Willem Gooren, one of the founders of Flovac and one of the most respected pioneers of the vacuum sewerage industry has been spending more and more time in the Middle East over the past 6 months as vacuum sewerage systems become the reticulation system, of choice among developers and the Water Utilities as the ideal way of sewering some of the world’s largest projects.
Flovac has a number of projects spread across the region in Oman, Dubai, Bahrain and Qatar and have proved that the technology is ideal in the hot, sandy conditions that are prevalent. Some concerns had been raised in the early days with how these systems could be maintained effectively. With so many large projects on the go, the skilled workforce was in high demand and so there were worries about losing trained operators to other projects. Flovac’s research and development team have focused their attention on delivering easy to install monitoring systems throughout the projects. This allows untrained operators to easily identify when a problem in the system occurs and how to quickly identify the location.
The Smart monitoring can deliver a number of messages to both the operators and managers as well as to the Flovac operational support team. The Flovac operators can then see if any extra information would be helpful for the operational manager. For example when we see that the vacuum pumps are running longer than they should we will be able to tell the manager to check the timing of the Flovac controllers.
Although rain is a rare event in many of the Middle East countries, when it rains water can quickly pool and create problems in networks. The Smart monitoring system can quickly identify where any potential infiltration may be occurring and notify the operators.