How IoT Can Detect Wastewater Leakeages
Sat, January 28, 2023

How IoT Can Detect Wastewater Leakeages

Kando's technology has been deployed in four states of the US and in other countries / Photo Credit: Pnor Tkk (via Shutterstock)


Around 900 billion gallons of untreated sewage coming from aging wastewater systems contaminate bodies of water every year, causing economic repercussions on the environment and public health, wrote Natalie Parletta of business news source Forbes. This is just in the US alone. It will take decades to update the infrastructure and it will also cost hundreds of billions of dollars. Other solutions are needed such as modeling to anticipate leakage, as well as green infrastructure to prevent stormwater from entering and overflowing the sewerage system. 

But technological advances also offer another way to address this problem. Kando, a firm recently chosen as one of Elemental Excelerator’s new startups, leverages its wastewater management solution by drawing on IoT to decentralize the issue and employ a “systems thinking approach.” The company placed sensors in areas most affected by polluting industries, enabling utilities to detect major sources of pollution in real-time to take immediate action. 

Industrial IoT units are placed in underground sewers, transmitting wastewater quality data to a central analytics engine, CEO Ari Goldfarb explained. The engine identifies any abnormalities and uses an algorithm to monitor those events to their source. Then, it generates automatic predictions and alerts. This way, the system can aid utilities in monitoring a city’s pollution status and collaborating with the largest polluters to minimize illegal discharges. When a leak occurs, utilities can “approach the discharger, divert the pollution and prepare the wastewater treatment plant to deal with the excessive load.” 

Reducing pollution levels also allows water reuse projects to operate safely and efficiently, Goldfarb stated, “Cleaner wastewater can be easily recycled to industry, irrigation, return to the environment, and used to purify to potable water.” 

Elemental CEO Dawn Lippert commended Kando’s technology because it goes beyond identifying the signs of water pollution. With Kando’s IoT solution, they can determine the root cause of the problem. Lippert emphasized that the technology detects problems in real-time, allowing communities affected by industrial or agricultural pollution to take immediate action.

The technology has been deployed in four states of the US, four countries in Europe, Israel, and Australia, citing success stories of using the solution, Goldfarb said.