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Real-time data and analytical information from online instruments help utilities comply with water quality regulations. The complete article detailing how online water quality instruments are poised for growth was published in the March/April 2015 issue of World Water.View Resource
PAX Water Technologies and Aqua Metrology Systems unveiled the installation of an in-tank aeration system at San Jose Water Co. The system, installed by Utility Service Group, is being deployed in a 12 million-gal water storage tank to maintain high water quality during the drought.
An aeration system has been installed in San Jose Water Company’s 12 million-gallon water storage tank to keep dwindling water supplies free of contaminants and possible carcinogens. As organic matter in water sources, like drying rivers and lakes, is becoming more concentrated, according to the water company, there has been a growing concern about levels of trihalomethanes, or THMs.
The buying and selling of treated water is common practice in the United States. Consecutive systems (CS) — public water systems that buy or receive some or all of their finished water from one or more wholesale systems (WS) — are responsible for serving nearly one-third of the water customers in the U.S… read the rest of the article by Rick Bacon the CEO of AMS.View Resource
SafeGuard™ is an automated online trace metals analyzer for monitoring municipal and industrial water and wastewater. The system provides real-time, multi-stream analysis for a range of trace metal contaminants.
SafeGuard delivers accurate and reliable results (up to 1 ppb or ± 15%, whichever is higher) with a typical measurement time of fewer than 30 minutes. An enhanced system is available with a fast turn around time of 5 minutes without compromising accuracy. The analyzer can be used to measure up to two different trace metals contaminants on the same instrument.
As long as instrumentation is selected, installed, commissioned, and maintained properly the data that it can give is invaluable to the water industry. However, there are a number of barriers in the way… read the rest of the article and a response from Rick Bacon the CEO of AMS.View Resource
This study shows that the proactive performance of AMS’s on-line THM-100 monitor is as accurate and precise as offline commercial laboratories. Allowing utilities to take immediate action to optimize the treatment process…View Resource
Contaminants such Arsenic, Chromium-6, Lead, and Selenium have come under increased regulatory pressure due to their impact on public health and the environment. The ability to obtain high frequency data and adjust contaminant remediation processes in real‐time to mitigate the impact of trace metals is only made possible through the use of the online MetalGuard™ and SafeGuard™ analyzers.
The dangers caused by the enormous wildfire near California’s Yosemite National Park are clear to anyone who has seen the dramatic videos and photos. But a fire that has already razed an estimated 134,000 acres of land in nine days and is only twenty per cent under control holds an even greater long-term threat to the drinking water supply, as the Hetch Hetchy reservoir adjacent to Yosemite provides drinking water to over 2.6 million residents in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ash falling into Hetch Hetchy significantly increases the amount of organic material in the source water and post disinfection, an increased level of carcinogenic Trihalomethanes (THMs) in the drinking water supply, while fire-suppression chemicals kill fish and contaminate the aquifer and increased solids clog filters.
Unfortunately, most consumers will not know whether their water is safe because of the time taken for laboratories to analyze drinking water samples from their city´s water utility by which time millions of gallons of water will have been already piped to them.
Fortunately, there is already a tried and tested solution installed in a number of Northern California water utilities, in the form of the THM-100, a fully automated system developed by Sunnyvale based Aqua Metrology Systems (AMS) that provides real-time data of the THM levels in a city’s water supply and can alert water utilities and consumers immediately if there is a problem so the water utility can take preventative actions. The Californian cities of Sunnyvale and Benicia are examples of the early adopters of this technology and their water quality readings can be seen at www.tthmalert.com
Rick Bacon, CEO of Aqua Metrology Systems, commented
“While the devastating Yosemite fire raises serious challenges about the ensuring the safety of drinking water over the coming weeks, the fact that THM levels can be monitored in real-time year round will give consumers confidence their water is safe to use before they do so”
About the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
The reservoir serves the following water districts:
Alameda County, Hayward, Santa Clara County,Milpitas, Mountaint. View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Purissima Hills Water District – Stanford University, San Mateo County, Brisbane, Burlingame, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Redwood City, San Coastside County Water District, Estero Municipal Improvement District, Guadalupe Valley Municipal Improvement District, Mid-Peninsula Water District, North Coast County Water District, Westborough Water California Water Service Company, Cal Water – Bear Gulch, Cal Water – Mid Peninsula District, Cal Water – South San Francisco