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Cutting Edge Technology To Help Reduce Storm Overflows And Flooding On The Isle Of Wight

New AI technology has been installed on the Isle of Wight for the first time this month as part of Southern Water's efforts to reduce storm overflows.

A new product named CENTAUR® Gates uses artificial intelligence to respond to storm water in the system in real time which utilises capacity within the existing pipe network to store it, preventing spills from the target storm overflow.

The gate actively controls flow during any storm event, balancing the use of that existing capacity against the levels in the storm overflow.

This helps prevent spills and enabling excess water to be passed to our treatment works for processing rather than it being released through a storm overflow.

One of these ‘gates’ has now been installed at Terminus Road in Cowes.

The work is part of the pathfinder projects that look at nature-based and engineering solutions to slow-the-flow of water and reduce storm overflows.

Southern Water’s pathfinder lead for the Isle of Wight, Keith Herbert, said:

“We’re keen to explore innovative new ways including cutting edge technology like this to help reduce storm overflows.

"We believe if this is successful it has the potential to be a gamechanger as it is more cost-effective and less carbon heavy than other methods like building storm tanks.

“This adds to the work we’re already doing in Whitstable and on the Isle of Wight to reduce storm overflows through installing water butts and utilising sustainable urban drainage solutions and improving our network."

It is hoped using this technology will reduce storm overflows in these areas and its introduction and could pave the way for more of them to be introduced across Hampshire, Kent, Sussex and the Isle of Wight.

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