The Splash

A Closer Look at Food & Beverage Industry Certifications

Food & Beverage (F&B) facilities make products that are intended for human consumption, therefore food safety is always an area of major concern. For over a century, compliance with the rules and regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have  been a driving force in the F&B processing industry, and it’s their regulation that guides [...]

U.S. Water's ProClean AB 1000 Optimizes Ethanol Producer's Fermentation Process and Reduces Treatment Costs

Even with quality cleaning practices in place, there is a risk of bacterial infection during the fermentation process of ethanol production. When bacteria are present, it can inhibit yeast productivity and loss of alcohol production can occur. Many ethanol producers utilize an antibiotic program to control bacteria growth and optimize product yields. A Midwest ethanol producer was utilizing a competitor’s [...]

Custom Plant Controls Upgrade Optimizes Aging Ethanol Facility Performance

Multiple Midwestern ethanol facilities within the same organization were experiencing controls failure due to aging PLC and HMI equipment. Current plant control equipment was more than ten years old and had reached end of life. The outdated equipment caused plant shutdowns and a loss in production, which can cost up to $10,000 per hour. U.S. Water recommended an integrated controls upgrade solution to prevent future [...]

U.S. Water’s Changing the World Program Partners with Pure Water for the World

U.S. Water’s mission and commitment to our core values empowers our organization and its employees to have purposeful expressions of generosity through the sharing of time and resources with our Changing the World program. We are excited to send a team of five U.S. Water employees on our first Changing the World volunteer trip with Pure Water for the World in June. During this trip, the U.S. Water team will [...]

Networking 101

For decades now, the ubiquity of the internet has been essential to modern life. Services like email, Google, and Amazon have connected us to each other, the vast collective knowledge of humankind, and brought literally whatever we desire to our doorsteps with just a few motions of our fingers. Like any widely adopted technology, the internet’s popularity relies on the principle that users need not know how it [...]

U.S. Water’s Cambridge and Plymouth Facilities Win Minnesota Governor's Safety Award

U.S. Water’s Cambridge, Minnesota and Plymouth, Minnesota facilities were recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health during the 2017 Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon held on May 10, 2018 in Minneapolis. U.S. Water is one of 279 employers to be honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council. Donald Brozek and Mike Bock, Cambridge facility production shift [...]

An Introduction to Industrial Use of Technology for Non-Techies

It’s increasingly obvious to me that the gap in the general understanding of technology is continuously increasing with those that are not working in the space every day. I am referring to industrial technology versus the general consumer technology market. The consumer technology market has made our lives easier, simplifying tasks and adding entertainment with intuitive technology that most [...]

Options for Industrial Water Reuse

Every day in the U.S., more than 355 billion gallons of water are withdrawn from surface and ground water sources to serve industry and the public, according to a 2010 report from the U.S. Geological Survey. As the strain on water sources steadily increases, it is critical for all water users to work towards water conservation. The primary drivers towards water recycling and reuse practices are environmental [...]

City Takes Advantage of Innovative Pre-Treatment Process to Rejuvenate Aging Plant

The utilities superintendent for the City of Savage, MN reports that an innovative, custom pre-treatment system in a well water treatment plant, for the removal of iron, manganese and radium, has keyed the rejuvenation of an aging plant back to reliable full service capability, all within the same footprint. He also notes new savings on both pre-treatment and polishing chemicals. The new pre-treatment system [...]

5 Ways to Celebrate World Water Day

Each year on March 22, the United Nations recognizes the importance of universal access to clean water and sustainable freshwater resource management through the celebration of  World Water Day . This year’s theme is Nature for Water, and this year’s fact sheet discusses how nature based solutions are, “a sustainable and cost-effective way to help rebalance the water cycle, [...]

Feed Mill Facility Increases Efficiency and Reduces Chemical Usage with EnergyOUT™

A Midwest Feed Mill was treating its incoming well water for high levels of alkalinity with amine chemical. Unfortunately, amine is one of the most expensive chemicals used in water treatment. If the facility chose not to treat the well water for alkalinity, it could result in failure of the condensate return lines, a costly plant shutdown and capital equipment replacement expenses. U.S. Water’s EnergyOUT system [...]

U.S. Water’s CEO LaMarr Barnes Presented During the Annual APEX Board of Directors and Investors Meeting

On January 25, 2018, the Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) hosted its annual Board of Directors and investor-member meeting, which featured guest speaker LaMarr Barnes, CEO of U.S. Water. During his presentation, Barnes discussed the relationship between water and industry in the Midwest and throughout the country, as well as the importance of sustainable water management in industry, commercial and [...]