What are the Factors determining the cost of ZLD Systems?
Zero liquid discharge (ZLD) a procedure that limits liquid waste at the end of your industrial process to zero, is being implemented by many industrial facilities, and effluent regulators in response to growing stewardship of environmental protection, both nationally and internationally.
If you believe ZLD technology is necessary for your industry, you may also be interested in knowing, how much does a ZLD treatment system cost, and what factors determine that cost of zero liquid discharge systems. The following is a breakdown of this article's response to your query:
Factors determining the cost of Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) Systems
· Flow rates
In order to obtain an accurate cost estimate for your system, make sure you measure flow rates, as effectively as possible, before requesting a quote. This will ensure that the cost of the ZLD treatment system is always taken into account. To reduce the peaks in flow and concentration of pollutants, input buffering tanks can occasionally be placed.
· Requirements for space
The size of your system and the location of your plant will affect your cost, when making plans for a ZLD treatment system. For instance, you might want to aim for a lower footprint, if your facility is situated in an area where space is highly expensive.
· Rates of installation
The cost of installation in your location should also be taken into consideration. These can vary depending on where you live, so make sure you know how much it will cost to install the system, and account for that in your spending plan. If installation prices are high, you might want to think about using pre-packaged modules, rather than on-site construction.
· Upfront preparation and planning
Planning your ZLD treatment system begins with creating the concepts, drawings, and legal specifications for your project. The cost of engineering for this kind of project is normally phased, in over the duration of the project, and can range from 10-15% of the total cost, with the majority of your expenditure going towards the facility's general layout, mechanical, electrical, and civil design.
· Pre-packaged and turnkey solutions
It will often save you construction time and cost you the same or less, if you can order your ZLD treatment system pre-configured. The fact that the production facilities and fabrication shops, who build your system, are typically quite educated about the kind of system they are making. In contrast to build-in-place facilities, this leads to a speedy and effective fabrication.
These kinds of turnkey, pre-packaged solutions are our area of expertise at Netsol Water; you may learn more about what we provide by visiting our website.
· Required degree of system automation
There are two choices for the degree of automation your ZLD treatment system needs.
First, there is a higher level of automation where an operator is not required all the time. Although this alternative is more expensive up front (requiring an initial investment in more complex PLC controls and instrumentation), but, the on-going labour expenses are lower, since you can reduce a significant amount of the human error involved in operating the plant with automation.
The second alternative has less capital expense and a lower level of automation, but with more labour costs, it may wind up costing you more in the long run.
· Operating expenses
You must also account for on-going system operating expenses. You must consider whether it is best for your business and employees, when making decisions like these, as well as, the advantages and disadvantages of making a one-time vs. on-going financial commitment.
You should consider having an operating cost analysis created, so that your business can budget for the operating costs, over the lifespan of your wastewater treatment facility. This may encourage you to think about, whether you want to invest more money in your system up front or over time.
· Transporting the system to your facility
You should typically budget 5–10% of the equipment's cost for freight, when having your ZLD treatment system delivered to the plant. This can vary significantly based on when you buy your system, where your company is located in respect to the manufacturing site, and other factors. When you are ready to buy your system, speak with us to find out if there is a location where it may be built nearby, if not on-site.
How can Netsol Water assist?
We have an experience of over 10 years, in the water and wastewater treatment, as well as, expertise in custom-designing and producing Zero Liquid Discharge systems. We can guide you through the process of coming up with the best solution, and a reasonable price for your ZLD treatment system requirements.