The Splash

U.S. Water Expands National Territory and Strengthens Presence in Southwestern United States with Acquisition

U.S. Water, an ALLETE Company (NYSE: ALE), today announced the acquisition Water & Energy Systems Technology, Inc. (WEST) WEST, a strong regional company in the Southwestern United States, provides specialty chemicals and engineering service for water treatment in a variety of industries including commercial & institutional facilities, light industry, oil fields, and central heating/cooling plants. [...]

U.S. Water’s PhosZero™ Chemistry Named Finalist in R&D 100 Awards

U.S. Water, the leading national provider of integrated solutions for water treatment, has been selected as a finalist by the R&D 100 Award Program for PhosZero, its unique antiscalant and corrosion inhibitor, cooling water chemistry. PhosZero's patent pending, sustainable technology provides both scale and corrosion protection while exhibiting reduced aquatic toxicity. This is important because [...]

Bringing Your Boiler Back From Summer Vacation

As cooler weather approaches, your facility operating engineers may be preparing boilers that have been off-line for normal seasonal operation. Some boilers will have been laid up dry; others will have been stored wet. Regardless of the off-line storage, certain procedures need to be followed for a well-planned, safe start-up of off-line boilers. We encourage all engineers to closely review and follow the boiler [...]

Unique U.S. Water Offering: System Evaluation Agreements (SEA)

Facilities have a variety of goals in mind when they review options to increase their water efficiency. To determine which solution is right for your facility, U.S. Water offers System Evaluation Agreements (SEA). During a SEA our engineers work with your facility personnel to evaluate and solve your facility's water, wastewater or water reuse problem. A thorough understanding of the facility and its needs allows [...]

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 [...]