As we’re sure you know, systems that collect waste and storm water and complex. They use a wide network of pipes, pumps and controls in order to ensure that wastewater doesn’t enter fresh water ponds, lakes, rivers and streams.
Lift stations play a critical role in these systems as they help guide water from lower to higher elevations through piping networks. They’re doubly important in areas that have elevations that make gravity flow impossible. Depending on the size of your community, your municipal wastewater utilities might be handling hundreds of gallons of water per minute and somehow, someway – you need to manage it all and make sure everything is working as it should.
Here are some of the reasons remote monitoring in wastewater treatment facilities is important and why you should consider it for your system.
Supplementing weekly inspections
Lift stations are usually automated. That means they don’t need on-site operators to conduct their every move. To make sure lift stations are working properly, operators conduct weekly inspections to identify potential problems. They check motors, drives, pumps and pump controllers for all sorts of potential issues.
That being said – the time between these inspections is when something can go drastically wrong. Without an inspector – a problem could go undetected for a month, even. But if you use a remote monitoring system? You can know if there’s a problem immediately and in some cases – before the issue actually becomes a full-blown problem.
They reduce cost
Today’s systems cost significantly less and cost even less to install and maintain. They don’t require things like copper wiring or traveling to remote stations to check on systems manually. They also make it easier to avoid fines and comply with the myriad of guidelines and requirements that governments impose.
Perhaps the best thing about remote monitoring systems is that they give you an objective, non-opinion-oriented take on a bad situation. Human error is mostly out of the process allowing you to objectively identify a problem and its scope; as well as enabling you to take immediate action in order to remedy the potential issue.
Get to know your system better
Many remote monitoring systems offer automatic data logging – which can go a long ways towards managing your system more efficiently. You can store years of data and it’ll help you conduct research, identify trends that arise and help you optimize information.
To get more information on how remote monitoring can help your wastewater treatment facility, give us a call today and we’ll provide you with a free consultation. Until then, good luck!