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Water utility collaborates to monitor sewers

The utility will collaborate for the first global trial of a UK engineering firm’s innovative sewer monitoring technology.

As part of the agreement, Sydney Water will implement nuron’s in-pipe fibre sensing technology, which acts like a nervous system, measuring multiple parameters such as flow, depth, temperature and structural integrity every 5 m along the entire length of a sewer.

Sydney Water Head Service Planning and Asset Strategy Paul Higham said the utility was always looking for innovative ways to improve service delivery for its customers.

“This project is an opportunity for Sydney Water to gain real time, sewer data to improve its services,” he said.

“Working with nuron and their collaborative partners will help us to see better ways to monitor and manage the performance of our wastewater systems.”

nuron’s technology delivers real-time monitoring and capacity management that enables utilities to remotely identify and locate issues before they become a pollution incident or other serious incident, and make better use of their existing sewer capacity.

It is based on distributed acoustic sensing, which is currently used in the oil and gas industry; however, nuron has used innovation and enhancements to ensure it works in open flows.

Laser pulses shine down the fibre and as the light travels through, some is backscattered by imperfections in the fibre.

This backscatter is then translated into operational parameters and time of flight gives location.

For more information visit the Sydney Water website.

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