A Small Community’s Goal of Improving Effluent Quality, Reducing Energy Costs and Managing Their Water ResourcesCity of North Port Wastewater Treatment Facility
North Port, Florida
Recent societal pressures to reduce the costs associated with energy consumption and the related
greenhouse gas emissions have created a driver that is an inconsistent with the traditional goals
of water quality and environmental protection. The conflict between these goals is particularly
compelling for wastewater treatment facilities (WWTFs), as more stringent effluent requirements
are being promulgated. By and large, it can be said that the greater the required level of treatment
– the greater the energy demand. In addition, both influent concentrations and the type of
biological treatment processes used to meet the regulatory requirements play a considerable role
of the factors that must be considered. In most cases, many facilities over aerate, with no regard
to how much air is required for the process in order to obtain adequate margin of safety against
permit exceedances. The result is that the actual discharge concentrations of these constituents
are well below the permitted discharge concentration, while a significant amount of energy is
wasted in accomplishing this.
Another concern facing utilities are diminishing freshwater supplies, impacts from climate
change, population growth, and more stringent effluent disposal and water quality limitations, all
of which have all placed greater demands on the development of reclaimed water facilities to
supplement the use of this resource in lieu of potable water. Not only can the use of reclaimed
water help conserve potable water by replacing potable water for certain non-potable water uses,
it can also help recharge groundwater supplies. As a result, utilities are finding synergistic
solutions to water supply, wastewater treatment and water resources management issues.
Therefore, the adequacy and protection of our water supplies will be one of the more challenging
issues that utilities will face in the 21st century.
Posted: May 20th, 2011 | Filed under: 50k-100k, Stormwater, Waste Water Treatment, Water Treatment | Tags: Cost Savings, Energy Savings, Environmental Impact, Improved Effluent, Plant Sustainability, Reclaimed Water, Reduced Carbon Footprint, Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions | No Comments »