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UK funding project for sewer-cleaning robots

“Hidden from sight, under the UK’s roads, buildings, and parks, lie about one million kilometers of pipes. Maintaining and repairing these pipes require about 1.5 million road excavations a year, which causes either full or partial road closures. These works are noisy, dirty and cause a lot of inconveniences. They also cost around £5.5 billion a year.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Research teams like mine are working on a way of reducing the time and money that goes into maintaining pipes, by developing infrastructure robots.

In the future, these robots will work around and for us to repair our roads, inspect our water and sewer pipes, maintain our lamp posts, survey our bridges and look after other important infrastructure. They will be able to go to places difficult or dangerous for humans, such as sewer pipes full of noxious gases.”

Read more about these robots here.

Pardon the pun, but this robot sewer cleaning service sounds like a pretty big pipe dream. It’s a novel idea for sure – one that sounds expensive and complex. If the UK is able to pull it off, there is a definite potential for savings vs. excavating. However, we imagine there are a lot of hurdles to overcome before such a process is fully rolled out.

Here in the Minneapolis metro area, we at DC Annis Sewer prefer to do things the old-fashioned way. Our state-of-the-art equipment can handle any type of sewer line clog at your home or business. Call us at 612-861-6425 or visit our sewer line service page for more information.