Inflow and Infiltration and Sewer Overflows

Inflow and Infiltration and Sewer Overflows

Let's talk about one of the Wastewater Operators' most significant concerns:
Inflow and Infiltration or INI. 

When INI goes undetected, not only can it cause sewer overflows in your community, it escalates costs eroding pipes, utility holes, and joints. Excessive amounts stress capacity, and you're left treating higher amounts of sewage water. It's challenging to identify the source until after the damage occurs. You're most likely experiencing higher than usual pipe rehabilitation or replacement costs, as well as significantly higher treatment costs. 

The good news is that there is a solution to detect and manage these seemingly random influx points with the power of an intelligent monitoring system by SmartCover

The typical way to address INI is by sending someone out and manually determining if and where INI may be occurring. This method is labor-intensive, expensive, and doesn't generate the data you need to pinpoint INI or the extent of the impact on your system. You are left fighting against the problem without the proper insights to back you up. SmartCover combines rain data gathered by SmartRain gauges giving you an accurate underground view of your INI problem. This data flows to your online SmartCover dashboard, where data analysis occurs. The INI impact tool runs analysis based on single or multiple rain events and ranks where the impact is highest or lowest. 

These insights compile into an easy-to-read report showing you your INI and the most critical sites, assisting you in prioritizing and scheduling pipe maintenance, assessing outcomes after repairs, and creating actual capital expenditure and operating and maintenance budgets. 

The SmartCover approach to fighting INI gives you the insights you need to take action based on where there's INI and how much impact it's having on your system. Implementing SmartCover means you can plan, make the proper repairs at the right time, and stay on budget.

For more information about SmartCover Technology contact Advance Instruments. Call 888-388-6446 or visit

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Register Now! Important Covid-19 Early Warning Wastewater-based Epidemiology Webinar to be Held on January 12, 2022

Early Warning Wastewater-based Epidemiology Webinar

Extensive research has shown that people begin shedding the SARS-CoV-2 virus in their stools almost immediately after becoming infected. The virus's genetic material makes its way into the vast wastewater collection network, where it can be detected and quantified up to a week before individuals test positive in clinics, using modern sampling and analysis techniques. Public health administrators can use this early warning characteristic to control the spread better and prevent further damage by analyzing virus concentrations in specific facilities such as nursing homes and college dorms and selected neighborhoods or entire communities. This tested wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) approach depends on installing properly designed sewage surveillance systems in the study areas. In this webinar, Teledyne ISCO's Business Development Manager, Kaushal Trivedi, and Aquasight's CEO, Mahesh Lunani, discuss how to quickly develop and deploy a community-based underground sewage surveillance program for COVID-19 outbreak detection, including best practices for wastewater sampling, lab analysis, and the immediate delivery of actionable information to local public health officials and administrators. 


  • Wastewater sampling site selection
  • Sampling instruments - selection and installation
  • Sample optimization and SCADA control
  • Sample preservation and transport
  • Lab testing and minimum detection levels
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Predictive analytics and advanced decision support tools including rapid identification of hot spots and high-risk areas
From this 45-minute presentation plus interactive Q&A session, attendees will gain valuable insight into community-based sewage surveillance, how to rapidly set up and operate an effective monitoring and detection system, and ensure it is well integrated for optimum public health actionability.

For more information about Teledyne ISCO samplers in Western Pennsylvania, Northern Ohio, Western Maryland, and West Virginia ,contact Advance Instruments. Call 888-388-6446 or visit

Magnetic Level Gauges

Magnetic Level Gauges

Magnetic Level Gauges (MLG) are widely used in the monitoring and process control of liquid level and interface in various industries, including petroleum, chemical, power, paper, metallurgy, and water treatment. They are appropriate for real-time, precise, safe, and dependable continuous process level measurement. 

The magnetic level gauge provides real-time level and interface measurement based on magnetic coupling and buoyancy principles, where the process vessel bolts to the Magnetic Level Gauge (MLG). A float with a 360° magnetic ring is inside the gauge chamber. Outside the chamber, there is an indicator with a vacuum glass tube containing a bi-colored two-face magnetic bargraph. The float moves in response to the level movement, causing the magnetic bargraph to turn and change color. Alternatively, a magnetostrictive transmitter provides a continuous analog or digital output.

The accurate liquid level is indicated or "read." The indicator employs hermetically sealed glass tube technology to show the process level clearly. It eliminates the common problems associated with glass gauges, such as vapor, condensation, and liquid leakage, among other things.

Typical Applications for Magnetic Level Gauges:
  • Boiler: Steam drum liquid level
  • Power generation: Auxiliary machinery liquid level (HP reheater, LP reheater, de-aerator, condenser and heating network heater etc), chemical water
  • Coal Chemical: Methanol, dimethyl ether, synthesis ammonia/urea, MTO, CTL, SNG
  • Silicon industry: Organic silicon, polycrystalline silicon
  • Petroleum and petrochemical: Oil and gas, ethylene, trimerization and etc.
  • Fine Chemicals: Methane oxide, epoxy ethane, aniline, PTMEG, BDO, carbon fiber, POM, acetic acid, styrene, rubber, crude benzol refining
  • Others: Metallurgy, paper-making, water treatment, biological, pharmaceutical, food and beverage etc.
For more information about Hawk Measurement Systems products in Wester Pennsylvania, Ohio, or West Virginia contact Advance Instruments. Call 888-388-6446 or visit

Automatic Samplers Help in Wastewater-based Epidemiology Pathogen, Virus, and CEC Detection

Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) and sewage chemical information mining is a technique for determining a population's consumption of chemicals or disease exposure. A sewage treatment facility measures chemical or biological entities (biomarkers) in municipal wastewater to do so. Aside from illicit drug use, wastewater-based epidemiology can quantify alcohol, caffeine, pharmaceuticals, and other chemicals. In addition, wastewater-based epidemiology can detect diseases such as SARS-CoV-2 in a population. Wastewater-based epidemiology is a collaborative effort that includes wastewater treatment plant operators, chemists, and epidemiologists. 

According to water quality professionals, contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) are pollutants found in water bodies that may harm the environment or human health but are not currently regulated. These pollutants come from agriculture, urban runoff, everyday household products (such as soaps and disinfectants), and pharmaceuticals. 

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

Teledyne ISCO automatic samplers can help local governments, private industry, colleges and universities, and many other organizations detect the COVID-19 virus, pharmaceuticals, and CECs in wastewater and provide the information needed to develop a corrective plan of action.

For more information about Teledyne ISCO samplers in Western Pennsylvania, Northern Ohio, Western Maryland, and West Virginia ,contact Advance Instruments. Call 888-388-6446 or visit

Differential Pressure Gauges, Switches & Transmitters

Differential Pressure Gauges, Switches & Transmitters

Orange Research has built a reputation as a world-leading differential pressure gauge maker for more than fifty years in operation. Their gauges detect the pressure difference between two places in a system and display the resulting differential pressure on a single gauge dial. A magnetic movement permits simultaneous detection of both pressures without using mechanical seals while isolating the differential pressure gauge function from the pressure chamber. 

Unlike regular pressure gauges, different pressure gauges can show minor differential pressure values even at high line pressures. Orange Research offers differential pressure switches using reed switches or relays to initiate alarms, activate other equipment, or shut down a system, in addition to their differential pressure gauge options. Models include two switches when high and low limit control is required. 

Orange Research has created a line of differential pressure transmitters that can also provide data signals. Unique Hall effect sensors in the microprocessor-based devices translate the differential pressure gauges' natural magnetic movements into electric impulses. The DP gauge devices provide analog output for remote location monitoring after processing. Local station readout is always available because the traditional pointer-and-dial gauges are still operational. The user can choose between current and voltage outputs. 

Orange Research manufactures differential pressure gauges, switches, and transmitters to satisfy customer requirements as an innovative and industry-leading flow measurement and differential pressure gauge maker. 

In Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, contact Advance Instruments. Call 888-388-6446 or visit