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Klir vs. Hach WIMS

Choosing a Water Information Management System That Makes Sense for You

Whether it’s pathogens, PFAS, flood, drought, or a host of other factors, successful water management comes with a gauntlet of complex and interlinking challenges—and that list is only growing.

To tackle these issues, water and wastewater managers, operators and engineers need a steady stream of easy to access and up to date information related to planning, compliance, risk, sampling results, and numerous other data points. Water Information Management Systems (WIMS) and other custom-built industrial automations systems have promised to provide exactly that, but haven’t always delivered.

Most operators today continue to work in water data management environments that are incomplete: crucial data remains siloed and underutilized, plant operators continue to struggle with sub-optimal conditions for planning, and adopting a data-based approach to water management continues to be a challenge.

To explore the tradeoffs and sticking points operators face when approaching these challenges, we’re going to look at two different WIMS today:

Hach WIMS

A water information management solution developed by the Hach Company to complement the company’s water quality testing instruments and processes.

Klir

An all-in-one cloud-based operating system for water & wastewater utilities—and more. Klir’s sampling module focuses on delivering fast and up to date water quality results and analysis, and simplifying scheduling and reporting for water monitoring plans across the utility. 

Klir OS and the Klir sampling module: a quick intro

Until recently, the information that operators and managers at water utilities needed to do their jobs was fragmented, dispersed across numerous systems, incomplete, or otherwise difficult to access. 

Launched in 2018, Klir is the first system to bring these disparate functions together into one complete, all-in-one operating system (OS) for water & wastewater utilities.

Instead of relying on a mishmash of different systems and software, Klir brings the entire team onto one platform and pulls in data from lab reports, LIMS, SCADA & GIS to create a single source of truth for sampling activities utility-wide. 

This allows operators to:

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Work With Trends

See trends across the entire water system—from sampling, to permitting, inspections & more—and make decisions with clarity and confidence.

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Use Automation

Automate manual tasks and data analysis that were once tracked in Excel or Outlook, from scheduling sampling runs, to interpreting sampling results, and generating regulatory reports, eliminating 1+ days of admin work each week.

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Receive Alerts

Have peace of mind knowing that Klir’s automatic alerts for MCLs and non-compliance will trigger in case anything ever goes wrong, and feel confident that every sample has been completed on time.

Hach WIMS: a quick intro

Hach WIMS is a water information management system that allows operators and managers to synthesize and analyze together water quality data using queries, charts and custom analytics. Think of it as a powerful version of Excel, custom-built for water.

Although Hach WIMS has been a mainstay in the water industry, it hasn’t received any major overhauls since it was originally introduced, making it very much a product of its time. While it’s helpful for users focused on managing sampling results & interpreting water quality data, it lacks some of the broader functionalities users have come to expect from newer cloud-based software.

Klir vs. Hach: which one is right for you?

There are a few key factors that operators need to keep in mind when choosing a WIMS that is right for them. We’ll break them down for you below and sort them into two sections: one for operators that would be better off choosing Klir, and one for operators who might benefit from sticking to Hach.

Klir is an all-in-one system that captures all data for compliance with regulatory and local limits, and is built to handle:

  • Monitoring plan creation & management
  • Sample scheduling
  • SCADA & LIMS import / review
  • Rule validation
  • Exceedance warnings
  • Reporting
  • Task management 
  • Live data entry for field sampling

Hach WIMS, on the other hand, is meant to support engineers during their daily operations and is built to handle:

  • Sampling scheduling
  • SCADA & LIMS import / review
  • Reporting
  • Equipment maintenance support
  • Plant operational workflows

Reasons to choose Klir

It used to be that if you wanted a truly comprehensive, all-encompassing view of your organization, you had to wait for an annual report. Klir has changed that by providing operators with a complete view of the organization, allowing them to:

  • Know they’re compliant, rather than assume it
  • Consult a single dashboard of relevant internal and regulatory compliance when they log-in 
  • Avoid hunting for information across segments of data in different systems

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest threats for utilities, but these attacks often rely on very boring, unremarkable vulnerabilities. Many are simply the result of over-reliance on outdated software on local devices, or trying to integrate disparate software and systems.

IT leaders within utilities are increasingly setting mandates to reduce the complexity of their stack and are demanding higher security for the applications they choose to keep onboard. Klir provides customers with a little to no integration-required platform that operates with military-grade security. 

Klir is cloud-based and can be securely accessed from any device, anywhere, offering your employees and IT managers a safe, secure and bulletproof environment to work in.

Klir focuses on providing a user-friendly, intuitive and accessible experience that is designed to be accessed and used by anyone within the utility, regardless of experience. No need to write queries or build custom dashboards: Klir makes your systems more transparent, rather than less. 

Hach and other legacy industrial automation systems are built with the expert user in mind. Intuitive UI, accessibility and readability aren’t a priority in the design of these systems, which means that only water quality experts with advanced analytics knowledge and experience writing queries can get full value out of the system.

Hach and other legacy systems usually don’t include internal collaboration or communications tools, forcing teams to come up with their own off-platform solutions (usually email). 

While Hach focuses primarily on data management and manipulation, Klir allows teams to manage all of their tasks in-app, offering an internal chat and reply functionality, user tagging, and commenting within individual tasks, turning the platform into a single channel for collaboration across the organization. 

Systems that require specialized expert knowledge often struggle with information ‘siloing’: when one person is out of the office or retires, they often leave a big information gap that can leave work at a standstill. 

Klir fixes this problem by offering users a single source of truth that is accessible to everyone in the organization, allowing utilities to be more nimble and responsive.

Reasons why you might choose Hach

While Klir might be the clear choice for operators and managers looking for an all-in-one solution to all of their water information management needs, you might be better sticking with Hach in the following cases:

Klir customers appreciate the simplicity of the tool and the ability it gives them to simply get on with their workday: from task management to automated analytics.

Hach comes with a much more customizable analytics toolbox that involves a lot more up-front work. Building your own dashboard can be a challenge, but once you do, the customizability Hach offers starts to pay off down the road with super-granular insight.

All this is to say, if you’d prefer a system that focuses primarily on data integration and custom analyses on that data, you might prefer Hach.

  • Know they’re compliant, rather than assume it
  • Consult a single dashboard of relevant internal and regulatory compliance when they log-in 
  • Avoid hunting for information across segments of data in different systems

Hach is super focused on allowing users to build detailed and robust dashboards that are deeply customizable and data-driven. 

If you’re less focused on the overall operations of your facility and are focused on choosing a system that best integrates with your existing laboratory information management system (LIMS) and provides this level of customization, Hach might also fit the bill.

IT leaders within utilities are increasingly setting mandates to reduce the complexity of their stack and are demanding higher security for the applications they choose to keep onboard. Klir provides customers with a little to no integration-required platform that operates with military-grade security. 

Klir is cloud-based and can be securely accessed from any device, anywhere, offering your employees and IT managers a safe, secure and bulletproof environment to work in.

Reasons to use both Klir and Hach

While Klir is powerful enough to manage all of your water quality data, some utilities have found that it is a great tool to help their team get more out of Hach WIMS. The advantage? Data that once required custom queries and manual analysis is now brought to life instantly.

Specifically, Klir can work alongside Hach WIMS to:

Simplify monitoring plan management with collaborative tasks & easy progress tracking

Manage sampling with GIS tracking

Assign and track samples for specific permits

Manage biosolids samples, grading, and transactions

Schedule & automate regulatory reporting

Enter results from the field on mobile devices

Klir vs. Hach: A Summary

Sampling & Treatment Plans

Hach WIMS

Klir

Monitoring Plans

Sample Trending

Mobile Field Result Capture

Field Sample Management

Instrument Management

Alerts & Notifications

Restricted to Instrument Monitoring

Equations and Formulas

Rules & Configuration

Maintenance Management

System Repair Manuals

Detailed Systems Monitoring

Task Driven Operations

Calendar & Scheduling

LIMS Import

SCADA Import

Asset Management

GIS Tagging

Biosolids Transactions

Biosolids Grading

Budgeting Biosolids

Violations

Restricted to Instrument Monitoring

Permits

Permit Generation & Management

Billing

Coming Soon

IPT/Backflow & Inspections

Inspections

Coming Soon

Customer Management

Reports/Dashboard & BI

Business Intelligence

Dashboards

Sample Reporting

Other

Customizable Forms

Hatch WIMS

Klir