Water and wastewater utilities today are suffering from "environmental data chaos." They have silos of data in different systems, different databases and different, non-compatible formats, none of which can be easily accessed with a common display or reporting tool.
This paper provides an overview of a comprehensive, wireless, remote monitoring system for water distribution system operators, including an economical application solution for every sensor, meter and instrument found throughout these systems.
SCADA can be utilized for remote data acquisition, but because it is primarily a real-time control system, the user must make significant compromises to use it for this purpose. These compromises include cost, data integrity, flexibility, convenience and control of the task.