Real-time Monitoring of Wastewater Treatment Facilities Delivers Sustainable Methods and Substantial Profits.

In recent years, the wastewater treatment (WWT) narrative has changed from regulatory-driven to proactive utility-driven planning. The new focus is on energy neutrality; less cost intensive operations; resource recovery; self-adaptation to variable parameters (depending on population and weather); and sustainability. 

 
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WWT systems have become more complex due to the stricter expectations of water quality. Wastewater treatment systems have become more advanced, in order to meet compliance with both organic carbon and nutrient levels. But most wastewater treatment plants were designed years ago and built with off-line control systems, lacking flexible and controllable actuators. Additionally, these plants were built over-dimensioned to meet the effluent water quality without advanced control strategies. Therefore, their effluent streams meet criteria as they are and do not “feel” the need for upgrade. However, the implementation of new sensor technology is inevitable as standards are becoming tighter, increasing waste loads must be treated, and the need for cyber-attack protection has become critical.

While regulations and guidelines still control the main infrastructure investments in this sector, each wastewater treatment facility can take the lead and initiative in developing an approach that anticipates future challenges, potential new regulations, and local population growth. By adopting this new vision, utilities can capitalize on sustainable methods with substantial profits. 

This white paper provides a summary of how to facilitate such transition in the most effective and seamless way by analyzing the data collected from various processes of WWT facilities and suggesting solutions.

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