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The SL-RAT Skyrockets Uxbridge’s Efficiency

sl-RatA recent article published in the January 2018 issue of Municipal Sewer & Water Magazine discusses a problem the Uxbridge Department of Public Works Wastewater Division in Massachusetts was facing back in 2015. Serving a population of more than 10,000 people, the town has well over 35 miles of wastewater collection systems plus an accompanying treatment plant that’s managed by a mere six people. When the time came to implement an effective capacity, management, operations, and maintenance plan, there was a severe need to come up with a solution that could make the best use of the department’s limited staff.

Uxbridge ultimately decided to try InfoSense’s Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool (SL-RAT®) to spearhead its collections system maintenance program. With the tool, the town has been able to concentrate its efforts on cleaning portions of pipe that actually need to be cleaned versus wasting time on pipe that’s already clean. In fact, Uxbridge has been able to inspect over 10,000 feet of pipe with just two people.

The SL-RAT is a highly portable, easy to deploy solution capable of detecting sewer line blockage in as little as three minutes. The tool uses a pair of components called the Transmitter (or TX unit) and the Receiver (or RX unit). The TX is responsible for the active acoustic transmission through the pipe while the RX serves as the microphone and signal processor, listening and interpreting the received acoustic signal to detect if blockage exists. In addition, the SL-RAT features built-in GPS which makes it easy to keep track of specific sewer line data.

Thanks to the SL-RAT, Uxbridge has been able to screen over twenty percent of its collections system in two years while using the tool as little as one day a month.

The Avanti Company was founded in 1977 by Paul and Justine Devlin and is headquartered in Avon Park, FL. We provide flow meters, metering systems, AMI support, on-site flow meter testing, sewer flow monitoring, inspection and assessment services for the water, wastewater, agricultural, petroleum and industrial marketplaces. Avanti represents products from McCrometer, Itron, Hach Flow, RedZone, Honeywell/Elster, 64 seconds, Infosense, Nicor, DoMac, Aclara, and others. Please visit our website atwww.avanticompany.com, email us at info@avanticompany.com or call us at 863-453-5336 for assistance with all of your flow meter and metering system needs.

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