What Is Involved with Wastewater Management?
No one knows it better than municipal utility managers: the sewage system of any sized city or town can be a complex operation.
Automated infrastructure, always with some degree of human oversight, constantly carries wastewater away from home and businesses, through hundreds of miles of underground piping, and into water treatment plants.
That’s a simplistic way of putting it: the stages of wastewater’s journey from the surface to the system’s end point involve all kinds of manholes, drains, piping, stormwater overflows, pumping stations, and screening chambers.
Most sewer systems are gravity based, meaning no energy is expended on moving wastewater from sewer mains down to treatment plants; the differences in elevation handle that just fine. In hilly areas where not all the sewer lines can be placed based on gravity, the wastewater must be pressurized and pumped.
It’s an understatement to say this is a lot to handle, no matter how experienced the utility manager is. These individuals have to ensure not only that the wastewater is flowing through the system as it should, but also that the infrastructure itself is working properly and not in danger of breaking down.
So, how can you make all of this easier on yourself and your municipality?