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- Water Service Disruptions in NC Postpone Sporting Event, Result in Economic Loss (2/24/2017) - Earlier this month, two separate incidents in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina led to a state of emergency, leaving more than 80,000 customers without water for over 24 hours and millions in economic losses.   First, an accidental overfeed of fluoride at the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) water treatment plant left a large amount of already treated water unusable. The following day, a massive water-main break sent water gushing through the streets in Chapel Hill.  The infrastructure eruption caused restaurants, schools, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to close for lack of water service. The University’s [...]
- New Reuse Plant Bolsters Reclaimed Water Supply to 40% in Singapore (2/24/2017) - Singapore recently cut the ribbon on its fifth wastewater reclamation facility that, together with the four others, has the ability to meet 40% of the county’s total water demand. The new facility reclaims wastewater to produce up to 60 million gallons per day of highly purified reclaimed water, also known as “NEWater” as dubbed by PUB, one of Singapore’s largest public water agencies. Singapore is launching itself to the forefront of innovation by replacing the majority of the country’s non-potable applications with NEWater.  PUB describes NEWater as a foundational pillar of Singapore’s water management plan. The water reclamation facilities [...]
- Iowa State Researchers Use Algae to Treat Wastewater (2/24/2017) - Iowa State University researchers have generated quite the buzz this past month by developing a unique approach to wastewater treatment utilizing algae. The Revolving Algal Biofilm system, developed by researchers Zhiyou Wen, professor of food science and human nutrition, and Martin Gross, a postdoctoral fellow, utilizes the natural principles of algae to decontaminate the wastewater. The algae pilot system's technology has piqued the interest of water professionals across the United States.  The system works by continuously circulating wastewater and air in a 6 by 3 foot open vault. Algae, which absorbs phosphorous, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, forms on the conveyor belt-like system. “This reactor [...]
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