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This article explains why using a CMMS system can help Wastewater facilities handle the unusually high volume.

Flooding Brings Wastewater Challenges

The recent Mississippi River flooding has created havoc across a half of dozen States. Houses, farmland, historical landmarks have been submerged as the river has hit flood levels unseen since 1927. Fortunately, many urban areas have been spared as a result of a series of spillways that were constructed to divert floodwaters.

One result of the opening of the spillways is that enormous amounts of fertilizer, oil, pesticides, trash and farm runoff is being dumped over land, streams and tributaries. These pollutants and toxins saturate the groundwater as well as carry into the wastewater systems of municipalities.

“Cities and towns in 31 states use water that flows into the Mississippi River Basin, many of them releasing treated wastewater into tributaries of the Mississippi. Engineers worried that sewage treatment plants could be overwhelmed by floodwaters.”

Source: ABC News

Inspections and Organized Maintenance Can Help

The biggest challenge to water utilities that rely on groundwater sources and wastewater treatment plants is to make sure that all filtration devices, skimmers and heat exchange assets are free from any obstructions that cause the assets to require more energy to operate or malfunction.

The best way to check assets is to have an inspection checklist generated by a CMMS system. By using a CMMS, water utility and wastewater maintenance teams can quickly ensure all equipment has been inspected.

Result from inspections are then immediately sent via mobile handheld devices to asset managers who can determine if a work order is necessary. The CMMS records the results of all work management activities and stores the information so that asset managers can quickly identify problem areas to be proactive.

The automation of many work management functions if just one advantage of a CMMS solution. Other benefits include, lower labor costs, less unplanned or emergency repairs and lower capital replacement costs.