A look at the quality of water and the importance of inspecting the integrity of water treatment centers.
Water…clear…cold…refreshing. It’s often your “go-to” beverage for quenching thirst after a vigorous activity.
We are very fortunate that often within arm’s reach, rests a glass of water. Without hesitation or worry, you can pick it up, calmly place the brim against your lips and, devoid of concern regarding its quality, begin to ingest the water.
Why would you worry about its quality?
We only need it to hydrate, keep ourselves clean, grow our fruits and vegetables, and to cook our food. Water is essential for sustaining animal and plant life as well. Commercially, it is used to generate much of the electricity that powers our homes and industries. Seventy percent of the human body is made up of water. Interestingly this corresponds with the same proportion found on the earth’s surface. Without water, life would cease to exist.
Water is of paramount importance to the continued existence of life; for that reason, there are facilities in place with processes to treat and remove contaminants and other harmful materials. Whether it’s bound for drinking, irrigation, flushed or fills a backyard pool, water must be properly treated before we use it or we reintroduce it back into the environment.
Because of these systems, we are able to enjoy our water with the comfort of knowing that is clean and safe to drink. So go ahead, grab that glass of water and get yourself rehydrated!
The Water Treatment Process
Undwerwater Drone Inspecting Clarifier Tank
Getting water ready to drink involves many different steps, an important part of the process is the Clarifier. Clarifiers are used in settling tanks to remove solid particles from water. Turbines rake the accumulated impurities from the bottom of the tanks and extract them. This is part of the initial process for clean water.
Regular maintenance and inspection of such tanks is vital to the long-term viability of the treatment plant and to the quality of potable water flowing through it. To prevent expensive repairs and lengthy downtime, frequent inspections must be done. Hiring divers to conduct these routine checks is often a costly endeavor. In addition, diver safety in confined areas of treatment facilities may have many risks.
Deep Trekker’s mini ROVs will make frequent, routine inspection affordable and easy. The portable, compact design and onboard power source of Deep Trekker ROVs allow operators to deploy a unit within 30 seconds. No generators or additional gear needs to be carried or deployed within a treatment facility.
A rotating digital camera on the ROV provides crisp, detailed images to diagnose what is below, above, behind or in front of the ROV as it navigates throughout a tank; piloted by the hand-held controller.
Deep Trekker ROVs offer a variety of attachments, including a two Function Grabber arm to retrieve objects and a Laser Scaler to assess the size of pits, cracks or rust on the tank or its underwater components
High-quality images and data recorded by ROV inspections provide facility managers insight to potential maintenance and repairs which may be required. Tanks and delivery systems repairs can be accurately costed prior to hiring a dive team to perform the tasks.