Blog

Featuring a variety of Val-Matic informational posts as well as industry information.




Opflow October Issue Feature

Val-Matic's John V. Ballun and John R. Holstrom answer the Question of the Month - What Are Key Factors to Consider When Installing Large Butterfly Valves Belowground? ...


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Can You Imagine a Day Without Water?

Imagine: No water to drink, or even to make coffee with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn't put out fires and farmers couldn't water their crops. ...


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Ener•G® = Cost Savings

Located in northwestern Ohio, the City of Findlay is the epicenter of Hancock County. Built in 1931, the Findlay Water Treatment Plant (WTP) was upgraded in 1965 and again in 1984. The Findlay WTP serves the 40,000 residents of the greater Findlay area and supplies an average of six million gallons of potable water per day and approximately 22,000 MG annually. ...

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Product Advisory for Waterworks Product Exposed to Floodwater

Floodwater, particularly when widespread from natural disasters as experienced with Hurricane Harvey and Irma, most likely contains various organic and inorganic contaminants that may detrimentally affect human health and performance of waterworks products. These contaminants may be absorbed by product components such as elastomer seals and coatings. ...

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Can Plug Valves be used in Clean Water Applications?

The answer is now YES! Since recently achieving the WRAS Material Approval for the EPDM compound used in the Val-Matic Swing-Flex® Resilient Hinge Check Valve, there is now the option for producing an eccentric plug valve with BS 6920 compliant wetted parts. ...


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Geothermal Power

Although geothermal energy generation is a growing renewable resource, it still presents challenges for equipment suppliers in controlling the often harsh geothermal fluids. A geothermal plant can use direct steam, hot water, or a mixture of steam and water but in all cases, the fluids can contain ...

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Water Treatment

Drinking water supplies in the United States are among the safest in the world. However, even in the U.S., drinking water sources can become contaminated, causing sickness and disease from waterborne germs, such as Cryptosporidium, E. coli, Hepatitis A, Giardia intestinalis, and other pathogens. ...

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Proper Valve Selection Saves Energy

Pumps must overcome the combination of the static head and the friction head of piping systems. The friction head is caused by roughness in the pipe and local flow disturbances such as fittings and valves. Valves come in many varieties, but they all create some friction head ...


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Smart Controls for Pump Control Ball Valves

Water pumping systems that include a full-port ball valve for control save a significant amount of electrical energy given the negligible head loss of the ball valve. Also, when equipped with a smart control system, the pumping system is automatically protected from adverse operating conditions. ...

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Manual Actuators

Butterfly and ball valves are typically supplied with either a traveling nut or worm gear type actuator. Both types are listed in the applicable AWWA Valve Standards, C504 and C507. Each type has some important characteristics that affect the performance of the valve assembly...

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Tallying Efficiency - Featured in Water Wastes Digest Magazine

Given the scarcity of freshwater in drought-stricken areas, water reuse projects are essential. Equipping a wastewater plant with a non-potable or reclaimed water reuse system reduces water demand, provides revenue for the water utility and reduces the costs of the outfall system. The 900-MW Sandy Creek Energy Station in Riesel, Texas, deploys technology for coal-fueled plants utilizing steam generators and technology designed for sustainability through efficient, low emission systems, processes and components. ...


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Protecting Drinking Water Pipelines

A significant risk to public health exists when a drinking water distribution system is exposed to ...

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Making Your Potable Water System Safe

Learn how to protect your potable water system and field test your FloodSafe® Inflow Preventer ...

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Hydroelectric Power: How it works

So just how do we get electricity from water? Actually, hydroelectric and coal-fired power plants produce electricity in a similar way. In both cases a power source is used to turn a propeller-like piece called a turbine, which then turns a metal shaft in an electric generator, ...


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Cavitation in Valves

Cavitation can occur in valves when used in throttling or modulating service. Cavitation is ...

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It's Easy Being Green

Built in 1911, the Roseland Pumping Station is located on the south side of Chicago ...

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Hydroelectric Power

Valves are used to control or moderate flow of gases, liquids, and slurries, and contain pressure. For reasons of economy, manufacturers supply them in a limited range of materials. Each of these materials is suitable for a limited range of common exposures and has the benefit of being easily available in a short time frame. ...


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Valve Industry's Role in Climate Change

Located within a half mile of two water and wastewater treatment facilities ...

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Salt Creek Coating Test

Located within a half mile of two water and wastewater treatment facilities ...

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MSS Published Revised Standard

The Manufacturers Standardization Society (MSS) announces that the substantially revised Standard Practice, SP-44-2016 ...


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Chemical Process Industry

So just how do we get electricity from water? Actually, hydroelectric and ...

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Test Drive a Check Valve Today

Selecting a check valve is similar to buying a new car. There are many types of cars ...

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Wastewater Treatment

Society’s desire for a clean environment shines light on the importance of understanding the essential role wastewater treatment plants have in our communities. Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972 to control the discharge of effluent into water systems and waterways, and provided grants to allow municipalities to meet these new requirements. Since then ...


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Investing in Clean Water

New York to invest $2bn in clean water infrastructure as part of Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 ...

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Stationary Equipment Safety

Workplace law requires all employers to provide their workers with a safe workplace and equipment in which ...

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