Article | March 11, 2013

Simulation In The Water And Wastewater Industries

Source: Emerson Process Management, Power & Water Solutions

Until recently, simulation was perceived by many to be out of reach for the water and wastewater industries due to its expense and the complexity of the technology. However, ongoing technological advances have overcome these two obstacles, driving down costs and making the technology easier to implement. As such, simulation is now practical for municipalities from both an economic and operational perspective. 

And the timing couldn’t be better. 

The water and wastewater industries are operating in an increasingly challenging environment as competing economic, environmental and regulatory pressures stretch resources to the limit. But it doesn’t end there.

These pressures are about to be further exacerbated by workforce woes: Roughly one-third of U.S. water and wastewater utility workers will be eligible to retire by 2018.i While filling the open positions will certainly be a challenge, replacing the significant practical, on-the-job knowledge experienced operators possess will be much more difficult.