Friday, November 1, 2013

O.H. Hinsdale Tsunami Wave Tank Leak Detection

American Leak Detection performed a structural inspection on the 300,000 gallon concrete Oregon State University Hinsdale Wave Research Tsunami Wave tank including two ramps. The tsunami wave basin is designed as a shared-use facility to understand the fundamental nature of tsunamis.

Our technician located multiple leaks on this massive wave tank numbering 15 in total of the two days he spent on the detection of this facility.
As part of George E. Brown Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation(NEES) program, the Tsunami Basin is designed as a
  • Shared-use facility for next generation remote tsunami research
and is also be used by the broader community for
  • Research on coastal processes
  • Industrial collaboration
  • Education and outreach

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Water Scarcity and Cotton

Levi Strauss fears that due to climate change in the near future cotton could become too expensive or scarce, which would jeopardize the company’s very existence. In an attempt to quell this fear the company has begun a nonprofit program to teach farmers in India, Pakistan, Brazil and West and Central Africa in the latest irrigation/rain-water capture techniques.

They have also introduced a new jean that is smoothed with rocks but no water, and are also sewing in tags urging consumers to wash less and use cold water.

In 2005 nongovernmental as well as cotton industry organizations, and some giant retailers including Ikea, Gap and Adidas founded the international nonprofit ‘Better Cotton Initiative’ in order to promote water conservation, reduce pesticides use as well as child labor in the cotton industry. In 2009 Levi Strauss joined the initiative and has since given a combined $600,000 towards the initiative.

A program known as the Carbon Disclosure Program (CDP) has also recently added water security to its priorities, as nearly 40 percent of businesses have already reported that water problems had detrimentally impacted their business. The CDP is working to catalyze a global movement towards sustainable corporate water stewardship to safeguard water resources and address the global water crisis; one of the most significant challenges facing our global economy today.

 Credit: Carbon Disclosure Program

Resources: The New York Times online Sruthi Gottipati contributed reporting from Shelu, India.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Calculating Water Footprints:

In an attempt to conserve water

See how a variety of common products stack up when it comes to water use.

You would be amazed at the amount of water needed to manufacture certain items. For example, it takes around 20 gallons of water to manufacture a pint of beer. 132 gallons for one 2 liter of soda, and 500 gallons to grow, dye and process a pair of Levi's stonewashed jeans!

Much of this water is replenished through natural cycles, though many companies are beginning to calculate not just their 'carbon footprint,' but also their water footprint. The motivation behind this is self interest as water shortages loom worse every year. The United Nation's has projected that by 2025 two-thirds of the planet's population will be facing water shortages. Water managers in from several different states anticipate the shortages to begin this year in 2013 according to a general accounting report.

Representatives from such companies as Nike Inc, PepsiCo, Levi Strauss & Co and Starbucks will meet on a summit to calculate the shrinking corporate water footprints. Scientists, Companies' and Development agencies Will launch the Water Footprint Network In December, which is an international non-profit that helps corporations and governments measure and manage their footprint.

The term 'water footprint' was coined by a man by the name of Arjen Hoekstra 11 years ago. Hoekstra is a professor of water management at University of Twente in the Netherlands. Using data provided by the U.N.'s Food and Agricultural organization, Mr Hoekstra and other researchers were able to gauge the amount of water used in making various products from start to finish. They then took this data and compared it to people's consumption patterns in order to get a rough water footprint for both individuals and the nation as a whole.

Zuma Press
Water shortages have plagued Georgia, including a 2007 drought that lowered the Lake Allatoona reservoir. The state tried unsuccessfully to move its border north to claim part of the Tennessee River.
Back in 2004 a Coca-Cola bottling plant was shuttered after residents reported that the company was depleting and polluting local water supplies. Now more and more companies are beginning to calculate their water footprints, and are developing new ways to diminish them.

By 2050 there will be a projected 3 billion more people on the planet, according to Stuart Orr the manager of Freshwater Footprint Project for the World Wildlife Fund; and somehow we're going to have to have enough water to sustain that many more people.

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  • Friday, August 30, 2013

    Water Demand to Double By 2035


    Water Demand to Double By 2035

    Photograph by Bernhard Classen, Alamy
    The global increase of coal power, along with the coal industry's
    adoption of new technologies, will drive the largest share of water
    consumption for energy use through 2035, according to the IEA.
    Pictured: Germany's Jaenschwalde coal plant.
    The amount of fresh water consumed for world energy production is on track to double within the next 25 years by 2035 according to projections by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
    According to IEA's forecast the largest strain on future water resources from the energy system would be the soaring coal-fired electricity and the ramping up of biofuel production.
    If today's policies remain in effect the IEA calculates that water consumed for energy production would increase from 66 billion cubic meters (bcm) today to 135 bcm annually by 2035.
    That amount equals the amount of residential water use of every person in the US for three years! That amount would be equal to  four times the volume of the largest US reservoir, Hoover Dam's Lake Mead.
    More than half that drain would be from coal-fired power plants, and 30 percent would go to biofuel production. The IEA estimates that oil and natural gas production would account for 10 percent of global energy demand in 2035!
    National Geographic
    Not only now, but in the future it is becoming more and more imperative to conserve water, our most precious resource. Every year droughts seem to be becoming more severe and pro-longed. Leak detection is becoming an industry unmatched in importance for our planet and it's resources.
    Accredidation: National Geographic Daily News

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    SE Louisiana ALD office

    SE Louisiana team members featured in The Baton Rouge Advocate

    July 9th, 2013
    Since 1990, the folks at American Leak Detection of Southeast Louisiana have been listening for problems.  They’re in the business of finding leaks in residences and businesses.  They also find leaks in swimming pools.
    “The leak could be under the slab, outside or behind the wall,” owner Laura Kleinpeter said.
    She and her husband Greg are owners of the local franchise which uses non-invasive, state-of-the-art technology to locate leaks.   The equipment helps the customer save money and avoid unnecessary property damage.
    In fact, Kleinpeter said, the first sign of a problem could be a sudden hike in your water bill or a drop in the water level of your swimming pool.
    Leak technicians do a lot of work with insurance companies locating water and sewer leaks.  The first thing many people do when water shows up in their house is call their insurance company.  The insurance company then contacts American Leak Detection to locate the problem and deals directly with the insurance company.  If a plumber is contacted first, the plumber will call the leak technician with the information on the job and go out to locate the problem.
    Leak technicians don’t make the repairs- they’re not plumbers. But they can locate the leak so the plumber can make the repairs without guess work.  If the problem is found underneath the slab, a diagram will be drawn showing where the leak was located.
    Many times a pool owner will notice an unusual amount of water being added to their pool daily or the need for more chemicals than usual.
    “We tell people your pool should not lose more than 1/8”-1/4” water per day to evaporation,”  Kleinpeter said. “If it’s losing more than that, you could damage the structure of your pool which could cause expensive repairs down the road.”
    The company serves Southeast Louisiana, from the Atchafalaya Basin to Mississippi. The Kleinpeters started their business after visiting a cousin in Houston who owns an American Leak Detection franchise.  They signed on and went through extensive training to open the local office.
    “We felt like there was a need for this service in the Baton Rouge/ New Orleans area,” she said.
    They knew there was a need, and rightly so.  Houses and pools settle.  Foundations crack.  Pipes flex and crack.  Even a lightening strike can damage plumbing and cause a leak, Kleinpeter said.
    “Sometimes if there isn’t a crack in the slab the water is evaporating and going into the soil under the house and the homeowner may not know they have a leak until they get an extremely high water bill.,”  she said. “If the problem goes on for a while it can do damage to the slab. “
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    Monday, July 1, 2013

    Water Conservation Techniques

    The issue of water conservation is fast becoming an important one, as clean water is  becoming a scarce commodity in many parts of the globe. There are various ways of how our most precious resource is wasted such as leaking pipes, water flowing in toilets and leaky faucets. One of the biggest culprits for wasted water is due to old pipes that burst from rust, poor quality and insufficient corrosion protection. If you have experienced an increasing water bill that is always a sure sign that you have a leak. It is important to act immediately once you realize your water bill has increased.

    There are various leak detection instruments that can be used to locate the source of a leak. There are certain areas that are more prone to leaks such as the area near your dishwasher, and under toilet tanks. Once a leak is detected it must then be fixed immediately to prevent massive damage. Electronic and sonic listening equipment can be used to locate hidden leaks under landscaping as well as concrete and asphalt.

    If you suspect a leak don't hesitate to have the situation assessed. It will save money and possible future damage.

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    Pittock Mansion undergoing $1.13 million rehabilitation to repair water leaks

    Pittock Mansion's east side terraces leak water into the historic mansion. (Courtesy of Pittock Mansion)
    Sara Hottman, The OregonianBy Sara Hottman, The Oregonian
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    on June 28, 2013 at 8:00 AM, updated June 28, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    The Pittock Mansion is undergoing a $1.13 million rehabilitation, repairing damage incurred from a century of wind and rain.
    Construction started at the end of May, according to a release, and the nonprofit Pittock Mansion Society expects work to be finished by October.
    In 2014, the Pittock Mansion, 3229 N.W. Pittock Drive, celebrates its centennial, and age has affected its three of its terraces, the nonprofit reports. Three of four terraces leak or seep water, and none of the four drain properly, causing water to leak into the historic mansion's 23 rooms.
    The project, including waterproofing and other repairs, has been in the works since 2011. It is being financed by $405,000 in grants and gifts from foundations and individuals, as well as a cumulative $550,000 from the city and $175,000 from the Pittock Mansion Society.
    The Pittock Mansion, surrounded by a 46-acre park in the Hillside neighborhood, is maintained by the Pittock Mansion Society and Portland Parks & Recreation.
    -- Sara Hottman