Water quality is measured by several parameters, including pH, turbidity, total organic carbon, chlorine residual, conductivity and more. These measurements are constantly updated with new and sometimes exotic pollutants emerging every day in fresh surface water bodies that may pose new, unknown health risks. Water quality incidents range from backflow of untreated water to permeation to biofilms to storage tank deficiencies which may lead to unusual taste, odor or appearance of water. The consequences of inadequate water quality monitoring can be translated into substantial public health risks, high recovery costs, reputational damage for the utility and liabilities. According to the Sensus 20/20 global report, 41% of water utilities still rely only on manual selection of water quality samples, while only 16% rely exclusively on automated online and real-time water quality monitoring, a much safer and more efficient process.
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