Water Instrumentation Podcasts

  1. How New Technology Lowers The Cost Of Ownership For Remote Sites

    Whether a utility operates a couple of pumping stations or a couple hundred, driving out to those locations for monitoring and maintenance is labor-intensive and costly.

  2. External Solutions To Water/Wastewater Flow Measurement

    Installing flow meters in new piping is one thing. Replacing a 20-year-old meter or adding new metering to piping where it never existed before is quite another. In this Water Talk interview, Cheryl Ades Anspach, marketing manager with Badger Meter, offers a non-invasive alternative using easily retrofittable clamp-on ultrasonic meters offering accuracy to + 0.5 percent and flow rates to 33,000 gpm in pipes up to 48” diameter. Two palm-sized rail-mounted transducers provide simpler, more affordable installation than having to shut down or cut into a live pipeline or bring in heavy equipment to install a full-bore mag meter. Built-in datalogging backup (8 GB) with time-date stamp granularity down to one second provides ample opportunity for detailed flow analysis.

  3. Using Fingerprints To ID Ideal Instrument Performance

    Everyone wants peak accuracy from their instrumentation, but nobody wants to disrupt their field process to verify it. Purvang Upadhyay, the global water industry manager for measurement and analytics with ABB, shared an attractive alternative to such disruption with the Water Talk moderators at WEFTEC 2019 — in-situ verification. This classic example of digitalization in the water industry enables users to check the health and accuracy of an electromagnetic flow meter against a digital ‘fingerprint’ of that meter’s performance the day it was originally calibrated or installed. 

  4. Using Digital Twins To Refine Water Operations

    With all the permutations of flow and instrument readings in water and wastewater treatment operations, having the foresight to optimize responses to changing conditions is a challenge. In this Water Talk session, Ari Opdahl, senior product manager with Bentley Systems, offers a better way to manage tools, people, and resources to achieve desired outcomes. Digital-twin technology helps utilities mirror and simulate water-system conditions and performance accurately to model and test better quality-of-life outcomes. Those include closing the infrastructure gap, refining insights from a tsunami of data, and balancing operating concerns ranging from water scarcity and aging infrastructure to rising operating costs and an aging workforce.

  5. Satisfying LCR Compliance Measurement And Management

    The challenges of complying with the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) and other emerging regulations in a post-Flint world are high-priority for a variety of organizations — from government agencies, to public water systems, to individual facilities such as schools. This Water Talk discussion with Megan Glover of 120 Water Audit addresses the scope and execution of those challenges. It covers everything from providing point-of-use testing kits for sampling individual water spigots to managing overall Safe Drinking Water Act and LCR compliance through cloud-based software. Most important, it gives context to practical solutions for the many utilities and facilities coping with some level of lead exceedance.

  6. Gaining Better Insights Into Water/Wastewater Operations

    The advantage in the growth of digital technology and Internet of Things (IoT) accessibility for water/wastewater applications is the depth and breadth of information available at a utility’s fingertips. The challenge is utilizing all that data in a convenient, comprehensive way. Mahesh Lunani, CEO of Aquasight, shares insights on digital solutions to that challenge, even in the face of a changing workforce. He describes a better way to integrate data from various siloed systems — SCADA, laboratories, smart meters, hydraulic models, GIS systems, etc. — and troubleshoot problems ranging from combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to water-loss and water-quality issues. Best of all, he relates it in the context of WEFTEC’s changing focus from wastewater treatment to water resource recovery.

  7. Putting Digital Instrumentation To Multipurpose Use

    Instruments that deliver only one measurement point are achieving just a fraction of their potential, according to Ryan Williams. That is why smart technology is the essence of this Water Talk discussion with him and his Endress+Hauser associate Alan Vance. It explores how digitalization can elevate the role of instrumentation systems or independent flow, level, pressure, and temperature sensors to make utility managers and maintenance crews more productive than ever. Opportunities range from an electromagnetic flow meter with zero straight-pipe-run requirements, to self-diagnosing instruments, to remote-access monitoring and control, to predictive analytics for the newest members of the utility workforce. 

  8. Plastic Piping Systems Adapting To Water Industry Needs

    There’s a big difference between pipe and a true piping system, according to Brian LaBelle of GF Piping Systems. His insights from this Water Talk interview captured at ACE19 in Denver highlight the advantages of ever-advancing plastic piping capabilities that are helping the water industry engineer and fabricate resilient alternatives to aging infrastructure by using customized polyethylene, polypropylene, and PVDF piping systems.

  9. A More Precise Route For Chemical Feed Metering

    In water treatment applications with varying flow rates, keeping chemical dosing rates in proportion is critical for minimizing chemical costs while still achieving optimum treatment levels. A new plastic-bodied ultrasound flow meter delivers high precision at extremely low flow rates — down to 0.15 gph (10 ml/minute), about one-third of the 0.50 gph rates offered by most other chemical flow meters.

  10. How Advanced Flow Meters Are Changing The Game For Water Managers

    Flow meters are not just hardware anymore. Advanced flow meters act as a data collection tool that can gather and relay valuable information for engineers and technicians trying to be more proactive in the operation of their water systems. In this Water Talk interview, Dave Baker, a regional sales manager for McCrometer, discusses advanced flow meter capabilities that are more user friendly as well as the importance of selecting the proper meter for specific applications.