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How Flow Meters Help With Water and Wastewater Treatment

Water is essential for life on earth, and water treatment facilities are tasked with the complicated job of supplying safe drinking water to residents throughout the United States. They need to properly treat wastewater and ensure there are no disruptions in the process. Flow meters not only assist with this process, but they also enhance it.

How Flow Meters Benefit Drinking Water Systems

Wastewater treatment plants do not have anything to treat without first reclaiming water. Ground and surface water needs to be monitored during the acquisition process to ensure proper intake, pump operation, and downstream treatment. Clamp-on ultrasonic flow meters or electromagnetic meters are used to measure accurate flow rates.

Flow meters are also crucial to the clarification, filtration, and treatment stages. The flow must be carefully observed to adjust the number of coagulants and polymers needed for proper filtration. Different types of flow meters, such as a clamp-on ultrasonic or turbine, can also ensure the correct dosage of disinfectant, pH adjustment, and fluoride during treatment.

Finally, flow meters can help in the distribution of drinking water to households, buildings, and facilities by capturing the amounts of water flowing through the system. If there is a change in water pressure, this can help water treatment plants detect leaks before a significant loss occurs.

How Flow Meters Aid in Collection and Recovery Processes

Industrial wastewater treatment facilities rely on flow meters to guarantee the water’s quality and purity. They use such meters as the differential pressure and insertion vortex meters at different stages throughout the purification cycle to ensure safe water is returned to the atmosphere or water distribution systems for reuse.

The first stage of the recovery process is collection. During this stage, treatment plants need to measure the amount of sewage being pumped throughout the system. Electromagnetic, ultrasonic, and open channel flow meters are often used to capture this measurement. These meters can also be used after the aeration stage to monitor the wastewater flow after air has been added.

During the digestion phase, facility operators use differential pressure and insertion vortex meters to prevent a buildup of gas in the digester and excess waste from entering the environment.

Finally, flow meters are required to comply with regulatory guidelines. These devices can measure the volume of water discharged to ensure accurate reporting and reuse.

Improve Your Water System With Premier Flow Meters

Whether you already use flow meters in your system or wish to improve your processes with the installation of high-quality meters, JLC International can help. We can assist you in finding the best flow measurement solution for your application. In addition to a range of flow meters for water treatment applications, we also have inline turbine flow meters, dew point meters, and humidity transmitters. Contact us today for more information about our flow meters!