How Monitoring and Control of Water Treatment Lowers Costs
Monday, September 13, 2021


In the United States, around 34 billion gallons of wastewater are processed every day. The majority of wastewater comes from industrial uses, runoff, and sewage.

Water treatment plant operators can reduce costs by monitoring the water treatment process. Interested in learning more? Then keep reading.

How Can Monitoring Water Treatment Reduce Costs?

Lowering costs of water treatment systems requires an understanding of water flow levels. But operators need to read the data at various stages of the treatment process.

That data can then be used to run the wastewater treatment at peak efficiency. This is only possible through real-time and continual monitoring.

With accurate data from EchoSmart sludge monitoring, treatment plant operators can prevent unnecessary aeration and mixing. This reduces power usage through the plant.

Using monitoring devices can also reduce the need for chemical dosing. This can lower your overhead.

Remote monitoring can also reduce sludge levels. Lower sludge levels lower the cost of water treatment.

How Does Wastewater Treatment Monitoring Work?

There is a wide range of water treatment monitoring options on the market. One option involves using a computer-controlled program that automates the water treatment process.

Operators can check readings that include:

  • Including inlet and outlet pressures
  • Fluid composition
  • Water conductivity
  • Storage level
  • Equipment status
  • Performance metrics

Sensors on values, tanks, and other components send data to a computerized system. The system analyzes the data and makes adjustments based on those metrics. The results are a system that is more efficient and requires fewer resources.

Pump speeds and pressure balance can be adjusted more efficiently to allow for reduced consumption of fuel needed to power the pumps.

Gravity Filter Backwash Monitor

Our gravity filter backwash monitor uses a FilterSmart sensor. Operators place the device below the top of the wash-through. The ultrasonic sensor tracts the flow of material flowing past the sensor. The FilterSmart sensor can read how dirty or clean the backwash is.

This allows the monitor to access an accurate profile of the backwash, which can cut media loss and mudball formation. The results are increased wastewater treatment efficiency and better filter health.

EchoSmart Sludge Blanket Monitor

Our EchoSmart is an underwater analyzer that communicates via a digital platform. The Smart-Sensor technology allows users to control upwards of 16 Smart Sensors using one controller.

This lowers the installation cost since the entire network is integrated into one controller. The wireless option also allows users to cut the cost of running cables and conduits.

Operators can use data from the blanket monitor to make adjustments to water flow and other variables. The data can increase efficiency and reduce wasted resources.

Improve Your Treatment Plant's Efficiency by Monitoring Wastewater

Water treatment doesn't always leave easy ways to increase profitability. If your company is facing fixed costs and income options, increasing efficiency may be your best bet for saving money.

Entech Design is revolutionizing how water professionals manage gravity filters. To schedule your consultation with one of our water experts, drop us a message. One of our sales reps will respond ASAP.