Fast Company: Wellntel among 50 projects Really Making America Great Again

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Wellntel is thrilled to have made Fast Company’s 2017 list of top innovators. The project looks for stand-out projects in each of the 50 states. Wellntel proudly represents Wisconsin.

Read more about the honor, and other recipients, here. https://www.fastcompany.com/40401141/announcing-the-united-states-of-innovation-2017

Wellntel Appoints New VP Business Development

Groundwater technology leader strengthens commercial team

Milwaukee, WI — April 3, 2017 — Wellntel, Inc. (https://www.wellntel.com) announced today that Charles “Chuck” P. Dunning, PhD, has joined the company as its new Vice President of Business Development, with the goal of growing the Wellntel network with new local, state and national groundwater research and monitoring customers and sponsors. Chuck Dunning comes with a wealth of groundwater monitoring and management experience, having spent 21 years at the USGS (United States Geological Survey) Wisconsin Water Science Center where he directed groundwater research priorities, strategic planning, community engagement and program development. At Wellntel, Chuck will bring new technology and opportunity to agencies who monitor groundwater today, as well as to customers and communities who were unable to see their groundwater before.

Chuck will build on Wellntel’s success helping groundwater professionals and concerned citizens across the US implement monitoring networks and manage their groundwater resources. Chuck said, “I am excited to join Wellntel at this pivotal stage of the company’s growth and look forward to bringing an in-the-trenches water resource perspective to benefit the company’s development and expansion of products and customers.”

Nick Hayes, Co-founder and CTO, said, “Chuck’s wealth of experience and groundwater science knowledge make him a key addition to the Wellntel team. Our drive to bring new capabilities and insight to our customers led us to look for an addition to the team who brought not only technical monitoring skills, but a track record of using science and data to take local action.”

Marian Singer, Co-founder and CEO added “We’re fortunate to have found someone of Chuck’s caliber to fill this role. His technical and scientific understanding will help Wellntel bring innovation and exceptional customer service to new customers across the US and into new international markets.”

About Wellntel

Wellntel (https://www.wellntel.com) is the first-ever groundwater information system for scientists, community leaders, homeowners and farmers. With simple sensors and data in the cloud, Wellntel enables new understanding and sharing of groundwater facts, helping communities and individuals better manage their groundwater resources.

Contact
Marian Singer, Co-founder
414-416-6281
mjsinger@wellntel.com

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Rainfall impacting groundwater levels in Central California

Wellntel owners in central California are tracking the impacts of heavy rainfalls on groundwater levels in their wells.

In a dramatic weather turn, the skies have opened up over an area that has suffered many months of drought. In Paso Robles, for example, there has been a total of seventeen inches of rainfall since October, with eleven of it falling in the last three weeks.

The land appears to be welcoming the water. Wellntel systems are reporting dramatic changes in groundwater levels in wells. This monthly comparison of total rainfall verses average measured distance to water in a well monitored by Wellntel shows the connection:

Wellntel: Rainfall vs groundwater level

What is a Community Wellntel Groundwater Network?

You may have seen a tweet or a post about Wellntel Community Groundwater Networks, as opposed to just singular groundwater sensors. Wellntel networks are arrays of sensors in which the data from a few or many sensors can be assembled to answer questions about connections between supply and demand in an area or evaluate risk or opportunity. Groundwater scientists have deployed arrays for many years, but the techniques and technologies traditionally used are expensive to buy and manage and are, therefore, limited in terms of reach and results.

Setting up a Groundwater Network

The opportunity is clear: for the money, a Wellntel network can be much larger and capture more detailed and useful data, but more importantly, via the Wellntel network, the community can collaborate toward widespread, fact-based groundwater understanding to support smart planning, sustainable management, or know when neighbors might need help and what to do.

Most Wellntel systems sold last year are part of such a network. Often,  citizens and community leaders meet to plan the scope and budget of a project, find suitable sites, and agree to cost-sharing, data-sharing and privacy terms that work for all stakeholders. These types of networks are planned or coming online in counties and townships in Illinois, Wisconsin, Oregon, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Montana, and other places. Well owners get the vital operational data, and become part of the community conversation and the community is empowered to make development decisions based on facts.

Wellntel Groundwater Network Reveals Winter Recovery

Sample data from a 12-well network showing fall and winter recovery. Information like this is reported to the community on a routine basis.

Existing customers should know that their systems are only part of such a network if they have volunteered or participated in planning, and agreed in advance to be part of it. 

If you value groundwater and think others may too, consider any or all of the following:

  • Talk with neighbors and local leaders about creating a groundwater network in your community. You might start by asking them to join you and attend a Wellntel Webinar on the subject.
  • Existing customers and volunteers can organize potlucks to share what is being learned and spark and grow community networks. If this is somethig you are interested in doing, let us know and we will help plan and provision.
  • Contact us and we will work to help you identify groundwater scientists and advocates near you.

By joining forces with other informed neighbors, you’ll be helping to secure your community’s future.

Wellntel Sponsors – Changing the way we see Groundwater

Coinciding with Groundwater Week 2016, Wellntel Announces “Sponsors” — a program designed to make groundwater facts available everywhere.

Wellntel’s new “Sponsor” program makes large-scale, stakeholder-engaging groundwater monitoring a reality. Sponsoring of Wellntel systems is happening in 25 states already. Today’s announcement formalizes the program and augments the underlying tools and resources that make it possible.

Wellntel Sponsors

Who are Wellntel Sponsors?

People and organizations who see the need to know more about local groundwater water conditions and who work closely with citizens and neighbors to gather and learn from facts and then act to ensure the long term health of their resource.

What do Wellntel Sponsors do?

All over the US, local townships, villages, counties, HOAs, water districts, scientific agencies, land trusts and conservancies are financially supporting dense Wellntel networks that gather and share groundwater level information on a scale not seen before.

Financial support from Sponsors often comes in the form of gifting, rebates or subsidies to deploy and run Wellntel equipment, in return for unencumbered access to the information collected.

Often, an existing budget for limited groundwater data collection can be leveraged into a large scale program.

Sponsors seek local volunteers who provide a monitoring location (in the form of a domestic, irrigation or decommissioned water well) and a voice for the information as it is collected.

Agreements are made to share and discuss what is learned from the data collected both over time and across the region.

Sponsors often recruit volunteer or student-based teams to help with network deployments and data collection when locations are very remote. Local colleges participate by providing student recruits to internships that sometimes lead to staff positions.

How does Wellntel participate?

Wellntel works closely with Sponsors to design programs that will work in their locations, providing, among other things:

  • Boilerplate agreements for recruits and volunteers
  • Application support to pick best monitoring locations
  • Technical support to simplify and speed deployments
  • Data use and analytics support as required

What’s new as of today?

Today, Wellntel is announcing all new web-based capabilities for Sponsors, who now have their own access to geographically-organized Wellntel data via the my.wellntel.com dashboard for the systems they sponsor, along with a wide range of new features:

  • User management: sponsors may have many users. Administrators can create, edit and manage them.
  • Group creation: wells are often organized in categories, like Deep or Shallow. Sponsors can create their own Groups and organize fleets intelligently.
  • Fleet automation: data from sponsored sites are automatically organized on both sponsor and volunteer dashboards in intuitive and useful ways.
  • Stakeholder value-adds: volunteers can see simple data, or can choose comprehensive alerting functions to manage wells and pumping, if preferred.
  • Data exchange: depending on the terms of a local sponsor agreement, a sponsor may invest in custom APIs to link their Wellntel network with other environmental websites and models.
Wellntel Sponsor Screenshot

What hasn’t changed? 

The Wellntel system is:

  • Accurate, reliable and simple to install
  • Flexible: can be used on domestic, small farm, and monitoring wells
  • Communicative: sensors can transmit via Gateway, cellular or can store local data when sites are very remote
  • Remotely manageable: set alerts, time interval, and more from anywhere
  • Available: mobile and web-based interface
  • Secure: end-to-end encrypted, password protect.

It’s the Wellntel Groundwater Information System that you trust but with brand new capabilities to help expand and leverage your groundwater monitoring challenges, and, for the first time, with community and stakeholder engagement.

Call 844-935-5426 or email info@wellntel.com for more information.

Announcing SensorLink: a powerful new PC app to get more from your Wellntel Sensors

Wellntel SensorLink

SensorLink is a PC application intended for use with Wellntel Sensors to enable remote start-up, collection of readings, upload of collected readings to the Wellntel Cloud, local reading collection and well diagnostics.

SensorLink is useful as an alternative to a Wellntel Gateway, when Internet connectivity is not available but a Wellntel Sensor is being used to gather Groundwater level information from a well or a test well. It is also a convenient way to get water, well or sensor information at the wellhead. In this application, a Wellntel owner or sponsor can install a sensor in a remote location, take a few test readings, leave it, return on a schedule to gather data, and upload the data for reporting, archiving and analysis to the Wellntel Cloud. The data will present as if they had been sent via radio telemetry, correctly time stamped, calibrated (after initial calibration period) and affirmed. However, they will only appear online as often as the data are retrieved and uploaded.

What can SensorLink 2.0x do?

  • Download readings from multiple Wellntel sensors not served by Wellntel Gateway.
  • Upload and confirm downloaded readings to the Wellntel Cloud.
  • Collect and present information gathered locally including:
    • Reading date/time (UTC)
    • Depth to water nominees
    • Signal characteristics
    • Temperature
    • Voltage
    • Radio signal strength (if radios are in use)
  • Collect and view well diagnostics information

Only Wellntel customers, dealers and sponsors may download SensorLink. Login to my.wellntel.com to download software and instructions.

SensorLink 2.0.X replaces SensorBuddy V1.0x, which has been discontinued (as of 12-2016) and is not longer supported. Users with SensorBuddy should uninstall SensorBuddy and replace it with SensorLink.

Why Now?

Leading up to the National Groundwater Association’s 2016 Groundwater Week, Wellntel is making a series of important product announcements, starting with the launch of SensorLink 2.0, an all new platform to interface with Wellntel sensors. Follow Wellntel on Twitter to stay abreast of latest Wellntel news.

Don’t miss these Wellntel talks at 2016 NGWA Groundwater Week

Wellntel at Groundwater Week

For the third year in a row, Wellntel will be featured at the largest, most attended Groundwater show in the country, the NGWA’s Groundwater Week. This year, Team Wellntel is stepping it up another notch.

Here are some of the don’t-miss hands-on demos and presentations by Wellntel experts. If you’re planning on attending the expo, we hope you’ll visit one or all of these important sessions.

Wednesday December 7, 2016

  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Hands-on Activity (Lee and Marian)
    • “Installing and Making the Most of Customer Wellntel Systems”
    • Exhibit Hall – Activity Area B
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Hands-on Activity (Joe and Nick)
    • “Utilizing Groundwater Data for Science and Management with Wellntel”
    • Exhibit Hall – Activity Area B

Thursday December 8, 2016

  • 9:45 AM – 10:05 AM – Session Talk (Joe)
    • “New Groundwater Insights and Practical Advantages of Monitoring Pumping with Wellntel Systems”
    • Room – N117
  • 10:25 AM – 10:45 AM – Session Talk (Nick)
    • “The Missing Ingredient to Healthy Farming: Understanding Groundwater Supply”
    • Room – N117

Wellntel System Impresses in USGS Pump Test

At the invitation of scientists at USGS, a Wellntel system was deployed alongside redundant in-water level sensors in a monitoring well and gathered groundwater level data during pumping tests to evaluate groundwater availability. The result: a compelling argument for Wellntel as a dependably accurate instrument that can engage stakeholders with shared facts, in near realtime.

The test is one of several completed and ongoing sensor comparisons which validate Wellntel system accuracy for measuring groundwater levels.

Test process and results

  • The pump test consisted of two wells: a pumping well and a monitoring well situated about ¼ miles away.
Overhead map of pump test site
  • A Wellntel system was installed on the monitoring well in addition to a level logger and a surface-vented pressure transducer to monitor water level changes associated with pumping at the pumping well.
  • A preliminary 90 minute pump run at variable gpm (gallons per minute) up to 600 gpm confirmed hydrologic connectivity between the two wells.
  • A 72 hour pump run at 900 gpm drew down water in the monitoring well from a static water level of approximately 123.4 feet (below a measuring point) to about 171 feet.

Both pumping events can be seen in the provisional data charted on the USGS website.

USGS Pump Test Hydrograph
  • During both tests, the Wellntel system measured water levels within a fraction of an inch of the pressure transducer on average after:

… accounting for measurement point differences between the two sensors,

… correcting sensor timestamps to the same time zone, and

… linearly interpolating Wellntel sensor measurements to match the timestamps of the pressure transducer readings to allow for direct comparison

Pump Test Impacts on Monitoring Well: Wellntel and PT Data Wellntel Time and MP Matched Data Vs USGS Pressure Transducer

Perhaps as important as the close relative accuracy of the data is the way the information was accessed during and after the test. While the in-well devices collected local data that required subsequent manual evaluation and scrubbing, the Wellntel system shared near-real-time results on a website accessible to scientists both on-site and in offices in other parts of the country. 

Wellntel Pump Test Screen Shot

It was clear to all involved in the test that Wellntel creates an all new paradigm and opportunity in groundwater information gathering and sharing. Large-scale model-ready datasets for science or engineering can be accurate, clean and fast, speeding decisions and engaging stakeholders.

Thanks to USGS scientists for making room for Wellntel on this test. The USGS makes no product endorsements, and none are implied here.

 

New Features on Wellntel Dashboard; including Smartphone Hydrographs

Earlier this week, we posted new features to customer dashboards to provide easier access to the most important groundwater information, improve communication, increase system accuracy and uptime. Here are a few of the highlights:

1.) Mobile Web includes Groundwater and Tank Level

When you login to your Wellntel account using a smartphone, you’ll be able to choose between your Wellntel systems (if you have more then one), and then be presented with all readings in a familiar and zoomable hydrograph.

Wellntel Mobile Web Hydrograph

2.) Network alerts keep your data flowing

To call your attention to a possible network issue and prompt local action, we’ve created a new alert that tells customers (and us) when a Gateway hasn’t been heard from in 24 hours and explains what to do and how to do it.

We’re coupling this alert with the launch of Wellntel Managed Systems, a new service for vital data applications.

3.) Opt-in or out of temperature reminders

We sometimes send customer reminders to check groundwater temperature. Their observations and contributions are important to improving the accuracy of the Wellntel system. However, some customers either can’t access water temperature, or don’t have the time to participate in the collection of temperature information. So we’ve added the option to opt-in or out of this program.

4.) Enhanced temperature compensation

Temperature compensation is important to Wellntel accuracy. We measure the temperature at the wellhead with each reading and combine it with USGS data and your observations to estimate the temperature deeper in the well.

A new algorithm allows our calibrations team to account for local variations in the temperature in a specific well based on new factors like geology, latitude, and well depth.

Wellntel Local Temp Refinement