An effective, smooth-running waste water network is a critical piece of infrastructure, and as such, water companies invest heavily to ensure their sewers function efficiently.
However, while great strides are being taken in the UK, challenges such as climate change and population growth are impacting on the ability of a Victorian-era sewer system to function successfully.
With weather systems being significantly altered by climate change, already stretched networks will be expected to handle greater intensities of rainfall more frequently. Should the sewers be unable to cope, then the risk of flooding grows considerably.
Flooding, and pollution events caused by flooding, can have dramatic consequences and water companies take their responsibilities to avoiding these seriously. For example, UK water companies spend an estimated £100m every year clearing 300,000 fatbergs from the waste water network in a bid to avoid the potentially devastating effects these blockages can have.
While progress has been made, water companies are not resting on their laurels and are continuing to invest in newer, more advanced technological solutions, including NBIoT telemetry-based flow and level monitoring.
Solutions like SpillSens; our new low-cost, multi-alarm digital float sensor, which is helping water companies by delivering early warnings of rising sewer levels, and Multilog 2 WW; the NBIoT-enabled multi-input data logging and telemetry platform.