Automatic Samplers Assist in Detection of Pathogens, Viruses & CECs via Wastewater-based Epidemiology

WBE (or wastewater-based epidemiology or sewage chemical information mining) is a technique for identifying a population's consumption or exposure to chemicals or diseases. A sewage treatment facility measures chemical or biological entities (biomarkers) in municipal wastewater to do so. In addition to illicit drug usage, wastewater-based epidemiology can quantify alcohol, caffeine, medicines, and other chemicals. Wastewater-based epidemiology can also detect diseases like SARS-CoV-2 in a population. Wastewater-based epidemiology is a multidisciplinary effort including wastewater treatment plant operators, chemists, and epidemiologists.

Professionals in water quality use the term contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) to describe pollutants found in water bodies that may harm the environment or human health but are not currently regulated. Agriculture, urban runoff, ordinary household products (like soaps and disinfectants) and pharmaceuticals are all sources of these pollutants. 

Natural and synthetic hormones are emerging contaminants, as is 1,4-dioxane. CECs can enter the water cycle after being discharged as waste via runoff into rivers, effluent discharge, or seepage and infiltration into the water table, eventually entering the public water supply system. Some emerging contaminants are known carcinogens and cause endocrine disruption and other toxic mechanisms.

The full line of Teledyne ISCO samplers can assist local governments, private industry, colleges and universities, and many others in detecting the COVID-19 virus, pharmaceuticals and CECs in wastewater and providing the information needed to create a plan of action.

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The Ideal Air Release Valve for Chemical, Desalinization, Sewage, and Other Severe Applications

Crispin X Series

The Crispin X Series elevates valve maintenance into the twenty-first century. All of the valve parts are made of stainless steel, making them rustproof. Instead of a bolted, flanged connection, the X series uses a stainless circular clamp to secure the valve head to the body for the tightest seal in the industry. 

The X Series, available in Air & Vacuum, Pressure Air Release, and Combination assemblies, features Crispin's exclusive Head Exchange System, which includes head-fixed stainless steel valve internals. Simply loosen the head assembly, held in place by a sanitary stainless clamp fitting, to clean. Remove the original head, which weighs less than 10 pounds, and replace it with a spare. Then, at your leisure, clean the original internals. Backflushing inline is no longer possible. No more annoyances. ANSI/AWWA C512 compliant. 

The internals of all valves are attached to the head, which is available in three color-coded configurations: red for the Air & Vacuum valve, green for the Pressure Air Release valve, and blue for the Universal Combination valve. Each product's packaging is also color-coded for easy storage. 

When backflushing an inline X Series valve, the spare head replaces the original valve head immediately, allowing proper cleaning to take place off-site in a safer and more sanitary environment. 

All that stands between you and a clean valve with the X Series is a wrench, two bolts, and a clamp. 

All of the valve heads fit the same virtually indestructible 316 stainless steel body. It is one-third the weight of a standard cast iron body and has a polished interior that prevents buildup because debris has nothing to cling to. Crispin valves are all tested under the most recent ANSI/AWWA C512 standards.

For more information about Crispin Valves for the municipal water industry in Florida, contact Instrument Specialties. Call them at (407) 324-7800 or visit their website at

Smart Wastewater Pump Stations with MAID Labs Volucalc™

Smart Wastewater Pump Stations with Volucalc

A wastewater lift station is a pumping station that transports wastewater from one elevation to another. They are essential in transporting sewage to a wastewater treatment plant. Lift Stations are an integral part of the overall infrastructure of the wastewater industry. They improve the efficiency with which sewage transports to treatment facilities. They also reduce the cost of installing underground sewer pipes. It is critical for wastewater treatment operators to closely monitor the health and efficiency of their equipment, paying close attention to alarms and notifications. Monitoring not only extends the life of the equipment but also ensures public safety (sewage is a hazardous material that must be handled and transported with caution.)

Multiple operational parts and components make up a functional wastewater lift pump station. Everything from a power supply to remote monitoring and control must be functioning to collect and treat wastewater properly.

A Flow-Based Lift Station Operating System changes the operation of the pumps based on the flow rate entering the lift station in real-time, increasing the pumps' capacity by reducing the head. It raises its ability to cope with storm surges by lowering the lead level during high flow conditions. Real-Time flow rate monitoring is mandatory to respond to rapidly changing conditions. 

Consistent monitoring is required to operate and maintain a wastewater lift station properly. A cloud-based monitoring system is the most effective approach to monitoring and controlling a lift station because they are simple, inexpensive, accurate, and accessible from anywhere. Such monitoring systems give wastewater operators access to data about their lift stations, including alert notifications and historical data graphs and charts. Monitoring ensures that lift station equipment is in good working order and protects the public by giving vital information about the wastewater being transported and processed.

MAID (Municipal And Industrial Data) Labs created the only wastewater pump station computer that significantly reduces the electrical consumption using the existing equipment. Power consumption, pump efficiency, level behavior, and real-time high precision volumetric flow metering are some elements used to highlight the embryonic catastrophic situation. The MaidLabs' Volucalc™ Hybrid Series provides a better way to manage wastewater pump stations and is the future of lift station analysis.


Volucalc™ Hybrid CS (Constant Speed)

VOLUCALC™ HYBRID CS is a volumetric flow meter and an open channel flow meter applicable to lift stations with constant speed pumps reporting abnormal behaviors using real-time diagnostics with flow and efficiency monitoring. The CS potentially decreases electric bills by 15% to 30% using the flow-based operating system. 

Volucalc™ Hybrid VS (Variable Speed)

VOLUCALC™ Hybrid VS is a volumetric flow meter, a derived flow-based flow meter, an open channel flow meter, a backup pump controller, and an efficiency optimizer applied on lift stations having constant speed and variable speed pumps. On constant speed pumps, flow is calculated with a volumetric algorithm. On variable speed pumps, the flow rate is derived from the calibrated pump curves. A rain gauge can also be connected for infiltration studies.

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Video Demonstrates Teledyne ISCO Automatic Sampler's Real-World Role in Detecting COVID-19 in Wastewater Systems

Researchers at UC Berkeley are using a simple and effective method for detecting the presence of the Coronavirus in wastewater flowing through municipal sewer systems. Water testing will assist public policymakers to determine where and how to implement COVID-19 prevention and treatment plans. 

Wastewater testing, also known as "wastewater quality indicators," is a broad term for the various test methodologies used to measure water quality. These tests investigate the physical, chemical, and biological properties of wastewater.  Wastewater naturally collects waste from hundreds to even millions of people in a single sample.  By drawing a representative sample of wastewater and analyzing it, you can gain a tremendous amount of information that you would likely not be able to achieve by testing people individually. 

The amount of viral matter in wastewater from a community could reveal the prevalence of COVID-19 in the population. This information can trigger the necessary mitigation initiatives and response plans, such as individual testing, contract tracking, and quarantine. It also allows for collecting data on a cross-section of the population, allowing for the monitoring of public health solutions for large groups. However, it is challenging to detect tiny virus particles in the wastewater that flows through our sewage pipes, considering it includes toilet water and sink water, shower water, and everything else that goes down the drain. Teledyne ISCO is leading the way in the use of automatic samplers for gathering wastewater to identify virus evidence in sewage.

Teledyne ISCO is a leading manufacturer and supplier of rugged, dependable field-portable instruments for water quality monitoring.  Their automatic sampler readings analyze the characteristics and presence of the Coronavirus in parts per million quantities, which, when compared to population numbers in a geographic area, aids in determining the presence and amount of virus in the wastewater. 

The above-referenced UC Berkeley videos provide a real-life example of how the Teledyne ISCO water sampler collects wastewater for COVID-19 analysis. In this video, samples are gathered from their University Village and sewers draining from UC Berkeley's undergraduate dormitories and surrounding neighborhoods.

The full video link is here.

The full article outlining UC Berkeley's initiative is here.

For more information about Teledyne ISCO samplers used for Covid detection in Florida, contact Instrument Specialties, Inc. Call 407-324-7800 or visit

The Eye-Hye SmartLevel Boiler Indication System from Clark Reliance

Eye-Hye SmartLevel

The Eye-Hye® SmartLevel Boiler Indication System from Clark Reliance incorporates proprietary technology to automatically monitor the status of its probes, which detect the level of water in the boiler's steam drum. When the probes require cleaning to eliminate residue and mineral build-up to maintain accuracy, the system's innovative technology tells the control room or other remote locations without ambiguity that a probe column blowdown (cleaning) is required. A blowdown is needed if the blue light on the indicator illuminates.

All New SC Series Control Unit

  • Status Indicator for Each Level Sensing Module
    • Operator can quickly be alerted to loss of power, processor interruption, water indication and blowdown mode.
  • Lamp Test Feature
    • Comes standard without cost of additional circuits or field wiring.
  • Voting Logic Circuitry
    • System is field-selectableto set the level of alarm or trip output. Standard feature.
  • System Fault or Blowdown Indication of External Switch
  • Can direct alerts to any external system or device, not just control room indicator.
  • Accepts up to two Separate Power Sources from Separate Breakers
    • Assures continuous system operation.
  • System Operates on 85 to 264 VAC 50/60 Hz
    • One model for worldwide use. Simplifies specification requirements for EPCs, OEMs and contractors.
  • Multiple Remote Indicators Can be Installed up to 1 Mile (1.61 Kilometers) Away
    • You can have duplicate indicators wherever you choose for operator convenience.
  • Level Detection Sensitivity
    • Field selectable:
      • Sensitivity for extreme water conditions
      • Time delay on actuation and release 

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AUMA Electric Actuators for the Water Industry

Clean water is the basis of all life. Potable water production and distribution, sewage treatment, and disposal are core tasks of modern water management.

AUMA electric actuators ensure dependable valve automation in these areas of water, wastewater treatment, and municipal water facilities:

  • Sewage Treatment Plants
  • Water Treatment Plants
  • Drinking Water Distribution
  • Sewage Disposal
  • Sea Water Desalination
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Civil Engineering Constructions for Water Applications (Sluice Gates, Weirs, Dams)

AUMA actuators earned an excellent reputation by meeting the particular challenges and finding the perfect solutions in the water industry. Today, the AUMA brand is a synonym for long service life and ruggedness. For several decades, AUMA actuators have provided reliable and efficient service worldwide while requiring very minimal maintenance.

From individual actuators for municipal sewage treatment plants to major projects combining several hundreds of units, from the small butterfly valves, to ball valves, to weirs several meters high, AUMA solutions meet all customer demands.

AUMA modular products are easy to retrofit in an existing installation when upgrading with modern actuation and control technology.

Whether integration in established PLC control concepts or the latest Fieldbus technology, AUMA actuators guarantee adaptability into any control system design.

For more information about AUMA electric actuators for the water industry in Florida, contact Instrument Specialties. Call them at (407) 324-7800 or visit their website at