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.

Comparing Pressure Sensors and Ultrasonic Sensors for Liquid Level Management

PTLevel Pressure Chamber

A Comparative Analysis of Pressure and Ultrasonic Sensors for Liquid Measurement

In the realm of liquid measurement, selecting the appropriate sensor is crucial for accurate and reliable results. We’ve put together a comparative analysis of pressure sensors and ultrasonic sensors used for liquid level monitoring and measurement. We hope the details on advantages and considerations are helpful as you plan your liquid level management. Among the myriad options available for liquid level measurement, pressure sensors and ultrasonic sensors stand out as two prominent contenders. This article aims to provide a comprehensive comparative analysis of these sensors, aiding readers in making an informed decision based on their specific application requirements. (Spoiler alert – we think pressure sensors, especially the PTlevel, win!)

sample pressure sensor for liquids

Pressure Sensors

Benefits: Provides greater accuracy, cost-effective, can handle environmental extremes, low maintenance

sample ultrasonic sensor for liquids

Ultrasonic Sensors

Benefits: Non-contact with liquid, easy installation

Pressure Sensors (like the PTLevel):

Pressure sensors operate on the principle of detecting the force exerted by a liquid on the sensor element. These sensors excel at measuring liquid depth, finding widespread application in tasks such as monitoring tank levels, overseeing industrial processes, tracking cistern levels, monitoring septic and holding tanks, and managing rainwater harvesting systems. Here are some key advantages and considerations when opting for pressure sensors:


  1. Accuracy and Precision: Pressure sensors exhibit remarkable accuracy and precision, particularly in applications where precise pressure measurements are essential. The PTLevel uses a 0kpa-100kpa sensor with an accuracy of 0.096kpa per bit, which is about 9.78mm of resolution.
  2. Cost-Effectiveness: In many cases, pressure sensors are more cost-effective than their ultrasonic counterparts, making them a preferred choice for budget-conscious projects. And in every case we can find, the PTLevel beats the price of comparative systems with ultrasonic sensors!
  3. Reliability in Specific Environments: Pressure sensors perform well in environments with challenging environmental conditions, such as high temperatures, freezing temperatures, or corrosive substances. Condensation, frost, and high humidity are not a concern for pressure sensors. (Yes, the PTLevel is also chemical resistant, weather resistant -40°C to 100°C temperature range, and built by Canadians for tough North American winters, making it ready to handle your most challenging environment!)
  4. Low Maintenance: Pressure sensors require very little, or easy maintenance to operate accurately. For instance, pressure sensors sometimes have to have their “pressure” calibrated or reset. In the case of the PTLevel, we recommend seasonal maintenance to reset the air-pocket.
PTLevel Pressure Chamber


  1. Contact-Based Measurement: Pressure sensors require direct contact with the liquid. However, because the PTLevel is constructed with chemical-resistant materials and designed to withstand ice, snow, heat, and rain, you can confidently navigate any challenging liquid-level monitoring situation.
  2. Installation Challenges: Depending on the application, installing pressure sensors may prove more complex than ultrasonic sensors, especially in scenarios where establishing physical contact with the liquid poses challenges. However, the PTLevel has eased this challenge by being designed for easy installation. Just connect the air pressure tubing to the pressure chamber and lower the pressure chamber into your liquid.

Ultrasonic Sensors:

Ultrasonic sensors utilize sound waves to measure the distance to the liquid surface. They are most known for their non-contact nature and are commonly employed in applications like wastewater monitoring. Here are some key points to consider:


  1. Non-Contact Measurement: Ultrasonic sensors excel in scenarios where non-contact measurement is essential, preventing contamination of the liquid or potential damage to the sensor.
  2. Easy Installation: These sensors are generally easier to install compared to pressure sensors, as they don’t require direct contact with the liquid.


  1. Environmental Factors: Ultrasonic sensors may face difficulty in environments with high levels of dust, humidity, temperature fluctuations, or freezing temperatures. These factors can impact the accuracy of measurements. As soon as the sensor gets covered in dust, condensation, or frost, it can no longer provide accurate measurements.
  2. Cost: While ultrasonic sensors offer unique advantages, they can be more expensive than pressure sensors, which may influence the decision-making process.
  3. Maintenance: Dust, dirt, frost, and condensation or other debris can accumulate on the sensor, affecting the sensor’s performance. Regularly clean the sensor with a soft, lint-free cloth to ensure clear transmission and reception of ultrasonic signals.

Choosing the Right Sensor:

Ultimately, the choice between pressure and ultrasonic sensors depends on the specific requirements of the application. Factors such as accuracy, cost, installation complexity, and environmental conditions play a pivotal role in this decision-making process. Careful consideration of these factors will ensure that the selected sensor aligns perfectly with the goals of the liquid measurement system.

In conclusion, both pressure and ultrasonic sensors have their merits, and the optimal choice hinges on the unique demands of the application at hand. But we hope we’ve convinced you, the PTLevel is the perfect solution (with a 30-day money-back guarantee).

The PTLevel; Liquid Level Monitor with Pressure Sensor

PTLevel in ice storm

Weather Resistant

Every PTLevel device is meticulously crafted to thrive in outdoor environments. Designed for -40°C to 85°C temperature range and handle snow, ice, or rain. And with using innovative Lora technology, 1 km or more can be achieved depending on the environment.

Tank Level History


Leveraging a state-of-the-art 0-100kPa pressure sensor and cutting-edge circuitry and software, the PTLevel ensures precise liquid level measurements. Enjoy peace of mind with its extended 2+ year battery life, receive timely alerts for low or high levels, and access a comprehensive liquid level history.

PTLevel Pressure Chamber

Cost Effective

Starting as low as $209.99 USD with no annual fees (for the Wired WiFi PTLevel) and $299.99 USD with no annual fees (for the Long Range Wireless PTLevel), it’s an affordable liquid measurement option! By avoiding equipment damage caused by water outages and staying informed to schedule water deliveries only when necessary, you’ll not only enhance efficiency but also realize substantial cost savings.

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.

Long Range Wireless PTLevel

5 tips for getting the most accurate readings from a PTLevel

PTLevel Outside Winter

5 tips for getting the most accurate readings from a PTLevel

Long Range Wireless PTLevel monitors are an essential tool for monitoring water levels in wells, cisterns, tanks, and septics. They are incredibly useful for tracking water levels (and other liquid levels) remotely by saving time and preventing running out of water. Here are 5 tips to get the most out of your Long Range Wireless PTLevel:

First, it is essential to understand how the PTLevel works. PTLevel’s measure the pressure at the bottom of a tank via a pressure chamber which creates an air pocket and then a sensor measuring the pressure the air pocket creates compares the data to the atmospheric pressure. The pressure chamber is installed at the bottom of the tank, the transmitter then sends this data wirelessly to the receiver which displays it via your account and WebApp.

PTLevel Cistern Level Monitor WebApp history

Second, put in the right dimensions and calibrate. To ensure the most accurate readings from your PTLevel monitor, it is vital to enter the correct dimensions of your well or cistern into the monitor. This will ensure that the monitor can accurately calculate the depth of the liquid. Calibration is also essential to ensure that the monitor is measuring the pressure correctly. Calibration should be done after installation, and at least once a year, or more frequently if there is a significant change in temperature. It is best to calibrate your PTLevel when your tank is 100%. Your tank must be at least 25% full to calibrate. Having an accurate calibration is key to getting accurate data from your cistern or well.

Third, do quarterly maintenance. Maintenance for the PTLevel is incredibly simple; just lift the pressure chamber out of the liquid and let the pressure chamber drain. Then carefully lower the pressure chamber back in the liquid to create a new air pocket. Press the button on the transmitter and you’re all set. Quarterly maintenance is essential to keep your PTLevel monitor giving the most accurate readings from your cistern, well, or tank.

Fourth, prevent damage to the pressure tubing (commonly caused by kids, pets, lawn mowers). Damage to the pressure tubing can cause inaccurate readings from your cistern or tank. Even a small hole in the air tubing will cause low or zero pressure readings. If you have damaged your tubing or pressure chamber, reach out to our support team at

PTLevel Cistern Level Monitor for all weather

And finally, change your batteries every 2 years. PTLevel monitors rely on batteries to function, and these batteries do not need to be changed often, only about once every 2 years. Your account will indicate when your batteries are low, but it’s always good to have a new set of batteries on hand (4xAA).

Following the tips outlined above will ensure that you get the most accurate readings from your PTLevel monitor, which will help you make informed decisions about your water supply. And as always, we are ready to help if you run into problems. Please visit our support page at!

PTLevel Cistern Level Monitor Alerts