Recognised for preventing sewage overflows

Mackay Regional Council has been recognised on the Queensland stage for its innovative approach to preventing sewage overflow spills.

Council was awarded the Australian Water (Queensland Water Program Innovation Award under 250,000 end users) award for its MiSewer program.

MiSewer is a low-cost sewer monitoring device that obtains real-time data on sewer networks under differing conditions. It also alerts crews to potential blockages and capacity issues to enable crews to address the issue before an overflow occurs.

Cr Martin Bella said council’s MiSewer program was achieving outstanding results and it was great to be recognised and share the innovative program with the water industry.

“Currently, no other water utility in Australia is providing a low-cost sewer level monitoring program and aligning the data to better understand the networks performance,” Cr Bella said.

“Thanks to council’s Smart Sewer program, a considerable number of dry weather blockages have been tended to prior to spilling into the environment.”

Cr Bella said council was innovative in redesigning its smart water metering technology to monitor its sewer network.

“Council partnered with a Sydney-based technology company to develop a permanent, low-cost monitoring device that could be used in conjunction with existing telecommunication and software infrastructure for its smart water metering initiative.”

Council’s MiSewer program will now represent the state at the Australian Water Awards.