Meter grapples with challenge of non-return-to-sewer allowances

Flowmeters manufacturer Micronics has launched Microwaste 4+, said to offer a new solution to the challenge of non-return-to-sewer allowances.

According to the firm, this new wastewater meter provides a cost effective and reliable solution for measuring the flow in wastewater pipes, thereby permitting billing to be conducted on a metered basis rather than via an estimation of wastewater outflow.

It’s described as a unique product that can provide accurate wastewater metering for utility, industrial, commercial and public sector sites, and it employs advanced non-intrusive microwave technology.

Two sizes are available with the initial launch: 100mm (4-inch) and 150mm (6-inch) with other sizes due to be introduced soon. The meter supports an optional RAS (Remote Access Service) logger to provide data via a mobile data network to a comprehensive web dashboard and a pulse output for local connection to BEMs or other automatic metering systems.

 A volumetric readout of wastewater flow is available via an integral module display. The meter is IP68 rated and is designed for measuring wastewater flow in partially full or full pipes containing clean or dirty water on gravity systems.

The unit can be mains or solar powered for real-time data (with RAS) or battery powered if minimal data is required. By measuring the input water supply and then measuring the outflow with the Microwaste 4+ end-users will be able to see a true reflection of the water used in their particular process by providing a real outflow value and not a calculated one.

The meter can also monitor the sewage pipe to detect and alert operators in relation to blocked or partially blocked pipes.