As part of ongoing initiatives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of wastewater system management, Padre Dam Municipal Water District in San Diego County CA, has embarked on a program of real-time monitoring and data analysis using SmartCover systems and SmartClean processes. The objective was to both reduce the operating costs of periodic sewer cleaning and to provide early identification of emergent potential problem areas before they can result in Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSOs).
One of the major ROI areas was the ability to identify hot-spot locations that could be cleaned less often, such as extending 2-month and 6-month cleaning cycles to longer periods between cleanings. Also, data analysis indicated that many of the hot-spot sites could be reclassified for annual cleaning, thereby saving the costs and staff time required for more frequent cleaning.
Based on the remote monitoring and data analysis, the total of 121 sites previously designated as hot-spot cleaning locations has been reduced to 77 sites.