There is a global water crisis happening that continues to be a growing threat to the world’s population. While we hear a lot about the importance of recycling items to help save the environment, water reclamation can help improve the world’s overall water supply.
Since there is no infinite supply of water for the world and we’re using more and more if it for irrigation and other needs, finding ways to conserve and reuse water that still has nutrient value is vital.
This is achieved through water reclamation systems that recycle used water or even collect rainfall for reuse as a way to curb the waste of freshwater supplies.
The process involves removing contaminants from the water in a treatment phase and then discharging it back into natural sources. The water can then be used to do things like irrigate fields, replace groundwater and other non-potable uses.
Water reclamation systems are used by hospitals, factories, universities and more to meet Green Building requirements.
Sensors find application in a number of the processes involved in this important task by providing the accuracy needed to make water recycling successful.
Here’s a closer look at the ways sensors can be used in a water reclamation system.
SMD Fluid Controls manufactures and supplies a wide variety of fluid switches, float switches, temperature gauges, and liquid level sensors – from off-the-shelf to custom sensors that are designed to meet very specific needs.
A top-mounted level sensor located on a holding tank can help provide a measure of the levels of water being held. This would be good for rainwater collection to allow users to quickly know how much water is inside of the tank at any time.
Overflow tanks are important for wastewater recycling because they help prevent further waste of water and hold any additional water that is collected faster than the holding tank can exit it.
Downspouts are used in water collection to direct water into the tanks. Using sensors within a downspout can help detect any issues such as a backup that occurs. Since these are used to help direct water away from a building and foundation in many cases, back-ups can present a very serious issue if not detected in time.
If you’re looking to start doing a better job of water conservation efforts and designing a system to meet your needs we’d love to assist. Our engineers are ready to work with you and design a solution whatever your needs.