How to digitize your wastewater network with a smart water solution?
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that at least 23,000 to 75,000 sanitary sewer overflow events occur in the United States each year. These overflows are mainly caused by inadequate maintenance and aging sewer infrastructure.2 Next, to managing these overflows, municipalities across the USA are also facing challenging obligations to manage these systems at a time of urban population growth, more demanding water quality protection requirements and rising temperatures that lead to more wet weather conditions and other extreme weather conditions. All this increases operational challenges and can potentially affect treatment efficiency, reliability, and control of treatment units at the wastewater treatment facilities . 3At the same time, it has become more difficult for many water organizations to secure new funding for infrastructure improvements or maintenance, which makes it difficult to properly meet the required water standards. According to the EPA, the solution to these problems is to install an Asset Management Sewer Collection System, also known as a smart data infrastructure system. A tool like this can help maintain and elevate levels of service of domestic wastewater and stormwater systems, plan system renewal and upgrades. However, many wastewater and stormwater utilities have not implemented such robust asset management planning systems or similar infrastructure planning processes, in part because NPDES permits have rarely required Sewer Lines or encouraged their use. 4
As EPA recommends implementing smart data infrastructure systems for wet weather control, to monitor, prevent and control the effects of these wet weather events, it leaves us with the question what solutions are out there and which are the most cost-efficient and effective?
Kando offers such a smart data solution, which enables local authorities and water organizations to get a 360 real-time view of the wastewater network activity that senses events in real-time, detects the source, alerts the water management team on the events coming towards the WWTP and automatically takes samples. This enables the water management team to React before the event reaches the WWTP or causes damage to the infrastructure. By identifying the source upstream the management will be able to take guided decisions for the assets and processes while providing good results for its ROI, automates asset monitoring and work scheduling, reduces downtime, enhances systems across treatment plant and network assets, extends its service life, increases its lifecycle while reducing the costs, and improves resilience.5 Kando’s end-to-end solution includes hardware, communication, and a management system that runs on the cloud and can be used as a stand-alone system. The system can also be integrated into existing ERP/SCADA systems of the utility. It provides the ability for intercommunication and data exchange, making it also a system that enhances existing solutions in an integrated fashion. This meaning, that with limited resources, a water organization or local authority, can retrieve valuable insights on high-risk areas of the aging infrastructure and adopt a proactive maintenance strategy rather than a reactive strategy.