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  • Wastewater Injection Connected To Earthquakes In Oklahoma
    To Earthquakes In Oklahoma By Sara Jerome sarmje Oklahoma has become a destination spot for wastewater injection services The state injected 1 5 billion barrels of wastewater last year KOCO reported About 76 5 million came from other states including Texas Kansas Arkansas and Colorado Matt Skinner spokesman for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission OCC weighed in What is at issue is the amount of water that is taken in not its source of origin Commercial wells cannot refuse to buy wastewater from outside states according to the report We don t make the law Congress makes the law Skinner said per the report Skinner said in all less than five percent of the overall wastewater that has been disposed in Oklahoma has been brought in from other states Because of the small portion he said it s unlikely the out of state wastewater has played a factor in the recent earthquake activity the report said Research has linked wastewater injection to earthquakes In 2014 research from University of Colorado scientists concluded that the massive increase in earthquakes in central Oklahoma is likely being caused by the injection of vast amounts of wastewater from oil and gas operations into underground layers of rock according to an announcement from the school Under high pressure fluids can seep into existing faults and pry apart the rocks allowing them to slip past each other more easily and cause earthquakes The state acknowledges that earthquakes are on the rise We know that Oklahoma experienced 907 magnitude 3 earthquakes in 2015 585 magnitude 3 earthquakes in 2014 and 109 in 2013 This rise in seismic events has the attention of independent scientists citizens policymakers media and industry according to the office of the state s energy and environment secretary Not all of the wastewater in Oklahoma

    Original URL path: http://www.wateronline.com/doc/wastewater-injection-connected-earthquakes-oklahoma-0001 (2016-02-14)
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  • Project Engineer vs Maintenance — A Valve And Pump Enclosure Tug-Of-War
    valve station or other equipment So as a project engineer you probably check with a colleague to see what type has been used in the past And you probably turn to the internet to learn more about your options Your goal at that point is to satisfy the spec But there s another perspective worth considering since those affected will have to live with the consequences good and or bad of your selection for some time That s the perspective of the maintenance team In our experience there are three general maintenance considerations when selecting a pump enclosure or protection for other equipment They include Preventative maintenance PM Break fix Climate control Preventative maintenance Make it easy so it happens It s simple The easier it is to do the maintenance the more likely it s going to be done according to schedule and completely An enclosure should take into account all PM points filters fittings gauges drainage cocks etc and ensure that there is ready access to those areas A great way to do this is to position doors so that the enclosure can be sized to accommodate the equipment disregarding room to work around it and yet provide direct maintenance access at those key points Break fix Limit downtime and cost If PM is simple this is reality Sometimes stuff breaks And when that happens normally you need more access than a panel to let you get to the gauges and filters In fact you may well need to reach in from above to hoist components out and then to lower replacements back in That means you either have to tear the enclosure apart or you design that capability in up front And why not If you can still economically meet ASSE standard 1060 why wouldn t you design access from above into your pump enclosure Climate control Provide the optimal environment for your equipment Temperature extremes can significantly shorten the life span of certain equipment or lead to immediate failure Winterization is a common enclosure requirement and that means a heater unless you use swaddling blankets for your equipment But matching the heater to the conditions wattage wet environment protection heating the slab etc often requires a bit more than a casual guess And the opposite is true as well Venting excess heat with louvers or fans may keep your enclosure cool enough to prevent damage but increasingly equipment is controlled with sensitive electronics which may have maximum ambient operating temps So air conditioning your enclosure may make sense too Challenge Traditional Assumptions There are two traditional assumptions that crop up at this point First optimizing the pump enclosure to accommodate all these factors means a highly customized and expensive cover with a long lead time The highly customized part is right But it s typically not nearly as costly as engineers assume You should have pricing and drawings within a couple days of asking and the enclosure itself shouldn t take more than two to three

    Original URL path: http://www.wateronline.com/doc/project-engineer-vs-maintenance-a-valve-and-pump-enclosure-tug-of-war-0001 (2016-02-14)
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  • Refinery Chooses Ultrasonic Flow Technology
    Refining Produced Water Power Generation Water Reuse Utility Management AMR AMI and Metering Asset Management Consumer Outreach Funding Labor Resiliency SCADA Automation Source Water All Source Water Contamination Desalination Water Scarcity Water Reuse Regulations and Legislation Providers YSI a Xylem brand Hach Company Schneider Electric Neptune Technology Group Inc Evoqua Water Technologies Veolia Water Solutions Technologies ABB Measurement Products Aclara Jacobi Carbons Endress Hauser Inc KROHNE Inc Kaeser Compressors Inc Emerson Process Management Rosemount Analytical Degremont Technologies Brentwood Industries View All Providers Case Study February 3 2016 Refinery Chooses Ultrasonic Flow Technology To Enhance Pipeline Upgrade Source Siemens Process Instrumentation An Oklahoma refinery recently required a flow measurement solution for a finished gasoline and diesel fuel line leaving the refinery site They were already using a Siemens clamp on check meter and interface detector elsewhere and hoped to install the same product on the fuel line However the local Siemens representative determined that there would not be enough straight run of pipe to support a clamp on meter and the refinery decided that they would need to bring the pipe above ground Siemens Process Instrumentation Contact The Supplier Contact Details Company Profile MORE FROM Siemens Process Instrumentation Contact Details Company

    Original URL path: http://www.wateronline.com/doc/refinery-chooses-ultrasonic-flow-technology-to-enhance-pipeline-upgrade-0001 (2016-02-14)
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  • Operation Brain Drain Workforce Issues At California Utilities
    millennials are enticed by the idea that there will be a mass retirement of California water operators in the coming years Yet many of my peers aren t getting interviews or landing that job despite acquiring all the necessary certifications So what gives Word has been going around that water utilities will experience a brain drain or a mass exodus of talent from the field for quite some time veterans say a mass retirement has been expected for the last 20 years Operators that have been working 30 plus years are getting closer to retirement so why is it still difficult to replace those positions I spoke with Stephen McLean the dean of Santiago Canyon College s Water Utility Science program McLean has nearly 40 years of experience in the water industry and has hired a couple hundred operators into the workforce Simply put I learned that this current generation doesn t have the same mechanical acumen as the generation before The crucial ability to sense when motors are operating properly is developed over years and years of experience That mechanical sixth sense is something that you can t teach a young adult overnight When the state of California started making operator certifications as mandatory requirements for maintenance positions that s when water operations as a whole moved from being mechanical to mostly technical McLean adds The difference between mechanical and technical is virtually night and day Mechanical is of course the hands on labor whereas the technical counterpart is based mostly on regulation and protocol set by the state of California The reason for a shift into more technical requirements could mean the state and water agencies are trying to keep up with growing technological trends which brought McLean to another dilemma The automation of today s entry level jobs has hindered soft skill growth Effective communication and basic telephone etiquette are both very important for a career in water operations While most of California s water demands lie in the south the same issues in employment also arise in the north David Kehn works at the City of Santa Cruz as an engineering technician and agrees with everything that McLean mentions about the lack of mechanical experience and absence of soft skills in today s job seekers Kehn says it is also important to acknowledge that the needs and demands of each agency are different Each department knows how long it takes to really understand their system and should plan accordingly for succession hiring Communicating the importance of the new employee to them is important as well however putting unrealistic expectations on someone new can backfire and result in that person feeling overwhelmed So how can we prepare for an imminent brain drain The solution may lie in our public school system A generation ago taking a metal shop or autobody class was fairly common Learning how to build a car or how to weld taught valuable mechanical skills to those who have never had prior experience Valuable

    Original URL path: http://www.wateronline.com/doc/operation-brain-drain-workforce-issues-at-california-utilities-0001 (2016-02-14)
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  • Data Analytics An Answer To Faulty Pumps
    a boil water notice which is now lifted and replaced the pump The trouble started at 4 a m when the motor on a pump at the plant burned out sending some of the solid material to the next phase of treatment and into the bay That material only comprised a small percentage of the total discharge KRISTV reported State environmental officials determined that only a small amount of the leaked water contained raw sewage and wasn t enough to create a hazard so the all clear was given KZTV reported Fernando Quintanilla public works director for the city of Aransas Pass described the extent of the damage Out of the 800 000 gallons that went out two percent of that was actually the sludge which was the solids he told KRIS 6 News So it was the majority of the effluent water that was treated Aranas Pass is hardly alone In December heavy rain and pump failure caused three sewer manholes to overflow with a combination of storm water and diluted wastewater in Frisco TX according to the Frisco Enterprise Experts say data collection promises to improve management of both functioning and faulty pumps Matt Wells general manager of GE s Automation Software business pointed to ways for utilities to lower costs by improving the way they oversee pumps If you have to move water with pumps rather than gravity feed that s an energy intensive application he said per Automation World One water plant in Australia for example schedules their pumping activity when spot prices for electricity are at their lowest Analytics is key because you re able to see data within context Wells said per the report Rather than looking at the data by individual asset the power comes from being able to see the specific measurement

    Original URL path: http://www.wateronline.com/doc/data-analytics-an-answer-to-faulty-pumps-0001 (2016-02-14)
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  • Utility Employs Magnetic Leak-Detection Tech
    hopes in new technology The town is working with a company developing technology that can detect water leaks and send alerts to residents electronic devices In January local officials agreed to a memorandum of understanding with Water Hero Wicked Local Natick reported Water Hero calls itself a smart leak detection company The firm is building tools that measure water flow by tapping into the magnetic field in municipal water meters according to Alex Cheimets the company s chief product officer per the news report When water flows through a water meter the meter creates a magnetic field whose oscillations correspond to the flow rate the company said per the report Water Hero s electronics monitor those fluctuations over a hundred times per second processing it through an algorithm embedded in our microcontroller to convert the data into a digital readout of water flow The agreement between Natick and Water Hero does not force the townspeople to spend money Department of Public Works Director Jeremy Marsette said he does not foresee residents needing to purchase an additional device Non revenue water including water lost to leaks can be a major loss to the water system The total cost to water utilities caused by non revenue water worldwide can be conservatively estimated at 141 billion per year with a third of it occurring in the developing world In developing countries about 45 million cubic meters are lost daily through water leakage in the distribution networks enough to serve nearly 200 million people according to a report by the World Bank Leaks on customer properties can drive up water bills meaning utilities get angry phone calls A leak caused Chris Lang a 28 year old alarm security worker to appear at the very top of a list of excess water users in the

    Original URL path: http://www.wateronline.com/doc/utility-employs-magnetic-leak-detection-tech-0001 (2016-02-14)
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  • Fresh Air Fresh Fish
    Beverage Petroleum Refining All Petroleum Refining Produced Water Power Generation Water Reuse Utility Management AMR AMI and Metering Asset Management Consumer Outreach Funding Labor Resiliency SCADA Automation Source Water All Source Water Contamination Desalination Water Scarcity Water Reuse Regulations and Legislation Providers YSI a Xylem brand Hach Company Schneider Electric Neptune Technology Group Inc Evoqua Water Technologies Veolia Water Solutions Technologies ABB Measurement Products Aclara Jacobi Carbons Endress Hauser Inc KROHNE Inc Kaeser Compressors Inc Emerson Process Management Rosemount Analytical Degremont Technologies Brentwood Industries View All Providers Article February 2 2016 Fresh Air Fresh Fish Contact The Supplier By Robert Ryt Kaeser Compressors Inc Farming operations to plan and control fish reproduction have been around since the 15th century and are a sophisticated mechanized arm in the food production industry today In Poland traditionally trout farms are relatively small family businesses where product quality remains high during every stage of the process Learn how Kaeser s rotary blowers turned a rural fishpond into an automated aqua farm by delivering air to ensure the fish are raised in the best possible environment Kaeser Compressors Inc Contact The Supplier Contact Details Company Profile MORE FROM Kaeser Compressors Inc Contact Details Company Name

    Original URL path: http://www.wateronline.com/doc/fresh-air-fresh-fish-0001 (2016-02-14)
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  • Award-Winning Videos On Stormwater Best Practices
    with utilities businesses and every citizen asked to pitch in to reduce stormwater impact Once the effort extends to those beyond municipal personnel public outreach becomes an essential component to success In fact public education and outreach is a requirement for communities with a municipal separate storm sewer system MS4 permit That s where StormTV comes in Video Library Of Best Practices Brainchild of the Water Environment Federation WEF the annual StormTV Project fosters creativity and competition among local governments and utilities while developing a large database of videos beneficial to all Following nearly 150 submissions in 2015 StormTV s YouTube playlist has swelled to 364 videos with well over 20 000 views since the competition s inception in 2012 Though uniquely executed the videos were all created with a common goal to inspire educate and be freely shared that s the mission and the design of the program And while you can find helpful examples and advice throughout the playlist there are those videos that were recognized in 2015 as the absolute best in four respective categories public education training commercial and programs and projects The winners were announced at WEFTEC 2015 some months ago but it is awards season in the film industry so The envelope please Public Education Video Winner Stormwater Pollution The Dirty Truth Home Car Washing submitted by Australian Car Wash Association ACWA Summary Do it yourself is typically a noble and responsible approach but not so when it comes to washing your car This video show how home car washing draws pollution from driveways through storm drains and into waterways The solution commercial car washes with pervious surfaces Training Video Winner Keep Restaurant Pollution And Profits From Going Down The Stormwater Drain submitted by University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment UNC IE

    Original URL path: http://www.wateronline.com/doc/award-winning-videos-on-stormwater-best-practices-0001 (2016-02-14)
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