Reusing wastewater has a number of environmental, health, economic and financial benefits. This is a proven fact, yet a very high percentage of wastewater is released into the environment worldwide without adequate treatment. This is not only unsustainable, but unacceptable as well given our growing population and the increase in demand for water resources.
If wastewater is managed properly, it can be a highly valuable source of water, energy, wealth and nutrients. Unfortunately, a very low percentage of collected wastewater is treated, which is very problematic for a number of reasons and sectors, including environmental sustainability, public health and social equity. Every country must address this problem, as it is very concerning and presents a huge challenge for our future. The good news is that there are wastewater treatment and collection solutions that can improve this situation and produce better water quality while reducing pollution.
The following are just a few ways through which we can improve wastewater management:
Create A Safe Sanitation Service Chain
This must include wastewater treatment infrastructure, sewerage network rehabilitation and assistance to help customers rearrange their internal plumbing and sanitation fixtures so that they can effectively connect to the network. Social interventions and public awareness are a must so that more people are aware of these sanitation-related issues.
Monitor The Quality Of Water In Different Areas Of Each City
This will help support and optimize water treatment operations and will also improve sanitation investment planning while increasing accountability for pollution and environmental awareness.
Develop An Integrated Urban Water Management Approach
This is essential for the successful planning of urban development, especially in growing areas of a city that are less consolidated and require interventions in wastewater management.
The reality is that every day, money is being wasted because it is essentially being flushed down the toilet. This does not have to be the case because monitoring, river basin planning and wastewater treatment plants can help reduce pollution while fighting water scarcity and protecting public health. These three approaches can make a significant difference and improve the situation, so planners must consider them carefully. Biogas derived from sewage sludge digestion can be transformed into electricity and these plants have the potential to generate a significant percentage of the on-site power requirements to run the wastewater treatment plants.
River basin planning will help people understand water quality stressors and will lead to smarter wastewater project designs. This approach can also facilitate wastewater reuse opportunities because they will be easier to identify. Finally, monitoring will help set reasonable targets and acceptable quality, which are crucial to reuse and resource recovery.
This information can be overwhelming but Taber Solids Control can help you better understand the importance of wastewater management and water treatment. We offer dredge services, centrifuge rentals and dewatering options, so if you are in Edmonton, contact us today!