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The EPA Seeks a Sensor to Monitor Sewer Overflows

Matt Ball on July 22, 2013 - in Maintenance, Wastewater, Water

A key to reducing sewer overflows in urban areas is the ability to effectively collect real-time information from these locations. The lack of cost-effective technologies to monitor such overflows often makes data collection efforts in these areas inefficient and ineffective.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is looking for an efficient, low cost and low maintenance real-time sensor to monitor sewer overflows in urban areas, such as Greater Cincinnati. This Challenge is being offered in partnership with a regional innovation competition called Cincinnati Innovates, and with the technical help of Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District and Sanitation District No.1 of Northern Kentucky.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be up to $10,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,000.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grant to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal.

Learn more about the challenge here: https://www.innocentive.com/ar/challenge/9933103


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