April 26, 2012
Copper in Your Water/Wastewater Utility - Part 1By: Jeff Coyne
Plant operators, utility directors, fellow engineers and anyone else tasked with ridding copper from water/wastewater utilities and searching for potential solutions: thanks for stopping in during your investigation to check out this blog series. A number of topics pertinent to both water and wastewater utilities will be covered in the proceeding entries including: sources of copper in water/wastewater utilities, suggestions for removing copper at wastewater treatment plants, potential methods of reducing copper drinking water pipe corrosion, etc. The goal of this blog series is to create a marketplace of ideas relating to copper reduction/removal.
And you may be asking yourself: what gives me the right to create such a marketplace of methodologies? While I am no official expert, in my brief career as a water/wastewater professional I have spent three years studying copper corrosion with one of the world’s foremost experts on the topic, Dr. Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech; and I have worked on a number of projects as a consultant dealing with copper removal from municipal wastewater treatment plants. While I still have a lot to learn (both about copper removal and about water/wastewater utilities in general), I figured what better way to make a positive impact on the industry than by spreading some useful knowledge about all things copper.
So if you’re in the water/wastewater industry and you’re interested in copper reduction in your drinking water or removal from your wastewater plant, you’ve come to the right place. My hope is for this to be an interactive blog, so if you have any thoughts, questions, topic suggestions, or anything else you’d like to share, feel free to email me by clicking my name at the top of this entry.
That wraps up Part 1 of this series, stay tuned for Part 2: What’s all this copper everyone’s always talking about?