Golden Valley Electric Assn. (GVEA), a not-for-profit electric cooperative in the Alaska Interior, runs a two-unit coal-fired power plant in Healy, Alaska. A major power source for Alaska with 3,177 miles of transmission and distribution line, if this plant were to fail, it would spell disaster for the 100,000 people who rely on it daily.
Mobile water system deployed during power plant upgrades in rural Alaska
AWWA CEO David LaFrance thanks water professionals nationwide for keeping water safe for drinking
Dec. 16, 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which today includes regulations for more than 90 contaminants. American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) CEO David LaFrance issued the following statement to mark the occasion.
This patent-pending POU water filtration device produces drinking water without frequent maintenance, chemical additions or component replacement. The system traps and neutralizes contaminants through an ion exchange process. It processes enough water to support a family of six, includes built-in safe water storage and lasts for 10 years. The system meets the World Health Organization’s Household Water Treatment specifications for removing bacteria, protozoa and viruses.
Berkefeld M Series drinking water plants were developed for military and humanitarian operations. The systems treat almost all available raw water, such as well water, surface water, brackish water, seawater and water with high turbidity. The series covers various sizes, from M1, producing 1 cu meter of water per hour, to M12, producing 12 cu meters per hour. The plants have an intelligent HMI interface and can be run automatically.
Clean water is crucial to health, and around the world, thousands of people die each day due to waterborne illnesses. The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) is an organization that implements WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programs around the world in an effort to reduce death and disease. Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline recently spoke with Steve Werner of WASRAG to find out more about educating people on safe water and sanitation.
Reducing waterborne disease around the world
Many regions in Malawi, Africa, are struggling with access to safe drinking water. Urban areas are subject to tap water supplies with little to no water treatment, while the surrounding rural communities are forced to drink from untreated and poorly maintained wells and boreholes, resulting in high rates of diarrhea and other sanitation-associated illness.
Solar water treatment helps Malawi communities achieve clean water
The NSP solar pump is a solar-powered water well pump that, once built, is maintenance free and saltwater resistant. The pump is independent from electric power supply, with the potential to reach waterways up to 100 meters deep. Each system can provide up to 20,000 liters—enough clean water for 1,000 people—per day.