This past February, Blue Guard Innovations announced the general availability of two new solid-state bilge pump switches, the BG-SW and the BG-One. Designed with boat owners in mind, these are a leap forward for bilge pump switches, as they are durable in design with no moving parts and precise in detecting water. The commercial-grade material helps you rest easy, as it is made with rugged, non-corrosive ABS plastic. This eliminates the need to frequently replace mechanical float switches. The BG-SW and the BG-One can be installed in any 12 or 24-volt battery system.
The BG-One not only makes your life easier but also helps keep our water clean as a switch bilge pump switch and oil and fuel detector.
“Until now there has not been a ‘fail safe’ system to monitor the accidental spillage in vessels,” shared Ken Franke, a retired maritime law enforcement officer.
Oftentimes, oil and fuel get released accidentally by manual or automatic bilge pumps that are designed to discharge water from inside a boat directly into a waterway. With 15 million recreational vessels in the United States alone, this has become a major problem, demanding time and money from law enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard. Fines, clean-up costs and environmental damage are just a few negative effects of deficient bilge pumps.
With the BG-One, it automatically turns off the bilge pump when it detects oil or fuel, essentially solving the environmental and financial expenses all together.
“Blue Guard has developed a robust sensor with the BG-One that can protect oceans and waterways from oil and fuel spills, and it can mitigate accidental spillage in vessels” said Franke. “This can prevent costly fines to boat owners and unnecessary contamination, plus expensive clean-up by local authorities.”
Both switches are easy to install and can be controlled using just your phone or tablet. With the free BGI Config app, you can set the pump run time with the touch of your finger. Along with Blue Guard Innovation’s other products, you can purchase these switches on Amazon.