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Almost a year since being named Most Innovative New Technology at the 2021 Water Industry Awards, leaders from Wessex Water and StormHarvester discuss creating a 35,000km smart sewer.
Less than two years since a successful sewer trial in summer 2020, Wessex Water has plumbed a network-wide rollout of StormHarvester's award-winning Intelligent Sewer Suite into it's innovation pipeline.
Harnessing artificial intelligence (AI), the blockage detection collaboration sees Wessex Water – which provides water and sewerage services to 2.8 million people and clears some 13,000 blockages a year at a cost of £5 million – and StormHarvester use hyperlocal rainfall forecasting to accurately predict flooding events at wastewater assets such as pipes, pumps and combined sewer overflows six hours ahead.
The judges' forecast rings true as in the 12 months since scooping the 2021 Water Industry Awards' new tech gong, StormHarvester's Intelligent Sewer Suite has become a "key component" of Wessex Water's wastewater strategy and will be rolled out across its catchment.
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