With the growing number of connected devices, the wastewater industry is starting to implement IoT sensors to monitor water levels and chemical leaks. These sensors collect data on water quality, temperature variations, pressure changes, water, and chemical leaks, and they send those data back to a web application that synthesizes the information into actionable insights.?IoT can also play a role in leak detection. It can send an immediate alert to a remote dashboard. With non-IoT systems, it would take hours to detect a problem because an engineer would have to check the levels by hand. IoT sensors allow an engineer to respond faster. When a serious leak occurs, they can immediately approach the discharger, divert the pollution and prepare the wastewater treatment plant to deal with the excessive load. Most importantly, IoT sensor finds these problems in real-time, which used to be one of the main challenges in addressing the problem with the non IoT sensors – so that immediate action can be taken.
Another benefit of using IoT in wastewater management is the detection of residual chemicals after primary treatment. Detecting traces early can be useful in optimizing the facility’s treatment process and ensuring the release of chemicals stays within regulatory limits.
Industrial IoT units are installed in underground sewers and send wastewater quality data to a central analytics engine, which then identifies abnormalities and uses an algorithm to track those events to their source, generating automatic predictions and alerts.
Iot solution includes dynamic sensor clusters and robust platform-driven analytics that can allow operators to measure liquid flow and can be used by a water utility company to track the flow across the whole treatment plant. Engineers can access this data, interpret it, to prepare action-items for the facility manager.
Another benefit of IoT is that it allows fewer people to manage more objects and processes, and to do it more effectively, which includes more data, more insight, fewer people and fewer errors, while reducing unnecessary costs for facility management at the same time.
If you want to learn more about this topic, WieTec 2020 International Smart Water Forum will focus on widespread application of big data, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things in water technology. We hope you will join our two-day event that will be held from June 3 to June 5, 2020 at Shanghai Exhibition and Convention Center.