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Why is it important to install a beacon alarm for your sewage treatment plant?



Maintaining your sewage treatment plant is the key to ensuring it runs properly and to maximising its lifespan. It also prevents unwanted breakdowns and pollution. This is why a beacon alarm provides the best protection against malfunction for your sewage treatment plant, as it acts as a light fixture which indicates any issues which may prevent it from working properly. 


This is an incredibly useful tool for managing the function of a sewage treatment plant, without needing to persistently monitor the control panel which is often out of sight. 


  1. Peace of mind


Having a visual alarm such as a beacon will give the owners’ peace of mind that the risk of unwanted breakdowns and pollution will be minimised. This is because anything identified by the beacon can be quickly addressed and rectified. It is used to indicate Failure & Service Reminders and may be included in the Power and Pressure Failure Detection System (PPFDS). This allows the owner of the sewage treatment plant to be well informed regarding the status of the tank, to monitor and control ongoing maintenance. 


  1. Additional safety measure 


The waste within a sewage treatment plant poses a serious risk to public health if it overflows. The beacon alarm can identify sludge levels prior which means it acts as a key safety feature to prevent local contamination. It will prompt precautionary measures in order to protect the surrounding area, whilst also preventing costly repairs. 


  1. Allows plenty of time for survey 


The beacon alarm provides a safety net of time for the sewage treatment plant owner, and it gives them time to rectify any potential hazards before they come to fruition. This will allow our engineers to visit and survey the site to determine the best course of action to prevent any risks. It will minimise downtime and potential damage to the plant and the property. 


  1. Visual aid - easy to manage 


A beacon alarm is a visual aid towards the status of the sewage treatment plant, which means that it's easy to tell when something needs actioning. Without a beacon alarm, the owner would need to consistently check the control panel, which is inconvenient and may get overlooked. Having a visual indicator makes managing the sewage treatment plant much easier. A beacon alarm improves the effectiveness of a sewage treatment plant, due to the speed at which potential risks can be identified. 


  1. Helps to retain compliance 


Lastly, a beacon alarm significantly reduces the risk of waste pollution, which would significantly impact the environment. There are heavy penalties for this type of environmental pollution, as well as the health risks it poses to the public and local wildlife. Having a visual measure such as a beacon alarm ensures that the sewage treatment plant remains compliant, and helps to avoid damages by indicating when sludge levels are high. 


At Cotterill Environmental, we supply and install beacon alarms to ensure your sewage treatment plant is working efficiently and safely. We have a wide range of beacon alarms to choose from, which are suitable for a number of different sewage treatment plants including brands such as Klargester, Marsh and Graf. 


We also recommend having your sewage treatment plant annually serviced, to further increase the safety and effectiveness of the system. 


These are the important factors that our engineers will assess and advise based on their findings. Our knowledgeable service engineers will check for potential faults before they possibly turn into severe damage. 


To enquire about our beacon alarms, please call 0121 461 4861 to speak to a member of our team.

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