How to Monitor Underground Cistern Levels

Underground water cistern

How to Monitor Underground Cistern Levels

Monitoring the water level in your underground cistern is crucial for efficient water management, detecting leaks early, and ensuring you never run out of water unexpectedly. Traditional methods of checking water levels can be tedious and time-consuming, especially during uncomfortable weather conditions. However, technology now provides convenient solutions to monitor your cistern’s water level accurately and efficiently. One such solution is the PTLevel Water Level Monitor, designed to overcome the common issues associated with monitoring underground cisterns such as range, weather resistance, and installation challenges.

Understanding the Challenges of Underground Water Level Monitoring

Underground cisterns, often surrounded by concrete walls and lids, pose significant challenges for wireless communication. Signals can be weakened or blocked entirely, making it difficult to get accurate readings. However, the PTLevel Water Level Monitor offers an effective solution to this problem. Designed and built in Canada, the PTLevel uses high-quality electronic components combined with stellar antenna design plus years of testing and improvements.

Overcoming Range Issues in Underground Water Level Monitoring

The PTLevel Water Level Monitor is specifically designed to handle the challenging conditions of underground cisterns. The Long Range Wireless PTLevel boasts a range of over 1km from your WiFi signal, making it an ideal choice for large properties or remote cisterns. Just plug in and install the Receiver inside your home where you have a strong WiFi signal. Then install the battery-powered Transmitter at your tank up to 1km away.

Even when dealing with obstacles like cement walls, the PTLevel Water Level Monitor maintains a reliable connection. While the range may be slightly reduced when the signal must pass through cement walls or underground barriers, the device’s robust communication capabilities ensure that you receive accurate water level readings.

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Key Features of PTLevel Water Level Monitor

Long Range Capability: With a range of over 1km, the PTLevel Water Level Monitor can communicate effectively over long distances, making it suitable for various property sizes.

Reliable Underground Communication: The device is designed to maintain a strong signal even when located underground or behind cement walls, ensuring consistent and accurate readings.

Easy Installation and Monitoring: Setting up the PTLevel Water Level Monitor is straightforward, and you can easily monitor your cistern’s water level using the accompanying mobile app or web interface. It is designed to be easily installed yourself!

Benefits of Using PTLevel Water Level Monitor

Convenience: No need for manual checks; monitor your cistern’s water level remotely from anywhere. Use the App for Android for iOS or use the webApp ( from any device including computers, tablets, etc.

Notifications: Receive high and low level notifications at levels set by you, alerts are sent via email or SMS (2 free notification points)

Accuracy: Get precise water level readings, helping you manage your water resources more effectively.

History: View up to 1 month of history. No monthly fees! Or, upgrade to the Premium Account for up to 2 years of water level history

Peace of Mind: Never worry about running out of water unexpectedly. The PTLevel Water Level Monitor alerts you when water levels are low. You can also share your ptdevices account with your water delivery company.

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Made in Canada with chemical-resistant, weather-resistant parts for outdoor, underground liquid level monitoring.

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Monitoring your underground cistern’s water level is essential for effective water management. The PTLevel Water Level Monitor, with its long-range wireless capabilities and reliable performance even through obstacles, is the perfect solution for overcoming the challenges of underground cistern monitoring.

How do I know how much water is in my cistern?

People commonly use cisterns in areas without municipal water supply systems. Some cisterns sit on top of houses, while many are underground. However, they all face the same problem: How do you determine the water level in them?

How to find out how much water is in your cistern:

There are several ways to determine the water level in your underground cistern. Here are a few methods:

1. Visual Inspection:

If your cistern has a transparent or translucent material, you may be able to visually inspect the water level. If it doesn’t, you can still often open the lid and look in to get an idea of the remaining water level.

2. Dipstick:

Using a long rod or stick, commonly referred to as a dipstick, insert it into the cistern until it reaches the bottom. When you pull it out, the wet portion indicates the water level.

You can take this a step further and calculate the volume of your cistern too! For rectangular prism cisterns, just measure the length (L) by the width (W) by the height (h), where height equals the full depth of water. Measurements in cm divided by 1000 gives volume in litres. Measurements in feetx6.2 gives volume in imperial gallons.

3. Float Valve or Float Switch:

Some cisterns are equipped with float valves or float switches that automatically control the water level. The position of the float can give you an indication of the water level.

4. Ultrasonic Sensors:

Ultrasonic sensors can measure the distance between the sensor and the water surface, providing an accurate measurement of the water level.

5. Pressure Sensors:

Pressure sensors can be installed at different heights in the cistern to measure the pressure exerted by the water. This information can be used to estimate the water level.

6. Smart Monitoring Systems:

Modern technology allows for the installation of smart monitoring systems that can provide real-time information about the water level in your cistern. The PTLevel smart water monitoring system comes with level history, water level notifications, the ability to share your account with your water delivery company, and many more features. All this along with a 2 year warranty, 30 day returns, and the confidence of a robust, weather-resistant product made in Canada.

Choosing a method to determine cistern levels:

Choose a method that is practical and feasible for your specific cistern setup. If you’re unsure if the PTLevel will work for your solution, reach out to our technicians here.

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Navigating Water Delivery Business Obstacles; Speedy’s Potable Water

An Information Article on Being a Water Delivery Driver

From the arid landscapes of the Mojave Desert to the agriculturally productive landscapes of Central Valley, running a water delivery business in California is a complex profession. Among the pioneers in overcoming the challenges posed by the water management obstacles in California is Speedy’s Potable Water. This case study delves into how Speedy’s has utilized cutting-edge technology and strategic planning to navigate water delivery management.

Speedy’s Approach

Reliability even in the face of their customer’s changing water needs

Speedy’s Potable Water has distinguished itself not only for the quality of its services but also for its exceptional efficiency and professionalism. With a commitment to exceeding customer expectations, Speedy’s employs a multifaceted approach to water delivery. They ensure reliability even in the face of their customer’s changing water needs.

The Power of PTLevel Delivery Management Portal:

One of the key factors allowing Speedy’s to stay ahead of their competitors is the implementation of the PTLevel Delivery Management Portal. This advanced application allows water delivery businesses to meticulously plan deliveries which prevents wasteful trips and ensures a focused effort on averting water outages for their customers. By leveraging data analytics and real-time monitoring, Speedy’s can optimize routes, plan staffing effectively, and respond promptly to changing demands. Sorting columns by “Current Level” or “Address” (etc) makes delivery planning a breeze, especially for splitting deliveries between 2 or more customers.

PTDevices Delivery Management Portal

Water Delivery Management and Efficiency:

Recognizing that the key to overcoming water outages and staying competitive in a demanding business lies in efficiency, Speedy’s Potable Water has made significant investments. With a focus on the right water delivery trucks and a team of reliable delivery drivers, their investments are making a positive financial impact This strategic move minimizes downtime, enhances overall service quality, and builds trust with both customers and stakeholders.

Water Delivery Management and Fuel Savings:

One of the noteworthy outcomes of Speedy’s adoption of using PTLevel’s and the portal is the substantial savings in gas money. Over the past two years, Speedy’s estimates that they have saved over 15-18% of their regular fuel budget! Simply by streamlining their delivery routes and optimizing their operations these fuel savings were easily achieved. This not only contributes to the company’s bottom line but also aligns with broader environmental goals by reducing the carbon footprint associated with delivery operations.

Comprehensive Services Offered by Speedy’s:

Speedy’s Potable Water goes beyond traditional water delivery services. The company’s diverse offerings include:

– Potable water delivery
– Emergency same-day service
– Holding tank filling and maintenance
– Tank monitoring systems
– Tank cleaning and refilling services
– Pool and pond filling and top-offs

These comprehensive services ensure that Speedy’s remains a versatile and reliable partner for various water-related needs in California.

Check out Speedy’s Website for additional details

Additional Information on the PTLevel Delivery Management Portal Features:

Client Notes:

With the Device Management account, water delivery companies have the ability to add private notes to each client account they have permission to work with. Their client’s won’t be able to see the notes but the water company can use them to organize and keep track of information related to each client.

Device Management Alerts:

With the free Device Management Account, water delivery businesses have the ability to setup their own Device Manager Alerts with their client’s devices. The client and the water delivery company can each have their own alerts on the same device! With the free account, there are 2 free alerts points per device; for example an SMS alert at 20% and an email alert at 90%. These alerts points send notifications when the level goes above and below the threshold. (Read about the Premium Account here for information on unlimited alerts).

Client List and Client Maps:

With the free Device Management Account, there are also Client List and Map Views of all the clients and their devices that have given permission to their “manager” to manage. Order the list by client name, address, phone number, status, etc! Or, log into the device manager account and view a map centered on the main area of the clients managed. The pins that show are the client locations based on what is entered into their account profiles. Select the pin to see the related devices. The pin colors also represent the status of the devices in those client accounts (full, low, and empty statuses).

Client Maps in the PTDevices Management Portal

Other Features for Water Delivery Businesses:

Explore other PTLevel Device Management Features such as White Labelling, creating customer accounts, and then calibrating customer devices. Also view permission levels (viewing access, editing access, adding devices access), becoming a wholesaler, and more! Re-selling and installing PTLevel’s are a great way to add another revenue stream for water delivery businesses.


Despite California’s challenging water management needs, Speedy’s Potable Water emerges as a beacon of innovation and efficiency. By leveraging the power of PTLevel, the Delivery Management Portal, investing in the right resources, and emphasizing environmental responsibility, Speedy’s not only ensures its own sustainability but also plays a crucial role in alleviating the impact of water scarcity on its customers.

Stormwater Management; Depth and Temperature Control

Temperature Sensor

What is a Stormwater Management System?

A stormwater retention pond, also known as a detention pond or stormwater management pond, is a artificial basin designed to capture and temporarily hold stormwater runoff and often requires depth and temperature monitoring. Stormwater runoff occurs when rainwater or melted snow flows over impervious surfaces. Runoff from roads, parking lots, and rooftops cannot be absorbed into the ground.

The primary purpose of a stormwater retention pond is to control the flow of stormwater and reduce the risk of flooding. It achieves this by temporarily storing the excess water and releasing it at a controlled rate. As a result, this allows for gradual discharge into the natural drainage system. The pond also enables sedimentation, allowing suspended particles to settle out before releasing the water.

Typically, designers of stormwater retention ponds incorporate specific features such as an inlet structure to collect runoff, an outlet structure to release controlled flows, and a pond basin that can hold water during storm events. They may also integrate vegetation into the design to help stabilize the banks and improve water quality through natural processes.

Stormwater Management Monitoring Requirements

Many cities, regions, counties, and provinces or states have their own requirements for stormwater monitoring. They require these to demonstrate that the facilities are functioning as designed. Location-specific assessments should determine the scope, approach, frequency, and extent of the monitoring program for stormwater management facility performance. This ensures that the program is not over- or under-scoped (eg. it is the right size for the site). Specifically, depth and temperature monitoring are often part of the stormwater monitoring requirements.

Stormwater Depth Monitoring

In Niagara, Ontario there is a requirement for depth monitoring at the inlet and outlet of the stormwater facility.

Stormwater quantity monitoring to verify stormwater management facility performance shall be completed as required by the Local Municipality and/or Region. Depth probes shall be installed at the inlet and outlet of the stormwater management facility to determine the operating water surface elevations within the facility during storm events. The water surface elevations shall be correlated to storage and discharge rates based upon the stormwater management facility rating curve as determined by the as-built survey of the facility after cleanout and prior to assumption by the Local Municipality or Region.
Available rainfall data shall be used to determine the corresponding return period of the storm event, for comparison and verification of the operating water levels within the facility. Where required by the Municipality and/or Region, the approved hydrologic models shall be updated to represent the as-built condition of the stormwater management facility and contributing drainage area, and hydrologic analyses completed to verify the stormwater management facility performance.

Stormwater Management Guidelines, Project No. TPB208013, Niagara Region, Page 113

To find out what stormwater monitoring requirements for depth and temperature are required in your area, reach out to your local authority.

Stormwater Quality Monitoring – Temperature

Various factors, including the temperature of the rain, the surface it falls on, and ambient environmental conditions, can influence the temperature of stormwater. Generally, when rainwater falls, it tends to be close to the temperature of the atmosphere it is falling through.

However, the temperature of stormwater can change after it comes into contact with surfaces like roads, parking lots, or buildings. The surfaces can absorb and retain heat, causing the stormwater to increase in temperature.

In our region, stormwater temperature monitoring is sometimes required at the upstream and downstream. The actual requirements are based on pre-consultation with the Region and relevant authorities.

To find out what stormwater monitoring requirements for depth and temperature are required in your area, reach out to your local authority.

The Solution

We’re excited to announce the launch of the PTLevel Water Level Monitor with Temperature Probe. The Wired WiFi PTLevel provides monitoring for water depth and temperature data for stormwater systems, updating to the cloud every 2 minutes. It is an affordable solution made in Ontario, Canada (worldwide shipping available).

Having automatic and instant data collection can:

save manpower hours with water collection methods
prevent safety issues by eliminating unsafe water collection in high/low water periods
supply valuable graphs with level and temperature trends
provide alerts at concerning high or low temperatures and high or low levels

(The Long Range Wireless PTLevel with a temperature probe is coming soon! In addition to the temperature probe, the Long Range Wireless PTLevel has up to 1 km of range)

The temperature probe can be installed into liquid, attached to a pipe, or simply installed to measure ambient temperatures.

The pressure chamber (for depth) and temperature probe can provide stormwater monitoring in clean or dirty liquids. Examples include polluted stormwater systems, turbid environments, or stormwater systems with debris such as garbage or leaves.

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Will a Water Filter System Reduce My Water Flow Rate?

Will a Water Filter System Reduce My Water Flow Rate?

In today’s world, access to clean and safe drinking water is a top priority for many homeowners. Water filter systems are a popular solution for ensuring that the water coming out of your taps is free from contaminants and impurities. However, a common concern among homeowners and business owners contemplating the installation of a water filter system is whether it will reduce their water pressure or water flow rate.

Understanding Water Flow Rate and Water Pressure

Water Flow Rate: This refers to the volume of water that flows through your plumbing system in a specific amount of time, typically measured in gallons per minute (GPM). The size of your pipes, the number of fixtures in your home, and other factors affect the flow rate.

Water Pressure: Your plumbing system delivers water to your fixtures at a force known as water pressure, typically measured in pounds per square inch (PSI). Factors like elevation, the size of your water supply pipes, and any pressure-regulating devices in the system determine the pressure.

The Impact of Water Filter Systems on Flow Rate

So will a water filter system reduce my water pressure or water flow rate? Water filter systems come in various types, such as whole-house filters, under-sink filters, and faucet-mounted filters. The impact on water flow and pressure can vary depending on the type of filter and the specific system you choose. Here’s what you need to know:

Whole-House Filters: Whole-house water filter systems are installed at the main water line and treat all the water entering your home. These systems can affect water flow rate if they have a lower GPM rating than your incoming water supply. However, the impact on water pressure is generally minimal.

Under-Sink and Faucet-Mounted Filters: These point-of-use filters are installed at specific fixtures. They are designed for smaller-scale filtration and have a more noticeable impact on water flow rate. Again, the impact on water pressure is typically minor.

Bathroom Faucet Water Flow

Water Filter System Factors to Consider

When considering a water filter system for your home or business, there are several factors to keep in mind:

Filter Type and Capacity: Choose a filter that matches your specific needs and GPM requirements. Higher-capacity filters are less likely to reduce water flow rate.

Plumbing System: The condition and size of your plumbing system can influence the water filter on flow rate and pressure. Older or corroded pipes may experience a more significant reduction in flow rate.

Regular Maintenance: Regular maintenance and filter changes keep performance high and prevent water pressure decline.

Enhancing Your Water System with PTLevel

Combining a water filter system with a water level monitor like PTLevel can be a game-changer. The PTLevel provides real-time water level monitoring and alerts. It helps track water history and address supply issues promptly. The PTLevel can send alerts and tracks water level history. By integrating a PTLevel into your water management strategy with your cistern, pond, well, or tank, you can mitigate water outages and better manage your water usage.

Installing a water filter system in your home is a wise choice to ensure clean and safe drinking water. While there may be a slight reduction in water flow rate, the impact on water pressure is generally minimal. By selecting the right filter system, maintaining your plumbing, and considering a water level monitor like PTLevel, you can enjoy the best of all worlds – clean water, optimal water pressure, and water usage management. Make an informed decision and enjoy the benefits of a healthy and efficient water supply system for your property.

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