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CP440  Real Time Control - Holistic Management of Wastewater Real Time Control
Project Appreciation and Objectives

Real time control (rtc) technology offers exciting opportunities to more effectively, and dynamically, manage wastewater discharges through an integrated approach to collection, treatment and discharge. Introducing rtc would bring operational improvements, reduce the risk of non-compliance and provide the basis for consenting based on actual catchment conditions.

The UKWIR project WW02 Chemical source apportionment under the WFD - model development, will deliver planning tools in 2011 to help water companies to better manage discharges to the environment. However there remain significant implementation challenges, in particular, lack of information of: the enabling technology; how rtc systems and the associated data could be integrated within current systems; the gaps that require further research and development; the extent of investment required; and quantified benefits.

Building on previous work, this project would define: the rtc implementation position within individual companies; current and planned research activities, relevant government initiatives and technical barriers and mitigating strategies. It will also provide evidence/confidence of the mutual benefits, robustness and auditability of the approach for use in discussion with the regulator.

Benefits to Clients

  • Informed planning, investment decisions, and strategy development in integrated catchment approaches.
  • Independently reviewed evidence to support discussions with the regulator highlighting the mutual benefits, robustness and auditability of the approach.
  • Strategies to mitigate regulatory, technological and financial barriers. Identifying where research in technology, lobbying and cost benefit assessment should be focused.
  • Identification of short term benefits, possible within this AMP, which do not rely on changes to the regulatory regime.

Work Programme

  1. Review research and relevant initiatives to identify technology and practices.
  2. Visit contributing companies and document current practice and aspirations.
  3. Establish the regulators' and policy makers expectations for real time control.
  4. Produce four strategic positioning papers.

Project Output

A set of four strategic position papers outlining what individual companies need to do in the next 5 years to enable them to move to real-time control of discharges.

Related WRc Work

  • Chemical source apportionment under the WFD - Model Development, UKWIR 2010 - on-going.
  • Comparative methods for OPRA PBC versus sampling (existing compliance),UKWIR, 2010.
  • Developing the Environment Agency's Revised Compliance Assessment Approach, Environment Agency, 2007.

  • CP406 Managing aeration plants to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions, 2010 - on-going.
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