The Issue With Inflow & Infiltration
Inflow and infiltration is clear water that gains access to the wasterwater system. On the surface, additional water in the wasterwater system may not seem like a major concern, but this additional water can cause big problems for cities, homeowners and for the environment.
Inflow and infiltration (I&I) is additional water that cities didn’t account for during the development process. This means that when the additional water enters the system, it can overload the system and can potentially cause sewer backups into homes and buildings in the area. I&I can also cause potential overflows into surrounding rivers and lakes, which can be harmful to the environment.
Beyond the potential for overflow, an influx in I&I can cause wasterwater treatment plants to work more often to clean the additional water that enters the system. This can be a costly and unplanned expense. This additional expense may cause cities to see a need to build larger sewer pipes and wastewater treatment plants.
There are multiple scenarios that can cause I&I, including sewer pipe deterioration, cracks in joints and root intrusion in pipes. These types of situations happen and are not avoidable. That said, they can be fixed, if they are found.
Looking for, and treating I&I problems is something that we believe in. Acknowledging and treating the problem can help cities save money and prevent issues for the homeowners and businesses in the area. This is why we’ve created the line of products that we have – to help cities solve their I&I challenges. This is also why we offer free product demos. Demos provide cities an opportunity to see the real benefits in treating I&I problems.
Preventative maintenance is key when it comes to I&I.