While utilities use sophisticated systems to supply clean water as well as collect and treat wastewater, the effort to manage incidents and outages leaves room for improvement. Water utilities often rely on manual processes to handle customer reports of leaks, loss-of-service or quality issues.
There are many potential issues that can affect a utility’s water network, including leakage and contamination. Having the ability to predict potentially harmful events that could occur can help utilities not only save money, but ensure that clean water is delivered efficiently and affordably. Download the full case study to read more of the story of how one utility found a solution to its growing distribution network problems.
Wireless M2M Communication technology can positively impact operations at a water treatment facility by improving efficiency through automated processes.
The majority of the water in the city of Simi Valley, California, is provided by Ventura County Waterworks District 8, serving approximately 26,000 metered connections — 22,000 of which are now read by Neptune’s R900® System.
The city of Laredo, Texas, had been walking to read its 67,543 water meters – 59,138 residential and 8,405 commercial accounts – using a manual method that took up to ten staff on the streets nearly an entire month to read to meet a monthly billing schedule. With the dawn of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems, the City began their search for the right metering solution for the department’s needs.
Although the city of Bozeman, Montana’s stormwater system has been silently producing front-page news for decades, it has typically only flowed into the spotlight because of an incident or an emergency.
In 2008, the public utility manager in Ogden City, Utah sent out a request for proposal on a system-wide changeout of its meters, absolute encoders, and radio frequency meter interface units (RF MIUs), with a goal of eliminating estimating and replacing all their meters with AMR technology to read year-round. Read the full case study to learn more.
Process design in water treatment is historically confined to proprietary or user-defined spreadsheets on a unit operation basis, with users manually adding results from each unit process upstream into the next operation.
Serving an area from eastern San Marcos to northwest Seguin, Crystal Clear Water Supply Corporation (CCWSC) recently commissioned their integrator, Central Texas Water Maintenance (CTWM) to replace their Wonderware and WIN-911 systems with VTScada software from Trihedral.
Serving just over 16,000 residents in eastern Texas, the Robertson County Water Supply Corporation (RCWSC) operates a small rural water system with five water plants, four wells, one booster pump station, and approximately 350 miles of PVC pipe. In December of 2014, their systems integrator, Express Electric, recommended that they adopt VTScada software from Trihedral to remotely monitor and control their plants.
Over the past five years, J.D. Irving, Limited Sawmill Division has invested $70 million in the latest operational equipment as part of their continuous investment in sustainable forest management strategies. In 2015, the company chose VTScada monitoring and control software to replace the aging SCADA systems used in their biomass boiler and trim line processes. Jody Gallant, an Electrical Engineering Technologist for JD Irving describes the some challenges and benefits of implementing a modern industrial SCADA system.
Serving a suburb of the Greater Austin Metropolitan Area, Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation (DSWSC) recently decided to replace their Wonderware and WIN-911 system with VTScada, with the help of Austin area integrator, Central Texas Water Maintenance (CTWM).
Pangnirtung is an Inuit hamlet in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, located on Baffin Island. Fredericton based integrator, exp Services Inc., was selected for the nine million dollar renovation of Pangnirtung’s secondary municipal wastewater treatment facility. They chose VTScada for the brand new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system which gives the operators the ability to monitor and control the plant, receive alarms and notifications, view historical data trends and report.
Over the past few decades, the use of sophisticated high density electronics within automation and process control panels has become commonplace. Thermal management and its related costs for these electronic enclosures are very important considerations in managing these valuable assets. Choosing the appropriate and most cost and energy efficient cooling solution from the many types available requires knowledge of their individual strengths and weaknesses, and the ability to match that to the operational environment. By Doug Wilson, Noren Products Inc.