March 6, 2014
The March 6th event included a tour of the South Bay Pumping Plant, which supplies 330 ft3/s to the South Bay Aqueduct (SBA). The evening continued at Campo di Bocce, the site of our general membership dinner and presentation by Alex Revchuk, a senior associate at Exponent Inc.
A special thanks to the following companies for their support in providing transport to the tour:
Advance Products & Systems Inc:
APS is a leading manufacturer of pipeline, corrosion and cathodic
protection materials for the water, waste water, oil & gas and industrial industries
Your solution for quality pipes, valves & fittings
Corrpro is a leading provider of cathodic protection for corrosion control
General Membership Dinner
Following the tour, the general membership dinner and social hour was held at Campo di Bocce – 175 E. Vineyard Ave, Livermore, CA.
Wildfire-Induced Physicochemical Changes in Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM): Watershed Dynamics and Water Treatment
Wildfires are natural phenomena that occur sporadically in the western United States. Climate change models predict an increase of wildfire
frequency, duration, and severity in the western US during the 21st century.
Wildfire events cause sudden drastic changes to water quality of affected watersheds. Wildfires generate large quantities of substantially different dissolved organic matter (DOM) compared to the DOM found in the same watershed prior to the fire. In turn, the large quantities of released DOM may overwhelm drinking water treatment processes, as well as act as the substrate for the formation of disinfection byproducts (DBP), such as trihalomethanes (THM) and haloacetic acids (HAA).
Understanding the dynamics of the physicochemical characteristics of DOM after a fire is vital to maintaining effective water treatment and reliable drinking water supply. Also, understanding the duration of the impacts and expected rates of recoveries after the fire are important in strategic planning and response to such disasters.
Dr. Revchuk, a senior associate at Exponent Inc., specializes in drinking-water treatment processes. He focuses on bench- and pilot-scale studies, costing, preliminary design, and optimization of conventional, ion exchange, reverse osmosis, ozone, biological, and proprietary water treatment systems. He provides professional technical environmental science and engineering consulting services to public agencies and private entities.
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