Sewerball: The Art of Managing Storm and Wastewater Using Data

Sewerball: The Art of Managing Storm and Wastewater Using Data

Read this cover article in the February 2020 issue of Water Finance & Management by SmartCover CEO, Greg Quist.

The article coins the term “Sewerball” and compares it to the famous “Moneyball” concept in which the Oakland Athletics used data-driven decisions to build a strong team within tight budget constraints that could effectively compete with teams that had huge budgets.

In essence, the Moneyball concept “has a direct parallel in the water and wastewater sector: it is data rich, but information poor and oftentimes we are not calculating the correct performance indicators to truly understand the game, or in our case, the performance of our underground system.”

The article concludes that: “Sewerball provides information about the real-time condition of a sewer system and allows for strategic deployment of resources to maximize the utility of our existing infrastructure. With this information, operators can identify blockages before they overflow onto the street; detect storm water infiltration before it overwhelms the defenses; and can locate surging sewers before they back up into homes and businesses. All while providing detailed understanding of how these critical systems operate.

Read a PDF of the Sewerball article here
Read the full Feb 2020 issue of Water Finance & Management here