Shannon Regan | April 17th, 2018
Fresh water and the safe disposal of wastewater are two fundamental needs of humans. Mega-cities, environmental change and water stress leave populations around the globe without adequate water supply. Deteriorating and aging infrastructure and pipeline systems cause additional pressures in terms of sanitation and seepage.
For example, in 2017, Germany’s infrastructure and road network fell to 16th place in the World Economic Forum, the latest in a series of downgrades. Investment has increased by an average of 4.5 percent over the past two years, but infrastructure spending as a share of the economy (2.1 percent) remains much lower than other Western countries, including United States, Canada and Sweden.
Additionally, in the United Kingdom, about 4 million excavations are carried on roads each year to install or repair buried utility pipes and aging infrastructure. Not knowing the location of buried assets causes problems that increase the costs and delay projects, but more importantly, it increases the risk of injury to utility owners, contractors and citizens driving on these roads.
Technical conditions of underground infrastructure have not improved over the years – heavier traffic in cities, numerous reconstruction work and modernization have not provided pipelines with adequate conditions. In fact, they pose an additional challenge for pipeline owners, municipalities and contractors.
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IFAT, Europe’s leading trade show for water, sewage and raw material management is being held from May 14th to 18th, focusing on environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions to Europe’s aging infrastructure degradation, hosted in the city of Munich, Germany. Deep Trekker is excited to be exhibiting at a show that will platform long term and viable solutions using environmentally savvy technology.
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