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Telemetry: monitoring the system

Monitoring our water and sewer assets

With more than $820 million worth of water and sewer assets in the shire, it is vital that their performance, power usage and security are monitored regularly.

Council's Telemetry (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition: SCADA) System controls, monitors and reports on all of the shire's water and sewer pump stations, treatment plants, large water meters and valves. SCADA tells us if the network is working properly and efficiently and is secure.

Keeping it secure

All server and client connections are via a secured network that is separate to Council's corporate secure network.

As the shire's population and water and sewer needs grow, so will the SCADA Telemetry System.

The Telemetry infrastructure has grown from 32 remote sites with very limited monitoring capabilities and one centralised server on a standby arrangement in the 1980s to around 197 remote sites today providing a large amount of data and control of each site that are accessed securely via Council workers' mobile phones and laptops in the field, and at a central point in the Moruya Administration Offices.

network of servers

Figure 1. Council's remote assets are monitored via an Internet network of servers

levels of its reservoirs

Figure 2. The Telemetry system allows Council to keep a close eye on the levels of its reservoirs shire-wide

Telemetry system

Figure 3. The Telemetry system offers a comprehensive overview of water assets in the shire

sewer pump stations

Figure 4. The shire's sewer pump stations are monitored carefully twenty-four hours each day