation. Since each vortex technology is slightly different it was decided that the vortex equipment should be pre selected. Request for quotation docu ments were prepared for the vortex equipment for the Central HRTF. Two suppliers were invited to prepare sub-

mittals for this equipment. The submittals were evaluated on both quality fac tors and cost factors. The quality fac tors include compliance with the tech nical specifications and the quality of references. Based on an evaluation of

the submittals, John Meunier, Inc.'s FluidSepÂŽ was the preferred vortex technology for the Central HRTF. A value engineering team consist ing of industry experts further scruti nized the recommended treatment

option. Vortex treatment technology was ultimately recommended and accepted by the City and the Region due to the favourable life cycle cost and ease of operation. The preliminary design proceeded based on the use oftwo 13-metre diam

eter vortex units, each to treat a design flow of 1,000 L/s and a peak flow of 2,000 L/s. A second value engineering session confirmed the proposed pre liminary design, and led to several enhancements to the project, which resulted in additional cost savings. Currently in the detailed design stage there are a number of interest ing features that have been incorpo rated into the project. Under normal dry weather conditions the flow will pass directly through to the Central Pump Station where the sewage will be pumped to the Stanley Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant. During a CSO event, as the incoming flow exceeds the capacity of the CPS then the excess flow will begin to pass up through two mechanically cleaned COPA horizontal storm screens with

6-mm openings. These screens are

each designed for 4,000 L/s and used for control of floatables in the wet

weather flow prior to entering into the high rate vortex treatment system. As long as the COPA screens are operating there will be no bypassing of the HRTF. The treated overflow

from the Central HRTF and any bypass flows will be discharged to the Niagara River. While the vortex units have been

designed for a peak flow of 4,000 L/s, hydraulically the vortex system can pass 8,000 L/s, but at a reduced treat ment level. The 100 L/s underflow from each vortex unit is collected in a

separate wet well and submersible grit pumps transport the slurry to the CPS. The capacity ofthe CPS was increased to account for this underflow.

The detailed design is nearing com pletion and there is a plan to call ten ders in the summer of 2005. It is esti mated that construction will be com

pleted in fall of 2006. Associated Engineering lead the preliminary and detailed design of the Central Pump Station and CSO HRT facility. Other consultants contributing to the project include Brown & Caldwell, XCG Consultants, Acres International and Questor Veritas. Geoff Burn, P.Eng., is Manager Civil Infrastructure Systems Group, Derek Blakemore, P.Eng., is Detailed Design Lead with Associated Engineering, David Watt, GET, is with the City of Niagara Falls and Peter Baker, P. Eng. is with the Regional Municipality of Niagara. Contact: steelp@ae.ca.

Table 1 - Summary of Comparative Evaluation Technology

Ability to Meet







Procedure F-5-5



90 mg/L



Moderate No


Ability to Upgrade





HR Screening/ High
















Filtration HR




Moderate No

Treatment Basins

44 Environmental Science & Engineering, May 2005





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sector can generate economic benefits that considerably outweigh costs and contribute to human development. The report was developed jointly by SIWI and the World Health Organization on behalf of the Governments of Norway and Sweden.

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Indoor Air Quality

Mold infestation is a serious health threat to residents and workers By Phillip Fry

Many property owners,land

lords, employers, and rela

tives of mold victims in

Canada, the USA, and worldwide often question or minimize the proven and serious health threat arising from exposure to elevated lev els of indoor mold infestation.

All molds have the potential to cause health effects. They can produce allergens that can trigger reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to mold. Others are known to produce

recurring colds, chronic coughing, coughing up with blood, dandruff problems (chronic) that do not go away despite use of anti-dandruff shampoos, dermatitis, skin rashes, diarrhea, and/or eye and vision prob lems, fatigue (chronic, excessive, or continued) and/or general malaise, flu symptoms (chronic), sudden hair loss, headaches, hemorrhagic pneumonitis.

potent toxins and/or irritants, accord ing to the US Environmental Protection Agency(EPA). A number of commonly found species are, in fact,

fits, sore throat, tremors (shaking), verbal dysfunction (trouble in speak ing), vertigo (feelings of dizziness, lightheadedness, faintness and un steadiness), and vomiting. Health Studies

"Where is the proof?" ask skeptical sellers of homes with mold, landlords, employers, and unaflfected relatives of

victims. There is actually abundant

i if



toxic mold, a description applied to any mold that produces mycotoxins in its spores. Stachybotiys (black mold), Aspergillus, and Penicillium are three of the most dangerous and commonly found indoor toxic molds.

Mycotoxins are cytotoxic, meaning they have the eapacity to pass through the human cellular wall and disrupt certain cellular processes, potentially causing serious health damage to workers and customers. Studies on ani mals and cell cultures in labs have found toxic effects from various

microbial agents, raising concerns about whether these same agents growing in buildings can cause illness in people, according to the 2004 mold health report from the Institute of Medicine (U.S. Government's National Academy of Sciences). Health Symptoms

Fungi can cause health problems to both humans and animals by several different biological mechanisms: infections, allergic or hypersensitivity reactions, irritant reactions, or toxic

reactions, according to a 2004 University of Connecticut Health Center article.

If exposed to elevated levels of indoor mold, some residents and workers can experience one or more

of the most common health symp toms: allergies, asthma, bleeding lungs, breathing difficulties, cancer, central nervous system problems,


Huge mold growth in a rental apartment. The landlord refused to take care of this serious health threat. The walls will need to be removed and discarded.

hives, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, irritability, itching (of the nose, mouth, eyes, throat, skin or any other area), kidney failure, learning diffi culties or mental dysfunction or per sonality changes, memory loss or

evidence about the serious impact of mycotoxins and mold exposure in human disease. Medical studies in

both the military and agricultural envi ronments have discovered that signifi cant health problems can readily arise

memory difficulties. Other symptoms could include open skin sores and lacerations, peripheral nervous system effects, red

from the inhalation of elevated levels

ness ofthe sclera (whites of your eyes),

at the cellular level provide supporting evidence for direct toxicity of fungal

runny nose (rhinitis) or thick, green slime coming out of nose (from sinus cavities), seizures, sinus congestion, sinus problems, and chronic sinusitis,

skin redness, sleep disorders, sneezing

46 Environmental Science & Engineering, May 2005

of fungal spores and toxins by soldiers and farmers.

Laboratory studies in animals and

spores and mycotoxins in mammalian lungs (University of Connecticut Health Center report in 2004). As to asthma, a health study by the Finnish

Indoor Air Quality Institute of Occupational Health links adult-onset asthma to workplace mold exposure.

The Finnish workplace study esti mated the percentage of adult-onset asthma attributable to workplace mold exposure to be 35% (Reported in Environmental Health Perspectives, May, 2002). A European Community respiratory health survey in 2002 reported that asthma patients experi ence more significant symptoms after they become sensitized to molds such as Alternaria and Cladosporium species, and to dust mites. Scientific evidence links mold and

other factors related to damp condi tions in homes and buildings to asthma symptoms in some people with the chronic asthma, as well as to coughing, wheezing, and upper respiratory tract symptoms in otherwise healthy people, stated the Institute of Medicine report. "In addition, the wetness may cause chemicals and particles to be released from building materials. A rare ailment known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis

mold-sensitive residents and employ ees, as well as others who may ulti mately be harmed from time-cumula tive mold exposure.

experiencing one or more possible health symptoms. For more information about coping with health problems from mold,

Homes and workplaces should be carefully and thoroughly inspected and mold tested if there are:(1) significant amounts of visible mold; (2) serious water leaks, flooding problems, or high indoor humidity; and (3) resi dents, employees, or business cus tomers (such as hotel guests) report

please visit www.moldinspector.com, www.certifiedmoldinspectors.com or www.mold.ph.

Phillip Fry is a certified Mold Inspector and Remediator, and author of the book Mold Health Guide. Email: moldinspector@yahoo.com.


Tri-Phase Environmental

Inc.(TPEI) Is a Canadian waste management and environmental remediation

company. TPEI operates across Canada offering a full line of on-site services

to private, public, and crown corporations. TPEI fias built a national reputation of

also was associated with indoor mold

exposure in susceptible people," reported the Institute of Medicine.

quality, service and safe, cost effective solutions.

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what scientists have suspected for years; that asthma is an immune sys tem reaction to dust, pollution and other allergens (e.g., airborne mold spores) in the environment, which trig ger spasms and tightening of the air ways of some people who also have a genetic predisposition," reported Newsweek,"Waiting to Inhale," March

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14, 2005. Conclusions

"Any person at risk from mold should not be in an area that is likely to be contaminated. If you or your family members have health problems after exposure to mold, contact your doctor or other health care provider," advises

• Asbestos and mold removal

• Demolition and


the Centers for Disease Control. Residents and workers often differ

significantly (from co-residents and co-workers) in their sensitivity and reaction to exposure. Even the smell of

• PCB cleanup, and disposal

mold can make some residents and workers sick.

Thus, if one or a few residents, employees, or customers experience one or more possible health symptoms, the property owner, landlord or employer should still inspect and mold test the residential or work premises for the health protection of both the

• Site cleanup and remediation

• Underground storage tank removal

May 2005, Environmental Science & Engineering 47

Water Supply

Designing a multi-purpose pumping and storage facility

TheAirport Road Reservoir and

Pumping Station project was designed to supply enough water storage and pumping capacity to serve both the Regional Municipality of Peel and the Regional Municipality of York's future water demand needs. These huge Ontario regions both have rapidly increasing populations. The pumping station was proposed to pump to three separate pressure dis tricts, Peel 4E, Peel 5E, and York. The facility was designed to provide ade quate and safe drinking water to both municipalities' residents, in a costeffective and timely manner. The client's objective was to design a reser voir and pumping station that could meet the supply needs for the receiving


s, A Bme h

Finished main pump room.

water systems for projected flows in the year 2011 (Phase I), but also have the capability of upgrading the capaci ty to meet the ultimate design flows projected for the year 2036 (Phase II). The client also had more specific objectives for the design of the pump ing station itself. A hydraulic transient analysis was conducted on the entire water system,from the incoming water supply to the outgoing discharge pres sure zones. This analysis looked into potential hydraulic transient issues, proposed surge control schematics, and proposed pump and valve opera tion. The pumping station included a surge protection system to minimize the impacts of potentially destructive forces due to high and low pressures in the discharge pipes. Emergency power was also included in the design to ensure the pumping station could con tinue to supply water in the event of power failures. MacViro's solution to the storage and pumping capacity needed to meet the future demands was to design a 52.5 megalitre reservoir footprint to supply the pumping station with an uninterrupted water supply. The reser voir was designed to meet the Phase II flows of 633 ML/d, but was only con structed to meet the design flows for Phase I of 316 ML/d. This resulted in the construction of two out of the three

reservoir cells totaling 35 ML. The pumping station was designed Installation of piping and equipment in the main pump room.

in a similar fashion to meet the pump ing requirements for Phase II, but only

48 Environmentai Science & Engineering, May 2005

constructed to meet the design flow for Phase I. The pumping station design is essentially thi^ee separate pumping sta tions housed under the same roof. This

design costs much less than building three separate stations, since many components required to run a pumping station can be used by all three sys tems. There are three sets of pumps individually sized to meet the demands of the three individual pumping zones. All of the pumps share a common reservoir, suction is through two sepa rate 1800 mm suction headers, and dis

charge is through three individual dis charge headers (1800 mm, 1500 mm, and 900 mm). Matching the pump motor drive efficiencies and large hydraulic head variations required variable frequency drives (VFD) to be installed. Pump selection and operation will be based on obtaining the best efficiencies and having gradual changes in flow to match the demand for York and Peel

4E. The Owner's recognition of the operational flexibility advantages for this approach resulted in the addition of a VFD for Peel 5E.

The pumping system is protected from high surge pressures, due to power failure, in two ways. Lower pressure Peel systems (4E and 5E) are protected from high surge pressures by using four surge anticipating valves, two on each system. The York system, which has significantly higher surge pressures, is protected by using two 225m3 surge tanks. These tanks act as

Water Supply an air cushion to dissipate high water pressures and minimize downsurge effects in the pipelines. Two 1825 KW diesel generators provide emergency power to the sta tion in case of a power failure. The generators supply power to all essen tial equipment needed to run the pumping station. The generators were sized to provide power to run only two pumps on each pumping system. Two chemical disinfection systems were designed to disinfect the water both coming into the reservoir and leaving the pumping station. A chlo rine injection system with 16,000 L of storage for Phase I was designed to deliver chlorine, in the form of sodium

hypochlorite, to the inlet of the reser voir and the discharge of the Peel 4E, Peel 5E, and York systems. An ammo nia injection system with 16,000 L of storage for Phase I was designed to deliver ammonia to the York system only. This provides chlorine and ammonia in the York system, which combine to form chloramines for maintenance of a chloramine residual

in the distribution system. The station's design allows for future expansion and installation of equipment to meet the Phase II design flows. Connection points and extra

September 2003, there was a need to pour concrete foundations and erect building walls before the winter

room were included to allow for the

months would slow construction. It

additional pumps, valves, piping, gen erators, chemical storage, and reser voir storage required for Phase II. The communities that are being supplied by the Airport Road Pumping Station are rapidly growing, as are

was decided to completely erect the pumping station walls before installing any equipment. Since much of the equipment was too large to fit through the pumping station service bay doors, and maneuver in place, the hydraulic crane allowed the equipment to be dropped into the pumping station through the roof opening. In order to design an efficient and safe pumping station, a hydraulic tran sient analysis was used to model the proposed pumping station's operation. The transient analysis was used to ensure that potential hydraulic tran sient issues pertaining to the environ ment, public health and safety, infra structure risk management, energy efficiency and optimal pumping oper

their water demands. Corrmrunities to

the north, in both municipalities, rely heavily on well water. As the popula tion grows, these wells will not be able to keep up with the demand. The Airport Road Pumping Station will start to supply communities that were originally on well water. This will allow the Yonge St. aquifer and the Oak Ridges Moraine watershed abstractions to be reduced. Technical excellence and


The use of an 800 torme hydraulic crane, one of three in Canada, to drop equipment into the buildings saved

months of inactive building time. Since





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the high transient pressure upon vacu um/air pockets collapsing or flow reversal back to the Airport Road Pumping Station. • The magnitude, frequency and dura tion of the pressure spikes may cause pipe material fatigue and loose anchors, resulting in an infrastructure risk management concern. Other objectives of the hydraulic transient analysis were to develop a surge control scheme that would pro tect the pumping station and the dis charge feedermains from the high and low pressures induced by the emer gency pump shut-down and start-up. It also outlined pump and valve opera tion procedures to provide efficient operation, while minimizing pressure surges related to starting and stopping equipment. With regards to the low water level and suction conditions, the design of the reservoir was unique. It was designed to allow the reservoir to he drained down to almost entirely empty. The recessed suction lines allow the

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Since the Airport Road Reservoir can he lowered to essentially empty it takes advantage of the entire reservoir capacity. Level of complexity One of the most important obsta

cles to he overcome was the time con

straint on the entire project. A reser voir and pumping station of this size would typically require three years to plan, design, and construct. The timeframe from the initial planning stages to final construction of the Airport Road Reservoir and Pumping Station was a mere one and a half years. Much of the design of the pumping station took place while construction of the reservoir and pumping building was in progress. An initial design was imple mented and the construction started.

Final design details were attended to during construction. This reservoir and pumping station are complex compared to other more typical pumping stations. The com plexity is due to the fact that one pumping station must pump to three separate systems. The station was sim plified by housing ail three systems in the same building and allowing them to share common resources (chemi cals, emergency power, water supply) hut they must he independently con trolled by separate interfaces. Control sequences and programming for three separate pumping systems were pro vided. They ail use common resources. Hydraulic transient analyses were complex to perform due to the unique design of the pumping station and the three discharge pressure zones. Under normal circumstances, the transient

analysis would he simple and straight forward, using just one discharge and one pressure zone. The Airport Road

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Water Supply Pumping Station analysis needed to take into consideration three pressure zones consisting of over 19 pumping stations and reservoirs, and all of the interconnecting piping. The inlet structure of the reservoir is

a very unique design. The incoming water supply conditions posed a design problem, since the Airport Road Reservoir was at the same elevation as

the incoming water line. Water needed to be pumped to a high point and allowed to flow by gravity to the reservoir. If the reservoir water level was very low, the incoming water line could possibly run dry, due to gravity empty ing the pipeline. This condition would pose a water quality issue, and "repriming" of the pipeline would be needed. To avoid this potential prob lem, the reservoir inlet structure was designed to keep the incoming pipeline flooded and pressurized to maintain water quality. The 16 metre high inlet structure provides 16 metres of head inside of the incoming pipeline. The height of the inlet structure water level can be regulated through three electri


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For this reason, two suction headers

were designed to take water from alter nating reservoir cells. Conclusion

The new facility will achieve sustainability of our natural resources by reducing the demand for water on the natural aquifers and water tables, and by reducing the number of households that rely on groundwater. The pumping station and reservoir were strategically located in an area that would not pose any negative impacts on agriculture, hydrology, landforms, soils, or fish eries. An



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The emergency power system has been equipped with load monitoring and peak shaving capabilities to become a Provincial Smart Energy plant. The Airport Road Pumping Station can monitor power consump tion levels on the power grid and start the diesel generators to reduce the power consumption of the pumping station during high demand periods. The current diesel generators are also capable of bi/fuel power generation using natural gas. This capability for use of the generator with natural gas will also allow for reduced air emis sions.

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Drinking Water

New drinking water quality management system at two primary water supply systems in Ontario By Andrea Notarianni and Brigitte Roth,WESA

As a result of the Walkerton inquiry, a series of recom

mendations for Ontario drink

ing water systems was released. The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has undertaken steps to satisfy these requirements, including a proposed new licensing regime for municipalities, and a new Drinking Water Quality Management System (DWQMS), which will be incorporated into legislation. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, all municipalities that own municipal residential drinking water systems may eventually be required to have a Municipal Drinking Water License. Two mandatory components of the license will be:

1. To have an 'Operational Plan' for each of their systems. 2. To ensure that each of their sys tems are being operated by an accred ited operating authority. The requirements for the Opera tional Plan will be described in the

new DWQMS. Accreditation of the operating authority, required in com ponent #2, will be based on the suc cessful audit of the operating authority against these requirements. With such importance placed on a new DWQMS, the MOE has been working with a core team that includes stakeholders from various consumer

groups, government and non-govern

ment agencies. From the collaboration of the Core Team, a working draft of a Drinking Water Quality Management System was developed. As part of the development stage, a DWQMS pilot program was initiated in 2004, where a handful of volunteer

municipalities, representing a wide range of drinking water systems, began implementing the requirements from the working draft ofthe DWQMS.The purpose of this pilot program was to assess how easily the system might be implemented, how auditable the sys tem would be, and to provide case study examples for municipalities to use as reference, in the implementation of their own DWQMS. The City of London, as a represen tative of two joint boards that own two primary water supply systems, was amongst the volunteer municipalities. WESA, a Canadian environmental, health and safety consulting firm, was

contracted in late 2004 by the City of London to assist in the implementation of the new DWQMS into the two water supply systems. Although well advanced, the implementation is still ongoing. Two Drinking Water Quality Management Systems are being imple mented under the 'City of London' pilot project: one for the Lake Eluron Primary Water Supply System (LHPWSS), and one for the Elgin Area

Primary Water Supply System (EAPWSS). Both systems supply water to the City of London, as well as many other communities in the area. Because numerous communities

share the primary water supply sys tems, two joint boards exist, the Lake Huron Joint Board of Management and the Elgin Area Joint Board of Management, to own and oversee each respective primary water supply sys tem. The membership for each joint board includes representatives from each community served, and also an administration member, served by the City of London. While the joint board owns each primary water supply system, each is operated under contract by an inde pendent operating authority. Currently, the contract for operating authority for both sites is with American Water

Services. Sharing the same administra tive arm of the joint boards and having the same operating authority in both systems has proven to be a benefit in this double implementation. With the new proposed licensing regime, a municipality that owns and operates any part of a drinking water system will have to meet the DWQMS requirements for each part of the drink ing water system, a task quite daunting on its own. However, if the municipali ty contracts the operation of the system to an operating authority, both the oper-

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Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System.

Drinking Water ating authority and the municipality will have DWQMS requirements. This will be the case for both water systems supplying the City of London and sur rounding municipalities. With the joint boards structure, integrated management from the oper ating authority, and a well-planned system, it is possible to implement one DWQMS into the primary water sup ply system that both the owner and the operating authority are involved with, and that one DWQMS can satisfy the licensing requirements of both the owner and operating authority. This is one of the first significant facts from this pilot project. It must be stressed, however, that the system must be a joint implementation, and as men tioned before, well-planned. The water treatment facility for the Elgin Area Primary Water Supply System, located on Lake Erie, near the village of Port Stanley, Ontario, has a treatment capacity of 90 million litres per day. The EAPWSS supplies water

London. The Elgin Area Primary Water Supply System has an Environmental Management System (EMS) registered to IS014001;1996. The current daily production for this facility is 53 million litres per day. The facility employs ten full-time staff, supplemented by local contractors for specific or specialized maintenance tasks. The DWQMS being implement

to the communities of Southwold, St. Thomas, Central Elgin, Aylmer,

Malahide, Bayham and the City of

ed at the EAPWSS covers the treat

14001:1996. The current daily produc tion for this facility is 157 million litres per day. The facility employs ten full-time staff, supplemented by local contractors for specific or specialized maintenance tasks. The DWQMS

being implemented at the LHPWSS covers the treatment and transmission

of drinking water from the intake of raw lake water to the delivery of treat ed water to the Arva reservoir.

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strong ownership, but also be useable, practical, and easily adopted by the users of the system. To achieve this bal

to the delivery of treated water to the St. Thomas terminal reservoir.

The water treatment facility for the Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System is located near Grand Bend, Ontario, on Lake Huron. The plant has a current treatment capacity of 340 million litres per day and services a population of approximately 325,000 people. The LHPWSS supplies water to the communities of London, Lambton Shores, North Middlesex, South Huron, Bluewater, Middlesex Centre, and Lucan-Biddulph. The LHPWSS




Management System registered to ISO

ance in the DWQMS,while having two

major interested 'organizations'to work with, 'senior management'is defined in the system as a tiered structure. For management review of each system, the District Director of the operating authority and the Administrative Representative from the joint boards together review the system as required. They make deci sions and recommendations, and then

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Drinking Water i approval. Not only does this keep both

the operating authority and the owner 'IIIf completely involved in the DWQMS,but it also facilitates improved cooperation and accountability. Since both systems have registered ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems in place, there was considerable discussion about integration of the new DWQMS with the existing EMS. Integration proved to be one of the key challenges in the pilot project. The advantages of integration may include:

what documents were required under the DWQMS, EMS documents were revised to include new content, where possible. If the revised procedure was too lengthy, it was split into coherent smaller proce dures. If an entirely new procedure was created, it still adopted the same header and format, and used the same document numbering system. Similar to the potential for loose inter pretation of 'environmental aspects' in the ISO 14001 standard, the assessment

of critical control points in the DWQMS is crucial. Defining and using an effec tive and thorough method of assessing • Less repetition (such as training, recordkeeping, emergency preparedness). critical control points was another signif icant learning experience from the pilot • Streamlined systems. project, which will be shared with the • Potential of combined audits for less Pumps at the Lake Huron plant. other municipalities. A similar approach disruption. to an 'aspects assessment' was used, The disadvantages may include: • One single large system that could prove onerous to man where the system is broken down into operational pieces, age and audit. and assessed for risk. In the working draft of the DWQMS, • Opens up both systems for auditing. a critieal control point(CCP)is defined as: "a step or point • If one system isn't working effectively, both suffer. in a drinking water system at which control can be applied It was decided to integrate the systems. Since there was by the operating authority and is essential to prevent or eliminate a drinking water health hazard or reduce it to an a small number of employees, re-introducing employees to acceptable level." a new quality/environmental system was not anticipated to The system owners and users felt that a numerical rating be confusing. The EMS appeared to be functioning effec system for CCPs, rather than a qualitative one, would be tively, and was well adopted by employees. After assessing better adopted by the users. Each process within the system was broken down into basic flow schematics, thus creating a learning tool that is useful for all users on its own. From Halfempty or halffull? there, each stage in the flow schematic was evaluated by a Find out from anywhere! cross-functional team for potential health risk - document ing what could go wrong, what the resulting health risks eould be, and ranking these. It was imperative at this point Re^ to clarify that this evaluation was performed on the assump Unity tion that any controls that may already be in place were NOT present, so that a true evaluation of risk could be Transparent Ready. Access your reached. It is based on these CCPs that control procedures system data from anywhere with for the system are formed, and it is therefore a pivotal step a secure Web browser. Get real in implementation that must be performed thoroughly. time data. Improve efficiency. Reduce downtime and costs. However, without proper guidance, it would be easy to become overwhelmed in detail at this stage, and lose sight Unity Studio is a tool that of the overall implementation goals. lets you graphically design your entire process based Implementation resource requirements and time-frame on real-world functionality. are other topics of concern from the pilot project that will be • Less additional documentation.

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Implementation of the requirements from this working draft of a DWQMS could be an arduous task for smaller munici palities with already limited resources, and to simplify the process, it is anticipated that all of the documents, outlines, guidelines and experiences from this pilot project may be packaged into a 'tool kit' for future users. In the end, it is hoped that the observations, challenges, and concerns communicated from the pilot project will help strengthen the effectiveness of the resulting legislation, and, hopefully, further protect the public. Andrea Notarianni, P.Eng., CEA, is a Senior Associate with IVESA. Brigitte Roth, EES, is an EMS Specialist with WESA. Contact e-mail: andi@cogeco. ca. Web site: www.wesa.ca.

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Water is passed through a heat exchanger at a temperature of 4.7 degrees Celsius and exits at a tempera ture of 12.5 degrees Celsius, traveling through the city's municipal water dis tribution system. Return water enters the exchanger at a temperature of 13.1 degrees Celsius and, by adding more cold, fresh lake water, the temperature is brought down to 5.0 degrees Celsius. From here, it is pumped through 1200 mm diameter pipes to an underground facility in the downtown core. From this underground chamber, it will be further chilled to 3.3 degrees Celsius and distributed to office and

residential towers for air-conditioning circuits.

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Ontario, Toronto's Deep Lake Water Cooling Project is capa ble of cooling 20 million square feet of office space (100 high rise towers). The project, which began operating late last year, is expected to

The application involved assem bling 1200 mm flanged joints, which connected two steel pipe sections com plete with a valve assembly. The sec tions were built on their ends, off site. When assembled they stood about eight feet tall. The application of

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bolt assemblies and the pipe sections along with a large amount of Profiling Mastic to fill the many voids. Irregular configurations on this section high lighted the tape's conformability. Once completed, the concrete lined assemblies, now weighing several tons, had to be moved by crane onto a truck and then transported to the job site 60 km away. Once on site, the assemblies

There is an additional benefit to this

project. Spent water from the cooling phase is passed through a cold-energy transfer loop back into one of the city's filtration plants to produce cooler potable drinking water. Initially, cold water is drawn through three parallel, 600 mm HOPE intake pipes from a depth of 85 metres, 5.6 kilometres south of the city, out in Lake Ontario. These pipes are buried where water depth does not exceed 10 metres, in order to protect them from damage from large wave and current loads, as

drilling machine. The tunnel runs from Lake Ontario, where the large diameter water pipes were then connected with the assemblies to the piping that runs underneath the city. Once the large diameter piping was protected and

well as marine traffic and anchors.

connected, the small diameter feeder

Where water depth is greater than 10 metres, the pipe is laid on the lake bottom. Screens are provided at the intake to prevent fish and other organ isms from entering.

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The Village of Bartlet , Il inois, handles wastewater for 26,000

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Chicago. Their treatment plant is con sidered a medium to large size treat ment facility. The Village purchased four steel-framed polyethylene mem brane covered structures to cover the

aerobic digesters at their wastewater treatment plant from Saskatchewanbased Cover-All Building Systems. The four Cover-All Legend build ings are 62 ft.by 62 ft. in dimension and each covers two sludge tanks. "One of the problems we had in the past was controlling the temperature during the winter as well as containing odors," says Wastewater Supervisor Ron Johnson."Since we have had the Cover-

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One part is the waste activated sludge from the activated sludge system, and the other is the primary sludge from the primary clarifiers. The basic operation ofthe clarifiers is to stabilize the organ ic matter in the sludge. From here we take it to a sludge press and put it onto farm fields."

Cover-All buildings were chosen because of their performance in moist and corrosive environments. The gal vanized steel-frame system is clad with a triple-coated anti-corrosion bar rier along with a Gatorshield coating. Cover-All buildings have clear-span widths ranging from 18 ft. to 160 ft., to any length and are pre-engineered in accordance with the structural require ments of all four model building codes in the United States. The polyolefin characteristic of the DuraWeave mem

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opened up to lower a hoist down with in the tank, clean the digesters or install equipment. Another benefit with this installa

tion is the translucent quality of the fabric membrane."We don't need any lighting in the buildings, nor do we

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In 2001,during a routine tank inspection,the staf at the

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completed in just two days. The entire inside surface of the tank, fittings and manway were lined so that the FRP tank would no longer come in contact with liquid or fumes. The PVC lining was not adhered to the tank surface and wasn't affected by the expansion and contraction or small cracks left in the walls. Because of the closed top, one piece con struction and excellent chemical resistance, the liner is vir

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The liner was designed and pre-fabricated in one piece at their facility in Kitchener, Ontario. Working in conjunction with the Ontario Clean Water Agency, Kentain provided an installation supervisor and two helpers to assist with the installation. With no need to

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The proposed Ontario Bil 133

honest and reasonable belief in a mis

puts new power into the

taken set of facts that, if true, would

Ontario Environmental Pro

have rendered the contravention an innocent act. Minimum fines for cor

tection Act (EPA) and the Ontario Water Resources Act(OWRA)

as corporate officers and directors can be held responsible for spills and releases into the environment. Bill 133

will place the onus on directors and officers of corporations to prove and ensure that all reasonable care or

responsible care has been taken to pro tect the environment. The engineering of new processes, planning, designing a new facility or expansion, will all have to provide protection for the envi ronment through effective prevention, preparedness, and response strategies. At this time Ontario Bill 133 is tar

geted at the companies regulated under the Municipal-Industrial Strategy for Abatement (MISA) regulation. The new environmental penalty system will allow Ministry ofthe Environment officials to immediately issue environ mental penalties against corporations and individuals who are in violation of

the EPA and OWRA. A requirement that a person pay the environmental

penalty applies, even if the person took all reasonable steps to prevent the con travention and even if, at the time of the contravention, the person had an

porations and individuals will rise and jail terms of up to five years will be imposed. This system is designed to reach the personnel with the highest level of responsibility, authority and accountability. Whether a company is regulated by MISA or not. Bill 133 should be a

acceptable to the Ministry. Officers and directors who are not on environmental issues


should be brought up to speed as quickly as possible.They need to know what techniques, procedures, supplies and equipment are 'tried and true' and work well, what is not working, and what is new and could improve their response capability. Get started

Officers and directors can don per

wake-up call for all corporations and

sonal protective equipment such as

individuals. If Bill 133 is expanded to cover all corporate officers and direc tors, environmental penalties could be levied against violators ofenvironmen tal regulations, orders, permits and certificates of approval. The writing is on the wall concerning plant environ mental initiatives and companies that have no structured programs in place. Officers and directors looking to

work boots, hard hats and safety glass es, and then conduct a walk through of their facilities. Managers, supervisors and key personnel should be on hand to answer questions and to provide

improve their legal position should consider implementing an ISO 14000 Environmental Management System (EMS). The ISO 14000 standard can be used as a guideline for developing a location/site-specific EMS program. In Schedule 1 of "A Framework for Ontario's



Program" there is a list of generally accepted EMS standards that are

62 Environmental Science & Engineering, May 2005

detailed information about what is

required to respond effectively. Use a Quickcheck-system as a guide to assess the preparedness and response capability. Rate risks and hazards and determine training criteria, response supplies and equipment requirements. As a minimum, a Quickcheck-system should be user-friendly and score the concerns and opinions of individuals ranging from corporate directors, offi cers, to managers, workers and visi tors. A simple rating system may be created by using a scale of 1- 5, with 1 being of minimal concern and 5 being

Tanks Co,nCjai a severe condition.

The broad-based approach can cover a wide variety of areas ranging from a warehouse to the storage of lab oratory chemicals. Subject matter should include: response risk factors, impact to people, property, the environ ment and business. This process is to be treated as an act of responsible care. When spills get out of control, the multiplication factor does not increase by 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. It increases by 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64. The leap from 32 to 64 can be challenging for response personnel, commu nication systems and emergency response plans.


control of a specific spill. 6. Store response equipment in a des ignated area, including self-contained breathing apparatus, pumps, booms, hoses, etc. Specialized equipment to help meet Ontario Bill 133 could

emergency services. Then test your capability with real-time exercises. Common Response Risk Factors (RRF)to consider for your emergency plan would include:


a) Response equipment such as InViro-Drum, a diesel powered industri

ity, special hazards, health hazards. • Stored quantities: lab size, high risk, drums/totes, bulk.

al vacuum system capable of vacuum

• Factors

ing solids, sludges and debris, and of lifting oil from water. As a first

decrease the response safety. They can be referred to as danger escalators and include location, housekeeping, temperature and/or pressure of product. When you use the Quickcheck-system, the accumu

• Chemical hazards: fire risk, reactiv





lated score will determine the

Considerations for response capability 1. Establish a Preparedness and Response Capability Assessment Qimcfuicf rating system to identify high-risk areas. The Quickcheck-system should determine impacts and scales of impact to people, prop erty, the environment and busi ness. (The Quickcheck process for response tool it can be deployed on site officers and directors will be presented to the water's edge for clean-up, placed at the May 11 & 12, 2005 CANECT on response boats to provide shoreline Conference, see www.esemag.com.) clean-up from the water side, and the This common sense approach will unit can be flown into remote areas guide the experienced as well as the eliminating environmental damage novice through a process to identify caused by the movement of heavy gaps, focus on areas of concern, and equipment(www.invirodrum.com). identify areas that require further study. b)An electric truck such as TanTum 2. Product specific training should that can operate in winter conditions include testing and evaluating chemi and has a speed of up to 40 km/h. It is cals in spill situations as this may be equipped with lights, heater and 110 necessary to determine the possibility Volt charging system. The truck can be of runaway reactions and to check that made up as a designated first response contaminants have been cleaned up, etc. unit (www.tantum.ca). 3. Select personal protective equipment 7. Internal resources should be maxi (PPE) to meet worst-case scenarios. mized to provide response capability Duponf'''^ has a new suit for chemi during an initial response phase.

Response Risk Factor and poten tial impacts to a corporation. Impacts to business will include loss of production, key personnel, income, and clientele as well as the burden offines and the cost to

recover. Impacts to people can include health issues, loss ofjobs, upset to neighbours, and the com munity. Based on the calculated scores, officers and directors will be able to

identify the severity of the potential impacts. At this stage, personnel and respon ders will start to see the driving factors for response skills. Knowing the 'what', 'when', 'why', 'where' and 'how'of responding to a spill on a sitespecific and product-specific basis requires skill, knowledge, experience, practice and site-specific training. They need to know how to modify the conditions of spills and releases. This can be as simple as shutting off the source, directing a spill to a more man ageable area or covering it over with sorbent material.

cal and flash fire that is manufactured

8. External resources such as contrac

with Tychem* ThermoPro (www.personalprotection.dupont.com/en). 4. Select spill response supplies for each application. Many spill kits do not contain supplies that will provide adequate capability to slow, divert or contain spills. Polyethylene sheeting is a diversified response item. Sections of blanket material can be ripped into 18 inch square pads but 18 inch square pads cannot be joined to make a long

tors should be viewed as support serv ices and not initial responders. They

Be prepared Bill 133 is similar to a marching band; it has a strong beat and its music

should be able to take the time and

can be heard off in the distance. The

gather appropriate supplies and equip ment to do the job. They may get caught in traffic, which will reduce their capability as an initial responder. Contingency and emergency plans Ensure that emergency response plans and procedures are site-specific. Copying plans does not produce a reli able system. Plans and procedures should be practised and tested to ensure that the plan's activation, com munication and termination proce dures are workable. Be sure the plan accommodates outside agencies and

songs may be the melodies of the future but whether you like the music or not, you are at the parade. It is time to take a realistic look inside your operations and see what aspects need changing, what impacts could create an adverse effect on your company. Don't wait until the band is on your doorstep. Do the plans, the budget, and fill in the gaps now!






increased response capability. 5. Locate response supplies/kits in areas where they will be required. Determine if the quantity of supplies and equipment is sufficient to maintain

Contact CliffHolland, Spill Management Inc., e-mail: spillman@ on.aibn.com.

May 2005, Environmental Science & Engineering 63

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Stainless steel tanks can be erected on-site

The VK method-patent pend

ing - allows for quick, safe, efficient and cost-effective

on-site construction of circu

lar stainless steel storage tanks, for potable water and wastewater treat ment applications, and toxic storage wastewater reservoirs, silos and diverse applications. The erection process is simple and efficient according to VK Tanks & Silos Inc., Surrey, British Columbia. It allows stainless steel coils to be

shipped directly from the steel mill to job sites without intermediary manu facturing. These coils are then picked up by a decoiler and fed into a bend ing machine for on-site fabrication, often by two person crews. Stainless steel coil is subsequently bent on the top and bottom longitudi nal edges. The bends reduce bulging and dramatically increase the strength of the structure. This allows for the use of thinner steel than some other


Tank being assembled.

processes and provides significant cost and material sav ings, says the supplier, VK Tanks & Silos Inc. These bends form tracks which ride on a series of rollers mounted on

vertical posts, and the steel structures are gradually pushed upward in a helical path while being welded. Double flanged joints facilitate welding and produce a high degree Canadian Environmental

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ofjoint stiffness. Tank roofs and other appurtenances can be added at

ground level so the amount of time spent working at heights may provide safer working conditions. Because the roof and/or wind girder are installed shortly after construc tion starts, the top of the tank shell is never unsupported, minimizing the chance of folding or cave-in due to wind. Building tanks with the roofs on and welding from the inside can provide protection from adverse weather conditions. Once the design height is achieved, the bottom edge of the tank shells are trimmed to fit foundations and struc

tures may be lowered to the ground by reversing the direc

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tion of the drive motor.

The conventional method offabricating a storage tank or silo is to weld shop-formed steel plates together. This requires on site cranes as well as the erection of both inner and outer scaffolding. The VK system eliminates some of the costs of conventional tank construction such as the

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expense of preparing individual shell plates and shipping and handling large numbers of pieces. These tanks can be erected inside buildings or in con fined spaces. All equipment is portable and can be easily transported by roadway or airlifted into remote areas. The VK system may require fewer personnel and shorter con struction times. This method can also be used to reline

existing leaky tanks with stainless steel liners.

www.cecab.org/ese Contact Stuart Coles, e-mail: stuart@vktanks.com. 64 Environmental Science & Engineering, May 2005

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Jet mixers solve sludge storage tank settling problem design sludge concentration is 4%.

During construction, the jet mixers were installed and the tanks were filled with sludge. The tanks were put into

operation after the sludge had settled for 3 months. The jet mixers were flushed with water and the system started up

with no plugging or solid settling issues. Mixing Systems, Inc. solved the settling issues by installing a single jet mixer/aerator near the bottom cone section of the tank. This directs the mixing plumes along the tank floor where the solids settled. One screw pump

provides the mixing energy for the jet mixer/aerator. One positive displacement blower provides the air for oxidation of the volatile solids in the digester. The pump is run on a continual basis to provide mixing in the digester. One 125 HP air blower can deliver air flow to each tank. The plant has a bank offour air blowers, which includes one stand-by blower.

As a result of efficient mixing, there are no odours such as hydrogen sulfide and methane. The new system also has no in-basin moving parts and easily handles fluctuating liq wastewater treatment piant were fitted with jet mixers uid conditions. According to Mixing Systems, Inc. the jet for mixing and aeration of the three sludge storage mixers are designed to pass greater than 2-inch spherical

Three sludge storage tanks at Camp Creek, Georgia, tanks. The 70 ft. diameter aerobic digesters are


designed to digest primary and secondary sludge. The tanks have a 26 ft. average side water depth with a 10 ft. deep cone For additional information, contact e-mail: in the centre. Liquid level varies from 6 ft. to 26 ft. and the mixing@mixing.com or visit www.mixing.com.


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UV odor control system. The System's versatile equipment uti lizes an enhanced Ultraviolet(UV) light to form active oxidizers from moisture in ambient air. These oxi

dizers quickly react with a wide range of compounds such as ammonias, petrochemicals, and compounds containing sulfur such as H2S and mercaptans. Tel: 204949-7500, Fax: 204-237-0660, E-

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Is the US government Ignoring leaking UST threat?

Leaking underground storage

said Grant Cope, Toxics Expert with

The federal government has $2.4

tanks (USTs) are a growing

the Sierra Club. "These sites include

threat to public health, accord ing to a report recently released by the Sierra Club. The report states that the US federal government's refusal to accept its responsibility to fund the cleanups is making the prob lem worse and is undermining the principle of"polluter pays". As an example of this, the Sierra

toxics like benzene, toluene and heavy metals that can quickly pollute groundwater, threaten public health, burden taxpayers with cleanup costs and hurt

billion in surplus cleanup funds, but is proposing to use only three percent of this surplus. US taxpayers pay a 1/10th ofone cent federal fee on gasoline sales that goes into a federal fund dedicated to paying for cleanups at UST sites.







Representatives vote on the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which would pre vent communities from recovering cleanup costs from the manufacturers ofthe gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). MTBE has con taminated local water supplies in more than 1,800 communities in 29 states, according to the Sierra Club report.

"More than 100 million people drink groundwater in states where thousands of underground storage tanks are leaking and need cleanups,"

real estate values."

The report shows that fifty percent of the US gets its drinking water from groundwater sources. The US has a backlog of 130,000 needed cleanups at leaking USTs, and discovers 9,000 new leaks each year. A pin-prick sized hole in one fuel tank can leak 400 gal lons of contamination a day, and one gallon of gasoline can pollute one mil lion gallons of groundwater. "The US government's budget request will not begin to cover even a small fraction of the sites," said Cope. "We have proven technologies to pre vent contamination and surplus money to clean up sites, but the current administration is failing to safeguard vulnerable communities."

State UST programs, which are largely taxpayer funded, are billions of dollars in deficit. Many states with the biggest deficits also have the biggest backlog in cleanups. Florida leads the nation in needed cleanups with 17,544. California has the sec ond highest number with 15,049, and a deficit of more than $1 billion.

Michigan has the third highest num ber with 9,039, and an internally reported deficit of $1.7 billion. Tennessee, with 1,221 needed clean ups, has internally reported a $95 million deficit.

For more information, visit www. sierraclub.org/toxics/Leaking_ USTs.

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accumulate organic and inorganic deposits over time. These deposits can cause a decline in chlorine residual, increased DBFs, and increased HFC

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exclusive forced vortex design. It removes grit and other discrete parti cles, separates organics and inorganics, and reduces grit accumulation in down stream basins, channels, weirs and pip ing. This results in reduced wear on mechanical equipment. Complete grit pumping, dewatering and washing components are available. Tel: 913-

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Small drinking water systems

ZENON's Zee Weed®

ZENON's new Modular Drinking Water(MDW)system has been specif ically designed to overcome the chal lenges faced by small communities of 50 to 5,000 people. The system is based on the patented ZeeWeed® membrane technology

MBR produces tertiary quality effluent and simplifies wastewater treahnent. The proven system replaces con ventional filtration and combines clar

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roduct and Service Showcase Phoenix Underdrain System

Trickling filters

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Waterloo Biofilters® are efficient, mod

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• Optimizes vertical and horizontal pressure filters • Low profile, filtered water pick-up lateral orifice is < 25 mm

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modular design for communal use is now available in 20,000L/d and 40,000L/d ISO shipping container units - ready to plug in on-site. Tel: 519-8560757, Fax: 519-856-0759, E-mail: wbs@ waterloo-biofilter.com, Web: www.

Armtec has heen a leader m the culvert

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Smoothwall pipe

Controlling contaminated groundwater

The Challenger®

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the sheets have been driven into the

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ground, and was developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo. It has patent/ patent pending

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tion industry for over 30 years. It is used to form a flexible, waterproof seal between new hot asphalt and existing asphalt, concrete or steel. The sealed joint is unaffected by extremes in tem perature and stays in place to prevent water, road salt and pollutants from penetrating and cracking the asphalt.

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steel, the first time. Re-instatement tape seals around catch basins, manholes, utility cuts and next to concrete curbs

prior to paving. Do it right the first time with Denso Road Products. Tel: 416-

Product and Service Showcase Digital pH measurement


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Product and Service Showcase Septage receiving system The Honey MonsteH'^ septage receiv ing system now comes standarti with a compaction zone which provides significant dewatering of dis charged solids and increases dry solids content up to 40%. A pH and conductivity sensing loop has also been added to the digital tracking and billing system, called MonsterTrack, and will

shut the system off should discharge fall outside the acceptable range. The system can unload a honey truck in 5 to 15 minutes at a flow rate of 136 m^/h. Tel: 800-331-2277, Fax: 949-8338858, E-mail: jwce@jwce.com. Web:

Metering dosing package

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digital dosing pump components. Applications include: water treatment systems; swimming pools, car wash

systems; food and beverage, and pro cessing industries. Easy to install and set up, DosingpaQ is the turnkey solu tion for your metering needs. Tel: 905-


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Portable battery powered pump Viking introduces the SANDPIPER" PortaPump' battery-powered pump by Warren Rupp. This portable power house is perfect for all your onsite dewatering needs such as ditches, manholes, and caissons.

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Design of underground detention systems for stormwater management

wave guides to reach within 1" of a tank bottom; espe cially beneficial when con trolling expensive fluids, where undetected inventory beneath common sensors represents costly




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to measure the distance to the surface

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74 Environmental Science & Engineering, May 2005

CCHREl (the Canadian Council for Human Resources in the Environment

Industry) is pleased to announce its new, simpler name - ECO Canada (the Environmental Careers Organization). Tel: 403-233-0748, Fax: 403-269www.eco.ca.

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paid co-op placements, and an integrat ed curriculum to prepare individuals to meet the growing demand for highlyskilled practitioners in the remediation industry. Seats available for September. Ask about bursary and scholarship opportunities. Tel: 800-572-0712/416491-5050 Ext. 2521, E-mail: iesr. technology@senecac.on.ca. Web: www.

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methods. Tel: 866-473-9462, Fax: 905403-1124, E-mail: marketing(gipexinc. com, Web: www. ipexinc.com.

but also costly chemical injection systems. Appli cations include drop manholes or pumping stations with odorous dis charges. Tel: 866-473-9462, Fax: 905403-1124, E-mail: marketing@ipexinc. com. Web: www.ipexinc.com.



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Environmental NEWS Peel Council endorses waste collection and

disposal contract Peel Regional Council in Ontario has authorized staff to execute an agree ment with Waste Management of Canada Corporation (WMCC) for waste collection and disposal services. Under the agreement, WMCC will provide collection services for munici pal solid waste, recyclables, yard waste and organics in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga. The contract is scheduled to commence April 1, 2006, for 10 years. In addition, the agree ment provides for 20 years of waste landfill disposal services commencing July 1, 2007. Regional Council awarded the com bined waste collection and disposal

The five-year contract with Wilson Logistics Inc. and Republic Services Inc. to haul and dispose ofthe Region's residual municipal solid waste in Michigan, U.S. expires in June 2007. Republic Services disposes the waste at Carleton Farms Landfill in Wayne County, Michigan. Currently, any of

have its new wastewater treatment

plant in operation by November 30,

Peel's waste that cannot be accommo

2005, or face a $25,000 fine for every subsequent month that the plant is not in operation. The City was charged for sewage spills that occurred on January 16,

dated at the Algonquin Power Energy from Waste Facility and the Caledon Sanitary Landfill Site is shipped to Michigan.

February 14 and June 14,2003, and for effluent samples obtained during a July 29, 2003 search and seizure at the treatment plant that were found to be deleterious to fish.

North Battleford fined Professor hails national

$80,000 for sewage spills

proposal provides the Region with continuity in its collection services, short-term disposal capacity in the

The City of North Battleford Saskatchewan pleaded guilty and was assessed a penalty of $80,000 in Provincial Court for violating the fed eral Fisheries Act, following an Environment Canada investigation into sewage spills at the North Battleford wastewater treatment plant in 2003.

event of a border closure preventing transfer of waste to Michigan and the

Penalties include a $10,000 fine, an additional $20,000 to reimburse

opportunity to secure long-term Ontario-based landfill capacity.

to the case, and $50,000 to be paid to

contract to WMCC on the basis their

the Environmental Damages Fund. The court also ordered the City to

Environment Canada for costs related

strategy for invasive species York University biology professor, Norman Yan, is applauding the Federal government's recent announcement of $85 million in new funds to develop a national strategy on invasive species. "This major financial commitment shows that the study of invasive species is finally getting the attention it deserves at the highest levels," Yan says. "We have known for years about


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Environmental NEWS how pollution, habitat alteration and resource harvesting affect ecosystems, and we have policies, systems and agencies to address these issues. It is only recently that the introduction of invasive species has been identified as the fourth major impact humans can

Great Lakes and are now spreading inland, where their proliferation has begun to cause biological problems in Ontario's surface waters. Yan's ground breaking study of the water flea's impact on Harp Lake, a tiny lake in central Ontario, is getting international

have on the environment."

acclaim in scientific circles and is one

While only a small proportion of these invasive species is likely to be causing damage to the eco-system, a significant number are threatening our surface waters, forests and farms. Canadians might be surprised to hear that the financial impact of invasive species on our economy has been esti mated as high as $18 to $30 billion per

of many studies which have spurred the Federal government to make its crucial promise to address invasive species in its budget. Contact e-mail: jball@yorku.ca.


Yan's special focus, the spiny water flea, is only one of over 1,400 identified non-indigenous species that have




Canada's lands and waters - often

through ballast-transfer from ocean going freighters since the St. Lawrence Seaway was built in 1959. Countless numbers of these micro

scopic fleas have recently invaded the

O.W.R.C. (and later, MOB) servicing and treatment plant projects for these same towns and villages in the 1970s and '80s. Many of these plants are now undergoing second generation expan sions, again with JLR assistance. There are JLR plants and/or plant expansions in Barry's Bay, Cobden, Renfrew, Eganville, Merrickville, Winchester, Rockland, Alfred, Casselman, Plantagenet, Pembroke, Petawawa, Sudbury, Timmins, Hawkesbury and Kingston.

JLR celebrates 50th Year It was February 1955 when three young engineers from Queen's, Les Richards, Noel Kirby and Art Fee,

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Infrastructure security guidelines issued to water utilities Drinking water and wastewater utili

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• SO2 levels in Saint John increased in comparison to 2002. Some notably high SO2 levels were recorded at the new Paper Mill Pond site. These SO2 episodes were the subject of an official Environment and Local Government

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"These regulations mean we'll have about 36,000 fewer tonnes of sulphur dioxide emitted each year," said Environment and Labour Minister

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Following investigation by Environment Canada's Enforcement Officers, Irving Pulp and Paper pleaded guilty in New Brunswick provincial court for a viola tion that occurred on December 3, 2002 when the company deposited untreated paper mill effluent into Little River in Saint John during a test of a back-up

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Over the past two years, Sanitherm has supplied 30 MBR plants, many of which were also in remote locations. Tests show that these MBR plants produce effluent less than 5/5 mg/1 BOD5/TSS, 5 mg/1 NH3-N. E-mail: jsmyth@sanitherm.com.

requires special cleaning to preserve

treat process wastewater from the future Seymour-Capilano filtration plant. The treated effluent (up to 9.6 million litres per day) will be dis charged into Burrard Inlet, in accor dance with the stringent requirements of the discharge permit issued by

this artifact. Latimat will be utilized in

Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

modules of various sizes in order to

contain the contaminants for proper

The Seymour-Capilano filtration plant will be located in North Vancouver

disposal by JSC." said Douglas

and will draw water from the Seymour

Latimer, inventor. The Latimat is a US and Foreign

and Capilano reservoirs. It will be com pleted in 2007 and will supply drinking water(up to 1.8 billion litres per day) to

Stantec awarded Toronto's

Houston, Texas, will attract millions of

largest contract

people from all over the world to view the Saturn V Rocket. Having sat out

Stantec Consulting, with Earth Tech Canada, has been chosen to participate in the design and construction services for the Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant




upgrades. This capital project is esti mated at $150 million. Ashbridges Bay TP, rated at 815 MLD,is currently the largest secondary wastewater treat ment plant in Canada. The overall objective is to provide odour control measures to meet the

objective of less than one odour unit at or beyond the plant's property limit and adjacent to the M and T sewage pumping stations. As part of the proj ect, a major upgrade of the coarse bub ble aeration system and the grit and screening facility in the D building will be carried out. Stantec and Earth Tech will be

researching a number of advanced technologies for the aeration system upgrade, including coarse and fine air and moving bed technologies. The project, which was initiated in January 2005, will be completed within a seven to eight year window. Contact Mark Jackson,(519) 585-7315. Latimat wins contract to clean Saturn V rocket Latimat, Inc. has won a contract to

power wash, clean and contain for proper disposal, the effluents of the Saturn V Rocket. Work on the project began in March 2005 and was expect ed to last 3-4 weeks. "We are thrilled to have been cho sen for this historic event. This muse

um at Johnson Space Centre in

side in the elements for almost 30

years, the accumulation of airborne contaminants adhered to the rocket

patented portable wash pad device uti lized by the US Military, as well as Home Depot tool rental stores. JLR celebrates 50th Year It was February 1955 when three

young engineers from Queen's, Les Richards, Noel Kirby and Art Fee,

homes, businesses and industries in the Greater Vancouver area.

For more information go to www. johnmeunier.com.

ZENON to supply world's largest membrane

launched J.L. Richards & Associates Limited from





Gilmour Street in Ottawa.

Throughout the late 1950s and '60s, JLR undertook designs and study reports on water supply and sewage collection systems for many of the small towns and villages in Eastern Ontario.

This laid the groundwork for O.W.R.C. (and later, MOE) servicing and treatment plant projects for these same towns and villages in the 1970s and '80s. Many of these plants are now undergoing second generation expan sions, again with JLR assistance. Actlflo clarifiers to treat

bioreactor ZENON Environmental Inc. has been

selected to supply King County in the State of Washington with what it claims is the largest membrane biore actor in the world. The ZeeWeed MBR

(membrane bioreactor) will treat an average day flow of approximately 144,000 cubic metres of municipal sewage per day, with peak flows up to 204,000 cubic metres, serving over 100,000 households. In addition, the company received an order for a sec ond smaller plant, which results in a total order value of $30 million.

Design of the greenfield plants is currently underway, with construction expected to begin in 2006 and comple

process wastewater at new plant in Vancouver

tion scheduled for 2010 for the larger

The Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) has selected John Meunier to supply three clarifiers to

smaller Carnation plant. For more information, visit: www.

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