Good evening friends. This news will be somewhat surprising to all. You may ask how can a robot do it? But it’s really good to know that even not human can do anything. This was referenced to the Times of India which I like the most to read.
Robotic equipment will now be used to clean sedimentation in ground level service reservoirs (GLSR) in the city.
The traditional cleaning process involves emptying the reservoirs and cleaning it manually. This means disruption in water supply to consumers in the area as the process takes at least 20 days.
Also, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) spends nearly Rs 5 lakh on each reservoir every time it is cleaned up. Each reservoir is cleaned up at least two or three times a year. There are 150 GLSRs are in the city. Sending workers down in the reservoir entails a risk of contamination too.
To overcome these problems of cost and contamination, the board is adopting the robotic method which is in use at places like Mumbai and Pune. The system with Robot VR-600 is remote controlled and equipped with rotating brushes and a powerful pump that directly pumps out all loose sediment without raising turbidity in the reservoir.
The VR-600 has a video camera that facilitates inspection of the inside of the reservoir. The entire cleaning process is documented. The waste material can be appropriately discharged from the reservoir.
“The water board allowed a Pune-based company to give a demonstration of the equipment at any two GLSRs. The water board is planning to engage the VR-600 Robot on hire basis to clean the reservoirs,” HMWS&SB managing director G Asok Kumar told TOI.