If you manage a wastewater treatment facility, you deal with a host of problems every day. But if aging infrastructure is one of those concerns, you’re not alone. According to a Black & Veatch study and interviews with professionals in the industry, aging infrastructure is considered the most important issue facing the water industry.
Primary Wastewater Treatment Plant Concerns
Are Water Conservation Efforts Working?
On a national scale, water conservation efforts are making an enormous impact on how much water is consumed. Water usage actually peaked around 1980 and has been slightly declining since the late 2000’s, despite a growing population. However, when it comes to individual sewage treatment facilities, some are constantly being pushed to increase capacity for more localized growth, such as a growing city like Austin, TX.
Sewage Treatment Facility Problems
6 Issues Facing the Water Industry Today:
Aging Infrastructure: As equipment ages or becomes unusable, that infrastructure has to be replaced. More than 50% of the water distribution and collection systems in the Northeastern U.S. are more 60 years old. In the Midwest, 35% of water processing infrastructure is more than 60 years old.Funding, Capital, & Costs: Money is always a problem in the water industry. Funding often comes from a variety of places, and costs keep going up. There is a constant demand to upgrade equipment and keep up with changing regulations and technology.
Changing Regulations: A practice that’s acceptable today may not be allowed tomorrow, or it may be allowed in one area and not in another. Keeping up with changing regulations is a constant burden on the water industry, but these regulations are also vital to maintaining safety standards across the industry.
Technology: Water treatment processes and technology is continually changing and improving, but this means that existing facilities have to keep up with those changes. Water treatment facilities could also become a cyber-attack target, so it’s important for these facilities to stay up-to-date with their computers and data security.