Product Spotlight - Water: March 2022

Product Spotlight - Water: March 2022

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It’s no secret that municipal water treatment is becoming smarter. Automated monitoring and treatment devices make the process easier and more consistent for operators. Water filtration pioneer Rusco recently unveiled the Rusco Smart Ball Valve that employs smart technology into how the valve itself operates.

Compatible with leading smart hubs, including Amazon Alexa and Google Home, the Rusco Smart Ball Valve is app-driven and pairs easily with Apple and Android devices. Its connectivity allows for program automation, simplifying two primary functions — sediment flushing and flow shut-off. Not only can it be used in commercial and municipal water treatment applications, it can also be employed in home filtration and well water applications, and is offered in both Wi-Fi and Zigbee models, ensuring maximum access to the technology.  

“When I joined the team last year, right in the heart of the pandemic, one of my first priorities was to energize our staff, as well as our strong distributor and customer base,” says Michael Klump, president of Rusco. “Updating our product line to improve quality of life felt like the perfect solution. We look forward to delivering Rusco’s promise with the smart ball valve, as well as additional developments in the pipeline for next year.”  

Although the smart ball valve can serve as a standalone shut-off valve, it can also be combined with a Rusco Spin-Down Filter, Sediment Trapper or similar product from a competing brand for optimum use. By properly removing sediment from the water supply, users can extend the life of filter media and other treatment components, while also protecting personal well-being. According to Klump, research has drawn correlations between sediment and health risks, including exposure to harmful bacteria and viruses, CECs and dissolved metals. 

“Oftentimes faced with limited capacity, it’s reassuring to know that our smart ball valve can be activated anywhere with the simple click of a button,” says Klump. “We love the motto ‘set it and forget it,’ which is even easier to say now that everything runs through an app. Alerts are sent in real-time if something interrupts normal operation, and new units are equipped with standard power fail safe shutoff — both providing peace of mind for our customers.” 



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