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Back to Basics: 7 Essential Components of Your Wastewater System

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Are you an EHS or Facility Manager that feels uncomfortable around wastewater treatment systems? Do panels full of colorful lights, alarm sirens, and blinking numbers make you want to run the other way? Then this webinar is for you. Our wastewater expert shows you the basic components of most industrial pre-treatment systems and explains how those components should work together.

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Back to Basics: 7 Essential Components of Your Wastewater System

  1. 1. Back to Basics: 7 Essential Components of Your Wastewater System Darrell Interess Triumvirate Environmental
  2. 2. Meet Your Moderator 2 James Ciccone
  3. 3. During This Webinar 3  All lines will be muted.  Communicate via the questions tab in your webinar panel.  Unanswered questions will be responded to after the webinar.  Webinar recording and slides will be emailed to you tomorrow.
  4. 4. Meet Your Presenter 4 Darrell Interess
  5. 5. Overview 5 • Learn about seven of the essential wastewater system components, including tanks, pumps, sensors, and the human operators themselves • Get information to help determine if your current equipment is working as intended, if it’s stretched beyond its limits, or if it’s overkill • Find out if your alarm conditions, component failures, and chemical usage are typical or if they are signs of bigger problems • Receive tips to improve overall operational efficiency and reliability of your wastewater systems
  6. 6. Wastewater Treatment System 6
  7. 7. Poll Question 7 What aspect of your wastewater system do you struggle with the most?
  8. 8. Talking Points for Each Component 8 • What is it? • Why does it matter? • What can go wrong? What should we look for? Image: Burt Process
  9. 9. Tanks 9
  10. 10. Types of Tanks 10 • Cylindrical • Rectangular • Flat bottom • Conical bottom • Baffled Image: Chemtainer Image: Maltz Sales
  11. 11. Tank Materials of Construction 11 Plastic Fiberglass Metal Image: Burt Process
  12. 12. Tanks: Why Do They Matter? 12 • Mixing • Measuring • Transferring materials Image: Burt Process
  13. 13. Tanks: What Can Go Wrong? 13 Unusual Odor Damage or Structural Failure Image: ChemIndustrial Systems
  14. 14. Sensors 14
  15. 15. Sensors 15 • Measure parameters • Provide data • Examples of parameters to measure: - pH - ORP - Level - Flow - DO - Conductivity - Chlorine Image: Burt ProcessImage: Walchem
  16. 16. Sensors: Why Do They Matter? 16 Image: Burt ProcessImage: Walchem Inputs and Outputs Periodic Maintenance
  17. 17. Sensors: What Can Go Wrong? 17 Image: Burt ProcessImage: Walchem Dirty/Fouled Failure (slow and rapid) History and trending
  18. 18. Sensors: Maintenance Considerations 18 Image: Burt ProcessImage: Walchem Cleaning Calibration / Verification Required Supplies Spares
  19. 19. Control System 19
  20. 20. Control System 20 • Combination devices • Power on/off motors • Activate/deactivate switches • Hard-coded “brain” Image: Burt Process Image: Electro-Intro.com
  21. 21. Control System: Why Does It Matter? 21 It controls everything (or just about) that happens in the process
  22. 22. Control System: What Can Go Wrong? 22 • Wire connections • Power surges/fluctuations • Clicking, chattering • Sparking/arcing • Fault lights/horns • Periodic testing Image: Burt Process
  23. 23. Control System vs. Controller 23 • What does a controller do? - Supplies powers sensors - Receives signals from sensors - Often transmits signals to another device Image: Burt Process Image: Walchem
  24. 24. Controllers 24 Image: Burt Process Image: Walchem Single-parameter Multi-parameter PLC SCADA
  25. 25. Pumps 25
  26. 26. Pumps 26 Transfer material from one place to another, often through a process. Image: Colfax Corporation
  27. 27. Pumps: Why Do They Matter? 27 • Affect changes • Process parameters • Accurate measurement Image: PumpFundamentals.com
  28. 28. Types of Pumps 28 • Centrifugal • Self-priming • Progressing cavity • Diaphragm • Submersible • Metering • Peristaltic Image: Burt Process Image: Walchem
  29. 29. 29 Failure Performance deterioration Listen and feel Observe and track Image: Burt Process Pumps: What Can Go Wrong?
  30. 30. Pumps: What Can Go Wrong? 30 Image: Triumvirate Environmental
  31. 31. Mixers & Agitators 31
  32. 32. Mixers & Agitators 32 Goal is to keep material (liquid) homogeneous through continuous motion. Image: SPX Lightnin
  33. 33. Mixers & Agitators 33 Impeller (paddle) Static Fine-bubble diffusion Image: Koflo Corporation Image: Xylem
  34. 34. Mixers & Agitators: Why Do They Matter? 34 • Homogenous solution • Representative reading • Sensor position • Solids/Floc Image: Dynamix
  35. 35. Mixers & Agitators: What Can Go Wrong? 35 Installation and rotation Blades and nozzles Noise Vibration Observe and track sensor readings Image: ETS Environmental
  36. 36. Poll Question 3 6 Which of these best describes your wastewater system?
  37. 37. Filters 37
  38. 38. Types of Filters 38 • Screens • Strainers • Particulate • Ion exchange resin • Activated carbon Image: Hayward Flow Control Image: ResinTech
  39. 39. Filters: Why Do They Matter? 39 Downstream protection Contaminants Image: Rosedale products Image: HomeDepot
  40. 40. Filters: What Can Go Wrong? 40 Loading Maintenance Image: Rosedale products
  41. 41. Operators 41
  42. 42. Operators 42 • Uptime • Scheduling • Collecting & using data • Regulatory reporting
  43. 43. Operators: Why Do They Matter? 43 • The human brain • Make decisions based on inputs • Can predict an outcome before it happens • Respond to malfunctions • Ensure supply of spares
  44. 44. Operators: What Can Go Wrong? 44 •People first •Listen to them •Ask questions •Share information
  45. 45. How It All Works Together 45
  46. 46. Summary 46 • Overview of major components of most wastewater treatment processes • General purpose of each component • Common symptoms and the potential problems that they indicate • How you can tune-in to the system to identify problems early • Coming together to work together to reach a common goal or output: Treated Water
  47. 47. THANK YOU! CONTACT US! 1-888-834-9697 www.triumvirate.com Darrell Interess: dinteress@triumvirate.com

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