WEF Manual Educates About Automation

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As automation continues to be a growing component of the water industry, new technologies and applications constantly are being developed and producing benefits. To introduce technological advancements and present elements and standards of a complete automation design, the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) has released the fourth edition of Automation of Water Resource Recovery Facilities (Manual of Practice No. 21).

“Automation of utility facilities has developed largely within the past 30 years,” said Bob Hill, task force chair for the publication. “Many utility designers still do not have a good grip on the technology and how to apply it. This manual provides the basis for developing a complete automation design, including the types of documents that should be developed and the standards for those documents.”

With a primary focus on the automation-system designer and design process, the manual includes chapters that are written to stand alone, enabling readers to more easily find information based on a particular topic, Hill said. Developed for designers, utility managers, and operators, the manual covers all aspects of automation, including justification, design documents and standards, instrumentation, control strategies, maintenance aspects, and even developing a training plan for maintenance personnel, he added.

“Automation has become such an important part of almost every treatment facility,” Hill said. “This manual will show water resource recovery facility owners, managers, and operators what types of design documents to expect when undertaking an automation project and the standards used to evaluate them.”

Jennifer Fulcher, WEF Highlights

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