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Using Mini-ROVs to Combat Water Crises

Kiara Vallier   |   March 28, 2016

We drink it, shower with it, cook with it, clean with it, swim in it, boat on it and cool off with it. We cannot live without clean, fresh, consumable water sources

Make a mental list of everything requiring clean water. From that, how many of the activities you brainstormed involve consuming water? Whether it be brushing your teeth, showering, drinking, or making coffee; water consumption is a major and essential aspect of everyone’s daily routine. Taking this into consideration, does it not make sense to ensure that the water we are consuming is clean and healthy?

After recent water crises such as the one that took place in Flint Michigan, I began to think about how often our potable water and storage sites are actually inspected. The truth is, there is no set standard of inspection for municipal potable water. That is not to say that such sources are not regulated, inspected and treated, but water tank inspection regulations do vary from region to region. Can situations like the one in Flint be avoided? Is it too presumptuous to start rhyming off what "proper" water inspection regulations should include?

Deep Trekker is not a policy writing group. We do not claim to have all of the answers to address water contamination crises. Deep Trekker does develop and manufacture versatile underwater cameras for inspection purposes. We can provide tools and resources to help mitigate and prevent water contamination situations from happening again.

A visual inspection cannot detect threats to healthy drinking water such as parasites, lead and often invisible contaminants. However regular visual inspections can assist in combatting compromised safe drinking water. Simply ensuring that there has not been any corrosion of the tank itself, or ensuring that deceased animals do not end up in the water reserve are very important aspects of maintaining safe water treatment operations.

Constant inspection of water reserves is one way to mitigate the risks that can affect the water we use. The biggest issue surrounding such public safety initiatives is often the cost associated with hiring a dive team to meet this need.

That is where we come in. Deep Trekker Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) have been used by numerous water treatment companies across North America to inspect potable water tanks and pipelines.

Water treatment officers, municipal officials, and other relevant personnel can inspect any tank, anywhere, at any time using one of our specially designed ROVs. Deep Trekker ROVs are 100% portable with an easy-to-use handheld controller and monitor, making them the go-to tool for water tank inspections.

Deep Trekker also recently launched our DT340 Pipe Crawler. This unit is also 100% portable and completely submersible. It is the perfect tool for performing storm water and other pipe inspections.

There are still factors that need to be taken into consideration when water treatment regulations are being laid out, it can be made easier with tools like the Deep Trekker DTG2 ROV and DT340 Pipe Crawler. By ensuring that all risks associated with infrastructure and foreign objects entering the water tanks are eliminated with frequent, easy, and quick inspections potential water crises can be avoided.

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