Automated systems help better manage water and wastewater

| KITCHENER, Ont. — In this part of the world, it can be too easy to take clean water for granted.

But there is more to having water that is safe for drinking, cooking and cleaning than turning on a tap. Getting water from its natural source to your home is an involved and, quite frankly, costly process. The risk of mechanical failure or human error is always present, and the results can be catastrophic. But there are tools municipalities can use to not only add layers of protection for their residents, but to also find efficiencies and save precious tax and capital dollars.

“Municipal water and wastewater management systems have to be on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” says George Micevski, President of Tulsar Canada. “In uncertain economic times when homeowners are facing rising costs on almost every front, finding the necessary resources for this task can be a challenge for local governments.”

For municipal governments facing a cash crunch, there are options to help alleviate some of these costs by finding efficiencies without compromising the integrity of their water and wastewater systems. State-of-the-art control panels are utilizing modern communications technology to reduce demands on human resources while adding a layer of security to the systems that treat sewage and provide safe, clean drinking water.

Control panels can be designed and built for remote monitoring and management — diagnosing and addressing any programming faults that may arise during operation. They also use this technology to keep people informed — if a failure is projected, a text message or email can be sent so it can be resolved before it becomes a crisis.

These systems also store historical data to assist in better planning and future management of water and wastewater.

These panels are vital in ensuring wastewater is properly captured and stored before being treated. This protects the environment by keeping sewage out of local waterways and ensures clean water in our communities.

Control panels can also be used as self-sufficient storm water management systems, monitoring and managing water levels to protect against floods or freezing. An internal and mechanized system of checks and balances greatly reduces the number of staff needed during a natural weather event and it stays watchful and vigilant all day, every day.

As a leading engineer and manufacturer of water and wastewater pump control panels, Tulsar Canada helps municipalities find solutions to their water and wastewater challenges that are not only sustainable, but also reduce demands on staff and have built-in security features to protect against system failures or natural events.

“There are cost-effective solutions for municipalities seeking savings in their public works systems,” says Micevski. “Control panels can reduce the number of staff needed on site at all times while still ensuring water and wastewater systems are protected and functioning properly. Modern panels are more than just switches and blinking lights. They are intelligent machines that help strengthen our communities.”

Tulsar Canada’s team of designers and engineers specialize in finding custom solutions to unique problems. Besides monitoring the water levels in a municipal system, Tulsar control panels provide advanced features and functions, such as:

  • Leak-sensing equipment that municipalities can use in their tanks to prevent an environmentally dangerous oil, gas or chemical leak.
  • Data collection that gives municipalities vital intelligence to predict — and thus avert or prevent — emergency situations.
  • Early warning systems that will provide municipal officials with an advance alert when water levels are at risk of reaching dangerously low levels. This is particularly useful for smaller communities with a limited water supply, triggering operators to order the needed supply of water.