As you may have heard, many areas of North America are experiencing drought conditions. Even areas with plenty of rainfall are subject to ever more stringent water reuse regulations, leading to a high level of activity as detailed by Bluefield Research in a recent study with these five top takeaways:
- Wastewater reuse for municipal utilities will increase 61% by 2025 and will require $11 billion of capital expenditures.
- 94% of reuse projects in the U.S. are expected to take place in nine states, headlined by Florida and California.
- There are more than 247 reuse projects in various stages of planning in the U.S.
- Potable reuse, the process of treating wastewater to drinking water, currently makes up 15% of total capacity and is expected to increase to 19% of total water reuse by 2025.
- More than 94% of California's project pipeline is located in seven counties and is dominated by Los Angeles county were urban water use, population growth, and drought combine for the greatest demand.
If you work in the water/wastewater industry, you're probably seeing the impact of these findings already and you may be wondering how to implement related projects, particularly in the area of automation and control. As the diagram below shows, automation is required in a number of areas including flood control, wastewater collection, and water treatment.
Advantech offers a wide range of automation solutions for water/wastewater applications, starting at the I/O level and progressing up to controllers and operator interface. These solutions can help you address your automation issues in a cost-effective manner.