South Bend now controls water management through remote computing site

IBM made it officially known Wednesday that South Bend is the first city in the world to manage its water system through a remote computing site.

The company says the city is using its "Intelligent Operations Center for smarter cities software" for its water management system.

This is supposed to preserve public health and save the city hundreds of millions of dollars.

“A lot of people don't think about pipes and sewers when they are thinking about high tech, but that's exactly what we have here in South Bend,” said Mayor Pete Buttigieg. “It really is one of the smartest, under the hood water management systems you'll find anywhere in the world.”

The new wastewater management project in South Bend started when scientists and engineers at Notre Dame designed an embedded sensor network.

The University is currently working on research and early development of a system that helps proactively manage combined sewer monitoring and control.

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