What is Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)?

The SCADA system that is currently used by CSRD and our contractors is internet-based and can be accessed through a laptop computer at any location. This system helps staff monitor and control our water systems and allows for better coverage and a higher level of service while simultaneously reducing costs. Operators at any location can not only monitor, but can actually change the set points for flow, chlorine dose, pump run times etc. They can also react to alarming conditions, such as loss of flow, reservoir levels, power outage or high/low temperatures.

Trends in parameters such as reservoir levels, chlorine residual and turbidity can be graphed over a day, week or months, which enables CSRD staff to prevent any possible issues.This provides for a proactive rather than reactive approach, thereby reducing callouts.

Example of a typical SCADA screen (Cedar Heights):

SCADA Screen

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1. Can I tell if my drinking water is safe to drink just by looking at it, tasting it, or smelling it?
2. If my immune system is compromised, what should I drink?
3. How can I conserve water?
4. Do the water meters transmit at all times?
5. Do the water meters transmit to other meters in the neighbourhood?
6. How are the water meters read?
7. How do I get my water connection turned off?
8. How do I pay my water bill?
9. People swim and boat in our water source. Should I be concerned?
10. What is Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)?
11. What is the definition of safe water? Why is it called potable water?
12. What style of water meters are used?
13. When I'm working in the yard, I'm tempted to drink from the garden hose. Is this safe?