Water Utilities spend a significant proportion of Operations budgets cleaning sewers and removing blockages. If this work is not undertaken, the first warning of a problem maybe sewer flooding. Whilst parts of sewer networks can be improved by upgrading, in other areas this may not be practical / affordable to completely eliminate the problem. Sewer Operators need an alternative to reduce sewer flooding / associated problems, and the operational costs from regular sewer cleaning, blockage removal and flooding clean up.
This project will examine using low cost monitoring technology combined with remote communications to proactively manage sensitive parts of the sewer network and give early warning of the need to clean sewers / remove developing blockages. Cleaning will then only be undertaken when required and operations budgets only spent on necessary visits. Cleaning / blockage removal will also occur before problems become serious enough to cause flooding, thus reducing incidences, customer inconvenience and clean-up costs.
- Reduction of flooding risk through low cost proactive monitoring
- Development of an understanding, through trials, of the practical issues that need to be taken into account in implementing monitoring in the sewer network
- Production of clear, trial-based data on the costs / benefits of pro-active monitoring
- Reduction in operational costs, through more timely and targeted cleaning programmes.