By Telog Instruments, Inc.
“You can’t manage what you don’t monitor”, an adage first attributed to Lord Kelvin applies to practically everything, including water distribution systems.
Water utilities do a great job of producing good quality drinkable water in their processing plants. In the plant the water purification process is well monitored and scrutinized. Then the water is pushed out into the distribution system where far less is known. The primary reason for this lack of knowledge is that monitoring the water distribution infrastructure has been traditionally difficult and expensive.
Fortunately technology is coming to the rescue and making it possible to monitor remote water distribution system assets economically and conveniently. The converging technologies of ubiquitous m2m cellular communications, low power robustly packaged Recording Telemetry Units (RTUs), internet networking, and powerful software analytics are emerging to provide utility operators the ability to visualize their system 24/7. And this can be performed in all weather conditions with minimal manpower. If you can monitor your system; you can better manage it.