It’s estimated that local governments spend at least $3.5 billion annually for stormwater management. Even with such ample spending, stormwater is the only source of pollution that continues to get worse, with 25 trillion gallons flooding our cities every year.
Many city sewer systems are 80 to 100 years old, and designed for much smaller, less frequent rain events and far fewer people. Stormwater not only causes flooding, but also overflows these sewer systems–a problem that will only worsen with the catastrophic effects of climate change.
That grade was recently given by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Cities typically manage stormwater with drains and catch basins that lead into the sewers until it’s finally discharged to a natural water system.
It’s an inefficient, outdated, and costly system that’s running above capacity–where runoff leads to pollution and flooding. In fact, the U.S. EPA estimates that stormwater management will require almost $271 billion in investments over the next two decades.
Additionally, maintenance on these systems usually occurs at predetermined intervals, instead of identifying potential problems with a proactive approach, which can lead to unnecessary issues and greater expenses.
Smart tech is revolutionizing the way cities approach traffic and lighting to reduce air pollution, but the idea of smart sewers to tackle water pollution and flooding has largely flown under the radar.
Rather than sending your field crews underground to explore the sewers, an ideal solution would use the power of artificial intelligence and real-time data to monitor the stormwater systems 24/7, pinpointing potential problem areas in infrastructure or capacity before a flooding event even occurs. Smart monitoring would allow the city to address the issue proactively and prevent ongoing disruptions.
This would save municipalities significant amounts of time and money and allow city-planning officials to build resilient and sustainable communities–all while protecting citizens’ health, life and property.
We believe that good decisions are driven by good data. So, we created an easily deployable network of affordable, patented stormwater system sensors and cloud-based software that provide real-time tracking and analytics. The data that is collected inform our software-generated algorithms, which in turn yield actionable insights to prevent flooding, sewage overflows, and other stormwater issues in your city.
Our comprehensive software and hardware solution allows city staff to manage stormwater systems right from their desk.
StormSensor’s real-time alerts mean city personnel receive immediate notifications of backups and flooding so field crews can be dispersed as soon as possible with as much information as possible, while helping cities make efficient decisions in daily O&M.
Our technology helps city planning officials validate existing models, replace archaic ones with the robust empirical data it provides, capture baseline flow conditions and prioritize high-risk locations in efforts to mitigate pollution, flooding and tidal intrusion.
StormSensor thus enables cities to prioritize capital expenditures and green infrastructure projects as well as assess the effectiveness of BMPs across entire systems.
Check out StormSensor’s projects to see how we’ve helped municipal partners solve their stormwater issues, streamline costs on daily operations and management and prioritize necessary improvements.
A research team working with a municipal client in Memphis along the Mississippi River needed help studying and managing a flood-prone area.
The StormSensor system, using real time data and analysis, determined exactly where the flows came from and why the flooding was happening.
Using StormSensor’s comprehensive solutions, the municipality was then able to perform strategic flood mitigation to simultaneously manage both rising river waters and incoming rain water.
StormSensor is working with the Jersey City Municipal Utility Authority, the Jersey City Office of Sustainability, and the Jersey City Office of Innovation to complete a multi-phase pilot study.
In the first phase of the study, StormSensor identified combined sewage overflow (CSO) events in real time and determined the volume of each event to prioritize capital expenditures and enhance regulatory reporting.
Hear how StormSensor helps solve complex challenges while saving money for municipal clients directly from our CEO & Founder, Erin Rothman.
As StormSensor’s cloud-connected sensor network continues to make unprecedented strides toward eliminating water pollution, benefiting the environment and improving local communities’ health – people are taking notice.
Check out the buzz StormSensor is generating in publications across the U.S.
Make the best city planning decisions with the best data available. Learn how our comprehensive technology can help revitalize your city’s stormwater management system, saving you time and money while keeping your community safe and healthy.