Testing the Waters and Ensuring Compliance

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Testing the Waters and Ensuring Compliance

Heavily regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a company that manages wastewater facilities for municipalities must record data from its operation, including pump performance, pressure and flow — and adjust as needed.

Without a dedicated system in place, representatives were making routine visits to each facility their company manages. The remote locations of treatment plants made regular travel between multiple stations time and resource intensive. The wastewater management company wanted a solution that would enable them to monitor and report performance and status without frequent plant visits.

Key application requirements

  • Monitor and record pressure readings
  • Sense dry contact closures to assess pump performance
  • Interface with a rain gauge to monitor flow
  • Feature cellular service with maximum range

The solution
The company partnered with Sealevel Systems Inc., and members from the engineering team conducted an on-site visit to best understand the specific needs and challenges for the application. Due to the facility’s size, multiple SeaConnect 370 edge devices were installed. One 370C interfaces with a camera that visually logs the pressure gauge readings. A second 370C on the actual pump senses closures, which indicate the health of the pump or preventive maintenance needs. A third 370C connects to a rain gauge in order to monitor peak flow based on wet-weather conditions, which can quickly create operational challenges and even system overflows. The cellular communication chip and ultra-wideband sail antenna increase connectivity, ensuring reliable operation in the most remote locations.

An understanding of specific objectives allowed the Sealevel team to provide a solution that reduces the number of visits while ensuring vital data is continually available. The end result: increased efficiency, intelligence and performance.


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