The Splash

Leaving the World a Better Place with Better Water

April 22 marks the annual worldwide Earth Day celebration. For many individuals, it's a day of action to practice environmental habits or even provoke policy changes. At U.S. Water, Earth Day gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our daily support for environmental protection through responsible water use and sustainable integrated solutions. Water plays an invaluable role in our daily lives for life, food [...]

Minnesota Power, U.S. Water Team Up to Save $35,000 in Annual Maintenance Costs

Minnesota Power's Arrowhead High Voltage Direct Current Terminal was experiencing scale and white rust build-up inside their cooling tower condenser tubes, creating obstacles cooling the inverter. If left untreated, the built-up could result in a costly asset replacement and unscheduled down-time. At the same time, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) was instituting new phosphate discharge limits and [...]

Chlorine and Your Cooling Water System

The proliferation of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, and algae) presents a significant challenge in the maintenance and operation of process cooling water systems. Excessive accumulation of biofilm can lead to system fouling and corrosion, loss of heat transfer and reduction in energy efficiency, downtime for cleaning, illness or death, and costly equipment repair or replacement. In order to minimize or prevent these [...]

Caring for Your Pre-Treatment Equipment: RO Membrane Cleaning

As water and energy costs increase, government regulations tighten and environmental stewardship initiatives progress, facilities must continue to enhance their system efficiencies. Reverse Osmosis (RO) equipment is becoming more common in water treatment systems. Unfortunately, even with high quality feed water, RO membrane scaling and fouling is inevitable. Regular cleaning and servicing of your RO system and its [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]