The National Water and Waste Water Conference


The national conference of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association in conjunction with the Canadian Association for Water Quality (CAWQ) National Symposium


ONE WATER IN CANADA at Toronto Marriott
November 13-16, 2016

From funding to communicating to politicians, to dealing with the media and influencing public behavior, one of the biggest challenges for utility managers is communicating the importance of water and wastewater infrastructure. Join us to explore how we can put water center stage, and keep it there.

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10 Safety Tips for Wastewater Treatment Plants

10 Safety Tips for Wastewater Treatment Plants

When your job is cleaning up waste and then making sure it is disposed of in the correct way, your name is present on a lot of government officials list. It is essential to make sure that the water which reaches peoples’ household is safe and also that the people working to achieve that task are safe in their work environment. All the hazardous substances they surround themselves with at a Wastewater Treatment plant should not take a toll on the workers’ bodies and a lot of safety measures and precautions are needed to make sure that it doesn’t damage them irreversibly. Here’s 10 safety tips to be followed:


Non-slip surfacing

A plant needs non-slip surfaces on all catwalks to ensure that people walking around do not fall in the treatment units. Traction taping can be done on surfaces too and all employees should be instructed to wear non-slip footwear.

Rescue systems activated!

People working at a treatment plant should be always prepared for any emergency. If someone falls into a vat at some point of time, rescue hooks and floatation devices should be present to handle these situations.

Personal hygiene needs to be maintained

It is important for all the employees to understand that their health is of utmost importance and maintain personal hygiene by washing hands with anti-bacterial soap, keep all cuts and abrasions covered and keeping work clothes away from home.

Fire safety needs to be addressed

All guidelines mentioned under NFPA must be followed to the wire. A treatment plant is always prone to fire hazards and measures should be taken keeping that in mind.

Vaccinations for employees from their side

Vaccines aren’t mandatory under any code for employees in treatment plants. But it is generally a good practice to have your employees consult their personal physicians about safety measures to follow.

Dealing with tour groups

Serious work happens in a wastewater treatment plant but regardless of that, they get requests for most people to accommodate small groups for a tour. When this happens, a few employees should be trained to handle such situations and keeping visitors away from danger.

Confined spaces entry must be followed

The OSHA has certain guidelines mentioned to be followed to provide restricted entry even for employees at certain spaces in a plant. Barricading and warning signs must be used to enforce this.

Proper planning of services

All pipes and services in the plant should be planned and labeled well. Employees doing repair work should be equipped with necessary tools and safety gear.

Maintenance is must

All equipment must be regularly maintained in a plant. Failure in any equipment means improper functioning of the plant and maintenance prevents that.

Chemical Storage and handling

Chemicals are critical in the wastewater handling business. Storing of chemicals must be to the lower side so that the risk is minimized as well. Emergency equipment in case of a mishap are a must as well.

10 Tips for Good Water Management

10 Tips for Good Water Management

It is becoming essential to be aware that our planet is facing such a water crisis in today’s time. Only after we’re aware of the problems we face can we go ahead and figure out the steps to solve them. We need water not just for residential activities but also for producing crops which in turn provide us the energy we need to survive. Some officials say that these residential activities indeed consume more water than growing crops. But logically, we need to conserve water in order to grow crops and plants effectively as well. Here are 10 tips for good water management:

Fertilizer and pH values should be monitored

Slow release and coated fertilizers should not be used a lot and levels should be minimal. The substrate should remain sweet and not salty.

The water should get a good substrate

Materials that readily absorb and deliver in turn maximize the use of applied water. It shouldn’t shrink when it is dry.

What is the quality of this water?

Just like a parent vigilantly observes what they’re a child is putting inside their mouth, people should take utmost care of what they’re pumping their plants with. Very low alkalinity and toxicity, as well as low soluble salts, are qualities to look for in the water being used.

Have no doubts about the sources of water

Once you clearly know everything about the main source of your water source, you should also note down all the vulnerabilities of it. Once you know all the plus and minus is when you can go ahead and use the source efficiently.

Container capacity should be optimally used

Once you get hold of the water, it is important to monitor how it is being used. The substrate should be pre-moistened before filling and then be compacted slightly.

Use a surfactant

Many hydrophilic substrates do not use water efficiently because of the high surface tension. Surfactants interfere with the surface tension and make the water wetter.

Put water where it is needed

The landscape should be watered and hardscape should not. Sprinkler systems are inefficient in doing so. It is better to rather use drip irrigation or mist emitters.

Crop grouping helps

One can apply the minimum water required by zoning the crop planting by light, temperature, and water needed. The zones which have shade keep the crops cooler and then save it, in turn.

Don’t pump plants full of water

Before growth-enhancing chemicals were used, people used to keep their plants thirsty. This is turn would make for a solid firm growth. It’s time this practice made a comeback.

Attempt to minimize Evapotranspiration

Water is lost by plants via transpiration and evaporation due to weather conditions. Providing shade to plants cuts down on the evapotranspiration as the water doesn’t blow in the wind simply.

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