DEWCO Engineers Design Wastewater Neutralization System

Wastewater Neutralizaion System

When Upslope Brewing Company in Boulder, CO was recently tasked with finding a cost-effective solution for their wastewater challenges, they called DEWCO – and with their solution, DEWCO may have revolutionized the brewing industry.

Early in 2018, City of Boulder officials informed Upslope, and all breweries within the city limits, that monitoring of wastewater discharge would soon begin.  Prior to 2018, no standards had been established for these businesses on their wastewater discharge.  This was big news, and a big issue, for many of the micro-to-small sized breweries in the area.

As part of their brewing process, most brewers engage in a CIP (clean-in-place) tank cleaning process.  This process was resulting in high concentrations of acid and caustic (corrosive, destructive) fluids circulating through the brewery tanks and other equipment, down their drains and ultimately into the city’s sewer system.  This had been happening for years, in some cases decades, resulting in issues with the city’s sewage piping, infrastructure and treatment systems.

Enter heightened compliance mandates from Federal and Municipal officials.  New lawsDewco Pumps were quickly enacted that regulated the pH (measurement of acidity and other harmful chemical levels in the wastewater) that breweries are permitted to discharge.  The allowable level was established in a range of 6-to-10.  Dramatically lower than early testing results.  Now, if brewers don’t meet and maintain the criteria, fines could be assessed for discharges outside the allowable range.

Often, micro/small breweries don’t have the budget or physical space for a large wastewater operation.  In Upslope Brewery’s case, numerous mechanical and engineering issues made it a difficult and expensive problem.  However, after several brainstorming sessions and countless hours of engineering and design, Sean Doyle with DEWCO was able to crack the code.  “We found an economical and reliable solution in the treatment system designed by Sean Doyle at DEWCO” said Ryan Smith, Brewery Engineer/Facilities Manager at Upslope.  “Working with Sean made a compliance solution easy.”

Through Doyle’s design, DEWCO was able to deliver a cost-effective collection, neutralization system for Upslope’s wastewater.  A prototype of sorts, the DEWCO Waste Management System (WMS) collects the fluids from several caustic and acid rinse cycles in a collection tank.  Many times, the solution, once collected, is already close to being within the mandated pH specifications.  With the use of two pH probes, one in the tank for neutralization and one in the discharge line for monitoring, as well as a color, touch-screen PLC controller, Smith can customize the system to Upslope’s specific needs.  The system also features a recirculation pump for mixing, two chemical pumps (one for acid and one for caustic), a tank (matched in size for the brewery’s needs) and discharge valve.

When the fluid level in the tank reaches a predetermined point (adjustable and controlled by the brewery), the recirculation pump will begin cycling the solution.  Depending on the current pH level and discharge settings, the chemical pumps will begin dispensing to the tank.  Once the pH levels in the tank fluid reach the desired limits, and held for a specified time, the discharge valve opens and the (now) neutralized solution is safe to drain into the city’s sewer system.  For insurance purposes, in the final drain line, another pH probe and valve have been installed to monitor the outgoing fluids.  In the event the pH level should ever fall out of the specified range, dischargDewco Pumpse can be stopped until the issue is addressed.  The result is both brewery and city are assured that no unacceptable solution is reaching the sewer.

Upslope is among the first breweries to embrace the change in compliance.  And additional benefits have been realized through the process, a reward of sorts.  “We’ve also seen a big reduction in process chemical use and other expenses” Smith noted.  “I can’t speak highly enough about our experience with Sean Doyle and DEWCO.”

“This was a challenging, yet very rewarding project to be involved with,” added Doyle.  “Ryan and his team were great to worth with and I’m proud that our system not only solved their compliance issues but was able to make Upslope more efficient by saving them time and money as well.”

With this revolutionary system design, and with dozens of breweries in Colorado alone, DEWCO could be in line for busier times ahead.  Which is music to the ears of Dale Olinger, DEWCO’s president.  “I could not be prouder of Sean and his collaboration with Upslope!  His efforts, once again, demonstrate DEWCO’s commitment to environmental stewardship through cost effective and sensible solutions.”

For more information on DEWCO, system design, maintenance or other inquiries, please contact the DEWCO office at 303.232.6861 or

Attention Valued Dewco Customers

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As a family-owned and operated business for more than 44 years, DEWCO sincerely appreciates you and your business!  Since 1974, DEWCO has been the Rocky Mountain region’s (MT, UT, WY, CO and NM) largest and best distributor of fluid industry products and knowledge, supporting a variety of service providers in several industries!

Like never before, DEWCO strives to be the supplier for your liquid flow meters, tanks, pumps, valves, instrumentation, cooling tower controls, boiler treatment supplies or any of the thousands of items we have in stock!  As your local, stocking distributor, DEWCO’s buying power can efficiently supply you with many of the best brands in the business!

At DEWCO, customer needs and satisfaction are at the top of our priority list.  This early and proactive communication is intended to provide distributors and end users ample time for a smooth transition that’s happening in just a few months.

With the launch of their all-new PD Pump Series in April of 2018, one of our suppliers, LMI, plans to phase out several of their legacy pump lines in 2019.

The official transition date for the Roytronic A is January 15, 2019 with a six-month ramp-down period.  The final day for orders of this product will be July 15, 2019.  The official transition date for the P Series is April 15, 2019 with a final order date of October 15, 2019.

It’s imperative to note that no additional pumps or drives will be built after these final dates.  As an invaluable DEWCO customer, we strongly urge you to please contact the DEWCO team as soon as possible to discuss transition options and plans for your applications.  We will be more than happy to evaluate your specific needs and recommend the best option(s) for an easy and painless transition in 2019!

We look forward to hearing from you soon!



Highlighting Our ULTRAPEN PT6 – Nitrate

Nitrate and Temperature Pen

At DEWCO, we understand that analytical measurement is something extremely important to our clients. They come to us for valves, meters, analyzers, controllers and instruments capable of testing water quality with regards to ORP (oxidation reduction potential), temperature, turbidity, pH and more. The data they collect, using our tools, allows them to make critical decisions and ensure they always have access to accurate measurements.

Our latest tool is the Myron L ULTRAPEN™ PT6 Nitrate and Temperature Pen that can provide those who use it with professional water analysis on the spot.

The ULTRAPEN™ PT6 was just released by Myron L–a leading manufacturer of high-quality water test instrumentation–and it already appears it’ll prove to be every bit as useful as the other Myron L products we carry.

DEWCO already sells the ULTRAPEN™ PT1 that tests water for conductivity, total dissolved solids, salinity and temperature; the ULTRAPEN™ PT2 that tests water for pH and temperature; the ULTRAPEN™ PT3 that tests water for ORP and temperature; the ULTRAPEN™ PT4 that tests water for chlorine equivalent Ultrapen PT6and temperature; and the ULTRAPEN™ PT5 that tests water for dissolved oxygen and temperature. The ULTRAPEN™ PT6 now augments this Myron L lineup. Here is why we believe customers will find it so useful.

What Are the Best Features of the ULTRAPEN™ PT6?

Like all the Myron L products, the ULTRAPEN™ PT6 includes a long list of features that make it a must-have item for many businesses. For starters, it can accurately test for nitrate concentration (ppm N or ppm NO3-) or mV in water. It also has both a proprietary ISE sensor design and a built-in double junction reference electrode with 1 and 2 point calibration options. Additionally, the ULTRAPEN™ PT6 is very easy to use thanks to its one-button control. On top of all that, the ULTRAPEN™ PT6 is waterproof and has a rugged design that is held together by aircraft grade aluminum body and fully potted electronics that will stand the test of time.

What Does the ULTRAPEN™ PT6 Come With?

When you order the ULTRAPEN™ PT6 from DEWCO, you will, of course, get the PT6 pocket tester pen that comes with a battery already installed. There is also a nitrate sensor installed that you’ll be able to replace on your own. The pen also includes 2 ounces of 100 ppm NO3-N standard solution, 2 ounces of ionic strength adjuster, two graduated cylinders with caps, and a protective cap, pocket clip, and lanyard for your pen. You’ll receive everything you’ll need to start testing your water for nitrates and temperature with the ULTRAPEN™ PT6.

What Modes Does the ULTRAPEN™ PT6 Have?

The ULTRAPEN™ PT6 has a series of modes that you can use when testing your water quality. There is a Hold mode that will display real-time readings prior to the LED light turning on and putting the pen’s final readings on display. There is also a Live mode that will show you real-time readings continuously for as long as five minutes before timeout to preserve battery life.

The ULTRAPEN™ PT6 has several parameter modes as well. N mode, NO3 mode, and mV mode can all be utilized to measure nitrate as nitrogen, nitrate, and temperature levels in your water. These modes will come in handy when you’re running various tests on your water and, more specifically, trying to obtain precise nitrate and temperature readings.

Why Your Business Needs the ULTRAPEN™ PT6

If water quality is a concern for your company, DEWCO carries several products that can provide you with accurate analytical measurement readings. But, few are as simple and convenient to use as the ULTRAPEN™ PT6 and the rest of the Myron L ULTRAPEN products. They fit right in your hand and will help put together important data for your business quickly and with as little effort on your part as possible. Let the ULTRAPEN™ PT6 do the work for you while you reap the rewards.

Trust DEWCO for High-Quality Water Measurement Instruments

For more than 40 years now, DEWCO has worked hard to meet the fluid control needs of our customers in the Rocky Mountain Region. We stock a variety of high-quality products and have an experienced staff that can speak with you about each product that we sell. We have helped those in several industries, including those businesses that work in oil, gas, power, water treatment, HVAC, biotechnology, food and beverage, and so much more.

DEWCO is committed to setting customers up with solution-driven products like the Myron L ULTRAPEN™ PT6. Call us at 303-232-6861 today to get more information on how it could benefit your business in a big way.

Monitoring Water Use for Fracking Operations

Hydraulic Fracturing

The oil and gas industry is finally showing signs of recovery following the long downturn that saw oil prices drop from more than $100 per barrel to less than $40. While there is still a lot of room for improvement, a growing number of analysts and industry experts are optimistic about industry growth in the coming months and years.

Hydraulic FracturingFracking has emerged as an important part of domestic energy production in recent years, and is now the primary stimulation technique used in unconventional oil and gas reservoirs, according to U.S. Geological Survey. In 2000, by comparison, only about 6 percent of hydraulically fractured wells used water-intensive horizontal drilling, but that number had risen to 42 percent by 2010. As production in conventional fields continues to decline, fracking will likely play an ever-more-important role in meeting domestic energy needs.

Water is an essential part of the fracking process, with most wells requiring millions of gallons, depending on the type of rock and whether the well is horizontal or vertical. According to the USGS, typical usage varies from about 1.5 million gallons per well in the North Dakota Bakken Formation up to about 15.8 million gallons per well in the British Columbia Horn River Shale.

Considering the importance of water – and the volume that is required for fracking – it is essential that drilling companies and water suppliers are able to accurately track water usage and flow. As is the case with many things in business, what is not measured cannot be managed. Considering the large volume of water that is required for fracking, even modest gains in efficiency can pay large dividends.

Energy producers are under increasing pressure to limit the potential environmental impact of fracking. This pressure comes from a variety of sources, including government regulations, environmental activism, agricultural producers who are competing for limited water resources, and the rising cost of materials used in fracking. Sand, which is another important material for hydraulic fracturing, has risen in cost considerably during recent years, notes Rock Products. The cost of water for use in fracking is also rising.

Water costs now account for about 14 percent of the overall expense for new wells in the continental U.S., says Verisk Maplecroft. According to some reports, the cost of fracking water has doubled in recent years. In the next decade, the development of new wells in water-stressed regions is expected to double, which will increase water costs further. The cost of water is further exacerbated by the lack of infrastructure in many areas, resulting in water being imported and exported by truck.

Given the importance of water for fracking, the rapidly rising costs of water, and the probable shortages in the future as new wells are developed in water-stressed areas, monitoring water flow and usage will become increasingly important. Fortunately, new technologies are being brought to market that will allow drilling companies and water suppliers to monitor water with more accuracy that has been possible in the past.

TelefloThe DEWCO Teleflo is a cellular based, real-time monitoring and data logging solution. With the DEWCO Teleflo, drilling companies and water suppliers now have accurate, real-time flow rates and totals at their fingertips, with password level protections built in. Water supply businesses are particularly affected by the tightening supply and rising costs of fracking water, and having tools available like the Teleflo system can lead to improved monitoring of water flow and volume, allowing drilling companies and water suppliers to monitor levels and make important make business decisions in real time – as needed, when needed.

DEWCO has been meeting the fluid control needs of businesses throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region for more than four decades. We partner with trusted manufacturers to supply the best products to our customers in the oil and gas industry, as well as many other fields, and we are excited to bring new remote water monitoring solutions to oil and gas industry businesses. Contact us at 303 232-6861 to learn how we can help with remote water monitoring or other fluid control solutions.

Water Management: Controlling, Measuring, Maintaining and More

Industrial Water Treatment

According to National Geographic, even though water covers 70 percent of the Earth, only 2.5 percent of that water is fresh, and only 1 percent of the fresh water is readily accessible.

Meanwhile, the news is filled with threats of water shortages and pollution challenges. All of this brings significant concerns to how we are managing our water.

Effective industrial water management is crucial both in standard everyday applications such as car washes and water cooling, but also in more complex operations such as fracking and even construction projects that can impact local freshwater sources. Here is a brief overview of how companies like yours can more effectively measure, monitor and control this precious resource.

Industrial Water TreatmentManaging Industrial Water

An important part of industrial water management is accurately controlling the water flow during use. Controlling the flow is essential because having a consistent flow of water allows treatment protocols to remain consistent so that wastewater can be efficiently and effectively managed.

Several methods of flow management are available to help with controlling the water. Valves can be set to allow only specified amounts of water through at a time. When using valves, the flow must be recorded on a regular basis to verify consistency and flow volume. The use of a suitable valve is paramount in accurate water flow control.

Maintaining Industrial Water

Industrial water treatment is essential in managing the issues that can occur when utilizing large amounts of water, with the major factors including scaling, microbiological activity, corrosion and residual wastewater byproducts. It is important to manage these issues and isolate them from source waters so that the local waters are not compromised.

Scaling, sometimes known as precipitation fouling, occurs when the temperature and similar factors cause the minuscule dissolved mineral salts which are already in the water to precipitate and then form solid deposits. These deposits can build up in layers on the metal surfaces of these systems and lead to obstructions in piping and reduced flow rates.

Scaling in Water Treatment PipeThe real issue with scaling is that as the scale thickens, energy is wasted due to the heat exchangers becoming less efficient. For industrial projects, this can mean time and money wasted because increased energy is needed to pump water through tighter pipes.

To resolve this issue, you can employ polyphosphates or similar tools that coat the iron and make it difficult for these minerals to build up.

Similar to scaling, corrosion occurs when metal oxidizes and compromises the water treatment equipment. There are several ways to control corrosion, including employing orthophosphates, polyphosphates and blends of each.

It is essential to manage and eliminate any microbes that may thrive within the untreated water, as well. Many diseases have been traced back to unmanaged cooling towers, most infamously including Legionnaires’ disease. These issues must be resolved by some form of biocide before the problem becomes toxic.  Ultraviolet (UV) systems can also provide effective control of biologics.

Residual wastewaters can also be a problem addressed by water treatment. The disposal of these wastewaters from industrial plants, for example, can become a very costly problem and national guidelines have been put in place to avoid having these tainted waters enter the public water supply.

Measuring Water for Use and Treatment

It is as true with water as it is with anything – you can’t manage what you don’t measure. Proper measuring of industrial water is one of the basics of using water as efficiently as possible during these times of water scarcity. A primary solution to the issue is the use of flow meters and transmitters.

Flow meters are having a significant impact on water measurement because they improve data analytics by showing how much water is being pumped into the system and how much water is reaching customers or project sites.

When it comes to water delivery, it is essential to measure non-revenue water or water that is lost before it reaches the customer. These modern meters monitor the flow of that water with incredible accuracy, meaning that companies can keep a close track of what is being used and even use measurement to identify potential leaks or damaged piping from meter to meter.

Cities, for example, often draw their water from many different sources and require a complex system of pumping stations, meaning that the cycles of these networks must be optimized. Flow meters can test the pumps to measure efficiency then compare it to operating specifications, helping guarantee a consistent flow of water throughout a city-scale network.

In the end, the flow meter and similar data logging capabilities are becoming some of the most valuable tools in proper water management as they maximize and streamline revenue generation, cost control, and of course, conservation of this precious resource.

HydrofrackingWater Management and Fracking

Now that fracking has emerged as the massive enterprise that it is, concerns for proper water management are starting to grow in an attempt to lower the risk of negatively impacting the local water table while also fighting rising water costs.

The act of hydrofracking involves drilling deep into the earth and releasing a high-pressure water mixture at rocks below in an attempt to release the fluids inside.

As an industry, fracking consumes more than 1 billion barrels of water on an annual basis and creates half that amount as barrels of wastewater for disposal or treatment, reports Water Online. This is enough to fill 150,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Managing all this is no minor task, as Investopedia notes, and the industry will end up paying north of $6 billion in wastewater management.

Many states have made their concerns known regarding the surpluses of wastewater and corporations are being tasked with reporting how much water was used and/or dumped on a monthly and yearly basis.

Fracking companies must also take precautions as the procedure can potentially cause the release of tainted fracking water or the natural gases into the groundwater, polluting the local water table in the area around the fracking site.

Fracking has the potential to be a great source of gas and oil reserves, but proper water management during the operation is vital to ensuring the long-term viability not only of the procedure, but the local residents and animals that rely on the region’s water.

At DEWCO Pumps, we are a leader in industrial water management technologies, and our suite of high-tech equipment and devices offers companies all the tools necessary to effectively manage, measure and treat their water and wastewater. Our inventory covers measurement tools, flow instrumentation, various valve options and containment tanks. We are water management experts, and we are happy to answer any of your questions. Call DEWCO Pumps today at 303-232-6861 or email us at for more information about our products and services.