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How To Better Manage Wastewater Treatments With EchoSmart
Monday, July 12, 2021

Every day, wastewater treatment facilities process 34 billion gallons of wastewater in the United States.

Sludge, or biosolids, is the residue that builds up in wastewater treatment plants. Thus, the treatment and disposal of sludge are vital in wastewater treatments.

Using the latest technology, facilities can monitor sludge levels better than ever before. They will not need extra land, which is hard to come by.

In the long run, wastewater treatment facilities will save money from the new technology too. This is all while improving water quality standards.

EchoSmart is a groundbreaking technology to monitor sludge levels. If you want to know more about it, this article is for you.

Wastewater Treatments Explained

Wastewater treatments include three main steps. Let's summarize the process.

The primary treatment uses a gravity filter. First, water flows through the filter bed using gravity. Then, gravity removes floating solids.

The primary treatment should remove all solids from the wastewater. This treatment will also skim grease and oil off the surface. Regular gravity filter maintenance is necessary to ensure an efficient wash process.

The secondary treatment is biological. It breaks down organic compounds through two different processes.

Thickening occurs by removing water. Then, digesters break down organic compounds in the sludge further.

The tertiary treatment removes smaller contaminants to meet regulatory limits. Water flows through a chlorine contract tank to kill bacteria. Finally, filters remove chlorine to protect wildlife and micro-organisms.

After this treatment, facilities return clean water to the water cycle. They also dispose of biosolids. Farmers often use dry sludge as a soil fertilizer. Sludge may also be buried or burned.

At every step, wastewater treatment management must monitor sludge levels. The sludge density tells the controllers when to move from one stage to the next.

Incorrect sludge readings slow down the wastewater treatment process. Yet, accurate measurements of sludge have traditionally been difficult. EchoSmart technology is changing that.

EchoSmart Technology

The EchoSmart sludge blanket monitor is an underwater interface level analyzer technology. It uses a digital platform to locate the analyzer in the sensor.

EchoSmart technology allows users to control 16 sensors at a time. It is easy to add extra detectors to an existing network too.

Users can control all sensors using one EchoSmart controller.

The field network of sensors lowers per-tank costs. Facilities can connect the sensors wirelessly too. This further cuts down on conduit and cabling costs.

EchoSmart technology can even help wastewater management teams to generate their own electricity. They can use gas produced in the digesters to power turbines.

Wastewater treatment maintenance will always be important in facilities. But, using EchoSmart technology will establish a more efficient operation.

Choose EchoSmart

Sludge monitoring is crucial. It ensures high-quality water standards at every stage of wastewater treatment. Besides, precise sludge monitoring leads to higher efficiency and cost savings.

To learn more about installing EchoSmart technology, contact us today. Ask our experts about the free 30-day trial with a stand-alone system to get started now.