Creating Innovative COVID-19 Strategies for CU Boulder With DEWCO Wastewater Equipment
10/19/20 | by Christal Hale
As we all adapt to the ongoing pandemic, innovation has been key in all pursuits including how we safely run schools across the nation. DEWCO is honored to have had the opportunity to partner with CU Boulder to develop an ingenious strategy to detect and intercept the community spread of COVID-19. This incredible project is lead by researchers at their campus and is headed by project lead Cresten Mansfeldt, an assistant professor of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering. According to Mansfeldt, approximately 40% to 80% of infected individuals shed the SARS-COV-2 virus, the precursor to COVID-19, meaning that what we flush down the toilet can contain it. While this doesn’t provide a diagnosis, it can help identify if there are outbreaks in certain areas throughout the campus.
In addition to the comprehensive framework in place which includes individual testing, contact tracing, and enhanced ventilation, the non-invasive wastewater surveillance system will serve as an integral part of the school’s multi-faceted safety strategy. This wastewater system is comprised of 23 sewer sampling stations that are run and tested by Mansfeldt and a team of 18 microbiologists and students. Researchers hypothesize that if successful, our custom-built sewer sampling stations could provide early warnings by detecting infections almost a week before someone with COVID-19 may even show symptoms requiring medical attention. By analyzing sewage, they could potentially detect both early infections as well as infections in asymptomatic individuals.
The Role of Environmental Engineering
Environmental engineering has played a significant role in public health-- this sector emerged as a part of improving wastewater treatment systems and hazardous waste sites. While environmental engineers generally track various chemicals present in our wastewater, they also have experience with virus tracking. They’ve even accomplished tracking polio in certain communities through wastewater analysis.
We worked with the CU Boulder’s environmental engineering team to create sampling stations composed of a small pump and battery which pull wastewater from the sewage system at approximately four to 20 feet below into a temperature-controlled, secure container. Their team is tasked with taking samples from these stations to perform standardized COVID-19 testing. Any virus that is shed on campus through wastewater will be detected in about 36 hours after the flush.
Partner With Dewco
DEWCO offers industry-leading custom solutions for helping you facilitate a safe, functional business or public space. With the highest-quality wastewater equipment and the most experienced team, we would love the opportunity to collaborate on your next project. For more information regarding wastewater surveillance systems or our other custom solutions, please contact us!
Finding the Right Pump Control Valves for Energy Conservation
In order to achieve maximum energy conservation, the right control valve must be selected as a part of your water and wastewater pumping system. The purpose of your valve is to prevent the reverse flow whenever the pump isn’t in use. Pump control valves also have an important responsibility for carefully managing the control changes in fluid velocity in order to mitigate water surges or hammer. This is specifically crucial for systems with long pipelines.
How Pump Control Valves Impact Energy Efficiency
Did you know that pump control valves have the ability to actually minimize your energy use? Water and wastewater plants actually consume approximately 80% of the cost for pumping water as well as friction and pressure losses. When the right valve has been implemented into your water and wastewater pumping system, incredible energy efficiency can actually be accomplished. There are numerous varieties of pump control valves that can help facilitate energy conservation. From butterfly valves to eccentric plug valves, there are certain factors to consider: low headloss, flow characteristics, and of course, performance. It is also important to consider the demands of your pumping system-- extensive long piping systems will need pump control valves that are capable of controlling water pressure and hammer surges.
Compatible Pump Control Valves for Your Water and Wastewater Pumping System
There are a few different systems that can be utilized for enabling your pump control valve during a power failure. Pressurized accumulator systems, battery systems, and automatic check valves all offer similar solutions for preventing the reverse flow during and after power failure. The design of your pump control valve and the closure member are pertinent for minimizing headloss. If your closure member rotates out of the flow path, this can assist in reducing headloss. When you minimize headloss, this reduces the energy needed by the pumps in your system to overcome headloss, resulting in considerable energy savings.
For more information regarding how pump control valves can improve your energy efficiency, please contact us!
The Innovative Technology Behind Remote Leak Identification
Problems with troubleshooting and locating leaks in plastic and large diameter pipes are now a concern of the past. Innovative new acoustic sensor technology can provide the government and wastewater industries an effective way to locate leaks without costly above-ground detection methodology. Leaks can cause significant issues in any water-related industry, causing substantial costs and potential damage. Leaks in the water industry force utility companies to draw freshwater supplies in order to fill the gaps which, in turn, impacts aquatic habitats, reduces efficiency, contributes to water system failures, and provides the opportunity for contaminants to enter the water supply.
The Current State of Water Utilities Across the World
A recent study found that 16% of installed water mains in the United States are ineffective due to age and require upgrading. However, utilities don’t have the funds to replace these outdated mains. Based on this study, an average of 10% of water put into their systems was actually lost due to leakage. In certain facilities, their water loss levels are at critical levels of 20% to 30% due to water mains leakage. Based on market research, water loss due to leaks is emerging nations can be up to 38%. Delhi, India is currently experiencing 53% water loss from main leakage, making this a worldwide issue. The Northeast Group has forecasted the need for water management technology deployment to address these concerns at around $46 billion investment by 2023. This technology will hopefully facilitate operational cost reductions while also enhancing leak detection and improving billing accuracy.
Acoustic Sensor Technology for Detecting Long Pipe Leaks
Detecting plastic and long-distance pipe leaks have been incredibly difficult in the past, contributing to this worldwide water waste issue. Anglian Water, a utility located in England, has created an immersed acoustic sensor for detecting these leaks. The Enigma3hyQ sensor was developed through a partnership with this utility and technology company, Primayer. The sensor provides a cost-effective solution for detecting these hard-to-find leaks, helping England reduce their water leakage.
For more information regarding this new sensor technology, please contact us!
The Significance of Your Digital Water Data and How it Can Improve the Future of Wastewater
With all the different advancements in new digital technology over the past five years, numerous benefits have been experienced throughout the healthcare, manufacturing, and hydrocarbon sectors. These benefits have been significant, catching the attention of the wastewater sector who are delving into these new digital water data collection projects. This new technology makes software, hardware, and data analytics incredibly seamless to integrate, in turn, improving operating and capital efficiencies.
The Impact of Digital Water Data on the US Wastewater Industry
The increasing accountability of the wastewater sector will incentivize approximately $40 billion in government spending over the next decade. Digital technology is providing the capability to extract this data on a global level for creating more informed decision making and life cycle management. The advantageous big data collected are currently being leveraged to promote new value on this information that may improve reliability, supply chains, optimization, as well as customer relationships. This new digital water data technology has the capability of high-level integration among communications, modeling, sensing, SCADA, visualization, and data science capabilities. Cost-effective tools and data storage options backed by this effective technology ultimately is improving field and plant performance.
Delivering and Implementing Powerful Information Through Data Collection
In order to properly manage such a valuable resource like water, utility owners have to accurately collect, measure, and analyze their parameters. Since big data is now easily collected through digital technology, implementation is the next step. While the wastewater industry is known for being resistant to adapting to new technology, the benefits of implementing digital data collection could revolutionize this industry and improve overall performance.
For more information regarding digital water data collection and subsequent technology, please contact us!
The City of Montreal Optimizes Water Capacity with New Pumps
Pumps are often underestimated in their capability to improve operations. The city of Montreal reached out to KDB Pumps, a Canadian pump manufacturer, for an additional pump set with the intention to expand the Charles-J.-Des Baillets drinking water production plant. The plant had existing five KDB pumps that had been previously installed in 1978. Charles-J.-Des Baillets is one of six water treatment plants in Montreal, providing potable water to seven reservoirs and pumping stations throughout the island. This specific plant accounts for about 38% of the total production capacity.
The Implementation and Results of Installing New Pumps
With a significant population increase in Montreal, improvements to their existing plants were required to supply enough potable water. While the Charles-J.-Des Baillets plant was originally engineered to have nine high capacity pumps, only five were installed. In order to improve efficiency, the City of Montreal decided to invest in another pump. Since the original pumps were installed in 1978, the same model was no longer manufactured. KSB met the challenge and created a proposal to design a replica. There were substantial installation challenges but KSB went above and beyond to make sure all components performed well. With the new pump installed, the plant is now capable of operating to its full design capability for the first time in 40 years.
The Importance of Pumps for Water Management
We’ve partnered with all the leading domestic pump manufacturers to provide the best selection of pumps across any industry. The importance of pumps should never be underestimated as they play such a crucial role in water management and supply. Our team is always available for consultation services and are happy to create custom solutions for our clients.
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Reducing Water Loss and Minimizing Leaks with Proper Water Meters
Reducing water loss has become a significant concern among many commercial properties. The current global level of water loss is at 35% with some properties experiencing water loss as high as 40%. In order to properly address this issue, minimizing leaks and bursts can be achieved through pressure management. Pressure management presents one of the most cost-effective solutions for water loss. For companies to truly utilize this compelling solution, ensuring your distribution network is divided into pressure zones is crucial.
Taking Advantage of Pressure Management for Alleviating Water Loss
Traditional pressure zone division used to be a costly measure, but with all the advancements in digitalized solutions as well as remotely read water meters, commercial properties can find budget-conscious ways to create their distribution network. Especially when you consider the cost-benefit analysis of the water loss outcome of a distribution network, companies can find great ROIs. Not only does pressure management provide significant savings on water loss, but it can also improve comfort level, heighten water quality, reduce risk of burst pipes, alleviate stress on pipes, lower energy consumption, as well as provide fewer leaks. By proactively addressing your water loss concerns, you’ll experience numerous system and operational benefits.
Dewco Pressure Management Water Meters for Distribution Networks and Lowering Water Loss
Dewco is honored to provide comprehensive commercial water meters that help companies achieve creating their distribution networks while addressing water loss through effective pressure management. Some of our favorite products include the Burkert Type 8619 multiCELL Controller (https://www.dewco.com/measurement/flow-batch/signe...) and the Signet 9950 Dual Channel Transmitter (https://www.dewco.com/measurement/flow-batch/signe...). Both options provide extensive support for large distribution networks along with user-friendly interfaces that provide pH, ORP, conductivity, and flow. Work with the water management experts to create a custom solution for minimizing your water loss as well as risks for leaking and burst pipes.
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Smart Water Meter Data
Traditional water meters can make manual data reading a nightmare. With all the advancements in water meter technology, smart water meters provide a wealth of data that’s immediately at your fingertips. The amount of data provided may be overwhelming but if used properly, can lead provide significant benefits that make the most out of your investment.
Prioritizing and Quantifying Your Smart Water Meter Data for Optimal Benefits
Smart water meters ensure more accurate data quality which can be beneficial for providing accurate billing for your customers or addressing specific water concerns. The improved accuracy and quality of your smart water meter can help increase your revenue while defending against water concerns. Smart water meters can drastically reduce costs by eliminating manual readings as well as human error. Save time and resources while also addressing water loss. Smart meters have the benefit of quickly detecting leaks and bursts, providing significant savings, reducing water loss, and optimizing your finished product line. With the ability to optimize water pressure, smart meters can provide better comfort and lower energy consumption. Smart water meters can also provide instant notifications for water irregularities, quality, and more.
Dewco Smart Water Meters for Optimizing Data Output
Dewco is proud to provide leading smart water meters for commercial properties across any industry. By partnering with innovative manufacturers to deliver the best technology available, companies can enjoy the multitude of benefits that these meters have to offer. The Signet 9900 Transmitter (https://www.dewco.com/measurement/flow-batch/signe...) is a single channel interface that provides all the data you may need including pH, flow, conductivity/resistivity, pressure, temperature, salinity, level, and much more. The Signet Dual Channel Transmitter (https://www.dewco.com/measurement/flow-batch/signe...) supports two sensors of the same or different type, providing more data collection for certain industries.
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Attention Valued DEWCO Customers
As a family-owned and operated business for more than 44 years, DEWCO sincerely appreciates you and your business! Since 1974, DEWCO has been the Rocky Mountain region’s (MT, UT, WY, CO and NM) largest and best distributor of fluid industry products and knowledge, supporting a variety of service providers in several industries!Like never before, DEWCO strives to be the supplier for your liquid flow meters, tanks, pumps, valves, instrumentation, cooling tower controls, boiler treatment supplies or any of the thousands of items we have in stock! As your local, stocking distributor, DEWCO’s buying power can efficiently supply you with many of the best brands in the business!
At DEWCO, customer needs and satisfaction are at the top of
our priority list. This early and
proactive communication is intended to provide distributors and end users ample
time for a smooth transition that’s happening in just a few months.
With the launch of their all-new PD Pump Series in April of
2018, one of our suppliers, LMI, plans to phase out several of their legacy
pump lines in 2019. The official
transition date for the Roytronic A
is January 15, 2019 with a six-month ramp-down period. The final day for orders of this product will
be July 15, 2019. The
official transition date for the P
Series is April 15, 2019 with a final order date of October 15, 2019.
It’s imperative to note that no additional pumps or drives will be built after these final dates. As an invaluable DEWCO customer, we strongly
urge you to please contact the DEWCO team as soon as possible to discuss
transition options and plans for your applications. We will be more than happy to evaluate your
specific needs and recommend the best option(s) for an easy and painless transition
We look forward to hearing from you soon!