Sewer flooding in the UK is a major issue. In 2018, over 3,200 properties were internally flooded by sewers causing millions of pounds worth of damage. Now, a new technology recently patented by Amey in the UK, and undergoing trials with the Water Research Council, aims to tackle the problem. The technology is based on the detection of the depth and speed of the flow in the pipe. Analysis of the data picked up by the sensors is used to assess where blockages are and to predict the likelihood of flooding so that utility companies can take preventative action. The key advantage of this technology is its extremely low power consumption, combined with the use of cloud processing, that gathers insight from data across the whole sewer network rather than from individual sensors.
The data captured from the sensors will be communicated to the cloud via a mobile network operator at regular intervals. This enables utility companies, using a data analytics platform, to predict and take preventative action on sewer floods. For connectivity of the project at the current trial stage, Amey is using the next-generation NB-IoT technology, which is specifically designed for this type of application. This is an exciting technology that could have further applications across large estates such as airports, cities that are impacted by being on or close to a flood plain or for local authorities trying to manage highways flooding.
"Amey Consulting is working closely with our clients and partners to solve the problem of sewer blockages that lead to flooding, a situation that is exacerbated by our increasingly wetter weather.”
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