Automation is everywhere these days, helping us to make better use of labor, time and other resources, plus leading to the development of cleaner, future-ready industries. It’s not a surprise to see automation edging into wastewater treatment: this is one of the most critical industrial-level activities on planet earth today where public health is concerned. Here are some of the ways technology is making this process more efficient and cost-effective.
Lower Energy Costs
Not surprisingly, energy use is the single biggest expense for wastewater treatment plants. Automating infrastructure provides 1 way to reduce energy expenditures associated with a number of critical water treatment processes. One example is the blowers located in holding basins, which keep the water aerated. Some estimates say blowers account for up to 60% of a treatment plant’s total energy consumption.
Automation can improve cost-effectiveness in this area through data collection. Instead associated with operating the blowers constantly, at the fixed speed, plants can use information about effluent levels in holding basins to apply air and remove solids only when it’s necessary to do so. This reduces energy costs, helps maintain a steady flow and reduces wear and tear on equipment.
Constant Access to Data and Ongoing Sampling
In wastewater treatment and many…
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