From the Editor - Sept/Oct 2020

Oct. 16, 2020

If you’re used to reading this section of Water Technology, you’ll notice I’m not Angela Godwin. She’s still editorial director, thankfully, but I was lucky enough to be named the new editor for this magazine.  

Though I’m new to Water Tech, I’ve been with its parent company, Endeavor Business Media, for more than two years. Up until September, I was the assistant editor for Processing magazine — a great resource if your work coincides with any of the processing industries.  

Despite having worked on a different brand, I’ve been longtime reader of Water Tech. I've always been fascinated by the topics, regulations, technologies and case studies covered in past editions. And this issue is no different.  

In our cover story on page 8, Brad Buecker discusses treatment methods for addressing and preventing deposits, corrosion and fouling in cogen and CHP plants. Buecker takes a deep dive into the chemical interactions that create inefficiencies in such plants, and he details the latest methods available to prevent the problems.  

As the focus of this issue is power generation, Mark Ligon discusses the importance of water filtration in that sector on page 14. He writes, “From boiling systems to cooling towers and condensers, the need for high purity water is critical for power generation. Without it, damage caused by overheating and corrosion could increase expenses and system downtime.” 

Frequent readers will recognize a familiar name: Amin Almasi, who in this issue writes about best practices for the design, building, operation and renovation of industrial wastewater treatment systems. Turn to page 16 for more. 

On page 22, Saudi Aramco's Waleed Al-Mulhim discusses how techniques like constructing a 60,000 barrel-a-day seawater reverse osmosis facility and using in-house reservoir modeling technology have enabled the company to get its water-to-oil ratio well below global averages. He writes that the company’s “aim is to continuously pursue water conservation initiatives towards a goal of preserving Saudi Arabia’s groundwater for future generations."  

And finally, don't miss thecase study on page 34, which describes a Duperon FlexRake bar screen at a Missouri sewer district that kept functioning even after a sinkhole caused by flooding dumped 600 tons of sand on the piece of equipment.

As with all issues of Water Tech, there is an extensive listing of new products — with spotlights dedicated to filtration equipment as well as sludge dewatering solutions 

A big thank you to all the contributors and companies that provided material for this issue. And thanks as always to our readers! I hope to meet some of you at upcoming virtual events and  with any luck — actual, in-person conferences in the not-too-distant future.  WT

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