Petrochemical, power, and manufacturing facilities need reliable remote video inspection solutions to ensure the reliability of process, sewer, and storm pipelines, especially hazardous process drains. Having said that, current practices come with three main challenges. For drainage system back-ups, plant owners hire an industrial cleaning company to hydro-jet their sewers, but this approach does not ensure that a system is cleaned effectively and problems can still occur. In case of treatment system overflows, plant owners struggle to keep up with drainage system demands and add treatment infrastructure to avoid overflows, environmental problems, and regulatory agency fines. Finally, process waste and storm waste may be cross-connected and co-mingled, thereby requiring all waste to be treated which results in unnecessary additional water treatment and high infrastructure costs. Call us toll-free 24×7 at 1.800.281.0650 to discuss your specific needs.
To circumvent these common challenges, Atlas Inspection Technologies recommends a five-step, best-practice inspection program for making critical cleaning, repair, and capacity decisions and ensuring reliable plant drainage systems.
Inspect all of your facility’s water utility pipes (storm, process, and gray) using remote video inspection equipment. Use hazardous environment-rated equipment where needed.
Collect and report data using a database and GIS mapping system to easily identify the locations of dirty and non-functioning pipes. Work out a clean and repair schedule.
Identify and report on system cross-connections, so you can create a plan to separate process, storm, and gray water sewer systems.
Devise a plan to separate cross-connected water systems, so you only have to treat process waste. You will not only reduce the amount of water to be treated, you will also reduce strain on your treatment capacity as well as avoid environment problems and potential regulatory agency fines.
Once cleaned, inspect the pipes to identify ground water infiltration locations. Use a database and mapping system to create a plan to repair, re-line, or replace damaged pipes, eliminate infiltrations, and reduce the amount of water to be treated.