Storms are devastating, especially to built-up areas and cities. Even averagely heavy rainfall could end in flooding and overflowing rivers; making roads impassable, destroying infrastructure and halting traffic until the damage is fixed. So, does the Internet of Things (IOT) assist in managing excess stormwater, or even in putting it to excellent use? To use IOT in managing excess stormwater, network sensors are now used to irrigate local plant life by reusing stormwater. Here are points that make the answer yes.
Making smart decisions by compiling water data:
Moisture sensors, flow sensors, turbidity sensors and electronic valves are connected to photon micro-controller boards which are in turn connected to online platforms. The platform analyzes data from the varying components and displays the results on basic dashboards. This makes seeing emerging patterns, data-based decision making, and setting automatic responses to varying scenarios quite easy and simple.
To reduce pressure on rivers, IOT uses stormwater software to divert excess water to plant life. Moisture sensors inside the soil tell the system which plant area to deliver water to. And the system is so flexible that, in addition to selecting which plant area gets watered, you can also set thresholds that determine when water supply runs and when it shuts off. When the sensors detect too much water in a specific area, the online platform gets the data and that area’s supply is automatically stopped.
Whether local vegetation needs water, excess water which ends up in the river will still be available. So how does IOT clean it beforehand? Turbidity sensors measure how dirty it is. It’s then dumped in a costly fabric filter to eliminate dirt particles, and the resultant clean water is quality-checked by the sensors, before diverting it back into the river.
This is how IOT helps greatly in stormwater management. Such basic measures could help in protecting city infrastructure and river banks throughout storms and very heavy rainfall, thereby, potentially saving time, hassles and costs.