August 30, 2016
4 Reasons Why Water is Not Worth it - The Pricing Problem
Imagine going into a fast food joint. You ask for the price of a burger and you are told it is $1,000 per 1,000 burgers.
"It's a bargain! We have a sale going on" the server says. "Drinks are cheap too," she adds. "It costs only $10 per gallon for the beverages, and the ice cream is only $2.50 per liter."
You look on puzzled. Why on earth did she just give you the price of beverages and ice cream in different units when they cost the same thing, you wonder?
"How much are the chicken nuggets?" you ask.
"We don't call those chicken nuggets" the server replies. "We call them 'mashed up chicken crap' – that's what they really are, you know."
"Those are $5 for a pack of 10, or as my pricing sheet says, its $500 per 1,000 pieces."
Absurd as this example might seem, this is exactly what we do in the water industry.
Read about the 4 major pricing problems we have in the industry.
July 28, 2016
3 Challenges that Keep Wastewater Operators Up at Night and 1 Way to help them Sleep Better
What regulatory targets keeps operators up at night? What operational issues are they most concerned about, and how do they find solutions to pressing operational problems? We posed these questions to the top wastewater operators in the United States - all of whom participate in the most popular operator challenge in the wastewater industry – the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Operations Challenge.
Their answers were revealing. By far the most interesting result and insight we obtained was that operators make decisions mainly by troubleshooting. This flies in the face of industry practice - where consulting engineers spend countless hours preparing operational and process manuals that the operators typically don't use.
Read on to learn more about this fascinating subject.
June 1, 2016
From 5 MGD to 1 Billion Gallons per Day: Learn the Secrets Behind 3 of the Biggest Success Stories in Water Industry Technology Commercialization
Three of the most spectacular success stories in technology adoption in the water & wastewater industry include:
- the roll out of the Union Carbide (UNOX®) high purity oxygen activated sludge process which treats about 6 billion gallons per day (15% of US wastewater treatment capacity!)
- Cambi's breakthrough in the United States with the adoption of their version thermal hydrolysis process at the 370 MGD Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment plant and
- Stickney Water Reclamation Facility's (1 billion gallons per day) adoption & recent commissioning of the Ostara phosphorus recovery process.
In each of these cases, massive wastewater facilities have adopted technologies at scales that are as high as over 100 times the size of current pilot or commercial scale installations.
Read on to find out the back story to how these innovative technologies crossed the chasm and got big wins in the water market.
May 2, 2016
5 Reasons Why Investments in Water Fail – and How Process Modeling Can Help Identify Winning Technologies
The water & wastewater industry has generated a lot of investment interest and activity over the last decade. It is estimated that in the 4 year period from 2010 to 2014, venture firms invested $1.4 billion in about 400 water technology companies. Despite this massive influx of funds, few water startups or water focused innovative technologies have been successfully commercialized.
Read on to learn more about the 5 major pitfalls that trip water firms and how process modeling can help them navigate the commercialization voyage.
April 21, 2016
Using a "Flight Simulator" Concept to Support Succession Planning and Operator Training in Water & Wastewater Utilities
There are two big changes taking place in the environmental utility sector. Firstly, tighter regulations are leading to increasing complexity in utility operations and secondly, the baby boomer generation that started out in the industry in the 1970s and 1980s is retiring.
As Utilities struggle to address the new challenges, "Flight Simulator" concepts are increasingly being used to support the training and succession planning needs that are emerging.
Read on to find out how Hydromantis is supporting utilities and organizations in developing solutions that address their needs in this area.
March 22, 2016
Hydromantis - Water Environment Federation (WEF) Roll out "Flight Simulator" Computer Based Operations Challenge at South Carolina Environmental Conference
On Sunday March 13th, 2016 the wastewater industry crossed a major new threshold. For the first time in the history of our profession, simulation software was incorporated into the industry's most high profile, competitive event – the WEF Ops Challenge, during the South Carolina Regional Qualifying Event.
Read on to find out how operations teams from around the world are demonstrating that simulation based process control has come of age in the wastewater industry.