The supply and distribution of precious water resources is rapidly becoming among the world’s most high-value — and high-risk — products and services. Avoiding water leaks and failures caused by corroding pipes, tanks, and water-distribution infrastructure has become a top priority for today’s water utilities and municipalities managing water resources.

U.S. water and wastewater agencies in both the public and private sectors have infrastructure assets with a combined value that is easily into the tens of billions of dollars. Assets include dams, aqueducts, tunnels, transmission/collection pipelines, water and wastewater treatment plant infrastructure, pumping plants, distribution pipelines and storage reservoirs. 

Typically designed for very long DSL (Design Service Life), most water and wastewater treatment plants, assets, and infrastructure will inevitably become  vulnerable to unexpected corrosion damage. Materials used in their construction include prestressed concrete, steel, cast iron, ductile iron, stainless steel, brass, copper and other materials that are subject to catastrophic corrosion without the use of proven methods of prevention like ICCP (Impressed Current Cathodic Protection) or Galvanic Cathodic Protection.

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The Cost of Corrosion

NACE most recent Cost of Corrosion study shows that the total annual estimated direct cost of corrosion in the U.S. is a staggering $276 billion—approximately 3.1% of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). The water and wastewater sector accounted for 14% of that total or approximately $36 billion. The study showed that while corrosion management has improved over the past several decades, utility operators around the world must find more effective strategies towards not only effectively identifying corrosion quickly and precisely in their systems, but to do so more efficiently by leveraging new technologies enabling proactive and predictive and preventative practices.

The Solution: Effective Cathodic Protection and
Pipeline Integrity Remote Monitoring

Remote monitoring of corrosion and pipeline sensors leverages the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in any location to deliver a platform with near real-time collection, analysis, and collaboration tools. MOBILTEX remote monitoring platform solutions enable our clients to easily and effectively realize higher safety and operational efficiencies, transformational digital capabilities, and increased infrastructure integrity.

This is effectively achieved through:

  • Being able to quickly identify and assess aversive operational conditions and/or corrosion damage occurring – before it becomes widespread and disruptive.
  • Ensuring remote cathodic protection systems are always operating in the optimal range for asset protection, and pipeline integrity sensors are accurately capturing valuable data, in even the most challenging locations or environments
  • Streamlining data gathering, inspection and reporting for regulatory compliance – and delivering advanced analysis for trending and identifying issues before they occur
  • Eliminating the extremely high-cost and safety risks associated with in-field inspection, particularly in remote or difficult to access locations

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