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2018 Archive

$35 million UV system will target chlorine-resistant parasite

December 11, 2018

The city is investing $35 million in ultraviolet light equipment at the Great Falls Water Treatment Plant to make the city's drinking water safer from contaminants including a parasite that can cause severe illness and even death in people with compromised immune systems.

Tour of Great Falls Water Treatment Plant highlights the new UV disinfection system

November 29, 2018

The City of Great Falls Water Treatment Plant treats water from the Missouri River on a day-to-day basis. The water is taken out of the river to a screening process, chemicals are then added to disinfect and take dirt out of the water and it then goes through a filtration process.

Village to upgrade end of wastewater processes

November 26, 2018

SARANAC LAKE — A $1.2 million grant awarded to this village, announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Nov. 16, is going towards a larger $8 million group of projects at the Saranac Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The goal is to build an ultraviolet treatment facility that would cook out any remaining micro-organisms that survive the village’s current wastewater treatment process, and build an additional $4 million clarifier, both by 2022.

Muncie Wastewater Treatment Plant treating water with U.V. light

November 12, 2018

Disinfection season at the Muncie Wastewater Treatment Plant ended Nov. 1. This was its first season using ultraviolet (U.V.) lights to treat water instead of chemicals. The U.V. bulbs are submerged in the water during disinfection season, and water passes through them before entering the White River.

UV water treatment workshop a coup for Northland

October 15, 2018

After nine months of planning, Northland DHB Drinking Water Assessor Keith Turner was excited for the opportunity to gather over 40 water treatment operators from around Northland for a workshop to help upskill them in ultra violet (UV) disinfection.

Musk Foundation Donates $480,000 to Provide Clean Water to Flint Schools

October 6, 2018

Elon Musk’s charity, the Musk foundation has made a large donation towards school in Flint Michigan so they can pay for water filtration systems, reported on Friday Flint Journal. The $480,350 donations will see ultraviolet light filtration systems be installed in schools across the region.

Hydro Review: Experiences with Using HOD UV Technology to Control Mussel Fouling

September 10, 2018

The Lower Colorado Dam Office of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation is responsible for maintaining the Hoover, Davis and Parker dams and their associated hydroelectric plants. Hoover has a generating capacity of 2,080 MW, Davis has a capacity of 250 MW and Parker has a capacity of 200 MW. These hydroelectric facilities are essential to the coordinated operations of the Lower Colorado Dam Office, aiding in the reliable delivery of urban and agricultural water to the region.

UImage: The Concordia research station water recycling facility

August 29, 2018

In celebration of World Water Week, the ESA-sponsored medical doctor Carmen Possnig and plumber Florentin Camus pose with the water recycling facility that makes life possible at Concordia research station, located on Antarctica's high plateau.

UV Light-Emitting Diodes: The Upcoming Solution for Enhanced Food Safety

August/September 2018

Ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection is a well-established technology for the treatment of air, water, and surfaces. In the last decade, UV technology has found more applications in the food production chain because it is an economic, effective, and versatile dry processing method that can potentially improve both food safety and the preservation of quality parameters.

Aquatic Invasive Species Control Projects

The Tahoe RCD is committed to aquatic invasive species (AIS) control projects within Lake Tahoe along with our many public and private partners. Since 2005, we have worked with our partners to assess and prioritize AIS control projects. We have participated in over 20 projects to control the spread of Eurasian watermilfoil, curlyleaf pondweed, Asian clams and warm water fish.

Contractors hired to install ultraviolet technology to treat water

August 10, 2018

SANTA CLARITA, CA -- State-of-the-art water-treating technology that involves ultraviolet disinfection left sanitation board members giddy with excitement on Thursday when they agreed to pay contractors nearly $24 million to put it in place. The three members of the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District board met Thursday morning at City Hall and unanimously approved six recommendations moving forward on various aspects of its four-year chloride compliance project.

Innovative bathing water quality approach pays off for SWW

August 10, 2018

South West Water has made significant upgrades to its wastewater infrastructure across Plymouth to further improve water quality in the Plymouth Sound and protect bathing water quality at Plymouth Hoe East and West beaches. The £26 million investment included improving key combined sewer overflows (CSOs) across the city, removing surface water from the sewerage network in Cattedown and increasing stormwater storage capacity in Stonehouse.

Researchers develop a method to detoxify water with chlorine and ultraviolet radiation

August 9, 2018

PURDUE UNIVERSITY -- Purdue University researchers have developed a method to detoxify water with chlorine and ultraviolet radiation, which may provide new hope for water-stressed areas and help promote the reuse of wastewater.The Purdue team developed a method for selectively degrading and detoxifying amines, organic compounds derived from ammonia that are common in water supplies. Amines include a number of compounds that can be toxic to humans and other animals.

Tata Steel Dedicates Water ATM Facility

August 3, 2018

Tata Steel West Bokaro Division dedicated two Water Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) to the residents of Bhailgarha village under Mandu block of Ramgarh district. The project was implemented by Tata Project Limited, Hyderabad at a cost of Rs 17 lakhs (approx.) with an objective to provide potable water to the residents of Bhailgarha to prevent water-borne diseases effecting the population in the village

Miró Rivera Architects designs Hill Country House as sustainable prototype in rural Texas

July 12, 2018

Texas firm Miró Rivera Architects has built a partially off-grid house with a jagged roofline, as a prototype for a sustainable community in the countryside. Miro Rivera Architects designed the Hill Country House for a very rural setting. It is independent of the municipal water supply, and provides its own heating and cooling via a geothermal system.

New York City Dep Announces Plans For $1.2 Billion Tunneling Project In Westchester County

July 12, 2018

NEW YORK – The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced plans for a $1.2 billion tunneling project that will improve operational flexibility between facilities that are vital to the drinking water supply for more than 9 million people in the City and Westchester County. The public works project will be New York City’s largest water-supply tunneling effort in Westchester County since the 1940s, and its construction will create hundreds of jobs for local laborers. Construction on the first elements of the project is expected to start in approximately five years.

These $60,000 lights will get poop out of Sioux Falls pools quicker

July 10, 2018

SIOUX FALLS -- Once or twice a summer, public pools in Sioux Falls are shut down when young swimmers have accidents related to bodily fluids while in the water. That was the case this week when the aquatic center at Terrace Park was shut down after a “diarrhea incident” that kept the facility closed all day Monday.

City of Heyburn's future in jeopardy after hundreds of EPA violations

July 9, 2018

HEYBURN, Idaho -- The city of Heyburn is facing a crisis after they received notice from the Environmental Protection Agency that the waste water treatment plant was not compliant. "We will be doing something this year. We will be bonding in one way or another, and that's something that's being imposed on us, we don't have a choice," said City Administrator Tony Morley.

Indiana American Water Kicks Off $45 Million Richmond Water Treatment Plant Upgrade

June 26, 2018

RICHMOND, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Indiana American Water, a subsidiary of American Water Company (NYSE: AWK), joined Richmond Mayor David Snow, community leaders and project partners at a ground breaking ceremony Monday, June 25, 2018 in Richmond, Ind. to kick off a major upgrade to the company’s water treatment facility on the city’s northeast side.

Paso Robles' 'drought-proof' recycled water plant is nearly finished

June 23, 2018

Paso Robles' recycled water treatment facility is starting to take shape — and officials are excited about its potential as an additional water source for thirsty North County residents.

Russellville to begin sewer treatment plant project next summer

June 13, 2018

Russellville City Clerk Jan Wyatt said the $3.3 million project will replace the city's lacking lagoon system with a sewage treatment plant with UV disinfection. Among the problems with the current lagoon system is the excess amount of ammonia being discharged from the system into a tributary of Roark Branch.

DST and AIMS partner to test use of UV light for biofouling protection

June 1, 2018

The Australian Department of Defence's Defence Science and Technology (DST) is collaborating with the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) to develop a new approach that would use ultraviolet (UV) light to protect particular sensitive areas on a vessel's hull from biofouling.

Bacteria-Filled Water At The Dentist's Office? Camdenton Student Proposes A Fix In Award-Winning Essay

April 23, 2018

CAMDENTON, Mo. — The water your dentist sprays in your mouth could be susceptible to bacterial contamination, but Camdenton student Kelli Alford and her research advisor Christopher Reeves have earned an award for a paper on how to stop it.

Chinese Purification Plants Improve Water Quality in Cuba

April 23, 2018

HAVANA — A donation by China of 14 purification plants is helping to improve water quality in central Cuba. The installation of these plants, which is a priority for the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources, is being carried out in the central province of Camaguey and seeks to guarantee the drinking quality for the local population.

New results-based financing tool targets clean water for schools

April 13, 2018

OXFORD, United Kingdom — The Rockefeller Foundation and UBS Optimus Foundation are backing a new financing tool to bring clean water to 1.4 million Ugandan school children, saying the model can potentially be replicated across other countries and sectors.

Marshfield upgrades up to $10 million in water and sewer improvements

March 7, 2018

Marshfield, Mo. -- Marshfield is making up to $10 million worth of upgrades to its water and wastewater treatment facility. Springtime means a lot of rain for the Ozarks, one of the upgrades to the wastewater treatment facility will help stop the overflow of stormwater.

Denver using UV rays to 'zap' E-Coli from water supply

March 6, 2018

DENVER — The City of Denver is working on meeting its 2020 water quality goals by using new technology. Because of the city's industrial history, lakes and creeks in the area tend to test high for E-Coli.

Why This Montana Farmer Grows Food Year-Round in Shipping Containers

February 21, 2018

Kim Curren, owner of Shaggy Bear Farm in Bozeman, Montana, has worn many hats. She worked in the solar power industry for 15 years, owned her own café bookstore, and worked a stint as a medical case manager. In 2016, Curren decided to try her hand at farming, because why not?

Antrim sewer plant upgrade in the works

February 15, 2018

Antrim Township supervisors received an update Tuesday night on plans to improve the treatment processes at the aging sewer plant with an eye to the nitrate removal requirements associated with cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

New UV Lights 'Zap' E. Coli To Make Denver's Water Cleaner

February 12, 2018

Denver Public Works is using a new gadget that is meant to keep our water clean. A video the agency posted to their Twitter page shows a concrete box in the RiNo neighborhood with UV lights that zap any E. coli in the water.

Immaculate Conception eighth-graders design, build, market pet bowl that keeps water germ free

January 27, 2018

The IC Eaglebots aren't just a group of eighth grade students who attend Immaculate Conception in Jackson -- they're bright-eyed, local entrepreneurs eager to make waves in the world of agriculture with their latest invention: the ultraviolet water bowl.

Water treatment plant to receive multi-million dollar upgrade

January 23, 2018

OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - A water treatment plant in Owensboro is getting a new way to treat the water before returning to the Ohio River.

Minnesota Communities Investing in New Type of Water Treatment

December 26, 2017

Our 10,000 lakes are quickly freezing into ice. Still, cities across the metro are becoming increasingly aware of an emerging contaminant found in some of Minnesota's water sources.

What's next for Oak Creek following Waukesha's decision to buy water from Milwaukee?

November 17, 2017

OAK CREEK - After about five years of negotiations, Waukesha chose to purchase water from Milwaukee instead of Oak Creek. So what's next for Oak Creek water?

'Water is 99.9 percent clean': Laredo-area water treatment plant now in compliance

November 15, 2017

After falling into disrepair and mismanagement years ago, the water treatment plant that supplies drinking water for Rio Bravo and El Cenizo is now fully in compliance with state standards, and is producing water that is safe to drink, according to Webb County officials.

Wastewater UV system goes live

November 12, 2017

Chlorine disinfection at the Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant is no more as of earlier this month.

Niskayuna treating wastewater with ultraviolet light

October 23, 2017

NISKAYUNA — The town has taken another step toward getting back in the state's good graces, now that its wastewater treatment plant has begun treating wastewater with ultraviolet light.

City of Norman. Oklahoma, Water Treatment Plant

October 5, 2017

Keeping a large population supplied with clean, reliable drinking water is a complex business. The State of Oklahoma has a reputation for extreme and erratic weather, but the City of Norman, located around 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, averages about 38 inches of rainfall a year, so it is not exactly arid. All the same, it relies on a variety of different sources to satisfy the demands of an estimated 122,000 citizens.

Would you drink beer made from wastewater?

September 22, 2017

PHOENIX – Wastewater. We use it to irrigate fields, to flush toilets and to make one of America's favorite beverages – beer. The inaugural Arizona Pure Water Brew Challenge brought together 26 breweries from across Arizona and tasked them with creating the best-tasting beer using treated wastewater.

Water purification truck works to show safety of purified waste water

September 16, 2017

University of Arizona associate professor Channah Rock, along with three of her colleagues, designed a water purification truck as a part of the AZ Pure Water Brew challenge. The challenge invites breweries across Arizona to brew beers using purified waste water.

Town Receives $525K To Update Wastewater Treatment Plant

September 23, 2017

The Town of Greeneville has received a $525,000 Community Development Block Grant for updates to its wastewater treatment plant. "It's for changing the disinfection at the wastewater treatment plant from chlorine to Ultra Violet disinfection," Greeneville Water Superintendent Laura White said. "It will kill 99 percent of all bacteria. It's a whole lot safer on the wastewater side to have UV."

Small Talk: Water, water everywhere for this landscaper

July 29, 2017

Water is soothing. More than just quenching thirst, water can calm the soul. Whether it's falling, running or sitting in a pool, water is life.

New UV systems provide healthier water at OPC pools

September 12, 2017

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Swimmers who do laps, exercise classes or therapy sessions at one of the two pools at the Older Persons' Commission are now swimming in healthier water, thanks to two new ultraviolet filtering systems.

EV public pools take measures to fight cryptosporidium

July 25, 2017

Last year, 549 people visiting public swimming pools in the Valley were infected with cryptosporidium, a bacterium found in feces that causes diarrhea and/or extreme vomiting. This summer, public pools are taking action to ensure that those numbers are kept low.

EPA WATERS award lauds innovative and effective regional drinking water improvements

July 21, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 recently honored four Pacific Northwest communities for excellence in providing safe drinking water to the public by using the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program. The communities of Stevens County (Mission Ridge), WA, and Ashland, Baker City and Garibaldi, OR received this recognition after being nominated by their respective states.

Free water from 100 purifying machines in Odisha capital city to ensure safe water

July 19, 2017

Bhubaneswar: Good news for citizens of the Temple City as a leading garments manufacturing company will install 100 water purifiers across the city, each with 500 litres capacity. The first water purifying machine will be installed in front of the office of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The taps are flowing at Hampshire College's Kern Center

July 12, 2017

AMHERST — When state inspectors came to Hampshire College's R.W. Kern Center this February, the team who designed the state-of-the-art green building fully expected to get approval for its innovative rainfall-to-drinking water system.

A High-Tech Attack on Aquatic Invasive Weeds Being Tested on Lake Tahoe

July 12, 2017

The Tahoe Fund has announced the start of a pilot project to test the effectiveness of UV light to fight invasive aquatic weeds on Lake Tahoe.

UV treatment to enable Buick Street taps to be turned on again

June 17, 2017

Hutt Valley residents and others in the Wellington region with a taste for water drawn straight from the Waiwhetu Aquifer will soon be able to get their preferred drop from the Buick Street taps in Petone.

Ultraviolet Light Means Efficiency, Cost Savings In Kansas

June 12, 2017

Wastewater operators at a facility in Kansas recently found that the route to greater efficiency traveled through their disinfection system. Electricity costs at the plant have been cut in half following upgrades, officials say.

Port Washington looking to add UV water disinfection system

May 30, 2017

PORT WASHINGTON — The city is working to install an ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system to its water treatment plant, which would add another layer of protection for residents against pathogens.

Studying effectiveness of UV coil cleaning

May 24, 2017

USA: Researchers at Penn State University are investigating the effectiveness and safety of ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) when applied to cooling coils.


May 11, 2017

Many microbial pathogens have developed an increased tolerance to chlorine (and other chemical) treatment and pasteurization, and ultraviolet or UV disinfection may be the solution.

Water available in West Kelowna

May 12, 2017

Free water is available until further notice to residents living in the City of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation, via a bulk filling station at Shannon Lake and Asquith Roads.


May 12, 2017

"It's going to be kind of noisy—and very smelly," Laura Anhalt warns, laughing, as we enter our first building at the primary wastewater treatment plant in Modesto, California. She's right: The funk of processed sewage hits quickly.


April 27, 2017

BEAVER DAM, WI & PITTSBURGH — Evoqua today announced its ETS-UV™ line installation is complete and commissioned at the Monticello Wastewater Treatment Plant in southwest Indiana, approximately halfway between Lafayette and South Bend, Indiana.

L.A.'s Tap Water Is Officially As Clean As Bottled Water

April 12, 2017

You've no doubt heard it before: "L.A.'s water is terrible." Usually, it's a transplant throwing the shade, complaining that the water in their [insert home city] is "so much cleaner." The negatively perceived quality of our water is also, undoubtedly, the straw man for the eternal battle over L.A.'s pizza/bagels/bread/etc.

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