Dust & Odour Monitoring
Neighbours complaining about dust and odour are the most common complaints received by landfill operators. Environdata provides weather stations that are designed to monitor the weather conditions and assist in managing this problem and other environmental problems at landfill sites.
The advantages of using an Environdata weather station are:
- Our weather stations analyse the wind speed and direction second-by-second and use vectors to calculate the net effect of the wind accurately over each reporting period. This ensures accurate tracking of the air, dust and odour particles and allows you to respond to complaints with confidence. Sigma Theta can also be estimated to approximate the particle dispersion – see below.
- Wind sensors are normally mounted at 10 metres above the ground. Our cost effective 10 metre mast meets Australian Standards and your EPA licencing conditions and simplifies installation and maintenance due to its tilt-down design that eliminates the need for cherry pickers or elevated working platforms.
- Our weather station package can be customised to include a wide range of additional parameters to meet your requirements – rain gauge, air temperature, relative humidity, soil moisture and more.
The generation of greenhouse gases and the production of leachate are also potential problems at landfill sites.
Some gases generated from landfills are quite toxic and some are highly combustible. In general, these gases only pose a high risk under specific weather conditions. This is because the wind will normally disperse these gases into the atmosphere, keeping them in sufficiently low concentrations to remain safe.
Weather conditions are the key element in monitoring these risks. Critical data includes calculation of dispersion rates, identification of inversion layers (which holds gases in) and the net effect of the wind over the relevant period.
Leachates are the pollutants washed out of the landfill site following rainfall. Both the rainfall totals and rainfall rates are necessary to understand and manage this potential problem. Soil moisture data can also be used to further enhance your understanding of the rainfall / leachate relationship.
Environdata weather stations can include these sensors.
Government bodies are requiring stricter environmental reporting from landfills across the country, with a specific focus on weather monitoring. It is imperative that a professional landfill weather station is used to ensure accuracy, reliability and traceability.
An Environdata weather station onsite will allow you to prepare and submit reports to meet your EPA Licensing requirements.
Ready access to data is important in managing complaints. We offer a range of communications options to suit your specific requirements. The most commonly used options include:
- Direct cable, which is low cost, secure and highly reliable
- Telemetry, using UHF wireless links up to 5km or more, which are also secure and highly reliable, but require no cabling
- Next G Modems, which require no cabling, can be accessed from anywhere, and can include SMS alert functions
Coupled with our EasiAccess data collection and reporting software, your landfill weather station will satisfy all EPA requirements and allow you to proactively manage your site.
Our weather stations are designed and built in Australia to withstand the wide range of harsh conditions experienced across this country. They are also designed to be easy to install and maintain as well as providing accurate and reliable data for their lifetime , which is in excess of 10 years.
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