Self-powered mobile sensor for in-pipe potable water quality monitoring Conference Paper uri icon


  • Traditional stationary sensors for potable-water quality monitoring in a wireless sensor network format allow for continuous data collection and transfer. These stationary sensors have played a key role in reporting contamination events in order to secure public health. We are developing a self-powered mobile sensor that can move with the water flow, allowing real-time detection of contamination in water distribution pipes, with a higher temporal resolution. Functionality of the mobile sensor was tested for detecting and monitoring pH, Ca 2+ , Mg 2+ , HCO 3- CO 32- , NH 4+ and Cl - ; ions. Moreover, energy harvest and wireless data transmission capabilities are being designed for the mobile sensor. Copyright (2013) by the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • 17th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2013

author list (cited authors)

  • Wu, L., Wan Salim, W., Malhotra, S., Brovont, A., Park, J. H., Pekarek, S. D., Banks, M. K., & Porterfield, D. M.

complete list of authors

  • Wu, L||Wan Salim, WWA||Malhotra, S||Brovont, A||Park, JH||Pekarek, SD||Banks, MK||Porterfield, DM

publication date

  • January 2013