Advancing UV nitrate sensors, the OTT ecoN combines field reliability with a user friendly, low operational cost, future ready platform. It uses optical UV absorption technology for the determination of nitrate concentrations in fresh environmental surface and groundwater. The calculation of nitrate from the filtered absorption spectrum includes compensations for turbidity and organic interferences. Nitrate measurements and sensor status information is available in real-time for integration into data acquisition systems. The anti-fouling wiper reduces maintenance requirements and extends deployment times for continuous monitoring locations.