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In 2016 the City of Albany (OR) Public Works Department purchased an Orion 420™ Weather Station to replace aging mechanical equipment. Their weather monitoring system includes a Weather Display console, Weather MicroServer™, and Weather Master™ Software.
According to Matt Budiselich, Facilities Automation Analyst, “Our Orion device is located at the Albany Water Reclamation Facility, and its rainfall data is combined with values collected from additional rain gauge sites throughout the city to provide a basin profile for meeting regulatory requirements. The data is primarily used for determining storm event ratings when high rainfall conditions result in discharges at our permitted sanitary sewage overflow sites.
“Daily temperature values are used to determine if our remote telemetry enclosure sites are operating within high or low temperature standards. The remotes sites have internal temperature monitoring and use internal heaters and fan induced ambient air for cooling. The Orion temperature data is used as a base value to determine if a site repeatedly exceeds its temperature threshold and requires additional heating or cooling to meet specifications. This is particularly critical for remote telemetry sites with automated sampling systems where high or low temperatures can affect the sample quality.”
We recently took advantage of their proximity to visit and learn more about water/wastewater treatment. Thanks to Christopher Burr and Aaron Budiselich of the Facilities Automation team, our hosts for the tour!
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