BCWA UPGRADES SYSTEM TO PROVIDE REAL-TIME WATER QUALITY AND SECURITY INFORMATION FOR ENTIRE SYSTEM
WILL HELP PINPOINT LEAKS, BREAKS IN SYSTEM FOR FASTER RESPONSE
WARREN, RI – The Bristol County Water Authority (BCWA) today announced it has upgraded its System Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) instrumentation system which controls the BCWA water pipeline infrastructure. A basic SCADA system was originally installed when the East Bay pipeline was constructed in the late 1990s but that equipment has now become outdated with the advent of new technologies.
We are excited to have this new system online for the BCWA,” said Pam Marchand, BCWA’s Executive Director and Chief Engineer. “This will vastly improve our system and our response time to problems and save the Authority and the taxpayers money.”
This new SCADA system came online in July 2015 and will provide BCWA with the ability to efficiently monitor and control system operations such as pumping, water treatment, and pressure levels. The collection of “real-time” and trending data will allow the BCWA to discover and correct problems in the distribution system before they become major problems.
This SCADA system upgrade incorporates radio communication which instantaneously links all of the BCWA pump stations, storage tanks and control valves together. The operational information from those facilities is fed into the the system’s software which produces status results for BCWA to see day or night from any location.
The new SCADA system alarm features include prompt notification of pump failures, pressure loss, and any security issues that may occur, reducing the BCWA’s response time and subsequent impacts to its customers.
This new technology allows BCWA to maximize operational efficiencies, prioritize system improvements, reduce expenses, and provide the highest quality water to our customers.