Previous collaborative research (CP109) involved 7 Water Utilities and suppliers, and WRc to examine monitoring systems on unmanned sewage works. The previous work helped develop and demonstrate effectiveness of radio telemetry at small sewage works using low cost monitoring systems with low power requirements. The approach gave Water Utilities a low cost, practical solution which reduces capital / operating costs whilst retaining reliability.
The research, CP109A will:
- Obtain longer term reliability data, on both sensors and communications equipment
- Refine alarm strategies on site, to improve performance and encourage operational use
- Explore operational issues around driving plant operations from alarms
- Work with suppliers on protocol and standards issues.
- Built confidence in the approach to managing risks of plant failure using equipment of low and known cost of ownership
- Sent a clear message to suppliers, of the industry's commitment to the technology, and thus press them to invest further in tailored products
- Enabled reduced costs for operating these unmanned works with reduced site visits
- Demonstrated cost effective practice to Regulators.