Water utilities are redesigning wastewater management with an increased focus on smart, technology-backed facilities.
FREMONT, CA: Gone are the days when simplistic wastewater management systems sufficed. In today’s era of smart-living, water utilities are busy adding a smart angle to wastewater systems. With advancing wastewater management, it is possible to improve various aspects of the process and induce an enhanced level of sustainability in handling the most precious resource. Water utility companies are thus, developing innovative systems that address current challenges in installation, and management. The ultimate aim behind the efforts currently being undertaken by water utilities is the development of a system that can minimize the wastage of water. The following list mentions some considerations that water utilities are focusing on in their efforts to evolve.
• Minimization of Mixed Flows
Wastewater management systems need to be optimized so as to prevent combined sewage flow during excessive rains. Water utilities are deploying smart sensors across drainage systems so that sewage flow can be monitored in real-time. Such monitoring capabilities empower water utilities to take appropriate actions and prevent freshwater from entering sewage flow. Operators can either opt for manual controls or automated controls over valves. The automated valves are backed with AI algorithms to predict flow and maintain valve actions.
• Detection of Chemicals
Advanced wastewater management systems are highly beneficial when it comes to detecting and tracing chemicals in the sewage. Standard methods of chemical tracing involve manual approaches whereby samples have to be collected and tested. Today, water utilities are opting for IoT systems fitted with sensors that can detect chemicals. Once identified, alerts are sent to dashboards in control rooms, enabling appropriate treatment flows.
• Prevention of Leakages
Leakages result in a lot of losses in wastewater management systems. Water utilities are now considering modern approaches to detect and prevent leakages. IoT sensors can be deployed at scale to accumulate data, and AI-backed solutions can be utilized to analyze the same. By replacing the manual inspections with this advanced method, water utilities can easily manage leaks in pipelines and drains.
A host of technologies, including AI, IoT, and data analytics, are changing the fundamentals of wastewater management and making it future-proof.