No more business as usual
Sewer design and repair tends to be traditional and reactionary. And, with the combined costs of massive investment and disruptions to city infrastructure, it’s understandable. Still, we can’t keep using the same short-term solutions. New thinking is needed.
Urbanisation is causing increased pressure on our sewer systems with wet wipes, toilet paper alternatives, and other items not designed for sewers being flushed down the toilet. These items, along with giant clots of oil and grease, are clogging our sewers and causing the malfunction of pumps and moving parts. Better use of technologies, such as monitoring and predictive maintenance, can better prevent blockages.
Let’s breathe new life into our sewers
The overall age of our sewer systems adds an additional risk of contaminating our groundwater due to leaking and eroding pipes. Making it an enormous undertaking to fix cost-effectively. Here, a more lasting alternative to traditional piping is called for.
New plastic solutions are more flexible and less likely to break and leak – while also having the ability to be shaped and folded to fit inside existing pipes without digging up entire areas of a city. But changing traditional mindsets about pipes requires a shift among many stakeholders. To build the next generation of sewers, we need to change our policies and negative perceptions surrounding plastics and provide a greater understanding of where plastics can offer better value through improved education and resources.
The people making it happen
Forward-thinking people like Ariel Stern, CEO and Co-Founder of Ayyeka Technologies in Israel, offer next-generation IoT and remote monitoring solutions that enable the creation of cyber-secure, smart infrastructure networks – to help mitigate challenges like wastewater management.
“Critical to the prevention of public health and safety hazards, smart, real-time wastewater management includes monitoring water levels to prevent pollution and costly sewer overflow, identifying the presence of corrosive gases before they damage infrastructure, identifying pump failures and pinpointing other emergencies at lift stations and elsewhere.”