Johnson Controls explains how projects that improve wastewater treatment infrastructure can increase operating efficiency, help the local environment, provide economic benefits, improve the reliability of compliance, and enhance the community’s quality of life. Cities and water authorities can attain these benefits without investing their own capital up front and yet earn immediate long-term guaranteed cost savings.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is placing stricter limits on the formation of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in water treatment facilities. The new limits pose a serious challenge to plant operators because the most critical (highest) areas of the water system must be sampled and each site must stand independent of system-wide averaging.
Groundwater at an industrial site in Texas is impacted with Chlorinated Volatile Organic Carbon’s
(CVOCs), primarily PCE and TCE, from historical waste disposal. The topography at the site slopes
steeply towards a small channel where the groundwater discharges. Depth to groundwater ranges from
approximately 20 ft bgs at the source area to 1 ft bgs close to the channel.