Water Quality in watersheds - Water and Wastewater - Drinking Water
Metro Vancouver operates almost 50 environmental monitoring stations combined within the three watersheds. At the heart of this network is a real-time RMX VHF radio telemetry link developed and installed by FTS that provides routine access to critical data from a variety of alpine and valley sites. FTS GOES / Meteosat and GlobalStar satellite telemetry devices, along with telephone modems are used to supplement the network communications. VHF radio telemetry has proven to be much more reliable, lower in power consumption, and much more cost effective than any other telemetry system (including cellular). RMX radio is ideally suited to networks that have a regional cluster of stations. With smart radios and redundant radio links the network has a robust framework in the event of a node failure or more severe events such as an earthquake.
Recent installation and expansion of real-time Scada turbidity early warning rafts are enhancing the ability to forecast and prevent potential boil water advisories associated with landslides and high turbidity plumes during extreme rainfall events. Average daily turbidities measured by the DTS-12 turbidity sensor are published in the Vancouver Sun newspaper and on the Metro Vancouver public website. Combined with over twenty years of reliable operational performance and a high level customer service and support, FTS’ network provides the reliable backbone to Metro Vancouver’s water supply