In a recent article posted by Mars International, our parent company, we addressed a headline issue- managing our water resources for future generations.
It is no surprise to most American’s that questions of water quality and infrastructure are daily news items. According to a recent report by the American Society of Civil Engineers, there are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks in the Unites States every year. In fact, they gave the country’s water infrastructure a “D” grade on its annual infrastructure report card this year.
To help solve this issue, the government reauthorized the Water Resource Development Act in 2016 underscoring government’s role and investment into improving infrastructure and insuring drinking water purity.
According to the Drinking Water and Wastewater infrastructure provision. “The bill would help improve the nation’s failing water infrastructure by modernizing the State Revolving Loan Fund programs, reauthorizing funding to control sewer overflows, and providing additional assistance for replacement of lead service lines and to support infrastructure needs in disadvantaged communities. The bill also helps poor and disadvantaged communities by providing technical assistance and enabling communities to plan for infrastructure investments in a manner that prioritizes public health while minimizing impacts on ratepayers.
The good news is the renewed focus on the water issues facing our national has spurred new investment. Many people working to resolve the problems we face through a better use of technology.
Companies are utilizing sensors and the internet to monitor water flow and quality and detect issues before they become major problems. Although things are still very much in the initial stages, Internet of Things technology can help the water management industry respond to and stop leaks.
Water leakage is managed by controlling water pressure, overseeing pipelines and other assets, and responding quickly when repairs are needed.
Using technologies that include sensors, sensor data communications, and analytics, IoT applications can help the water industry optimize performance and improve workplace efficiency.
Some of the applications that combine IoT and water management include:
- Smart water metering
- Pressure sensors
- Water quality monitors
- Automatic shut-off valves
- Pump station monitors
- Acoustic sensors
Additionally, the emerging 4G LTE Cat-M1 and NB-IoT low-power, wide area cellular networks currently being deployed will benefit the water industry as it looks for low cost, low data rate, and low power solutions.
Ciqada is pleased to be able to offer an IoT solution for water management through:
- IoT infrastructure including cellular hardware modules and gateways with integrated cloud server for data monitoring and control
- Custom analytics and data mining via API
- Sensor technology and hardware integration services available to meet the needs of a particular system.
If you would like to learn more about how you can utilize our turnkey IoT solutions in water management and monitoring, please contact us today.