Surface Water

Surface water availability and quality is a critical concern in a variety of industries including agriculturemunicipal, and a host of industrial applications.

Even as industrial water withdrawals are heavily dependent on surface water, America, and indeed, the world at large is seeing this water source dwindling as climate change affects not only rainfall patterns but glacial ice melt. As extreme weather events continue to become the new normal, it’s becoming ever more apparent that surface water must be treated with care and can no longer be seen as a limitless resource to be exploited.

Surface water quality is also impacted by entities that illegally dump water in violation of  EPA limits (in the US) and other water quality standards. As a result, surface water can be excessively contaminated without insight into what organizations might be responsible.

Frequent remote monitoring of source water, discharge water, and surface water enables organizations to identify issues that impact surface water quality in real-time, and in some cases identify issues before they emerge.

The KETOS SHIELD and the KETOS Smart Water Intelligence Platform create a vertically-integrated quality solution and work in tandem to remotely provide lab-accurate water quality data in real-time – enabling operators to manage compliance thresholds, ensure water quality, conserve water, and reduce costs. 

Did You Know?

Industrial withdrawals were an estimated 14,800 million gallons/day - about 5% of total withdrawals for all categories of use. Surface water was the source for 82% of total industrial withdrawals.

Surface water sources depend on runoff from adjacent land and/or groundwater springs. These, in turn, depend on rainfall rates that vary from year to year.

Extreme weather events, such as floods or tropical storms, are expected to be more frequent. Climate change is projected to increase the fluctuations in precipitation and surface water supplies, reducing snow packs/glaciers which will ultimately affect water requirements.

Of all the water used in America in 2015 about 74% (237,000 Mgal/d) came from surface-water sources.

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