Inside the April 2012 Issue of Treatment Plant Operator

Table of Contents | View E-Zine | Issue Archive
Just One Big Family Just One Big Family
Plant superintendent John LaRocca feels kinship not just with his own team but with industry colleagues at large through service to his state association
Monitoring and Instrumentation Monitoring and Instrumentation Keeping Watch Keeping Watch
An integrated software program helps the Des Moines Regional Wastewater Reclamation Facility find savings opportunities and extend equipment life
Tell Us What You Want Tell Us What You Want
King County residents have a place to learn and grow at the new Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center
Repair or Rethink? Repair or Rethink?

A West Virginia treatment plant decides against a blower repair and instead installs a new aeration system that corrects a pin floc problem and saves significant energy

One-Stop Information Shop One-Stop Information Shop
A website created specifically for small water and wastewater systems helps operators quickly find resources on a full range of important topics
April Industry News
Atlas Copco acquires Houston Service Industries; Godwin raffle benefits military family group; NEFCO names VP of engineering, business development; American Water expands water, sewer line programs; WWEMA names LaVelle chairman; Warren Rupp appoints Johnston VP of sales; Koch Membrane launches website; Van London – pHoenix appoints product specialist; Pump Solutions Group acquires Quattroflow; Hach names Brown corporate accounts manager
FOGged In FOGged In
A problem with foaming caused by Nocardia fungi is traced to fats, oils and grease and remedied by a series of process adjustments
Who Were Your Mentors?
Sometimes we get our best lessons not from books or teachers but from the everyday wisdom of people we encounter in daily life
Green Innovations Green Innovations
A state grant helps a New York town pay for a green roof, a solar photovoltaic system, and various energy efficiency projects
Monitoring and Instrumentation Monitoring and Instrumentation April Product News April Product News
Featured new products.
Sludge Pumps Offer Solids,  Slurry Handling Options Sludge Pumps Offer Solids, Slurry Handling Options
Flygt 2600 sludge pumps from Xylem
Projects & Awards Letting Bubbles  Do the Mixing Letting Bubbles Do the Mixing
Full-scale demonstrations at two treatment plants document that large-bubble systemsmix effectively with low energy usage
All Hands on Deck All Hands on Deck
Operator involvement in a new process design and implementation pays performance dividends for an upgraded plant in Meriden, Conn.
Overflow Control Overflow Control
A Massachusetts plant acts voluntarily to improve handling of CSOs while making other major changes to enhance treatment performance
Stopping Over Stopping Over April Worth Noting
People/Awards; Education; Calendar of Events

Originally in Water System Operator WSO: Water System Operator

Right At Home Right At Home
Paul Rivett has devoted his professional life to water treatment for Seneca, Ill. His hard work has brought excellent service to the village and awards to him.
Pressure Drop Pressure Drop
Thin-film nanocomposite membranes provide an energy-saving solution for a water desalination authority in the Cayman Islands
Automation and Process Control Automation and Process Control
Liquid feed ends hydraulic hammering; Software optimizes energy usage
March/April Industry News
Radiodetection sponsors locate rodeo; KDF sponsors Wishing Well Foundation; Cummins opens acoustical testing center; Grundfos unveils training trailer; Xylem launches water technology company; NSF achieves accreditation to issue Australian WaterMark; Neptune releases Hydraulic Series brochure; Pump Solutions acquires RedScrew Pump; Sterlitech launches glass fiber website; NYC launches Operational Excellence program; Godwin donates to National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Van London – pHoenix names product specialist; FCI releases aeration system case study; CSI adds factory representative; Extech relocates to New Hampshire; ABS Materials named Most Promising Company; National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation
Making It Local
A Minnesota coalition assembles a compelling video about the importance of investing in drinking water, sanitary sewer and stormwater infrastructure
Automation and Process Control Automation and Process Control Intrusion System Provides  Wireless Protection Intrusion System Provides Wireless Protection
CNIguard (critical national infrastructure) intrusion detection system from The Bilco Co.
To the Next Level To the Next Level
An ambitious program to improve water processes and quality wins a Partnership for Safe Water Excellence award for a North Carolina agency
Smooth Transition Smooth Transition
Operators in a South Dakota water system guide a plant expansion and switch to membrane filters without service disruption and with the ‘utmost professionalism’
Power Afloat Power Afloat
Solar photovoltaic panels on a New Jersey reservoir provide a test for a concept that could expand opportunities for renewable energy for water agencies
Testing Made Simpler Testing Made Simpler
A laboratory informatics solution from Thermo Fisher Scientific aims to help water system labs reduce tedious labor, prevent errors, and simplify compliance
Towering  Above the Competition Towering Above the Competition
A coastal Florida city wins an award with a water tank design that uses sea turtles as a symbol of environmental awareness
Full Course Load Full Course Load
Louisville Water Company gives back to community with a growing list of classroom offerings for a wide age range
March/April Worth Noting
People/Awards; Education; Events
March/April Product News March/April Product News
Featured new products.