Profit, Productivity and Today's Technology for the Water Filtration and Bottled Water Industries

All successful bottled water and water filtration business owners know that the integration of all operational phases of their business is crucial.

About The Author: 

Lorraine Keating is president and owner of PC Data Processing, Inc., headquartered in New York and Florida, with distributors throughout the United States and Canada. The company has been a software supplier to the water industry for over eight years and is the developer of Visual WaterMate. Visual WaterMate is integrated with Visual AccountMate, a product of AccountMate Software Systems in California, with a base of 80,000 users. Ms. Keating may be reached at 516-767-3158, email: pcdata@webcom.com.

Activation Date: 
December 28, 2000
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
11023

Sewer Infrastructure Management: New Concepts and Tools for Your Collector System

These are times of constant change and technology advancement. Improvements in computers, data communications and science and engineering affect every aspect of the way we live, work and survive. They have also influenced and changed the way many routine and specialty tasks are performed. However, until recently there has been one area in wastewater management that has seen very little change. This area is the way sewer systems are monitored and managed.

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This article details the new automation systems that are being designed for sewer system monitoring and managing.

About The Author: 

Thomas J. Day is an electrical engineering specialist with the Treatment Headquarters Division of the Philadelphia Water Department.

Publication Date: 
December 28, 2000
Activation Date: 
December 28, 2000
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
10999

Pulling the Plug on Corrosion

A deteriorating infrastructure is one of the biggest concerns for municipal wastewater systems. According to the EPA's 1992 Needs Survey Report to Congress, $46.8 billion is needed over the next two decades to rehabilitate and upgrade aging equipment at treatment plants, many of which were built or expanded in the late '70s and early '80s with the aid of federal grants. Particularly hard hit are smaller wastewater authorities.

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Proper maintenance programs and advanced coatings have helped a New York resort town battle corrosion at their wastewater plant.

About The Author: 

Todd Hart is product manager at Sherwin-Williams, Industrial Marine Coatings Div., Cleveland, Ohio.

Publication Date: 
December 28, 2000
Activation Date: 
December 28, 2000
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
10850

Long-Term Lease of Treatment Systems Becomes an Option

In a 25-year test case, Cranston leases its public wastewater assets, allowing the private sector to make necessary capital improvements.

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Privatization

About The Author: 

Dan Soltis is the associate editor of Water Engineering and Management magazine.

Activation Date: 
December 28, 2000
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
10882

Does Self Monitoring Work? A Review of Procedures in California

Compliance with effluent standards in California is accomplished through the review of reports submitted by dischargers. A critical look at this process is undertaken.

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Compliance

Activation Date: 
December 28, 2000
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
10776

Non-Family Managers

A growing family business passes a significant milestone when it begins to fill key leadership positions with outside executives. In many established firms, non-family managers (NFMs) are indispensable to the business effort and enjoy equal standing with family managers.

An intergenerational business transfer will ultimately test the chemistry between family and non-family systems. If managed properly, however, the business will emerge stronger and more valuable.

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How they can advance or hinder your succession plans

About The Author: 

This article was reprinted with permission from the Family Firm Institute. ©Family Firm Institute, Inc. For use by Water Quality Products. All rights reserved.

Publication Date: 
December 28, 2000
Activation Date: 
December 28, 2000
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
10667

Asset Maintenance System Integral in Boston Harbor Treatment Plant

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) is a state agency commissioned to provide water, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment, and solids processing for 61 communities located in the metropolitan Boston area. The MWRA's new $3.4 billion Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Facility is one of the largest in the United States and is the cornerstone of the Boston Harbor environmental cleanup effort.

Activation Date: 
December 28, 2000
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
10659

Unknown Exposures Are Potential Liabilities for Wastewater Treatment Plants

Any facility that treats, stores or disposes of wastes faces environmental exposures. While these seem apparent at landfills or hazardous waste treatment facilities, environmental exposures are less obvious at facilities such as wastewater treatment plants. Nevertheless, wastewater treatment plants do face environmental exposures from their operations, with potential resulting liabilities.

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While wastewater treatment plants have the potential to contaminate the surrounding environment, their exposures can be addressed to reduce potential liabilities

About The Author: 

Victoria L. Ostertag, ARM, is a senior underwriter, with extensive environmental consulting and pollution insurance underwriting experience, at ECS, Underwriting, Inc., a national provider of insurance programs for companies facing environmental exposures. Victoria holds a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Health Administration.

Publication Date: 
December 28, 2000
Activation Date: 
December 28, 2000
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
10528

Best Professional Judgment: A Synthesis of Environmental Law, Waste Discharge, Effluent Limitations and Engineering Ethics

Regardless of your title, it is your duty to hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public, the environment and fellow workers when making Best Professional Judgments.

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Ethics

Activation Date: 
December 28, 2000
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
10514

How to Establish an Effective Compensation Program

Without question, the issue of compensation is one of the most volatile that families in business must consider.

Activation Date: 
December 28, 2000
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
10466