Efficient and compliant wastewater treatment infrastructure is critical to environmental, social and economic sustainability. Wastewater systems must be continuously monitored and maintained to ensure consistent, regulated quality. In addition, the restrictions on travel imposed by COVID-19 highlight the need for quality real-time monitoring that delivers accurate and reliable asset performance data for remote operators.

Long-term reliability of sewage collection and treatment infrastructure is essential for the maintenance of public health. Proactive management of this wastewater infrastructure is essential for long-term sustainability, resilience and security.

A considered and coordinated approach to asset management decreases costs by minimising expensive reactive maintenance, and aids in delivering greater return on investment for essential infrastructure.

Driven by advances in technology, industry expectations and changing regulations, how treatment systems are designed and managed is continually evolving for both public and private operators.

Adapting to changes in regulation, while delivering operational efficiency and economic viability is an ongoing challenge.

Key benefits of effective asset management:

  • Improved system performance and condition
  • Better understanding of level of service through robust planning tools
  • Capital works cost saving through existing asset optimisation and utilisation
  • Reduced risks in design and construction stages through solutions which consider safety, operational flexibility and future operational needs
  • Improved value for money by identifying solutions that satisfy technical, regulatory, environmental, economy, social and sustainability requirements

Embracing new technologies to assist in effective asset management

Effective monitoring aids in delivering operational security, continuity of service and compliance with environmental regulations.

True Water provides operational and management services for small to medium sized sewage treatment plants in Australia and the Pacific.

Our experience in asset management identified the lack of a cost-effective, high-quality, reliable, multichannel telemetry system to service the wastewater industry.

Many operators use expensive monitoring options to manage small to medium sized assets, with costs and licensing fees usually prohibitive.

Public and private wastewater treatment facilities need to take advantage of new technologies when managing their assets. Monitoring is a key management tool.

True Water has developed the TELEmi® remote monitoring system to aid in the management of sewage treatment infrastructure.

TELEmi® is a quality, lower cost alternative for small- to medium-scale projects or decentralised infrastructure, particularly when compared to implementing a top end system designed for large-scale projects such as SCADA.

Advanced maintenance software supports the telemetry system, keeping track of operations, componentry and potential faults.

The online portal enables day-to-day management and monitoring of each asset or site, including automatic data logging. TELEmi® allows operators to make informed decisions on scheduled and reactive maintenance.

Employing a continuous monitoring platform such as TELEmi® provides accurate, immediate and real-time information.

The simplicity and cost effectiveness of TELEmi® allows for high-quality monitoring to be applied to small and medium-scale assets, providing improved operational efficiency and compliance.

This partner content is brought to you by True Water Australia. For more information, visit

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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