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Effectively Monitoring Water in the USA during November 2018

Where does our earth’s water come from? New research shows that our planet’s water might have come from gas and asteroid material that was left over from the formation of the Sun. Have a look at this article for more on the research findings.

Flooding around the world is becoming more intense. Water levels are rising and causing damage and destruction to various communities.

IoT Monitoring Water Sensors Water Levels Valarm Tools Cloud Tools.Valarm.net Industrial M2M Telemetry IIoT 3Want to know what’s currently going on with storms, in real-time? Now water levels sensors are sending you faster information about storms.

In this CBS news interview, Dr. Derek Loftis discusses how coastal Virginia, Hampton Roads, and the area around Chesapeake Bay are at risk for dangerous water levels. Derek also shows and explains how local authorities, schools, government agencies,  educational institutions, Smart Cities, and other organizations have installed flood warning systems with Industrial IoT sensors to effectively save lives, time, and money. It’s exciting to see how today’s monitoring technology protects you and your family’s health and wellbeing.

As Dr. Loftis says in the story above, their goal is more resiliency for dangerous water levels and being prepared for natural disasters like floods. Thanks to institutions and groups like NIST, Venture Smarter, Valarm, the Smart Regions Initiative, and NRDC, additional flood monitoring systems are continuously being deployed.

You can see why high water levels introduce risks to your family. Low water levels can also affect your health and wellbeing. Low water levels are causing chaos around the world, like in Germany where the transportation and agriculture industries are suffering huge losses.

Flood Warning Systems IoT Industrial Remote Monitoring USA Coast River Bridge Valarm Tools.Valarm.net Water Levels SensorsWater Monitoring is quite important for our future as humans on this planet. Not only water levels – monitoring water quality is critical as populated urban areas like those in Newark, New Jersey, are giving their citizens water infused with chemicals that cause cancer. Is clean water one of your basic rights as a human? Dirty water certainly harms you and your family’s lives. For these reasons among others, effective water quality monitoring systems have been deployed this year in states like Pennsylvania to keep the public safe.

That’s the fascinating news about water that we wanted to share with you in this story. Hopefully it is useful for you and your community if you’re looking to help make our world a better place. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at Info@Valarm.net if you’ve got any questions, suggestions, comments, or just simply want to say howdy.

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.

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.

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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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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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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Flooding, Droughts, Remote Water Monitoring Systems and Industrial IoT Sensors – August 2017 News

Floods and rising water levels are continuing to grow more extreme in our world. Recent storms have endangered the city of Houston, Texas, with a lot of flooding risks. Here in this news article you can see photos of the water rescues, emergency management, and how heavy rains caused a natural disaster.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Air Quality Water Pollution Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 54 Similarly, in New Orleans, Louisiana (a.k.a., NOLA) inundating rains tested the city’s flood response system. According to this story, citizens found that the flood monitoring alerts and information left a lot to be desired, in other words a failure.

How will these holes in City Hall communications be fixed? Perhaps with more effective, real-time flood warning and water monitoring systems like those that are deployed on the east coast of the USA in Virginia.

Meanwhile, dangerous drought conditions are occurring in other parts of the USA. The U.S. Drought Mitigation Monitor Mitigation Center produces and classifies drought reports.  Dry conditions in your world are making drought risks right now in places like:

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Air Quality Water Pollution Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 37Water can be a precious lifeline or a dangerous, deadly weapon as this National Geographic article tells you. We need more water monitoring systems and better flow meter monitoring to avoid disasters and water issues like those happening in:

Tools.Valarm.net Water Monitoring Wells Depths Flow Meters Industrial IoT Internet of Things Applications Water Resources Management Sensors Map DashboardWhat can You do about our water monitoring challenges?

You can get engaged with your town, city, state, and federal government to make better use of technologies like Industrial IoT sensors to remotely monitor water in the cloud.  Help your family, community, and others you care about to live a healthier life with effective water monitoring systems.

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Water Monitoring and Industrial IoT Sensors for Fluids Telemetry – July 2017 News

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Water Air Quality Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 63 How far will you go for water? To the moon and back? There might be more water on the moon than we thought according to NPR and Scientific American.

During droughts, you’ve got folks all over the U.S. using quite a lot of water, like more than a gallon per minute by these Tampa Bay water hogs. While in Florida, water main breaks and repair activities have caused road closures. And citizens there are advised to boil all water before drinking or cooking. Similarly, Utah residents have been asked to limit water use after a major water line break.

You’re seeing droughts, water rationing, and weird water issues all over the world. In Rome, Italy, the climate, environment, and cities are drier than they’ve been for decades. Due to the heatwave, water sources could be turned off for 8 hours a day.

You ever wondered or been curious about what gets sent down the water drain? Lots of rubber bouncy balls, a rope monster, and even a snapping turtle have been found in wastewater treatment facilities in the Chicago area.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Air Quality Water Pollution Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 1Even though Michigan is surrounded by the Great Lakes and quite a load of water, there are still critical water crises. For example, there are the 5 state officials charged with involuntary manslaughter for the Flint public health crisis that led to an outbreak of disease, suffering children, and lead poisoning.

But according to this story, global companies and corporations like Nestle don’t pay anything for water, and they’re continuing to increase their water usage. This increase in pumping can lead to negative effects on local wetlands, aquatic habitats, and stream flow.

Also in the Midwest U.S., Minnesota is having more water quality problems. This article calls for something dramatic to happen for water management reform and improvement of water resources.

Since the federal EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) isn’t providing as much money to local and state governments for safeguarding and protecting ecosystems like water and air, other organizations need to help out with mandates and responsibility for monitoring our environment.

What’s going on with the water for your family, in your neighborhood?

How does your organization use water effectively?

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Fortunately, today’s Industrial IoT (IIoT) sensors and cloud technologies make remote water monitoring systems easier and more cost-effective to deploy.

Tools.Valarm.net Water Monitoring Wells Depths Flow Meters Industrial IoT Internet of Things Applications Water Resources Management Sensors Map DashboardThis helps you, your teams, your Smart City, and your organization effectively monitor water resources. Whether you’ve got water wells, streams, floods, tides, levels, rain, or anything else.

I’m here and happy to help your organization remotely monitor water, air, vehicles, and other valuable assets.

industrial-iot-remote-monitoring-sensor-telemetry-tools-valarm-net-water-air-quality-sensorsThank you for reading and sharing your concerns about our environment. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at Info@Valarm.net if you’ve got any questions about air quality and water monitoring systems.

When Do You Have Air Quality and Health Problems?

When’s the worst time for air quality? What season is pollution at its poorest?

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Water Air Quality Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 72Perhaps you believe it’s winter with the inversion layers keeping particulates in the air that you breathe into your lungs.

Or perhaps summer with the ozone sticking around from high heat. Maybe it’s spring with all of the pollen, dust, and other allergens getting blown around.

In the end, it depends on where you and your family live, but air quality issues are becoming more common all year round. What’s goin’ on?


New research suggests that plants are a big part of air pollution when it’s really hot outside. Don’t we want trees and plants to clean the air. It’s pretty surprising that during heat waves plants emit more chemicals that react and form ozone.

Of course there are lots of other sources for poor air quality like food choices since every action has a cost. And cities like Salt Lake City, Utah, are taking steps to improve urban air quality. This includes better transportation alternatives, like electric or natural gas, and switching refineries to different fuels.


Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Water Air Quality Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 73Improving your air quality helps you immediately feel better and has long-term benefits like a longer life.

According to this MIT study, air pollution in China causes thousands of death every day, millions per year.

Poor air quality contributes to an early death from things like cancers and heart, lung, and stroke disorders.

A lot of the fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone (O3) in our lungs is due to transportation vehicles and exhausts.


Is air quality worse than it’s been in previous years, or are we just more aware of it now?

Environmental protection agencies are issuing more air quality alerts all over the US.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Water Air Quality Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 71Here are a few examples:


So now what can we, YOU and I, do about it?

Tools.Valarm.net Industrial IoT Remote Monitoring Sensors Air Quality Fire Risk Weather Pollution Web DashboardsCities, government agencies, and other organizations are deploying more monitoring systems to remotely monitor our environment, especially air and water.

With today’s technologies like Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) sensors, it’s easier and more cost-effective to measure our environment than ever before.

And this means less toxins and safer environments for all of us. Do you want better health for you and your family?

Water Shortages, Droughts, Floods, and Cowboys Transporting Icebergs

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?

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Water Air Quality Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 65This 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.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Water Air Quality Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 66However, 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.

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Water Air Quality Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 54You’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?

Tools.Valarm.net Remote Monitoring Systems Water Air Quality Industrial IoT Monitor Sensors 70And 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.


Tools.Valarm.net Water Monitoring Wells Depths Flow Meters Industrial IoT Internet of Things Applications Water Resources Management Sensors Map DashboardNow 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.

Tools.Valarm.net Industrial IoT Remote Monitoring Sensors Air Quality Fire Risk Weather Pollution Web DashboardsHardware 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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