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26 5S Society has recognized key contributors to the wastewater profession for over 70 years 28 Recent no-fault orders passing spill clean-up costs onto innocent parties 30 Managing distribution system water loss with pressure reducing valves 32 Modified SBR system offers effluent reuse potential
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46 Effective WWTP odour control systems provide many benefits 49 Improving nitrification at Caledonia’s wastewater treatment plant 52 Evaluating the impact of hexavalent chromium on drinking water 54 Quebec lakefront lodge gets new high-performance wastewater treatment system 56 Rain gauge network vital to cities when a major storm hits 60 Tuning the accuracy of WW lift station flow rates 62 Geotubes successfully used for storm water pond sediment dewatering 64 London recognized for its new biosolids ash management system 66 Four ways your DO measurements are being affected 69 Immediate pH correction for fluctuating flows offers many benefits 81 Innovative siphon hydraulics at Nanaimo’s new WTP cuts capital and operating costs Page 10
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cience, chemistry, and engineering were the cutting edges of the Industrial Revolution which was undeniably brutal. Child labour, worker exploitation, dangerous working conditions, all were part of this revolution which reshaped our world forever. Charles Dickens brilliantly captured WKH XUEDQ VTXDORU LQ KLV ÂżFWLRQ \HDUV ago. More recently, social scientist PeWHU ) 'UXFNHU LQ KLV HVVD\ â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Age of Social Transformation,â&#x20AC;? wrote that, while industrial workers were LQGHHG SDLG SRRUO\ DW ÂżUVW WKH\ ZHUH still paid better than farm or household workers. Moreover factory workers ZRUNHG VSHFLÂżHG KRXUV XQOLNH VHUYDQWV and farmers who were often kept working at the whim of employers. Drucker notes that infant mortality rates dropped immediately when farmers and domestic servants moved into factory work. It should be added that technology led directly to the emancipation of women, as knowledge and intellectual skills increasingly displaced brutal muscle power in the industrial marketplace. Ultimately, the development of a skilled working class, along with the wealth generated by mass production, freed a long-abused rural class from centuries of misery and deprivation. The development of canals, roads, ships, railways and planes increasingly slashed the costs of food, goods and services in economies previously serviced by pack horses and camels. To the economies of scale were added the economies of scope, as advances in transportation technology rivaled that of manufacturing. A pack horse, carrying cotton goods to Liverpool, FRXOG RQO\ KDXO DERXW NLORJUDPV DV LW wound along Lancashireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hilly terrain. The same horse pulling a canal barge could move several tonnes directly into the great port. Indeed, it was a canal that converted Manchester, an inland city, into a port with a global reach. The barges later carried food from around the world to feed the factory
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workers, completing a cycle in the revolution that was to encircle the world. Fifty per cent of Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic growth since the Industrial Revolution was due to better nutrition, according to economist and Nobel laureate Robert Fogel. But nutrition alone does not always lead to better health. Increasingly, the
crowded slums around the factories led to lethal outbreaks of disease until the development of sanitary engineering drastically improved public health. Those diseases, which tragically are still endemic in many developing countries, are now found only in the history books of modern societies, a direct benHÂżW RI WKH ,QGXVWULDO 5HYROXWLRQ %XW SHUKDSV WKH ELJJHVW EHQHÂżW LV WKH one most overlooked: that democracy usually displaces despotism when citizen empowerment replaces feudal systems. The dynamic that gave the workers manufacturing skills, also gave them political power. Drucker notes pointedly that the three great destroyers of our age, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, produced absolutely nothing in their lifetimes, except wreckage. The works of the remarkable French-
man, Fernand Braudel, should be required reading. Conventional history tells us much about pharaohs, caesars, kings and queens, but surprisingly little about the lives of average people. ,Q *HRUJH 3XWWHQKDP D PDMRU ÂżJXUH LQ (OL]DEHWKDQ (QJOLVK OLWHUature, wrote: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The good and the bad of princes is more exemplary and thereby of greater moment than private persons.â&#x20AC;? And so it was that most histories were focused, with working people being virtually ignored. But in his books such as Structures of Everyday Life, the )UHQFK KLVWRULDQ UHFWLÂżHG WKLV KLVWRULFDO vacuum by showing how ordinary people lived and worked over the ages. Braudel weaves an intricate tapestry from historical facts, which dispels many of the romantic illusions that some youthful environmentalists have of pre-industrial society. He ignores the more regal focus of his contemporaries and deals with such fundamentals as births, marriages, and life expectancies of earlier societies. Also examined are energy sources and uses, economics, social change, and urbanization â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all areas commonly neglected by orthodox historians. Many ecologists emotionally link acid rain with Blakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Satanic Mills and now regard all industry and technology ZLWK GHHS VXVSLFLRQ %UDXGHOÂśV ÂżQGLQJV would undoubtedly shock some of our environmental zealots with their suspicions of, and deep seated resistance to, science and technology. In pre-industrial societies, millions labored in appalling conditions so that a few might OLYH LQ OX[XU\ (YHQ DW WKH WXUQ RI WKH th century it was said that Britain was KHDYHQ IRU SHRSOH ZKLOH EHLQJ D KHOO IRU PLOOLRQ Braudelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research, however, reveals that even the rich lived in conditions that would disgust modern Canadians. Conventional French historians tell us of the wonders of the great chateaux, the glory of Versailles, its splendid architecture, glistening mirrors, and elegant intericontinued overleaf...
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Comment by Tom Davey ors. But when I visited Versailles not long ago, I learned that food was served cold because the kitchens were located far away from the main palace. In fact, WKH RULJLQDO PDUEOH Ă&#x20AC;RRUV ZKLFK NHSW the palace so cold that wine was known to freeze in winter, were torn up to be replaced with wood. If the stench of the nobilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s houses centuries ago would nauseate us today, the hovels of the poor, by far the overwhelming majority, must have been unbearable. As Braudel so eloquently puts it, the world, prior to industrial development, was a brutal, disease-ridden and hungry place for its inhabitants, most of whom had very short life expectancies. The most comfortable inhabitants of WKRVH WLPHV ZHUH WKH Ă&#x20AC;HDV OLFH UDWV DQG other vermin which infested the houses of rich and poor alike. Braudel stresses that every human being born before the 20th century was actually lucky to have lived. Most babies simply did not survive and those hardy ones who did, for the most part, had short lives punctuated by crippling diseases. Without contemporary sci-
ence, there were no drugs to ease the pain, or machines to diagnose many medical conditions that can easily be treated today. Ironically, the 16th century Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel painted wonderful ODQGVFDSHV ÂżOOHG ZLWK EXFROLF SHDVDQWV frolicking happily in their rustic environments. While Bruegelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name is similar to the historianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, his paintings seem like artistic satires, at odds with WKH PLVHU\ UHYHDOHG E\ %UDXGHOÂśV ÂżQGings. Most of our history was burdened by regular famine. Now we have lucrative fat farms, health clubs and companies such as Weight-watchers, whose clients pay money to work out and eat less. Actually paying money to diet and WRLO LQ J\PV UDWKHU WKDQ WKH ÂżHOGV LV D situation unprecedented in human history. But our militant activists seem unaware that many less fortunate countries, lacking our technology, relentlessly continue a protracted and unequal battle with nature. Even more tragic is the fact that most poverty stricken peo-
ple are politically powerless, unable to protest their miserable conditions. The works of Braudel and Drucker should be required reading for todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s professional malcontents, perhaps even becoming mandatory issue when the protest placards are being handed out. If activists knew a little more history, some might become grateful for Âą LQVWHDG RI KRVWLOH WR Âą WKH EHQHÂżWV RI technology, which have enriched and extended our lives, while creating a climate of political freedom in which to complain about it all.
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Society has benefited from 120 years of environmental journalism By Tom, Steve and Peter Davey
he year 2013 is indeed a milestone year. It marks Environmental Science & Engineering Magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (ES&E) 25th birthday and 120 years of environmental journalism in Canada. It also marks the 30th anniversary of a historical research project Steve Davey did to commemorate Water & Pollution Control Magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (W&PC) 90th birthday in 1983. W&PCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s origins began 120 years ago, when it was launched as The Canadian Engineer. W&PC had been a respected publication, which had several name changes over its lifespan after it began as a general magazine serving professional engineers. But, even in its early GD\V WKH SXEOLFDWLRQ ÂżUVW D monthly and later as a weekly, had a profound interest in environmental engineering. Some of the early environmental engineering giants were featured in W&PC and it would be of interest to many environmental groups to know that there had been vigorous environmental concerns and remediation had taken place as early as the 1800s.
in the 1850s. Then, in approximately 1853, he was appointed chief engineer of the Montreal Waterworks, with the task of constructing a public water supply for the city. The project was so well executed, that his services were soon at a premium for similar installations elsewhere in the country. For some 25 years he was involved, often in a consulting capacity and sometimes as an employee, on waterworks projects for the cities of Toronto, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Quebec City, Ottawa, London, Halifax and Dartmouth. In 1872, he became chief engineer of the Ottawa Waterworks. Some Keefer projects were mentioned in The Canadian Engineer and he ran a professional card in it. Thomas Keefer was keenly aware of the need for engineering education in Canada. He was instrumental in introducing civil engineering at McGill University in Quebec DQG EHFDPH LWV ÂżUVW SURIHVsor of engineering, in 1856, some 11 years before confederation. He was a founding PHPEHU DQG ÂżUVW SUHVLGHQW RI the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers. This remarkable man died in 1915, in his 94th year. ApCanadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water and propriately, a pumping stawastewater pioneers tion he designed in 1859 in The magazine had pubHamilton, Ontario, was deslished news on such engiignated a National Historical neering greats as Samuel Monument on June 11, 1983, and Thomas Keefer and their by the Canadian Society of biographies are well recordCivil Engineering. Keeferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ed. Worthy of note: Thomas engineering masterpiece is Coltrin Keefer was active in kept in mint condition by The water transportation engineer- Thomas Keefer designed this historic Hamilton pumping Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology and has been ing in the 1840s and railways station in 1859.
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ES&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th Anniversary Special and he has struggled along for years, endeavouring of empirical experiments to improve existing methods of sewage disposal without having any sound basis for his experiment.â&#x20AC;? The staff of what was The Canadian Engineer had always taken an active role in the industry it served. Over a century ago, editorials by the then editor, Samuel Groves, commented on air pollution regulations: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Municipalities everywhere are beginning to enforce regulations with regards to the smoke nuisance, and rightly so. The evidence is overwhelming that the emissions of black smoke from boiler chimneys can be prevented withRXW ÂżQDQFLDO ORVV Â´ Mr. Groves described the Meldrum furnace, which reduced emissions by forcing superheated steam under the airtight ash pits of the boiler. In 1906, he commented on the lack of proper sterilization in the Toronto Water Works System. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that Toronto is to have electrical energy at a reasonable price, there is no reason why one of these ozone sterilization plants should not form part of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water works system. It is worthwhile for the Mayor and the corporation to look into this matter,â&#x20AC;? he said. While the magazine reported and presented opinions, it also devoted a lot of space to construction announcements, UHVHDUFK ÂżQGLQJV DQG UHYLHZV In 1905, a practical article appeared on thawing pipes using electricity, while another piece described the Gloucester sewage disposal works. An ongoing feature of each issue was a section entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Municipal works, etc.â&#x20AC;? This department gave short announcements of new projects along with the amount of money involved and, in some cases, the engineer who proposed it. In 1905, a $125,000 water works system for Saskatoon was announced in this section, along with a $10,000 water works system for Aurora, Ontario, where ironically ES&E Magazine was launched eight decades later. The magazine also announced in 1906 that Miss Nora Stanton Blatch was elected for membership to the American Society of Civil Engineers. She was in the vanguard of womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liberation and LV EHOLHYHG WR EH WKH VRFLHW\ÂśV ÂżUVW ZRPan engineer. The headline on that par14 | September/October 2013
iments made at the Manchester Sewage Works in England. Iron salts were added to sewage inoculated with an organism found in old colliery workings and air Water and wastewater was blown through. This produced â&#x20AC;&#x153;a gains prominence Beginning in 1909, the magazine ran limpid sparkling and non-putrafactive a section called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sanitary Review,â&#x20AC;? HIĂ&#x20AC;XHQW.â&#x20AC;? In 1914, Messrs. Ardern and Lockett, which dealt with sewage and sewage disSRVDO ZDWHU VXSSO\ DQG SXULÂżFDWLRQ ,Q working in northern England, reported 1912, an article in this section described that a process which they had developed a device developed by Electra Clear â&#x20AC;&#x153;SURGXFHG DQ HQWLUHO\ VDWLVIDFWRU\ HIĂ&#x20AC;X:DWHU &R RI &OHYHODQG ZKLFK SXULÂżHG ent after a few hoursâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; aeration.â&#x20AC;? This ZDWHU E\ SDVVLQJ LW EHWZHHQ HOHFWULÂżHG became known as the Activated Sludge
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DOXPLQXP SODWHV DQG WKHQ ÂżOWHUHG LW through crushed quartz. That year Willis Chipman wrote an article on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Progress in Canada on the Biological Methods of Sewage Disposal during the Last 20 Years.â&#x20AC;? While typhoid epidemics are almost unheard of today in North America, thousands of Canadians died of the disease until sterilization of drinking and wastewater became widespread. In February 1912, the magazine reported on a federal bill before the Senate, which would make it a criminal offence to deposit any wastes from typhoid fever victims into, or near, waterways. In 1913, the magazine began to follow the development of what was to become known as the activated sludge process. That year Professor Gilbert J. Fowler announced the results of exper-
Process and is probably still the most important development in sewage treatment. Ardern and Lockett had a large bottleful of sewage, through which air was EORZQ IRU DERXW ÂżYH ZHHNV 7KLV UHVXOWHG LQ WKH FRPSOHWH QLWULÂżFDWLRQ RI WKH VHZage. The supernatant water was decanted and an equal amount of fresh sewage was added and air blown in, resulting in QLWULÂżFDWLRQ LQ PXFK OHVV WLPH 7KH SURcedure was repeated many times, until there was enough activated sludge to inoculate fresh sewage in the proportion of one to four, or one to three. An entirely VDWLVIDFWRU\ HIĂ&#x20AC;XHQW ZDV REWDLQHG DIWHU D few hoursâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; aeration. The experiment was then made in casks placed outside and air was distributed through porous tiles. After four continued overleaf...
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ES&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th Anniversary Special hours of blowing in contact with activatHG VOXGJH SHU FHQW SXULÂżFDWLRQ ZDV effected, based on oxygen consumption and albumenoid ammonia, or after six KRXUV SHU FHQW SXULÂżFDWLRQ 7KH GLVVROYHG R[\JHQ DEVRUEHG E\ VKDNHQ HIĂ&#x20AC;XHQW LQ ÂżYH GD\V DW Â&#x192;& ZDV RQO\ SDUWV SHU FRPSDUHG ZLWK WZR parts proposed under the British Royal &RPPLVVLRQ RQ 6HZDJH 'LVSRVDO UHSRUW It was during this time period, that ZRUN EHJDQ RQ WKH PLOOLRQ :LQQLSHJ Aqueduct, which was designed to carry RYHU P G RI ZDWHU IURP 6KRDO /DNH WR WKH :LQQLSHJ DUHD D GLVWDQFH RI RYHU NP 7KH PDJD]LQH JDYH UHJXODU coverage of the construction and of the SUREOHPV HQFRXQWHUHG 7KH WRWDO HOHYDWLRQ GLIIHUHQFH EHWZHHQ :LQQLSHJ DQG 6KRDO /DNH LV RQO\ PHWHUV 7KLV WUDQVODWHV LQWR D GURS RI DSSUR[LPDWHO\ FP SHU PHWHUV which meant the aqueduct had to be constructed with extreme accuracy in order to ensure that the elevation drop was as near to the average as possible at all WLPHV 6DLQW %RQLIDFH ZDV WKH ÂżUVW PXnicipality supplied with water from the DTXHGXFW RQ 0DUFK ,Q WKH PDJD]LQH QRWHG WKDW Henderson, Kentucky, became one of WKH ÂżUVW FLWLHV WR LQFRUSRUDWH D SUHVVXUH W\SH XOWUDYLROHW VWHULOL]HU ZKLFK KDG DQ P /d capacity in its water treatPHQW SODQW By the early twenties, a social-economic shift was gaining momentum in &DQDGD $FFRUGLQJ WR D DUWLFOH LQ WKH PDJD]LQH SHU FHQW RI WKH SRSXODWLRQ OLYHG LQ FLWLHV LQ %\ WKLV SHUFHQWDJH KDG ULVHQ WR SHU FHQW 7KLV increase, as well as an increased standard of living and a corresponding growth of industry, was causing water supply costs WR ULVH ,Q DQ DQQRXQFHPHQW ZDV PDGH WKDW WKH *UHDWHU :LQQLSHJ :DWHU 'LVWULFW ZLVKHG WR UDLVH LWV UDWHV IURP WKUHH WR ÂżYH FHQWV SHU WKRXVDQG JDOORQV D SHU FHQW LQFUHDVH ,Q WKH HDUO\ V D \RXQJ 'U $OEHUW ( %HUU\ VWDUWHG WR JDLQ SURPLQHQFH LQ HQYLURQPHQWDO FLUFOHV ,Q DQ DUWLcle by him on the value of waterworks laboratory tests was published in the PDJD]LQH ,Q LW KH ZDUQHG WKDW Âłthe operator can only be sure of the safety of the ZDWHU KLV SODQW WUHDWV E\ GRLQJ VXIÂżFLHQW laboratory tests Â´ +H DGGHG WKDW Âłthe 16 | September/October 2013
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ES&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th Anniversary Special responsibility to design and construct suitable sewage systems.â&#x20AC;? Environmental activism Canadian Municipal Utilities changed its name to Water & Pollution Control in the mid 1960s to focus entirely on environmental issues. This coincided with the surge of public concern about the environment and the publication of noteworthy books such as Rachel Carsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Silent Spring in 1962. People, who had concerned themselves mainly with gross national product and their ever-increasing living standards, suddenly realized that much of the material progress which they enjoyed had been made at the expense of the environment. A tremendous change took place in public attitudes and many protest groups made sure governments were aware of their concerns. But the new awareness caused problems for the engineering community. Engineering proposals, which earlier had been routinely rubber stamped by governments at all levels, now faced a barrage of questions by concerned and often irate citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; groups before any of the projects could be implemented. Many worthwhile projects were abandoned or delayed by this new sociological phenomenon of protest groups, who adroitly used both the media and governments to adapt to their mind sets. The end result of this is that Environmental Impact Assessments are now de rigueur. Larger, sometimes planetary viewpoints emerged as society realized that there were few pollution problems which operated in isolation. W&PC responded to the new challenge, with articles which were written on a much broader philosophical plane. Topics, such as eutrophication, heavy metals, acid rain, and the mutagenic effects of chemicals, were published in the following years.
the magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stance on under-priced drinking water. He argued that price drove consumption. When water was undervalued, it would be wasted, leading to environmental neglect and pollution. 7KH ÂżUVW LVVXH DOVR FDUULHG DQ DUWLFOH by Ontario Environment Minister Jim Bradley about the Municipal Industrial Strategy for Abatement (MISA) program. The objective was the virtual elimination of persistent toxic substances entering the environment. It called for strict monitoring and testing programs and resulted in a surge of spending in the environmental industry. Unfortunately, government emphasis on the MISA program was short-lived when the Liberal Party lost to the New Democrats, in the 1990 election. Many analytical laboratories, which had geared up for an anticipated demand for their services due Richard Rush to the MISA program, either went out of friend: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you launch your own business, or abandoned the environmenenvironmental magazine?â&#x20AC;? he enquired. tal market. He knew that both Tom and Steve DavOne key component of the Ontario ey had been editors of Water & Pollu- governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to deal with toxtion Control Magazine, and that the ic substances, such as PCBs, was the creation of the Ontario Waste Management Corporation in the early 1980s. Unfortunately, the OWMC became endlessly stymied by public opposition and activist groups, opposed to the location and use of its waste incineration facility and disposal site. Ultimately, after spendDavey family worked closely with both ing some $120 million in studies, the the Water Environment Association of OWMC was abandoned, without ever Ontario and the Ontario Water Works treating even a handful of waste. Association. In the late 1980s, ES&E carried many It seemed like a good idea and, during staff-written articles advocating the use WEFTECâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;87, the launch of Environ- of PCB contaminated wastes as fuels mental Science & Engineering Maga- for cement kilns. The articles stressed zine (ES&E) was formally announced. that the rotary kilns were a good idea The reaction was most favorable. because they could harness the thermal 7KH ÂżUVW LVVXH UROOHG RII WKH SUHVVHV properties of the wastes while makin February 1988 and was immediately ing cement; that the PCBs had a long HPEUDFHG E\ WKH LQGXVWU\ 7KH YHU\ ÂżUVW UHVLGHQFH WLPH LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;DPH OHDGLQJ WR editorial comment by Tom Davey was almost total destruction; and that there entitled: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why low-bid systems are bad was a saving in valuable fuel used, infor the Canadian environmentâ&#x20AC;?, a theme stead of conventional incineration. which touched a nerve in both consul- However, public opinion was against tants and suppliers. This issue also car- the use of PCB wastes as fuel and ried an article by Federal Environment this option was abandoned. Much of Minister Tom McMillan, which echoed continued overleaf...
People, who had concerned themselves mainly with gross national product and their ever-increasing living standards, suddenly realized that much of the material progress which they enjoyed had been made at the expense of the environment.
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ES&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th Anniversary Special lion. This was analogous to one second in 32 million years, surely space age achievements, yet the value of laboratories was, and still may be, too often the forgotten profession in environmental remediation. Non-point pollution sources, such as oil contamination in stormwater, began to be tackled in the early 1990s. In response, sophisticated catchment systems were developed to separate and retain oil in catch basins. In the 1990s, new and improved treatment processes emerged. Membrane technology for both drinking water and wastewater developed at an astonishing UDWH 2]RQH SUREDEO\ ÂżUVW XVHG LQ &DQada in Quebec, is now used in drinking water plants in Ontario and other parts of Canada. UV disinfection too, has become a prominent tool in both drinking water and wastewater management. The 1990s brought great change to Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consulting engineers. In the November 1995 issue of (6 ( George Powell, of CH2M Gore & Storrie Limited, stated that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;as the consulting industry in Ontario downsized from about LQ WR XQGHU LQ to react to the slowdown in the domestic PDUNHW WKH QHHG WR GHYHORS RSSRUWXQLties internationally grew.â&#x20AC;? He went on to say that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;international design/build/ RZQ RSHUDWH WUDQVIHU %227 SURMHFWV DV WKH\ DUH RIWHQ FDOOHG DUH EHFRPLQJ WKH norm.â&#x20AC;?
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Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PCB wastes ultimately were directed to the United States. Leak detection from underground storage tanks also became an important issue in the late 1980s. In the July 1991 issue of ES&E, an article by Richard Rush and Keith Metzger, of XCG Consultants, reported that there were approximately 70,000 retail gasoline storage tanks in Canada. Studies had shown that 20-25 per cent of these were found to be, or were suspected to be leaking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The remediation cost could be many tens of billions of dollars â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the same order of magnitude as the annual Canadian FedHUDO 'HÂżFLW â&#x20AC;? stated the authors. The fearsome â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hole in the Ozone Layerâ&#x20AC;? FDXVHG ODUJHO\ E\ FKORURĂ&#x20AC;XRURcarbon emissions, dominated the news in the 1980s. ES&E published several 20 | September/October 2013
articles on methods to recapture CFCs, including some from Dusanka Filipovic, who played an active role in the development of an innovative technology to recapture CFCs from refrigeration and air conditioning equipment, when serviced or decommissioned. Ms. Filipovic later won several awards for her engineering work, including the Engineering Medal for Research and Development from Professional Engineers of Ontario. The ozone layer, which once dominated media coverage, is no longer as newsworthy, since it is expected to recover sometime in the 21st century. Early on, after its launch in 1988, ES&E reported in several issues on the increasingly important role of environmental laboratories and how labs could now measure toxins to parts per quadril-
Walkerton- a game changer Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;RXW RI VLJKW RXW RI PLQGÂ´ attitude towards water mains and sewer lines resulted in gross neglect of cleaning, repairing and replacing this infrastructure. In 2001, this attitude changed when eight people died and some 2,000 were made seriously ill, from E. coli O157 contamination in Walkerton, Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drinking water supply. Stan and Frank Koebel were workers at the Walkerton Public Utilities Commission at the time of the tragedy. Frank worked as the water foreman, while Stan worked as the Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervisor. Both would eventually plead guilty to falsifying reports and were formally sentenced in December 2004, with Stan receiving a year in jail and Frank nine months of house arrest. FRQWLQXHG RYHUOHDI
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ES&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th Anniversary Special Reaction to their sentencing was mixed. Some felt it was justice served, while others believed the tragedy was the result of many other factors and that it could have happened elsewhere at any time. In 2002, Justice Dennis Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor released The Walkerton Report, which made some 93 recommendations and added new vigour and commitment to revitalizing Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water and wastewater infrastructure. Among its many recommendations was mandatory certiÂżFDWLRQ ZKLFK KDV FUHDWHG D QHZ OHYHO of professionalism among water plant operators. As the Ontario government had closed down its operator training facility in the mid 1990s, mandatory operDWRU FHUWLÂżFDWLRQ KDV FUHDWHG DQ RSSRUWXnity for private sector operator training. Another victim of the Walkerton tragedy was the acceptance of the land application of biosolids. Many landowners and municipalities started denying permission to do so, in order to play it safe. )ROORZLQJ D ÂżUH DW D VRRQ WR EH FRPPLVsioned sludge pelletization facility, the biosolids disposal situation in Toronto
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remembering that the skills they bring to us were developed in different cultural settings.â&#x20AC;? In January 2011, Engineers Canada echoed this sentiment by launched a new website aimed to help newcomers to Canada plan their engineering career. New threats With ever-increasing automation and remote management, water and wastewater treatment and environmental systems increasingly face threats from PDOLFLRXV LQÂżOWUDWLRQV $FFRUGLQJ WR WKH Repository of Industrial Security Incidents, there was a 300 per cent increase in cyber-security events in the water/ wastewater industry between 2004 and 2009. In 2010, the discovery of the Stux-
net computer worm brought wide spread attention to cyber attacks on infrastructure and industrial control systems. The worm most notably infected computers in an Iranian nuclear plant. Since 2008, ES&E has run numerous articles on the vulnerability of infrastructure, such as keeping records of people who access plants, through smart locks, RU GHYHORSLQJ LQIUDVWUXFWXUH VSHFLÂżF VHcurity policies. In ES&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summer 2013 issue, Victor Wong, a consulting engineer with Opus Dayton Knight, advised municipalities to re-think their security strategies. Pointing to the risks of shared networks, common communication protocols and hardware, and accessibility of training documents online, Mr. Wong warned that water system compromises are not a question of if, but when. Paying it forward Global water supply is an ever-increasing problem and ES&E has strongly supported Water For People. This charitable organization was set up to provide clean drinking water to developing countries, using appropriate, inexpensive and
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sustainable technology. Outbreaks of lethal diseases, which haunted Europe and WKH $PHULFDV IRU FHQWXULHV KDYH HLWKHU been vastly reduced in a number of developing countries, or eliminated thanks to Water For People. ES&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sales Director, Penny Davey, serves on the board of Water For People Canada. Many ES&E articles have postulated that environmental engineers have perhaps done as much for public health as the medical profession. When ES&E was launched in 1988, its goal was to be a voice for Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water, wastewater and environmental protection professionals. Since then, ES&E staff members have been extensively involved with and have won awards from the Water Environment )HGHUDWLRQ WKH $PHULFDQ :DWHU :RUNV $VVRFLDWLRQ WKH :DWHU (QYLURQPHQW $Vsociation of Ontario and the Canadian Business Press. ES&E intends to continue providing vigorous forums where issues affecting environmental professionals can be debated and where new technologies, projects and policies can be introduced. Tom, Steve and Peter Davey
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The 5S Society - recognizing key contributors to the wastewater profession for over 70 years
his year marked the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Ontario Chapter of The Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers (5S). The 5S Society had its beginnings in the United States, but there is some dispute as to where and by whom it was founded. A commonly accepted thesis is that the Original Chapter of the Five S Society was formed in Arizona in October 1940. Other people strongly contend that it had its beginnings in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the Ted Moses High Hat Award. Whatever its origins, independent Chapters of the Society have since been formed in British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, and in many of the American States. In addition, there are Shovelers in Japan, Brazil and The Netherlands. The Chapter in New Zealand is probably the youngest, having been inaugurated in May, 1993.
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( L to R ) ES&E staffers Steve, Penny and Tom Davey are all 5S members.
It will be of interest to Canadians to know that the former Governor General, the late Madame Sauve, was made an Honorary Member of the Florida
Chapter when she spoke at the WPCF Conference in Miami in 1975. The Honourable Roger Simmons, M.P. for Burin-St. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was similarly hon-
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some other utilitarian or decorative purpose. It must always be worn or displayed to indicate a Member in good standing, the penalty for being found without the Shovel by another shoveler being to provide all those present with a refreshment of their choice. Each Member is provided with D 0HPEHUVKLS &HUWLÂżFDWH VLJQHG E\ WKH ,QĂ&#x20AC;XHQW ,QWHJUDWRU DV S+ DQG E\ twelve other shovelers for the remaining concentrations from pH 1 to pH 13.
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ON THE 30th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 5S ONTARIO CHAPTER (1983 TO 2013) SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY SUPPLEMENT TO THE SPRING 2013 5S NEWSLETTER
Founding members of the 5S Society Ontario Chapter.
Many of these hard workers do not become President of their Association, or receive one of the coveted awards associated with water pollution control activities, and the Five S Society does provide a method of expressing recognition and gratitude for their efforts. It is important to appreciate that one cannot â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;joinâ&#x20AC;? the Society, but that members are â&#x20AC;&#x153;selectedâ&#x20AC;? on the basis of merit. There are no dues for Membership in the Society, nor are there any 2IÂżFHUV H[FHSW WKH Âł,QĂ&#x20AC;XHQW ,QWHJUDtorâ&#x20AC;?, who is designated by the neutral â&#x20AC;&#x153;pH 7â&#x20AC;?. Those who attend wastewater association events will have seen colleagues adorned with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gold Shovel Emblemâ&#x20AC;?. It is worn as a lapel pin, tie clasp or for www.esemag.com
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Recent no-fault orders are dumping cleanup costs on innocent parties By John Willms
ith little public debate and virtually no media attention, several significant legal precedents are expanding the scope and financial impact of environmental obligations. Two recent court cases illustrate how the socalled “no-fault” provisions in Ontario’s environmental laws can saddle innocent parties, both corporate and individual, with millions of dollars in remediation costs. At the same time, a bankruptcy case in Newfoundland is forcing environmental agencies to pursue these innocent “deep pockets” ever more vigorously, to fund future cleanup projects.
The Ministry had already issued a remediation Order on the responsible parties, but they had fully expended their available insurance coverage. Spilled oil had spread onto City property. Therefore, a second Order could rightfully be issued to the Kawartha Lakes, as the party that “owns or has management and control of an undertaking or a property,” even though it bore no fault for the original spill. The City’s appeal of the remediation Order was denied by the Environmental Review Tribunal. The City’s further appeal was heard by the Ontario Court of Appeal on May 1, 2013. The Court dismissed the City’s appeal.
Case #1: City of Kawartha Lakes* In 2009, the City of Kawartha Lakes was ordered by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) to clean up a fuel oil spill it did not cause. Since then, the municipality has fought a series of legal battles to correct what it considers “a breach of natural justice.” Kawartha
Case #2: Northstar Aerospace MOE has issued orders to ensure that the directors and officers (D&Os) of a bankrupt aerospace company are personally responsible for a multi-million dollar groundwater cleanup project around one of the firm’s former plants in Cambridge, Ontario. On November 14, 2012, the Ministry issued a Director’s Order to continue remediation work against 13 former D&Os of Northstar Aerospace (Canada) Inc. and its parent company Northstar Aerospace, Inc. This was issued on the grounds that they had “management or control” of the contaminated site between 2003 and 2012. However, it is likely that most or all of the groundwater contamination occurred prior to the tenure of any of the named D&Os. The outstanding site monitoring and cleanup is expected to cost some $15 million over the next 10 years. In turn, 12 of the former D&Os have appealed the Order to the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) and filed a motion in the Ontario Superior Court requesting it determine the validity of the Order under the bankruptcy proceedings. The ERT appeal has yet to be scheduled. The Superior Court hearing was held April 18, 2013, and the Court has reserved judgment. In the interim, the former D&Os must continue to pay
Lakes insists that, before imposing a cleanup Order on an “innocent party,” the MOE had a duty to first consider any other persons who may have been at fault for the spill, or the off-site migration of the oil. The MOE maintains it has the discretion to issue a preventative Order under section 157(1) of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), to ensure prompt remediation and minimize any adverse effects without regard to fault. 28 | September/October 2013
the cleanup costs, estimated at $100,000 per month. Case #3: AbitibiBowater Inc. In a closely watched case, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that environmental cleanup orders issued by Newfoundland and Labrador on AbitibiBowater Inc. do not have priority over other claims in the bankruptcy queue. The company, which now operates as Resolute Forest Products Inc., had instituted restructuring proceedings in 2009. Subsequently, the province filed Ministerial remediation orders for five Abitibi sites and expropriated three of the properties. The estimated costs of the cleanup ranged between $50 and $100 million. The case was heard November 16, 2011, and the decision dismissing the appeal with costs was released December 7, 2012. While the decision is specific to the particular facts of this case, we expect that environmental ministries across the country will be considering the impact of the ruling and will be revising their enforcement policies (written or informal) accordingly. The inexorable conclusion is that environmental ministries will be issuing cleanup orders sooner rather than later, ignoring questions of causation and fault. They are looking for “deep pockets” to pay remediation costs and are making claims against both a company and its directors and officers. John Willms is a partner with Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP, E-mail: email@example.com
*Details of this case were outlined in greater detail in an article, also by John Willms, entitled Kawartha Lakes fights MOE order to pay for oil spill costs” which appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine - www.esemag.com.
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Managing water loss with pressure reducing valves
n a global basis, it is estimated that 33 billion cubic meters of treated water are lost at an estimated cost of $15 billion per year. North America seems to be lagging behind in its awareness of this issue, but is gradually catching up to the rest of the world. System losses vary by utility; however, water losses ranging from 15 to 70 per cent are common. According to the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Association, up to 30 per cent of treated water in Canada goes into the ground. When a utility undertakes a major water loss project, multiple control zones with a single source of water (if possible) are required. These zones are referred to as DMAs, or district metered areas. It is common for a mid- to large-sized utility to establish hundreds of DMAs. Assuming residential, commercial and industrial users are being metered, you now have measured flow into the DMA, as well as flow to users. There is a direct correlation between pressure and leakage. If you reduce pressure by one per cent, you will reduce leakage by approximately 1.15 per cent (subject to variation). The goal then is to develop multiple smaller DMAs within a utility and give customers just enough pressure to serve their needs, while eliminating over-pressures. Good pressure management is typically the most economical approach to reducing water loss. Each DMA requires a meter as well as a pilot-operated control valve. These valves are built to different standards worldwide and vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Different quality materials may be used by different manufacturers. There are also many options that can be added to increase the life of these valves, or to make maintenance easier. AWWA has a standard (Standard C530) for pilot-operated control valves that is highly recommended. Here are some options for pilot-operated control valves, for reducing pressure and leakage: 1. Standard pressure reducing valves A standard pressure reducing valve (PRV)
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By Brad Clarke
is familiar to most users. For a utility undertaking pressure management and establishing DMAs, it is often an excellent selection. This valve has typically one pilot and one pressure setting. You manually set the pilot to the one pressure you desire downstream and that is the pressure you get. Downstream pressure setting is maintained as a constant, regardless of varying upstream pressures or flow rates. This style of valve needs a differential pressure of 10 psi, or .6 bar, between the inlet and outlet of the valve to function effectively. To change pressure, the operator must adjust the valve manually by changing the pressure setting on the pilot. This style of valve works very well with medium to high system pressures. If available pressure differential drops below 10 psi (.6 bar), pressure reducing valves cannot open fully and, as the available pressure drop is further reduced, flow approaches zero. 2. Low pressure pressure reducing valves - If very low pressures are encountered during peak demand periods, standard PRVs cannot supply the required flow. If inlet pressures drop below 10 psi (.6 bar), the differential pressure across the valve is not enough to maintain the valve in the open position. Valve capacity is reduced and downstream customers may not have enough water.
This issue can be overcome by using two pilots. The first is a standard PRV pilot that is used to control or reduce pressure at non-peak usage periods. The second is a modified altitude pilot that allows the main valve bonnet to vent to atmosphere at a predetermined low pressure (usually just below the downstream set-point). When inlet pressure drops below the low pressure setpoint, the main valve opens fully. This minimizes pressure loss during peak periods. The valve can open fully, even with pressures as low as 2 psi (.13 bar). A standard PRV typically has the pilot set for the lowest pressure required at peak demand, to make sure that all users have enough pressure to satisfy their needs. Remember that the outlet pressure setting remains constant, regardless of variances in inlet pressure or flow rate. During nonpeak usage, there is less demand on the system, so pressure loss though the distribution and service mains is much less. This results in higher downstream pressures, especially in areas remote from the PRV. At non-peak times, increased pressure has two negative outcomes: leakage rates increase and pipes burst. The above scenario can be overcome in part by using two standard PRV pilots on the main valve. One pilot is set for high demand pressure (day time), while the other is set for low demand pressure (night time). A solenoid valve is sup-
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Water Loss plied and a basic timing controller decides which of the two pilots is utilized. Depending on availability of power, a standard solenoid with a locally sourced timing device may be used. Alternately, if no power is available, a battery-operated timer (submersible), combined with a latching solenoid valve using minimal power, may be utilized. The above options can be very economical, with excellent results; however it is important to consider the fire department’s minimum pressure requirements. 3. Pressure reducing valves — self adjusting based on flow (pressure/flow control) - Combination pressure flow control valves can be a very interesting option. This style of valve senses flow through pressure differential across either a correctly sized orifice plate, or partially open gate valve, downstream of the PRV. The standard PRV pilot has a large secondary diaphragm operator, that adjusts the pilot setpoint based on flow. The PRV pilot is set for minimum (night) pressure. The secondary operator then increases the setpoint as the flow increases. Minimum setpoint and pressure increase are deter-
mined, to ensure adequate pressure in all parts of the DMA at peak demand. A limitation on this style of valve is that it must be a single source to a DMA. Multiple valves feeding a DMA will not function correctly. 4. Pressure reducing valves incorporating third party control — time switched or flow modulation - When utilizing this type of control, a standard PRV complete with main valve and pilot is utilized. A third party manufacturer of controllers and interface units will adapt its equipment to interface with the PRV manufacturer’s pilot. Usually a Bias chamber will be mounted under the pilot, or an actuation device will be mounted on top of the pilot, depending on the controller manufacturer. Flow modulation will react to flow variations in the system and adjust pressure accordingly. If flow modulation is not required, time-based control can be utilized with this equipment. 5. Pressure reducing valves utilizing motor driven pilot interfacing with SCADA - In this case, a sturdy slow speed 24 VDC (AC option available) motor-op-
erated device is fitted to the top of the pilot and attaches to the adjustment screw. This device requires less than 1 amp to operate and is controlled by a 4 – 20 mA signal from the water distribution SCADA system. The very low power requirement lends itself well to a solar powered self-contained station. Extended power failure would result in constant pressure at the last setting. Pressure transmitters (upstream and downstream) can be used in conjunction with flow transmitters at the DMA, so that real time data is available on SCADA. This information allows continuous adjustments of pressures based on flow demand. 6. Pressure reducing valve pre-packaged systems - Utilities are utilizing pre-packaged systems on pressure reduction stations. These pre-packaged stations make sense for use in DMAs, because they are built in a clean environment, pretested and are quicker to install on site. They can be custom designed and are often more economical. Brad Clarke is with Singer Valve Inc. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Low cost installation and operation of a modified SBR system with potential for effluent reuse By John Seguire and Albert Wakim
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Controlling Geosmin and MIB in drinking water reservoirs and treatment plants
eosmin (4, 8a-dimethyl-decahydronaphthalen-4a-ol) and MIB (2methylisoborneol) are the two most common naturally-occurring contaminants that cause taste and odour (T&O) problems. Their control in source water reservoirs and at WKH WUHDWPHQW SODQW FDQ EH GLI¿FXOW DQG expensive. Although MIB and geosmin do not pose a health threat, these compounds create a displeasing earthy/musty (E/M) taste and odour when present above sensory thresholds. Often the public perceives E/M water to be unsafe or unhealthy because it is aesthetically objectionable. This creates a public relations problem for the water utility and can result in loss of consumer trust. Project objectives and approach The central objective of the Water Research Foundation’s project #3032, A Decision Tool for Earthy/Musty Taste and Odour Control, was to develop a decision-making tool to help utilities develop reasonable and defensible treatment goals for managing geosmin and MIB T&O events. This decision methodology integrates the various facWRUV WKDW LQÀXHQFH WKH GHFLVLRQ PDNLQJ process. This project covers seven E/M T&O management-related topics: 1. Summarize the occurrence, treatability, and impact of MIB and geosmin
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on water treatment plants. 2. Conduct utility and consumer surveys to identify how utilities are currently setting E/M T&O goals and how consumers perceive E/M T&Os. 3. Evaluate the effect of background water quality on the perception of E/M taste and odour. 4. Use case studies to illustrate how some utilities have addressed longterm E/M T&O issues. 5. Use this data to develop a tool to help water utility managers navigate the decision-making process for managing geosmin and MIB in the finished water. Measurement of Geosmin and MIB The literature review investigated analytical chemistry laboratory analysis capabilities as the reproducible limits of detection. The reproducible analytical
Human sensitivity to Geosmin and MIB Odour threshold concentration (OTC) studies described in the literature review vary between one and 15 ng/L at room temperature. A range of 5 to 10 ng/L is considered to be the general public’s OTC. These values are based upon the geosmin or MIB geometric mean, where 50 percent of the population can detect WKHP )3$ LQWHQVLW\ IRU WKH 27& LV RQH An evaluation of the effect of background water quality on human sensitivity found that it did not affect the odour SHUFHLYHG E\ DQ )3$ RGRXU SDQHO IRU geosmin or MIB. However, dechlorination increased the earthy odour of geosmin and the earthy odour of the geosPLQ 0,% FRPELQDWLRQ 7KLV FRQ¿UPV the chlorine odour intensity effect, that chlorine masks geosmin (earthy) odour. However, it does not affect the musty odour of MIB. continued overleaf...
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may tend to be the same across markets, although the distribution of perceptions did vary as a function of market and whether or not a T&O event was occurring. Utilities need to assess their own consumer bases for perception and acceptance of E/M odours in its market. This conclusion is supported by previous studies (Mackey et al. 2003 and 2004, Zhang 1992a and 1992b). This and previous research (Mackey et al. 2003) also indicate that, while consumer surveying is a useful measure of consumer satisfaction, it is not reliable as a sole means of diagnosing T&O problems. An increase in consumer complaints can indicate a problem, but the consumerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s descriptions alone should not be relied upon to consistently and accurately diagnose the type of T&O problem. Current utility practices A small survey of 19 current utility practices found that many of the respondents did not have clearly stated treatment goals. Thirty-four percent of the XWLOLWLHV GLG QRW KDYH D VSHFLÂżF JRDO DQG 29 percent had only a qualitative E/M treatment goal, such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;not objectionable to consumers.â&#x20AC;? Thirty-seven percent of the utilities had a quantitative treatment goal to address E/M T&O. The goals reported were within a reasonably narrow range: geosmin goals ranged from 5 to 18 ng/L and MIB goals ranged from â&#x20AC;&#x153;not detectableâ&#x20AC;? (3 to 5 ng/L) to a maximum of 18 ng/L. In all cases where quantitative goals were established, the aim was to minimize, or potentially eliminate con-
sumer complaints. The participating utilities set achievable treatment goals based upon consumer perceptions in their area DQG GHWHUPLQHG VSHFLÂżF ZDWHU WUHDWPHQW goals of 10 ng/L. 6RXUFH FRQWURO FDQ EH WKH ÂżUVW OHDVW expensive control option, particularly in the watershed. Hydraulic changes, including temporarily bypassing an E/M water source, changing the raw water blend, and taking water from different levels in a reservoir, can also be low-cost methods for mitigating T&O events. The literature review and the case studies found that, when this type of mitigation is not adequate or possible, powdered activated carbon (PAC) is generally preferred when concentrations are low enough not to preclude this choice. When the events occur too often, granular activated carbon (GAC) or advanced oxidation is used. Using a decision tool to evaluate options The data reported above were used to develop an Earthy/Musty Taste &Odour Management Decision Tool. It can help utilities characterize their E/M T&O problems, identify reasonable goals for geosmin and MIB control, and develop alternative scenarios for meeting these goals (i.e., determine what processes can meet different levels of desired geosmin and MIB removal). This methodology is designed to be used in a stepwise fashion, starting with characterization of the E/M T&O problem. Then it assesses the feasibility of proven (and if desired, new) approach-
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Drinking Water Quality HV WR DGGUHVVLQJ WKH SUREOHP ,W ÂżQLVKHV with an evaluation of the feasible options and selection of the next step(s) in the E/M T&O management process. However, at any point in the evaluation process, if all the alternatives appear XQWHQDEOH WKH XVHU PD\ HLWKHU UHGHÂżQH a portion of the scenario and start over, or jump ahead to plan the next action(s). The Microsoft Excel version of this decision methodology, included on the Water Research Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s web site, leads the user through the decision process, automates many of the calculations, and facilitates development of multiple event/management scenarios. The chief goal of this tool is to help the user develop a reasonable, attainable treatment goal, so they may be confused as to why it is only Step 2 in the decision process. The tool is organized in the VSHFLÂżHG RUGHU EHFDXVH VHWWLQJ D JRDO and determining the feasible options to meet it are interrelated. :KHWKHU RU QRW D GHÂżQHG JRDO LV WKH correct one for a given circumstance is based in part on the feasibility of implementing the needed change(s) to the feed waterâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;treatment plantâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;storage sys-
tem. Determining what system changes might be needed to meet the goal cannot be achieved before a treatment goal is proposed. This tool can be used to develop as many different event/management scenarios as desired, until a treatment goal-feasible process options scenario is reached (or until the desired range of options is assessed). Chapters One-Three describe how to navigate the methodology and describe the required information. This tool is intended to facilitate the planning process, but is not intended to replace a detailed study, pre-design, and/or master plan. T&O abatement and treatment performance technologies and DSSURDFKHV YDU\ RQ D VLWH VSHFLÂżF EDVLV Studies and design efforts are required DQG VKRXOG EH WDLORUHG WR WKH VSHFLÂżF source water(s) at a given utility. Recommendations Regardless of the control approach to minimize taste and odour problems caused by earthy/musty odours in drinking water, it is important to understand the preventative methods and the connection between the source water, the
biology of production, the chemistry and treatment processes being considered, and the water distribution system. When possible, water utilities should: â&#x20AC;˘ Strongly consider conducting a watershed evaluation following a significant E/M T&O event to determine the possible cause(s) and to identify possible source control options. â&#x20AC;˘ Develop a source water monitoring plan to facilitate detection of incipient T&O events. â&#x20AC;˘ Determine their own odour threshold concentrations and specific treatment goals for geosmin and MIB in their background water, with its high and low chlorine concentrations, and monitor consumer complaints. â&#x20AC;˘ Carefully monitor their watershed by odour panel and chemical analysis for earthy/musty odours and/or geosmin and MIB, respectively. â&#x20AC;˘ Develop their own E/M T&O treatment goals, based on considerations of the extent of the problem, costs, logistics, and consumer sensitivity. For more information, visit www.awwarf.org
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deep-trench system. However, conventional pressure dosing of deep beds would require excessive pump capacity (horsepower) as well as wet well capacity. This was due to the need to dose at proper pressure and maintain that pressure over the entire trench (approximately 96 ft.) and all discharge holes. As well, pressure dosing of this magnitude would result in very challenging hydraulics, because the site was on a gentle hill with varying slopes. Horvat Excavating recommended using a drip irrigation system at the college, which was agreed to by Brinjac Engineering and further approved by the MDE. Among the reasons for this recommendation: â&#x20AC;¢ Simpler design, as the drip system is less susceptible to hydraulics/grades for this site.
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Figure 1: Overall site layout with WWTP and deep trench area.
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Effective WWTP odour control provides many benefits
he Swansea wasteacid scrubbing tower, followed water treatment by two sodium hydroxide/hyplant in Wales pochlorite scrubbers (pH9 and was constructed in pH11). The emission discharge 1996 to meet the stringent limit of H2S was set at 70 ppb. European Union tests for A number of sporadic odour Swansea Bay. At the time, complaints had been investiit was deemed to be one of gated and were determined to the most technologically coincide with the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doors advanced wastewater treatbeing opened. In 2006, the ment plants in the world. chemical scrubber developed The plant was constructed a leak and extensive refurbishpartially below ground, so as ment/replacement was going to to be virtually invisible from be required. inland. The works included The Terminodour Air Handling Unit installed at Swansea Client options and process an activated sludge plant; Bay WWTP. selection work in the whole of Wales. inlet screening; primary, With the chemical scrubber The plant is designed to handle requiring major refurbishment of the secondary and tertiary treatment prior to UV disinfection; and discharge via a a population equivalent of 165,000. scrubber vessels, the client requested Due to its close proximity to residen- Imtech to investigate potential options. long sea outfall into Swansea Bay. The plant is owned and operated tial areas, careful attention was paid to As well, poor air quality issues within by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, who odour control and twin-train three-stage the building that had led to the doors appointed Imtech Process (formerly 70,000 m3/hr chemical scrubbers were being opened, were to be investigated. MEICA) as their process contractor used. The following options were actively Each train consists of a sulphuric considered: partners, to carry out all new upgrade
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The Terminodour system was installed at Swansea WWTP’s lamella areas, inlet works and FOG areas.
• Refurbish/replace and increase volumetric flow through the chemical scrubber. • Replacement of the primary lamella tank covers. • Septicity control applied to the incoming sewer.
• A Terminodour positive pressure ionisation system. Replacement of the primary lamella tank covers was eliminated, due to the lack of manpower available on-site to constantly remove and replace the covers for sludging and backwash arrangements.
Septicity control was eliminated, as the operational cost of dosing was unsustainable. Refurbishment/replacement of the existing chemical scrubber was technically an acceptable solution, but capital costs were high and the limitations on improving the extraction rate were considerable. Terminodour had a relatively low capital cost and very low operational costs, but was unproven on a project of this magnitude. However, it had worked successfully at several smaller Dwr Cymru Welsh Water sites. Imtech decided to carry out a trial of Terminodour in the primary lamella tank area of the building, which was the area of most concern in the plant. If the trial was successful, it would be installed throughout the building. Process description The Terminodour™ system is located in an Air Handling Unit (AHU) situated within the building. The AHU is manufactured from double-skin galvanised mild steel (stainless steel is continued overleaf...
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an option), with a foam core providing acoustic insulation and protection from the elements. Air is drawn in through external louvers by heavy duty fans, mounted within the AHU and then filtered to remove particulates. Air is then fed into the plasma reactor section, where it flows over corona discharge tubes and oxygen molecules are ionised. Ionised air is then fed via stainless steel ductwork into the lamella tank area. When the negatively charged oxygen ions meet the positively charged hydrogen sulphide ions, a collision occurs
and oxidation reaction commences. No separate ventilation system is required for the building, as the Terminodour system provides ventilation and odour abatement. The process is ATEX certified, for operation in explosive atmospheres. Performance testing The primary lamella area was sectioned off from the rest of the building and the Terminodour system was installed. OdaLog gas monitors were installed just above the top water level (TWL). Another
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set of monitors were located on the handrail approximately 1.5 m above the lower logger. The criteria for success were determined to be an 80 per cent reduction in odours between the two logger points. The results are detailed in Table 1. The operators’ favourable response, combined with the successful performance test data, led to CSO Technik being awarded the balance of the contract. Terminodour was then installed to service the inlet screenings, the fats, oil and grease area, the aeration tanks, and the outfall area. Post installation review The system has run effectively for several years and the following benefits have been noted: • The system continues to provide effective odour control and no complaints were received. • Capital cost of the system was less than 50 per cent of refurbishing the chemical scrubber. • Operators no longer have to wear breathing apparatus to carry out their duties. • The client has been able to reclassify and downgrade hazardous areas. • Corrosion within the building, particularly to the control panel busbars and wiring, which were being replaced every six months, has been eliminated. • Maintenance is minimal but carried out by CSO Technik under a quarterly service agreement. • Operational costs have been drastically reduced. Kusters Water is the exclusive distributor of Terminodour in North America. For more information, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Improving nitrification at a WWTP with variable loading By Duane Forth, Dave Chapman and Tim Howarth
he Caledonia Wastewater Treatment Plant services the Town of Caledonia (Pop. approx. 9,600) and has a nominal design capacity of 7,200 m3/d. It uses a conventional activated sludge process ZLWK Ã&#x20AC;RZ HTXDOL]DWLRQ WHUWLDU\ Â¿OWUDWLRQ HIÃ&#x20AC;XHQW FKORULQDWLRQ GH FKORULQDtion, chemical addition for phosphorus removal and aerobic sludge digestion. A septage receiving station handles private holding tank, septic tank and portable toilet wastes from the local DUHD 7UHDWHG HIÃ&#x20AC;XHQW IURP WKH SODQW LV discharged into the Grand River, and is required to meet monthly averages for concentrations of cBOD5 (25 mg/L), TSS (25 mg/L), TP (0.3 mg/L), and ammonia (1 mg/L from May to November and 2 mg/L from December to April). A consultant study in 2006 recommended that the plant be de-rated to 4,600 m3/d. In October 2008, a Compre-
Al Campbell (operator) using a sludge judge to take a core sample from clarifier. Dave Chapman and Jim Matthews, CPO Inc., provided technical assistance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; training.
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Wastewater Treatment Eddy 2003). In contrast to alum, sodium aluminate is strongly alkaline and therefore does not consume alkalinity. Sodium aluminate has a percentage of aluminum-ion of 10.7%, in comparison to 4.3% for liquid alum. As sodium aluminate is more expensive than alum on a per unit volume basis, the trial compared dosages and costs to those for alum and supplementary soda ash. For an eight week period in the fall of 2011, the performance of alum with supplementary soda ash dosed to one train was compared to sodium aluminate dosed to the second train. Results indicated that sodium aluminate was an acceptable alternative to alum. Subsequently the entire plant was switched to sodium aluminate for total phosphorus control in November 2011. The plant operated with only sodium aluminate from November 2011 until the end of June 2012. Then, supplemental liquid caustic (sodium hydroxide) ZDV DGGHG WR PDLQWDLQ VHFRQGDU\ HIÀXent alkalinity above the operating goal of 50 mg/L Conclusions The addition of hauled sewage conWULEXWHG WR SRRU QLWUL¿FDWLRQ SHUIRUPDQFH %HQFK VFDOH QLWUL¿FDWLRQ WHVWV determined that the hauled sewage was not inhibitory. High concentrations of TKN in the hauled sewage exerted an alkalinity demand which exceeded that of the raw sewage. 1LWUL¿FDWLRQ UDWHV GURSSHG ZKHQ VHFRQGDU\ HIÀXHQW S+ GHFUHDVHG EHORZ and ceased entirely at a pH of 5.7 s.u.. 7R DFKLHYH HIÀXHQW DPPRQLD FRQFHQWUDtions below 1.0 mg/L in the summer and 2.0 mg/L in the winter, operating goals RI PJ / DONDOLQLW\ DQG V X S+ had to be maintained in the secondary HIÀXHQW DV PLQLPXPV Soda ash addition was successful in PDLQWDLQLQJ VHFRQGDU\ HIÀXHQW JRDOV for pH and alkalinity but was labour intensive. Substituting alum with sodium aluminate for phosphorus removal ZDV VXFFHVVIXO LQ DFKLHYLQJ HIÀXHQW phosphorus concentrations and mainWDLQLQJ HIÀXHQW S+ DQG DONDOLQLW\ RSerating goals. However, supplemental pH and alkalinity control was still required during the summer when inÀXHQW 7.1 FRQFHQWUDWLRQV ZHUH KLJKHU www.esemag.com
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Evaluating the removal costs of hexavalent chromium in drinking water
hromium typically occurs in two oxidation states in the natural environment, water treatment processes and water distribution systems: trivalent chromium (chromium-3, Cr(III), Cr+3), and hexavalent chromium (chromium-6, Cr(VI), Cr+6). Trivalent chromium has been considered an essential human nutrient. Recent studies, however, have shown no deleterious effects from low Cr(III) in the diet and there is no known biological mechanistic function for Cr(III) in cells. This calls into question whether Cr(III) is truly an essential nutrient (Di Bona et al. 2011). Hexavalent chromium has been demonstrated to be a human carcinogen when inhaled. Its health effects through ingestion, which is the dominant exposure route for drinking water, are currently under review. Hexavalent chromium in drinking ZDWHU ZDV ÂżUVW EURXJKW WR WKH SXEOLFÂśV attention in 1993 when Erin Brockovich highlighted contamination in groundwater near Hinkley, California. In 2010, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reported trace levels of hexavalent chromium in 31 of 35 U.S. tap waters tested. Although this was not a peer-reviewed VFLHQWLÂżF VWXG\ LW GLG UHQHZ SXEOLF LQterest in hexavalent chromium. USEPA is currently considering whether or not to establish maximum FRQWDPLQDQW OHYHOV 0&/ VSHFLÂżFDOO\ for hexavalent chromium. A February
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2011 U.S. congressional hearing, which was largely focused on the EWG study, further highlighted the hexavalent chromium issue. The goal of this review is to better inform potential regulatory action on this issue by summarizing what is known about hexavalent chromium, as well as pointing out gaps in current knowledge. Health effects Decades of epidemiological studies have shown that occupational exposure of workers in various industries (electroplating, chrome pigment, mining, leather tanning, and chrome alloy production) to
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airborne hexavalent chromium posed increased risks of lung cancer. Assessments of the carcinogenic potential of inhaled hexavalent chromium are summarized in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) for chromium (USEPA, 1998), Kimbrough et al (1999), and references in IARC (1990). In early 2012, the Water Research Foundation partnered with the American :DWHU :RUNV $VVRFLDWLRQÂśV :DWHU ,QGXVtry Technical Action Fund to fund WaterRF project #4432, National and California Treatment Costs to comply with Potential Hexavalent Chromium MCLs. This project was a collaborative effort amongst Chad Seidel and Chris Corwin of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Issam Najm of Water Quality & Treatment Solutions, Inc., and Nicole Blute and Xueying Wu of Hazen and Sawyer. Approach To conduct the cost estimates, the research team used data analyzed in another WaterRF project, Total Chromium and Hexavalent Chromium Occurrence Analysis, to identify entry points (EP) with reported Cr(VI) and total chromium levels. Five potential Cr(VI) treatment goals were considered: 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 Îźg/L. The team then developed treatment capital and operations and maintenance (O&M) costs as a function of EP size for each of four technologies: UHGXFWLRQ FRDJXODWLRQ ÂżOWUDWLRQ 5&) strong base anion exchange (SBA),
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Drinking Water Treatment weak base anion exchange (WBA), and reverse osmosis (RO). Treatment costs were based on a combination of engineersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; estimates, information from existing plants where available, and EPA cost equations. Previous work at Glendale Water and Power was particularly helpful for this task, and D ÂżQDO UHSRUW RQ WKLV ZRUN was submitted to the California Department of Public Health. For each EP size and target Cr(VI) level, the treatment technology with the lowest annualized cost was then determined. National costs were estimated by summing the costs of treatment systems for all EPs. Results National cost estimates ranged sigQLÂżFDQWO\ GXH SULPDULO\ WR WZR IDFWRUV uncertainty in occurrence data and different waste handling scenarios. For each treatment option, one scenario for waste handling was a simple and lower cost option, and the second was a complex and higher cost option, resulting in upper and lower limits for cost estimates. Figure 1 presents the potential range of the annualized cost for each Cr(VI) treatment goal based on the combination of the ranges under both Scenarios One and Two. Annualized costs were calculated as the sum of the annual O&M cost and the amortized capital cost. For a Cr(VI) goal of 20 Îźg/L, the national annualized cost may range from $300 million/yr to $1.2 billion/yr. For a Cr(VI) goal of 1 Îźg/L, the national annualized cost may range from $7.1 billion/yr to $82 billion/yr. Annual O&M costs comprise approximately 50% of the annualized costs for each Cr(VI) treatment goal under Scenario One and approximately 50â&#x20AC;&#x201C;80% under Scenario Two. These increase with lower treatment goals, due to the more stringent requirements for residuals handling and disposal. &DOLIRUQLD FRVW HVWLPDWHV EHQHÂżWed from more robust occurrence data, thereby reducing one level of uncertainW\ EXW FRVW HVWLPDWHV VWLOO UHĂ&#x20AC;HFW D UDQJH due to uncertainties regarding different waste handling scenarios. Figure 2 presents the potential range of the California annualized cost for each Cr(VI) treatment goal based on the combination of the ranges under Scenarios One and Two. For a Cr(VI) goal of 20 Îźg/L, the www.esemag.com
California annualized cost may range from $80 million/yr to $120 million/yr. For a Cr(VI) goal of 1 Îźg/L, the California annualized cost may range from $2.6 billion/yr to $8.4 billion/yr. The report noted that these estimates are based on limited information, and PDQ\ NQRZOHGJH JDSV ZHUH LGHQWLÂżHG during the course of the analysis. Occurrence data from EPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Third Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule will greatly help tighten national estimates. All of
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Popular Quebec lakefront lodge gets new highperformance wastewater treatment system By Roger Lacasse
aint-Hippolyte’s Auberge du Lac Morency resort is nestled in the heart of the Laurentian Mountains, 50 minutes north of Montreal. Built in 1934 on the shores of Lake Morency, it welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Over the years, the resort has grown into an international holiday destination, prized by ecologically-minded travellers for its environmentally-friendly approach to lodging and its first-rate, locally grown and sustainable gourmet fare. The owners share a long-time commitment to protecting the natural surrounding habitat with their guests, who are invited to make easy eco-gestures to limit the environmental impact of their stay. Challenges Installed almost 20 years ago, the existing intermittent sand filter septic system treated wastewater generated from different sources, such as the dining room’s kitchen, the spa and approximately 40 rooms and 60 condo units. However, it had reached
Auberge Morency in Saint-Hippolyte is located on the shores of Lake Morency in the Laurentian Mountains.
Installed almost 20 years ago, the existing intermittent sand filter septic system treated wastewater generated from different sources, such as the dining room’s kitchen. the end of its useful life and began to show signs of failure. Final effluent discharge into a nearby stream, leading to Lake Morency and then into Lake L’Achigan, was deemed harmful to the sensitive watercourse and had preoccupied the local lake association for some time. The nature of the site’s geology prevented any infiltration. Additionally, space available for a new installation and access to the mountainous setting was quite limited. Therefore, the owners required an ultra compact system, which could be delivered to the site partly pre-packaged. Also, its footprint had to pose minimal restrictions to the popular outdoors activities offered year-round at the resort. The solution called for an on-site, high-performance wastewater treatment system, offering exceptional levels of effluent quality and stable treatment performances, including disinfection, nitrogen reduction and phosphorus removal. The solution would have to be permanent, low maintenance and offer top treatment performance for many years. Solution High-quality effluent produced by EcoprocessTM Membrane Bioreactor from Premier Tech Aqua met the strictest quality requirements for discharge. This was as much for the reduction of 54 | September/October 2013
The final footprint of the treatment plant, including raw sewage lift station, primary treatment and balancing tank is 518 m2.
The three pre-packaged, rotomolded tanks inside the 90 m2 building house the membranes.
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Wastewater Treatment ensure simple, high-quality installation. The building housing the MBR treatment technology, measures just over 90 m2 and was easily integrated into the surrounding environment. The footprint of the complete treatment plant, including the raw sewage lift station, primary treatment and balancing tank, covers a total surface of 518 m2. Table 1 shows data provided by Roy & Vézina Associés, which Premier Tech Aqua used to design the Ecoprocess MBR. These parameters are for a daily maximum flow of 70 m3/d and a temperature of 16°C The environmental discharge objectives for this project’s final effluent are shown in Table 2. Treatment performance levels offered by the Ecoprocess
Wastewater generated from the kitchen flows first through a grease trap to retain fats, oil and grease and then to individual septic tanks. Membrane Bioreactor are shown in Table 3. Complete treatment process Wastewater generated from the kitchen flows first through a grease trap to retain fats, oil and grease and then to individual septic tanks. Each tank is equipped with an effluent filter to retain a certain percentage of suspended solids. A pumping station for the clarified wastewater collects and carries it from all the septic tanks to an equalization tank. It has an effective volume of 23.3 m3 with eight hours retention time. Two of the three pumps installed inside the equalization tank are dedicated to feeding the membrane bioreactor. The other is used to recirculate water to the sludge storing tank for phosphorus removal. Ecoprocess MBR technology One membrane bioreactor, of an approximate effective volume of 41 m3, is separated into four compartments. The first compartment is equipped with fine bubble diffusers, which provide oxygen for biological wastewater treatment. The effective volume of the basin is 26 m3. The three other compartments operate in parallel and serve as membrane ultrafiltration tanks that clarify the wastewater. Each ultrafiltration tank is 5 m3 and holds a flat sheet membrane with an effective surface of 100 m2. Three pumps withdraw permeate out of the bioreactor and redirect it to a perforated pipe covered by crushed stone. The treated water then flows by gravity into the watercourse. Biological and chemical sludge are pumped into a storage tank. The operating cycles of the biological aeration, self-scouring, mechanical and chemical backwash of the membrane, are controlled by a state-of-the art central panel, specifically designed for this application. Telemetry is also available. The treatment system, installed and commissioned by Premier Tech Aqua in the spring of 2013, is designed to ensure the simplicity, reliability and robustness required for on-site wastewater treatment. Roger Lacasse is with Premier Tech Aqua. For more information, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.esemag.com
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Helping agencies cope when a storm hits
he rainfall event that hit the Greater Toronto Area on July 8, 2013, exceeded the 1 in 100 year return period in many areas. Total rainfall in some areas exceeded 110mm within a two hour period. The timing and intensity of the storm had immediate and long-term impacts on the region. Serious disruption to commuters ZDV FDXVHG E\ VXUIDFH Ă&#x20AC;RRGLQJ Ă&#x20AC;RRGHG highways, limited public transport and even a partially submerged two-storey passenger train. The lasting impacts, which are not always easy to identify and quantify, were Ă&#x20AC;RRGLQJ WR EXVLQHVVHV DQG KRPHV DQG ZDVWHZDWHU RYHUĂ&#x20AC;RZ LQWR WKH HQYLURQPHQW 7KHVH HQYLURQPHQWDO DQG ÂżQDQcial consequences are generally caused by the inability of stormwater infrastructure to cope with large rainfall events. A UDLQIDOO HYHQW LV GHÂżQHG DV D UDLQIDOO YROXPH SUHFHGHG DQG IROORZHG E\ D VSHFLÂżF dry period. With large storm events such as the one on July 8 being reported more frequently, people are looking for answers as to why their homes and businesses DQG FRPPXWHU URXWHV DUH EHLQJ Ă&#x20AC;RRGed. In the current age of information, 24-hour media coverage and connection through social media, municipal and government agencies are being pressured to quickly respond to hazardous
Serious disruption to commuters was caused by surface flooding, flooded highways, limited public transport.
environmental events. The senior management of such agencies rely on their support departments to help inform the public and to understand the extent of the rainfall in these large storms. Cole Engineering Group Ltd. from Markham, Ontario, is leading the way in real-time environmental monitoring and analytic solutions in the Greater Toronto Area. Working collaboratively with the Cities of Toronto and Mississauga and the Region of Peel, they have been able to streamline the data collection and analysis process of rain gauge networks. The importance of real-time rainfall
monitoring could not have been greater during and after the excessive rainfall on July 8. 7KH ÂżUP ZDV DEOH WR SURYLGH WKHLU clients with alarms to operations staff during the event, followed by meaningful analysis within a number of hours. Using a combination of rain gauges equipped with wireless cell technology and dynamic spatial analysis tools, Cole Engineering was able to provide the agencies in the area with graphical representations of rainfall distribution across the area. The speed with which this infor-
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mation can be collected, analyzed and distributed is critical when informing stakeholders looking for answers. Graphical representation, often referred to as a rainfall map or isohyetal map, allows the viewer to quickly and easily understand rainfall distribution and pinpoint the worst affected areas. Given the right setup, the analysis can be comSOHWHG DQG YHULÂżHG ZLWKLQ KRXUV RI rainfall events. The density and connectivity of a
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Infrastructure Management one rain gauge per 20 km2. To put that in perspective, the United Kingdom, said to be the leading country in terms of rain gauge density, has one gauge for every 76 km2. 7KH EHQHÂżWV RI D OLYH UDLQ JDXJH network include the speed of analysis, detection of early warning alarms and remote diagnostics. A live setup is achieved by integrating the rain gauge and logger into the available wireless cell network. There are numerous rain gauge technologies that offer different levels of sophistication. The sophistication of the setup should match the vulnerability of the geographical area, ranging from logging-only setups in uninhabited areas, to real-time setups in a downtown city core. Real-time rain gauge capabilities FDQ EH D YDOXDEOH SDUW RI D Ă&#x20AC;RRG SURWHFtion system, tracking a storm as it moves across a vulnerable area. Operation and maintenance of a UDLQ JDXJH QHWZRUN FDQ DOVR EHQHÂżW from real-time setups. Custom alarms FDQ EH FRQÂżJXUHG WR LQIRUP WKH UHPRWH operator that an equipment problem is
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Geotubes successfully used for stormwater pond sediment dewatering By Mark Tymecki and Mark Simpson
fficient cleanout of stormwater management (SWM) ponds has been an ongoing challenge for many years. During construction and over time, properly functioning SWM ponds collect sediment from a designated catchment area. As they fill with sediment, efficiency diminishes and eventually they need to be cleaned out. With many ponds now approaching their first cleaning cycle,
this challenge is becoming even more prevalent. Evaluating the options The traditional approach to pond cleaning is to drain it, put it on bypass, then use heavy machinery to dig out, stockpile and haul away the sediment. This method works well in certain applications, particularly if dry weather is expected and the cleanout can be per-
The area is lined and graded slightly to a low point, allowing control of discharged water from the tubes.
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formed quickly. It is also widely understood and many contractors are well experienced with this approach. The Geotube® approach involves the use of a hydraulic dredge and large synthetic bags, commonly referred to as Geotubes, to collect and dewater the sediment. This method has not been widely used for Ontario SWM ponds, because the technology is relatively new and the flocculation process (polymer addition) is not widely understood. However, this is changing, as more successful applications are completed. The non-invasive nature of this approach is appealing for a number of reasons. In May 2013, the Geotube method was chosen for cleaning out three ponds in Vaughan, Ontario, for the following reasons: • No need to drain the pond, or take it off-line, while the cleaning process took place. • Extremely low impact to the surrounding naturalized area, due to the absence of construction vehicle traffic. • Minimized impact to the surrounding community and reduced carbon footprint, as the number of trucks required to haul dewatered and consolidated sediment was substantially reduced. • Minimal impact on the receiving downstream watercourse, since neither the flow volumes, nor turbidity levels from the pond, were affected during the cleanout. Implementation First, an appropriate lay down area was prepared to deploy the Geotubes. It was lined and graded slightly to a low point, so that water discharged from the tubes could be controlled and directed back into the pond. A remote controlled dredge with tow lines was then deployed into the pond. It was guided by a cable in a grid pattern to ensure no areas of the pond bottom were missed. The dredge pumped a slurry of sed-
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iment and water through a 6” diameter hose from the pond, through a polymer injection system and then into the Geotube where dewatering took place. The sediment volume in situ totalled approximately 3,100 m3, at between 9% and 22% solids. As expected, higher percentage solids content was found in the pond forebays. The Geotube continued to dewater the sediment after pumping was completed. Generally the longer it is allowed to sit, the more dewatering takes place.
Geotube after approximately one month of dewatering.
After approximately one month, the tubes are ready to be opened up and the sediment removed. Conclusion The pond cleanout was a success. The project delivery team was able to achieve the objectives of a fast, efficient, low impact pond cleanout within the allotted time and cost constraints. By early August, sediment in the tubes had completed its consolidation process. At this stage, the tubes were ready to be cut
open and the sediment removed. There is no one solution for SWM cleanout applications, due to their diverse nature. However, in this case, Geotube technology proved to be both cost-effective and environmentally sensitive. Mark Tymecki, C.E.T. and Mark Simpson, P.Eng. MBA, are with Layfield Environmental Systems Ltd. For more information, E-mail: email@example.com
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London recognized for its new biosolids ash management system
he City of London, Ontario, operates six wastewater treatment plants. Sludge generated DW ÂżYH RI WKHVH LV WUXFNHG WR the Greenway Pollution Control Plant where it is mixed in holding tanks with Greenwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sludge. All of this sludge is WKHQ VHQW WR D Ă&#x20AC;XLGL]HG EHG LQFLQHUDWRU For years, ash produced through the incineration process had been discharged to a two lagoon system where it was stored and then periodically transported off-site. While lagoons are used by many municipalities for the management of various waste streams, they do present their own set of challenges. Maintenance and general upkeep can be labour-intensive. Lagoons eventually become full and their contents must be disposed of. :LWK OLPLWHG RSWLRQV IRU ÂżQDO GLVposal of the material and the high cost associated with removing ash and transporting it off-site, a solution was sought which would not only reduce the operational costs of managing ash, but also produce an end product which could be more easily disposed of. Bishop Water Technologies began working with the City of London in the spring of 2010, to develop a solution using the GeotubeÂŽ dewatering technology to manage the ash waste stream. Extensive on-site testing and trials were conducted to determine the optimum chemical for conditioning the material for dewatering with the Geotube technology. The City then requested a pilot project, to determine the effectiveness of the technology at dewatering and retaining the ash material on a larger scale. The solution In late 2010, Bishop Water began a pilot project using a Geotube unit measuring 30 ft. in circumference and 50 ft. long. The unit was situated around the perimeter of the existing lagoon cells. The ash slurry was diverted from the lagoon cells, discharging directly into the unit. Existing infrastructure was used to chemically condition the material. Fil-
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Geotube units dewatering clear filtrate during the filling process.
trate produced through the dewatering process was discharged by gravity to the existing lagoon cells. Based on the success of the pilot project, the City of London determined WKDW *HRWXEH XQLWV ZRXOG RIIHU VLJQLÂżFDQW EHQHÂżWV ZKHQ FRPSDUHG WR PDQDJing the waste stream using the on-site lagoon cells. The City retained R.V. Anderson Associates as the lead engineering group for the project. Throughout 2011, Bishop Water worked closely with both R.V. Anderson and the City of London, to develop a methodology and design for the installation which would allow the Geotube units to operate as effectively as possible. Construction Construction of a permanent Geotube installation began in the fall of 2011. Concrete dewatering cells were constructed to accommodate the required units. Jersey barriers were used to segregate the cells, with each of the FHOOV VORSLQJ VOLJKWO\ WR D ÂżOWUDWH FROOHFtion basin. The dewatering cells were originally constructed to accommodate seven Geotube units measuring 75 ft. in circumference and 55 ft. long. However, to allow for increased capacity, the system has since started to use units 85
ft. in circumference and 55 ft. long. 7KH XQLWV XVHG LQFRUSRUDWH Ă&#x20AC;DW HQG technology. This allows a higher capac-
How Geotube dewatering technology works Dewatering with Geotube technology is a three-step process. In the FRQÂżQHPHQW stage, the *HRWXEH FRQWDLQHU LV ÂżOOHG ZLWK dredged waste materials. The conWDLQHUÂśV XQLTXH IDEULF FRQÂżQHV WKH ÂżQH JUDLQV RI WKH PDWHULDO In the dewatering phase, excess water simply drains from the container. The decanted water is often of a quality that can be reused or returned for processing, or returned to native waterways without additional treatment. ,Q WKH ÂżQDO SKDVH consolidation, the solids continue to compress due to desiccation, as residual water vapour escapes through the fabric. Volume reduction can be as high as 90 per cent.
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Volume reduction can be as high as 90 per cent.
Prior to the implementation of the Geotube units the raw ash slurry was discharged directly from the plant to onsite lagoons where it was stored and periodically transported offsite.
Performance The performance of Geotube units to date has not only met the expectations of the City of London, but exceeded them. The simplicity of the technology allows operators at the Greenway Pollution Control Plant, to monitor the installation and operate key components of the facility remotely. This means no additional personnel are required to operate the installation and minimal work hours are required by existing staff. Filtrate produced through the dewatering process is transferred to a lift station and then pumped back into the treatment process at the Greenway Plant for further treatment prior to discharge. The plant was designed to provide maximum on-site storage capacity. The City of London has arranged for the dewatered material to be used as an aggregate for concrete, NHHSLQJ LW RXW RI LWV ODQG¿OO 7KLV LV EHLQJ GRQH DW D IDU ORZHU cost than the previous practice of emptying the lagoons. As well as being considered a success by the City, the ash management system was awarded the 2012 Technical Innovation Award, by the Ontario Public Works Association, and the American Public Works Association Technical Innovation Award for 2013. For more information, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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DO measurements affected by many factors By Patrick Higgins
KH PRVW VLJQL¿FDQW YDULDEOH for dissolved oxygen measurements is temperature, so it is important to ensure that any temperature sensor is measuring correctly. Due to the increase or decrease in molecular activity, diffusion of oxygen through the membrane of an electrochemical probe, or sensing element of an optical probe, changes with temperature. The change in diffusion rate based on temperature can be up to approximately 4% per degree Celsius for steady-state electrochemical sensors, depending on the membrane material, and 1% per degree Celsius for rapid pulse sensors. It is approximately 1.5% per degree Celsius for optical sensors. For example, if the temperature of a sample changes from 20°C to 15°C, the probe signal would decrease by varying rates depending on the sensor in use. This gives a lower DO per cent saturation reading even though the per cent saturation of the water has not changed. Therefore, the sensor signal must be compensated for changes in temperature. This is done by adding a thermistor to the circuit of older, analog instruments. For newer, digital instruments, the software compensates for temperature changes with proprietary algorithms, which use temperature readings from the probe’s thermistor. Temperature and oxygen solubility in water The above adjustment only compensates for temperature’s effect on the oxygen diffusion rate through a membrane or sensing element. In addition to this, temperature also affects the ability of water to dissolve oxygen. The solubility of oxygen in water is directly proportional to temperature (see Table 1). Warmer water cannot dissolve as much oxygen as colder water. For example, in an oxygen saturated sample of water at sea level (exposed to 760 mmHg of barometric pressure), the per cent saturation value will be 100% regardless of the temperature because it is fully saturated.
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However, th H the dissolved di l d oxygen mg/L /L concentration will change with temperature because the solubility of oxygen in water changes with it. For instance, at 15ºC water can dissolve 10.08 mg/L, while at 30ºC water can only dissolve 7.56 mg/L of oxygen even though the per cent saturation value is 100% in both samples. Therefore, we must compensate the mg/L concentration reading, as per the temperature of the sample. Both of these temperature effects are factored into the conversion of the probe signal to a mg/L concentration. For newer, digital instruments, the software compensates for both of these temperature-related factors, after instrument calibration and during readings. The temperature compensation for the per cent saturation reading is em-
pirically i i ll dderived, i d while hil th the conversion i from per cent saturation, temperature and salinity to a mg/L concentration is automatically carried out by the instruPHQW¶V ¿UPZDUH )RUPXODH DYDLODEOH LQ Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater are used. Determining DO mg/L from per cent saturation The following explains how to convert per cent saturation to mg/L (also referred to as ppm): Step one: Determine the per cent saturation, temperature, and salinity of the sample. (Let’s assume a sample is measured to have: 80% DO saturation 0 ppt salinity at 20ºC.) Step two: Multiply the per cent saturation reading by the value in appro-
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Monitoring priate column (depends on salinity) and row (depends on temperature) based on the Oxygen Solubility Table. (Using Step One assumption: Multiply .80 (which is the DO per cent) by 9.09 (value from oxygen solubility table at 0 salinity and 20ÂşC) = 7.27 mg/L. Result: Using the above sample, 7.27 is the mg/L value that corresponds to an 80% DO saturation reading of a sample with zero salinity at 20ÂşC. Salinity- the second variable The second variable that affects DO concentration is the salinity of the water sample. While the per cent saturation reading is not a function of the salinity (or dissolved solids content) of the water, the mg/L concentration changes VLJQLÂżFDQWO\ ZLWK VDOLQLW\ $V WKH VDOLQity of water increases, its ability to dissolve oxygen decreases. For example, oxygen saturated freshwater with 0 ppt salinity at 25ÂşC contains 8.26 mg/L of oxygen, while oxygen saturated sea water (~36 ppt) at the same pressure and temperature contains only 6.72 mg/L of dissolved oxygen. Thus, salinity (along with temperature)
must be factored into the instrumentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calculation of mg/L. This calculation is based on the per cent saturation reading, temperature reading, and the measured or entered salinity value, using formulae found in Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. Correcting for salinity The salinity value used by the instrument in the calculation of mg/L is obtained one of two ways, depending on the instrument being used. For dissolved oxygen instruments that also measure conductivity, the salinity value measured by the conductivity sensor is used for the mg/L calculation. Therefore, it is important to ensure the conductivity sensor is calibrated and reading accurately in order to obtain accurate DO mg/L readings. For dissolved oxygen instruments that do not have a conductivity sensor, the salinity value of the sample must be manually entered by the end user. When sampling water of varying salinity, for example in brackish waters such as estuaries or coastal wetlands, it is recommended that you use
a dissolved oxygen instrument that also measures conductivity for highest data DFFXUDF\ $ GLVVROYHG R[\JHQ LQVWUXment that also has a conductivity sensor will use the real-time salinity readings from the conductivity sensor for every mg/L calculation. This will make sampling easier, since it will not be necessary to manually change the correction factor at each new sampling site. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to keep in mind, when calibrating a DO meter, if you have to manually input the salinity value, to input the value of the water you will be measuring. If you have a conductivity sensor in conjunction with the DO sensor, make sure the conductivity is calibrated properly in order to compensate for the correct salinity value. Barometric pressure â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the third variable Barometric pressure affects the pressure of oxygen in a sample of air or water. For example, the percentage of oxygen in air is always 21%, but the actual pressure of oxygen varies with changes LQ EDURPHWULF SUHVVXUH $W VHD OHYHO WKH continued overleaf...
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Monitoring pressure of oxygen is 160 mmHg (.21 x 760 mmHg). In a fully aerated sample, under these conditions, the per cent saturation measured by a sensor would be 100% (160/160 x 100%). If the temperature of the sample is 25ÂşC, the instrument would calculate the dissolved oxygen concentration as 8.26 mg/L. As the sample is moved up in altitude and kept air-saturated, the barometric pressure would decrease and so would the pressure of oxygen in the sample. At 1126 ft of elevation, the pressure of oxygen would be 153 mmHg (.21 x 730 mmHg) and the per cent saturation relative to sea level read by the probe would be 95.6% (153/160 x 100%) in the fully aerated sample. If the temperature of the sample is 25ÂşC, the instrument would calculate a dissolved oxygen concentration of 7.92 mg/L or 96% of 8.26 based on YSIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oxygen Solubility Table. The effect of barometric pressure is overcome by proper sensor calibration. Barometric pressure is used in the majority of dissolved oxygen sensor calibrations as described in the Calibration section of The Dissolved Oxygen Handbook, since it determines the absolute pressure of oxygen in a sample of air or water at the time of calibration and it is this pressure which is measured by all oxygen sensors. When calibrating oxygen sensors, the sensorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s output is set to this known
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pressure off oxygen. If the th sensor outt put changes after calibration, then the instrument would calculate a per cent saturation based on a simple linear regression calculation. Thus, as long as the system does not drift, the sensorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s output can always be XVHG WR GHÂżQH WKH R[\JHQ SUHVVXUH LQ any medium after performing a proper calibration, and the use of the barometric pressure (or altitude) at the time of calibration is the key factor in setWLQJ WKH SURSHU FDOLEUDWLRQ FRHIÂżFLHQW Therefore, it is not necessary to correct for changes in barometric pressure by recalibrating after performing a proper initial calibration in order to obtain acFXUDWH UHDGLQJV LQ WKH ÂżHOG Flow dependence â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the fourth variable Steady-state electrochemical sensors (polarographic and galvanic) consume oxygen during measurement and therefore require sample movement or the UHDGLQJV ZLOO EH DUWLÂżFLDOO\ ORZ 7KLV LV FRPPRQO\ UHIHUUHG WR DV Ă&#x20AC;RZ GHSHQGHQFH VLQFH WKH VHQVRU LV GHSHQGHQW RQ Ă&#x20AC;RZ RU
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Immediate pH correction for fluctuating flows offers many benefits
n a number of water, wastewater and industrial process applications, pH is one of the most critical and highly sensitive analytical measurements. In wastewater treatment, pH can be measured online in the aeration basins to control the acidic or alkaline condition of the mixed liquor, in order to provide optimum conditions for microorganism activity. Drinking water plants also need accurate and reliable pH control systems at the supply inlet, to determine the appropriate treatment for incoming water. They also need to ensure proper pH of the treated water before it enters the public water supply. Most instrumentation sensors offer relatively constant performance and response time. However, being based on an electrochemical measurement, this is
not always the case for a pH electrode. There are many process factors which can influence their response rate and accuracy. There are three common methods to determine pH: 1. Visual method using litmus paper. 2. Photometric method which uses a spectrophotometer to measure the wavelength. 3. Potentiometric method which is an electro-chemical measurement of the EMF created by a chemical reaction. The only one, which can be used in process control for continuous in-line measurement, is the potentiometric method. However, there are many factors which can cause a delay in accurate measurement. The response time can vary based on the thickness and composition of the probe gel layer, diaphragm porosity, reference contamination, age
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of probe, glass membrane integrity, and the length of the signal cable. To achieve the nominal tolerance of 0.01 pH units, a response time of 30 seconds is needed. This delay in response time can have a negative impact on any of the pH critical processes, especially reverse osmosis systems and biological treatment. For example, a delay in pH response can easily result in the fouling of an RO membrane due to the incorrect dosing of caustic, or halt the bacteria activity of microorganisms in a biological process. An overdose of caustic into the process stream (if the flow rate were to drop and not be compensated for) could cause the water’s pH to drop below the specified range for the RO membranes. This is of particular concern when the concentrate (reject waste) is being recycontinued overleaf...
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cled into the feed stream to improve overall efficiency. In this case, the flow rate will be fluctuating and the pH will be decreasing, due to the formation of carbonic acid. An ideal solution would be to correct the pH immediately based on flow. A program has been implemented in Burkert Fluid Control’s type 8619 multiCELL multifunction transmitter/controller to do just this. It is done using multiple logic blocks to allow for a great deal of flexibility. In an inline pH control system, it is essential to confirm the measurement line has the minimum flow The 8619 multiCELL multivelocity. This is because function transmitter/controlthe chemical injection nozler. zle may be any distance away from the analytical measurement point. If the flow becomes static, the pump will continue to dose until the pH adjusted process fluid reaches the measuring point. This will result in a drastic overshoot beyond the set-point pH levels. The multiCELL program uses a “System Switch” logic block, which can be used to override the program if there is no flow detected. The override, in this case, would be to keep the pump turned off, even if the pH set-point is not achieved. When trying to adjust a pH dosing pump based on attenuating flow, a ratio flow control loop can be used. This will need to be combined with a PID (proportional-integral-derivative) loop, using pH as the process value. When the two outputs are combined using only a scaled value of fifty present on each, the result will be the desired full range. This has been done in the multiCELL using the “PROP”, “On/Off”, “PID”, and arithmetic “A+B” function blocks. This method is effective for dosing chemicals in a safe and effective manner to protect RO membranes from damage. It also increases efficiency and cost control, by minimizing excess dosing of flocculants and neutralization chemicals. With the sheer range of pH applications throughout all water and wastewater treatments and the criticality of each of these measurements on the process as a whole, it is definitely worth taking the time to implement a well-thought-out pH control system. Carefully considering the layout of injection points, pH measurement points and the potential need for integrated flow compensation between the two, will lead to a more responsive pH loop, a more efficient chemical dosing scheme and better overall process control. Sadiq Khan is with Burkert Fluid Control Systems. E-mail: email@example.com Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine
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Small double wall tanks
American Water provides beneficial reuse of biosolids; advanced technologies - Class A biosolids; mobile dewatering; digester, reactor, tank and lagoon cleaning; confined space entry; treatment plant by-pass; vacuum and haulage services; custom, mobile screening; and free assessments and quotations. Tel: 800-846-2097 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.terratec.amwater.com
Small double wall tanks, from 20 to 405 gallons, provide primary and secondary containment for hazardous and corrosive chemicals in one unit. Linear polyethylene tanks are certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 61, and high-density crosslink resin tanks for chemical storage. ISO 9001:2008 Certified. Web: www.assmann-usa.com
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Combination pH/ORP electrodes The new combined pH/ORP electrodes, Memosens CPS16D, CPS76D and CPS96D from Endress+Hauser, now make customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; processes even more transparent. Two parameters measured at the same time or DOWHUQDWHO\ S+ SOXV H[WUD VHQVRU FKHFN - donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave room for interpretation. $QG IRU WKH ÂżUVW WLPH RQH VLQJOH VHQVRU is able to deliver the rH-value! E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.ca.endress.com/memosens
Vertical screening system
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Samplers have changed. The Endress +Hauser CSF34 is the new benchmark, with a choice of vacuum or peristaltic pumping and up to 24 simultaneous sampling routines. Add up to four industrial digital sensors with data logging and connect to SCADA with the latest communication protocols including Ethernet. The new CSF-34 is a complete monitoring and collection solution. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.ca.endress.com
The new Vertical Auger MonsterÂŽ 6FUHHQ ÂżWV inside pump stations. Wastewater pump stations are facing DQ LQĂ&#x20AC;X[ RI VHZHU FORJJLQJ Ă&#x20AC;XVKDEOH wipes, so JWCE engineers developed the Auger Monster â&#x20AC;&#x201C; AGV which conveys wipes straight up and out of the sewer system. 7HO )D[ E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.envirocan.ca
JWC Environmental has introduced the new Bar Screen Monsterâ&#x201E;˘, using H[FOXVLYH technology WR FDSWXUH PRUH GHEULV 7KH ÂżUVW VHOI contained reciprocating rake screening system is designed to capture and transport large amounts of wastewater debris to the discharge point. 7HO )D[ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.envirocan.ca
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Process mixing system The HYDRAULIX mixing systems feature a unique double nozzle design which allows for even energy distribution. This process optimizes solids suspension and contact to promote efficiency in a wide range of wastewater and bio-fuels applications. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.greatario. com
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New area-velocity flow meter
With the AVFM 5.0 Area-Velocity Flow Meter you FDQ PRQLWRU Ă&#x20AC;RZ through open channels, partially full sewer pipes DQG VXUFKDUJHG SLSHV ZLWKRXW D Ă&#x20AC;XPH RU ZHLU 7KLV QHZ Ă&#x20AC;RZ PHWHU LV GHVLJQHG for municipal stormwater, combined HIĂ&#x20AC;XHQW UDZ VHZDJH DQG LUULJDWLRQ water. Tel: 888-473-9546 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.greyline.com/avfm50.htm Greyline Instruments
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The H2FLOW SBR consists of FLUIDYNE Sequencing Batch Reactor internals integrated into a glass-fusedto-steel tank. It features jet aeration headers that never require replacement, and a solidsH[FOXGLQJ Âż[HG GHFDQWHU ZKLFK KDV been proven in many installations. Tel: 905-660-9775 :HE ZZZ K Ă&#x20AC;RZ FRP
The Hexacon Model III Gas Shutoff System has a New OLED information display and the optional programmable relay interface module provides clear, timely, informational outputs. The microprocessor system measures and applies a torque of 30 foot-pounds or 50 foot-pounds for test or emergency valve closures for cylinder and ton container valves. Tel: 877-476-4222, Fax 949-261-5033 Web: www.halogenvalve.com Halogen Valve Systems
Turner Designsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Enviro-Tâ&#x201E;˘ is an accurate, single channel Ă&#x20AC;XRURPHWHU ZKLFK installs into a plumbing tee for direct in-line measurements. It is easily integrated with data collection systems, and provides a 4 - 20 mA signal output proportional to the relative concentration of WKH Ă&#x20AC;XRURSKRUH RI LQWHUHVW LQ WKH VDPSOH water. It offers a wide dynamic range, low sensitivity, a compact package and easy integration with controllers. Tel: 604-872-7894, Fax: 604-872-0281 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.hoskin.ca
Water quality monitoring
Inclined screw press
Protecting sensitive watershed
The YSI EXO Advanced Water Quality Multi-Parameter Monitoring Platform features wireless bluetooth communication, smart sensors, wet-mateable sensor/cable connectors, built in GPS, and extended battery life (90 days). New parameters include fDOM and total algae. Tel: 604-872-7894, Fax: 604-872-0281 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.hoskin.ca
Huber Technologyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RoS3Q Inclined Screw Press dewaters sludge to provide impressive cake solids. The slow rotating auger handles the toughest of sludge. The RoS3Q runs unattended using fully automatic operation. Cost of ownership is very low. Tel: 704-990-2055 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.huberforum.net/ros3q
Strescon Limited in Saint John, New Brunswick, has supplied the largest Stormceptor ever installed in Atlantic Canada, an STC 14,000 installed at the Costco Wholesale site in Fredericton. The site encompasses Corbett Brook and adjacent wetlands on the grounds of the University of New Brunswick, which are home to various species, a mature forest and wetlands. Tel: 800-565-4801 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.imbriumsystems.com; www.stormceptor.com
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Leak detection system
Utilizing 150 plus years of combined experience selling, designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing onsite hypochlorite generation equipment, the team at PSI have, with MicrOclor, implemented innovations to ensure equipment reliDELOLW\ PDWFKHV WKH RSHUDWLRQDO EHQHÂżWV of switching to an Onsite Hypochlorite Generation system. Contact Indachem IRU D FRVW EHQHÂżW DQDO\VLV Tel: 416-743-3751 Web: www.indachem.com
ClearGuardTM is a fail-safe, pressurerated clear containment piping system allowing for easy visual detection of leaks and minimizing risk for transport of aggressive chemicals in buildings. Clear-Guard Double Containment utilizes IPEXâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patented Centra-LokTM ÂżWWLQJ GHVLJQ ZKLFK NHHSV WKH FDUULHU pipe perfectly centered inside the containment pipe. Fittings are available in clear or â&#x20AC;&#x153;cost savingâ&#x20AC;? opaque. Tel: 866-473-9462 Web: www.ipexinc.com
IPEX double containment systems can be equipped with a patented Centra-Guardâ&#x201E;˘ point-of-collection leak detection system. Centra-Guard systems are available for aboveground, suspended piping applications, with sensors housed in saddle-type clamps, as well as for below-grade piping systems, with sensors located in drip leg assemblies. Tel: 866-473-9462 Web: www.ipexinc.com
Through thermal sludge drying, Innodry 2E can be used to reduce the volume and improve the quality of wastewater biosolids. Innodry 2Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s innovative and patented combination of proven technologies allows the advantages of both direct and indirect dryers. Tel: 804-756-7600 Web: www.degremont-technologies.com Infilco Degremont
Electronic metering pumps
EMEC metering pumps provide quality, accuracy and a number of design innovations including: industryleading 5 year warranty on their solid construction PTFE diaphragm; master/ slave integration; integrated automatic re-priming system; integral pH and Redox pumps with direct probe input. KGO Group Ltd. is the Canadian distributor. Tel: 905-847-1544 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org KGO Group
Dry polymer systems
The Dehydrisâ&#x201E;˘ Twist is an advanced sludge dewatering process from Degremont, employing the Bucher Unipektin hydraulic piston press technology. Up to 30% reduction in sludge bulk volume can be achieved over conventional dewatering and digested sludge can be dewatered to autothermal conditions before incineration. Tel: 804-756-7600 Web: www.degremont-technologies.com
KGO Group builds safety and quality into each of its dry polymer systems. Unique features include: SS construction, plug and dust-free wetting devices, standard knife-gate isolation valve, welded or quick connect ÂżWWLQJV ORZ SRO\PHU KRSSHU LQGLFDWLRQ DQG &6$ FHUWLÂżHG components. Tel: 905-847-1544 E-mail: email@example.com
Interpreter register Master Meterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Interpreter Register System, based on proven DialogÂŽ 3G technology, is a universal AMR upgrade that replaces the existing register on almost any brand of meter in minutes, without service interruption. It delivers AMR technology without wires or connections. Tel: 514-795-1535 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.mastermeter.com Master Meter
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Next generation OSHG equipment
OctaveÂŽ offers the latest in ultrasonic metering technology and is an excellent alternative to mechanical compound, single-jet, and turbine meters with no moving parts. Octave excels at maintaining sustained accuracy for the life of the meter while providing smart AMR capabilities. Tel: 514-795-1535 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.mastermeter.com Master Meter
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Access hatches MSU MG Safety Hatches are the â&#x20AC;&#x153;open and shut caseâ&#x20AC;? for access hatches. They are manufactured to CSA standards right here in Canada by Canadian :HOGLQJ %XUHDX FHUWLÂżHG ZHOGHUV Web: www.msumississauga.com
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Portable gas chromatograph
The NETZSCH TORNADOÂŽ positive displacement, self priming, valveless pumps, offer high performance and are selected and configured for the requirements of each application. They are designed for intermittent or continuous operation, provide gentle pumping of the pumped product and are ideally suited for transfer, process and dosing applications. There are highly abrasion resistant and replaceable protection plates on both faces of the housing. Tel: 705-797-8426, Fax: 705-797-8427 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.netzsch.com
Noble is one of Ontarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest suppliers of pipe, valves, fittings and accessories for the wastewater and water treatment industries. The Noble Advantage: â&#x20AC;˘ 40 branches in Ontario â&#x20AC;˘ 200 delivery trucks â&#x20AC;˘ 500,000 sq. ft. distribution centre â&#x20AC;˘ Pipe cutting & grooving services Tel: 800-529-9805 Web: www.noble.ca
Diaphragm metering pumps
The Frog-4000 is a Hand-Held Portable Gas Chromatograph for detection of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, BTEX and other VOCs in water, air, and soil. It performs analysis in the ÂżHOG LQ PLQXWHV UHTXLUHV OLWWOH WHFKQLFDO H[SHUWLVH LGHQWLÂżHV WKH DFWXDO FRPpounds, and delivers sensitive results to allow instant decisions. Tel: 800-560-4402 E-mail: VDOHV#RVSUH\VFLHQWLÂżF FRP Web: ZZZ RVSUH\VFLHQWLÂżF FRP
The Sigma Series of diaphragm metering pumps from ProMinent has many new advanced features. With a removable/ externally mountable HMI (Human Machine Interface), variable metering SURÂżOHV GLDSKUDJP UXSWXUH ZDUQLQJ system, and cost savings through energy consumption based on power required, Sigma provides more safety and reliability for optimum metering results. Tel: 888-709-9933, Fax: 519-836-5226 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.prominent.ca
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Grit removal system
The DRC electronic motor gives great Ă&#x20AC;H[LELOLW\ in mounting a gear unit as it can EH PRXQWHG GLUHFWO\ YLD Ă&#x20AC;DQJH DQG pinion shaft end. A completely new mechatronic drive system is created, WRJHWKHU ZLWK D KLJKO\ HIÂżFLHQW KHOLFDO bevel, helical or parallel-shaft helical gear unit. Tel: 905-791-1553 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.sew-eurodrive.ca
PISTAÂŽWorksâ&#x201E;˘ is a packaged all in one headworks and grit removal scheme, offering a compact footprint and speedy/ efficient installation. The system features a fully automated control system, an integrated screening system for solids retention, a PISTAÂŽ Grit Concentrator, a PISTAÂŽ TURBOâ&#x201E;˘ Grit Washer and a PISTAÂŽ 360â&#x201E;˘ Grit Chamber. Tel: 913-888-5201, Fax: 913-888-2173 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.smithandloveless.com
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DulcoFlowÂŽ flow meter is based on the ultrasonic measurement method. Operation without moving parts guarantees a long service life and wear-free operation. Its measurement range is between 0.1 and 50 litres per hour. A unique feature is that, for the first time, pulsed flow and the amount of liquid which has been dispensed by each pump stroke can be reliably and precisely measured and monitored. Tel: 888-709-9933, Fax: 519-836-5226 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.prominent.ca ProMinent Fluid Controls
The Waterloo Emitterâ&#x201E;˘ is a simple, lowcost device designed for the remediation of contaminated groundwater. It enables oxygen or other amendments to diffuse through silicone or LDPE tubing in a controlled uniform manner, enhancing DHURELF ELRUHPHGLDWLRQ ,W ÂżWV 150 mm diameter wells. Tel: 905-873-2255, Fax: 905-873-1992 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.solinst.com Solinst
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New and Improved Hydrolift
Veolia has a wide range of solutions for biosolids processing and management. Our extensive portfolio of in-house technologies ranges from thermal (dryers, incinerators, thermal hydrolyzers) to biological processes (anaerobic (co) digestors, ammonia removal, etc.). We deliver sustainable systems tailored to customers’ need as solution, turn-key or DBO projects. Tel: 905-286-4846 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: veoliawaterstna.com
The portable, electrically operated Hydrolift has been one of the most popular mechanical actuators for the Waterra Inertial Pump, and we’ve been working to make it better. Today, the improved Hydrolift is more durable and easier to use and most importantly, more affordable than ever. Tel: 905-238-5242, Fax: 905-238-5704 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.waterra.com
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The Waterra Inertial Pumping System is the most widely used pump for monitoring wells in Canada. For developing, purging and sampling — nothing else comes close. Tel: 905-238-5242, Fax: 905-238-5704 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.waterra.com Waterra Pumps
The EcoPlug™ offers the latest in well plug design and is the only well cap made from recycled materials. If you’re looking for a durable, tamper-proof well cap that will withstand repeated use (and abuse) over many years, the EcoPlug is an excellent fit for your requirements. This well cap is available for 3/4”, 1”, 2” and 4” monitoring wells. Tel: 905-238-5242, Fax: 905-238-5704 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.waterra.com Waterra Pumps
Waterloo Biofilters® are efficient, modular trickling filters for residential and communal sewage wastewaters, and landfill leachate. Patented, lightweight, synthetic filter media optimize physical properties for microbial attachment and water retention. The self-contained modular design for communal use is now available in 20,000L/d and 40,000L/d ISO shipping container units - ready to plug in on-site. Tel: 519-856-0757, Fax: 519-856-0759 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.waterloo-biofilter.com Waterloo Biofilter
PVC or Polyethylene
The Waterra Clear PVC EcoBailer and Weighted Polyethylene EcoBailer are both eco-friendly products. A better weight distribution allows these bailers to sink straighter, and the efficient valve design makes them the fastest sinking bailers available. Tel: 905-238-5242, Fax: 905-238-5704 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.waterra.com
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Amalgam UV lamps
WEDECO Ozone Generators from Xylem eliminate pollutants, coloured substances, odours and micro-organisms without creating harmful byproducts. They are compact in design to reduce overall footprint, and provide reduced energy consumption per unit of ozone production. Tel: 514-695-0100, Fax: 514-697-0602 Web: www.xylemwatersolutions.com/ca
Xylem’s WEDECO ECORAY® ultraviolet lamps offer significant savings in operation and life cycle costs. The UV lamps incorporate a new long-life coating and improved overall stability and performance. An innovative gas and amalgam mixture in the lamp utilizes up to 80 percent less mercury. Corresponding electronic ballast cards have been fine-tuned to the specific requirements of ECORAY lamp aging characteristics. Tel: 514-695-0100, Fax: 514-697-0602 Web: www.xylemwatersolutions.com/ca
Megamix II thick repair mortar for resurfacing deteriorated concrete manholes, sewer pipe and water tanks is formulated for superior bond, chemical durability and high strength. It can be sprayed or trowel applied up to a thickness of 2 inches. It is NSF 61 approved. Tel: 604-273-5265 Web: www.xypex.com
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First Nations water management funded The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) will provide $1.65 million over six years, to fund the H20 CREATE Program for Water and Sanitation Security in First Nations. Dr. Farenhorst at the University of Manitoba will lead the program, through the Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) initiative. Leading researchers from Trent University, the University of Manitoba, and the University College of the North, will establish an innovative and culturally respectful research training program that will provide a highly-trained labour force and an innovative system. This is urgently needed to address the Canadian water and sanitation crisis in First Nations communities. Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine
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Innovative use of siphon hydraulics will reduce capital and operating costs at Nanaimoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new WTP By Matthew Lozie
onstruction is currently unGHUZD\ RQ WKH JUHHQÂżHOG South Fork Water Treatment Plant (WTP), which is designed to supply 116 ML/d of membrane ÂżOWHUHG ZDWHU WR WKH &LW\ RI 1DQDLPR British Columbia. The design incorporates a unique siphon feature that replaces traditional permeate pumps used on the downstream side of a submerged membrane plant. The design presented some interesting challenges, such as plant siting and layout, and plant and siphon hydraulics. Located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, the City of Nanaimo
(Pop.90,000) has experienced continuous growth for more than ten years. Several key factors led to the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to build a new water treatment plant to serve the community. Among them was the fact that its existing water supply is from the South Fork Dam, located on the South Nanaimo River, and that the City currently uses gaseous chlorine for disinfection. Since 2000, the Province of British Columbia, through its regional Health Authorities, has implemented higher water quality standards. The Vancouver Island Health Authority had in the past accepted a chlorination-only dis-
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infection strategy, but the source water quality did not meet the current, more stringent water quality standard, or its QHZ ÂżOWUDWLRQ GHIHUUDO FULWHULD These factors, together with Nanaimoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent and projected population growth, paved the way for a Water Supply Strategic Plan. It outlined the longterm vision of water supply for the City DQG LGHQWLÂżHG WKH QHHG IRU D QHZ ZDWHU treatment plant. Treatment selection Associated Engineering, in partnership with MWH Canada, was retained WKURXJK D TXDOLÂżFDWLRQ EDVHG VHOHFWLRQ to perform design services that included piloting several water treatment processes. A detailed review of water treatment options led to the following that were piloted in 2009 and 2010: 1) Conventional treatment using dissolved air flotation (DAF) and granular media filtration. 2) Direct filtration using granular media filtration. 3) Submerged membrane filtration. Following a review of the pilot study results, the options were evaluated using a Triple Bottom Line + Risk approach to form a basis from which the City could make a transparent, informed and calculated decision. The membrane option scored the highest and also had the lowest risk. It offered a robust and responsive treatment scheme, with the least amount of operator attention required to address seasonal turbidity spikes in the source water. Hydraulics The overall hydraulics of the water supply system played an important role in plant site and membrane technology selection, and the evaluation of gravity YHUVXV SXPSHG Ă&#x20AC;RZ 7KH SODQW VLWH ZDV selected to intercept the hydraulic grade line that currently runs from an intake on South Fork Dam to the distribution system within the City. There was sufÂżFLHQW H[FHVV SUHVVXUH KHDG WR SHUPLW water to be gravity fed into the new continued overleaf... September/October 2013 | 81
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Water Treatment plant, where the hydraulic grade would be reduced, due to losses DFURVV FRQWURO YDOYHV RSHQ Ă&#x20AC;RFFXlation tanks, and membranes. Water is then conveyed from a new treated water clearwell to the distribution system. Using siphon operation is an important feature of the South Fork WTP. As energy conservation was a key project target, there was a strong impetus to take advantage of a sloping site by using a siphon as WKH GULYLQJ IRUFH IRU ÂżOWUDWLRQ UDWKHU than permeate pumps - the typical approach. The design made full use of the selected site grade by placing the clearwell downhill from the WTP. Through an inter-disciplinary review and a preliminary design Value Engineering session, the design team determined that the optimal plant layout would incorporate a gallery below the membrane tanks. It would house the individual membrane permeate valves required for siphon control. Placing this gallery on the downhill side of the WTP greatly reduced the excavation required. Submerged membranes using the siphon approach were deemed more appropriate than pressurized PHPEUDQHV WR ÂżW ZLWK WKH H[LVWLQJ system hydraulic grade line. The driving factors were the lower operating trans-membrane pressure required to operate submerged membranes and the feasibility of placing pre-treatment open basins, upstream of the membranes. After a submerged membrane system procurement phase was completed, GE Water & Process Technologies Canada was awarded the procurement contract.
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Siphon operation The siphon will be primed by airdriven ejectors that are placed at high points in the permeate piping. These ejectors will eliminate air during plant start-up and maintain vacuum conditions within the permeate piping during operation. One end of the siphon will be connected to individual headers tied to the submerged
membrane cassettes. The other end of the siphon will be submerged in the clearwell. Once the permeate valves are opened, the siphon will operate by JUDYLW\ Ă&#x20AC;RZ DQG ZLOO EH FRQWUROOHG E\ permeate valves. The permeate control valves will be placed on each membrane train WR FRQWURO WKH SHUPHDWH Ă&#x20AC;RZ UDWH As each tank of submerged membrane cassettes becomes fouled during normal operation, these control valves will compensate for the varying membrane trans-membrane pressure required to maintain operDWRU VHOHFWHG Ă&#x20AC;RZ UDWH WKURXJK WKH membranes. During the detailed design phase it was important to ensure that the pipe and ancillary equipment were rated for vacuum conditions. Any pipe that will be subjected to vacuum conditions requires proper material selection and wall thickness to avoid buckling. The UV equipment and pipe couplings had to be rated for partial vacuum conditions. It was also critical that any source of air leak into the siphon be eliminated. Chemical injection lines and sample pump lines will EH ÂżWWHG ZLWK DXWRPDWHG LVRODWLRQ valves or backpressure valves to avoid accidental air leaks, that could jeopardize siphon operation. Long-term sustainability Construction of the South Fork WTP is scheduled for completion in early 2015. Once operating, it will be the largest siphon-powered membrane plant in North America. The plant will provide the residents RI 1DQDLPR ZLWK KLJK TXDOLW\ ÂżOtered water through a robust memEUDQH ÂżOWUDWLRQ SURFHVV WKDW FDQ UHspond to the turbidity spikes common to the South Nanaimo River. Innovative use of the siphon saves capital costs by eliminating permeate pumping and its associated building footprint costs, as well as long-term operating costs for utility power and maintenance. Matthew Lozie, P.Eng. is with Associated Engineering. E-mail: email@example.com
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