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Bellin I.,Technoscope
Eau, l'Industrie, les Nuisances | Year: 2013

Better rainwater management, setting up firefighting reserves, storing raw water, drinking water, sewage water, effluent, etc., water storage needs are as different as they are varied. Logically, there are also a great number of solutions adjusted to the different issues being tackled: flexible modular tanks or large diameter pipes, as well as modular tanks and ultralight honeycomb structures.


Breton F.,Technoscope
Eau, l'Industrie, les Nuisances | Year: 2013

Making water distribution or drainage networks smart involves fitting them out with sensors, recorders and actuating devices, gathering increasing numbers of data, and combining them with sophisticated IT tools, shared out or centralized, to offer the best possible overall view of the network. An integrated system of equipment like this opens the way to more efficient and faster-reacting control, and to the development of new functional features, like the optimization of electric power consumption. For the water distributing utility, it represents a major economic and regulatory consideration, with, as a spinoff, a promise of extended services to consumers.


Prefabricated lift stations are being developed increasingly, being light, easy and fast to install, capable of addressing individual requirements as well as those of communities or industries. Their design, their equipment and even the pumps, incorporate many innovations that reduce maintenance costs and improve operational safety.


These devices are now well defined in legislation. They help to protect water resources against chronic pollution. Separators are intended for use on sites where large quantities of hydrocarbons are present, traps for ordinary rainwater to separate out particles. Their day-to-day efficiency depends on their proper functioning, and therefore their maintenance.


Whether well-established or just beginning, the implementation of network asset management provides better knowledge of the overall condition of structures and pipes, enabling repairs or renewals to be better targeted, thus avoiding the excess costs associated with emergency work. This type of management is based on an asset inventory combined with archived operating data providing an indication of its condition: leaks and pipe inspection results. This approach can be very cumbersome if performed all at once. It can, however, be conducted progressively, becoming rapidly efficient when the guidelines and assistance, provided by certain asset management tools or design offices, are followed.


Industrial analysers are used to monitor, in a continuous or sequential manner, a large number of water quality-related parameters. Like their laboratory counterparts, in-line analysers are able to monitor raw sewage, drinking water, wastewater and industrial water. Product upgrades continue. Manufacturers now offer robust, modular and multi-purpose devices able to analyse new parameters and to perform multiplexed measurements. Contract operators are increasingly demanding the same degree of precision and reliability in line as in the laboratory.


Breton F.,Technoscope
Eau, l'Industrie, les Nuisances | Year: 2014

The increasing use of turbidity measurements, particularly in-line, results from the need to better monitor water or fluid quality in industrial processes. It is also promoted via the development of recorders and modes of communication that now provide remote access to data. Consequently, the market is driven by innovations mainly impacting versatility and maintenance conditions for this standards-based technology.


Treating agri-food industry effluent, while saving water, recycling components not used in the processes, or recovering residues for use as fertilizers, the entire treatment chain is adopting a more virtuous and, ultimately, a more economical approach. Not to mention the pressure created by standards pertaining to environmental release, which act as a powerful driving force for innovation.


The main level measurement innovation in the water sector is based on the implementation of radar technology, which has progressed towards products well-suited to the various water applications, in terms both of characteristics and price. Nevertheless, the other measurement technologies: ultrasound, hydrostatic, bubble, float, etc. continue to be appreciated f or their inherent qualities.


Methanisation is a waste water treatment plant pre-treatment procedure used to reduce the amounts of sludge produced by a factor of five, but also to produce biogas, thus lowering the facility's energy bill and even potentially giving rise to energy-plus waste water treatment plants. The highly specific sludge can itself be recovered to seed other facilities. Whether solid or liquid, the waste is transformed to resources that can be reused, even in fertilizer and energy production plants.

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