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3 Things You Need to Know About Traditional Greensand Media

This versatile media is very user friendly but does require periodic maintenance . Traditional Greensand has a differential pressure limit of 8 psi for pressure filter applications. Exceeding this limit may damage your media. (Note: Greensand-plus, the newer generation is less sensitive to differential pressure). The optimal pH range for traditional Greensand is 6.2 to 8.5. Raw water with a pH lower than [...]

Customized Solution Provided in Illinois to Treat Varying Water Quality

The city was in need of a new water treatment plant as the residents of Lexington, Illinois were experiencing tinted drinking water caused by organic materials in the water. Influent water is sourced from multiple wells, creating a level of complexity due to the unstable water quality. Due to the varying water quality, a customized solution was provided by Tonka Water, a U.S. Water Brand for the removal of Total [...]

Continuous Ion Exchange Technology Utilized to Combat Rising Nitrate Levels

The city of Bayard, Nebraska was experiencing rising nitrate levels in their water and made the decision to pre-purchase a water treatment system to address the nitrate concerns. In addition to the nitrate levels, they also had constraints on their discharge and were unable to discharge to the sewer. This was going to require the acquisition of additional land to dig waste lagoons. The decision to pre-purchase this [...]

U.S. Water Featured in Fertilizer Focus Magazine

U.S. Water is proud to be featured in the July/August edition of Fertilizer Focus magazine. In the feature article, Achieving Water Reduction and Yield Increases in California Drought Conditions, U.S. Water’s Food and Beverage Market Development Leader Brad Klepac writes about the pressures drought conditions, water-usage regulations and environmental stewardship initiatives have on the agricultural community. [...]

U.S. Water Celebrates Smart Irrigation Month, Helps growers maximize water-use efficiency

U.S. Water is celebrating Smart Irrigation Month by helping growers maximize water-use efficiency. With recent drought conditions throughout the country, now more than ever, growers need to be in tune with best practices to manage their irrigation systems to ensure crops are getting the right amount of water and fertilizer, at the right time, at the right pressure.   Sponsored by the [...]

U.S. Water Launches Lumyn Digital Platform

U.S. Water is pleased to announce the launch of Lumyn TM , a unique digital platform that unifies treatment applications with intuitive and proactive water system management. The platform is designed to put actionable information in the hands of the right people, at the right time, and in the form they want it. Lumyn users can visualize system performance and anticipate and address issues before they become [...]

Four Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Control System

The Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) is the heart of any treatment system, and a few simple precautionary measures can dramatically extend the life of your control system . One of the most important components to check and replace is the battery used for program backup in the processor. Manufacturers recommend that PLC batteries be replaced on a yearly basis. Plants can experience shutdown after a power [...]

U.S. Water Secures Approval for New Patent

U.S. Water announces that on May 21, 2019, the Minnesota based company has been granted a new U.S. patent (10,294,126) entitled “Water Treatment Method & System.”  The technology is a unique process that converts hexavalent chromium, a hazardous material, into a non-hazardous trivalent chromium. The trivalent chromium is then removed using a specialized chelating resin which can then be [...]

Celebrating Safety in June

Safety Month is celebrated in June on an annual basis by The National Safety Council (NSC). In honor of this year’s safety month, the NSC has designed a weekly theme highlighting various workplace hazards that impact workers regardless of their industry or job duties. At U.S. Water, we believe it’s important to share safety best practices to protect our most important asset, our employees. Under each [...]

Alternatives for Traditional Cleaning Methods Utilized in Fuel Ethanol Production

Bacterial issues in a fuel ethanol production plant can have expensive consequences, including increased chemical costs and eventually, revenue lost. It is common practice for plants to employ a clean-in-place (CIP) program to protect the product against bacteria. A traditional cleaning aid in fuel ethanol production is a 3-5% caustic solution (sodium hydroxide) used to reduce and remove organic fouling and soil [...]

Investigating the Effectiveness of Antibiotic Combinations Utilized in Fuel Ethanol Production

Bacterial infections during fuel ethanol fermentations can negatively impact the fermentation process and lower ethanol yields. Lactic acid producing bacteria (LAB), such as Lactobacillus , Lactococcus , Weissella and Pediococcus , are a common source of contamination due to their ability to grow in the harsh conditions, low pH, high temperatures, and high concentrations of ethanol, present during fermentation. [...]

Packaged Treatment System Treats Radium, Ammonia and Iron in Wisconsin

The city of Elkhorn, WI made the decision to replace an aging pressure filtration water treatment plant with a custom gravity system. The new water treatment plant features aeration, detention, and filtration within a single vessel, in addition to separate ion exchange vessels that are similar to those in use at the previous plant. The water system serves a population of about 10,000, through nearly three miles of [...]