High Tech Sewer Survey Spots Problems Early

September 22, 2011|By Ted Land | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A fleet of sophisticated sewer robots is crawling under the streets of Anchorage this month.

The city thinks the technology might help cut down costs in a system where even the slightest weakness, could quickly turn into an expensive repair.

Overall, the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility said its 1500 mile system is in good to fair condition.

But they don’t really know for sure, until they get down there for a close-up look.

So the city hired a company called Red Zone Robotics to deploy sewer robots over the next few weeks.

The remote-controlled, battery-powered vehicles are equipped with cameras and lights and give crews a 360 degree perspective.

“It’s like a Google Earth for pipes. It’s like you’re actually inside the pipe looking around,” said Michelle Beason, Business Development Manager for Red Zone Robotics.

“This is really the first time we’ve captured this in this manner and what we’ve seen is eye opening, it’s good,” said Mark Corsentino, a Civil Engineer with AWWU.


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