December 21, 2012
Solinst Levelogger Monitors Hydrofracturing
Recent increases in hydrofracturing operations led to a new water quality monitoring program in Elk County, Pennsylvania. Part of the program includes the use of Solinst LTC Levelogger Edge dataloggers to record water level, temperature and conductivity readings.
LTC Levelogger Edge dataloggers have been placed in various streams throughout the watershed, and set to record every 15 minutes for 2 weeks each season. This is providing baseline data, and tracking of any seasonal changes. Other Leveloggers have been deployed for longer periods, from 6 months to up to 1 year, to record continuous data.
For more details, view the latest issue of our ON THE LEVEL newsletter.
December 19, 2012
Solinst Waterloo Emitters Provide Ongoing Solution
When an aquifer below a commercial site in Central Ontario was found contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons, a remedial solution, not highly visible to the public, was required. The Solinst Waterloo Emitter™ was selected as the primary remedial device for the dissolved plume phase. Waterloo Emitters allow the diffusion of oxygen into the affected groundwater, to help stimulate aerobic bioremediation of contaminants.
Fifty-eight Waterloo Emitters were installed as a "fence" to prevent the dissolved phase plume from moving off site. Three years after the Waterloo Emitters were installed; the system is just as effective. For more details, view the latest issue of our ON THE LEVEL newsletter.
November 27, 2012
New Biofoul Screen Extends Levelogger Deployment
When a Levelogger is deployed for an extended period, especially in a saltwater environment, there is the risk of biofouling on the pressure sensor and conductivity cell. Solinst has produced the Biofoul Screen, which is designed to reduce the unwanted buildup of micro and macro organisms such as algae, mussels, and barnacles that could affect the reliability of the readings.
The copper-coiled screen slips easily onto a Levelogger and naturally resists biofouling, thus reducing site visits and the maintenance costs and time spent cleaning Leveloggers. The Biofoul screen will lengthen the time that a Levelogger can be deployed, and improve long-term performance by ensuring accurate sensor measurements.
For more information on the new Biofoul Screen for Leveloggers, visit:
October 26, 2012
Upgraded Model 101 Power Reel
Solinst recently released an upgraded version of the Model 101 Water Level Meter Power Reel. Power Reels are useful for longer tape lengths, allowing faster and less strenuous operation. The Power Reel has increased in horsepower from a 1/8hp to a 1/2hp motor, providing even smoother function.
Reels can use either polyethylene flat tape with heat embossed markings and a P2 Probe, or Solinst laser-marked PVDF tape with a submersible P7 Probe. Power Reels can also be modified for Model 103 Tag Line applications, including total well depth measurements, deep sampler deployments, and safety lines.
An additional benefit to this upgrade is a price reduction for standard 110V and 12V Power Reels. For more information on Power Reels and the Model 101 Water Level Meters, visit: www.solinst.com/products/level-measurement-devices/101-water-level-meter/datasheet/options.php
November 29, 2012
Solinst to Exhibit at 2012 NGWA Ground Water Expo
The 2012 National Ground Water Association (NGWA) Ground Water Expo is being held in Las Vegas, NV, December 4-7th, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The annual event is attended by groundwater professionals from all sectors of the industry, and includes an exhibit hall (December 5-6th) displaying all of the latest related technology.
Solinst Canada Ltd. will be exhibiting at booth 200, so come visit and view the full line of groundwater monitoring equipment, including the new laser marked Model 101 P7 Water Level Meter, Model 107 TLC Meter (now longer lengths to 1000 ft/300 m), the Levelogger Junior Edge, Biofoul Screen for Leveloggers, and more.
For more on the conference, visit: http://groundwaterexpo.com/
October 17, 2012
Solinst to Present at RS Hydro Conference in the UK
Solinst Canada will be presenting at an event to be held by RS Hydro on November 22nd and 23rd. The 'New Ideas and Thinking' environmental monitoring conference will take place in Worcestershire, UK, at the Chateau Impney, Droitwich Spa.
The aim of the conference is to introduce the latest techniques and solutions for monitoring water. Parallel sessions outlining groundwater and surface water monitoring will be held, with afternoon sessions focused on hands-on demonstrations and learning. Topics will include water level monitoring, water quality monitoring, flow measurement, and telemetry solutions. Solinst will be discussing the use of their Water Level Meters, Levelogger Series, STS and RRL Telemetry Systems, Groundwater Samplers, Multilevel Systems, and the Waterloo Emitter.
For more on the conference, visit: http://www.rshydro.co.uk/emails/new-ideas-conference/index.html
August 20, 2012
TLC Meter "How-To" Video: Two-Point User Calibration
A Solinst TLC Meter measures water level, temperature, and conductivity. To ensure accuracy of readings, the user can easily calibrate the Meter for conductivity, as required. User calibration allows for adjustment of a TLC Meter if the probe has been altered slightly due to mechanical, biological or chemical affects. If a TLC Meter is tested in standard calibration solution, and the readings are outside the 5% accuracy range, the user can conduct a manual calibration at 1, 2, 3, or 4 separate conductivity levels, using standard solutions (1413, 5000, 12,880, or 80,000 µS/cm).
To simplify the process further, Solinst has released a practical video that takes the user through the process of a two-point calibration.
To view the video, and for more information about the Solinst Model 107 TLC Meter, visit: www.solinst.com/products/107/107ins/107insd3.html
August 13, 2012
Monitoring Groundwater, Vapor & Soil Gas
Monitoring shallow groundwater, vapor and soil gas up to 25 ft. below surface is simplified using Drive-Point Piezometer technology.
There are three drive-point piezometer tip options; where an airtight connection is most desirable, the 615C has a compression fitting for 1/4" ID tubing, ideal for groundwater sample integrity and vapor and soil gas monitoring. The 615N is a simple well point can be used for water level monitoring or groundwater sampling directly at the screened tip. The 615 has a barbed fitting that connects 1/2" ID tubing to the surface for obtaining representative groundwater samples.
Solinst provides a combination of high quality stainless steel Drive-Point Piezometers with 50 mesh screens and 3/4" NPT drive extensions, completing a simple cost effective well that is compact and easy to carry.
For more information on Solinst Drive-Point Piezometers, visit: www.solinst.com/products/615/615promo.html
June 1, 2012
Solinst Peristaltic Pump Ideal for Groundwater Sampling
When sampling groundwater using a Solinst Model 410 Peristaltic Pump, you are ensured a representative sample. Sample integrity is maintained as the water is only exposed to the medical grade silicon tubing. The Pump can be fitted with two sizes; standard 5/8" tubing gives flow rates to almost 3.5 L/min, while optional 3/8" tubing allows rates as low as 40 ml/min, ideal for low flow sampling.
The Model 410 is ideal to use for initial site investigations with Solinst Model 615 Drive-Point Piezometers. The tubing from a Drive-Point Piezometer tip is easily connected to the Peristaltic Pump tubing. Connecting the tubing from the Drive-Point Piezometer tip to the pump head prevents sample water from contacting the steel extension rods of the 615 Drive-Point Piezometer during sampling.
For more information on sampling in Drive-Point Piezometers, visit:
May 8, 2012
Redesigned Solinst TLC Meter Now Reaches 1000 Feet (300m)
The Solinst TLC Meter has been redesigned to provide the option of longer tape lengths. Static water level and depth of readings are read off the new, extremely durable, Solinst PVDF flat tape, which is precisely laser marked every 1/100 ft or millimeter, and now available to 1000 ft (300 m).
The TLC Meter accurately measures temperature and conductivity that has been standardized to 25°C, i.e. Specific Conductance (displayed as EC), in wells and open water; these measurements are displayed on a convenient rotating LCD display that is easy to read. TLC Meter is ideal for profiling temperature and conductivity for saltwater intrusion studies, and for a general indication of contamination levels.
For more information, visit: www.solinst.com/products/107/107.html
April 26, 2012
Keep up-to-date with Solinst Software and Firmware
At Solinst, we are always striving to improve our products to meet our clients' needs. This includes software and firmware updates from time to time. To help ensure our clients are using the most up-to-date software and firmware versions for their Leveloggers and Leveloader devices, we have created a 3001 Levelogger Series Hardware Compatibility document.
This document provides notes on what is most compatible with each instrument type, including what Operating Systems and Upgrade Utilities are required. To view this helpful document, go to www.solinst.com/products/data/3001Compatibility.pdf
Also remember, if you register your Solinst Software, you will automatically receive notices when new software and firmware is released. For more information, visit: www.solinst.com/Downloads/
March 14, 2012
Solinst Continues to Support Lifewater in Haiti
Lifewater Canada is a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian assistance to rural poor in Africa and Haiti. Their efforts to restore and supply safe drinking water in Haiti began right after the devastating earthquake in 2010, and continue to this day. Solinst Canada is proud to donate to their efforts.
Recently, to help deal with the extensive contamination issues they are facing in Haiti, Lifewater and the Dlo Se Lavi Drill Team used a donation given by Solinst to purchase a water testing incubator. The incubator is being used for water quality testing, which will help ensure clean drinking water is being provided to those in need.
For more information about Lifewater and other ways Solinst is helping, visit: www.solinst.com/News/Lifewater-Solinst-2012.html
Feb 7, 2012
Solinst Introduces the New Levelogger Junior Edge
Solinst Canada is pleased to introduce the new Levelogger Junior Edge. The Levelogger Junior Edge provides a cost-effective alternative for measuring groundwater and surface water levels. It uses the same durable Hastelloy pressure sensor as the Levelogger Edge, which has improved performance in harsh environments.
The Levelogger Junior Edge features memory with an increased capacity of 40,000 sets of temperature and water level data points. The battery lasts up to 5 years, and accuracy is 0.1% FS with 20 bit resolution. Using Levelogger Software, you can barometrically compensate multiple Levelogger Junior Edge files using just one Barologger Edge file.
If greater accuracy, sampling options, or ranges are required, the Solinst Levelogger Edge has the functionality to suit your application. For conductivity datalogging, Solinst also offers the LTC Levelogger Edge.
For more on the Levelogger Junior Edge visit:
January 31, 2012
Two Nielsen Environmental Conferences to be Held in 2012
The Nielsen Environmental Field School, along with their many sponsors, will be holding two Environmental Field Conferences in 2012. The 2012 North American Environmental Field Conferences & Expositions will feature demonstrations, workshops and presentations based on the theme: Advances & Innovations in Environmental Site Characterization, Sampling, Monitoring & Remediation. A West Coast event will be held in San Diego, CA from February 7 to 10, and an East Coast event will take place in Tampa, FL from March 13 to 16. Solinst Canada will be exhibiting at both events, as well as presenting a talk on "High-Resolution Groundwater Profiling and Monitoring".
For more information, and to register for either conference, visit: http://www.envirofieldconference.com/