Wednesday, November 26, 2008

DYKYA? Do you know your acronyms?

Are you keeping up with all the acronyms? It seems like I see a new one every time I read. Has it always been this way or is the world of the text message hitting this industry too. Whats truly funny is when someone rattles off an acronym so often that they cant remember what it stands for. (LOL) I found this list and thought to myself for as long as this list is, it's really short and missing a lot of what we do.

How meny of them did you know?
Whats missing?

TTFN

AC
Alternating current
ADI
Acceptable daily intake
AOC
Assimilable Organic Carbon
AOS
Adult onsite exposure
AWWA
American Water Works Association (www.awwa.org)
AWWARF
American Water Works Association Research Foundation (www.awwarf.com)
BAC
Biological Activated Carbon (water treatment)
BAF
Biological Aerated Filter (wastewater treatment)
BATNEEC
Best Available Techniques Not Entailing Excessive Costs
BOD5
Biochemical Oxygen Demand (over a 5 day period)
BPEO
Best Practicable Environmental Option
BSE
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
BSRIA
Building Services Research & Information Association (UK)
BTEX
Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and total xylenes
CAA
Clean air act (EPA)
CAP
Common Agricultural Policy (European Union)
CAPEX
Capital Expenditure investment
CCTV
Closed Circuit Television
CESWI
Civil Engineering Specification for the Water Industry
CFC
Chlorofluorocarbons
cfu
Colony Forming Unit (Microbiology)
CHP
Combined Heat and Power
CJD
Creutzfeld-Jakob's Disease
COD
Chemical Oxygen Demand (water treatment)
CORDIS
Community Research and Development Information Service ( of the European Community)
CSO
Combined Sewer Overflow
CVOC
Chlorinated volatile organic compound
DAF
Dissolved Air Flotation (water and wastewater treatment)
DBP
Disinfection By-Product
DMA
District Meter Area (leakage control)
DO
Dissolved Oxygen (water chemistry)
DOC
Dissolved organic carbon
DTI
Department of Trade and Industry (UK)
EBCT
Empty Bed Contact Time (water treatment)
EEA
European environmental agency
EEC
European economic Community or Commision
EHS
Environment and Heritage Service (www.doeni.gov.uk)
EMAS
Eco-Management and Audit Scheme
EMS
Environmental Management System
EPA
Environment Protection Agency (US)
ESA
Environmentally Sensitive Area
EQO
Environmental Quality Objective
EQS
Environmental Quality Standard
EU
European Union
EUREAU
European Union of National Associations of Water Suppliers and Waste Water Services
EWPCA
European Water Pollution Control Association (www.atv.de/ewpca/ewpca.htm)
EWRI
European Water Research Institutes partnership
FAO
Food and Agriculture Organization ( of the United Nations)
FI
Fouling index
GAC
Granular Activated Carbon
GC
Gas chromatography
GCMS
Gas chromatograph + mass spectrometer
GLV
Guideline Value (water quality standards)
GMO
Genetically Modified Organism
HACCP
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point
HDPE
High density polyethylene
HC
hydrocarbons
IPC
Integrated Pollution Control
IWA
International Water Association
IWSA
International Water Supply Association
IWW
Industrial waste water
IPPC
Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control
JTU
Jackson turbidity unit
LDPE
Low density polyethylene
MAC
Maximum admissible concentration
MB
Mixed Bed
MCL
Maximum Contaminant Level (water quality standards)
mgd
Million gallons per day
mld
Megalitres per day
MTBE
Methyl-tert-butyl ether (water chemistry)
NAPL
Non Aqueous phase liquid
ND
Not detected
NF
Nanofiltration
NOx
Nitrogen Oxide (Air Quality)
NOSWA
North of Scotland Water Authority
NTU
Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (water chemistry)
OECD
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (www.oecd.org)
OPEX
Operating Expenditure on a recurring annual basis
OSEC
On-Site Electrolytic Chlorination (water treatment)
PAC
Powdered Activated Carbon (water treatment)
PAH
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (water chemistry)
PCV
Prescribed Concentration or Value (water quality standards)
pe
Population Equivalent (wastewater treatment)
pH
Hydrogen potential
ppb
Parts per billion
ppm
Parts per million
ppt
Parts per trillion
PRV
Pressure Reducing Valve (water distribution)
PTE
Potentially Toxic Element
PVC
Polyvinyl Chloride
RBC
Rotating Biological Contactor (wastewater treatment)
RBTS
Reed Bed Treatment System (wastewater treatment)
RO
Reverse Osmosis (water treatment)
RTC
Real Time Control
SBR
Sequencing Batch Reactor (wastewater treatment)
SCADA
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (system)
SDWA
Safe Drinking Water Act (US legislation)
SME
Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
SI
International system of Units
SS
Suspended Solids (wastewater treatment)
SSSI
Site of Special Scientific Interest
STW
Sewage Treatment Works
TAD
Thermophilic Aerobic Digestion (wastewater sludge treatment)
tds
Total dissolved solids (water chemistry) or tonne of dried solids (sewage sludge)
THM
Trihalomethane (water chemistry)
TDS
Total dissolved solids
TKN
Total Kjeldahl nitrogen
TOC
Total Organic Carbon (water chemistry)
TSS
Total suspended solids
TTHMs
Total Trihalomethanes
TWL
Top Water level (water reservoirs)
TZW
Technologiezentrum Wasser (Karlsruhr, Germany)
UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme
UNESCO
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UV
Ultraviolet Radiation
VFA
Volatile Fatty Acid (wastewater chemistry)
VOC's
Volatile Organic Compound(s) or Chemicals
WC
Water column
WEF
Water Environment Federation (USA) (www.wef.org)
WERF
Water Environment Research Foundation (USA) (www.werf.org)
WTP
Water treatment plant
WWTP
Waste water treatment plant
WHO
World Health Organization

OMG no TON on this list

Link to list :
http://www.lenntech.com/water-abbreviations-acronyms.htm