Wonderware helps water and wastewater facilities maximize operating efficiency
As an operator of a water or wastewater utility you have a lot on your plate. Not only are you required to provide reliable and affordable water and wastewater services, you must also be compliant with a number of government regulations and ensure that your operations are sustainable.
Water utilities require more efficient methods of engineering, optimization of energy supply, and contextualized compliance monitoring as they seek to expand availability of water to the general population at an affordable price.
Global challenges abound. How can engineers create and reticulate clean and affordable water and wastewater services in developing countries using standard technologies? How can engineers balance the new cost equation between energy and water quality that energy-hungry reclaiming and desalination technologies introduce? What intelligent infrastructure is available to allow automation vendors to deliver real-time data in for multi-user operations decision-making?
Using an HMI SCADA solution based on Situational Awareness and IntelaTrac, the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department provides management and maintenance of the county’s sanitary sewer system.
The greater the number of plants an engineer has to design, control and rollout, the less effective are traditional procedural and list-oriented engineering tables. Replacing those with online template object-oriented systems can result in dramatic savings.
One of the key benefits in encapsulating design, parameterization and visualization in an object methodology is the ease with which knowledge and understanding can be transferred from year to year and from older to younger generations.
Recent engineering system advances enable design, simulation, checkout and deployment using a single environment. This makes it easier for lead and contract engineers to clone and extend plant models consistently and with minimal errors and design interaction.
Describing the fundamental model of the plant in terms of its functionality and data structure, augmented with appropriate visualization, enables use of reusable objects without data degradation.
The latest IT and operational software system architectures have become more flexible and more powerful while relying less on custom code. At the base of the component stack is an efficient supervisory system providing plant control and monitoring. Push technology can be used to promote alerts and alarms to operators in the field. Security can be managed with firewalls and domain controllers.
As an example of an extensible architecture, one might use a Wonderware Tiered Historian to aggregate plant information on energy usage and then feed information to other architectural levels, such as corporate-level energy management systems and business intelligence applications. Analysis may then reveal trends that could lead to new efficiencies or cost savings opportunities. The use of the latest Web client technology enables remote engineering and operations, maintenance and virtual team access.
Continuous improvements in water reclamation and desalination technology have fostered an increased ability to produce clean water. However, even with these improvements, water processing operations continue to be energy intensive.
Optimization of the energy cost equation includes the energy supply tariff, cost and volume of pumped storage, as well as plant costs. With daily and seasonal variations in demand and coupling of domestic with industrial demand, energy management systems using multisite corporate and single-site stability constraints can determine the optimal pumping and storage regime. A good corporate energy management strategy supported by energy management software can balance factors such as the physical water network, actual energy costs and demand throughout the wider region of use.
Wonderware is a modern and safe choice for water and wastewater utilities. We bring decades of experience serving the industry and offer the broadest and most current software portfolio available, with more than 100,000 plants and 1.6 million licenses using Wonderware solutions to run mission-critical processes.
Our robust upgrade program has enabled the utilities to upgrade their solutions to fit their needs as our software has been enhanced with new functionality and supported by new technologies.
Wonderware has local representation, support and training through our distribution network and provides the broadest set of water and wastewater system integrators available, offering both local and global services. The link below will help you find a partner that suits your needs: