The wastewater industry has a growing demand for highly skilled individuals. Staff often lacks the skills and capabilities to operate the complex technology in newer plants. In addition, the workforce is retiring, resulting in a tragic loss of knowledge.
Wastewater pumping station infrastructure is typically outdated. In many cases, these stations have been operating for 50 years or longer. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure gave both the nation's drinking water and wastewater infrastructure a dismal grade of D. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that upgrades to water and wastewater infrastructure in the United States could exceed $1 trillion by 2020. Not having the proper infrastructure in place to meet the needs of a growing and involving city, combined with outdated equipment, can negatively affect the entire system. Leaders often struggle to allocate funding for upgrades, which can be quite extensive.
Energy consumption is another of the wastewater industry’s greatest expenses. Treatment of wastewater and stormwater consumes nearly three percent of an industrialized nation’s electrical power each year.
As a world leader in smart and sustainable resources, SUEZ has the global experience and technical capabilities to partner with municipalities as an integrator to design, build, operate (DBO) — and even finance — treatment plants. Our solutions challenge conventional approaches, replacing them with innovative, dynamic sewerage and stormwater management systems.
We offer solutions that can be custom tailored to meet your municipality’s needs while protecting water sources, conserving drinking water and easing the demand for scarce water supplies. Our wastewater systems are designed to meet the strictest government regulations, while maximizing efficiencies, technology and energy usage. SUEZ can help optimize existing facilities, establish preventive maintenance plans and provide the right staff to get the job done. Our smart technology and automation conserves precious resources while allowing management duties to be better allocated among team members.