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Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring For Lead And Nitrate Detection


Brewer Science, Inc., a leader in developing andmanufacturing next-generation materials and processes for the microelectronicsand optoelectronics industries, will present an innovative way to inexpensivelymonitor water quality in real time at LOPEC 2022.

Water Treatment Plants Face Increasing Challenges
Water treatment facilities across the nation bear a hugeresponsibility on public health. The EPA has set the maximum contaminant levelgoal for lead in drinking water at zero because lead is a toxic metal that canbe harmful to human health even at low levels. With nearly 412,000 deathsattributed to lead contamination annually in the United States, monitoringmetal levels in water is a concern of life or death.

Currently, water treatment plants rely on very few sensorswithin the reservoirs immediately before water treatment. With the sensors onlybeing placed in a few locations, the accuracy of data collection isinsufficient for proper treatment, and sometimes leads to over- and under-treated water leaving the facility.

A Streamlined Approach to Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring
Printed water sensors, paired with IIoT technology,integrate automation into water treatment which provides proper chemical usagefor water treatment - a benefit to both the environment and the public.

Brewer Science has developed a technology that enables ahigher quantity of sensors to be deployed to cover a wider area. With increasedsensor deployment, many points in the reservoirs can detect water samplequalities. Additionally, a proactive approach to water quality is enabled bymonitoring water samples feeding into the facility, such as natural lakes,rivers, and streams.

Austin Peters, Devices Systems Engineer at Brewer Science,will present on this new development at the LOPEC International tradeshow andconference in Messe Munchen, Germany, on March 24th, 2022 at 15:00 CET in ICMRoom 14a. The presentation will answer questions including:

Who mostbenefits from aqueous sensor integration?

Howeffective can printed sensors be in the water?

Why domeasurements of heavy metals in water need other supporting measurements?

Where areaquas sensors used, and in which capacities?

If you are unable to attend, but wish to learn more aboutBrewer Science's customized approach to condition monitoring and water sensingtechnology, you can schedule a meeting with a product expert.

Brewer Science recently expanded its Smart Devices andPrinted Electronics Foundry to include a full range of electronics platforms,including sensors and systems, that are easily integrated into existingprocesses and products, such as printed temperature sensors, water qualitysensors, and condition-monitoring sensors. The complete end-to-end servicesrange from small-scale prototyping and sensor manufacturing to foundryservices, user interface design, security protocols, and data-to-cloudcapabilities.

“We have adapted sensor technologies that provide conditionmonitoring in a diverse range of industries based on recent experiences and theneeds presented by our customers. Thishas allowed us to focus on what our customers care about: continuous, real-timemonitoring and reporting of data.” states Dr. Adam Scotch, Director of R&D,Smart Devices and PE Foundry at Brewer Science.

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