September 19, 2011

The water challenge of the future

Water is a constant concern in the south of Spain due to its scarcity. This fact has made of Spain one of the leading countries on water technologies, we are the first country in reservoir capacity per habitant in the world and our water networks have remarkable efficiency rates but there is still wide room for improvement. The key to a successful water quality system in today’s environment is using established parameters to measure change over time at varying locations in the network on a continuous basis. Every municipality requires some combination of these measurement parameters depending on local conditions and systems:

  • pH- detects changes that impact the effectiveness of disinfection and potential corrosion of the distribution network
  • ORP- determines the level of chemical reactivity
  • Conductivity- provides an indication of total dissolved solids and susceptibility to scaling
  • Free Chlorine- maintains optimal residual disinfection levels
  • Monochloramine- monitors disinfection levels
  • Dissolved Oxygen- indicates a healthy environment for biological activity
  • Ammonium- maintains effective levels for monochloramine production
  • Turbidity- indicates biological growth and suspended matter
  • Fluoride- indicates appropriate ion levels
  • Ozone- monitors disinfection levels
  • Temperature- assures effective operation continuously
  • Pressure- It is used to detect leaks

Maintaining water quality also means that municipalities must rely on real-world instruments that are designed to withstand the rigors of monitoring a complete network continuously in all weather and with minimal maintenance. The system must be configured to the requirements of the municipality.

On our determination to provide high-technology solutions for municipalities, Wellness Telecom is researching on water sensors based on semiconductor technology that provide new advantages versus conventional sensors as low-energy consumption, membrane free, resistance to dry-ness, un-breakable and low cost that makes these sensors ideal for long-term, online monitoring of water networks.

Author: Antonio Chaparro

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