Month: August 2006
Australia adopts sensitive stormwater reuse
Suburban expansion in Melbourne is putting added pressure on water supplies and watercourses. Phil Charlton, technical director of UK consultancy Hyder in Australia, reports on an environmentally sensitive stormwater reuse project, born of a joint effort between the public and private sectors, that has even managed to preserve the habitat of a rare species of butterfly.
Flowmetering key to conservation in Middle East
The Middle East is facing massive pressure to manage and conserve its water supplies to meet rapidly escalating demand. Tim Door, flow product manager with Swiss technology company ABB, explains the role that flowmetering technology can play in meeting these challenges and highlights how it is already helping some parts of the Middle East to transform water network efficiency.
Bringing European harmony to wastewater treatment
A new European standard comes into force from July 2008 which will harmonise individual countries' testing for small wastewater treatment systems. Alison Anderson, a member of the team that developed the new standard, explains why it will bring clarity to the industry.
How to make a little go a long way
The current drought is the second serious one to have hit the UK in ten years. Back in the mid-1990s, road tankers were used to transport water to the worst-hit area - West Yorkshire. But what contingency plans do the water utilities now have in place to ensure the supply of water? Sally Nash investigates
Location, location, location!
Selecting the correct position for samplers is vital if companies are to secure the most accurate and representative sample. Care, attention and expertise are integral to obtaining a representative sample that will satisfy a range of environmental and legislative requirements. David Claridge explains.
Treat less, treat faster – a Seine decision
The Seine Aval wastewater treatment works near Paris is claimed to be the world's second largest. With the help of OTV France (VeoliaWater) and to improve the quality of water returned to the River Seine, the plant is adding a new nitrification-denitrification facility to remove nitrogen from effluent.
Media remedy range of contamination issues
An innovative media developed by UK industrial remediation specialist, Virotec, is ideal for applications requiring removal of metals and other pollutants from contaminated water and soil. Simon Tillotson, general manager at Virotec Europe, describes how the media permanently binds metals and phosphates to a high-capacity solid surface in a technique that can be used effectively to treat industrial and municipal wastewater and large volume contaminated water such as acid mine drainage.
Coca-Cola opts for oxygen-based WWT
The soft drinks manufacturer Coca-Cola needed to review the wastewater treatment (WWT) system at its development and quality control laboratory in Anderlecht, Belgium. An increase in wastewater produced at the site meant that the existing plant was struggling to meet demand. European water business manager at Air Products, Peter Barratt, explains how an innovative oxygen system was developed to meet the plant's requirements.
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