Clean water is one of our planet’s most precious natural resources. With rapid urbanization, it’s also a resource that’s becoming increasingly scarce. The water industry depends on Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems to monitor water distribution systems, but the practical limitation of its installation points has historically restricted its use. IoT and Enterprise Asset Management Computerized Maintenance Management Software (EAM CMMS) are transforming the industry.
With the rapidly growing increase in connected devices, the water industry is now taking full advantage of IoT sensors to monitor water levels, chemical leaks, and even regulate water flows.
For water treatment, smart sensors are installed at various points in the water system. These sensors collect data and send it back to the monitoring systems. This data can include water quality, temperature changes, pressure changes, water leak detection, and chemical leakage detection.
How does it work? With IoT, connected sensors wireless send data to a computer with the analysis. Through the cloud, operators connect with an Enterprise Asset Management Computerized Maintenance Management Software (EAM CMMS) system to be alerted of/access the sensor data in real-time. This technology continually provides technicians, engineers, and other facility management staff insights, importantly from spots the engineers typically can’t reach.
IoT-enabled smart water sensors can track water quality, pressure, temperature. Sensors that measure flow rates can be used by water utilities to track and manage the flow across the entire treatment plant. This integrates with the EAM CMMS to enable single access to all of the plant’s data. Engineers can freely access and interpret the data, and instantly send recommendations to the facility manager.
IoT plays an important role in leak detection, sending an immediate alert to both dashboards and to people on their preferred messaging/chat channels like WhatsApp, FB Messenger, WeChat, and many others with UnificationEngine® intelligent IoT messaging. Notifications are received instantly on any connected device, compared to the hours to detect problems when engineers had to constantly check levels manually. Engineers can now understand and resolve problems faster, not only saving time and money but averting potential disasters.
Another huge benefit to using IoT in wastewater management is the detection of residual chemicals after treatment. This can be used to calculate the efficacy of the selected treatment process and ensure the release of chemicals stays within permissible limits.
This type of sensor can also help detect and reduce the spreading of legionella throughout a facility. Legionella is spread through a mist, such as from air-conditioning units of buildings and can be very dangerous for employees. IoT increases staff productivity and safety while reducing facility management costs.
How EAM CMMS Helps the Waste Water Industry
The EAM organizes the physical and fiscal information of enterprise assets on one platform, follows the workflows associated with managing assets, supports the business processes of managing the receiving, assigning, deploying, and retiring assets. From an operational perspective, it tracks the physical whereabouts of the assets, who have custody of them at any point of time, and the physical condition of the assets.
In comparison, the CMMS tracks the maintenance activities and costs for the equipment that require maintenance. EAM tracks the entire enterprise asset portfolio, including IT and physical assets, equipment and buildings, fixed assets and consumables, while CMMS tracks a subset of that.
EAM will track the life cycle of your water system allowing staff to prepare for maintenance in the future to protect not only your assets but your consumers.
And finally, an EAM combined with the benefits of IoT allows staff to be proactive, preventing incidents which not only threaten productivity, safety, and costs but the water supply itself.
About the Author
Kelly Potter, Marketing Associate for Transcendent Corporation. I’ve lived in Tampa for four years and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in Communications and a Minor in English-Writing. I’ve written hundreds of blogs focusing around EAM CMMS technology and the use of these solutions within facilities around the world. In my spare time, I go to amusement parks, run half-marathons, write, and read.