Building the "Internet of Water" to Redirect Storm Runoff
Storms are increasing, but in some cities sewer infrastructure has aged out and can't redirect the water, creating flooding in downstream neighborhoods. University of Michigan engineers are creating a smarter water system out of existing infrastructure and developing technologies to make environmental information more easily accessible. Sensor nodes that measure the water flow, soil moisture, rainfall, and other rapidly changing storm predictors are being installed along a three square mile local water catchment. With the data being posted in real time over the internet, the team hopes this can someday be paired with sensors on waste water pipes designed to redirect and reuse excess water flow into less impacted neighborhoods.