Friday, July 22, 2016

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

US - Flint Water Distribution - Obama tells residents I’ve got your back’ against corrosive GOP attitudes. Our Viewpoint: It is great to note that the president himself tasted the water to assure the quality of water

Sipping filtered city water to show it’s again drinkable, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Michigan, is safe to use.



Our Viewpoint: It is great to note that the president himself tasted the water to assure the quality of water and give confidence to the public for the corrective measures. When any leakage occurs, the immediate reaction from the water management authorities is to quote the pipeline age and find temporary corrective measures. It is not an easy task to replace the failed systems with all brand new assets. Huge investment is involved in this process. Corrosion of materials is one of the leading causes for water pipeline leakage and contamination. Utility management has the misconception of using corrosion induced pipeline weak spots as pressure relieving points to maintain the pressure within the distribution network. Frequent leakages indicate that the materials were not properly selected and no comprehensive corrosion control program is in place. Simple selection of materials based on the current practices followed for other projects does not solve the purpose. Specific testing and life cycle analysis have to be carried out to find cost-effective material answers. It is difficult to find the installation of proven materials and associated corrosion control measures that minimize the maintenance load and assure the integrity of assets. Corrosion awareness among the utility designers and water management authorities is very limited. There are numerous incidents of corrosion induced water leakage and contamination reported in our country (India). Now is the time to learn from failures and create job opportunities for filling the gaps in the design, operation and maintenance of water distribution networks. We need to turn Water Rust to Water TRUST in India.

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FLINT, MICHIGAN/DETROIT – Sipping filtered city water to show it’s again drinkable, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Michigan, is safe to use.

He promised residents that the aging pipes that contaminated the water with lead will be replaced, but cautioned that the project will take time.

“It’s not going to happen overnight, but we have to get it started,” Obama told hundreds of people gathered at a high school. Obama spoke after he was briefed on the federal response to the water contamination and had met privately with nine residents.

Obama said he understands why people are scared and angry and feel let down. He said what happened in Flint was a man-made disaster that didn’t have to happen. But he said it did happen and everyone must now work together to fix it.

“I’ve got your back,” Obama said. “I will not rest and I will make sure the leaders at every level of government don’t rest until every drop of water that flows to your homes is safe to drink, to cook with, to bathe in.”

He called providing safe drinking water a basic responsibility of government.

Article Source: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/05/05/world/politics-diplomacy-world/obama-coughs-sips-flint-water-tells-residents-ive-got-back-corrosive-gop-attitudes/#.Vyr98tR95dh
Publication Date: 05 May 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

India - Water Infrastructure - The water link to job creation. Our Viewpoint: Corrosion awareness among the utility designers and water management authorities is very limited. There is a great need for employing corrosion management professionals

Globally, more than 600 million people do not use drinking water from improved sources, and about 2.4 billion people lack basic sanitation. In India, due to lack of access of water and improved sanitation, 73 million work days are lost each year. In non-notified slum areas, households are generally deprived of improved water sources, and more than 50 per cent of such households are without improved access of sanitation (against 17 per cent in notified slums).

Our Viewpoint: Time has come to create more job opportunities in water infrastructure as quoted by the author. Our country is loosing significant percentage of water through leakages. India has a mixed bag of old assets and new installations for water transmission and distribution. When any leakage occurs, the immediate reaction from the water management authorities is to quote the pipeline age and find temporary corrective measures. It is not an easy task to replace the failed systems with all brand new assets. Huge investment is involved in this process. Corrosion of materials is one of the leading causes for water pipeline leakage and contamination. Utility management has the misconception of using corrosion induced pipeline weak spots as pressure relieving points to maintain the pressure within the distribution network. There are numerous cases of water contamination with sewage encountered at the present time for a great bunch of drinking water pipelines laid very close to the sewage transmission. Frequent leakages indicate that the materials were not properly selected and no comprehensive corrosion control program is in place. Simple selection of materials based on the current practices followed for other projects does not solve the purpose. Specific testing and life cycle analysis have to be carried out to find cost-effective material answers. It is difficult to find the installation of proven materials and associated corrosion control measures that minimize the maintenance load and assure the integrity of assets. Corrosion awareness among the utility designers and water management authorities is very limited. Now is the time to learn from failures and create job opportunities for filling the gaps in the design, operation and maintenance of water distribution networks. We need to turn Water Rust to Water TRUST.
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The water link to job creation
SK Sarkar | 07 March, 2016

Every year across the world in the month of March, the World Water Day (WWD) is observed with an aim to focus attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating sustainable management of water resources. On March 22 this year, the global community will observe WWD on a theme captioned ‘water and jobs’. Can enough quantity and quality of water change workers’ lives and livelihood, and even transform societies and economies?
What kind of linkages exist between water and jobs? Globally, more than 600 million people do not use drinking water from improved sources, and about 2.4 billion people lack basic sanitation. In India, due to lack of access of water and improved sanitation, 73 million work days are lost each year. In non-notified slum areas, households are generally deprived of improved water sources, and more than 50 per cent of such households are without improved access of sanitation (against 17 per cent in notified slums).
This has resulted in India falling into the category of the highest open defecators in the world. The adverse health implication arising out of this situation has affected our labour productivity and has had a consequent impact on higher economic growth and job creation.
A healthy work force is required for any high-growth economy, which is sustainable in an environment where there is access to clean water infrastructure and improved sanitation for every person. The human right to water and sanitation, as adopted by the UN General Assembly (2010), entitles everyone to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use.
This along with improved sanitation catalyses a country’s high economic growth. Over the world, more than half of the workers (about 1.5 billion) are engaged in jobs related to water and those that ensure its safe delivery. In India, a huge work force exists in the agricultural sector, followed by the industrial sector. Over 80 percent of the water supply is used for irrigation in agricultural sector and about 12 percent in industry.

Article Source: http://www.thestatesman.com/news/opinion/the-water-link-to-job-creation/128204.html
Publication date: 07 March 2016.

India - Automobile - Use galvanised steel in Indian auto industry, says global body,The International Zinc Association (IZA). Our Viewpoint: Although the manufacturers say anti-perforation/corrosion warranty is there for 10 years or the lifetime, they demand the cost of inspection and touchups from the consumers.

Indian car manufacturers use bare cold-rolled steel and its variants, while abroad it is mandatory for auto companies to use galvanised steel bodies. In India one has to regularly take care of the exterior of automobiles.


Our Viewpoint: It is necessary to protect the cars from corrosion. Otherwise, it will be a big menace to the integrity of automobiles and safety of passengers. The buyers have no clue for the cost of painting or any anti-corrosion treatment packaged with the purchase price of the car. Although the manufacturers say anti-perforation/corrosion warranty is there for 10 years or the lifetime, they demand the cost of inspection and touchups from the consumers. In the case of any rusting issue arises, the consumers are forced to pay the post-failure cost without knowing the original cost of treatment. If any of the inspection is missed, the dealer may say that the anti-rust warranty will become void. Corrosion process is completely influenced by the changes in environment viz. composition, pollutants and climatic conditions. The rate of corrosion varies from place to place. But the warranty seems to be universal throughout all geographies. There is a great need to classify these areas and provide severity based anti-corrosion warranty. Cars plying in the coastal areas may corrode faster than the non-coastal zone. It is not environment alone but also the quality of washing and maintenance practices. Another mind boggling question for the consumers who buy used cars is whether the anti-rust warranty is transferrable. We come across many types of paint systems and rust prevention technologies available in the market. Consumers expect institutions like IIT delivering independent recommendations on the various options available for anti-corrosion practices and life cycle costing to choose the geography-friendly cost-effective corrosion control answers.

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 Use galvanised steel in Indian auto industry, says global body
IANS |  New Delhi
October 16, 2015 Last Updated at 17:10 IST
The International Zinc Association (IZA) on Friday called for the use of galvanised steel in India's automotive sector to ensure durability of the final product.

Apart from durability, treatment of steel used in automobile manufacture with zinc led to a better looking car body, reduced body weight and resultant fuel efficiency.

"Galvanised steel is one of the simplest, but most effective innovations to revolutionise global automotive industry," said Canada-based IZA India consultant Kenneth De Souza. "It protects steel from corrosive attack and acts as a lasting shield between steel and the atmosphere," he said.

"All life on earth has evolved in the presence of naturally occurring zinc," the IZA said at a joint initiative here with IIT-Bombay and Hindustan Zinc Ltd. (HZL). Galvanised steel also lowers the body weight and increases fuel efficiency, said IIT-Bombay professor A.S. Khanna.

Indian car manufacturers use bare cold-rolled steel and its variants, while abroad it is mandatory for auto companies to use galvanised steel bodies. "In India one has to regularly take care of the exterior of automobiles. If neglected, it could leave ugly-looking corroded patches," Khanna said, pointing to long-term benefits for customers in terms of savings on maintenance with use of galvanised steel.

International standards make it mandatory for car manufacturers to issue a five-year guarantee against "cosmetic corrosion" and a seven- to ten-year guarantee against "perforation corrosion" of the car body, he added.

Khanna's survey of 5,000 cars in Mumbai, which has high corrosion levels owing to average humidity levels of around 60 percent, revealed that cars older than five years had rust formation and "bustering". Foreign-made cars fared much better in terms of atmospheric degradation, Khanna said.

"All car models exported from India are galvanised as per regulatory norms mandated by the US and Europe, but the same models are not galvanised for the Indian market," De Souza said.

He pointed out that in the small car segment in India, only three percent had galvanised bodies, while the figure goes up to 70 percent for cars for export.

This is mainly because Indian consumers never insisted on guarantee from car manufacturer for corrosion-resistant body, a norm followed in most advanced countries.

The use of galvanised advanced high strength steels helps in the reduction of car body weight, emissions and improves safety performance along with fuel efficiency, which is in line with the requirement of the new-age cars for Indian roads, Chief Operating Officer (Smelters), Hindustan Zinc Ltd., Vikas Sharma said.    

Article Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/use-galvanised-steel-in-indian-auto-industry-says-global-body-115101600868_1.html
Publication Date: 16 October 2015

India - Water Leakage - Chennai City loses Rs 1,000 Crore Due to Water Leakage. Our Viewpoint: It is disturbing to see the profound loss of water and associated financial impact that raise questions about the functions of utility operators.

Chennai City loses Rs 1,000 Crore Due to Water Leakage. Water losses amount to 50% of potable water due to leakages in the distribution network. The city alone produces around 1,400 MLD of potable water a day and if efforts are on to curtail the non-revenue water loss by 20% in the next three years, Chennai can save Rs 1,000 crore.

Our Viewpoint: It is disturbing to see the profound loss of water and associated financial impact that raise questions about the functions of utility operators and government departments. Every drop of water counts in this world. We come across numerous incidents of water leakage and contamination reported on the daily basis. There is no proactive development happening in this sector to conserve the present water sources. When any leakage occurs the immediate focus is on putting leak detection devices to quantify the losses. The root cause analysis for such leakage is not at all attempted by the water management authorities. They allow accumulation of several day to day causes that will result in huge losses. Historic analysis of failures is not properly accounted in the design of new water distribution system. Corrosion of pipelines and associated fixtures is completely ignored by the utility operators and design houses.  There is a great need to monitor the operation closely for corrosion issues and utilise appropriate maintenance programs. Lifecycle cost-justified material selection is one of the important aspects in the design stage. We need to turn Water Rust to Water TRUST.
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City Loses Rs 1,000 Crore Due to Water Leakage
By Express News Service Published: 17th February 2016 03:54 AM Last Updated: 17th February 2016 08:35 AM

Do you know that Chennai loses over 50% of potable water due to leakages in the distribution network? What’s worse, this is unaccounted for on paper!

The State government is keen to curb the non-revenue water (NRW) losses, which could save the exchequer thousands of crores, according to K Ashok Natarajan, CEO of Tamil Nadu Water Investment Company (TWIC).

NRW is water that is lost or unaccounted for enroute between the water supplier and the customer. It is a major challenge for water utilitity companies where technology and resources to address the problem are often limited.

Talking to City Express on the sidelines of the two-day Indo-Australia workshop here, he said, “The city alone produces around 1,400 MLD of potable water a day and if efforts are on to curtail the non-revenue water loss by 20% in the next three years, Chennai can save Rs 1,000 crore.”

Natarajan stressed the need for mapping the entire water distribution network through a global information system. “We also need for technologies like leak detection system and trenchless technology to cut down on losses by a minimum of 20% at the minimum,” he added.

Chennai Metro Water has assigned TWIC to survey three zones of Royapuram, Kodambakkam and Mylapore to find out how many streets are facing the problem of potable water getting polluted, but the survey could not be completed due to the floods.

Article Source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/City-Loses-Rs-1000-Crore-Due-to-Water-Leakage/2016/02/17/article3280755.ece
Publication Date: 17 Feb 2016

India - Water Leakage and Contamination - Sewage enters water pipe, 400 society residents fall ill in Noida - Our Viewpoint: Negligence of the utility management paved the way for improper design of distribution system.

Noida: Nearly 3,000 residents of Kanchanjunga Apartments in Sector 53 say they are forced to drink contaminated water after sewer water got mixed with fresh water due to a damage in the pipeline. Reportedly, close to 400 people, including children from this 20-year-old residential complex, have fallen sick in the past one week. Despite repeated complaints, residents allege the Noida Authority has turned a blind eye to the problem, leading to people contracting water-borne diseases and gastrointestinal disorders. In fact, this persisting problem has now triggered panic among the residents of this building complex.

Our Viewpoint: Negligence of the utility management paved the way for improper design of distribution system and forced the public to consume contaminated water. We see the numerous incidents of leakage and contamination reported for the drinking water pipelines that were laid very close to the sewer lines. When the design of such system is made, it is assumed that materials what they choose for pipelines are leak proof throughout the design life. In reality, the improper selection of materials and faulty maintenance of distribution are the leading causes of frequent leakage. It is not a profound loss of water alone but poses great health threats to the public. Chlorination is the prime choice for utility operators in controlling the growth of microorganisms and other water-borne diseases. We often see the heavy smell of chlorination on specific days. If this is not properly regulated, it will weaken the pipeline material through corrosion process. On the other hand, sewer fluid enriched with high H2S content is known for corroding the materials at a faster rate. Corrosion of both systems is completely ignored by the water management groups and design houses. It paves the way for the entry of sewer fluid into drinking water.  Corrosion awareness among the utility designers and water management authorities is very limited. Historical analysis is very important to find the cost-effective life cycle answers for water distribution. Otherwise, the leakage rate exponentially grows and contaminates the drinking water supply system. We need to turn Water Rust to Water Trust.  
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Noida: Nearly 3,000 residents of Kanchanjunga Apartments in Sector 53 say they are forced to drink contaminated water after sewer water got mixed with fresh water due to a damage in the pipeline. Reportedly, close to 400 people, including children from this 20-year-old residential complex, have fallen sick in the past one week.

Despite repeated complaints, residents allege the Noida Authority has turned a blind eye to the problem, leading to people contracting water-borne diseases and gastrointestinal disorders. In fact, this persisting problem has now triggered panic among the residents of this building complex.
"There are 640 flats in the apartment complex that was constructed by the Noida Authority. Family after family, including children, have been falling sick. In the past one week, close to 100 familes, including children, have complained of gastrointestinal problems, fever, nausea and diarrhoea," A K Srivastava, president of the Kanchanjungha Residents' Welfare Association, told TOI on Tuesday.
"Until the Authority steps in and carries out the repair work, there will be no end to this panic. These are the main supply pipes, so we cannot repair them at individual levels."
Residents say everytime they turn their taps on, they get coloured water, mostly it is yellow, with an unbearable stench.

"We have reported the problem to the engineering department of the Noida Authority. Due to high corrosion in Noida, all the joints of the pipes are rusted. The water lines and sewer lines run parallel, so if there is a leakage, water from sewerage pipes can contaminate the entire tap water supply of the complex," Vijay Upadhdhyaya, a resident of house no 144A, said.

Local doctor Ajay Agarwal, who first alerted the residents of a possible water contamination, said, "I have been getting many patients from Sector 53 complaining of stomach-related problems for sometime now. I pointed out it could be due to contaminated drinking water supply to the complex."
However, Noida Authority officials shrugged off their responsibility. "The Authority had handed over the apartments to buyers some 20 years back. Now, it is not ours but their responsibility to look into these problems," Y P Kasana, a Noida Authority engineer, said.

But Srivastva said, "The Authority is responsible for the major maintenance of horticulture, main pipelines, internal roads of any apartment building that it has constructed."
"The houses are getting old and the Noida Authority needs to get more actively involved in their maintenance," Harish Arora, a resident of house no 152B, said.

Publication Date: 17 Feb 2016