Clean water is a basic need worldwide, and many would say it’s a basic human right. Those who provide effective wastewater treatments are playing a critical role in a properly functioning society. For a treatment plan to provide this valuable service to a community, operational efficiency is the key to making it all run smoothly. Though technology has advanced quite a bit, there are still major challenges faced by the industry.
Energy consumption is the biggest challenge most wastewater treatment plants face. It is one of, if not the, largest expense in wastewater operation and this industry alone uses 2-3% of any developed nation’s power grid. The majority of the treatment is directed toward biological treatments at the site. Advances in this area will save a great deal of energy (and money), and the answer can be as simple as better screening processes or the direct treatment of high concentration return streams.
Here is where advanced technology and equipment can partner together to create a more effective treatment. In the example of direct treatment of high concentration return streams, a Komax mixer or carbon steel steam injector or desuperheater could greatly improve the process. Wastewater must be treated consistently with a mixture of chemicals, working to get the pH balance just right and removing harmful agents before the treated water is released. The process literally can have life and death implications. Having the proper equipment can ensure process consistency – and safety for the general public, by extension.
Fortunately, this kind of technology is also energy efficient. Direct injection is far more efficient than older heating units, as well as safer, less likely to clog or foul and with next to no need for cleaning, reducing downtime and maintenance. There are even more benefits to upgrading equipment for wastewater treatment operations. How can Komax help your municipality perform this vital community service?