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10 State Standards Update

The Great Lakes – Upper Mississippi River Board (GLUMRB) of State and Provincial Public Health and Environmental Managers have completed the 2018 Edition of the Recommended Standards for Water Works, commonly referred to as the 10 States Standards. Participating State and Provincial agencies meet on an annual basis to establish design guidelines for the waterworks industry. These policies act as guidelines [...]

The Key to Saving Water is in Your Backwash System

Since airwash was first introduced into filters in the 1960s, it has been widely known that the introduction of air with water achieves greater media cleansing and promotes optimum performance of granular water filters. Simul-Wash™ is a simultaneous air and water backwash system. The Simul-Wash cycle consists of four steps: draindown, combined air/water backwash, air purge, and restratification. The key to [...]

Your Performance Index: Things are Not Always as they Appear – the Impact of Internal Filter Maintenance

Internal filter inspection is an essential part of any scheduled maintenance routine. The external view of your filters is not always an accurate representation of what is happening within. Consistent internal inspections will keep your plant running optimally and provide early detection of issues, that when resolved quickly can prevent the need for larger, more expensive repairs. Below you will find a list of [...]

Turning Data into Intelligent Action

Industrial consumers have more access to data than ever before, but what to do with it? Can advancements in technology really make us better tomorrow than today? This thought-provoking article will introduce a concept to building context into data to ultimately achieve intelligent actions or recommendations from computing systems. While our example will hit home for water treaters, the concept behind this process and [...]

What’s Trending: Design Build

Design build projects are not a new concept in the construction industry but is new to the water treatment industry. In recent years, an inflation of design build work has emerged within the marketplace and it’s expected to continue to gain momentum. So, what is a design build project? Design build projects often require bidding into a design build proposal rather than bidding directly to a contractor. This [...]

Design Build Approach Utilized in Colorado

Tonka Water, a U.S. Water Brand (Tonka Water), worked with a design build team to put together a cost effective proposal to meet the needs of East Cherry Creek Valley. Through the piloting process, a more cost-effective media was optimized. Commissioned in September, 2016, this groundwater treatment plant features a fully automated OptaCell Plus™ horizontal pressure filter system for the removal of iron and [...]

Florida County Treats Disinfection By-products with Ion Exchange Treatment

The construction of a new well prompted the need for Seminole County, Florida to address hydrogen sulfide regulations by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Struggling with disinfection byproducts resulting from Total Organic Carbon (TOC) and bromide in the water, the county began utilizing ozone oxidation to address the hydrogen sulfide and reduce disinfection by-product through a pilot study. Pilot [...]

Minnesota Plant Utilized Biological Treatment for Cost Savings

The city of St. Martin was in need of a water treatment plant to address iron, manganese and ammonia in the community water supply. The treatment of ammonia using chlorine can be costly and troublesome, while removal through stripping using aeration can be difficult. Biological removal was suggested as a cost saving alternative. A three month pilot study with Tonka Water, a U.S. Water Brand (Tonka Water) was successful [...]

U.S. Water Services Joins Kurita Water Industries Ltd., Strengthening its Integrated Solutions Platform

U.S. Water announced today that is has joined the Kurita Water Industries Ltd . companies, a leading international water management company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The acquisition was announced in early February 2019 and was completed effective March 26, 2019.   “The closing of this transaction represents a new and exciting chapter for U.S. Water,” said LaMarr Barnes, U.S. Water CEO. [...]

Town in Arkansas Selects Packages Treatment System for Iron and Manganese Removal

The town of Dell, Arkansas had previously been purchasing water from a neighboring town. The decision was made to drill a new well for the town’s own water treatment plant, utilizing an existing storage building. The town worked together with Tonka Water, a U.S. Water Brand (Tonka Water) to design a new 350 gpm water treatment facility. Tonka Water’s Dualator ® III package treatment unit; which [...]

Benefits of Side Stream & Media Filtration in Cooling Towers

Cooling towers scrub large volumes of air and effectively remove solids consisting of dust, microbiological organisms, and various airborne debris. Tower water adds suspended solids in the form of corrosion products, microbiological growths and wood fibers from the tower and process leaks. If allowed to settle, these solids can generate many problems within the system. With heavy solids loading, even the best [...]

Cooling Tower Spring Maintenance

Winter layup of cooling towers can create an environment susceptible to growth and incubation of corrosion causing bacteria. Cooling tower cleaning and maintenance prior to spring start-up is recommended by OSHA to remove biofilm and prevent Legionella bacteria, and by most cooling tower manufacturers to maintain system efficiency during the summer cooling season. Cleaning and disinfecting the cooling tower basin [...]