Company pilot project wins International Water Assn. Award
The Coca-Cola Co. has developed and tested at commercial scale a first-of-its-kind beverage process water recovery system to produce high-quality water that meets and/or exceeds drinking water standards for use in non-product activities such as clean in place and bottle washing. The system expands the range of manufacturing applications for recovered process water and sets precedent for conservation and reuse in the beverage industry.
The topic of hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking or hydrofracturing) and its potential effects on groundwater have dominated recent water industry news. WQP Associate Editor Kristin Muckerheide caught up with Marianne R. Metzger of National Testing Laboratories to discuss fracking’s effects and what we can expect in the future.
Kristin Muckerheide: How does hydraulic fracturing affect well water and groundwater?
Scale not only clogs pipes and destroys valves, it also consumes energy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2012, more than 10% of the energy consumed in a home goes toward heating water.
Many consumers use energy-efficient products to save money. What many do not know is that energy-saving efforts can be negated if they have hard water and do not address scale.
Developing a consistent standard for energy-saving anti-scale devices
Understanding the proper applications for various types of connectors is critical when designing a system or installing equipment. Installations can become routine, but it is important to evaluate each situation for new or unusual criteria.
Considering connection criteria for a successful application
Located in the heart of Boulder, Colo., the Two Nine North Apartments are eco-friendly luxury units built by Forum Real Estate Group in the late 2000s. Due to the high price per square foot of these apartments, the developer built the residents’ parking garage beneath the complex; however, it is below the water table and posed a threat to the building’s foundation.
Apartment building meets discharge requirements with dewatering system
The Greenfield Village mixed-use community, located at the southern end of the Salinas Valley in Greenfield, Calif., experienced significant problems caused by limescale buildup inside its 128 apartments’ water heaters and recirculation pumps. In the four years since the apartment complex was built, limescale buildup was so aggressive that many of the water heaters and recirculation pumps failed. The complex’s owners faced a minimum cost of $600,000 to replace the equipment.
Searching for a Solution
Conditioning system helps apartment complex increase energy efficiency
Dow Water & Process Solutions announces its plans for a new Dow Filmtec reverse osmosis membrane plant at the company’s site in Huzhou, China
The Dow Chemical Co. announced plans to invest in a world-class manufacturing facility for Dow Filmtec reverse osmosis (RO) elements in Huzhou, China. The new facility will be online in 2013.
Water conservation program will include new showerheads, sink aerators, more efficient toilets
William Peace University of Raleigh, N.C., announced that it launched the Rainwater Harvesting System Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) Grant Project, a $710,000 campus-wide environmental water conservation program. The grant will support the installation of a cistern, which is projected to supply the campus with 90% of the irrigation water needed.
PMI recently welcomed two new supplier allied members and one certified allied member
Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI) recently announced three new members. Chase Brass & Copper Co. Inc. and Mueller Brass Co. joined PMI as supplier allied members, and CSA Intl. joined as a certifier allied member.
The debate will happen at the Aspen Ideas Festival in July
On July 1, Intelligence Squared U.S. will partner with the Aspen Ideas Festival to present its 62nd debate, “No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Boom is Doing More Harm Than Good.”