Why do wastewater treatment plants use digital control panels?
One answer is that these systems can give managers eyes in their wastewater treatment plants that they never had before – whether it’s sub-metering, data collection or remote monitoring. Why is this? Because most wastewater plants have systems that are old – sometimes dating as far back as when your grandparents were kids. To be honest, it’s amazing that these places work as well as they do.
But with digital control panels, wastewater treatment facilities can leapfrog into the digital age almost overnight. These solutions can help managers to collect and view data in a way that gets the most out of the systems they’re working with.
For example, let’s talk about pump energy usage. Collecting data on their energy usage can tell a plant manager a variety of things – from where energy use is occurring, what issues may be emerging in the system and what maintenance needs to be performed. This can lead to significant cost savings for the facility.
Aeration basins are the most energy-intensive aspect of a wastewater treatment plant and are almost always the first place that managers think to look when they’re looking to lower emissions and offset their energy usage. But if a manager used sub-metering, they might discover that this isn’t the case; that once the data has fully accumulated, that it could be the sewer pumps that are using up all that energy because it’s malfunctioning.
This kind of information empowers managers to be able to address issues before they become problems and run their plants more optimally. And when they’re running plants more optimally that means they’re improving operational efficiency, extending the life of the machinery and assets of the plant and also saving significant money.
When laid across a much larger scale – say 8 plants within a metro-area’s portfolio – managers can even begin to evaluate a variety of plants all at once – and adding significant scale to a municipal wastewater operation.
For managers, one of the most important things they can invest in is remote digital monitoring. The significant not only around individual plants – but at scale as well – can be significant. If you’re interested in learning what remote digital monitoring can do for your wastewater treatment facility, feel free to give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then, we hope this gave you something to think about. Good luck!