It’s no secret that systems for collecting wastewater are becoming increasingly complex. Pipes, pumps and controls all weave together to form an intricate network that help dispose of waste and protect our environment.
Lift stations are an incredibly important part of these systems. They move waste water from low ground to high ground to keep the flow moving and the surrounding area clean. In certain communities, municipalities may have to maintain hundreds of lift stations in dozens of remote locations, making it not only a challenge to manage them, but maintain them as well.
That’s where remote digital monitoring comes into play. Digital control panels help to monitor these lift stations to make sure they’re in good working order and also help to identify potential issues before they become a costly catastrophe. Today, we’re going to discuss their importance and why – if you don’t already – that you should have remote digital monitoring systems integrated into your wastewater system. Let’s jump right in.
Working in consort with weekly inspections
While many wastewater facilities are automated, they do have on-site operators who will conduct semi-weekly inspections to make sure everything is in good, working order. During these checkups, they’ll inspect the lift station for anything unusual – whether it’s excess heat, vibrations, unusual noises and/or leaks.
In-between these checkups almost anything can go wrong so having a remote digital monitoring system in place can help serve as an extra bit of insurance. In addition, it’ll help to detect anything that the human eye or existing systems might be missing – which leads to both cost savings and an additional sense of peace of mind.
The entire idea is simple: solve problems before they become catastrophic.
Automatic data logging
Newer systems offer data logging capabilities as well – which is a crucial component to remote digital monitoring. This will help operators wade through data and help them to recognize inefficiencies and negative trends before the system even catches them. This can also help your team identify inefficiencies within the system as well – allowing you to better optimize your wastewater system’s operating capacity.
In addition, many digital control panels will have iPhone/Android capabilities as well – allowing users to be able to access them from almost anywhere at any time – and gives them access to things like pump run-time reports, flow history and equipment status.
If you’re considering a digital control panel suite for your wastewater system, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then – we hope you found today’s blog helpful and good luck!