How One Can Calculate Trade Effluent Charges In 5 Simple Steps

Ethel Gonzales

Most significant projects normally take several steps to accomplish. Most rewarding tasks take some time, need a number of actions along with consistent effort. To succeed you should ready yourself well, set clear objectives, work effectively and persevere. Whatever your plans here, don’t be expecting any exceptions to those requirements.

But it is not usually that difficult really, you simply break it into simple steps.

Here is how you can calculate trade effluent charges to the Mogden Formula by just taking five basic steps:

Step 1. Obtain the water quality sample analysis report data for your site for Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) and suspended solids, and the discharge flow. This will be of vital importance because you will need to know this data for each sampling interval for an existing site discharge or to have data available on this, to make a prediction of costs if your are going to successfully calculate trade effluent charges to the Mogden Formula. Be sure that you do not overlook or by-pass this step, because to have COD and Suspended solids data in mg/l to input into the calculation will be essential to completing this exercise, plus discharge flow (actual or estimated).

Step 2. Go to UK Ofwat’s website, or the website of you local water company to which the discharge will be made and download the current charging coefficients. This is often a critical step, so give it your full attention. Here’s how to do it correctly. Decide whether you are a large or small discharger. All those needing to do this will most likely be categorised as “large dischargers”, so download those files and go through the files to extract the table of trade effluent charges from these files. Make sure they are up to date. They change annually on 1 April. Exactly why you will want to do that is to ensure that you are using the right values to enter into the Mogden Formula for calculation of trade effluent charges.

Step 3. Create your own spreadsheet to carry out the calculation, or download a software application which will help you calculate your trade effluent charges according to the Mogden Formula. The reason for this will be to ensure that you don’t make errors. using a hand-held calculator, or doing the maths longhand on paper is possible, of course but laborious and all but the best of us at maths may make errors. Another reason is to avoid spending too much time doing this.

Step 4. Carry out the necessary calculations using the values you have collected previously in stages 1., and 2., above to provide a value for the trade effluent charges to the Mogden Formula. To flesh that out a little bit, you will either need a hand-held calculator, a good brain for figures a pen and paper, or a software Mogden Calculator which makes it much quicker and easier to calculate.

Step 5. Having done the calculation, do check it carefully. You will have manipulated at least 10 values during the calculation so an error is easily made. Additionally, you may wish to get a colleague to check your calculation for errors as well. (It’s always hard to check one’s own work thoroughly).

Finally, when you have used the aforementioned suggestions faithfully, you can triumph over the difficulties and acquire your goals, together with the added benefits as well as the fruits that implies! Receive the accolades and admiration (and envious glances!). You managed to do it you now deserve the recognition! It was you that set out to attain your goal and you who succeeded! Now you may savor your achievement and enjoy it!

For those who got off track and failed to follow the above advice, ah well, “C’est la vie”. Not everyone succeeds, only those that plan for it…

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