Food & Beverage

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 [...]

An Introduction to Brewery Wastewater Treatment

Wastewater treatment can be overwhelming, and brewery wastewater treatment is no exception. Regulations and permits often require breweries to treat residual wastewater leftover from the brewing process, and failure to treat this water can result in fines and penalties and the effluent from your facility may negatively impact your community. Wastewater treatment comes in various forms, from primary treatment [...]

Four Commonly Asked Questions in Brewery Wastewater Treatment

Can you recommend a product or treatment to assist in the breakdown of a heavy scum layer?   Front end screening can aid in the removal of gross solids, followed by mixing which will keep the scum layer homogenized. Once homogenized a dissolved air flotation (DAF) or clarifier can be used to remove the solids prior to biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) treatment if needed. If there is at least a day of [...]

Cooling Tower Spring Maintenance

Winter layup of cooling towers can create an environment susceptible to growth and incubation of corrosion causing bacteria. Cooling tower cleaning and maintenance prior to spring start-up is recommended by OSHA to remove biofilm and prevent Legionella bacteria, and by most cooling tower manufacturers to maintain system efficiency during the summer cooling season. Cleaning and disinfecting the cooling tower basin [...]

U.S. Water’s Top 9 in 2018

As we roll into a new year, we wanted to take a second to recognize our most popular articles from the last year. So just in case you missed them, check out the articles that everyone was talking about! MIOX Primary Disinfection Solution Eliminates Facility Safety Concerns While Optimizing Cooling Tower Performance TowerAssure TM  Program Provides Cooling System Protection, Improves System [...]

Graf Creamery Optimized Wastewater Operations with U.S. Water

Graf Creamery, a Midwestern butter and cream production plant, was experiencing issues with the fat and grease build-up in their holding cell retention pond. The fat build-up was restricting their ability to manage the wastewater leaving the plant and the solids had the potential to fill up the ridge and furrow absorption wastewater process. Due to the fat build-up, they were also losing treatment capacity (maximum [...]

Expanding U.S. Water Integrated Solutions Offerings

In September 2017, Tonka Water joined the U.S. Water family. As a major supplier of municipal and industrial water treatment systems, Tonka Water’s product lines expanded U.S. Water’s integrated solutions offerings. The image below highlights our technologies, which includes clarification systems, gravity filtration, pressure filtration, pre-packaged treatment systems, aeration and specialty ion exchange [...]

Snack Producer Utilizes New Foam Control Options and Saves $30,000 in Chemical Annually

A major Midwestern snack producer had concerns about the high costs of the defoamer product that they were using and were interested in finding an alternative that would be more cost effective. U.S. Water was already a current vendor for the snack producer’s utility water products and services within the plant, and offered assistance in other areas, which included optimizing the foam control needs of the [...]

Biological Augmentation Minimizes Odor, Improves Environmental Safety and Optimizes Operation at Wastewater Treatment Facility

A protein further processing plant located in midwest United States was concerned with objectionable odors, hydrogen sulfide levels, and poor system efficiency in their wastewater treatment plant. The cause of these issues was found to be a sludge cap on their waste receiving pit and the associated growth of anaerobic bacteria beneath the cap. To remediate this problem, select strains of naturally occurring aerobic [...]

A Closer Look at Food & Beverage Industry Certifications

Food & Beverage (F&B) facilities make products that are intended for human consumption, therefore food safety is always an area of major concern. For over a century, compliance with the rules and regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have  been a driving force in the F&B processing industry, and it’s their regulation that guides [...]

U.S. Water Featured in April 2018 Issue of Food Engineering Magazine

U.S. Water's food and beverage industry experts, Brett Robinson & Steve Tapper, were interviewed for April's  Food Engineering Magazine article, How Food Processors Can Successfully Manage Water and Utilities. In the article, Brett and Steve discuss water and energy efficiency options in food processing and explain the benefits a thorough understanding of [...]

Feed Mill Facility Increases Efficiency and Reduces Chemical Usage with EnergyOUT™

A Midwest Feed Mill was treating its incoming well water for high levels of alkalinity with amine chemical. Unfortunately, amine is one of the most expensive chemicals used in water treatment. If the facility chose not to treat the well water for alkalinity, it could result in failure of the condensate return lines, a costly plant shutdown and capital equipment replacement expenses. U.S. Water’s EnergyOUT system [...]

Integrated Offering Achieves High Recovery Rates and Low Discharge Rates at Food & Beverage Plant

As a Midwestern food and beverage plant expanded, they found themselves outgrowing their previous water treatment footprint. While their production had significantly increased, their discharge permits did not. The Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Clean-in-Place (CIP) systems were approximately ten years old and built for smaller demand and production output. The controls and analytics had become antiquated and required [...]

U.S. Water Featured in November 2017 Edition of Food Engineering Magazine

Just published! In the November 2017 edition of Food Engineering magazine, U.S. Water’s Brett Robison, Strategic Business Leader – Food & Beverage, and Steve Tapper, Industry Consultant, discuss water conservation struggles and opportunities in the food and beverage industry. Read the full article, Water Conservation Can be a Hard Sell for Producers, online at  [...]

When Every Drop Matters: U.S. Water’s Irrigation Management Program

In the agriculture industry, every drop matters. Water is an essential component in crop production, and the pressures of usage regulations and environmental stewardship initiatives to ensure efficient water use are felt throughout the agricultural community. The maintenance program for a field's irrigation system must be efficient, effective and cost-conscious to ensure the crops are getting the right amount of [...]

U.S. Water’s Solution Significantly Reduces Juice Processing Plant’s Sewer Costs

A new construction juice processing plant in California was facing high sewer surcharges due to the plant's wastewater from juicing, rinse and bottling lines. The plant processes about 140,000 gallons of juice per week, utilizing approximately 130,000 gallons of water per day. The amount of total suspended solids and organics discharge in the wastewater, if left untreated, was estimated to result in $7MM [...]