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  • Nation’s Largest Desal Plant Opens
    Analytical Degremont Technologies Brentwood Industries View All Providers News Feature December 30 2015 Nation s Largest Desal Plant Opens By Sara Jerome sarmje The largest desalination plant in the U S opened in San Diego this month With the ceremonial opening of the Western Hemisphere s largest ocean desalination plant a new era began for water use in San Diego County and possibly for the entire parched state the Los Angeles Times reported It s the first large scale desalination plant in the state and only the second in the nation KPCC reported Backers are framing the plant as a long term way to secure the supply as the state enters its fifth year of drought Local water managers said it s meant to be part of San Diego County s drive toward greater control over its own water supply which had its genesis in a drought that occurred more than 25 years ago The region imported more than 90 percent of its potable water at the time and the figure hasn t gone down much since then the Times reported The entire desalination process takes about 20 minutes according to the plant s website NBC San Diego described the treatment method First the saltwater is pretreated to remove algae and other organic materials Then the water moves through microfiltration to remove microscopic impurities To remove the salt from the seawater the plant will strain the water through a reverse osmosis process Under intense pressure the water is moved through semi permeable membranes Finally some minerals are returned to the water that s treated with chlorine Some ratepayers are wary of the cost of the project San Diego water customers may not necessarily be celebrating because they will have to pay an average of 5 more a month than they

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  • How Data Is Helping An Imperiled Water District
    Inc Kaeser Compressors Inc Emerson Process Management Rosemount Analytical Degremont Technologies Brentwood Industries View All Providers News Feature December 17 2015 How Data Is Helping An Imperiled Water District By Sara Jerome sarmje The government is trying to help a California water district where groundwater levels have dropped more than 100 feet in some places Local and government experts have one major asset at their disposal as they try to solve these problems data The U S Geological Survey USGS teamed up with Borrego Water District six years ago to study regional water patterns between 1945 and 2010 and issued their findings in a new report and website The purpose of the study was to develop a greater understanding of the hydrogeology of the Borrego Valley Groundwater Basin and to provide tools to help evaluate the potential hydrologic effects of future development the report said Researchers built a 3 D computer model of the Borrego Valley aquifer system as part of the project The model will help Borrego Valley water managers meet requirements connected to new groundwater laws the statement said Borrego faces deep challenges when it comes to groundwater management Over time groundwater withdrawal through pumping has exceeded the amount of water that has been replenished causing groundwater level declines of more than 100 feet in some parts of the basin Continued pumping has resulted in an increase in pumping lifts reduced well efficiency dry wells changes in water quality and loss of natural groundwater discharge according to the report A new website released as a part of this project explained The Borrego Valley Hydrologic Model was developed on the basis of historical conditions 66 years for the analysis of the use and movement of groundwater and surface water throughout the valley and to provide a basis for addressing

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  • ‘Drought Shamed’ Californian Blames Utility For 13000 Gallon Leak
    at the very top of a list of excess water users in the East Bay Municipal Utility District which includes 327 000 households Lang says he s no guzzler but rather a victim of not being warned about his skyrocketing water use before he received a 10 000 bill for consuming more than 13 000 gallons a day the San Jose Mercury News reported Lang is pushing back against the charge In his own words It would be nice if the water district let me know I had a leak before sending me a 10 000 bill that there is no freaking way I can afford to pay I pay for water service Where is the water company s responsibility to let me know when there is a problem Lang knew he had a leak on his property He tried to fix it but he did not follow through to ensure it was totally fixed Lang said he discovered water pooling in his front yard of rocks about a month ago and fixed a leak but it apparently wasn t good enough His water meter was spinning when EBMUD meter readers rechecked his reading the report said District spokeswoman Andrea Pook weighed in per the Contra Costa Times It s unfortunate Pook said But this is a lesson about the importance of checking for leaks One in four households in East Bay MUD have leaks Water officials encourage customers to monitor for leaks by turning off all faucets and sprinklers and checking to see if their water dial moves And as they make their rounds EBMUD meter readers inform customers of unusual changes in water use Pook said according to the report EBMUD officials said they wouldn t comment in detail on Lang s case because of customer privacy issues

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  • Upgraded Treatment Plant Provides Wastewater Snow
    Provides Wastewater Snow By Sara Jerome sarmje California is getting its first ski slopes with snow made from recycled wastewater The conservation measure is a response to low levels of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains as a result of the drought In a testament to how water dependent industries are adapting amid California s four year drought Soda Springs Mountain Resort this winter will be the first in California to use recycled wastewater for its snow making system The Sacramento Bee reported A Donner Summit Public Utility District DSPUD treatment plant will provide the water It recently received a 24 million upgrade Snowboarder Magazine described the new plant In June 2015 DSPUD completed the project converting its treatment process from an older chlorination de chlorination system to a state of the art UV distillation process resulting in highly treated pathogen free crystal clear water outcome that is cleaner than surface water The snow that is made is effective water storage in the winter and will be released back into the ground and surface water flows as the snow melts There will be signs urging skiers against eating the snow reports said The backdrop is that even though recycled water is used for irrigation in California using it for snow is more novel in the drought ridden state the Bee reported In another state this application has proved controversial In 2012 the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort switched to treated wastewater for making its snow despite complaints from local Indian tribes and some environmental groups according to news reports The U S Forest Service gave its blessing saying the treated water was safe and provided the least harmful alternative the report said The Navajo and 12 other tribes say the use of reclaimed wastewater pollutes the mountains Snowbowl is a private

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  • Governor Extends California Water Cuts
    has issued an order that will likely extend deep cuts in water use beyond the original February end date and well into next fall In a new executive order the governor said that if the drought continues through January mandatory water cuts will remain in effect until October Brown s original order issued in April was effective only until February the Los Angeles Times reported Since the drought is not expected to abate anytime soon it is nearly certain the extension will become effective What does it mean for water utilities Conservation tends to present challenges to water companies because it reduces revenue Nevertheless many utilities have responded to the mandatory cuts in ways that could insulate them from harm as Brown extends the policy Analysts at Fitch Ratings weighed in Fitch expects water utility ratings to be stable in the short term due to the actions issuers have taken so far most notably upward rate adjustments and or changes to rate structures to raise overall rates Many of these tactics are in process and are expected to take effect by fiscal 2017 Still some utilities could see negative impacts Utilities that fail to act quickly could face downward rating pressure the analysts said Officials revealed in December that California residents did not meet their most recent water conservation goal Californians posted a 22 percent savings in water use in October marking the first month residents have missed the state s mandatory 25 percent conservation target since enforcement of the cutbacks began in June KCRA reported The governor s new order states If drought conditions persist through January 2016 the Water Board shall extend until October 31 2016 restrictions to achieve a statewide reduction in urban potable water usage The Water Board shall consider modifying its existing restrictions to address

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  • Water Scarcity News Features Documents on Water Online
    Inc Emerson Process Management Rosemount Analytical Degremont Technologies Brentwood Industries View All Providers Water Scarcity News Features Despite Drought San Diego Is Dumping Treated Water 2 9 2016 California is entering its fifth year of drought but one city recently dumped a half billion gallons of expensive treated drinking water Utility Drought Shames The Wrong Consumers 2 5 2016 Utility officials in California apologized last month after publicly accusing customers of using more water than they actually had consumed Californians Debate Easing Water Restrictions 1 28 2016 California restricted water use in urban areas last year as a way to address the effects of the drought Now as the drought enters its fifth year officials say they may ease up on the restrictions What s The World s Most Water Vulnerable Nation 1 26 2016 Jordan Yemen and Djibouti lead the world in water vulnerability according to a recent study Economic Crisis Could Follow Colorado River Cuts 1 25 2016 As the threat of water scarcity looms over the West so does the prospect of water cuts on the Colorado River an essential water source for large swaths of the country Cuts could force an economic crisis on the region Drought Over But Texas Water Woes Remain 1 21 2016 A four year drought ended in Texas last year and now the state is almost universally out of drought conditions according to the U S Drought Monitor But water challenges have not evaporated in the Lone Star State Facing Drought Farmers Turn To Produced Water 1 20 2016 Would you eat a salad that was grown using oilfield wastewater Scientists are studying the possible consequences of doing just that Nevada Wraps Year Long Drought Study 1 18 2016 A group of water experts took a year to study the drought

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  • Next Generation Mag Meter
    Industrial Food 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 Video September 4 2015 Next Generation Mag Meter Municipal and Industrial water and wastewater treatment systems present a challenging environment in which the accurate and reliable measurement of liquid flow is essential for cost effective plant operation In order for these systems to run as economically as possible water and wastewater treatment facilities need a Flow Meter with accurate flow measurement necessary to ensure that limited water resources and treated wastewater effluent are processed efficiently The FPI Mag digital insertion water flow sensor supports many water and wastewater treatment water flow applications McCrometer Inc Contact The Supplier Contact Details Company Profile MORE FROM McCrometer Inc Contact Details Company Name McCrometer Inc

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  • Grinding Wipes To A Halt
    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 Podcast October 19 2015 Grinding Wipes To A Halt Contact The Supplier Ken Biele CEO of JWC Environmental discusses solutions to the growing problem of equipment clogging disposable wipes At a high level JWC Environmental is focused on solids reduction and screening equipment grinding stuff up making sure it keeps flowing through the pipes Biele explains to Water Online Radio That includes an array of solids but the main target of late has been disposable wipes Whether marked flushable or not the wipes are clogging sewage handling pumps nationwide as they become more popular with consumers It s endemic across our industry right now says Biele who notes that JWC has a number of new products devoted to solving the issue Will wipes and the issue go away anytime soon I think we re certainly making progress while at the same time there s still a lot to do Biele notes A lot of it comes down to educating the end users the people who are unfortunately putting those items into the waste stream Another major issue facing Biele s customers is the drought a surprising revelation perhaps from a wastewater equipment manufacturer Many people think about the drought from the drinking water standpoint but it s also affecting what s happening downstream because the water flows are actually decreasing as people are conserving water and that is then changing the makeup of the sewage that s coming into the wastewater treatment plants Learn more about solutions for combating increasingly difficult waste

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