“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” John Ruskin
Seasons, whether the height of Summer or the dead of Winter, affect not only our water usage but the efficiency of our water and wastewater treatment. In the US, water uses generally run significantly higher during the Summer months, particularly in areas that receive less rain (or none at all). Whether it’s watering your lawn or garden, filling a swimming pool, or using your tap water to make ice for your drinks, water use is higher when the temperatures are higher. With Autumn already upon us, and Winter quickly approaching, household and agricultural water usage is on the decline.
But water usage is not the only factor impacted by the weather and seasons. Some of the processes used in water and wastewater treatment are affected as well. From chemical efficiency, to contaminant removal rates, to biological activity, to equipment functionality, to the amount of dissolved oxygen available to aid in the biological or chemical processes, the temperature affects the effectiveness and efficiency of your water and wastewater treatment. Admittedly this is not the most prevalent thought on everyone’s mind as you witness the changing of seasons; we hope you enjoy the scenery and changing temperatures!