New sensors to bolster city’s disaster response
Date published: 9 February 2021
The installation of new environmental monitoring devices to help bolster the city’s response to natural disasters is underway.
Townsville City Council is installing 45 sewer height sensors around the region as part of a larger project that also includes 27 flood monitoring sensors and six cameras.
Townsville Water and Waste Committee chairperson Russ Cook said the sensors would provide real-time information for staff and experts to use when preparing and responding to disasters.
“Having a larger network of sensors and cameras gives our frontline agencies and staff more real time data and a better capacity to respond,” Cr Cook said.
“The installation of new flood sensors to fill gaps in our flood warning monitoring system was a key recommendation of the IGEM review and I’d like to thank the Federal and State Government for their funding support to get this done.”
“The new sewer height sensors will provide crucial data to monitor levels in the sewage networks to help prevent overflows and protect our environment and our residential areas.
The sewer height sensors form part of a $605,000 project jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
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