A new research partnership was signed in Canada for developing smart technology to safeguard drinking water

A research partnership in Canada was established by the University of British Columbia, NSERC, and the Regional District of North Okanagan to create sensors for wireless monitoring of water quality in distribution systems. This technology aims to enhance water monitoring in municipalities, providing improved quality at residents’ taps in the Okanagan area. Conductivity, oxidation-reduction potential, and water temperature will be measured and transmitted via mobile networks to Smart City products for analysis.

The University of British Columbia, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, TELUS, and the Regional District of North Okanagan signed a new research partnership to develop new sensors for wirelessly monitoring water quality in the distribution system. This new monitoring solution aims to improve how municipalities monitor water and its quality at the tap for residents across the Okanagan. The sensors will be part of a system that will identify conductivity, oxidation-reduction potential, and water temperature using processing and communication hardware. The data will then be sent through mobile networks to the TELUS Smart City products for interpretation and evaluation.