Three Important Measurement Tools to Wastewater Efficiency

Published on: September 17, 2014

Filled Under: Gaining Perspective

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Most people don’t want to think about wastewater treatment. So an important goal for a wastewater treatment facility is to treat wastewater without making a big stink about it. To ensure efficient processing while minimizing impact and maximizing production, operations must run smoothly. Having eyes and ears on pump status, the facilities energy use and its effluent  discharge is instrumental in keeping things running smoothly and cost effectively.

Optimal Pump Performance

The continuous flow of effluent water depends on a huge network of pumps and pipes in the facility. A failing pump or a clogged pipe can quickly create a messy situation! But what if you could see a failing pump or determine a clog before it’s too late? A drop in current can indicate pump failure due to a broken impeller or a mechanical problem, while an increase in current might mean there is a clog in the system. Monitoring the current is a sure fire way to “Fortune Tell” your way out of a costly mess. Installing a current switch on each pump supply’s you with the status of the pump, allowing for proactive rather than reactive action.

Energy Consumption Analysis

With all these pumps working around the clock, a wastewater facility uses massive amounts of power. Accurate power monitoring can offer a way to reduce costs. For example, an administrator can determine which areas in a facility consume the most energy. Expenses can be lowered if these areas operate during non-peak times of day, when power is cheapest.

Monitoring Flow – Minimize Expenses

Flow monitoring is the third important measurement. Flow monitoring is the best way to keep track of the amount of effluent water your facility is expelling into the sewer system. Rather than being charged based on the amount of water calculated from the meter, understanding the amount of water that your facility is actually expelling allows you to negotiate costs with the utility company decreasing expenses. Due to the high amounts of solids and sludge present in a typical wastewater stream it is important to choose a flow monitor with no moving parts, or that mounts on the outside of a pipe, like an electromagnetic or ultrasonic flow meter.

The Veris Industries Industrial Sales Team is highly knowledgeable about the needs of wastewater facilities. If you are attending the upcoming Weftec 2014 show in New Orleans, stop by the Veris booth for a chat.


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