Dylan Waldhuetter, Alliance for Water Stewardship Program Manager, The Water Council
I am responsible for the Global Water Center’s AWS Standard implementation and water stewardship plan and AWS North America management of projects related to water stewardship strategy and implementation. I led the project implementation of the Alliance for Water Stewardship International Standard at the Global Water Center which is the first commercial office building in the world to implement the standard. I also provided consulting support to industrial partners that were implementing the standard at their respective sights. Additionally, I provided research and business development assistance to the AWS North American Director.
Jim Miller, VP of Engineering & Quality, Metalcraft, Inc.
Metalcraft is a leader in the identification products industry since 1950, Metalcraft manufactures a variety of customized asset tags including UID tags, barcode and/or serialized tags for asset tracking and/or identification, and RFID tags - including harsh environment RFID tags and a variety of metal mount RFID tags - for RFID asset tracking.
What was the problem: Excess concentration of Silver under a federal categorical standard
Solution: We added a sampling well to test all of our waste streams together. We added a photo chemistry cleaning system, then removed it! We separated our processor rinse line from the rest of our water processes, pumped overhead to a holding tank, then pumped through a particulate filter, Carbon Resin cartridge and two Anionic Resin (ion exchange) cartridges before mingling with the rest of our process water in the sampling well.
Estimated ROI related to this issue, we have increased operating expense but, can run a line responsible for 25% of our revenue.
Bill Zimmerle, Production Manager Valent BioSciences Corporation
In 2012 Valent BioSciences Corporation (VBC) constructed state-of-the-art fermentation manufacturing facility in Osage, Iowa, for the production of biorational agricultural, horticultural, public health and forestry products. Fermentation is a critical process in the manufacturing of biorational products and uses naturally occurring microorganisms to produce low-risk, environmentally compatible products. VBC is working on ways to cut back the water it uses and capture as much as possible for reuse before it leaves the plant. Longer term it may make sense for VBC to protect its future supply by partnering with the city of Osage on a community drinking water plant. “There’s only a set amount of water on our earth, we don’t want to us it up. If we’re using more industrial water than we need to that’s not any benefit to anyone and it’s increased cost to us.”
Martin Gross, President, Gross-Wen Technologies
GWT is an Iowa-based company working to solve one of the world’s largest problems, water quality. GWT uses its patented wastewater treatment technology, known as the revolving algal biofilm system (RAB), to cost-effectively address new wastewater permits that are being enforced at industries and municipalities. Our system uses algae to recover nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater. Compared to other treatment options, our system is significantly more affordable and produces algae biomass which can be sold as a slow release algal fertilizer or bioplastic. Overall the process is carbon negative, making it the most sustainable approach to treat nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater.
What problem you helped a company solve: new permit requirements for wastewater treatment were addressed using the RAB system. We provide a carbon negative, sustainable method to treat wastewater containing nitrogen, phosphorous, carbon and toxic metals.
Estimate the ROI related to this issue: Compared to other treatment options, RAB is more affordable and produces algae biomass which can be sold as fertilizer or bioplastic.
Angie Kolz, P.E. I Associate, WHKS, Ames IA
Angie has experience with industry solving problems in designing treatment options, upgrading infrastructure and implementing systems with ROI. She will answer your questions on topic such as:
Knowing when to invest in pretreatment, hauling, or pumping waste to someone else to treat can be determined through cost analysis.
Upgrading preventative maintenance programs will help minimize unplanned downtime avoid process interruptions from emergency repairs. Taking stock of the condition of your supply and waste piping in buildings and buried on site unveils any need for improvements to budget for repairs.
What’s coming and why you should care about water and wastewater permitting. Increasingly stringent regulations may mean you need to plan for more expensive wastewater disposal or harder to approve permits.