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- 1-2 Punch Knocks Out Water Service for Over 80k in NC (2/24/2017) - Operations at the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) in North Carolina are finally functionally sound after several events at the beginning of the month that led to a state of emergency, leaving more than 80,000 customers without water service. Operator error at the OWASA water treatment plant in Carrboro led to the over fluoridation of more than a million gallons of already treated water, rendering it unusable. The following day, North Carolina got hit with another overwhelming water incident. A massive water-main break spilled more than a million gallons onto the street in Chapel Hill. The water main that [...]
- 40% of Singapore’s Water Demand Displaced by NEWater (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 due to their unique approach to wastewater treatment: 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 has piqued the interest of water professionals across the United States. The system continuously circulates wastewater and air in a 6 by 3 foot open vault where algae forms on a conveyer belt-like system and absorbs phosphorous, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. “This [...]
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