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LaMarr Barnes named as CEO U.S. Water Services, Inc.

U.S. Water announced today that LaMarr Barnes has been named Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Water Services (U.S. Water), a wholly owned subsidiary of ALLETE, Inc. (NYSE: ALE). Barnes replaces former CEO Allan Bly, who resigned his position after a 20-year career with the company. Barnes has more than 25 years of experience in industrial water treatment and technology management. Hired in 2010 as Vice [...]

The Internet of Things and its Benefit to U.S. Water Customers

There is a lot of talk in the technology market about the Internet of Things (IoT). But, what does that mean and how does it affect water treatment technologies? As people living in a modern world, technology is the center of nearly everything we do. Human nature constantly drives us to improve our “things” through newly engineered technology. The Internet of Things (IoT) is about using technology to [...]

Monitoring and Automation Program Minimizes Manpower and Chemical Needed in Large Water Feature

A theme park located in the southeastern U.S. was managing a large decorative water feature through ORP control and daily testing. Effectively controlling free halogen and pH in large volume systems with various turnover rates can cause varying free oxidant levels throughout the day, requiring frequent manual testing. The testing often showed poor results and inconsistent chemical usage, even with ORP control. The [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]