Making a world of difference in water industries
Not a drop to spare – safeguarding a precious resource
On a hot summer day, a child takes a cooling drink from a public water fountain. A pipeline, buried underground, springs a leak and water begins to seep into the ground. As the child drinks, the leak is detected by sensors that alert a control center, and a maintenance team is sent to investigate.
Fortunately, the child does not need to think about the comprehensive water management systems working around the clock to ensure the dependable and safe supply of water – for irrigation in our fields, industrial processes and thirsty children on a hot summer day.
ABB is committed to driving more responsible use of water with automation, instrumentation, electrification and digital solutions across the entire cycle of water processes. This includes cutting-edge solutions that help efficiently turn seawater into drinking water; technologies to safely treat wastewater; systems that protect waterways and coastal areas from flooding – to name a few.
Many of these processes, however, are energy-intensive. Improving energy efficiency and productivity not only increases the overall sustainability of operations, but also helps lower operational costs, making drinking water more affordable and accessible to more people around the world.
Saving energy – saving water
Ensuring water processing plants run as efficiently as possible is one important aspect of water management. ABB helps optimize performance of water plants through process automation and control systems. ABB Ability™ System 800xA distributed control system can unify all plantwide control systems, giving engineers a broad view and precise control over complex applications like desalination for larger plants from a central command center. By providing actionable insights, ABB is helping plants save energy, as well as increase capacity and productivity at not only new, but existing and often aging infrastructures. Another key to solving water management challenges is the ABB Ability™ Symphony® Plus SCADA – an automation platform offering flexibility and scalability for remote management of distributed water networks. ABB’s solutions help save energy in wastewater management, too. The ABB Ability™ Smart Solution for Wastewater enables continuous monitoring of wastewater plant operations and, coupled with automation, helps achieve energy savings of up to 25 percent during water treatment processes.
How we make a world of difference