Castle Rock becomes first U.S. state park to continuously monitor drinking water

Oct. 21, 2019
Sempervirens Fund deploys KETOS smart water monitoring technology to provide real-time insight on water quality and safety.

LOS GATOS, CA, OCT 21, 2019 -- Castle Rock State Park has installed a new system at the brand-new Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance to continuously monitor water quality and ensure access to safe, clean drinking water for park visitors. Sempervirens Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving redwood forests and critical habitats in the Santa Cruz Mountains, recently deployed smart water monitoring technology from water intelligence innovator KETOS, Inc. as part of a massive overhaul of park facilities.

“KETOS gives us a way to know exactly what is in the drinking water at Castle Rock at any given moment,” said Sara Barth, Executive Director of Sempervirens Fund. “We now get instant access to all of our water data and can make sure our water stays in line with all EPA safety thresholds.”

The Kirkwood Entrance relies on KETOS Shield Fabric to proactively test and monitor the groundwater that supplies the park for lead, cadmium, copper, arsenic, manganese, nitrates and chromium. California State Parks, which operates the new entrance facility, can quickly view all water data on their mobile devices or access the KETOS software platform to dive into advanced diagnostics and reports. Streamlining the water management process for the park, KETOS water quality reports are now accepted by the State of California Division of Drinking Water (DDW) as process data. 

“Clean drinking water is a critical part of the success of a facility like the new Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock State Park,” added Barth. “With KETOS, park visitors can safely drink from the water fountain and fill their water bottles at the welcome plaza before continuing on to hike or climb at Castle Rock.”

KETOS also alerts Castle Rock to any environmental anomalies across pH, conductivity, total dissolved solids (TDS), salinity, temperature and dissolved oxygen. An innovative water management solution, KETOS Shield Fabric serves as a continuous advanced warning system as a single modular system measuring 20+ contaminants to protect water quality at Castle Rock. Its lab-precision data provides actionable insights based on real-time or on-demand water quality monitoring and predictive intelligence. 

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