The nitrogen and phosphorus pollution of water has the potential to become a significant environmental problem. Our recent whitepaper deals with this topic and discusses possible solutions.
A large part of the world’s population relies on groundwater for its water supply. With the growing demand for fresh water, the challenges associated with it increase as well. These include the need for more effective monitoring for issues such as groundwater recharge, water supply, drought, pollution and climate change…
New generation of UV Nitrate Sensors
Nutrient monitoring is becoming more important as time goes on – as human activity increases the natural amount of nitrate in water, plants and organisms are more and more negatively affected.
Current nutrient monitoring relies on low temporal frequency monitoring and spot-checking, which are vulnerable to uncertainties and less representative of the waterbody. They also aren’t equipped to measure episodic events, which are time sensitive and unpredictable.
Monitoring is moving more towards continuous measurements, which allows for more effective pollution reduction strategies and prioritization of infrastructure investments. More data also means a better understanding of where to focus data monitoring and conservation efforts.
It is far more cost-effective to prevent contamination in the first place than it is to treat existing contamination. This has led to an increased demand for sensors that deliver continuous data, both spatial and temporal, in real-time and with a lower cost per data point.
This is why we’ve released the OTT ecoN, an affordable UV nitrate sensor designed for optical determination of nitrate (NO3-N) in fresh surface and groundwater. Here’s why you should consider the OTT ecoN for your stations in the field.