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Sanjeev Verma
Sanjeev is the founder of Biz4Intellia, one of the leading IoT development companies in USA. He is extremely passionate about the Internet of Things and keeps on exploring the possibilities unleashed by IoT on a constant note.
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Water is the elixir for life. It is derived from various sources including rivers, lakes, oceans and streams and has several uses. Some parts of the world can access water easily and at an economical rate. Whereas other parts of the world pray for water consumption on a daily basis as they face water scarcity regularly. This irregularity in the water supply is troubling numerous lives across the world. Also, it is minimizing the possibilities of a healthy life for our future generations. In such situations, immediate actions are required to be taken. Here, the Internet of Things (IoT) is a one-stop solution that has the capability of attending different water-related challenges and to solve them eventually.

If you are a Water Quality & Quantity Supervisor, then it is high time for you to know about the ways in which IoT helps the water industry. Let’s explore:

# IoT helps in using water judiciously

In order to provide the future generations with proper water supply, controlling water wastage clearly becomes the need of the hour. It must become a responsibility of the individuals, organizations, and industries to use water judiciously. In order to do so, they are required to understand their water utilization patterns thoroughly and take necessary actions to avoid hefty water bills as well. Water leakages are the common causes of water wastage (which can go beyond a trillion gallons in the USA). In the USA, almost 4.8 billion gallons of water are literally flushed down the toilet each day. With IoT devices, alarms could ring if ‘too much’ water is used by someone.

Keeping taps open after a hand wash, individuals taking too much time in the showers and men shaving while keeping the tap water running are some of the little things that cause huge water losses. With smart IoT water sensors, it is now possible to decrease water wastage and identify leaks, thus boosting efficient water usage.

With smart water/moisture sensors, individuals, organizations and industries can take preventive measures to save water. The sensors will alert the user as soon as excessive water or moisture presence is detected in the pipelines, walls or across water tanks/systems. The sensors will monitor the water systems to shut down immediately. This way, further pipeline damage caused by leakages will be reduced, thus contributing to better water conservation. Water flow monitoring to prevent the smallest of leaks before they become a problem becomes possible with IoT sensors. As these sensors and meters are connected to a given water supply line, constantly tracking the abnormalities in water flow becomes less challenging.

#IoT helps in monitoring water level in cost-effective ways

It is crucial to control excessive water usage across the globe. Hence, IoT solutions are the best fit to get favourable results. IoT solutions are a part of the wireless control systems. They are economical and assure accurate results after detecting and monitoring the level of water in any tank/reservoir accurately. It is natural for the eater level to go beyond the acceptable limits, so, in this case, a real-time notification goes to the user’s mobile, thus indicating him/her about the water wastage possibilities.

In today’s times, supervisors and managers consider IoT water level monitoring as more versatile because they are safer when compared to the traditional manual gauges and wired instrumentation. When a system is controlled wirelessly, it becomes more possible for it to meet different challenges related to tank level monitoring. In comparison to IoT, other technologies do not have the same potential to generate the required level of safety related to water level monitoring. It is not easy to work in remote locations and interface with a variety of sensors (that collect data and send them to cloud, from where data could be derived), but IoT devices do this with much simplicity. These wireless IoT solutions are not prone to lightning strikes that can destroy a wired control system.

Iot eliminates human error and gives accurate results

It is crucial for any water quality and quantity supervisor to get accurate results about the water status. But, it is extremely labour intensive to go and check the status in person of each and every tank and reservoir every now and then. This not only causes tiredness to the workforce, but also it forces them to work further just to fulfil the hours of duty. This makes the workforce derive data that is wrong as an exhausted mind cannot work with utmost finesse. But with IoT driven sensors, the supervisor can discover when water is wasted, when a leak has occurred in the pipeline and when the water distribution fleet is facing issues on road.

All these happen in cost-effective ways and this is the reason why this formula is so popular amongst the water industry experts.

On a concluding note

It is crucial for people across the world to keep in mind that water is a non-renewable resource. Hence, they must by mindful of water usage. Also, people who have a tendency to use water judiciously, face challenges in doing so as freshwater availability is a challenge. But, with the Internet of Things (IoT), turning the tables for the water industry is not a challenge anymore. Through preventive steps, effective water-saving strategies could be designed. Also, making freshwater available becomes less of a complicated challenge with IoT solutions.

Reducing water wastages, curbing excessive and unnecessary water consumption and leak detection through IoT driven smart sensors are now a possibility. Next, when so much good is done for the water industry, safeguarding water too falls under the duty of the Water Quality & Quantity Supervisor. IoT solutions are a whiz at this parameter as well. Hence, the future of the transportation industry with IoT devices is secure both in aspects of water quality and water availability.

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