21 Jan 2021

Highly anticipated Cloud service helps water utilities reduce inflow and infiltration impacts

Across the globe, rainfall is triggering an increase of infiltration and inflow in both combined and separate sewer networks. This reduces the ability of sanitary sewer systems and treatment facilities to transport and treat wastewater. As a result, wastewater treatment processes are disrupted, and poorly treated wastewater is discharged into the environment, putting public health at risk.

Future City Flow, a real-time decision support platform, helps water utilities address this challenge. Launched by DHI, the smart online service has proven to effectively reduce overflows through the unique integration of data collection, management and analytics combined with high efficiency modelling of existing and forecasted conditions. With Future City Flow, a city’s water flows can be proactively managed through the careful evaluation of potential operational scenarios to buffer the impacts of weather, growing urban populations, densification and aging infrastructure.

Future City Flows helps improve the outcomes of rainfall dependent inflow and infiltration (RDII) consequences such as sewer overflow, flooding and bypass of untreated wastewater. © DHI

How it works

The Cloud-based operational service uses weather forecasting to predict inflows and load to the wastewater system. Through real-time simulation, it provides automated control on how to optimise the system – such as by minimising combined sewer overflows, reducing flooding and achieving a stable inflow to the treatment plant. Through a scenario-based model planning tool, Future City Flow also helps stakeholders test and identify cost-efficient measures and achieve targets within budgets and timelines.  

Future City Flow enables utilities to proactively operate their wastewater systems to optimise the transport and treatment of wastewater using existing infrastructure. In the long run, Future City Flow can help identify strategies that maximise ROI and thereby bolster their investment planning,’ explains Cecilia Wennberg, DHI’s Vice President of Urban Market Development.

To learn more about Future City Flow and to request a free demo, visit https://www.dhigroup.com/operational-services/future-city-flow and sign up for the free webinar happening 11 Feb 2021.