Water Flow Monitoring Helps Avoid Costly Fines
Water Distribution Company Refines Pumping System
Many water distribution companies use a similar process for Water Flow Monitoring: Collect water from a well with the help of water pumps, utilize a pond or reservoir to temporarily store the water and maintain a loading center to fill water trucks for transport. The problem is how to pump the maximum allowable volume of water on a day-to-day basis without exceeding the limits as dictated by local rules and regulations. Exceeding these limits can lead to costly fines—cutting profits in an already tightly competitive market. A distribution company contacted CAS in order to source a water flow monitoring solution.
Regulations in this case required that the distribution company not exceed 400,000 gallons of water in one day. In addition, the storage pond had a water level capacity of 18 feet; however, regulations stipulated that the water level could not exceed a maximum of 16 feet at any time. After review from the CAS Solution’s Team, it was determined flow sensors be installed to record the amount of water pumped from the well and a water level sensor was installed to record the height within the storage pond at all times.
CAS provided this company with a Water Flow Monitoring Solution capable of monitoring multiple sensor inputs. The data logger would track the incoming data on a 24 hour cycle. If the 400,000 gallon output level was reached, the data logger would signal to automatically shut down the water pump to prevent exceeding the 400,000 gallon limit. At the beginning of the next 24 hour cycle, the system would automatically reset to begin pumping again. If water levels in the pond exceeded the 16 foot level limit, the data logger would shut down the water pump and would only begin the pumping process again when the pond water level declined.
A dataTaker DT82E data logger was used to monitor the front end of the operation. The DT82E would record the data from two flow sensors and a submersible pressure transducer. The first flow sensor monitored the input of the water being pumped from the well while the second flow sensor monitored the output to the storage. The submersed pressure transducer monitored the water level of the storage pond.
While the trucks were collecting water from the storage pond, a DT80 model logger was monitoring and recording readings from the five flow sensors. The flow sensors were strategically located to fully monitor the actual volume of water being pumped. A wireless router was set up for both data loggers to collect the data for analysis, exporting, and recording. The data was easily retrieved from the dataTakers via the USB memory stick port. Data files are automatically separated by the serial number of the data logger which ensures that the data can be properly organized for reporting and archiving.
This data logging solution bundled a DT82E & DT80 data logger, seven (7) flow sensors and one (1) water level sensor. The setup allowed the water distribution system to be a self-monitored, stand-alone system. The data loggers were programmed to handle the sensors and manage the operation of the water pumps.
For further information on the dataTaker DT82E, water flow monitoring solutions, or to find the ideal solution for your application-specific needs, contact a CAS Data Logger Application Specialist at (800) 956-4437 or www.DataLoggerInc.com.