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  • Researchers Find PPCP Surge In Cape Cod Wells
    tract infections and carbamazepine a drug used to treat seizures nerve pain and bipolar disorder were among the most common pharmaceuticals detected the institute said The concentrations were below prescribable doses but the findings still raise concerns according to Laurel Schaider lead author of the study That doesn t necessarily mean there s nothing to worry about Schaider said Drugs are intended for specific uses and can have side effects And we don t give certain medications to pregnant women or children because the developing body is very sensitive People often don t think about where their tap water comes from Schaider said But it s really important that they do and that they take steps to make sure it s safe Shaider urged well owners to get their water tested on an annual basis The researchers tested 20 drinking water wells looking for 117 organic wastewater compounds OWCs Maximum concentrations of several polyfluoroalkyl substances PFASs and pharmaceuticals were relatively high compared to public drinking water supplies in the US The number of detected OWCs and total concentrations of pharmaceuticals and of PFASs were positively correlated with nitrate boron and acesulfame and negatively correlated with well depth the study said Where are the contaminants coming from These wells were all located in areas served exclusively by onsite wastewater treatment systems which are likely the main source of the organic wastewater compounds in these wells although landfill leachate may also be a source the study said Previous research by Silent Spring experts found hormone disrupting chemicals and pharmaceuticals from septic systems in Cape Cod groundwater Those findings spurred the researchers into this latest investigation The next question was whether contaminants in household wastewater once they enter the groundwater make their way into drinking water supplies said Laurel Schaider the lead author

    Original URL path: http://www.wateronline.com/doc/researchers-find-ppcp-surge-in-cape-cod-wells-0001 (2016-02-14)
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  • After Microbead Ban Experts Consider Next Steps
    Sara Jerome sarmje Congress passed a law phasing out microbeads last year over concerns that the plastic component in toothpaste and face scrubs is polluting rivers and streams A growing body of research showed that microbeads are harming U S waterways In September a study published in Environmental Science Technology reported that more than 8 trillion microbeads were entering the country s aquatic habitats daily The volume was enough to coat the surface of 300 tennis courts every day CNN reported These microplastics tend not to be filtered out during sewage treatment but are released directly into rivers lakes and the ocean a United Nations report explained And in a rare feat of bipartisanship members of Congress decided to phase out microbeads beginning in 2017 Bloomberg BNA reported President Obama signed the legislation in December But questions remain about whether the policy goes far enough Will it be enough to solve the plastic pollution problem plaguing our rivers lakes and oceans Bloomberg BNA asked Critics argue that the environmental impact of plastics is much broader than the microbead issue The microbead ban is an important step in the right direction but we have a lot more work to do said Blake Kopcho oceans campaigner for the Center for Biological Diversity per the report While we are waiting for the microbead phase out to commence we are going to redouble our efforts to pass policies that tackle major contributors of plastic pollution like plastic bottles microfibers and plastic bags at the source Kopcho told Bloomberg BNA Government experts note that microbeads are not the only source of water pollution While a federal ban on cosmetic microbeads in the United States would eliminate one source of plastic pollution it s not a total fix According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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  • Betting On Biogas A Wastewater Plant’s Journey
    Lancaster Area Sewer Authority s LASA recent 26 8 million upgrade to its lone wastewater treatment facility which broke ground in December The improvement promises to reduce the plant s environmental footprint and save costs by emphasizing energy efficiency and allowing for biosolids reuse LASA serves 37 000 residents and 1 300 commercial customers in eight municipalities in South Central Pennsylvania The system maintains 560 miles of pipeline 38 pumping stations and its treatment plant has a capacity of 15 MGD The upgrade was undertaken to improve biosolids processing at the plant according to the engineering and architectural firm tapped for the project Buchart Horn Prior to the upgrade biosolids were treated to a Class B level as designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection PADEP and disposed of in a landfill Post upgrade the biosolids will be treated to the PADEP s Class A level a designation that indicates they have harvestable nutrients that make them valuable for reuse After extensive research a treatment scheme that would improve biosolids processing while remaining cost effective was reached The full suite of new technologies to be introduced includes two anaerobic digesters a new biosolids dryer a new biosolids dewatering centrifuge and a cover for the existing biosolids storage area Autothermal thermophilic aerobic digestion was considered as an option but the team settled on the anaerobic route for its reuse potential Anaerobic digestion was selected because it stabilizes and significantly reduces the amount of biosolids leaving the facility Buchart Horn said Plus as a byproduct the process produces methane gas which can be used to fuel boilers to heat the sludge in the digesters making the digestion process self sufficient The excess of methane gas produced will be used to fuel a separate boiler used in the sludge drying process The anaerobic digestion process at the revamped plant will involve dewatering and thermal drying Heating the sludge will reduce the amount of biosolids that need to be disposed of and destroy pathogens so that it can be used as a fertilizer LASA will also upgrade the plant s supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA system to alleviate support issues stemming from some obsolete hardware Improvements will be made to controllers computers and network switches as well as some software components like graphic control screens and data storage systems The new SCADA system will be state of the art and allow operators to control and monitor all aspects of the facility s operations Management will have the ability to remotely retrieve operational data and system status updates from any device connected to LASA s network A historian database will retain process trends analysis and PADEP compliance reporting data The upgrades fit nicely within the facility s currently occupied grounds so no crafty space management was called for but the undertaking wasn t without its difficulties The most unique design challenge was maintaining the operation of the existing sludge dewatering system while a second new centrifuge used to dewater the sludge was installed

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  • AquiSense Selected To Participate In International Space Station Project
    AquiSense Technologies Europe Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of AquiSense Technologies LLC has been selected to participate in the Biocontamination Integrated Control for Wet Systems for Space Exploration BIOWYSE project AquiSense is part of a seven company consortium that includes Italian company Thales Alenia Space one of the main suppliers to the International Space Station The BIOWYSE consortium will design build and test innovative prevention monitoring and mitigation modules to be integrated in a compact system AquiSense will design the key technology within the decontamination module employing UV C LED technology similar to that used in PearlAqua Richard Simons a PhD Graduate Engineer from Imperial College London has been appointed as Program Manager for AquiSense AquiSense s CTO Jennifer Pagan PhD said It is literally an engineer s dream to be able to apply their work to something as technically advanced as the space station I am thrilled that our water disinfection technology will be used to help keep the astronauts safe The proposed BIOWYSE project foresees development and demonstration of an integrated biocontamination control system for water and humid areas to be demonstrated on the International Space Station and future human exploration missions BIOWYSE stems from the results of actual flight experiments and state of the art prevention monitoring and mitigation technologies They will further investigate the possibilities for spin off developments in the terrestrial water management industries This project is funded by the European Commission under the 80B Horizon 2020 program and is valued at 3M About AquiSense Technologies AquiSense Technologies is the global leader in UV C LED systems design and manufacture They work with leading LED manufacturers to evaluate their devices and then design efficient disinfection products Using a combination of patented technology and in depth know how AquiSense integrates LED devices into products that solve

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  • Carollo Engineers To Standardize On EADOC Capital Project Management Offering To Reduce Construction Management Costs
    its construction management process on EADOC Carollo will further improve the management of its construction teams using an automated workflow and further improve control of project finances including budget funding sources contracts and change orders In addition the ability to effectively and consistently manage its contractual deliverables with a detailed electronic construction record and audit trail will provide Carollo with the accountability it needs to resolve disputes quickly and streamline project and program execution EADOC is being supplied to Carollo through a corporate wide subscription that is available for all projects users data storage and technical support As a result Carollo Engineers project teams no longer need to procure individual subscriptions for their projects which will reduce administrative costs and enable the company to standardize its construction services throughout the organization Carollo Engineers Vice President Michael Warriner said Bentley s EADOC gives us a competitive advantage by helping us deliver better projects with less risk and at a lower cost Our new subscription will streamline EADOC s availability among our teams and eliminate the administration cost of managing multiple project based subscriptions Standardizing our construction project management practice through EADOC will take the benefits we ve seen on individual projects and extend them across our organization Eric Law Bentley Systems senior director product management and EADOC founder said We thank Carollo Engineers a leader in water engineering for selecting our EADOC system as its preferred construction management solution Carollo s management team recognizes the tremendous benefits that EADOC brings to its entire construction services practice and we welcome the opportunity to help it realize the full potential of that advantage in its delivery of benchmark setting high quality projects For additional information about EADOC visit www bentley com EADOC About Bentley Systems Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing

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  • The Leading Provider Of ClO2 For Water Treatment Adopts A New Name
    major force in driving ClO2 technical innovation forward This newly branded business brings 60 years of experience and expertise along with a range of benefits that customers cannot get anywhere else The ADOX name taken from one of this business s well known brands now stands for the most complete ClO2 water treatment solution available From today ADOX Water Technologies is a total ClO2 solution that offers customers unrivalled reliability and safety at competitive costs ADOX Water Technologies delivers comprehensive service that includes analysis and consultation design fabrication and installation of generating and activation systems chlorite and chemical supply logistics and monitoring With a wealth of technical and engineering expertise ADOX Water Technologies is ideally placed to help customers manage the ever changing regulatory environment and to train customers in the logistics and challenges of handling chlorite and ClO2 ADOX Water Technologies benefits from more than 60 years of experience that includes completing more than 1 000 installations in a wide range of industries that include oil and gas industrial and municipal water and waste food and beverage production and animal health Many of these installations posed unique challenges and ADOX Water Technologies has an established track record in solving problems and customizing the technology by drawing on the rich selection of equipment that only ADOX Water Technologies provides Customers of ADOX Water Technologies enjoy a higher level of security in their chlorite supply than they can get from other companies They have access to a dedicated field sales force that provides technical support allowing for an ongoing service relationship to address issues that may arise and support plant upgrades if and when required ADOX Water Technologies provides the complete ClO2 water treatment solution with an unparalleled level of reliability safety and cost efficiency About The Chemours Company The Chemours

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  • Water Standard Receives Shell Contract Award
    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 News February 10 2016 Water Standard Receives Shell Contract Award Houston TX PRNewswire Water Standard a global leader in water treatment solutions announced today that it has secured a contract with Shell Offshore Inc Shell for the design fabrication testing and shipment of an Ultrapure Water Generation Package UWGP to be integrated on Appomattox Shell s floating production system located in deepwater Gulf of Mexico The UWGP includes compact Reverse Osmosis RO and Membrane Deaeration MDA coupled with a demineralization process using Continuous Electrodeionization CEDI With this award Water Standard builds on its commitment to pioneer cost effective and robust water treatment solutions that meet the rigorous and exacting requirements of the offshore environment For more information on Water Standard s compact water treatment solutions please visit us at www waterstandard com or contact us directly at sales waterstandard com About Water Standard Water Standard is a global water treatment specialist and recognized leader in delivering innovative solutions and services to the energy industry The company specializes in compact modular systems and mobile onshore and offshore facilities offering flexible contract options for products and services ranging from specialized engineering and design to turn key and rental systems For more information visit www waterstandard com SOURCE Water Standard Copyright 2016 PR Newswire All Rights Reserved Like what you are reading Sign up for our free newsletter SIGN ME

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  • DC Water And The Water Environment Federation Launch Development Of A National Green Infrastructure Certification Program
    an amendment to a 2005 Consent Decree between DC Water and the District of Columbia the U S Environmental Protection Agency and the U S Department of Justice and is the basis for DC Water s 2 6B DC Clean Rivers Project In an average year of rainfall DC Water s Clean Rivers Project will decrease the city s CSO volume by 96 percent to the area s primary waterways In addition to helping reduce CSOs GI practices such as bioretention or rain gardens pervious pavement rain barrels and green roofs can provide triple bottom line environmental social and economic benefits to the District and other cities nationwide DC Water is committed to developing an ambitious local jobs creation program that includes GI training and certification opportunities for District residents DC Water has established a goal to have 51 percent of new jobs created by the GI project filled by District residents and will also engage professional service firms and contractors based in the District for associated projects Today s agreement with WEF is a critical step forward for DC Water s ambitious GI program said DC Water CEO and General Manager George S Hawkins Establishing a national certification program will ensure DC residents are prepared to work not only on DC Water projects but it also positions them to benefit from the greater GI industry that is growing nationally WEF is helping to support and elevate this effort by developing a national certification program with DC Water that will meet international best practice standards Housed within the WEF Stormwater Institute the certification will verify that individuals performing the installation inspection and maintenance of GI have the required knowledge skills and abilities to support long term performance and sustainability of these systems The program components including a requirement for regular re certification will be developed on an expedited schedule with the first certifications being granted in early 2017 To provide a national perspective on stormwater management needs and green workforce goals WEF is seeking partners to join a coalition of stormwater leaders from across the country The coalition will assist with the creation of the program s vision and guide its implementation The coalition currently includes the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District which has partnered with DC Water and WEF to support similar local goals of developing green jobs and a skilled workforce to install and maintain GI Stormwater management is a priority for the District of Columbia and for many cities not just in the U S but all over the world said WEF Executive Director Eileen O Neill It is increasingly recognized that GI offers an environmentally and economically beneficial management option We re excited to be working with DC Water and other recognized leaders in stormwater management to devise a national certification program that will support the development of a skilled workforce and the creation of jobs that contribute to sustainable communities About DC Water The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority DC Water is an industry

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