Wastewater Data Analysis: Used for More than You’d Think

SewerBelieve it or not, scientists run tests on wastewater from sewage plants to monitor drug consumption in the area. An article from Water Online detailed some of the new advancements European researchers have made to monitor drug usage through different European regions. Researches found the analysis process to be more effective when they take their analysis closer to the source.

Below is an excerpt from a paper recently published by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs And Addiction:

“By being able to detect changes in drug use patterns over time and as they occur, wastewater analysis can help health and treatment services in a number of ways. Alerting hospitals to the identities of new psychoactive substances being used in nightlife settings and predicting changes in treatment needs based on longer-term monitoring are but two potential examples.”

The data isn’t solely used to for health and treatment services. Seattle also plans on using their wastewater data to monitor the usage of marijuana in the area. Specifically, whether weekday or weekend use has increased and if the legalization has mitigated citizens purchasing it via the “black market”.


FlowWorks Support Update

As of April 11th 2016, Zendesk will no longer support Internet Explorer 8, 9 or 10. This will not have an effect on submitting support tickets to FlowWorks UNLESS you submit the ticket directly from your Zendesk account (ie you have a log-in and password to log-in to Zendesk and submit the ticket from Zendesk) using one of these versions of Internet Explorer.

If you simply email support@flowworks.com from an email account, this update will not effect you.

If you typically submit your support tickets, directly from your Zendesk account, please review the links below on how this update will effect you.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call our office (1-888-400-3288), or send an email to our support staff at support@flowworks.com.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure – What are the Benefits

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is an integrated system of measurement and collections systems that include smart meters, communications networks and data management systems. For utilities that have an AMI system, they have a two-way communication between their smart water utility (with an IP address) and a utility company.


Benefits from an AWI system:

  • Provide enhanced granularity of your data – with the option to receive data in 60 minute, 30 minute, 15 minute and even 5 minute intervals
  • With near real-time data, municipalities have the ability to provide greater transparency to the public – whether is be in regards to usage, leaks or overflows
  • On top of transparency, it also assists the municiaplity with trying to be as proactive as possible with their decision making process
  • Dramatically decrease the amount of fieldwork necessary to gather the data
  • More robust set of reporting, alarming and analysis tools to help generate educated decisions from the data

Monitoring – How to Implement & Get the Most Out of a Smart Water Network

In a recent article from Water & Wastes Digest, they highlight how smart water networks and monitoring can help address the issue of water loss due to leaks. Through monitoring your network, you are able to diagnose the problems remotely.

Monitoring - Inflow & Infiltration

They go on to outline 4 key steps to improve your operational efficiency.

1. Determine Your Needs

2. Select Your Technology – “As you shop for a smart water network, make sure your selection is sustainable, intelligent, reliable and customizable”

3. Plan Your Development

  • Pilot – test on a small scale or with a free trial
  • Expanded Test – expand pilot to larger test area
  • Rollout – begin incorporating the remainder of your network

4. Make the Most of Your Data

  • Collect the Data
  • Analyze the Data
  • Convert Analysis into Actionable Information

FlowWorks provides customization, along with intelligent and reliable functionality to meet the parameters of your project. You are able to start on free trial basis and then add your sites at your own discretion. Whether you want to test the software for a couple weeks or a couple months, there is no fee and FlowWorks is able to incorporate your own data into the trial account.

With FlowWorks, it is one stop shopping for collecting, analyzing and converting your data into actionable information. Whether it be graphs or reports, you are able to export your data from FlowWorks to format it as necessary.

If you would like to find out more, call our office at 1-888-400-3288 or send us an email at sales@flowworks.com

If You Can Monitor Your System, You Can Better Manage It

In the “Remote Data Monitoring Improves Distribution System Efficiency and Maintenance” article from the February issue of Opflow (An American Water Works Association publication), they highlight many of the benefits that come from monitoring your water distribution and water collection systems.


Included in the highlighted list are:

  • Access to remote real-time and historical data
  • A common data platform for all parameters. All data reside in one common database, allowing users to easily analyze and compare different data
  • System scalability
  • Automated operation. Data collected, stored, and transmitted automatically, eliminating the need for field personnel to travel to remote sites to manually download and collect data
  1. FlowWorks allows you to gather data from countless different manufacturers and sources. Whether it be Hach, Telog, ISCO, ADS, Campbell Scientific or Mueller, public data from USGS, NOA, or private data sources such as Weather Underground – FlowWorks provides a platform that allows you to gather, store and analyze all your current and historic monitoring data, in one platform.
  • Alarm notification and management. Alarms can be sent as text messages to mobile devices or as email messages sent via the web
  1. FlowWorks alarming module can send email and text messages to multiple users when preset conditions are met.
  • Low procurement, installation, and lifetime operating cost of ownership. Typical remote monitoring system installations are 1/3 to 1/5 the cost of traditional SCADA RTU installations.
  1. With FlowWorks, there are no hardware installations necessary and unlike other comparable software programs, FlowWorks doesn’t require contracts.  Pay-as-you-use the service, at a low monthly fee. This provides GREAT flexibility for seasonal or short-term projects. FlowWorks also provides the ability to incorporate all of your SCADA data into your FlowWorks network.

“For water and wastewater utilities, several existing data sources can be combined with distributed sensor technologies to provide a robust decision-support framework that will lead toward optimized distribution and collection systems.”

Click here to read the full article….

FlowWorks Can Assist in Providing the Public with an Understanding of Local Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Events

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) has worked with FlowWorks to develop a publicly accessible web-portal for viewing combined sewer overflow (CSO) events.  The tool is part of BWSC’s plan to educate the public on CSO’s, and can be incorporated into their website, along with related educational material.

Boston Screenshot

Click here to read the full Boston Water & Sewer Commission case study…