Water is a hot issue today. No matter where you live, it seems like there’s not enough or too much. What’s going on? Are we actually seeing important changes or is today’s hyper-connected society just making us feel like catastrophes are happening constantly?
This article explains how America has a water crisis that’s making water cost too much money for millions of families. You’ve probably heard about what happened in Flint, Michigan. The story explains how a third of Americans won’t be able to afford to pay for their water by 2020.
The high costs are mostly due to out dated infrastructure and water pipe networks that need to be upgraded around the country. You can see water districts are already trying to increase water bill rates by 83% in Sacramento.
However, lots of rain and rising water levels have made it hazardous for fishermen or any boats to go out on Lake Ontario. They’ve got massive flooding and way too much water. Events have been canceled in New York since the lake is dangerous. Even recreational boaters have been negatively impacted and are delaying going out in the water.
You’ve probably heard about drought conditions in California over recent years. Now Nestle’s Arrowhead water has been called out with challenges around how much money they’re making by bottling and selling California’s water. Is this because public agencies and government entities have dropped the ball? You can decide for yourself about the sustainability of water and how renewable of a resource it is. How much profit should gigantic multinational businesses be allowed to gain from public natural resources?
And there’s deserts like the Middle East, where it rarely rains and water is a really precious resource. However, they’ve got enough money to make it feasible to bring an iceberg to the UAE. Will they do it? Take a gander at this story for more on how these iceberg cowboys are hoping to be the first folks to tow an iceberg thousands of miles and kilometers.
Now how does today’s technology help with all of these water resources management needs? These stories all tie together in the fact that water monitoring systems help to effectively address all of our water needs. After all, how many days can you and your family live without water?
Sensors and Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) make it easy to remotely monitor water. Whether it’s water levels and flooding, water quality like pH, or monitoring water usage and water wells, we’ve got to make sure we’re making the most of what we’ve got.
Hardware manufacturers around the world make rugged, reliable sensors for monitoring water and fluids. For example, level sensors are made by companies like Flowline, In-Situ, and Senix. And flow meters are made by businesses such as McCrometer and EKM Metering. All of your various sensor hardware integrates to make an efficient water monitoring system with web-based cloud software.
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