How to Choose the Correct Sensor: Online Nutrient Monitoring

Wastewater expert Ben Barker briefly introduces nutrient monitoring in wastewater and discusses the measuring technologies for ammonium, nitrate, and phosphorus.

Nutrients are quickly becoming a primary concern for wastewater facilities, and modern sensor manufacturers have responded by improving instrumentation for online nutrient monitoring. Sensors and analyzers for ammonium, nitrate, and phosphorus are increasingly used to monitor and optimize the nutrient removal process. Still, operators and engineers are faced with multiple measuring technologies for each.

This webinar will briefly introduce nutrient monitoring in wastewater and discuss the measuring technologies for ammonium, nitrate, and phosphorus. Each type of sensor or analyzer has advantages and disadvantages; some sensors will fit applications better than others. After attending the webinar, operators can make an informed decision on which sensor type works best for their facility when deciding between multiple measuring technologies.

Technology comparisons:

  • Ion-selective electrode (ISE) sensors vs. wet-chemistry analyzers for ammonium measurement
  • ISE vs. UV sensors for nitrate measurement
  • Differences between orthophosphate and total phosphorus measurement

Learn how to: 

  • Identify the different types of sensors and analyzers available for online nutrient monitoring.
  • Describe the differences between measuring technologies for ammonium, nitrate, and phosphorus.
  • Apply nutrient sensors to the correct application when faced with multiple options.

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Who should watch:

Water treatment engineers, operators, instrument technicians, and superintendents who want to learn more about online instrumentation and sensor applications.

Earn CEUs!

This on-demand webinar is eligible for CEUs. Attendees are eligible to receive a certificate awarding 0.1 CEUs (1 PDH) from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). IACET CEUs are often transferable, so check with your local association to see if IACET credit is accepted.

Meet the expert:

Ben Barker, YSI Application Engineer, YSI, a Xylem brand

Ben is an Application Engineer for YSI’s online instrumentation. Ben has worked at YSI for over five years and has extensive experience in different industries utilizing sensors, analyzers, and lab methods for water analysis. In his current role, he provides application support and conducts technical training.