A ‘system thinking’ approach to wastewater treatment

Veolia Water Technologies UK (VWT UK) describes its new Aquavista Plant system as ‘the future of real-time monitoring’. The ‘suite of digital solutions to help water treatment and water management professionals respond to environmental, compliance, and market challenges’ has already been successfully implemented on a number of projects across Europe.

Providing real-time performance optimisation of wastewater treatment facilities and networks, the system is designed to enable the enhancement of hydraulic and biological capacity, and to optimise energy usage, chemical consumption, and the sludge production of the plant. Delivering a true ‘system thinking’ approach to wastewater treatment, it provides remote digital monitoring, analysis, and optimisation of water and wastewater treatment equipment and processes, and can be implemented on installations of any size. Suitable for new or existing plants and both VWT UK and non-VWT UK products, it can also be ‘integrated seamlessly into software’.

Monitoring devices are installed on all relevant equipment, and the resulting data then fed back to the Aquavista Plant system, where it is aggregated and displayed in real time on an ‘intuitive dashboard’ overview, which can be ‘tailored to the specific needs of the site’. The data is stored securely ‘in the cloud’, and is accessible to users at any time, from any location, and on any connected device, through a single private portal. It can also be ‘enriched’ through a suite of intelligent applications, algorithms, and machine learning, ‘to deliver further functionality and reporting’.

Veolia said: “Aquavista Plant typically delivers 20% to 50% savings in overall OPEX, up to 40% more biological capacity, and up to 100% more hydraulic capacity, as well as improved effluent quality from the wastewater treatment, and a reduction in combined sewer overflows (CSOs).”