Infrastructure maintenance and management is incredibly important for the health and safety of the communities relying on sewers and water mains for their daily life. Unfortunately, aging infrastructure is becoming a reality for cities across the globe. According to a report from bipartisanpolicy.org, “unmanaged stormwater threatens the vitality of rivers and streams, while jeopardizing population health and local economies. And much of our drinking water infrastructure is nearing the end of its useful life”. Studies from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) also add that “There are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks per year in the United States. Assuming every pipe would need to be replaced, the cost over the coming decades could reach more than $1 trillion”.
Prioritizing maintenance and repairs is integral for long-term time and cost savings. Water main breaks or blocks, degradation and contamination issues result in massive financial losses. These issues also carry potential prolonged effects on surrounding neighborhoods. Routine inspections on infrastructure including sewage lines, water tanks, and bridges are the first step in preventing these costly issues. Pipe crawler systems are an innovative robotic solution to provide maintenance teams with an instantaneous visual of pipelines.
As a crucial piece of pipe inspection equipment, portable sewer crawler systems allow teams to inspect submerged infrastructure efficiently, conveniently and safely. There are, however, key factors to consider when selecting a pipe crawler.