Remote Environmental Datalogger for Monitoring Water Flow Storage - Sponsored Whitepaper

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Contact: Angel Tackett Water Flow & Storage Monitoring Opens Opportunity for Improvement Carey Premier (419) 396-7071 Chesterland, Ohio – March 14, 2011

Many water distribution companies use a similar process: 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 centre 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.

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 data logging solution capable of monitoring various 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 shutdown 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 production again. If water levels in the pond exceeded the 16 foot level limit, the data logger would shutdown 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 pressure transducer monitored the water level of the storage pond.
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