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Design and Care of Reverse Osmosis Systems, Part 2: Upstream Equipment

Reverse osmosis (RO) systems offer power plant owners and operators a reliable and well-proven water treatment solution. However, designing and caring for an RO system requires a thorough understanding of a plant’s water supply and the technology’s capabilities. The information presented here could help plant engineers design and optimize an RO system to match their needs. The success of a new RO [...]

Design and Care of Reverse Osmosis Systems, Part 1: Design

Reverse osmosis (RO) systems offer power plant owners and operators a reliable and well-proven water treatment solution. However, designing and caring for an RO system requires a thorough understanding of a plant’s water supply and the technology’s capabilities. Part one of this series will review the importance of water samples and pilot studies as plant engineers begin to design an RO system to match [...]

Together We Can: U.S. Water and Ethanol Industry Exports

Expansion of the volume of ethanol exported to the rest of the world is critical to profitability and expansion of the industry. Exports continue to set records (927 million gallons in the first seven months of 2018) but can be limited by challenges created by inconsistency in quality specifications and the methods used to guarantee them. U.S. Water has stepped forward in the last two years to help our [...]

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 [...]

Protecting Your Power Plant from Corrosion During Downtime

In the Power industry, every minute is critical. A smooth plant start-up is vital to operations, and directly linked to lay-up procedures. A thorough understanding of critical lay-up and start-up strategies & procedures, paired with a proper corrosion control protection program can prevent unscheduled downtime, reduce operating costs and increase plant reliability. In the gas fired combined cycle market, [...]

Power Plant Water Treatment System Restored After a Decade of Non-Use

After ten years of inactivity, a midwestern combined cycle power plant needed to bring its water treatment system back into operation. The previous equipment had been sitting idle after the previous owner went bankrupt, and required major cleanup and upgrades. While other water treatment companies were offering a chemical exclusive program, it was evident the plant would require a complete integrated solution to once [...]

Water Management Programs Frequently Asked Questions

Incidents of human illness and fatality due to pathogens in industrial, commercial and municipal water systems are increasingly prevalent in the news. Although it is not required by law throughout the U.S., practicing a water management program in accordance with the ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 demonstrates the value of a safe and healthy environment, as well as protects your facility from potential legal disputes [...]

MIOX Primary Disinfection Solution Eliminates Facility Safety Concerns While Optimizing Cooling Tower Performance

Fouling associated with the excessive growth of microorganisms including bacteria, algae, and fungi is a natural, but preventable, issue in most cooling tower systems. As a common problem, facilities have a variety of chemical and mechanical disinfection solutions available when developing a treatment program. A South Dakota industrial manufacturer was combining ozone and a non-oxidizing microbiocide to manage [...]

Considering an Ethanol Plant Expansion?

Many biofuel plants are expanding operations to increase ethanol production. Often when plants move forward with expansion efforts, the adverse impact on system efficiencies, such as cooling, is overlooked. Without proper evaluation of the existing cooling system operation, plants could spend additional capital on an unnecessary cooling tower expansion or experience an increase in operational costs if the existing [...]

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's ProClean AB 1000 Optimizes Ethanol Producer's Fermentation Process and Reduces Treatment Costs

Even with quality cleaning practices in place, there is a risk of bacterial infection during the fermentation process of ethanol production. When bacteria are present, it can inhibit yeast productivity and loss of alcohol production can occur. Many ethanol producers utilize an antibiotic program to control bacteria growth and optimize product yields. A Midwest ethanol producer was utilizing a competitor’s [...]

Custom Plant Controls Upgrade Optimizes Aging Ethanol Facility Performance

Multiple Midwestern ethanol facilities within the same organization were experiencing controls failure due to aging PLC and HMI equipment. Current plant control equipment was more than ten years old and had reached end of life. The outdated equipment caused plant shutdowns and a loss in production, which can cost up to $10,000 per hour. U.S. Water recommended an integrated controls upgrade solution to prevent future [...]

TowerAssure Program Provides Cooling System Protection, Improves System Efficiency and Reduces Water Usage at a Southern U.S. Airport

U.S. Water’s successful program at a nearby facility resulted in an invitation from a Southern U.S. airport to propose an alternate treatment program for their existing cooling tower system.  The airport practiced sustainable water usage by utilizing softened graywater in its cooling tower system, but the responsible decision to move away from domestic city water to graywater quickly led to concerns [...]

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 [...]

U.S. Water Featured in March 2018 issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine

Just Published! U.S. Water’s Mitch Manstedt, Strategic Business Leader – Biofuels, and Jim Lukanich, Director of Applied Technology, were interviewed in the article Sticking to It, published in the March 2018 issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine.  In the article,  Mitch and Jim discuss the impact The Food and Safety Modernization Act has on biofilm control options in the biofuels [...]

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  [...]

U.S. Water Obtains Unanimous Jury Verdict that Novozymes Infringed U.S. Water Patents Relating to its pHytOUT® Technology

Jury Also Finds that U.S. Water’s Patents are Valid U.S. Water announces that last week, a federal jury in the Western District of Wisconsin delivered a unanimous verdict in favor of U.S. Water in its lawsuit against Novozymes A/S and Novozymes North America, Inc. (“Novozymes”). The jury found that Novozymes’s sale of Phytaflow® to its customers caused infringement of the U.S. Water [...]

FAQ: The CMS Policy Memorandum and its Impact on a Healthcare Provider’s Water Management Program

On June 2, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a policy memorandum regarding the “Requirement to Reduce Legionella Risk in Healthcare Facility Water Systems to Prevent Cases and Outbreaks of Legionnaire's Disease (LD).” On June 9th, the policy was subsequently revised to clarify the provider types affected including Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), [...]

Chemical Feed Skid Considerations for the Oil and Gas Industry

Chemical feed skids offer reliable and consistent dosing of chemicals into process applications. When designed correctly, chemical feed skids have the ability to increase system productivity by maximizing operating costs and reducing chemical costs. Available in hundreds of configurations, U.S. Water's chemical feed skids are customized to meet each facility's unique application and specifications. There [...]

Greenfield Water Treatment System Reduces Chemical Handling & Improves Efficiency

The coal-fired Alliant Energy/Interstate Power and Light, Lansing Generating Facility's (LAN) water treatment system was over 40 years old. Nearing the end of its life expectancy, the antiquated water treatment equipment was suffering from excessive corrosion, limited replacement part availability and a variety of retrofit materials. Acid and caustic chemicals were used in the existing ion exchange system, [...]

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 [...]

Automated Chemistry Program Saves Hospital Over 3 Million of Gallons of Water Per Year

California's PIH Health Hospital – Downey was considering a new solution for its cooling towers and chillers to improve current operations. U.S. Water was asked to review the system and provide suggestions. After meeting with the facility's team, U.S. Water representatives conducted a full audit of the facility, which included a complete water analysis. During the audit U.S. Water discovered water [...]

SBL Interview: Power Today

Joe Tirreno, U.S. Water’s Strategic Business Leader – Power, sat down with Power Today’s Cassie Haley during the 2016 PowerGen International Conference. During this short interview,  Joe discussed U.S. Water’s integrated water management solutions and water use trends in the power industry…

U.S. Water Wins Appeal in Patent Infringement Case Against Novozymes in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Court of Appeals Overturns Decision That Held U.S. Water Patents Invalid U.S. Water announces that on December 15, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which hears patent appeals from all U.S. district courts, vacated an adverse judgment against it by the District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The Court of Appeals overturned a decision by the district court that [...]

U.S. Water’s PhosZero™ Program Improves Corrosion Rates and Meets Discharge Limits at Power Plant

A Midwest power plant was experiencing scale and white rust build-up inside their cooling tower condenser tubes, creating obstacles cooling the inverter. If left untreated, the build-up could result in a costly asset replacement and unscheduled down-time. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) was also in the process of instituting new phosphate discharge limits, which encouraged plant management to take [...]

Interpreting Tier III Compliance

The ethanol industry has been anticipating this for a couple of years, but it still snuck up on some of us – the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Tier III compliance is required as of January 1, 2017. Fuel ethanol producers need to be aware that they must be able to demonstrate that their product consistently meets the new 10 parts-per-million (ppm) organic sulfur standard. Similar to other pending [...]

U.S. Water’s Unique Sulfur Control Solutions

Let's start with the scrubber. Aldehydes, primarily acetaldehyde, in fermentation gas are considered to be “hazardous air pollutants (HAPs)” by EPA. Aldehyde control is often based on sulfites, which react with the aldehydes, making them “scrubbable”. If you use more than required sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas can freely pass through the final stages of distillation and dehydration and [...]

Protecting Your Pipeline During the Winter Months (Q&A with Industry Expert)

What happens if you do not develop and implement a preventive plan to protect your lines and equipment during the winter? The likely result will be increased freezing, plugging and/or hydrate formation. These items will lead to unscheduled downtime or excessive personnel overtime. When is the best time to inspect your pipeline, facilities and equipment, and develop your winter protection plan? Early fall, [...]

Plant Reliability: Updating Outdated Controls & Equipment in Aging Facilities

With the ongoing advancements in controls & automation solutions, most the ancillary equipment in aging facilities are beginning to show signs of age that could potentially contribute to plant shutdown. Too many of the existent controls and automation on ancillary equipment are band-aided together due to discontinued models and/or insufficient tech support knowledge of the existing operating platforms. In most [...]

U.S. Water’s EnergyOUT™ Reverse Osmosis Technology Significantly Reduces Laundry Facility’s Water & Energy Consumption

Due to Nevada's ongoing drought conditions, Boyd Gaming Corporation – one of the state’s largest casino operators – began exploring ways to cut back on water and energy consumption at its Central Laundry facility in Henderson, Nev., Working with facility management, U.S. Water surveyed the facility and installed a solution that significantly reduced water, energy and sewer expenses. The [...]

Ethanol Final Filter Improves Plant’s Final Product Quality in Two Days

After commencing an enzyme trial, an upper Midwest ethanol plant discovered elevated sulfate levels as the dosed fermenters were cycled through the plant. Out of spec ethanol cannot be marketed, and plant operations needed to act quickly to fix the product to avoid costly product rejection fees or plant shutdown. The plant was familiar with U.S. Water's ethanol industry experience and the Ethanol Final Filter [...]

New State Water Discharge Permit Limitations Impact Saint John’s University Central Plant Operations, U.S. Water’s Comprehensive Water Treatment Program Meets New Permit Limitations

In compliance with their existing water discharge permit, Saint John's University's central plant discharged their boiler streams to an on campus wastewater treatment plant with the cooling tower blowdown discharged to a nearby lake. However, when the plant underwent the renewal of their water discharge permit, they faced new, tighter, discharge limits. The new permit limitations required significant [...]

Biofuels Plant Sees Return on Investments After 100 Days with pHytOUT® Deposit Control Technology

A performance evaluation was made in a U.S. Midwest dry grind fuel ethanol plant. U.S. Water's Ethanol Process Technologies (EPT) team applied a unique process deposit control technology, pHytOUT, for which three U.S. patents were awarded, including U.S. patent 8,039,244 awarded on October 18, 2011 for which there are no licensees. Introduction & Identification of Opportunities U.S. Water was [...]

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 [...]

Executive Interview: POWER Magazine

LaMarr Barnes, U.S. Water’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, spoke with POWER Magazine during the 2015 PowerGen International Conference. During this short interview LaMarr provided a company update, discussed U.S. Water’s unique PhosZero™ technology, and introduced the SMART Care™ for Membranes Service Program…

Federal and New York Legionella Updates

Federal Regulatory Updates The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently released a 97 page draft document titled Technologies for Legionella Control: Scientific Literature Review. This document was prepared by the USEPA as a technical resource for governing agencies, building water system operators, and building owners to consider as they evaluate technologies to respond to the risks associated with [...]

FSMA Regulations and Their Impact on Water Treatment Chemistry for the Ethanol Industry

In 2011, the FDA was given a new mandate to require comprehensive, science based preventive controls across the food supply. These regulations, collectively called the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), apply to food for both human and animal consumption. While there have been rules governing food additives and safety for many years, these new rules further refine the requirements around control plans. The new [...]

Introducing U.S. Water’s New ScaleGone & ScaleGone CI for the Oil and Gas Industry

U.S. Water's new ScaleGone™ and ScaleGone™ CI, slow release products provide long-lasting scale and corrosion protection for hydraulic fracturing fluids and producing wells. Our ScaleGone products can prevent deposition in the wellbore area and the tubing, just as powerfully as they do at the formation face, to prevent scale and costly production problems for up to several years (depending on loading). [...]

Ethanol Final Filter: Proven to Enhance Final Ethanol Quality

U.S. Water's industry leading Ethanol Final Filter is proven to enhance final product quality by removing both existent and potential sulfate. In addition to sulfate removal, the Ethanol Final Filter simultaneously addresses issues of color, turbidity, acidity, pHe, chloride and iron. This unique, cost-conscious solution can be used as a mobile unit to bring off-spec ethanol back in alignment with fuel standards, [...]

U.S. Water Establishes Treatment Program for the University of Texas at Austin’s Reclaimed Water Cooling System

The University of Texas at Austin power plants provide heating and air conditioning for two hundred buildings totaling over one-hundred million cubic feet of air space in offices, lecture halls, classrooms, laboratories, kitchens, cafeterias, and dormitories. The air conditioning is derived from six miles of underground chilled water loops. Texas has been under moderate to severe drought conditions. The [...]

Legionella Prevention: New York Takes Unprecedented Steps to Battle Legionnaires’ Disease

The recent regulations put forth by the State of New York  and New York City  will incorporate extraordinary measures for cooling tower disinfection, bacteria testing, increased inspections and operational management of cooling water systems. Water Treatment and Tower Maintenance Properly maintained cooling towers and evaporative condensers should have a comprehensive water treatment and [...]

ANSI/ASHRAE 188-2015: Minimizing the Risk Associated with Legionella

Introduction In June of 2015, the ASHRAE standards committee approved the final draft of Standard 188, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems. This document establishes the minimum requirements for the development, implementation and ongoing maintenance of a legionella risk management program in new and existing buildings. The Standard is a culmination of several years of work by experts in [...]

U.S. Water Presents at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop

U.S. Water Services, Inc., the leading national provider of integrated solutions for water treatment, gave three educational presentations and continued the roll out of their Ethanol Final Filter at last month's Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) in Minneapolis, MN. As part of FEW's Conference Track Presentations, U.S. Water presented on two hot topics in the ethanol industry – the Food Safety [...]

U.S. Water Launches New Non-Sorbitol Corn Oil Recovery Product Line for Biofuels

U.S. Water, a leading provider of integrated water and process solutions for industry, launched the first in what will be a series of products developed for the biofuels industry specific to corn oil recovery. COR™ NS is a new, non-sorbitol based product line developed by U.S. Water's Ethanol Process Technologies team to aid in the extraction of corn oil as a co-product for biofuels plants. [...]

U.S. Water Launches New Ethanol Final Filter to Improve Final Fuel Quality in Biofuels Production

U.S. Water Services, Inc (U.S. Water), the leading national provider of integrated solutions for water treatment, introduces the new U.S. Water Ethanol Final Filter. This bolt-on, mechanical/chemical system is unique to the industry, improving final fuel quality through the removal of both existent and potential sulfate. In addition to sulfate removal, the Ethanol Final Filter addresses issues of color, turbidity, [...]

St. Vincent Medical Center in LA Achieves 30% Water Savings

U.S. Water, a leading provider of integrated water and process solutions for industry, has completed a water efficiency program with St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Los Angeles resulting in an estimated water savings of 3.6 million gallons per year. This represents an estimated 30% annual water usage savings for St. Vincent, well ahead of State of California’s 20% water reduction goal by 2020. The [...]

With New ZLD System, Bushmills Ethanol Expects to Shrink Water Usage

reposted from West Central Tribune ATWATER – Bushmills Ethanol is helping lower the bar, and in this case, that’s a very good thing. The Atwater plant has joined the growing number of ethanol producers in the country reducing the water they use, and shrinking their environmental footprint by doing so. Bushmills Ethanol on February 28th began operating a newly installed zero liquid discharge [...]

U.S. Water Issued Third Patent for pHytOUT® Deposit Control Technology

U.S. Water announces the issuance of its third United States patent – covering the use of pHytOUT – in ethanol production. A common problem for ethanol producers is the formation of scale forming deposits in ethanol processing equipment. These deposits impede heat transfer and flow and compromise the proper operation of mechanical devices used in ethanol processing. U.S. Water’s pHytOUT [...]

Automation in Cooling Towers Reduces Water & Saves Hospital Thousands

With the State of California initiative to reduce water usage by 20% by the year 2020, many plants are focusing their responsibility to become a more environmentally friendly facility. One such facility included a large California hospital seeking to reduce the water treatment costs for their HVAC system. The hospital has three (3) individual cooling tower systems that service three (3) centrifugal chillers which [...]

U.S. Water VOxOUT® Successful in Emission Control

U.S. Water’s Ethanol Process Technologies (EPT) team engaged in a CO2 Scrubber performance comparison evaluation in an Eastern United States dry grind fuel ethanol plant with a 100 MMgpy nameplate. Parameters compared were: Compliance Reliability Application Cost Residual Bisulfite – and its impact on both yeast vitality and final product sulfur content Accompanying Value The EPT [...]

U.S. Water pHytOUT® Successfully Controls Mineral Deposits

Ethanol plants are often challenged with mineral deposits and the loss of heat transfer efficiency in distillation that accompanies these deposits. pHytOUT is a patented deposit control technology from U.S. Water that can enable plants to eliminate specific deposit control such as sulfuric acid usage, caustic usage, temperature loss and increased steam usage to deposit-related heat transfer loss. Introduction and [...]

The Sometimes Maddening Question of Boiler Lay-Up

With more and more steam boilers being asked to provide intermittent service, there is renewed focus on the proper treatment of boiler systems while they are offline. In the Power industry it is not uncommon for a combined cycle plant to operate less than 30% of the time, meaning the vast majority of the time the boiler is idle. The rise of renewable power assets that have intermittent and [...]

Flow Accelerated Corrosion

Few subjects have captured the attention of boiler cycle chemistry experts and research dollars in the past 10+ years as flow accelerated corrosion (FAC). Having previously been most concerned about failures occurring in higher pressure areas of the cycle, FAC is now a primary concern as over 60% of all utilities have reported finding it in their facilities.  Defined as localized rapid metal loss resulting [...]

Introducing U.S. Water Energy Services

U.S. Water Services, Inc is pleased to announce the launch of  a new division, U.S. Water Energy Services, to focus on the Upstream Oil & Gas Sector with down hole treatment for scale and corrosion, water reuse and remediation. The intent of this new division is to improve well production and minimize, or eliminate, environmental impact. The natural gas production industry continues to expand their operation [...]

U.S. Water Announces COR™, Corn Oil Extraction Product Line

Corn Oil Recovery (COR™) is an enhancement additive designed to increase the removal of corn oil from mechanical separation systems at dry-mill ethanol plants from U.S. Water’s Ethanol Process Technologies (EPT) team.  The product will benefit all ethanol facilities that have existing corn oil separation equipment, or are contemplating corn oil separation equipment in the near future.  We have [...]

ZLD, A Sustainable Water Treatment Solution

Introduction Water supply issues and sustainability are emerging as a national concern with the energy sector coming under increasing scrutiny. This is certainly the case with the ethanol industry. State discharge regulations have and are dictating that plant designs incorporate technological solutions to minimizing water use. These designs involve utilizing equipment that allows flexibility in reusing water [...]

Reducing Water Use in Ethanol Plants

republished with permission from Ethanol Today , December 2010 In the agribusiness sector where acronyms abound, some corn producers and ethanol plant investors are learning yet another one: ZLD It stands for “zero liquid discharge,” and it could be an important future trend for the ethanol industry as plants weigh the possible benefits of treating and re-using water that has already been [...]