“An automated breakthrough for automatic improvement in water management”

05 may 2021, redacción web

Innovation in business should focus on making processes more sustainable, therefore smarter and more efficient. This is why technology must be aligned with processes such as better waste treatment, a more efficient service in distribution or water management. The latter is what Socamex has recently excelled in, more specifically in the cleaning of sewer pipes.

A pioneering idea

Socamex, a division of Urbaser dedicated to integral management of the water cycle, is the first company in Spain to incorporate a fully automated system for cleaning collectors and pipes.

Automation in the cleaning and maintenance of sewer pipes also solves a safety issue. The remote control of the new equipment avoids the presence of the operator in dangerous places, and its minimum suction diameter (only 150 mm) allows it to reach small or inaccessible places. On the other hand, its dynamism and variety of accessories makes it suitable for other applications, such as the cleaning of digestors, tanks or others, by connecting it to a mixed truck, and replacing the nozzle normally used.

The pilot test of this sewer pipe cleaning system

The introduction of this automated robot is part of the innovation and development activities that the company is carrying out to make more efficient use of water management processes.

To demonstrate the progress of this procedure, Socamex carried out a pilot test in the city of Cádiz, Spain, on May 4, in collaboration with the municipal company Aguas de Cádiz. This test showed how this system saves time in cleaning work, reduces the number of operators needed to carry out the conditioning of drains or pipes, and its capability to record while cleaning work is being performed.

Socamex, the future of water management

Socamex is committed to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6): clean water and sanitation. In this regard, Socamex also participates in other water management initiatives such as the European H2020 Project Ô, which arose from the need to guarantee access to water now and in the future, or Life Green Sewer, a European project (LIFE Programme) that seeks to validate a newsecondary wastewater treatment system based on integration of direct-reverse osmosis with an anaerobic membrane bioreactor.