Last updated May 27, 2019

So much goes into the process of treating wastewater – more than the general public realizes.

The average urban wastewater treatment plant receives over 30,000 gallons of wastewater every day – how do you manage all of that?

First, let’s talk about Septage Receiving : “Honey Trucks” are driving in and unloading highly concentrated waste at the water treatment facility.

Emptying a septic truck

The logistics at this first stage of managing water treatment are enormous.

Where does all the waste go?
Can your facility begin processing immediately, or does the concentrated waste require a holding tank?

Where is the holding tank located and what is its maximum capacity? How do you deal with overflow, machinery malfunctions and extreme weather?

Once the septage has been received, it needs to be processed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

This begins with solids removal. What systems are in place for efficient solids removal? How many gallons per minute can be processed? How does your equipment handle rags, trash and debris?

One water treatment plant in Colorado Springs, Colorado, recently overhauled their solids removal system to make it more efficient in handling larger, non-biodegradable material by redesigning the receiving area and installing new, heavy-duty grinders.

“The prior receiving area was pretty extreme, they were just dumping into an open pit,” said Bob Bolton PE, a Principal at Integra, the company that oversaw the solids removal upgrade.

“It would go through a coarse bar screen but that was pretty much it.”

Septage receiving challenges & solutions

Now the entire facility is running much smoother with dual manual and digitally controlled monitoring.

Staff at the Colorado Springs facility are able to control the flow manually if, and when, problems do arise.

Otherwise, the smooth operation from septage receiving, solids removal and final clean-out of the water is monitored digitally.

This kind of overhaul cost the Colorado Springs water treatment plant over a million dollars – when these controls and protocols could have been put in place at the outset of construction.

How can you ensure your municipality has the right design and the right equipment to run efficiently?

Flowpoint advanced secure access system allows the hauler to generate an automated billingThat’s where Flowpoint Systems comes in.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help you design and manage your entire water treatment solution from receiving to removal.

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