Evaluating The Benefits Of A Remote Water Treatment Monitoring Solution

Water treatment systems go through constant changes. Everything can affect them, from new laws and seasonal changes, to changes in plant conditions. Monitoring the system for these changes is important, whether it's a municipal plant, or your own water treatment system. Manual monitoring can represent a heavy expense. This is where remote monitoring options come in.

Manual Monitoring of Water Treatment Systems

Manual monitoring of water treatment systems involves a tremendous amount of time and personnel. It's an ongoing process requiring daily, and sometimes even hourly, attention. Testing and comparing samples can take up a lot of time and resources.

Even when automated methods are employed for this kind of work, it's a slow and expensive process. However, monitoring is absolutely necessary, even with non-critical water systems.

  • It helps to reduce risks from adding too much, or too little, of the chemical feeds
  • It keeps your water treatment system in compliance with local regulations
  • It facilitates plant operations and productivity by keeping all related tasks at the forefront
  • It helps to prevent potential problems and hazards

You can achieve many of these same benefits with a remote monitoring system, typically with less cost.

Benefits of Remote Water Treatment Monitoring

As this is the digital age, there are many digital solutions for water system monitoring. In fact, this remote monitoring can offer you far more precision when it comes to controlling the system.

Remote monitoring works through a combination of online access, automation, and remote operations. When in place, the remote solution can give real time data on things like

  • pH,
  • sodium,
  • fouling,
  • halogens,
  • leaks,
  • various contaminants,
  • TOC measuring,
  • and other compliance-related parameters.

Remote monitoring systems can also give data on power, runtimes, pressure, and anything else regarding your tank and pump. Just about anything your current operator has to check for, a remote monitoring system can do.

Remote Monitoring Facilitates Centralization

Another benefit of remote monitoring is centralization. Many water treatment control systems are self-contained. They can feed data to one thing or another, but can't feed it to the operator at a remote location. With a remote monitoring system in place, all data can go to a centralized location where a remote operator can monitor all the conditions.

This central monitoring can then direct on-site personnel when they're making changes or troubleshooting problems. Otherwise, that person or crew will only have partial information, which can lead to them making compliance errors.

Putting it Together

Remote monitoring, along with your automation, will allow for far more control over keeping parameters in check. A remote operator can monitor those parameters from a central location.

The operator can make fine adjustments to the automated systems. Barring that, the operator can dispatch or aide onsite personnel or a service company. It's an efficient way to cut costs while still staying within compliance.

For more information, talk with a treatment and monitoring company, like Will Sipes, Water Consultant.