The water industry is increasingly under pressure, and flow and level measurement have become more and more important. The drive to improve customer service, whilst also being cost-effective is challenging, however, water companies have climate change to consider now too.
Difficult situations like excessive rainfall causing flooding and sewage overflow, in addition to lengthy dry spells that cause droughts, are all part of the unpredictable weather conditions with which water companies are contending with. On top of this, all of this has to be achieved with an infrastructure that covers vast areas and which, in some instances, is both inaccessible and aging, creating legacy issues and further problems.
The management of the available supplies of water needs to be done as effectively as possible. This is particularly important in the light of the above challenges, so that customers can be reassured that water will be where it needs to be, whenever it needs to be, and without disruption. Customers want to be able to turn on the tap and be certain that they have a safe and abundant supply of water, around the clock.
Water Resource Planning
The magnitude of these continual challenges is one of the reasons why the water industry, in partnership with regulators, companies, academics and NGO’s, created a framework for long-term water resource planning. This meeting was led by Water UK, and involved the discussion of extensive modeling for various scenarios, and developed a framework which proposed several ways to make the water supply more resilient.
One aspect of the report focused on encouraging more efficient water use in homes and businesses, aided by improved building standards and the increased use of smart meters. Another area of discussion was the need for the improved management of water when it is flowing from one region to another through pipelines, in reservoirs and in treatment centers.
It is with this background in mind, that flow and level measurement prove particularly important in order for the industry to detect leaks faster and more accurately. This would mean that resources are planned accordingly, and maintenance work is targeted where it is most required in a timely manner ensuring that the flow of water encounters as little disruption as possible.
Importance of Flow and Level Measurement
Nowadays, water companies need to be able to continuously monitor water levels and flow, whether in pipelines, reservoirs or at water treatment facilities. This allows them to improve customer service through meeting their needs and ensures the water supply is resilient, even in the face of challenging circumstances.
It is important that the industry gains insights and continually acquires data that will enable it to make evidence-based decisions about maintenance, upgrades and improvements. This can make ideal use of the resources possible, solving problems before they have a chance to escalate. Better operations mean a better service, which in turn is better for water companies, better for customers and better for the environment.
Technology is a tool that needs to be carefully considered by the water industry and any that the industry implements must have the ability to meet the high standards of measurement needed by the industry and its regulators today.
Technology needs to be robust, with the ability to function successfully and deliver data even when the unexpected happens, such as in extreme weather conditions. Technological equipment used today comprises of level transmitters, leak detection systems and flow meters. It is being utilized by the industry to assist them in making evidence-based decisions and in functioning more efficiently.
TT Electronics’ Flow and Measurement Devices
A challenge the water industry faces in terms of technology, is being able to find an instrument manufacturer with the experience of providing high specification flow and measurement devices to highly regulated industries. TT Electronics, is one such manufacturer, whose instruments have been specifically designed for applications such as reservoirs, water pumps, boreholes, river, tank, and are constructed for use in leak detection.
TT Electronics has experience in the water industry, as well as the utility industries as a whole, offshore exploration, medical, fire, glass, steel, and the automotive and aerospace industries. The company’s precision measurement equipment can be calibrated for needs in specific industries and particular customers. In addition, the service of TT Electronics encompasses not only the equipment itself, but also its installation and maintenance.
We understand what the water industry is trying to achieve, the issues faced and can assist overcome them. We work with customers to design products specifically to suit their applications and the demanding nature of those applications. We provide products that allow you to do your job.
John Hatton, TT Electronics
This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by TT Electronics plc.
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