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Detection keeping wastewater afloat

Detection keeping wastewater afloat

Thanks to mIoT’s Captis solution, water utilities are overcoming pre-existing challenges for their wastewater services. With sewer pipes throughout Australia’s various wastewater networks, monitoring such expansive infrastructure require a large-scale and reliable solution, as Waste Management Review learns.

For many water utilities, maintaining their wastewater network is of the highest priority, particularly where the network moves through bushland and other environmentally sensitive areas.

Common issues faced include blockages and overflows, which can be a risk to public and environmental health, hinder wastewater treatment processes, and greatly impact customers should backflow events occur.

Blockages typically occur during periods of heavy rainfall, however other factors can contribute to blockages and therefore overflows, such as invasive tree roots and “fatbergs”. There is also the added challenge of assessing blockages in difficult-to-reach access points such as in bushland.

With these common challenges many water utilities are looking to new technologies for the answer, with IoT solutions such as mIoT’s Captis providing a means of monitoring and better understanding their network. Captis offers localised monitoring of wastewater networks with a Captis device able to be connected to sensors, gauges, or meters and transmit data via cellular networks.

Connected to a float switch and transmitting data via an internal or optional external antenna, water services can detect overflows and blockages in real-time. Once notified, these services can send service crews to the affected access chamber, allowing for potential disruptions to be resolved with minimal clean-up and service costs.

With the capability to log and send data as often as once every five minutes, in addition to immediate alerts on high-level sewer events, the network operations team gains real-time data and proactive resolution to network issues such as overflow events. The added benefit is gaining accurate data for locations which are not easily accessible for service crews.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and unpredictable lockdowns, many water utilities maintenance services have been significantly affected. With crews being unable to easily access select areas when lockdowns occur, remote monitoring has now become the norm.

The sheer scale of many water utility’s networks also requires a solution with longevity, demanding a device that can last for several years.With a battery life of more than 5000 transmissions and a five-year warranty, mIoT’s Captis solution offers this in spades.

For more information, visit: www.miot.com.au/

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