The Splash

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Every day in the U.S., more than 355 billion gallons of water are withdrawn from surface and ground water sources to serve industry and the public, according to a 2010 report from the U.S. Geological Survey.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 [...]

Water Softener System Maintenance & Troubleshooting

A water softener system is one of a facility’s the best methods of defense against scale formation due to hard water on heat transfer surfaces, such as heat exchangers and boilers. In addition to a savings in energy, water and chemical costs, a well maintained softener can extend piping and equipment life. Some of the most common issues an operator may experience when maintaining water softener equipment is [...]

Boiler Automation Programs Ensure System Protection & Reliability

Monitoring and controlling a boiler’s internal treatment program is one of the best ways to prevent system downtime and avoid major repair costs. Common equipment problems, such as corrosion, scale and deposition can result in over $60,000 in repair costs and 2-3 days of downtime. Implementing a boiler automation program offers facilities the system protection and reliability required to run efficiently and [...]

U.S. Water Expands its Integrated Offerings and Applications with Acquisition

St. Michael, Minnesota – U.S. Water, an ALLETE Company (NYSE: ALE), announces the acquisition of Tonka Water. Tonka Water, a major supplier of municipal and industrial water treatment systems, has joined the U.S. Water family. The acquisition of Tonka Water will allow U.S. Water to expand its integrated water treatment equipment offerings and applications. Tonka Water’s engineers customize water [...]

Chemical Feed Skid Considerations for the Oil and Gas Industry

Chemical feed skids offer reliable and consistent dosing of chemicals into process applications. When designed correctly, chemical feed skids have the ability to increase system productivity by maximizing operating costs and reducing chemical costs. Available in hundreds of configurations, U.S. Water's chemical feed skids are customized to meet each facility's unique application and specifications. There [...]

Caring for Your Pre-Treatment Equipment: RO Membrane Cleaning

As water and energy costs increase, government regulations tighten and environmental stewardship initiatives progress, facilities must continue to enhance their system efficiencies. Reverse Osmosis (RO) equipment is becoming more common in water treatment systems. Unfortunately, even with high quality feed water, RO membrane scaling and fouling is inevitable. Regular cleaning and servicing of your RO system and its [...]