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



Rigging and Lifting Large Valves

Val-Matic has another featured article on the challenges of lifting large valve assemblies weighing several tons. This article also illustrates the industrial rigging equipment and lifting operations typically used for these valves. ....

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Shaft Pins for Quarter-Turn Valves

Val-Matic has a featured article on Shaft Pins for Quarter-Turn Valves written by our own John Holstrom for Valve Magazine's website. Click below to read more. ...

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Romtec Utilites uses Globe Silent Check Valve

Romtec Utilities frequently uses Val-Matic valves in the design and supply of complete lift station systems. Val-Matic is one of the nation’s leading brands for pump station valves....

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Thanksgiving Aftermath

You've heard of Black Friday but what about Brown Friday? Here's a quirky article on the aftermath of Thanksgiving. ....

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Illinois AWWA Seminar

Val-Matic is hosting a seminar through the Illinois AWWA Section on Energy Savings through Valve Selection in December. Click below to find out more information. ...

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Big News in Water

Big news for water infrastructure! On October 23rd the President signed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. To learn more visit the link below from U.S. News....

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Haunted Eastern Shore: Ghostly Tales

Today, there is nothing left of Shoal Creek Manor, the home or John Woolford and Gov. Charles Goldsborough. This plantation house was built around 1750 and once stood on nearly 400 acres in East Cambridge. Originally it was part of the ....

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WEFTEC Charity Event Follow Up

Over 80,000 was raised for water and wastewater infrastructure projects in communities around the world. More than 100 industry professionals performed this year. Check out next year's event at Park West in Chicago. ...

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Valve Inspection: An Essential Job

Industrial valves perform key functions in fluid processes and their failure can be detrimental to any major piping system or process. Failure and an unplanned system shutdown can cost millions...

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Can You Imagine Life 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. Click below to watch the video. ....

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Slow Operation Allows Ball Valves to Prevent Valve Slam

Technological advances related to pump control valves also help pumping system performance and energy savings. ...

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Hydrogen Production Operation

It is estimated that over 10 million tons of hydrogen are produced annually in the US. Hydrogen is an essential element used in the production of...

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Energy Cost Calculator

Did you know Val-Matic expanded the scope of their Energy Cost Calculator to cover larger AWWA Ball and Eccentric Plug Valves up to 72 inch sizes? Since valve selection affects energy consumption in pumping systems this program allows you to enter specific application information to find your consumption. ....

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WEFTEC Charity Event

Did you know WEFTEC has a charity event? Water Charities Fundraising, an independent North Carolina non-profit corporation, raises funds for water-related charities by producing an annual benefit called Jammin’4Water on the Saturday prior to Water Environment Federation WEFTEC™ Conference. ...

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WWEMA Corner Feature on Pump Control

Plants consume nearly 80 percent of their costs pumping water and overcoming pressure and friction losses. With proper valve selection to minimize valve headloss, significant energy savings can be achieved. Click to read the article ...

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USDA Invests $256 Million in Water Infrastructure

In May 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced plans to invest $256 million towards the improvement of water infrastructure in rural communities. ...

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3D Printing Used in Water Filtration

A water technology startup by the name of Nano Sun has unveiled a new facility that will utilize 3D printers to create and manufacture water filtration membranes. ...

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Plug Valve Seating System

Did you know that the success of the eccentric plug valve seating system is predicated on three factors? The movement of the plug in and out of the seat, positioning of the plug in the seat and and the resilient/welded mating surfaces. ...

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Worm Gear Actuator Mounting Positions

Val-Matic's worm gear actuators provide precise quarter turn actuation in accordance with AWWA Standards. They are standard on Plug Valves and available on Ball and Butterfly Valves. Did you know the Worm Gear can be mounted in multiple positions depending on valve installation? ...

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Taming Struvite

A common occurrence in wastewater treatment plants, Struvite can quickly get out of control. When the conditions are right, the Struvite will rapidly form crystals that spread throughout a pipeline forming a concrete-like crust. ...

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Fireworks & Water Contamination at Mt. Rushmore

Past fireworks displays are the probable cause of elevated concentrations of a contaminant called perchlorate in groundwater and surface water within Mount Rushmore National Memorial, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey report. ...

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Making Sure it Sticks

Val-Matic demonstrates the adhesion of epoxy coatings for the interior and exterior of valves. The test is done per ASTM Standard D4541 and measures the strength of the bond between the coating and the base metal. Click below to view the video demonstration. ...

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Seat Retention System

The Tri-Loc™ seat retention system provides reliable sealing and positive mechanical retention of the valve seat while allowing easy adjustment or replacement in the field. The Tri-Loc™ overlapping seat segments provide for easy replacement and prevent scalloping of the resilient seat surface. ...

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Val-Matic's Traveling Nut Manual Actuator

Val-Matic's Traveling Nut Manual Actuators provide characterized closure which allows the valve to slowly close during the last half of travel to reduce pipeline surges. They are designed to specifically match the torque characteristics of Val-Matic Ener•G® Ball Valves and Val-Matic American-BFV® Butterfly Valves. Click below to read more details in Val-Matic's Manual Actuation White Paper. ...

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Val-Matic aquired the American-Darling Butterfly Valve line

Throwback to 19 years ago, Val-Matic acquired the American-Darling (American Flow Control) Butterfly Valve line. For over 90 years, the name American-Darling was synonymous with quality and dependability earning it respect and acceptance in the industry, features important to Val-Matic. ...

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Snipe the Leak Sniffing Dog

A water company is hunting leads on burst pipes by deploying Britain's first sniffer dog trained to hound down water leaks.
Snipe, a 16-month-old cocker spaniel, has undergone weeks of training by ex-military personnel to detect problem pipes by sniffing out tiny amounts of chlorine in tap water. ...

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Water Treatment Plant Implements New Technology

A newly-constructed water treatment plant built in Redwood Shores, Calif., will implement new technology developed at Stanford University that utilizes the treatment process to create energy. The technology utilizes anaerobic bacteria and will be supported by a $2 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). ...

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Protecting Lake Michigan from Sewage Pollution

When everything is working smoothly with a water system, whether that system is delivering potable water or removing wastewater or storm water, few people give any thought to what is taking place. When something goes wrong, however, the entire story changes and the complexities of a properly ...

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Val-Matic's Energy Cost Calculator

Since valve selection affects energy consumption in pumping systems this program allows you to enter specific application information to find your consumption. The Energy Cost Calculator displays the 40-Year energy consumption of various check valves, pump control valves and shut-off valves so that the system designer can evaluate alternate design strategies. ...

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Air Valves in Piping Systems

Liquid piping systems are prone to collecting air from incoming fluids, pumps and connections. This air can cause inefficiencies and serious operating problems. Last year, VALVE Magazine published “Why Air Valves are Needed in Water Applications,” which outlined the sources and effects of air in pipelines. This article explains how the various types of air valves operate in liquid piping systems ...

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Goodbye Headloss, Hello Savings!

The East Cherry Creek Valley Water and Sanitation District (ECCV) located in Aurora, Colorado has a new high service water treatment plant. For more than 40 years, ECCV depended on finite water supplies in deep underground aquifers, known as the Denver Basin, to serve the residents in eastern Centennial, Colorado and unincorporated Arapahoe County. ...

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Val-Matic Valves used in Crossness upgrade

Val-Matic's UK Representative MGA Controls supplied the Valves to the Crossness Project for the Thames water sewerage expansion programme. ...

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Romtec Utilities uses Val-Matic Butterfly Valves

Romtec Utilities frequently uses Val-Matic valves in the design and supply of complete lift station systems. Val-Matic is one of the nation’s leading brands for pump station valves, including its signature air release valves. Val-Matic is a great vendor for Romtec Utilities because of its breadth and quality of standard valve types and sizes while also offering unique valves of the same quality. ...

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Val-Matic Gets Technical with Quarter-Turn Valves

Did you know that Val-Matic has a dozen technical papers on Quarter-Turn Valves? Do you have a question about cavitation, actuation or shaft seals? Val-Matic's Technical Papers webpage is a great resource when you have questions. Butterfly, Ball and Plug Valves are just a few of the products listed. ...

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Swing Check Accessories & Options

Val-Matic’s Swing Check Valve has closure options as well as accessories to add to the most specified check valve for municipal and industrial water and wastewater applications. Check out our Swing Check Brochure for your available options. ...

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Applying the Right Coating

The Water Environment Association of Ontario's Spring 2018 Edition of Influents Magazine features an article on valve coatings written by Mike Di Lallo of Syntec Process Equipment Ltd. Click here to read more ...

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Val-Matic ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Val-Matic is pleased to announce it has been approved for ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System standard. Val-Matic has been ISO registered since 2006. Their Quality Management System scope, as on their ISO 9001:2015 certificate is: Design, Manufacture, and Service of Valves and Related Products for the Water and Waste, Commercial Building Construction, Irrigation and Industrial Markets. ...

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Closing Faster = No Slam

Is it possible to close a valve faster without slam? Yes! Watch Val-Matic’s video Closing Faster=No Slam to see how the high performance air cushion makes this possible. Two swing check valves are put to the test in Val-Matic's laboratory with the same flow and line pressure. ...

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FloodSafe® Vault Installation Video

The FloodSafe® Inflow Preventer is a revolutionary system that works with air valves and provides unrivaled protection of potable water systems from contamination. By preventing water from passing through the FloodSafe®, contaminated floodwater or water that has been ...

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Satellite Imagery & Algorithms in Infrastructure

When most people think of satellites, they think about the exploration of outer space, distant planets, satellite internet or even cellphones. But many satellites—the Union of Concerned Scientists estimates there are 1,738 active satellites orbiting the Earth—are pointed back at our planet, often to research weather and ocean patterns, ...

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Making Your System Safe - Val-Matic FloodSafe®

The FloodSafe® Inflow Preventer is a revolutionary system that works with air valves and provides unrivaled protection of potable water systems from contamination. Watch our video to learn more about the FloodSafe®. ...

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Valve Magazine Feature - Interior Coatings

Since the 1990s, two types of epoxy coatings have been commonly specified and used for iron valves in the waterworks industry: fusion-bonded epoxy and liquid epoxy. Both coatings are based on thermo-set epoxy systems with similar corrosion resistance and are ...

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Air Today, Gone Tomorrow

Check out Val-Matic’s Air Today, Gone Tomorrow video on their YouTube page. The useful video demonstrates the importance of using Air Valves in water and wastewater pipelines. The presence of air in pipelines often raises many questions for Engineers and Operators, many of which have never been answered. Many problems in pipelines are caused by a failure to deaerate the line. Deaerating the pipeline will safeguard these from various air related problems. The video determines how Val-Matic’s Air Release Valve, Air/Vacuum Valve and Combination Air Valve solve such problems. ...

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Wastewater Air Valve Coating Test

A working environment for valve testing is similar to the saying, “A picture is worth a 1000 words.” Val-Matic was fortunate to test four of their 2-inch 802A combination air valves, each with different coatings on a trial installation at the Salt Creek Sanitary District Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant in Villa Park, IL. ...

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Water Stories - Big Bubble

It’s not often that you run into a valve problem on the 17th hole of the Blue Monster at Doral. But that’s what happened one day around dusk when Jim Wickman and yours truly were trying to squeeze in 18 holes before dark. (Jim and I ran an engineering consulting firm many years ago. He’s still at it but I am more of the ...

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Eight Water Trends to Watch in 2018 - WaterWorld Magazine

It’s hard to believe but it’s already time for us to look ahead to 2018. This past year was an interesting year for water: we saw an uptick in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), more fallout from Flint, a focus on smarter water technologies, lack of government investment in water, and an increasing number of weather events impacting on water infrastructure. ...

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Is Your Water Distribution System at Risk?

Hurricane Harvey produced widespread flooding in Houston putting the safety of the City’s drinking water system in serious jeopardy. It can happen anywhere. Drinking water pipelines are equipped with air valves that function to to vent and admit air as the pipelines are filled and drained. Air valves are critical to the safe and efficient operation of water systems.
But during severe flooding, contaminated flood water can be drawn into the distribution system during normal system operation. One solution for mitigating this risk is to install inflow preventers on the outlet of the air valves. An inflow preventer is a cross connection device mounted on the outlet of an air valve or vent pipe to allow normal flow of air in and out of the water system but prevent the inflow of contaminated water into a system as a result of flooding or malicious tampering. For more information on these AWWA C514 devices, read the white paper, “Protecting Drinking Water Pipelines with Inflow Prevention”. ...

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Water Stories - An Air Error

As told by the legendary Duke Waters....It was late on Friday, almos t 4:30, when I got the call. With Miller Time on my mind, I picked up the receiver, and strained to hear Jim Wickman tell me about his latest woe. Jim and I go way back. Jim was Project Engineer on water projects up and down the coast for Watson, Price & Woods Engineers during the 60's and 70 's. Back when a deal was a deal and a full days work was 12 hours. My job was to bail Jim out when he started up projects and created sparks and steam. Yep, we go way back. ...

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Val-Matic's Air Valve Quick Sizing Software

Val-Matic Valve & Mfg. Corp.’s Air Valve Quick Sizing Calculator is a handy pocket tool to assist in the correct sizing of air valves for use on water pipelines, sewage force mains, pumping stations, treatment plants, booster stations and industrial process water and waste water systems. This calculator greatly reduces the amount of time necessary to size valves. ...

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Impact of Air in Pipeline Operations

The presence of air in a pipeline and it's impact on operations is probably one of the most misunderstood phenomena in our industry today. Many operational problems are blamed on inadequate thrust blocking, improper pipeline bedding, etc. These problems include broken pumps, valves and pipe, as well as faulty instrumentation readings. In reality, many of these problems are not caused by improper installation of the line, but by failure to de-aerate the line. It has been said that if a pipeline is properly de-aerated, you can't guarantee against a line break. However, if you don't properly de-aerate a pipeline, you should be prepared for one. ...

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What is the best interior coating for Waterworks Valves?

There are as many types of valve coatings as there are types of valves, but in the waterworks industry, the current standard is epoxy coating. Epoxy coatings are highly corrosion and wear resistant and adhere to cast iron surfaces with adhesion strengths of 3000 psig or more and often serve as the seating surface for resilient seated valves. Epoxy coatings are certified for use in drinking water systems and have proven to be a reliable coating for over forty years. The coatings prevent corrosion, tuberculation, and wear in valves and promote efficient flow of fluids through piping systems. For more information, read the white paper, "Protective Interior Coatings for Waterworks Valves”. ...

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Smart Choices for Large Valve Actuators

Operating a large waterworks butterfly valve at the Lithia Water Treatment Plant in Tampa Florida is no easy task. A 48-inch diameter butterfly valve like the one shown requires about ten-thousand foot-pounds of torque, which requires the use of a gear actuator and handwheel. Gear actuators come in two varieties, worm gears and traveling-nut. The traveling-nut actuator with externally adjustable stops was specifically designed for use with butterfly valves and offers some distinct advantages. ...

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Where are Valves used? Everywhere!

Valves can be found just about anywhere today: in our homes, under the street, in commercial buildings and in thousands of places within power and water plants, paper mills, refineries, chemical plants and other industrial and infrastructure facilities. The valve industry is truly broad-shouldered, with segments varying from ...

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Pipeline Pigging System

Pigging refers to the practice of using devices known as "pigs" to perform various maintenance operations such as cleaning and inspecting on a pipeline which is done without stopping the flow of the product in the pipeline. This is accomplished by inserting the pig into a ...

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Spooky Sewer Creatures

This Halloween season, we thought we would share some of the spookiest water operator videos and news stories we have come across, all with one thing in common: they really happened! (Because we all know that truth is scarier than fiction.) ...


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Buy American, AIS, ARRA...Does it Really Matter?

In the WWEMA Corner of the July 2017 Issue of WaterWorld, Don Schwerin talks about the differences between Buy American, AIS, ARRA and more. ...

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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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