A British company with extensive experience in the chemical, water and waste sectors was asked by Surrey University to help measure the run-off from a large lake during heavy rain periods on the campus near Guildford in Surrey. The University was being charged a flat rate for the water and they wanted to explore being charged only for what was used, particularly in periods when there is lighter rainfall. The institution is also challenging itself to reduce water consumption, it’s set itself a 15% absolute water reduction target against the 2017-18 benchmark and the detection of leaks by the installation of strategic meters is one of the things they’re using to help achieve this aim. Liverpool-based RostechEnvironmental was called in to provide a solution. Carl Rostock, the founder and MD of Rostech has a long-standing relationship with Micronics and was advised by them that a UF AV 5500 Area Velocity Flow Meter would accurately and reliably supply the required data. And he is very satisfied with the contribution the specialist instrument has made to the bottom line of the University: “Since investing in this ingenious instrument they have achieved significant savings by eliminating estimated bills and it also helps achieve their objective to reduce leakage.”

The easy-to-use Area Velocity Flow Meter measures flow through open channels, partially full pipes and surcharged pipes without the need for a flume or weir. This makes it ideal for use with wastewater, stormwater, effluent, industrial wastewater and irrigation water, making it highly versatile. It uses a submerged ultrasonic sensor, which resists fouling, corrosion and abrasion to continuously measure both velocity and level in the channel. The flow meter can be configured with the standard submerged velocity-level sensor, or with submerged velocity plus a separate non-contacting ultrasonic level sensor, for highly aerated fluids or those with a high concentration of suspended solids.

Rostech Environmental has become a trusted supplier to the University. Founded in 2016, as a provider of dissolved methane monitoring and control systems, Rostech has become a leading provider of bespoke monitoring, control and data acquisition services to the aquaculture, process, water and waste water industries.

For further information on this project or the Micronics range call Micronics on +44(0)1628 810456, or visit www.micronicsflowmeters.com.