Volume 2, Issue 2, December 2018, Page: 60-71
Improving Operational Procedures in Riyadh’s (Saudi Arabia) Water Treatment Plants Using Quality Tools
Yasser Alshammari, Mechanical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, University of Ha’il, Ha’il, Saudi Arabia
Djamel Ghernaout, Chemical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, University of Ha’il, Ha’il, Saudi Arabia; Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, University of Blida, Blida, Algeria
Mohamed Aichouni, Industrial Engineering Department, College of Engineering, University of Ha’il, Ha’il, Saudi Arabia
Mabrouk Touahmia, Archetectural Engineering Department, College of Engineering, University of Ha’il, Ha’il, Saudi Arabia
Received: Dec. 10, 2018;       Accepted: Dec. 22, 2018;       Published: Jan. 22, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ae.20180202.15      View  795      Downloads  90
Abstract
In Saudi Arabia, as population growth increases, the need for safe drinking water is more and more increasing for both human use and industrial applications. These requires highly efficient processing plants that meet the growing needs of customers and their expectations of providing more service to all segments of the society at the lowest possible cost. On the other hand, these stations consume high amounts of energy in addition to the high maintenance and operating costs due to emergency breakdowns, which in turn result in lower production and the exit of some units from operation. This research aims to enhance the operational procedures of the stations and to study the possibility of reducing the high consumption of electric power and work to increase the performance of the plants by reducing the costs of maintenance and operation through the application of Quality Tools (QTs). This work focused on: (1) collecting data, equipment inventory, maintenance and operation costs and energy consumption rate of the equipment; (2) analyzing these data using the Seven QTs and the New QTs for Management and Planning; (3) finding solutions and presenting the results using the Minitab software; and, (4) the obtained results will be then generalized to the other stations in other Saudi Arabia regions.
Keywords
Water Treatment Plant (WTP), Quality Tools (QTs), Operational Procedures (OPs), NATIONAL Water Company (NWC), Minitab™, Cause and Effect Diagram (CED), Pareto Diagram (PD), Scatter Diagram (SD)
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Yasser Alshammari, Djamel Ghernaout, Mohamed Aichouni, Mabrouk Touahmia, Improving Operational Procedures in Riyadh’s (Saudi Arabia) Water Treatment Plants Using Quality Tools, Applied Engineering. Vol. 2, No. 2, 2018, pp. 60-71. doi: 10.11648/j.ae.20180202.15
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