Since the late nineteen sixties, water monitoring experts have been engaged in an arms race with the industrial sector to determine the effects of discharges of a wide variety of chemicals into the environment, and to feed regulatory bodies with the necessary information to adequately protect public health.
Despite its terrible consequences, the worldwide virus outbreak offers us the possibility to learn essential lessons about the automation process in the water industry, and enables us to make the necessary improvements for a future which will inevitably bring many more challenges.
Drinking water utilities deploy on average more than 100 water quality sensors from source to tap, whereas wastewater utilities install on average 60 sensors per utility. These numbers are expected to increase in the coming years.
Too many water quality alarms create unnecessary distractions and increase the risk of serious alarms being overlooked. Two solutions can help reduce the number of alarms and increase the efficiency of the alarm-handling process.