Sydney Water and UK company, nuron Limited, will collaborate to implement nuron’s innovative sewer monitoring technology.
nuron’s distributed, in-pipe fibre sensing technology, which measures multiple parameters along the entire length of a sewer, will provide an opportunity to transform wastewater operations by improving services and value to customers.
Head Service Planning and Asset Strategy at Sydney Water, Paul Higham, said, “Sydney Water is always seeking innovative ways to better manage our water and wastewater systems to provide better services to customers.
“This project is an opportunity for Sydney Water to assess real-time sewer data to improve our services.
“Conducting a trial with nuron and their collaborative partners could help us to see better ways to monitor and manage the performance of our wastewater systems.”
nuron’s technology acts like a nervous system. It extends through the sewers and measures flow, depth, temperature and structural integrity every 5m along the sewer pipe.
It 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.
The nuron technology is based on distributed acoustic sensing. This is not new, it is currently used in oil and gas, however nuron has used significant innovation and enhancements to ensure it works in open flows (i.e. not pressurised systems).