Unitywater rolls out innovative technologies with reservoir robots and “Smart Balls” that can detect leaks in pipework


In order to save money and improve its operations, Unitywater has released CCTV-equipped mini submarines and computer-chipped balls to flow through their water mainline. This is one of the many innovative new technologies that Unitywater is rolling out and is called the Submersible Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) Robot, or what the company staff call ‘Rove.’ From an underwater vantage point, it can perform a condition assessment of reservoir interiors to check any structural or safety problems. This saves time and actually improves safety for there is no longer any need to divert water supplies while reservoirs are taken offline for human divers to perform a confined-space entry. Recently, the company used the SmartBall device through 89 kilometres of pipeline in the Landers Shute-Woombye region and it only took 3 hours and 12 minutes. These innovations allow for the monitoring of assets from inside the pipe or reservoir, rather than just drawing conclusions from indirect external clues.

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