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November 2016

Water Innovations gives Water and Wastewater Engineers and end-users a venue to find project solutions and source valuable product information. We aim to educate the engineering and operations community on important issues and trends.

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because they all recognize that the public's confidence can never be jeopardized. 4 These partnered competitors then work alongside regulators and their potential customers to shape the regulations to be consistent with the technologies they need to integrate, showing that though standards need a degree of deviation, there is no compromise of public safety or increased risk. In other words, it's in all their best interests to cooperate. Finally, the public water industry must recognize that moving an innovation from invention, development, and pilot/demonstration testing into outright adoption requires various skillsets. Often, innovative ideas are conceived in academic laboratories where research and development skills are readily available and researchers are highly experienced in R&D objectives. The public water industry should not expect, then, that these same skillsets will be necessary for moving the innovation into the market. Rather, the skillsets necessary for adoption include focus on marketing, sales, business management, and socio-economic strategies. This is not to imply that the academic role is forever sidelined. Rather, it merely takes a diminished leadership role, but continues to provide the technical support necessary to ensure applications are appropriate and perform as intended. Adopting innovative technology requires a balanced approach, an equilibrium of sorts, between the technology developer/ provider and the public water sector. This equilibrium is critical to the adoption of new, innovative technology into the water sector market space. When risk is more equitably shared, when proactive, triangulated partnerships are established between technology providers, regulators, and owners, and when the appropriate skillsets are recognized and appreciated for their respective and specific roles in the innovation and adoption process, only then can the public water sector begin to envision the real value that innovation poses for the industry. Only then will the industry close the loop on the water cycle and realize the benefits of a "One Water" culture. n References 1. Balmforth, D., et al., "Innovation: Stepping Up the Industry"; Institution of Civil Engineers; United Kingdom (2015) 2. O'Callahan, P., BlueTech Research (2015) 3. Balmforth, "Innovation" 4. Ibid. wateronline.com n Water Innovations 15 ENERGY&RESOURCERECOVERY Innovative Chemical Feed Solutions Model 4100 Liquid Vacuum Chemical Feeder Safely and Accurately Introduce Aqueous Chemicals into the Feed-Water Stream JCS Industries, Inc. I PO Box 90028 I Houston, TX 77290 Ph: 281-353-2100 I www.jcsindustries.us.com Wide flow range of 0 to 12,000 gpd Turn down ratio of 100:1 High accuracy: +/- 2% of actual feed System Flexibility: 4 Control Modes Battery Backup: > 2.5 hours of backup Programmable microprocessor No air binding possible Metering to validate actual flow rate Multiple failure mode alarms US PATENT: 7,776,275 Art Umble is the wastewater practice leader for MWH Global, now part of Stantec. He provides technical analysis and support to design teams for new and rehabilitated municipal wastewater treatment/ resource recovery facilities. Umble is a leader in initiatives promoting the integration of emerging technology with environmental stewardship. He serves as vice-chair of the Research Council for the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, and advisor/reviewer for collaborative research projects at both WE&RF and the WateReuse Foundation. He is also a Fellow of the Water Environment Federation. About The Author

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