Thursday, February 12, 2009

Quiz Question

What does a zeta potentiometer measure?


A.      Chlorine demand

B.       Total hardness

C.      Colloidal particle ionic activity

D.      Fluoride ion concentration

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Quiz Question

Water is at its greatest density at what temperature?


A.     0° F or 32° C


B.     0° C or 32° F


C.     4° F or 39° C


D.     4° C or 39° F


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Quiz Question

What water treatment process causes very small suspended particles to attract one another and form larger particles?  This is accomplished by the addition of a chemical that neutralizes the electrostatic charges on the particles that cause them to repel each other.


A.     rapid mix

B.     coagulation

C.     sedimentation

D.     dosage test


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Quiz Question

From the current issue of Opflow


What term describes a measure of the capacity of water to neutralize strong acids?


            A: Acidity


            B: Alkalinity


            C: Hardness


            D: pH






$2B Stimulus for drinking water

            The AWWA Streamlines article posted this week begins by reminding us that the House passed an $819 billion stimulus.  In this package $6 billion was earmarked for wastewater infrastructure and $2 billon for potable water.  I don’t know how to feel about this.  $2 billion is a lot of money; I mean a whole lot of money.  Still, I can’t help but think, “Really, only $2 Billion?”  I don’t want to complain it is $2 BILLION however, I thought the plan for the economic turn around was to be a focus on infrastructure.  When I think infrastructure I think roads, power and water.  So in simple terms the math just don’t seem right to me.  $819 billion and only .002% of it set aside for water?  I’m not upset I have been really pleased with some of the other things I have read about in regards to future plans we have for this country.  One being (and I hope that we don’t screw it up) the upgrading of the digital infrastructure. Also, the attention on the medical information problem is promising. I still can’t get past feeling that we as a water industry were only an afterthought.

             The article is a good read if you want more information on the topic.  It goes on to state that AWWA is fighting to bump that number up to $10 billion.  I wish them luck.