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Big Data Application For Water Treatment

With the planet having a greater percentage of water than land, one would think that water-related crises would be nonexistent. However, the reverse is the case as there are issues associated with water in different parts of the world as the spike in the world population has created a rippling spike in the metric tons of water consumed daily. This means that the demand for clean water for both domestic and industrial purposes is at an all-time high, while its supply is unmatched as certain nations have reported shortages.

Because of this situation, there’s an even higher demand for efficient water management practices, techniques, and related technologies, just to level the playing field. Water is essential for mankind’s survival as well as the continuity of the human race and without these proper management technologies, this natural yet seemingly abundant resource could transform from a necessity into a privileged luxury and no one would want that. In this piece, we will highlight one efficient water management technology called Big Data that can be used for water purification and treatment. Let’s get right to it.

What is Big Data?

The depletion of water, which is the most essential natural resource can be traced back to several events; man-made and natural events inclusive. However, this article isn’t centered on the “whys “of the situation, rather we want to discuss one of the solutions to the problem, which is Big Data. Big Data handles the different ways to analyze and systemically extract information that otherwise would’ve been too complex for the traditional software. It’s a predictive-analytics software that can be used for several purposes. In terms of water usage, Big Data is applied in good water management as well as its treatment.

Use of Big Data

According to (Shaw, 2017; Robinne et al., 2018; Gwenzi et al., 2017), it is known that water utilities consider data from supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, which comprises of flow statistics, online controlling, dissolved oxygen (DO) measurements, and airflows. They also take data from laboratory information management systems (LIMS) and computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), into consideration. Yes, this data is beneficial and it has indeed stood the test of time. However, how these data are collated and collected is somewhat fragmented and ambiguous to understand. Thankfully, Big Data initiatives and technology permits the transformation of the important yet fragmented data into comprehensible and functional information which not only saves time but incites better initiatives in the water plant.

Imploring the MAD strategy

With the diversity in tools and methodologies these water plants choose to imbibe, management should be the top priority. This is because, at a glance and through the use of Big Data, these technologists, utility managers, and presently with the Caripur system, home, and property owners, can see for themselves, where the most energy is being expended in the facility and at home. Thus with Big Data technology offering predictive information based on the data that was fed, these technicians in the water treatment plant can identify faults before they occur.

Now, although the supervisory control and data acquisition systems, SCADA offers real-time information as well as problem notifications and warnings, nowadays the prediction of an impending problem through analytic tools is a definite game-changer. However, in water treatment plants, if appropriate measures aren’t adopted, there’s usually a surplus of bad data. Bad data is data that is unreliable and can be influenced by many factors.

In water treatment plants the existence of bad data can be traced to malfunction or misuse of sensors which could negatively influence not just the initial data but the final as well as the entire treatment process. This is where MAD comes in. It’s been said that water treatment facilities need to be ‘MAD to be Smart’. Hence, they need to adapt their techniques to get accurate measurements, which will need to be understood when under Analytics before Decisions can be made. This is how the use of Big Data is categorized in water treatment plants. In essence, due to Big Data, these treatment facilities are now focusing on data quality rather than quantity and with Caripur, you can do the same on a domestic scale.

What Bondurant Technologies can do for you

The use of Big Data technology offers more realistic opportunities where water treatment systems can be managed as well as water tables and of course, rainfall. Even though this use is still at infancy, Bondurant is bringing the solution right to your doorstep. Introducing the Caripur H2O point-of-entry-system. This system operates by measuring 29 invariant data sources ranging from air to water, water to the system. Through Caripur’s solutions, diverse individuals from homeowners to property owners, and even industries can monitor and optimize their water management practices. With Caripur, individuals and groups can track the water’s path as it enters their home or building and makes their reports on its availability, energy, air, and system usage every 15 seconds for 24 hours a day. Bondurant’s Caripur, through the understanding of Big Data, has developed ways through which consumers can not only track their flow and usage but equally predict very accurately the water quality, energy usage, consumer patterns, and system resilience properties too. This is done through the deployment of algorithms specifically
curtailed to satisfy consumer needs.

To Wrap It Up

Big Data is a major win in the technological advancement sector and it can be used for a plethora of purposes, one of which is water treatment. Water purification, management, and disbursement are quite crucial in this day and age as appropriate measures need to be employed to satisfy the world’s demand for clean and accessible water. Hence, why the adaptation of Big Data is a step in the right direction. However, even as the utilization of this Big Data is still in its preliminary stages, there are multiple solutions under the same strategy that can satisfy one’s domestic water treatment and management needs. One of these solutions is developed courtesy of Bondurant Technologies and it’s called Caripur.

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