Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Water analytics

"Analytical equipment is essential to the measurement and monitoring of water quality. As such, the market for analytical instrumentation for the water industry has been relatively untouched by the global economic slowdown. In fact, increased awareness of the need for infrastructure protection due to security concerns has added a growth element to a maturing market. Heightened security, regulatory compliance, the need for quality control, and the emphasis on cost containment all point to a positive environment for analytical equipment manufacturers."
"The global water and water-related instrumentation market is, somewhat surprisingly, estimated at over $20 billion. Bear in mind, however, that this segment has a large and rapidly growing industrial component. Analytical instrumentation is defined as any equipment or device that is used to test water parameters or analyse water in a process-oriented application in order to determine the identity and concentration of a sample component. The equipment is utilised in a number of mission-critical applications in the water industry and is a strategic component in the protection of the water infrastructure."
"Water security is a new reality, and water quality monitoring systems are critical to the timely detection of possible contaminants. The value of real-time environmental monitoring and prediction has increased dramatically with the heightened state of security. This includes sensor and analytical technologies that can provide the equipment needed to continuously monitor water quality variables (chemical and biological); transmit monitoring data in real time; validate, display, and interpret the data; and predict the future state of these variables. Data from sensors create cost control advantages that come from treating algal blooms early, or avoiding drawing water during a turbidity event, but are invaluable as an early warning tool for homeland security protection programs."
(Steve Hoffmann in 'Planet Water: Investing in the world's most valuable resource,' p. 185 Wiley)

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