Resilience | Increased Sludge Processing | New Processing Requirements
AMP7 requires Water Companies to optimise their existing facilities, providing “resilience in the round”. They also need to innovate, whilst providing great customer service and affordable bills.
The volume of sludge produced is increasing, with improved treatment solutions and the need to feed digesters creating greater amounts of green energy. Legislative restrictions on disposal will only become more onerous.
The nature of sludge is changing, with a drive to process ever thicker sludges to increase throughput, along with the introduction of new processes resulting in novel sludge types that have rheological properties that cannot be predicted using existing published rheology data.
Engineers are asking:
How much energy is required to transport sludge within sludge treatment processes and beyond?
What are the best pump, valve and pipeline solutions to move the sludge efficiently and in a manner that is resilient?
Are current sludge systems operating at an optimal level?
Are pumps undersized and overworked? Oversized and underworked?
Is the pipework too big?
What do I need to ensure my existing or new system minimises its TOTEX costs over it's lifecycle? What is the impact?