The population of the world is increasing – and so is the amount of wastewater. Because of the dangers of untreated or leaked wastewater, the issue is both a public health and environmental challenge for both emerging and developed countries. Since the amount of freshwater on our planet figures at about 3%, wastewater treatment is crucial, given the pace of the world’s population.
The risk to public health when a sanitation system or treatment plant becomes “saturated,” or at capacity, cannot be understated. Polluted water discharged into the environment poses a great health problem. This isn’t only the problem of the developing world, either. Hospitals across the United States notice an increase in stomach ailments after a flooding incident in many municipalities. Why? Polluted water floods the area, even if only for a short while, bringing with it bacteria and disease. Pesticides and drug residue also plague drinking water, which makes managing the water cycle even more complex.
These issues have turned wastewater treatment into a cutting edge industry, dominated by talk of technology and managing resources with better equipment. In fact, the right injection technology, mixing equipment and heater systems can play a vital role in public safety. Wastewater must be treated with certain chemicals or acids before being released back into the water tables, and a direct injection technology can ensure that the proper amounts are consistently delivered in order to obtain the appropriate pH balance. Heating consistency means better management of biological hazards in the water, the number one treatment need in the industry. Apart from finding better filtration methods, heating consistency is the best way to reduce those hazards. Mixers like the Komax carbon steel mixer, ensure that not only is the technology up to date but the equipment itself is made from quality, sanitary and tough material, able to hold its own against corrosive forces.
The treatment of wastewater is one of the key aspects to protecting water resources. Some figures indicate that the demand for freshwater will increase by billions of cubic meters per year, meaning the waste treatment industry needs to seriously consider partnering with those of us who are experts in equipment. The public’s health is at stake!