Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania


337 Fourth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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Sunday, November 3; 1:00 – 5:00 PM

W-01: Water Treatment 101
Dennis McBride, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, MO

This workshop is a great introductory course covering many of the basic concepts of industrial water treatment. It will address unit operations (clarification, filtration, lime/soda ash softening, iron and manganese removal, membrane filters, and roughing demineralizers) used in water preparation for industry with emphasis on power, chemical industry, and refineries. It includes treatment of cooling water systems as well as boiler water makeup. Wastewater generated by these unit operations and their treatment and disposal will be discussed. Basic water chemistry requirements for low, medium, and high pressure boilers will also be discussed.


W-02: Ion Exchange Technology and Practical Operating Practices
Wayne Bernahl, W. Bernahl Enterprises, Elmhurst, IL

Ion exchange technology is not new yet most industrial ion exchange systems do not operate at top efficiency. Ion exchange technology is often not well understood by operating personnel.


W-03: Industrial Water Reuse – Lessons Learned & New Technologies
Ed Greenwood, P.Eng., BCEE, WSP, Barrie, ON, Canada

The primary objective of this workshop is knowledge transfer. It is aimed at those vested in developing the next generation industrial water reuse plant. Several workshop facilitators will objectively compare competing strategies to treat and recover wastewater for reuse.Ā With many plants approaching 10 or 15 years of operation, the field of Industrial Water Reuse is maturing. Some reuse strategies have proven to be reliable and cost-effective but some have not. This workshop will explore the reasons why and address the common issues facing water reuse. Topics will include:
–Ā Navigating the challenging and changing water treatment technology landscape – an unbiased comparison of popular treatment technologies (i.e. Clarifiers, MMF, MF, UF, GAC, IX, RO, ED, Chlorine, Ozone, AOP, UV)
– Common problems (design issues and performance issues)
– Emerging technologies and opportunities
– Optimizing cost and reliability
– Case Studies (success stories and cautionary tales)
Facilitators will encourage interactive discussion on case studies to unravel lessons learned. Participants will leave the workshop with a broad understanding of the water reuse landscape and how they might apply some of the more popular reuse strategies to develop the next generation water reuse plant.


W-04: Holistic Approach to Water Treatment
Jasbir Gill, Ph.D., Water Energy Solutions Inc., Naperville, IL

Teaching the Art and Science of water treatment in light of balancing water saving, energy consumption , and its impact on environment.
Some commercial water treaters focus on just water savings, either recovering water (sometimes using very intensive energy use technologies to recover waste-water) or lowering pH. How much is the actual cost in terms of dollars and environmental.