Description: Keeping pace with mother nature
The amplified volatility of the water cycle is increasing the frequency and extent of flooding conditions – and become more difficult to predict with great certainty. This increase in stormwater volume and velocity imposes additional pressure on municipal infrastructure and finances. Municipal stormwater compliance costs are increasing, and cities face significant infrastructure costs and...
PublisherWater Environment Federation
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Description: Keeping pace with mother nature
In its 100-year existence, the practice of water control has been the same: keep the water moving. The district struggled, however, to adapt to the new reality of stormwater. In preparing the district to meet the needs of the 21st century, staff was hampered by infrastructure mired in an 18th century operational philosophy.
PublisherWater Environment Federation
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Description: Keeping pace with mother nature
This system was put to the test during Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Irma was an extremely powerful hurricane that brought devastating winds and flooding to a large swath of the Eastern Caribbean and the Eastern US seaboard.
PublisherWater Environment Federation
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Description: Keeping pace with mother nature
Using SCS’s strategic sensor placement processes, the district was able to maximize the impact while minimizing costs with a 2-year payback simply in reduced manpower costs. That benefit is independent of the operational efficiencies in maximizing the capacity within the district’s built infrastructure, reducing the requirement for capital improvements and preventing property losses.
PublisherWater Environment Federation
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Description: Keeping pace with mother nature
Going forward, the district’s next step is to put all this real-time data to work. Using the real-time and operational history, the district is starting to calibrate its hydraulic model, which will allow it to run scenarios and practice response. The goal is to optimize the current built infrastructure to improve efficiency and reduce capital investment requirements.
PublisherWater Environment Federation
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Description: Keeping pace with mother nature
Tommy Strowd is the executive director of Lake Worth Drainage District in Florida, US. SmartCover Systems’ President, Chief Executive Officer, and Cofounder Greg Quist and Regional Sales Manager Glen Hill are based in Escondido, California, US. For more information email: tstrowd@lwdd.net.
PublisherWater Environment Federation
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