Sewer workers — and project managers, construction crews, and public works teams — spend much of their time on the job site. And the location and project can vary wildly day to day. In a single week a crew may be asked to deploy equipment into a downtown collection system, through lines in a new suburban development, or down an access point in an off-road easement.
Artificial intelligence has the potential to revolutionize the way we manage and maintain our wastewater systems. But untangling the too-good-to-be-true claims of pitchmen and the long-term implications for the average operator is not easy.
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly common across many different industries seeking to make processes smarter and more efficient. The wastewater industry is no exception. Discussion about the roles AI can and will play in assessing and managing wastewater assets has been growing as the technology evolves.
Managing capital assets like wastewater infrastructure requires departments to keep maintenance and ownership costs low while ensuring service levels remains high.
Wastewater industry professionals have carried on much the same during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring that essential services are getting the attention they need to provide for communities. But while the specific needs of sewer systems haven’t shifted much, the industry’s financial situation has, forcing departments across the United States to reevaluate and rebudget.
Kevin David spent nearly two decades working in the wastewater industry before deciding to venture out and start something of his own.
Within just the past year, JS Industries has grown from a small trenchless point repair company to a full-fledged wastewater contracting business offering CCTV inspections and sewer cleaning services.
Wastewater asset management is a practice many operators use to develop long-term plans for sustaining wastewater systems and services.
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A sewer lateral is the pipe connecting a home or business’ plumbing to the city’s sanitary sewer system. These pipes typically run underneath the house or business’ property before connecting with a larger pipe, called a sewer main, under the street or other nearby area.