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Water quality control becomes more effective

Keeping our water clean is a key issue for human health and the environment's conservation. Consequently, it is imperative for water quality control systems to ensure the careful and consistent monitoring of drinking water, surface, and ground water via a series of precise measurements and statistical analyses. Fortunately, a research group from Tbilisi State University in Georgia designed an automated water quality control system that prioritises the need for accuracy, versatility, and precision consistency in measurement parameters while automating this complex process.
Water quality control becomes more effective
Carefully monitoring and maintaining water quality is a difficult but necessary process that entails the control and protection of this vital natural resource by ensuring that the type and amount of pollutants and contaminants present do not exceed the safety standards and parameters set by government regulations. This innovative water quality control system fulfils all the prerequisites and exceeds them by fully automating the system, thus facilitating the challenging task of quality control professionals.

Specifically, this system functions within the data processing centre using an IBM compatible computer. Both information and mathematical software exist as easy-to-use application programmes. It is important to highlight that the system relies on the MS DOS operating system and is able to support any number of analysers that evaluate up to 20 different ingredients each. There are many advantages to using this novel product, such as the ability to adapt to and alter quality parameters without the need for human intervention, the reliability and precision of obtained calculations, versatility and flexibility, ease in maintenance, and the visual portrayal of measurements and results.

Furthermore, the system is composed of information and mathematical software. The information software component is capable of automatically evaluating water quality analysers, displaying past and present measurements on a video terminal screen, and presenting results according to the user's specifications. In addition, the information software can process results originating from sanitary, mobile, or stationary hydro chemical laboratories while providing reports that cover the activities of the day, month, or year. The mathematical software's capabilities are also impressive. It is able to provide statistics based on measurements of the ingredients present in the water, assess the lead value, look for contaminants or pollutants, and measure the maximum permissible discharge.

The market applications of this automated water quality control system extend to include air monitoring analysers within the system, thus making the product highly versatile and efficient within the environmental monitoring and protection field.
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