Sanitary Sewer Collection System Modeling

Hydraulic modeling is an important process used by Commonwealth Engineers to assist communities with the management of their sewer utilities.

Hydraulic modeling offers numerous benefits that enhance the efficiency and sustainability of infrastructure. By simulating the flow of wastewater through sewer networks, these models help engineers and planners identify potential bottlenecks, optimize the design of new systems, and improve the performance of existing ones. They enable accurate prediction of how systems will respond to various stressors, such as increased population density or extreme weather events, aiding in proactive maintenance and emergency preparedness. Additionally, modeling can help reduce environmental impacts by identifying sources of pollution and guiding the implementation of best management practices.

Models offer communities a tool that can be utilized to:

  1. Optimize Infrastructure: Predict system behavior under multiple scenarios, ensuring infrastructure is appropriately sized.
  2. Eliminate Sewer Overflows: Identify and mitigate potential overflow points, reducing the risk of permit violations and environmental contamination.
  3. Ensure Regulatory Compliance: Verify systems comply with regulatory requirements, avoiding violations and fines.
  4. Strategic Planning: Analyze and develop a comprehensive long-term improvement plan that accommodates existing demands and future growth.

Overall, hydraulic modeling is an invaluable tool for ensuring the reliability, cost-effectiveness, and environmental compliance of sewer collection systems. Commonwealth’s team of engineers has expertise in multiple modeling platforms, including EPA SWMM5, PCSWMM, MIKE URBAN, XPSWMM, and Optimatics WCS.

For more information on how Commonwealth can help with your collection system modeling needs, contact Travis Harper, PE