How sustainability technology can optimize water operations

Water treatement plant

As poet W. H. Auden wrote, “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” Despite knowing its significance, we waste and pollute our water to a great extent. 80% of the world’s wastewater is discarded in our water sources – oceans, rivers, and lakes. Water is the most constrained natural resource today due to dire challenges like climate change and the disparity between demand and supply. By 2040, one in 4 children will reside in places with significant water stress. Millions of people depend on freshwater resources, but as sea levels rise, the water resources are becoming more and more salty.

Global water needs will increase from 4,500 billion m3 today to 6,900 billion m3 by 2030 if the current “business-as-usual” trends continue.

An average American uses 2,220 gallons of water every day, which in some nations may be enough for an entire family for a week. Most developed nations have an excessive water footprint, which can be reduced dramatically by recycling treated wastewater for use in irrigation and agriculture. This recycled water can even be reused in various industries as well. Reusing water contributes to two important UN SDGs: Partnership for the Goals and Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 17) (SDG 12).

Optimizing industrial water operations

Water-intensive industrial operations like mining are being regulated for their water usage – resulting in investments of $15 billion in 2019 alone for achieving efficiency in water operations. AI-driven operational reliability can improve water management processes for increased productivity and lower costs.

Currently, the world’s sewage is dumped into water sources at a rate of over 80%, resulting in damaging lakes, rivers, and the ocean. To achieve a circular water economy, the industries must invest resources in optimizing the water operations in the following three ways:

1. Optimization of energy consumption in water treatment

It takes many pumps to transport water during transit, tank filling, or processing. These pumps can be operated more efficiently to help cut expenses and energy usage. Energy conservation aids the water and wastewater business in reducing its carbon footprint too. Optimized plant operation also lessens the strain on the equipment and extends the availability of pumps and other equipment.

For this reason, plant operators must continuously analyze operational data, both from their plants and from external sources. These data must be collected and subjected to advanced algorithms with significant processing capacity, and the outcomes must be displayed to the operators in a user-friendly, explainable interface. Operators can use this information to pinpoint the ideal maintenance parameters and run uninterrupted, secure operations.

Based on established key performance indicators (KPIs), Eugenie’s products enable optimum water processing operations while minimizing energy usage. Additionally,  plant operators can get efficient and proactive maintenance schedules and quicker responses to unplanned events.

2. Reduction of non-revenue water by identifying and eradicating leaks

The loss of water that enters pipe networks around the world due to leaks or theft is a significant problem for the sector. More than 50% of treated water is wasted during pipeline transfer in some areas.  Due to the fact that more water is generated than is required, this non-revenue water not only has an adverse effect on the financial health of water supply businesses – it also puts extra strain on natural water resources.

Contrarily, wastewater leaks and spills are frequently a significant source of contamination and can impact water quality. Infrastructure damage can also result from significant occurrences of pipe breaks. Operators of the plant and the network must therefore rapidly and accurately identify and fix leaks.

In addition to leaks, excessive volumes of non-revenue water can be caused by water theft and metering errors, which can cause losses in pipe networks. A leak detection solution must provide a cost-benefit analysis and be able to distinguish between non-revenue water or water loss.

Advanced AI-driven solutions like Eugenie use data from current metering and automation systems to find pipe breaches. Eugenie’s products can identify both – small and big leaks with AI-based real-time analysis.

Efficient asset management can reduce operational and maintenance costs while also reducing leakage times and rates. Thus, Eugenie’s solutions help eliminate the damage through the early detection of leaks.

3. Optimizing wastewater treatment

Wastewater management is one industry that has already seen the effects of climate change massively. Surface runoff and sewage are typically collected in one system in many nations. As a result, during periods of intense rainfall (which are anticipated to occur more frequently due to climate change), drainage systems may become overloaded and untreated sewage may be released into water sources like lakes and rivers. On the other hand, prolonged dryness and water-saving measures can lead to clogged, “dry” pipes.

With the aid of Eugenie’s products, gates, locks, and pumps can be controlled in accordance with current rainfall measurements and forecasts in order to improve the efficiency of wastewater treatment and sewer management – thereby, also preventing unrestrained sewage releases into the environment.

Features of automatic anomaly detection, visualization, and dynamic KPI analysis are included in Eugenie’s products to enable reduced danger of sewage clogs and overflows, reduced fines for pollution-related accidents, enhanced operational reliability, and optimal cost-efficiency for plant operators. These improvements are made possible by data-driven asset maintenance and timely decision-making.

How eugenie's water sustainability technology can optimize water treatment operations

Conclusion

The way water resources are used today is best described as a “cradle to grave” strategy – resources are taken from the Earth, used, and then thrown away. To avoid the global looming water crisis and to protect our environment, effective water operations are inevitable. Eugenie’s AI-powered solutions can help plant engineers and operators in the water industry in preparing to meet future business and sustainability needs.

Find out how Eugenie.ai taps into the magic of AI to eliminate asset failures and other maintenance issues, thereby boosting your operations. Reach out to us at support@eugenie.ai.

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