Perpetual Pilots

by Holly L. Shorney, (A.M.ASCE), Water Process Engr.; Advanced Envir. Tech. Div., Black & Veatch, Kansas City, MO,
Robert A. Hulsey, P.E., Sr. Water Process Engr.; Advanced Envir. Tech. Div., Black & Veatch, Kansas City, MO,
Bruce W. Long, P.E., Dir. of Water Treatment Tech.; Advanced Envir. Tech. Div., Black & Veatch, Kansas City, MO,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1999, Vol. 69, Issue 6, Pg. 52-55


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract:

Because testing new processes, treatment chemicals, and operational modifications is difficult in full-scale water treatment facilities, many utilities are installing permanent pilot plants. These facilities are fully-functional, scaled-down water treatment plants that can include all of the processes used in a full-scale facility, as well as specialized and sometimes experimental processes. Permanent pilot plants offer a safe, reliable, low-cost way to test various treatment techniques without compromising the quality of water delivered to customers.



Subject Headings: Water treatment plants | Chemical treatment | Chemical processes | Water quality | Benefit cost ratios | Safety | Water supply systems | Full-scale tests

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