Editor's Letter

May 1, 2018
Welcome to the May/June 2018 edition of Industrial WaterWorld. Our feature article this month explores the increasing emphasis industrial facilities are placing on water as a business driver.

Welcome to the May/June 2018 edition of Industrial WaterWorld. Our feature article this month explores the increasing emphasis industrial facilities are placing on water as a business driver. Author Jeff Gunderson discusses some of the strategies manufacturers are employing to identify and understand water risk, and outlines how a crowdsourced database of public water management practices could make it a little easier. Read the full article on page 14.

At industrial plants, water is utilized for multiple purposes, such as cooling, process applications, and service water. In all these various process streams, accurately measuring flow rates is critical to ensure proper equipment operation and to maximize plant efficiency. However, as Brad Buecker discusses on page 18, such measurements are often very challenging. Using several examples from the power industry, Mr. Buecker provides information regarding new technologies that address these issues.

It’s been three years since EPA published its final Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Rule, regulating the safe disposal of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. At its core, this regulation is a water rule, as authors Christine Harris and Dr. William Ahlert explain on page 22. It establishes distinct requirements associated with groundwater monitoring and reporting, closure of CCR units based on groundwater and risk results, and record keeping and reporting requirements for each CCR facility. The authors discuss compliance milestones and regulatory considerations.

Continuing the CCR discussion, Nathan Higgerson outlines a treatment approach to managing impoundment waters on page 36, including a case example of a site with three fly ash ponds, a bottom ash pond, and two polishing ponds.

In this month’s Market Insight column from Bluefield Research (see page 13), Erin Bonney Casey discusses how industrial companies — from tech to airlines — are taking control of their water management and increasing investment in water reuse.

As always, we hope you enjoy this edition of Industrial WaterWorld!

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