Streamline - Summer 2016 - (Page 23)
System Efficiency and Production:
Time for a Change???
BY LUCIAN LINEBERRY, CIRCUIT RIDER #1
THE CAPABILITY OF a system operating at maximum present day production can depend on several factors. These may include
items such as: age, engineered design, location, plant equipment, operational schedule, influent/effluent demand, chemical choice
and feed and others which may be influenced by individual and/or local situations.
Some plant updates made may be
in various combinations, while only
a single change of operation may be a
great improvement for others. The same
could also apply in distribution; i.e., larger
lines, more valves and meters, automated
equipment, etc. Age plays a big role in
most cases, bearing in mind the structure
capabilities of update changes allowing
for stress changes, entry for larger equipment, and environmental specifications,
to name a few.
Engineered design can be a factor in
adapting to improvements, especially in
situations where the structure was erected
years before and was not drafted for
future adaptations. In some cases, if many
improvements are considered, new facilities may be a financial alternative. This
can also involve the factor of location; is
the present facility location not spaced
for needed upgrades, demanded influent, environmental requirements, etc.?
Again, anticipating present and future
distribution changes, should total facility
re-location be considered?
If adaptable, old equipment - pumps,
valves, meters, etc. - can be replaced by
more dependable and operational items.
Modern plant and distribution options
include Scada systems, which monitor
operations and allow for faster evaluations of ongoing situations. This can also
aid in operational schedules, allowing for
personnel to spend time on other improving activities.
As residential population, industry,
etc., add to system usage, so does influent/effluent demand. This is, in most
Photo by permission Town of Pochontas.
instances, the main factor for system
updates and improvements. Although
any change can be a financial "blow,"
this scenario seems to be a huge shock,
but should, in turn, be a plus to future
assets. When managed correctly (and
yearly, three year, five year, etc.), plans
are implemented for rate changes, system
updates, i.e., utilities should be considered
the income for the local.
Chemical changes can sometimes be a
simple asset to a big savings for the system. Improved and/or new chemicals can
decrease costs by purchase price, fewer
chemicals used, less wear on equipment,
less possible cleaning time, etc. This, of
course, includes that proper pump feed
calibration is constantly monitored.
Also, each piece of equipment/chemical involved has an optimum setting for
maximum use at minimum cost. This
setting can be obtained by adjusting feed
rates at random situations, i.e., influent
turbidities, other chemicals being used
Every system should always be
researching, financially planning, and
considering any changes which could
be made for improvements. Water and
wastewater systems both should be considered in combination when finances
and future changes are implemented.
With technology changing daily, again,
plans for yearly stages, one, three, five,
etc. are a must for financially surviving and keeping a utility operationally
Updating your system at the present
may seem devastating, but it will, in the
future, allow you to "see the light at the
end of the tunnel." Aid is available in
various ways for funding, depending
on individual systems and their needs.
If more information is desired, please
contact me at (c) 276-233-9177 or e-mail
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2016
From the President: Life’s a Dance
From the Executive Director: Drum Roll Please...
VRWA’s 2016 Conference Highlights
VRWA Says “Until We Meet Again
System Efficiency and Production: Time for a Change???
Confessions of the Chronically Late
OSHA’S Recordkeeping Rule
Revenue and Reasonable Rates
When and How to Use Piping Restraints
Retaining Operators: Is it Really Just About $$?
What is WaterPAC?
Note from Myrica Keiser, Executive Director, VRWA
Throwing My Loop: The Secret to Creativity
VRWA Members Corner
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Summer 2016