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Your Performance Index: Your Guide to a Quick System Check-Up

The beginning of a new season is the perfect time to perform system maintenance. As many plant operators know, consistent system maintenance optimizes system performance, prolongs the life of your system and detects minor fixes before they transform into costly repairs. We’ve included a list of suggested tasks below to help you perform a quick system check-up. Filters Ensuring that your filters are [...]

When to Replace Your RO Membrane

On the surface, it might seem that knowing when to replace the membrane elements in a reverse osmosis (RO) system would be simple. In attempting to keep it simple, many companies will use one or more of the following guidelines for replacing their membrane: time, often after 3 years (the membrane manufacturer’s warranty period) an increase in the RO permeate conductivity, as related to their water [...]

Ion Exchange Technology Used to Treat Uranium in Nebraska

Bridgeport, located in western Nebraska, had previously been able to pump water directly out of the ground and into the distribution system, without needing to treat the water. It was later discovered that the water contained elevated levels of uranium, requiring treatment. Uranium can be naturally found in groundwaters, slowly dissolved over time from soils and sedimentary rock. Uranium is also a by-product of [...]

Your Performance Index: Should You Be Cleaning Your Filter Media?

Should you be chemically cleaning your filter media? This may sound like something that could be beneficial, but it may not be right for your filter. This is especially true if you have Greensand™ or Ironman Sand™ filter media. Greensand and Ironman media are coated with manganese dioxide which, when charged, oxidizes manganese as water flows through the filter. Unfortunately, chemicals that are [...]

Make Your Backwash More Effective With 4 Simple Steps

By optimizing your backwash system, you can improve your overall filter performance and reduce backwash frequency, while cutting down on media costs and preventing excessive water usage. 1. We recommend increasing your backwash frequency if you are experiencing: Excessive headloss (debris buildup in media) Diminished effluent water quality 2. We encourage you to sample your backwash water on a [...]

Kevin Milici and Mary Sitko Interview with Water Online at WEFTEC 2019

Read Kevin Milici, Vice President of Marketing and Technology, and Mary Sitko, Director of Municipal Equipment Sales, in their interview with Water Online below or  listen to the live podcast interview. Water Online Radio:  How is U.S. Water out there serving the marketplace? Kevin:  U.S. Water is an organization that had its origins back in 1997, a relatively new company. Since that [...]

When Do You Need to Replace Your Filter Media?

Filter media has a typical life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. The life span of your media may vary based on your raw water quality and filter maintenance, as consistent maintenance can prolong the life of your media. Signs that you may need to replace your media are often indicated in your system performance. Has the performance of your system decreased? Has your contaminant removal rates declined? [...]

Virginia Town Combats High Levels of Iron and Manganese

Routinely experiencing water restrictions during the summer months due to periods of drought, the town of Round Hill, Virginia knew they needed to increase capacity. With high levels of iron and manganese present, Round Hill made the decision to build a new water treatment plant. The main zone within the town contains nine potable wells, with the new plant being Round Hill’s third treatment facility. The [...]

Celebrating Make a Difference Day

Each year organizations come together on the fourth Saturday in October to make a difference. Efforts big or small continue to have a positive impact in our communities as millions of people work to improve the lives of others in celebration of Make a Difference Day . Here at U.S. Water, a Kurita company we are passionate about clean water access for all. Over the past year we have worked with organizations [...]

High Rate Media and Low Backwash Waste Delivered in Washington

Spanaway is located in Pierce County, Washington approximately fifteen miles south of Tacoma. The Spanaway community was experiencing difficulties with manganese in their water distribution system. Tonka Water, a U.S Water Brand, was chosen to provide a new system based on quality of equipment and level of expertise. The water treatment system includes an OptaCell Plus™ pressure filter system and high rate [...]

Your Performance Index: A Step by Step Maintenance Guide for Your Dualator System

Dualator® VI treatment systems require inspection and maintenance on a semi-annual basis. Filters with elevated iron or manganese in the raw water need more frequent maintenance. We’ve included a step-by-step maintenance guide below to ensure you are optimizing your system performance. Fill finished water storage tanks and/or tower. Backwash filters to a clean effluent. Shut off and lock out the [...]

California University Reduces Water Consumption Through Blowdown Reuse

While the State of California was experiencing a drought in 2015, a southern California university made the decision to treat cooling tower blowdown for reuse at the campus cogeneration plant. The university hired an engineering firm to assist with design specifications and proper integration of the treatment system into the facility. U.S. Water was selected as the equipment supplier and collaborated with the customer [...]