Making effective management decisions for water supplies requires reliable data and insightful analysis. Low-cost monitoring and evaluation of the groundwater pumping system ensure a dependable and sustainable supply and improve understanding of how your wells and the aquifer respond to pumping, recharge, and pollution. Automated data acquisition is now simplified for both wired supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and smaller, nonwired systems. In contrast to imprecise models or radial buffer areas, collecting basic indicator data enables analysis of actual groundwater well capture areas under the Wellhead Protection Act while also enabling analysis of energy efficiency, pollution avoidance, and water rights conformance. Low-cost data acquisition, reporting, and evaluation are not only essential to helping water managers meet new regulatory requirements for underground injection control and other types of managed aquifer recharge, but also to avoiding costly, unplanned supply disruptions linked to unrecognized water quality degradation trends.

SoundEarth designs aquifer monitoring networks for optimum resolution at low cost to obtain representative data that support good decision making and early detection of negative supply and water quality trends. Typically, groundwater used for public water supply is drawn from the deeper portions of a multilayered aquifer system to avoid near-surface pollution risks. Today’s data collection systems leverage the latest in pressure, flow, and quality measurement technology, wirelessly transmitting data to a central receiving station or transmitting data by wire in a SCADA environment. The data are maintained in a database within the SCADA system or in a project-specific, web-enabled database, with access restricted to authorized users in conformance with Homeland Security requirements.

SoundEarth’s protocols for optimizing the collection, acquisition, and analysis of validated data on wellfield capture and performance make it possible to easily track supply and water quality, detect degradation trends early, and generate required operating reports for state and local regulators.