Over the last few years, there has been a push for more security at water plants. Some of the measures taken include installing security gates and fencing around the property with the intention of limiting unwanted access to water facilities.
A new step in water system security is to invest in motion-sensored cameras. With limited staff at water facilities, it’s not very conducive to review hours of recorded video footage. With motion-sensored cameras, the only footage recorded is when there is movement, saving in costly man hours. Most facilities who have invested in this type of security have monitors in the plant control room, which allows the operator the option of watching live or recorded footage. In many cases, the water systems that have tested these types of cameras not only keep them, but doubled the number of cameras around the facility. Remote sites without power and Internet now have the option to be monitored by motion-sensored cameras, as well, and can be as easy as being stationed with solar panels and wireless communication.
As with any new equipment considered for purchase, it’s always best to weigh the pros and cons. If you are undecided, you could give it a trial run before making the decision to fully-invest in this type of technology. Ensuring your water system is safely secured can go a long way in protecting the public health.