4 Signs Your Standpipe is Stratified

Posted by Lily Kaiserman on 9/24/15 4:00 PM

A standpipe is a ground-supported storage tank with a height that is greater than its diameter. Its design helps generate storage and pressure with a low upfront cost compared to elevated tank geometries. While there are cost advantages to standpipes, its geometry is a liability: tall and skinny tanks naturally promote thermal stratification and harm water quality. Standpipes have a higher surface area to volume ratio – meaning that more surface area is exposed to heat from the sun, and there’s less volume inside the tank to absorb that heat. Additionally, the limited cross-sectional area of a standpipe makes it difficult to exchange heat between the hot water at the top of the tank and cold water at the bottom, resulting in thermal stratification. Below we have compiled four signs that indicate your standpipe is thermally stratified.

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Topics: active mixing, eliminate stratification, drinking water quality, PAX Water Mixer, storage tanks, water circulation, passive mixing, mixing systems, low turnover

Improve Summer Chlorine Levels without Blowing DBPs

Posted by Lily Kaiserman on 8/18/15 1:36 PM

When summer temperatures rise, chlorine demand inside storage tanks increases and water quality can degrade. Warm water temperatures, particularly at the top of the tank, increase biological growth, deplete residual disinfectant and increase the formation rate of disinfection by-products (DBPs). Thermal stratification also creates hot and humid conditions inside the headspace, greatly accelerating corrosion rates inside steel tanks. One effective solution to combat stratification and maintain disinfectant residual levels is active mixing. A powerful mixer eliminates thermal and chemical stratification inside tanks and reduces the growth of biofilms and DBPs. Below, we answered three common questions on maintaining residual disinfectant levels inside water storage tanks.

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Topics: active mixing, eliminate stratification, drinking water quality, PAX Water Mixer, storage tanks, water circulation, passive mixing, mixing systems, low turnover

5 Questions Answered on Designing In-Tank Aeration for THM Removal

Posted by Lily Kaiserman on 10/15/13 2:21 PM

Trihalomethanes (THMs) are a type of disinfection byproduct (DBP) that form when chlorine reacts with naturally occurring organic matter in water. THMs are the most common type of regulated DBP that water utilities struggle with. In-tank aeration has been proven to be effective at lowering THM levels in water distribution systems. But choosing an aeration system that balances THM removal with operating cost is not straightforward. Below, we have compiled some common questions we have received on in-tank aeration design.

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Topics: in-tank aeration, THM removal, storage tanks, stage 2 dbp

3 Design Challenges to Consider Before Mixing Tanks

Posted by Lily Kaiserman on 12/11/12 12:21 PM

There are many design factors for operators and engineers to consider when specifying mixers for water storage tanks – ranging from tank size and geometry to obstructing tank internals like columns and baffles. Below are the three of the most common questions we’ve received regarding mixing and storage tank design.  Feel free to add your own tank design challenge to the list by leaving a comment below.

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Topics: active tank mixing, eliminate stratification, disinfectant residual, storage tanks

Five Mixing MythBusters

Posted by Lily Kaiserman on 5/7/12 12:46 PM

Charles Fishman (author of The Big Thirst) wrote a piece for the Washington Post last month on “Five Myths About Water.” Number two on Charles’ myth list is “bottled water is better than tap water,” where he unveils that tap water is actually MORE closely monitored than bottled water and that in blind taste tests “people can’t reliably pick bottled from tap.” At PAX Water, Charles’ article got us thinking about some of the myths we’re trying to bust in the drinking water industry. Here are our top five:

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Topics: active mixing, eliminate stratification, drinking water quality, PAX Water Mixer, storage tanks, water circulation, passive mixing, mixing systems, low turnover

Top Mixer Questions from AWWA's Storage Tank Water Quality Webinar

Posted by Peter Fiske on 10/14/10 8:13 PM

The AWWA held a webinar on October 6, 2010 entitled Sustainable Water Quality Management within the Storage Tank: Part 2 (you can listen to a rebroadcast here).

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Topics: active mixing, storage tanks, WaterMix, biofilms, mixing systems

Active Mixing CAN Reduce Water Age!

Posted by Peter Fiske on 9/28/10 4:34 PM

We learned this week that an engineer (who shall remain unnamed) presented a paper at the DSS meeting in Maryland about water age modeling in which he claimed that mixing CANNOT decrease water age. 

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Topics: active mixing, disinfectant residual, storage tanks, high water age, mixing systems

Open Letter to the EPA’s Drinking Water Strategy Discussion Forum

Posted by Peter Fiske on 9/7/10 8:32 PM

The EPA recently announced a new strategy to provide clean, safe drinking water and a novel means by which those of us in the water industry, and citizens in general, can comment on it: an on-line discussion forum.

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Topics: water quality, storage tanks, mixing systems, dbp formation

PAX's Active Mixers Reduce Residual Losses – New Article in OpFlow

Posted by Peter Fiske on 7/15/10 8:29 PM

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Topics: disinfectant residual, storage tanks, freeze protection, dbp formation

It’s Fire Season: How Much Water is in YOUR tanks?

Posted by Peter Fiske on 6/8/10 6:11 PM

 

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Topics: water quality, active mixing, storage tanks, fire storage, low turnover

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