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.

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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.

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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.

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

U.S. Requires Significant Spending On Wastewater Infrastructure

The EPA recently finished its 16th survey since the Clean Water Act in 1972 and indicate that “the United States needs to spend over $271 billion over the course of 20 years to continue to maintain and improve wastewater systems in order to protect health and safety”.

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The survey focuses on the resources needed for the United States and it’s territories over a 20 year period. Of which, 75% are to cover wastewater facilities, 18% for combined sewer over flow corrections and the remaining 7% cover stormwater management. New York and California alone  have reported projects that amount to more than $25 billion. The national average is $868 per capita.

 

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One thing to keep in mind is that the survey focuses solely on the costs of the maintenance and development of the necessary infrastructure to meet existing water-quality needs. There is potential to use advanced technology to harness energy from the heat of the influent wastewater and then be able to reuse energy elsewhere which could mitigate some of the costs.

Click here to view the full article.

Applying the Internet of Things to Water Resource Management

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Below is a link to a recent interview in Water & Waste Digest discussing the future of applying the IoT (Internet of Things) to water resource management.

http://www.wwdmag.com/editorialtopical/industry-insight-modernizing-management

FlowWorks is a solution that specializes in the collection, storage and analysis of large volumes of environmental data that can provide great insight for current and future decisions regarding the flow, storage and filtration of both your stormwater and wastewater networks.

Utilizing the Internet of Things for water resource management can save your organization significant time and money when it comes to being more proactive with maintenance and service, as opposed to reactive. Gathering, storing and analyzing “Big Data” is only going to become more and more prevalent in the industry as the collection, storage and analysis become more streamlined.

FlowWorks has made it a priority to continue to simplify this process, while also providing a more scale-able and faster functioning application. In 2016 FlowWorks will also focus on improving the application’s overall user experience and user interface. Be sure to regularly visit the FlowWorks blog to stay up-to-date on any new feature developments.

NEWEA 2016 Annual Conference

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The New England Water Environmental Association is hosting their annual conference & tradeshow NEXT week!

January 24-27

Boston, MA

Marriot Copley Place Hotel

Booth 201

The NEWEA annual conference is utilized to provide a forum to exchange knowledge, technology & best practices within the wastewater industry with over 2,000 water quality professionals. Be sure to stop by the FlowWorks booth to hear about all the great new developments that are in store for the FlowWorks platform in 2016.

For full conference details, click the link below.

http://annualconference.newea.org/