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EPA Develops Device to Measure Sewer Conditions in Real Time

Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency collaborated with the Urbanalta Company to develop the Flowing Water Station (FWS), a mobile device that rests beneath a sewer lid to quantify sewer conditions in real time, including flow level, rate, and obstructions. The sensor data is accessible using a smart phone, reducing the need for utility workers to enter the potentially hazardous conditions of a sewer’s confined space. The FWS includes acoustic sensors, cameras, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and robotic, innovatively using sight and sound to visualize wastewater transported in pipes.

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