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The Importance of CSO Monitoring in the UK

In recent years, the UK has seen an increasing awareness of the environmental and public health issues caused by Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO's). These overflows, can release untreated wastewater into our rivers and coastal areas during heavy rainfall, causing public distress and significant risks to water quality and biodiversity.



At AquaWatch CSO monitoring is a critical component of our mission and our cutting-edge, scalable and practical solutions enable continuous water quality management to help you better manage risk and proactively manage water resources.



The Problem with CSO's

CSO's are a legacy of the UK's historical sewer system design, where combined sewers collect both sewage and rainwater. During periods of heavy rain, the system can become overwhelmed, leading to the discharge of untreated wastewater into natural water bodies.



This practice, while originally intended to prevent urban flooding, has severe environmental repercussions, including:

  1. Pollution: The release of raw sewage introduces harmful pathogens, chemicals, and debris into waterways, degrading water quality.

  2. Biodiversity damage: Pollutants from CSOs can harm aquatic life, disrupt ecosystems, and reduce biodiversity.

  3. Public health risks: Contaminated water poses significant health risks to communities, particularly those engaging in recreational activities in affected areas.

AquaWatch's Enhanced CSO Monitoring

At AquaWatch, we leverage state-of-the-art technology to provide scalable and accessible solutions for continuous water quality monitoring. Our bespoke systems are tailored to meet the unique needs of each client, ensuring precise and reliable data collection.

  1. Advanced Sensors: Our sensors are designed to detect a wide range of pollutants, providing comprehensive data on water quality.

  2. Real-Time Analytics: Our platform offers real-time analytics, alerting stakeholders to potential CSO events as they occur.

  3. Robust Reporting: We provide detailed reports and visualizations, making it easy to understand and act on the data collected.

  4. Collaborative Solutions: We work closely with our clients to develop tailored monitoring strategies that align with their specific goals and regulatory requirements.

  5. Data as a Service: We provide centralised maintenance and calibration to ensure reliable data in every sense of the word.



Effective monitoring of CSO’s not only ensures regulatory compliance, it safeguards our water resources, protects public health, and preserves biodiversity. At AquaWatch, we are dedicated to providing innovative, practical solutions that empower our clients to manage their water quality challenges effectively through real-time data and insights. Together, we can ensure a cleaner, healthier future for the UK's waterways.

Contact us to find out more about our real-time water monitoring solutions and how we can help you effectively monitor CSO’s and improve environmental outcomes.



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