Houston awards Global Omnium five-year contract for digitisation of sewage system and wastewater treatment facilities

Houston is the fourth most populated city in the USA, with more than 2.5 million inhabitants. It has a very extensive sewage system which features over 400 pumping stations and 40 wastewater treatment plants. Global Omnium, through GOAigua, is consolidating its position as one of the main players in the digitisation of water in the US, with clients in California, Georgia, Vermont and Texas

The city of Houston has awarded Global Omnium a contract for the digitisation of its sewage and wastewater system for the next five years. The Valencian company secured the contract – for which the major American engineering companies also submitted tenders – thanks to its technology and the innovative value proposal developed in Valencia for the integrated drinking water network. 

Global Omnium has taken a major step in its international expansion strategy through GOAigua in the United States, where it now has clients in California, Georgia, Vermont and Texas. The company boasts an excellent team of expert professionals specialising in digitisation, engineering and telecommunications.

Houston is amongst the most populated cities in the USA, with more than 2.5 million inhabitants. Its sewage system is, therefore, one of the most extensive in terms of kilometres of network and also in terms of the facilities that make up the system as a whole, which has 400 pumping stations and 40 wastewater treatment plants.

Smart sewage system management

GOAigua technology will be implemented throughout the entire network and at all treatment facilities, allowing the city to advance towards remote control of facilities and operations, optimisation of resources and the capacity to take preventive action well in advance of potential incidents. In other words, intelligent management of the entire sewage network and all facilities, through the digitisation of processes and the deployment of real-time artificial intelligence algorithms to detect events in advance, prevent overflows and enable relief actions to be undertaken intelligently. 

A specific digitisation strategy will be developed to meet the real needs of Houston, with advanced analytics and artificial intelligence for the automatic operation of key infrastructures. The implementation of digital twin technology is also envisaged following the pioneering example of the city of Valencia, which has already implemented this advanced technological tool in the drinking water supply network rather than the sewage network.

Houston is a very flat city that has undergone enormous growth. It suffers from heavy rainfalls that cause frequent flooding and require sewage system relief actions. The application of the technology developed by Global Omnium will enable the city to anticipate these events with sufficient time to enable the implementation of preventive actions to minimise the environmental and financial consequences associated with them.