Float Level Switches for Wastewater Environmental Safety

an illustration of effluent being discharged into a body of water with dead fish in it Municipal wastewater comes from a number of different sources: residential waste, industrial effluent, storm water, road runoff, and more. On their own or together—but especially together—these fluids can pose a serious risk to humans and the environment. That’s why wastewater treatment facilities have such strict protocols in place for safety and containment. The results could be catastrophic if they didn’t.

For one example of just how bad an impact wastewater can have on the environment, look to the recent case of the West Point Treatment Plant on Seattle’s Puget Sound. In February of 2017, the wastewater treatment facility experienced a power outage and float switch failure. This resulted in serious flooding and the discharge of wastewater into the sound—over 30 million gallons of wastewater, to be exact. Needless to say, the effects of this event on the environment have not been good. (more…)