Sep 30, 2010

Williams County Sanitary Plans to Add Aquavx Remote Monitoring System

Utility plans to install Aquavx units on one existing and two new sewer systems

Aquavx announced that Williams County (Ohio) Sanitary is leveraging Aquavx to monitor enclosure temperature, flow, run times, wet-well levels and general operations of an existing sewer system. The utility also has plans to install Aquavx units on two new systems in the coming months.

Aquavx is designed to help sanitation districts, utility companies and municipal utility districts accurately monitor and control their water and wastewater equipment. According to Aquavx, the advanced remote monitoring solution streamlines maintenance and makes operations more predictable.

“We used to have an auto dialer on this sewer system,” said Will Allamong, operations manager for Williams County Sanitary. “But when it went down, rather than replace it with another one for roughly the same cost, we’re getting a lot more functionality with Aquavx. We don’t need a full SCADA system, but advanced remote monitoring helps fill the gap between simple alarm notifications and expensive SCADA build-outs. We have a lot more information at our disposal with this system than we used to.”

Aquavx provides the same simple alarm notification for loss of power and high-level events as the traditional auto dialer, but many facilities have a need for added diagnostic information to reduce the number of site visits and increase time between equipment failures.

“Operations personnel are continually challenged to prevent overflows, maintain pump cycling efficiency, prolong the life of pumps, limit and report access—all as economically as possible,” said Jason Weinberger, vice president of strategy and business development for Aquavx. “Aquavx provides them a tool to cut costs, man-hours, increase the amount of predictability in their operations and reduce the likelihood of fines for non-compliance and spills.”

Aquavx deploys intelligent hardware products connected to lift stations, pumps, wells and tanks. The hardware monitors the equipment and reports data at regular intervals, typically every other hour, as well as whenever an alarm event occurs, and performs a regular “heartbeat” check-in to make sure the unit is communicating properly. The hardware then communicates via cellular network to a tier-1 data center, where the data is processed. Alarm recipients are notified based on user-defined rules via voice, text or e-mail. Users may then generate reports, maps and charts to analyze their data and improve their operations.