Canadians are the world’s second largest per capita users of water with the average Canadian household using in excess of 360 litres of water per day. Water is used in all sectors of our society: industry, agriculture, transportation, energy, recreation, as well as by municipalities.
Water resources play a crucial role in driving growth. This is true not only in key sectors such as agriculture and resource development, but also with respect to advancing social welfare and quality of life. However, global water challenges, such as declining water quality and supply, climate change and population growth — as well as subsequent pressures on food production and dated municipal infrastructures — can pose a significant threat to the sustainability of industries, businesses, cities and its people.
Water quantity and quality are increasingly affected by climate and the physical characteristics of the watershed. Some of the key stressors on a municipality’s ground and surface water quality and quantity include water consumption, agricultural production, nutrient loading, to name just a few.
Disrupted water supplies can have a rapid and negative effect on municipalities. As a result, municipalities are now looking at Smart Water Controls to safeguard an increasingly valuable resource. A significant challenge to this safeguarding desire is that municipality’s, water authorities and industry often lack an end-to-end monitoring and control systems for water levels, water flow, presence of contaminants and leak detection.
Importance of Monitoring Water Resources
Credible water monitoring data will provide a solid framework for advocacy, stimulate political commitment and public/private investments, informed decision-making at all levels and act as a catalyst for investment targeted towards the most important health, environment and economic gains. Water monitoring data can also provide numerous social, economic and environmental benefits in both the public and the private sectors.
Monitoring water availability, withdrawals and consumption enables processes to promote improved allocation between users and uses, and drives water saving and use efficiency. Another example is monitoring and presenting data on drinking water quality and the sanitation, including wastewater discharge, supports public health intervention and the protection of water bodies.
Monitoring can also help to identify best practices and support productive integration across sectors and targets within the water management framework of a municipality, water authority or industry.
Monitoring costs are often marginal compared to the large investments that are typical for the water sector, and informed investment decisions allow for efficient use of financial, human and natural resources.
How Remote Monitoring Solutions Can Improve Water Management
Water Monitoring Data
Monitoring allows the government and water authorities to make informed decisions and plan and manage effectively for safe and sustainable water supplies.
They collect information on surface water and groundwater levels, flows and quality, in addition to meteorological data. This allows the decision makers to determine such things as:
- Surface water and groundwater availability
- Water levels and quality
- Real-time river levels to help guide the municipalities emergency responses in times of flooding
- River levels for recreational purposes
Remote Monitoring Applications
The level to which municipalities and water authorities are remotely managing (monitoring and controlling) their water assets is very fragmented. The majority are still relying on manual processes and having personnel on site in order to manage a pumping station or wastewater treatment facility.
IoT technology is helping both manufacturers of water management systems and service organizations streamline their operations and improve overall customer service. By accessing your system from the cloud, you have immediate control of single or multiple installations 24/7.
The following are examples of water management assets that can be remotely monitored:
- Water lift station
- Water treatment facilities
- Waste water facilities
- Water quality
- Water level
- Water flow
- River erosion
- Environmental conditions
- Camera surveillance (operations and security)
Use Case – River Monitoring
AMS has developed a complete proprietary remote monitoring solution that is ideally suited for an array of water management requirements.
A municipality that has been impacted by floods required a river monitoring solution in order to provide comprehensive information on:
- Water flow
- Water level
- Riverbank erosion
Specific requirements included:
- Real-time ability to monitor river levels at ten (10) different points within the municipality
- Ability to receive alarms when river levels exceed minimum/maximum thresholds
- Ongoing ability to capture static/dynamic images of the river at intervals and on demand
- Ability to deploy additional sensors (water flow, wind, air quality, temperature, water quality)
AMS presented an end-to-end solution remote monitoring solution that included:
- eVideodataTM with 4G Modem
- eTrackdataTM cloud server with web-based dashboard
- 50Ahr Battery and 50W Solar panel and charger
- Bullet Camera
- Water Level Sensor
The solution provided cellular based connectivity to the cloud and a web-based dashboard that presents data and images on any internet enabled device.
AMS’ end-to-end monitoring platform delivers comprehensive solutions for real-time remote monitoring and control of water management assets. Our fully integrated solution provides you with the ability to:
- Continuously monitoring and diagnosing supply issues
- Optimizing performance
- Conserving resources, detecting and managing leaks
- Managing disruptions in supply
- Improving customer service
- Managing/monitoring lift and pumping stations
- Monitor water levels/flow
- Monitor water quality
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