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Story Discussion: How to measure biotoxins in real time?

Story Discussion: How to measure biotoxins in real time?

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ENGINEERING.com writer Joan Thompson's article on smart water infrastructure has been published at:

How Engineers Are Making Old Water Infrastructure Smart
http://www.engineering.com/DesignerEdge/water/Arti...

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Imagine you order a one-person pizza with six slices, but when it arrives at your house there is one missing. You are annoyed that you still have to pay for the whole pizza, so you ask what happened to it. And the delivery man says, “I don’t know, the sixth slice must have gotten lost along the way here.”

That scenario more or less describes drinking water systems in the United States. Despite the enormous amount of energy and resources that go into treating our water, we lose an average of one-sixth of it by the time it reaches our taps. This loss happens as a result of pipeline leaks, breaks, poor efficiency, or even theft. Locating where exactly these losses are coming from, though, is easier said than done....

Engineers, we want to hear from you:

CH2M Hill attempted to monitor biotoxins in real time but had to abandon the project because it was too difficult to fix issues like replacing the clogged micro-tubing and maintaining chemical reagents. Are there any research projects out there to make these types of technologies less complex and easier to maintain? How else can we monitor biotoxins in real time to better safeguard drinking water distribution systems?

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