Universal Remote Water Monitor
The universal remote water monitor provides a flexible way to monitor any remote water system. The monitor uses a micro-controller to collect input data from a variety of sensors, store that data for up to three days and then transmit the data to the cloud for retrieval through the internet. Typical sensors might include a water flow meter, a temperature gauge, and a light intensity meter. The universal monitor uses standard lithium AA batteries which are field replaceable. Battery life depends on the specific configuration and data transmission frequency. With proper cabling, the water monitor can be installed on the top of a structure or water system, out of the reach of curious fingers.
Remote Water Monitors for Pumps
The first remote water monitor system was designed to be mounted on the spigot of the LifePumpTM, a specialized deep water hand pump created by Design Outreach. This special configuration collects water flow, water presence, and shaft rotation data from sensors on the pump, and stores that information for up to 24 hours. The data is transmitted to the cloud via the Globalstar satellite system once a day, where Design Outreach and their partners can monitor the health of the pump. With this information, technicians know whether the pump is being used (rotations), if water is reaching the surface (flow and water presence), and when it is nearing a preventative maintenance service call.
Currently in Development
We are actively working on a monitoring solution for another highly-used hand pump: the India Mark II (IMII). According to several studies done by the RWSN (Rural Water Supply Network), and others, it is the most common hand pump worldwide. Estimates put India Mark II pump numbers around 300,000 globally, and at least 30% of these are not functioning.
Our goal is to develop a monitor for the IMII so that operation of the pump can be verified remotely, anywhere in the world.
What do I need?
A typical clean water system has a few key components:
- Water source (borehole or natural spring)
- Water retrieval mechanism (solar-powered pump, gravity feed, or hand-pump)
- Storage for water (except in hand-pump systems)
Your water system will probably already have these parts. We provide the technology that will monitor your system, and report back to our online portal. With your login credentials, and an internet connection, you can access your data on our website from anywhere in the world.
If you have a water system with a solar-powered pump, our monitor can sense and record the sunlight level throughout the day. This will allow you to connect the amount of water pumped during different hours of the day with the level of sunlight your solar panels received.
We can also provide a flow meter for your system. A sample is displayed in the picture on the left, and this will allow you to measure and record the amount of water your system is producing! Use the simple chart on the right to see what size flow meter you will need.
What does our unit do?
The table on the left lists the features of our universal model, and our hand-pump model. We also have the capability of notifying you (via smartphone or email) of several important developments with your system, in real time. These include flow below a certain threshold, an unexpected change of location, or the activation of a unit in a new location. If you have any questions about the uses or capabilities of our units, feel free to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Depending on what type of system you have, our hand-pump monitor or our universal monitor will meet your monitoring needs!