asbestos in water Articles

  • The Asbestos Debacle

    Society and industry are diligently working to find better solutions through waste reduction, recycling and reuse, but what is the plan for hazardous materials, such as asbestos, in buildings and property? Known as the miracle mineral, asbestos was used for its resiliency against chemical attack and its excellent tensile strength and superior fire-proofing characteristics. The material was used ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Asbestos in cigarettes

    The original version of the Kent Micronite cigarette filter used crocidolite, a form of asbestos, from 1952 until at least mid-1956. Cigarettes from intact, unopened packs of the brand from this period were examined. One filter contained approximately 10 mg of crocidolite. Crocidolite structures were found in the mainstream smoke from the first two puffs of each cigarette smoked. At the observed ...


    By Queensland Laboratory

  • Got deteriorating asbestos cement water mains?

    Asbestos has come to be one of the most feared words and materials in the world. Yet, in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, more than 600,000 miles of asbestos cement– also called transite – used for its light weight, corrosion resistance, rigidity, ease of handling and installation was installed to handle water throughout the United States. Applications included potable water mains, storm ...

  • The Trouble with Asbestos Disposal

    Hailed as a miracle mineral because of its superior fire resistance and tensile strength, asbestos was installed abundantly into our built environment for over 200 years. However, once it was established that this undeniably useful resource was a dangerous carcinogen, Australia and many other countries enacted strict regulations for handling asbestos and asbestos containing material (ACM). There ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Water aggressiveness and hydrodynamic effects on the fibres release in asbestos-cement pipes for public water supply

    SEM and TEM analyses of drinking water samples, collected during three years (1988, 1989 and 1990) from some Asbestos-Cement (A/C) distribution systems in Veneto Region (Italy), have shown that the release of fibres, with length greater than 10 μm, is, on average, quite low. Moreover, the asbestos concentration is not strictly dependent on Aggressiveness Index (A.I.) in the range ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental impact of cured-in-place pipe renewal on an asbestos cement water main

    According to the US Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) estimation, asbestos cement (AC) pipe accounts for approximately 15% of the total length of pipe networks for water distribution systems in North America; and just as other pipe materials, the AC mains are deteriorating and are in need of attention/renewal. However, there are concerns surrounding the environmental impact of AC pipe ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Asbestos in water? How to address ‘non-standard’ samples of industrial and other effluents

    Biohazards and other interferences complicate the employment of off-the-shelf asbestos in water methods by traditional TEM techniques. Laboratories must implement creative strategies to prepare and analyze these samples to produce meaningful analytical data. Laboratory and personnel safety have to be considered before sample handling. The interferences also greatly diminished any reasonable ...

  • Asbestos pushed in Asia as product for the poor

    The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at the conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world's poorest people. The industry's wonder product, though, is one whose very name evokes the opposite: asbestos. A largely outlawed scourge to the developed world, it is still going strong ...


    By Associated Press

  • The Asbestos Business is Booming – But from the Wrong End

    I eat dinner somewhere between 8:30pm and 9:30pm most nights. Burned out from starting my Blackberry at 6 a.m. and shutting it down at 12 a.m., as well as sitting in front of the computer all day, I do workout, important for everyone to do, and I do speak with my wife, also important, but I tend to watch brainless television while I eat, as well as keep my Blackberry turned on. I switched ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Mishandling of Hazardous Materials & Contaminants, Asbestos, Lead, Mould & Fungus, PCB`S

    Untitled Document Everyday in Canada and the United States Hazardous Materials are being removed improperly contaminating the buildings we occupy. The hazardous materials including ...

  • The Investigation, Assessment and Design of a Rehabilitation Solution Following the Failure of an Asbestos Cement Force Main in Israel

    Following failure of a 50” Asbestos Cement force main in Tel Aviv, Israel, a failure analysis was undertaken to determine the cause of failure and the risk of further incidents. This identified the possibility of further catastrophic bursts of the force main. Fully structural rehabilitation was designed using a hybrid reinforced concrete and ferrocement approach in order to meet all of the ...

  • Water Loss management will be critical to climate change adaptation

    Water loss management is one of the most important issues facing water suppliers around the world. The Sustainable Development Goals have made poverty alleviation and access to safe drinking water a political priority. Targets on providing safe drinking water as a basic human right aim to ensure everyone can access a safe water supply. Unfortunately, the reality is that many of the most ...

  • Case study - GE and Severn Trent Services work together to gain UKAS accreditation for drinking water and waste waters

    Background Severn Trent Services (STS) is a leading provider of analytical services with a network of five laboratories and two service centers across the UK and Ireland. For over 20 years, STS has provided various analytical, sampling and monitoring services to meet customers’ requirements in areas such as potable water, waste water, groundwater, legionella, contaminated land, ...


    By GE Analytical Instruments

  • Leakage–pressure relationship and leakage detection in intermittent water distribution systems

    Field investigations were conducted to identify the relationship between leakage rate and pressure in selected areas of the water distribution system of the Holy City of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Noise correlators were used to detect leaks in areas where the water leakage exceeded 20% of the total water supplied. The leakage rate was found to be related to pressure raised to the nth power. The value ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Impacts of liquefaction on the potable water system of Christchurch in the 2010–2011 Canterbury (NZ) earthquakes

    This paper explores the performance of the potable water system of Christchurch during the series of strong earthquakes that hit Canterbury, New Zealand, in 2010–2011. Widespread soil liquefaction, consequent ground deformation (failures) and large lateral spreads shattered the lifelines and infrastructure over approximately one-third of the city area. The wastewater system was hit ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Is Waste Going to be Our Apocalypse Without a Noah’s Ark to Save Us?

    Human beings have been dumping waste in water, including the ocean, since before the Agricultural Age. The Industrial Age brought with it new materials to dump, chemical wastes and by-products. Some materials are dumped into rivers and find their way to the ocean by running downstream. Other materials are dumped directly into the ocean from boats. Plastic is a harmful pollutant that does not ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • University of Southampton, Heavy Metal Contamination in Soils– Case Study

    Project Highlights Over the last 15 years, Envirochem have for-filled the role of environmental consultant analysts to the University of Southampton. During a period of significant redevelopment, Envirochem has assisted with a whole range of projects supplying an exhaustive range of asbestos related services, chemical sampling and ...

  • Carcinogens are Cancer Causing Chemicals

    What’s at Stake? A carcinogen is any substance that can cause cancer. They are chronic toxins that cause damage after repeated or long-term exposure. For some people, the workplace can be a source of exposure to some carcinogens, such as asbestos, benzene, or formaldehyde. What’s the Danger? Benzene is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet ...


    By SafetySmart

  • Cedar Rapids Flooding case study

    Services Performed Emergency remediation response, industrial hygiene, asbestos consulting and mold/indoor air quality (IAQ) testing Summary During the summer of 2008, major flooding of the Cedar River occurred which covered the downtown area in floodwaters. Many buildings including municipal and county government facilities needed to be cleaned, repaired and ...


    By EFI Global, Inc.

  • Ground Zero Air Quality Has A Long Way To Go! A Summary of Air Quality Testing in Surrounding Buildings

    There are still a wide range of concerns about air quality in the vicinity of Ground Zero. Many commercial and residential spaces have yet to be re-occupied. In only a few cases has any sort of inspection or testing been done to determine if they are safe to occupy. The greatest concerns are asbestos and the very irritating concrete dust that spread throughout lower Manhattan during the collapse ...


    By Atlantic Environmental, Inc.

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