How do you monitor the amount of water that you or your customers are using?
This month Lorenzo and Edward went to Scottsbluff, Nebraska, to deploy real-time remote water flow + usage monitors! We thought it’d be a lot colder during December in Nebraska, turns out we got lucky and it ended up being sunny and 65F each day we were there.
The North Platte Natural Resources District (NPNRD) is responsible for water management in their region of southwestern Nebraska. Being in the midwest of the United States, NPNRD monitors water used for agriculture in addition to aquaculture and other uses. Here’s the kicker – every October they send people driving trucks all over the area to read each one of 1000’s of water flow meters by hand! That’s a lot of time, money, gas, and environmental impact. Now with Valarm remote environmental monitoring units, natural resources districts don’t have to drive so much and know in real-time how much water is flowing at each water pump. Compare these multiple readings per day vs. once per year – that’s a bunch more modeling potential and quite importantly – situational awareness. These deployments for uploading remote water sensor data to Valarm Tools Cloud were done cost-effectively using:
- PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) sensor adapter
- Ethernet-based sensor hub connected to long-range WiFi
- McCrometer EA618-02 water flow and water usage sensor
We teamed up with an awesome local WISP company, Vistabeam, to provide long-range WiFi access to the sites. The antennas you see in these deployments are up to 20 miles away from the nearest internet tower!
Now with all of this the Natural Resources District can see water flow rates every hour rather than once a year! The water sensor data can then be forwarded in real-time via Valarm’s APIs (e.g., JSON) to endpoints like the Esri GeoEvent Processor and Operations Dashboard, or graphed on Valarm Tools Cloud as seen below.
Here are some more photos from these Industrial IoT field deployments in Nebraska, along with explanations of how the installations were done.
Have a look at a similar water flowmeter deployment where Valarm is monitoring water usage in Southern California.
A key companion to this article are our Industrial IoT Web-based Dashboards for Remotely Monitoring Water Flow Meters & Water Level Sensors / Pressure Transducers.