How Kansas City is using technology in sewers to detect overflows

Mar 20, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Have you ever thought about technology being used in sewer systems?

Well, that’s exactly what’s happening across Kansas City.

The city teamed up with EmNet to use sensors to measure water depth and flow in the sewer systems.

The sensors will use artificial intelligence to learn how the sewer infrastructure can hold excess rain water and keep it from overflowing and basement backups.

“It’ll utilize data from systems like this and combine this data with machine learning tools to be able to help us understand how we manage the water that is moving underneath our feet,” EmNet President and CTO Luis Montestruque said.

Montestruque said underneath the cover, there’s a telemetric microprocessor and transmission system that is monitoring the sewer and how much water is in it any time it rains or there’s an event.

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