• Wastewater is suddenly an important source for data and insight for solving problems beyond the scope of traditional water management.

  • Wastewater is a contradiction. On one side, it is a potentially harmful pollutant, capable of immense damage to ecologies, communities, and infrastructure. On the other, and perhaps less well understood, it is a valuable resource and a vital raw material; the potential key to improved public and environmental health, and sustainable water consumption into an ever thirstier future.

  • Extraneous water in the wastewater network is likely to increase as the climate change progresses. Wastewater components can offer key information for water utilities for prioritizing network inspections and renovations, such as CCTV and manhole cover inspections. At the same time, calculating wastewater components out of pumping stations data is a valuable example of how water utilities can extract concrete insights from large data sets.

  • Wastewater analytics are already being used around the world to monitor contamination, optimize treatment processes, and catch environmental scofflaws. So why has the U.S. been so slow to adopt these technologies?

  • Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) is the analysis of wastewater to identify the presence of biologicals or chemicals for the purpose of monitoring public health. It can provide a snapshot of entire communities from one sample. Detecting viral diseases by way of wastewater monitoring is nothing new, it’s been known for decades that viral particles can be detected in human feces. WBE has previously been used to detect the presence of pharmaceutical or industrial waste, drugs, viruses, and potential emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In Israel, a wastewater surveillance program for monitoring polio outbreaks has been successfully running since 1989.

  • Water Online’s “Math Solutions Explained” series, presented by wastewater consultant and trainer Dan Theobald (“Wastewater Dan”), educates operators by explaining BOD mg/L calculations.

  • Since March of last year, when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, the U.S. has recorded over 33.7 million cases of infection and surpassed 600,000 deaths due to the highly transmissible viral disease.

  • Infrastructure rarely makes headlines, but the severe devastation in Texas requires a blunt conversation about aging infrastructure in the U.S. In a strange coincidence, shortly after news and images from Texas shocked the world, ASCE published its 2021 Infrastructure Report Card highlighting the decrepit state of the nation’s infrastructure, and, for the first time, including a report card for stormwater management.

  • With freshwater sources depleting rapidly, treating and consuming wastewater seems to be the only option in the near future. As per a UN population fund released in 2001, it was estimated that the world will start facing water-related issues by 2050.

  • A community wastewater system can provide valuable information about public health conditions in an anonymous and rapidly accessible manner. One area where this is especially powerful is infectious diseases, which are shed into wastewater systems. In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the scientific community has rapidly mobilized to determine if wastewater monitoring for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could be detected and quantified in wastewater streams and sludge.


  • Wastewater Treatment Facility Complements On-Line Monitoring With Automated Control

    The Minnesota River Valley Public Utilities Commission (MRVPUC) provides wastewater treatment for the City of Le Sueur and the City of Henderson in south-central Minnesota. Its wastewater treatment plant serves a domestic population of about 4,500; however, more than 50 percent of treatment plant influent flow and load consists of industrial waste. This unusually high percentage of industrial load often results in large, unexpected volumes to the system. A significant factor is the highly varying phosphorus load that challenges operators to meet the utility’s annual average discharge limit of 1.0 mg/L total phosphorus.

  • Dioxin & PCB Analysis

    Testing for dioxins and PCBs in environmental samples can be challenging due to matrix effects and the need to be able to detect these compounds at very low levels. 

    The Dioxin and PCB analysis brochure covers a variety of topics:

    • Dioxin prep system for thorough cleanup with significant time-savings
    • ORBO™-1000 samplers for collecting dioxins/furans and PCBs from air
    • GC columns suitable for analysis of dioxins and PCBs
    • SupraSolv® high quality solvents for trace GC analysis
    • Certified reference materials and analytical standards for accurate analysis
  • TOC Monitoring In Process Return Condensate

    Industrial power plants or co-generation power plants utilize steam for industrial purposes other than power production.
    Part of the steam is extracted from the water steam cycle and used for specific manufacturing processes. Examples of such industrial steam usage are refining, pulp and paper production, brewing, district heating, sugar and rubber production and countless more. After the steam is used it will return to the water steam cycle as a return condensate.
    This is identified as the critical point. If a potentially contaminated condensate from external use is re-fed into the "clean" cycle this can cause critical chemistry issues and damages at major generation components.

    Since the steam generation plant and the industrial plant are typically managed separately and are controlled areas, the return condensate defines the transfer point where either party must ensure that values are meeting requirements.

  • Custom Water Panel Answers Multiple Water Questions

    From intake through flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection, water plants monitor and control a number of water quality parameters before going to distribution. Increasingly plant managers are recognizing the value of a final check on those parameters. A mid-size water system in the southeast was looking to pull together multiple measurements in a single panel. After reviewing off-the-shelf solutions, they realized there was nothing that met their requirements.

  • Wastewater Solutions

    Optimization of wastewater treatment plants, and sewage and stormwater networks to prevent events and automate processes. Water utility companies must ensure a safe, reliable and cost-effective service for citizens.


The ability to continuously and accurately measure water quality is a key requirement in many processes. Learn how the range of ABB's water analysis solutions provide real-time data on process conditions that can be used to improve efficiency, tighten performance, and safeguard quality.