Our country boasts nearly 15,000 operating wastewater treatment plants that work around the clock to ensure the health of both the public and the environment. Over the past 20 years, our wastewater treatment systems have been forced to adhere to stricter regulations for discharge which in turn keeps our communities safe and helps alleviate stress on our environment.
As an increasing number of the population gain access to centralized wastewater treatment facility systems, an increase in funding will be necessary to accommodate the growing demand to build new facilities and expand and update existing wastewater treatment facilities. It is estimated that over the course of the next 15-20 years an additional $270 billion will be necessary to sustain the roughly 50 million or more residents expected to become dependent on a connection with centralized water treatment facilities.
Without the treatment of wastewater accumulated through drains, household sewer contributions, and commercial waste, the public would be at much greater risk of ingesting harmful toxins, and our natural water sources, such as rivers, lakes, streams, and oceans, would be heavily contaminated by pollutants.
Local water authorities at public utility and water treatment facilities have typically delegated the task of overseeing the wastewater treatment process. Workers must ensure that the water has been successfully treated by testing it before returning it to the environment for re-use – and in many locations, the water must test pure enough for human consumption. While most recycled wastewater is not returned to the public’s water source, the standards must still be met.
Over the next couple decades, the increase in the number of people making the transition from personal septic tanks to a centralized water treatment plant, approximately 75%, will require innovative techniques to sustain the mass quantity of people relying on the public water source. As new treatment plants emerge to accommodate demands, it is expected that an increase in construction will also be noted due to an increase in the need for lines connecting private sewers to public sewer lines – and more lines mean more vulnerability to potential breaks and repairs.
Taking this into consideration, it is logical to assume that the demand for highly skilled repair technicians will be in need to assist with any malfunctioning lines. Currently, the EPA reports a rate of malfunction that’s range that extends above 70,000 – with an expected increase in holding capacity; old lines may crumble under the pressure. To meet the coming needs, crews will have to replace upwards of 530 systems to accommodate the rapidly growing needs of the public – no small feat, but water authorities are well prepared to take on the challenge.
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