June 2017 Newsletter
Spinning Biogas Into Gold With Combined Heat And Power
Glen Illyn, IL, is a fairly typical American suburb, with 27,000 residents living about 40 minutes from the bright lights of Chicago.
The local wastewater treatment plant, the Glenbard Wastewater Authority’s Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility, is typical as well. It has a normal daily design flow of 16 MGD and peak design flow of 47 MGD. Its advanced treatment includes primary screenings; grit removal; primary clarification; high-purity, oxygen-activated sludge; clarification; tertiary treatment; and UV disinfection.
But in one key way, Glenbard is different than many other wastewater treatment plants around the country. It had grown interested in resource recovery and utilizing the influent it treated to help power and fund its operations and that interest has blossomed into an estimated $200,000 saving in annual energy costs.
March 2017 Newsletter
ABPA-SA Member Benefits
> -- Hands-on training course every three years ($88/yr. value)
> -- Annual gauge certification ($65/yr. value)
> -- TCEQ license credits earned ($187/yr. value)
> -- Monthly meeting meal ($165/yr. value)
> -- State/local updates and valuable knowledge
> -- Support, company recognition
* $515 of yearly benefits for $125 annual membership fee *
May 2017 Newsletter
Sewer Workers May Face Ebola Threat
Researchers say sewer workers operating near a hospital treating Ebola patients may be at risk of picking up the virus, which can cause a fast-acting and often fatal disease.
A study published in this month’s edition of Water Environment Research, the journal of the Water Environment Federation, examined guidance from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to dispose of waste from Ebola patients.
There is no research on whether the guidance from these groups ensures safety for wastewater workers, particularly if they inhale fumes in the sewer system, the study says.
“Current World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for the disposal of liquid waste from patients undergoing treatment for Ebola virus disease at hospitals in the U.S. is to manage patient excreta as ordinary wastewater without pretreatment,” the study said.
February 2017 Newsletter
Bruce Rathburn receives ABPA-SA Exemplary Citizen Award
33rd ABPA Annual Education Conference and Trade Show
April 2017 Newsletter
Twelve States Earn Failing Grades for Lead In School Drinking Water
A new report shines a light on lead-contamination of drinking water in schools, highlighting how poor policymaking at the state and federal level poses a threat to children in various states.
The report released last month by the Environment America Research & Policy Center reviewed policies in 15 states for how well they protect children from lead contamination of drinking water at schools.
California, Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Maine, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin all earned "F" grades.
Illinois and Massachusetts earned “D” grades.
January 2017 Newsletter
Happy New Year to all the members of ABPA-SA
Directors December Luncheon
Nine of the chapter directors attended the December luncheon, held this year at J&D Bar-B-Que, the home of our catering service who provided the monthly meals we enjoyed at our meetings for the past many years. The directors of the ABPA-SA Chapter presented a large plaque to the owners of J&D, expressing our appreciation for the dedicated service and value they provided.