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Williams County Sanitary Picks Aquavx to Monitor Operations of Sewer System

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor
September 30, 2010

Aquavx, a provider of advanced remote monitoring solutions for water utilities, has announced that Williams County Sanitary in Ohio is leveraging Aquavx to monitor enclosure temperature, flow, run times, wet-well levels, and general operations of an existing sewer system.

An advanced remote monitoring solution, Aquavx has been designed to help sanitation districts, utility companies and municipal utility districts to monitor and control their water and wastewater equipment. Company officials said that it streamlines maintenance and makes operations more predictable.

“We used to have an autodialer 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.”

Williams County Sanitary did not need a full SCADA system, but advanced remote monitoring helps fill the gap between simple alarm notifications and expensive SCADA build-outs, Allamong said, adding that they have lot more information at their disposal with this system than used to.

Aquavx provides the same simple alarm notification for loss of power and high-level events as the traditional autodialer. However, it’s seen that many facilities have a need for added diagnostic information to reduce the number of site visits as well as 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 at Aquavx.

Weinberger said that 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 hardware products connected to lift stations, pumps, wells and tanks. The deployed hardware monitors the equipment and reports data at regular intervals. Company officials said that hardware communicates via cellular network to a tier-1 data center, where the data is processed.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny