The amount of energy used during the water treatment process is huge, and because treatment plants have to operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week saving energy to reduce costs isn't simple. However, it isn't impossible. By making a few changes, your water treatment plant can keep the amount of electric used to minimum, cutting down your electric costs.
Alter the Aeration Process
Aeration is a an essential part of the water treatment process. However, several water treatment plants are discovering that the process they use to aerate the water is extremely wasteful. In order to save energy during the aeration process consider altering your computer program to aerate the water only when the water tank is completely full.
By aerating the water in batches, instead of continually aerating the water as your water tanks fill, it reduces the aeration time, which saves energy and money. If your plant's computer system isn't capable of aerating the water when the tanks are full, invest in a timer to control the process.
Upgrade Your Equipment
When is the last time your plant upgraded its fluid handling equipment? If it's been awhile, your equipment is probably using more energy than needed. Consider implementing a plan to replace your fluid handling equipment over a specific period of time. When it's time to replace each piece of equipment, purchase fluid handling equipment with energy-efficient motors. Not only does using equipment with energy-efficient motors save energy, but it reduces maintenance costs as well because energy-efficient equipment doesn't need maintenance as frequently.
Pump Water at Night
Electrical rates are lower at night than they are during the day. So, by changing the time of day that your water treatment plant pumps water, you'll reduce your energy costs.
Invest in Alternative Energy Sources
Consider investing in a renewable energy source for your water treatment plant. By installing solar panels, your plant has the means of generating it's own energy. While installing solar panels won't generate all of the energy needed to run a water treatment plant, the energy that the solar panels generate cuts down the percentage of electric that the plant has to pay for, which can save a substantial amount of money each year.
Electricity is the highest cost of treatment plant operation, but it is a cost that can be controlled. By upgrading your fluid handling equipment, investing in renewable energy source, and making a few changes to your plant's operating process, it's simple to reduce the amount of energy your plant uses each day to save money on utilities.