The Monitoring Experts Podcast

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Monitoring wastewater treatment plants

Operational technology components, environmental metrics, ozone levels...the unique challenge of monitoring wastewater treatment plants.

2022-12-28 23 min

Description & Show Notes

Wastewater treatment plants are crucial to society, and provide their own unique challenges. We take a look at the processes in a typical water treatment facility and discover what needs to be monitored to ensure continuous and secure operations.

To understand how wastewater treatment plants are monitored, it first helps to understand the processes behind how water is treated. David Montoya, our monitoring expert in this episode, takes us through the different phases that water goes through in a treatment plant, which include filtering, clarifying (such as with ozone or bacteria), and disinfecting. Then he explains the combination of operational technology (OT) and IIoT components involved, how these should be monitored (including the common protocols used), and the importance of predictive maintenance.

The challenges of wastewater treatment facilities are unique: 
  • The nature of water brings its own problems, such as corrosion or rusting of equipment. 
  • Quality control is a concern too, and this requires accurate measurements and historical data. 
  • There is a risk of cyber attacks (in fact, last year we featured an example of this on our blog - Cyberattack on water plant shows vulnerability of industrial networks
  • Energy consumption of treatment facilities is a major concern
David explains how monitoring can help manage each of these specific challenges.

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