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Water Monitoring in October 2018

Citizens and scientists are asking for more water monitoring. Why do we need more monitoring? This example is sparked by the fact that the red tide has arrived as a surprise on the coasts and beaches of Florida.

Yes it was likely after a hurricane, but why didn’t they know when and receive an alert before it arrived? This is 1 of many reasons why there’s a need for early warning systems and more remote monitoring with water sensors.

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Additionally, millions of folks are in life threatening conditions due to poor sanitation and dangerously low water quality. More water quality monitoring systems are needed in the USA and all around our world.

As this article describes, water monitoring may be dull, however it’s absolutely necessary to keep track of all the numbers for making decisions that make sense. Specifically, groundwater well monitoring and observation techniques are needed for effective water resources management.

On the east coast of the US, more and more communities and schools are learning first hand the need for better water monitoring systems. Water quality emergencies continue to emerge and families need to boil water to keep their health safe. As NPR reports, people all over the country are asking for more information about drinking water, since toxins from wells may be negatively affecting our health.

Tools.Valarm.net Water Monitoring Wells Depths Flow Meters Industrial IoT Internet of Things Applications Water Resources Management Sensors Map DashboardSmart cities in the states have deployed water monitoring systems for their citizens. Have you done this for you and your community?

Here are customer success stories about water monitoring systems that use Industrial IoT sensors in the USA and around the world. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at Info@Valarm.net if you’ve got any comments, suggestions, or questions.

Early Warning Systems, Flood Monitoring, Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, and Measuring Water Levels with IoT Sensors

What time is it? It’s Hurricane season in the states and evacuations and warning are already underway.

A lot of the east coast, especially the southern part, in the USA has been evacuated as Hurricane Florence is about to land. It’s a category 4 hurricane according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) with wind gusts of 130 mph and getting stronger.

Flood Warning Systems Customer Success Stories Tools.Valarm.net Water Levels Industrial IoT Telemetry Sensors Monitoring Flooding Alerts Virginia USAIt’s a big one, perhaps the size of the entire state of North Carolina. According to the New York Times, the interstate freeways and roads are being reversed for one-way traffic only in the direction that people get out of the dangerous areas.

Over a million folks have already been evacuated with their families.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Water Air Quality Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 61What comes along with hurricanes?

Flooding.

Lots of water and huge increases in water levels.

How do you, your family, organizations and government agencies know what’s going on with water levels?

Flood Warning Systems IoT Industrial Remote Monitoring USA Coast River Bridge Valarm Tools.Valarm.net Water Levels SensorsEarly warning systems monitor water levels using Industrial IoT sensors. Flood warnings alert communities ahead of time that catastrophes and dangers are impending.

Imagine the world before we had the technology to predict and see what’s coming? Luckily, today’s technologies help keep you, your family, and your community safer.

Smart Cities on the east coast like Virginia are ready and have already deployed flood monitoring systems.

Have You? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at Info@Valarm.net if you’ve got any questions or need help with monitoring water.

Monitoring Systems and Water News in July 2018

Water quality is safer in some communities than others. How is Your water for you and your family?

Around the US, communities near Santa Barbara, California, have reported clean water that meets or exceeds water quality standards. Although, with water in lakes and swimming holes, the CDC cautions you and your family to take care.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Air Quality Water Pollution Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 34Years after the Flint, Michigan, water quality crisis, the doctor who exposed the problems now has a book about the dangerous water events. Even today, communities in New York have had high water demand leading to problems with dirty, brown water flowing out of the taps that is dangerous to consume.  And as the next school year starts, schools in Flint will be using water jugs instead of water fountains.

Valarm Water Quality Monitoring Tools.Valarm.net 3While some communities and cities, e.g., Iowa, Wisconsin, and Maryland, are having flooding issues in need of flood warning systems, folks in North Carolina are required to conserve water due to the lack of rain.

Fortunately, today’s technologies, like Industrial IoT sensors, give government agencies and water authorities an easy and cost-effective way to monitor water levels and water quality.

Valarm Water Quality Monitoring Tools.Valarm.net 2For example, communities in Pennsylvania have installed new water quality monitoring systems to continuously monitor water factors, like conductivity / resistivity, in real-time. These systems help water management districts, municipalities, and smart cities to better serve citizens and keep families safe.

Valarm Water Quality Monitoring Tools.Valarm.net 1As water becomes a more important resource for you and your community, our world grows its needs for effective water monitoring systems. Whether it’s water quality, water levels, water usage, or anything else, we’re here to share our experiences with our customers in order to help your organization save lives, as well as your time and your money.

Water News – May 2018

What’s going on in your water world? Here are a few curious stories that we recently found intriguing.

Is California moving towards better water management? See this write-up about 2 new bills that change water policy and confront issues like water wars, supplies, recycled water, changing climate, droughts, and how to make compromises with stakeholders and administrations.

How is water management related to blockchain technology? Have a look at this story for more on how blockchain can help water resources management and distribution.

In Wisconsin, the US EPA and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are carefully performing environmental monitoring and measuring air quality, as well as monitoring water quality (full story here) , after fires and explosions at an oil refinery that caused evacuations.

industrial-iot-remote-monitoring-sensor-telemetry-tools-valarm-net-water-air-quality-sensorsMeasuring, managing, and monitoring water resources is a critical challenge.

Today’s technologies like Industrial IoT sensors provide cost-effective monitoring systems for real-time monitoring and alerting for all things water, like:

Since 2012, we’ve been helping organizations deploy monitoring systems to save time and money, while improving operations and effectiveness.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve got any questions about monitoring water, wells, air, industrial assets, or anything else.

News on Water – April 2018

It’s been 4 years since the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Dangerous levels of lead contaminated the water supply after the city switched to using the local river as a water source. Meanwhile, in other parts of Michigan, permits have been granted for increases of water extraction for bottled water plants.

Tools.Valarm.net Industrial Internet of Things IoT Sensor Devices Air Quality Water Levels Applications Waters Resources Management Telemetry Remote Monitoring 3Who controls the water cycle? The latest science research says that vegetation regulates and controls the future of our water cycle. Vegetation plays a more critical role than we may have thought, when on water stress and our water resources.

New water testing equipment in San Diego, California, is being installed to have automatic, precise, real-time water measurement readings. These are in response to citizens complaining that they were being charged and billed for more water than they were actually using.

Do you use less water when there’s a drought and water levels are down? Since the California drought emergency has been called off by an executive order, are communities back to using as much water as before the drought? This story has more about how folks may have become lazy when it comes to water conservation, and what this means for you and your family.

Managing and Monitoring Water Wells in 2018

Water Well Management Systems are critical for you and your family to maintain happy and healthy lives. How do organization effectively monitor water wells, pumps, and water levels? How can natural disasters like hurricanes and flooding affect aquifer and water well health? That’s what we’ll talk about in this write-up.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Water Air Quality Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 60Hurricane Harvey caused widespread damage in the US, especially in Texas. Local universities and educational institutions like Texas A&M are collaborating to offer free water well testing to private well owners affected by hurricane flood waters.

Since floodwater can have upstream substances like sewage from wastewater treatment plants or flooded septic systems, it’s critical to test flooded water wells before using wells for drinking, cooking delicious meals, or anything else. Many residents in various communities have had private water wells damaged by flooding and needed new tanks and water well systems. Fluorocarbons used at airports and for fire fighting foams can also end up in water wells and reek havoc on communities like this one in Minnesota.

This recent study has called attention to the fact that more and more water systems in the U.S. are violating health standards. Being cost-effective with your water management is key, as damaged water wells can cost thousands of dollars for government agencies, businesses, companies, and other organizations. However, new water management systems can save you millions of dollars a year as demonstrated here. You might now be wondering…

How Do You Effectively Manage and Monitor Your Water Well Systems?

Fortunately, today’s technologies, like Industrial IoT sensors, provide you, your teams, and your organization with easy-to-use, rapidly deployable water well monitoring systems.

Valarm Water Well Monitoring Manging Wells Levels Industrial IoT Sensors Valarm 0You may already know that monitoring water wells and levels requires seamless integration of sensors like pressure transducers, pumps, and level sensors made by various hardware manufacturers like Flowline, In-Situ, McCrometer, EKM Metering, Eno Scientific, and Senix.

Valarm Water Well Monitoring Manging Wells Levels Industrial IoT Sensors Valarm 1As you see in the photos here, production groundwater wells are effectively managed and monitored remotely with maps and webpage dashboards.

Managing water wells can be done from anywhere, and at any time. The water monitoring systems stay online 24/7/365 with mains power like 110V, or solar panel power, to provide you real-time information and alerts. You can quickly and easily answer questions like:

  • Valarm Water Well Monitoring Manging Wells Levels Industrial IoT Sensors Valarm 3Are your water well pumps active?
  • What’s the water level in each of your wells?
  • How many gallons per minute (gpm) are flowing through the flow meters right now?
  • What’s the total water usage – How many total gallons have flowed through your flowmeters?
  • Valarm Water Well Monitoring Manging Wells Levels Industrial IoT Sensors Valarm 2What’s your pump head room? Is your pump headroom at a dangerous or safe level?
  • What’s the depth to water and how much water is above your water level sensors, e.g., pressure transducers?

industrial-iot-remote-monitoring-sensor-telemetry-tools-valarm-net-water-air-quality-sensorsThat’s your quick summary overview of the latest in the world of water well monitoring systems, and how you can best manage your water wells.

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Water Levels and Flooding News for February 2018

Are flooding risks getting worse? According to this New York Times article that’s an affirmative yes, water levels are rising and chemical sites are in the path.

What does this mean for toxic spills like those that happened in Texas during Hurricane Harvey and released lye from chemicals plants? Floods also cause emergency disasters like benzene escaping from Ohio refineries and phosphoric acid leaking from Florida fertilizer plants.

More and more scientific reports claim that flooding will worsen in the USA as a result of global climate change, rising sea levels, as well as increased hurricanes and coastal storms.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Water Air Quality Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 56New FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) maps feature updates on flood insurance rates. This story describes the results and actions to take based on this knowledge in areas around New Orleans, Louisiana.

And on the other side of the country, there are flood advisories in effect for Oahu, Hawai’i. The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings.

The increasing risk of flooding could also be due to decades of urban development, like office parks, roads, malls and neighborhoods growing even farther apart. This PBS story discusses how decisions by developers, individuals, local, state, and federal government have made for more flood risks over the decades in the areas around Houston, Texas.

What Can You and We Do About Growing Flood Risks and Rising Water Levels?

Smart Cities in the USA, like those in Virginia on the East Coast, continue to deploy more flood warning systems.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Industrial IoT Sensors Flood Warnings Water Levels Virginia Coasts Rivers USA Valarm 10These monitoring systems measure water levels of rivers, oceans, coasts, lakes, and other water bodies by deploying level sensors on bridges, marinas, beaches, and other locations.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Industrial IoT Sensors Flood Warnings Water Levels Virginia Coasts Rivers USA Valarm 2Industrial IoT sensor technologies give you, your family, your teams, your organization, and your community access to effective flood monitoring solutions.

Flood Warning Systems Customer Success Stories Tools.Valarm.net Water Levels Industrial IoT Telemetry Sensors Monitoring Flooding Alerts Virginia USAHave a look at these flood warning systems deployed in the field in the states.

These IoT system devices use ultrasonic and radar sensors to measure real-time water levels and upload readings to Tools.Valarm.net.

Flood monitoring systems are rapidly deployable. They are quite flexible since IoT water level sensor information can be uploaded to the cloud via mobile cell network, ethernet, WiFi or other internet connectivity options.

The water level monitoring systems are powered by the means that makes the most sense for the scenario, whether that’s standard 110V mains power or solar panel power.

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Thank you for reading about our increasing flooding risks and what we can do about dangerous water levels.

industrial-iot-remote-monitoring-sensor-telemetry-tools-valarm-net-water-air-quality-sensorsPlease don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at Info@Valarm.net if you’ve got any questions about remotely monitoring sensors, flood warning systems, water wells, flow meters, water level telemetry, or anything else related to Industrial IoT.

Your Water Monitoring, Remote Sensor Telemetry, & Industrial IoT News – December 2017

You probably know that your water is a precious resource. You and your family can’t live long without water. We’ve been in the trenches, working closely with our customers, to learn through years of experience – what’s the most effective way to remotely monitor water and other sensors? Below we’ll share some recent industry news that you’ll likely find helpful.

Is your water safe? Pipeline companies need to remove diesel contaminated slurry from quarries near water wells in Ohio. Many of these projects costs billions of dollars to mitigate after violations have been cited by the Environmental Protection Agency. Do you think any of these dumpings, like slurry for lubricating equipment, go unnoticed?

A photo by Aidan Meyer. unsplash.com/photos/nvj-PDU98WUIn Idaho, dairy companies pump excess wastewater into canals where contaminated water leaks into your residential water wells. How do you effectively monitor your water wells?

Meanwhile, the water outlook is ok in some parts of the US, like the mountain west, yet lack of rain and water around Los Angeles, California,  has contributed to catastrophic wild fires and the highest ranking fires of all time.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Air Quality Water Pollution Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 7Some U.S. counties and towns have had to declare a state of emergency and ask for emergency funding after a disaster caused them to lose their water wells. And on the other side of the globe, the world’s most ambitious water transfer program is under way in China. However, this water way aqueduct is not enough according to this Bloomberg analysis.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Industrial IoT Sensors California USA Water Dam Levee Flood Water Levels Telemetry Geokon Piezometers VW Vibrating Wires Lorenzo EdwardWhere does this leave us today when it comes to your water crisis? Effective water monitoring systems are crucial for proper management of our precious water resources.

Today’s Industrial IoT and remote sensor monitoring technologies give you, your teams, and your organization the most cost-effective ways to save your money and time with automatic water monitoring systems.

industrial-iot-remote-monitoring-sensor-telemetry-tools-valarm-net-water-air-quality-sensorsFrom water wells, pumps, flow meters, and water usage to water levels and flood warning systemsremote monitoring software and dashboards help you stay on top of what’s important to you, so you won’t be chasing after your problems, before you have an issue you’ll have a solution.

Please feel free to get in touch with me at Info@Valarm.net if you’ve got any questions about remote monitoring systems.

Noise Pollution – Noise Monitoring Systems with Industrial IoT Sensors for Decibel Sound Levels and CH4 / Methane Gas

Noise Pollution – What do You think it is?

According to the USA Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), over 20 million workers are exposed to noise that can be damaging while they’re working.

Each year, businesses pay millions of $ / dollars in penalties because they’re not protecting their employees from high decibel loud noises.

Industrial IoT Sensors Monitoring Noise Sound Levels Decibels Valarm Methane CH4 Tools.Valarm.net 10In industrial environments, noise monitoring can be critical. Millions of dollars are spent every year on compensation for hearing loss disability.

These are extreme cases where noise levels are really loud. However, being in any kind of noisy environment can be distracting and unhealthy.

Spider web labyrinth might help reduce noise pollution in the future according to this article. And airplane noise regulations mean planes should get quieter. Noise pollution is a big focus in Africa and India, even in ‘silence zones‘.

Industrial IoT Sensors Monitoring Noise Sound Levels Decibels Valarm Methane CH4 Tools.Valarm.net 4You probably already knew that noise monitoring systems are useful in a wide variety of scenarios.

But how do you cost-effectively monitor noise today?

Is there a quick and easy way to install sound / noise monitoring devices and equipment?

Industrial IoT Sensors Monitoring Noise Sound Levels Decibels Valarm Methane CH4 Tools.Valarm.net 3Yep, thanks to today’s Industrial IoT sensor technology, noise monitoring has never been easier.

Take a gander at the photos to see noise monitoring systems that use IoT devices to measure decibels. These solar powered systems send regular noise sensor measurements to Tools.Valarm.net for your database management, analytics, graphing, mapping, and alerting.

Industrial IoT Sensors Monitoring Noise Sound Levels Decibels Valarm Methane CH4 Tools.Valarm.net 1Since other factors can play into noise monitoring, these monitoring systems also measure:

  • Temperature
  • Humidity
  • Industrial IoT Sensors Monitoring Noise Sound Levels Decibels Valarm Methane CH4 Tools.Valarm.net 8Pressure
  • Wind Direction
  • Precipitation & Rain Water Levels
  • CH4 / Methane Gas for Air Quality

 

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I’m happy to help you, your teams, and your organization deploy your most effective remote monitoring systems.

industrial-iot-remote-monitoring-sensor-telemetry-tools-valarm-net-water-air-quality-sensorsWhether you’re monitoring noise / sound, air, water, industrial equipment, or anything else, we’re here to help you.

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Piezometers and Vibrating Wires for Remotely Monitoring Levees, Bridges, and Water – IoT Applications and Case Studies

What’s a Piezometer?

Piezometers measure pressure of ground water. They’re sensors that are also known as vibrating wires or VWs, but note that they’re much smaller than the German vehicles.

After drilling holes to deploy and measure piezometers, the vibrating wire sensors can report information about pressure in an aquifer.

Basically, piezometers can be used to measure and monitor pressures of liquids.


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How does this help You?

Here are a couple Industrial IoT applications and use cases where piezometers are remotely monitored:

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Industrial IoT Sensors California USA Water Dam Levee Flood Water Levels Telemetry Geokon Piezometers VW Vibrating Wires 25Piezometers / vibrating wire sensors monitor water wells and aquifer health alongside levees  in order to keep communities safe.

For civil structure monitoring, like bridges, piezometers are commonly used to measure displacements. This helps decide safety precautions and the most effective forms of maintenance programs.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Industrial IoT Sensors California USA Water Dam Levee Flood Water Levels Telemetry Geokon Piezometers VW Vibrating Wires Valarm Tools Cloud 2Piezometers are in the news around the world, playing critical roles with stories like:


Who makes piezometers / vibrating wires and where do you get them?

There are a variety of sensor hardware manufacturers that make piezometers, like:

Using sensor standards like RS-232 and 4-20 mA, along with open cloud-based monitoring software like Tools.Valarm.net, piezometers and any additional sensors are easily measured as often as needed.

Piezometers Remote Monitoring Industrial IoT Sensors California USA Water Dam Levee Flood Water Levels Telemetry Geokon Piezometer VW Vibrating Wires Valarm Tools CloudGraphing, mapping, alerting, and other analytics are performed on piezometer measurements, depending on the particular Industrial IoT application.

According to this news article, piezometers are quite useful to tie in the groundwater elevation with ponds and bogs. What are Your organization’s piezometer applications?


Questions?

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