The water industry has benefited from the use of key technological advances as an enabler to the business transformation process. This has included the use of web based applications, tough books, work planning and scheduling systems and maintenance planning
The water industry has benefited from the use of key technological advances as an enabler to the business transformation process. This has included the use of web based applications, tough books, work planning and scheduling systems and maintenance planning and monitoring systems.
Reference all sources of information used. A bibliography should be incorporated at the rear of the assignment.
A total of 100 marks are available for this assignment and the pass mark is 50 marks. The assignment contributes 25% of the total marks available for this unit.
Individual Report Requirements
Analyse the impact of technology on the transformation of your workplace.
Each learner must produce an individual report (minimum of 1500 words) based on the findings of the study. The report should follow a formal style that you would feel confident to submit to a senior manager in your company. A suggested framework is shown below:
• Title Page
• Executive Summary
• Table of Contents
• Conclusions and recommendations
Across the country there is growing momentum to address traditional and emerging threats to the nation’s water resources through innovative technology. EPA has highlighted the following examples of how innovation is currently being deployed in the water sector, organized by the 10 market opportunities defined by EPA.
Through the use of biogas generation and recovery, as well as ground-mounted solar arrays, the City of Gresham’s wastewater treatment plant is the first in the Pacific Northwest to generate more electricity than it consumes each year, which saves the city about $500,000 per year. More information on Gresham’s Wastewater Treatment Plant
DC Water was the first plant in North America to adopt thermal hydrolysis process from the company Cambi. Using this process creates biogas and has enabled DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Treatment Plant to generate 10 megawatts of electricity, which is about one-third of the plant’s energy requirement. More information on a Greener Blue Plains
More than a decade ago, East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) in Oakland, CA, began accepting organic wastes from local food processors, food growers and livestock producers to better utilize the excess capacity in its existing anaerobic digesters. The result has been a doubling of biogas production, which allowed EBMUD’s wastewater treatment plant to become the first facility in North America to produce more renewable energy on site than is needed to run the facility. More information on recycling water and energy
The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, in conjunction with Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, recovers phosphorus at their Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant, converting it into an environmentally friendly fertilizer, Crystal Green®. More information on Phosphorus HarvestingThe City of Boise implemented the MultiformTM P-Recovery system at its West Boise Water Renewal Facility to manage nuisance struvite deposits and recover phosphorous. More information about Boise’s phosphorous removal process
Researchers at University of Nebraska-Lincoln are working with farmers on Project SENSE (Sensors for Efficient Nitrogen Use and Stewardship of the Environment), which uses innovative technologies to optimize nitrogen fertilizer use. As part of the project, crop canopy sensors are used to measure the real-time nitrogen status of crops. This information is then used to produce nitrogen application rate recommendations that can ultimately lead to greater crop productivity, decreased fertilizer use, and improved water quality as a result of reduced fertilizer runoff. More information about Project Sense