American Society of Civil Engineers


Real-Time Remote Monitoring of Drinking Water Quality


by Srinivas Panguluri, (Shaw Environmental, Inc., 5050 Section Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45237 E-mail: Srinivas.Panguluri@shawgrp.com), Roy C. Haught, (U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, ORD/NRMRL/WSWRD, 26 W. Martin Luther King Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45268 E-mail: Haught.Roy@epa.gov), Craig L. Patterson, (U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, ORD/NRMRL/WSWRD, 26 W. Martin Luther King Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45268 E-mail: Patterson.Craig@epa.gov), E. Radha Krishnan, (Shaw Environmental, Inc., 5050 Section Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45237 E-mail: Radha.Krishnan@shawgrp.com), and John Hall, (U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, NHSRC, 26 W. Martin Luther King Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45268 E-mail: Hall.John@epa.gov)
Section: Emerging Technology, pp. 1-10, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/40792(173)280)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Impacts of Global Climate Change
Abstract: Over the past eight years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) has funded the testing and evaluation of various online "real-time" technologies for monitoring drinking water quality. The events of 9/11 and subsequent threats to the nation’s infrastructure have expanded the focus of this research. Currently, EPA’s National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC) is funding additional research to evaluate a variety of remote water quality monitoring (RWQM) technologies. The evaluations focus on the ability of the commercially available technologies to be used as a tool to detect deliberate or accidental contamination of water supply and water distribution systems. This paper highlights some of the lessons learned from the past and ongoing research related to RWQM conducted by EPA at the EPA’s Test and Evaluation (T&E) Facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, and other field locations.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Drinking water
Monitoring
Ohio
Remote sensing
Water quality