DARLINGTON – The City of Darlington received a set of Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tools on Friday to make the city one of the first smaller cities to go high tech in its method of finding sewer blockages. The SL-RAT, as it’s known, is an American made product developed in Charlotte, N.C., by InfoSense Inc. out of University of North Carolina Charlotte. The acoustic inspection technology uses sound waves to detect blockages in segments of sewer collection pipe by quickly inserting a portable transmitter and receiver into either end of the pipe.
This tool will allow the city to become more proactive in dealing with sewer line issues, so the city can clean out pipes that need attention before they become a problem for residents. It’s also a lot cheaper and easier to use than vacuum trucks and high-end cameras previously used to detect and assess blockages. Other cities using the technology are Charlotte, Augusta, and Sumter.