Impact of the 10-minute estimator with automated BOD5 robotic analyzer - Case Study
The Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) parameter is a ubiquitous water quality test in North America for pollution control in waste waters and receiving waters (lakes, rivers and sea waters). It is one of the most common parameters on National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and sewer discharge permits. Industrial companies are often invoiced by Utilities on the BOD loading discharged into sewers monthly. The US EPA and Environment Canada regularly monitor Industrial discharges into receiving waters. Environmental compliance fines are often the result of BOD loading infractions from NPDES permit holders. As a result, BOD is a required water quality reporting parameter for Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP) and Industrial plants, with and without on-site wastewater treatment. An accredited environmental laboratory is required to do the BOD testing to ensure accurate results that are unbiased, therefore, they can stand against legal challenges. Environmental regulations are getting stricter, and climate change continues to be an impetus driving this. As a result, the requirement for BOD testing is increasing.
OEC – Oilfield Environmental & Compliance is an accredited environmental laboratory servicing clients in the Central Coast, LA Basin, and San Joaquin Valley. OEC offers laboratory testing services for Environmental, Oil, Gas & Produced Waters, and Field services including Geoprobe drilling. In the Environmental sector, OEC provides testing services for drinking waters, soils, sediments, hazardous waste, and wastewaters. OEC noticed increasing demand in BOD testing and it was decided to investigate the potential to invest in automation versus additional personnel.