Collection System Cleaning Optimization & SSO Prevention
The conventional practice of regularly scheduled collection system cleaning, especially with high frequency, is intended to lower instances sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). Yet, this practice incurs substantial operational cost, increased pipe wear and provides no SSO protection between cleanings.

SmartClean®  is a process that uses smart, remote-monitoring technology to drive the cleaning process.  Utilities benefit in three significant ways:

  • Operating costs are reduced as a result of lower cleaning frequency.
  • Pipe wear from overcleaning is reduced resulting in longer asset life. This is especially important for protecting older, high risk pipes.
  • Utilities receive assurance that no SSOs will occur between cleaning. Continuous monitoring provides 24/7 visibility into the collection system.

Collection systems are “blind spots” for most wastewater utilities. This creates the need to clean at specific sites with a history and/or perceived risk of spills. A conservative and well-intentioned wastewater manager often will increase cleaning frequency because not only does cleaning reduce near-term risk, but more frequent visits to troubled sites gives more frequent information about the sites.

With continuous SmartClean® monitoring creating visibility into the collection system, utilities can take a pro-active approach to cleaning maintenance, resulting in savings, risk-reduction and a more complete understanding of collection system’s behavior.


SmartLevel™ can be used in various applications including:

  • Maintenance truck rolls to clean sites can be dropped by up to 90%.
  • One utility reports that for each eliminated clean-out they saved $500 per cleaning
  • This provides a payback time of less than one year for each SmartCover® system
  • High value staff and equipment resources are freed for more pressing needs
  • The utility’s carbon footprint is reduced
  • SSOs are minimized while simultaneously reducing costs and improving efficiency

The use of SmartCover® monitors provide exceptional ability to gain collection system visibility
and drive maintenance programs with data. Users benefit with predictive trend tools that
transform work practices, favoring planning versus reacting. These practices lower costs, reduce
in-traffic risks, eliminate SSOs and preserve assets.

Watch this video on a discussion of the SmartClean™ approach for saving costs and reducing unnecessary cleaning by getting your sewer to "talk to you".