Our Pipeline Contractor Services Include Flow Monitoring to Help Prioritize the Pipeline Replacement and Repair Process
Infiltration is groundwater that enters sanitary sewer systems through cracks and/or leaks in the sanitary sewer pipes. Cracks or leaks in pipes or manholes may be caused by age related deterioration, loose joints, poor design, installation or maintenance errors, damage or root infiltration.
Inflow is stormwater that enters into sanitary sewer systems at points of direct connection to the systems, such as service laterals, manhole connections, illegal connections, storm drain leakage, and storm drain cross connections. The introduction of stormwater (or clear water) into the system means potentially exceeding the maximum capacity for the system and increases the workload in treatment plants.
Given a water treatment plant which processes 100 million gallons per day: During a rainfall the workload could triple to 300 million gallons/day which would triple the load on the treatment plant, where the life expectancy of expensive pumps is reduced with the excessive workload. Infiltration and Inflow (I&I) reduction could increase the lifetime capacity of a treatment plant as well as the waste transporting system.
Flow monitoring is used in sewage systems to determine the amount of flow in the pipe at intervals along the pipe system. This information is used to determine the location and amount of infiltration and inflow (I&I) entering the system.
Flow monitoring helps pinpoint where pipes need to be replaced or repaired, depending on the requirements of the collection system owner. The removal of I&I results in perpetual savings to the system owner and helps eliminate piping collapses, thereby saving expensive repairs.