The Artemis Project on June 8 revealed the identities of the companies that earned the right to be included in its Top 50 Water Companies for 2010.
The Top 50 (in alphabetical order) are:
Two floating, solar-powered aeration units intended to improve the health of the lakes at Fairmount Park have so far made the water clearer, says the city councilman who represents that downtown Riverside area.
“I’ve been really happy with them,” Councilman Mike Gardner said about the SolarBees, which the city purchased with a $100,000 Custom Energy-Efficiency Technology Grant.
The “thumb” of Michigan, outlined by Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron, is a peninsula rich in lakes, rivers and streams. Given the ecologically sensitive territory, smaller towns with limited resources can find it challenging to meet state mandated wastewater discharge permit levels. The Population 1,035 village of North Branch, about 30 miles northeast of Flint, faced problems of excessive phosphorous in its four-pond facultative system.
A Dickinson company has been named a “rural manufacturing success,” earning it a ticket to Washington D.C. in one week, officials said Friday.
SolarBee Inc. has accepted an invitation from the White House and the U. S. Department of Agriculture to attend the “Recognition of Manufacturing Success in Rural America” event, which will be held Friday, Feb. 17. SolarBee co-founder and president Joel Bleth will be attending the event as a representative.
ST. HELENS - Last February, the City of St. Helens was looking for a way to reduce costs at its primary treatment lagoon, while ensuring the lagoon was still properly aerated and mixed. The city found its answer in the purchase of two Solar Bees, solar-panel-run sludge mixer. That decision recently won them the state award from the Oregon Leaders Award.
Efforts to cut down on energy costs have paid off nearly one year after the city of St. Helens installed solar-powered mixers in its wastewater lagoons.
Newcastle • Scientists at Newcastle Reservoir are stirring things up to see if a new technique using a solar-powered pump will reduce high mercury levels in the water. If it works, the procedure may be used on other contaminated bodies of water in Utah.
Newcastle is one of 16 bodies of water in Utah that have mercury levels high enough to prompt advisories about eating fish caught in them.
Hydrologists with the U.S. Geological Survey placed the platform pump in July near the dam of the reservoir, which is about 30 miles west of Cedar City.
Ponds can be a boon and a bane. For retaining or detaining water from a stormwater system, or within a site, they serve their purpose well; in addition, ponds can greatly enhance a site’s aesthetic appeal. On the flip side, however, that standing water can become an eyesore at best, a health hazard at worst. But keeping algae and breeding mosquitoes at bay can be a simpler matter if one takes a tip from nature—by keeping the water moving. Towering falls or raging rapids aren’t required; simple fountains, aerators, or bubblers can often do the trick.
Award-winning circulation technology reduces blue-green algae.
Greenfield Lake, an idyllic cypress swamp surrounded by walking paths and bridges, is a popular recreation area in Wilmington, North Carolina. Residents and visitors enjoy picnicking, gardens, an amphitheater, boating and fishing.
But when blue-green algae took over the swamp, the water turned to pea soup and weeds grew thick along the shore. The shallow, 100-acre reservoir is primarily fed by stormwater via several drainage pipes throughout the basin. Boaters preferred to go elsewhere.
High Efficiency Units to Improve Raw Water Quality
Starting Tuesday, July 12, 2011, Department of Public Works contractors will install high efficiency solar-powered water circulators in Prince Reservoir and Erie Reservoir. Increased circulation of the water in the reservoirs will improve the quality of the Town’s raw water supply allowing staff to make adjustments in the operations of the Water Treatment Facility with minimal impact to our customers.
Other benefits of the water circulators include:
Solar-powered device to be tested for improving water quality
Something new is floating in the Inner Harbor. Not litter this time, but a space age-looking gadget meant to see whether new life can be breathed into the troubled body of water.
The Solar Bee circulation equipment has been installed in the town’s four water reservoirs to curb the water discolouration Drumheller residents saw pouring from their taps last fall.
The price tag included installation and delivery of the solar powered devices, and was approved by council in January.
“They’ll initiate some savings in power, chemical and hopefully down the road some time,” said Director of Infrastructure Allan Kendrick. It will reduce chemicals used to treat the water by treating it the natural way by keeping the water circulating.
SolarBee and H2O Logics have begun to install their water circulation devices in the valleys reservoir. The new devices were purchased by the town to help improve the quality of water entering the towns water plant.
SolarBees are designed to circulate water and control the growth of blue and green algae. The state of the art machines are programed to run at different speeds, adjusting to the time of day or season.
The magnetic motors for the water circulation devices are powered by solar panels, requiring no outside power source, and helping keep costs low.
SolarBee mixers improve water quality for Yuma, AZ residents
Whoever said tanks were just for holding water? In Yuma, Arizona, the city’s three potable water tanks are works of art. Featuring colorful murals of the local landscape, the 50-foot high and 100-foot wide tanks are a drive-by gallery on display to anyone on Interstate 8. What’s more important, of course, is the quality of the water inside the tanks. Thanks to SolarBee mixers, Yuma’s drinking water is now picture-perfect.
There is a little piece of paradise in the foothills of the upper Piedmont area of North Carolina, but most residents just call it Eden. Like many small towns, Eden is prized for its unique attractions—a vintage drive-in movie theater, annual bluegrass concert and rubber duck regatta, to name a few—as well as proximity to big-city conveniences.
St. Helens hopes for eventual savings with new solar wastewater mixers
The purchase of nine new solar-powered wastewater mixers in St. Helens, to be used in the primary and secondary wastewater lagoons at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, is the realization of a decade-long energy-saving plan for the city’s facility.
The first seven of the mixers were bought last fall for use in the secondary lagoon, which receives waste from Boise Inc.'s paper mill facility, while two more will be purchased this week to be used in the primary lagoon.
Glendale (Calif.) Water & Power (GWP) operates and maintains a potable water system serving approximately 210,000 people with 380 miles of distribution system piping and 28 storage facilities. The potable storage facilities consist of in-ground reservoirs, aboveground steel tanks and partially buried reservoirs with storage capacities that range from 80,000 gal to 57 million gal. The tallest storage facility is a more-than-50-ft aboveground tank with difficult road access.
Solar-powered mixers from SolarBee are designed to solve municipal wastewater quality problems including odor control, discharge permit violations, and high energy costs. The mixers operate continuously, reducing BOD, TSS and ammonia. They also can supply most of the mixing energy required in a treatment pond. Flow rates vary by mixer size, ranging from 1,250 to 10,000 gpm.
Wiconisco WWTP buys 3 SBs to replace the operation of 6 grid-powered aerators. Over 20 years, the plant will save $251,205 in operation expenses, eliminate consumption of 2,496,000 kWh electricity, and eliminate 1,072,800 kg CO2 emissions to air, thereby reducing operating expenses and helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change.
There are more than 53,000 municipal water systems in the United States, and many of them rely on water towers and above- and below-ground storage tanks to store treated potable water. While drinking water treated with either chlorine or chloramines will normally remain stable and safe for a few days in storage, municipal water system operators have tended to rely on normal cycling of water in and out of the tank to keep the water mixed in order to limit aging and deterioration of disinfectant chemicals.
Public access to fisheries is under assault, but that’s not the only threat to sportfishing. Here’s how you can help
WASHINGTON — Threats to fishing change and evolve over time.
Through the 1980s, anglers mostly worried about and worked to stop pollution. Although occasionally slow moving and ineffective, the federal government proved a valuable ally, providing an arsenal of weapons that included the Clean Water Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Oh, how times have changed.
More than pesky surface scum, new algae blooms are killing fish, poisoning wildlife and harming humans
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — As pollution degrades our water, it also feeds a toxic outbreak that threatens our fisheries and our future.
“We are approaching a tipping point where we might not be able to get back to what used to be,” said Dr. Ken Hudnell, a neurotoxicologist and adjunct associate research professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
NORWAY — An agreement to install solar energy devices at the wastewater treatment plant is expected to be executed as soon as contract details are ironed out with state officials who have awarded Norway an $85,000 grant to buy the units.
“We're talking with them (state officials) about some changes then we'll wrap it up. That should take a few days,” explained Town Manager David Holt of the contract. “Then we'll sign an agreement with the SolarBee company.”
METAMORA — Metamora village’s Downtown Development Authority plans to fund an energy-conscious improvement to the village’s sewer system. Council members discussed the project at Monday’s meeting, along with other village business.
Village president John Clark says the DDA will underwrite the cost of a SolarBee system for the sewer lagoon. The SolarBee is a solar-powered circulating unit that sits in the sewer lagoon. The moving paddles of the SolarBee aerate the lagoon and help to reduce odors as well as help to decrease phosphorous levels.
NORWAY — The town has been awarded grant funds for two solar-energy units that will dramatically reduce the sewer plant's electrical usage, Town Manager David Holt said Tuesday.
The SolarBee units will be added to the existing SolarBee unit that was installed two years ago. That unit cut the department's electrical use in half. The new SolarBee units are expected to significantly decrease the remaining energy usage at the Brown Street plant, and may squelch sewer-user fee increases in the future, Holt said.
MIDDLEPORT — A maintenance and support plan for the four-unit Solar-Bee system in Middleport’s sewage lagoon system has been approved by village council.
Meeting Monday night, council approved unanimously a three-year service contract with Solar-BeeKeeper on recommendation of the committee chairman Rae Moore and village administrator Fayman Roberts.
The Solar-Bee system, brushless mixers which operate on solar power, was installed last fall. It came at no cost to the village, having been completely paid for with federal stimulus grant money, according to Roberts.
March 18–21, 2010
Connecting Science Past to Science Future
Join your colleagues in the City of Brotherly Love for NSTA's 58th National Conference on Science Education. Conference registration and exhibits will be at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Most sessions and events have been scheduled at the Convention Center and the Doubletree Philadelphia Hotel, Loew’s Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, and Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel.
Commerce officials plan to buy or lease three solar-powered devices to prevent algae from causing foul-tasting water each spring at the city’s reservoir.
Three SolarBee mixers in the city’s 300-acre reservoir could eliminate the dirty taste that plagues the reservoir during “turnovers” each spring. This past spring’s event was the worst on record, lasting 10 days.
After receiving approval from the Property Owners Association in early September, Cross Hill Dr. resident Mike Wiley installed a GridBee water-circulating device next to his dock. Similar to the POA’s Solar Bees, but smaller, Mike thinks it just might be starting to do the job it’s intended to do.
GridBee submersible circulators are manufactured by Solar Bee specifically for smaller bodies of fresh water to reduce or eliminate stagnation and improve water clarity. Mike’s goal is to see the water clarity improved in his small cove off the East Bay.
Electric generating utilities use water bodies for a variety of operational purposes. For example, reservoirs supply cooling water, the heated water is cooled in basins and contaminants are decomposed in wastewater ponds. Solar-powered circulation (SPC) technology provides an environmentally sustainable technology for solving water quality problems at power utilities without CO2 emissions, at negligible operational costs.
The SPC Unit
SolarBee Inc.’s SPC units comprise three pontoons supporting a framework of above-water, near-surface and underwater components.