SeSys helps Wessex Water to monitor hazardous environment with Mobotix technology
Mobotix partner SeSys has been selected by Wessex Water to help with the commissioning and operation at one of its largest sewage pumping stations.SeSys has deployed a Mobotix camera modified to meet ATEX standards in an enclosed water screening building that pumps 8,000 litres of storm water into screens to remove debris before it is sent to treatment.
During the commissioning stage, the camera allowed technicians from Wessex Water to adjust the speed of the pumps in what David Mining, ICA technical and development manager at Wessex Water described as an extremely ‘unpleasant environment.’
Wessex Water is a regional water and sewage treatment business serving an area of the south west of England, covering 10,000km2 including Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, most of Wiltshire and parts of Gloucestershire and Hampshire. In March 2010, the company began building a new pumping station at Ashton Avenue near the Cumberland basin in Bristol. The facility is used for storm pumping in the event of heavy rains and includes a new 400m2 screening chamber that removes debris from the flow.
The screen is essential to stop debris being carried into a stream or river when a significant amount of rain exceeds the requirements of the treatment process. ‘We had experience working with SeSys and IP cameras from other projects and it was felt that the technology would be useful especially during the commissioning phase,’ explained David Mining. ‘When the pumps are going full speed, the chamber can be an unpleasant place to work and the Mobotix cameras allow us to monitor the process from the control room.’ To place the power of the pumps into perspective: At full speed, they move enough water to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool in just six minutes.
The SeSys SE-ATEX-IP-S-D24 camera uses technology based on a Mobotix D24 camera and was selected based on its ATEX rating, proven reliability in similar hostile locations and high quality images.
This installation has proven extremely reliable within the pumping station and David Mining believes that the use of CCTV technology in this way helps the organisation to ensure the highest levels of service delivery, especially during times of heavy rain.